Review of: Ancel VD700
Product Type: Handheld Unit
Reviewed by:Alex Meyer
Quality of Build
Value For Money
EASE OF USE
This is a simple-to-use scanner that can be used by mechanics as well as non-mechanics with very little knowledge of automotive diagnostics. It can also be used by the average person looking for a simple way to read codes.
But is the VD700 really all that or is it just more hype about yet another mediocre OBD2 scanner that really can’t hack it? This review article about the Ancel VD700 Scanner will fill you in on all the facts both good and bad. Our unbiased and honest reviews are valued by our many readers and we truly appreciate them. Let’s get started.
Ancel VD700 Review
Features: In-House developed ASTE 4.0 algorithm auto-configures a multitude of variables that impact the system reading. The Ancel VD700 offers the best of both worlds with two modes: reading and sorting.
User Interface: The Ancel VD700 boasts an intuitive user interface that can be configured by touch or via the OSD display. The on-screen display makes it easy for mechanics and novices alike to get started with the Ancel VD700 without having to use a mobile device.
All three modes are included in the VD700, allowing for settings that are useful for diagnostics, display, and sending the results to a mobile device.
Performance: The Ancel VD700 offers an impressive 8-hour run time, though that isn’t the best value for money. The Auto and After Burner modes combine the ASTE 4.
Features – What We Like and Don’t Like
The Ancel VD700 is a very simple to use but powerful tool for reading and writing codes. You just plug the Ancel into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter and power up the VD700.
The top portion has a metal plate with a hole for removing batteries and a C connector. On the back of the device is a small LCD screen with an array of buttons on the right-hand side. There is also an LED light bar that makes the VD700 visible in dark areas.
To scan a code, simply click on the top of the device, choose “CSD” (Connected Camera Scan) or “CSD Basic”, enter a code in the provided boxes, then press the large blue button on the right of the device to turn it on.
We can’t say we hate the VD700, but we also can’t say we love it. This is a budget ODB2 scanner that does what it says it will. We think we’ll put this in the “too bad category.” The VD700 Scanner really isn’t very good, despite being a bargain device.
It might work well with VW cars, but it could benefit from auto-diagnostics and auto-repair.
Some of the OBD codes it is able to read do relate to things like spark plugs and misfire spark plugs. But other codes will only be relevant if the car does something other than misfire, spark plugs, and misaligned windshield wipers.
There is no way to get all the code from a simple diagnostics reading, like “Chasis High Frequency 2.5 V Heat 1 Socket High Temperature 3Vts AC Sensing Vehicle”, unless you take the VD700 out and start it, which will shut it down.
If you want basic diagnostics or happen to own a VW model, then this unit will be just fine. But without Bluetooth or wifi connectivity for live data reading we have to relegate this scanner to the “Wannabee Rack”.