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The Ancel VD700 is a handy device that can save you from expensive auto shop visits. It is an electronic diagnostic scanner that can read a wide range of diagnostic codes in your vehicle.
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
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Look and Feel
Before we begin with the VD700 review article, it is important to give it a quick review. Ancel is a French company founded in 2010 with the mission to bring to the market, all the tools, gadgets, and electronics that can be useful for people who want to improve their daily lives, even if it is with a simple device, like the Ancel VD700 Scanner.
The Ancel VD700 is super easy to use and has been approved by official OBD2 testing authorities. Also, it is protected by the company’s product warranties, which means that you can be 100% sure of the quality of the Ancel VD700 Scanner.
The Ancel VD700 is a super simple OBD2 scanner that can be used by mechanics and non-mechanics with very little knowledge of automotive diagnostics.
Ancel’s VD700 has a USB interface, and can read code information, allow you to translate codes from meters and miles to feet, and can even output to various formats, including a portable GPS.
The VD700 scanner is powerful enough to use for low-speed readout (‘diagnostics’, roughly) with simple OBD2 hardware.
The VD700 is meant to be used primarily for OBD2 diagnostics but can also read other meters and codes as well.
Something that’s really disappointing is that there are no Bluetooth connectivity options. There’s also no wi-fi functionality. Sad but true
Software for Ancel VD700 Scanners
The VD700 software is the essential component of any Ancel VD700 scanner. With the VD700 software, you are able to view your scan data at any time.
You can view the scan data for any vehicle you scan, the VD700 can also work with scan codes from vehicles of any make/model or any inspection interval (measured in hours). The VD700 software also allows you to print off the scan data for your vehicle(s) to use as a visual reference tool.
Using the scan data you will be able to determine the time your vehicle’s ECU was last serviced, repaired or rebuilt. You will be able to tell if your engine/s are fitted with the required aftermarket hardware.
You’ll be able to update the VD700’s software with the included USB cable connected to a Windows PC or laptop. There is no Mac support and no iOS app. That really sucks.
Overview of Ancel VD700 Interface
The VD700 has a 2.8-inch color LCD screen interface and it is very clear and nice. The layout of the Ancel VD700 is as follows:
Standard: This is where you can go to search for a car’s engine problem. You can also save searches to the internal memory. You can also configure the system by inputting the engine make and model information.
Collection and Automatic Detection: Collection mode lets you scan diagnostic codes from a portable recorder or USB thumb drive.
Inspection mode: This lets you scan a car’s engine and look at the same part on the screen.
Setup: This will determine whether the VD700 can work with your car. There are many parts to check such as its powertrain, chassis, driveline and safety.
Let’s be clear about the VD700: This unit is primarily for VW (Volkswagen Auto Group) vehicles. It can scan other simple problems, but it’s specialty is VW. We just needed to put that out there.
This unit can certainly do a full diagnostic of VW vehicles to include TPMS, ABS, DPF, oil reset and much more.
The primary way to connect the device is to use the included 16-pin OBD2 connector. The unit will prompt you to choose what you want to scan for and take over from there. It does a good job of giving directions and let’s you know what’s going on.
Ancel VD700 Hardware Analysis and Verdict
Unlike some scanners that rely on various electronic components to function, the VD700 is a simple and robust enough device that is based on just an LED scanner and a laser pointer (a prism) that displays the readings on the screen.
There is no battery. The sensor’s light pulse passes through a closed loop to the laser which then illuminates the reading dot. The sensor, in turn, provides feedback to the LED/prism sensor via a common voltage that is automatically adjusted based on the sensor readings.
In the short span that the Ancel VD700 has been in the market, the unit has been well received because of its simplicity and dependability. It is considered a strong alternative to the XM series scanners. The one weakness of the Ancel VD700 is that it lacks an on/off switch.
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”.