OBDLink MX+ professional OBD2 adapter review and comparison

image of obdlink mx+ mx plusOBDLink MX+ is a Bluetooth OBD adapter that turns your mobile device into a sophisticated diagnostic scan tool for vehicles. The MX+ has all features of the MX, plus some exclusive features. There are two major distinctive features. One is that it’s compatible with iOS devices in addition to Android and Windows. And the other is that it’s capable of enhanced diagnostics on selected manufacturers.


  • Dimension: 1.97 x 1.77 x 0.91 in (50 x 45 x 23 mm)
  • Weight: 3 oz (85.1 g)
  • Interface: Bluetooth

What’s in the box

  • OBDLink MX+ adapter
  • Quick Start Guide

Free Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on

Enhanced Diagnostics allows you to access other modules such as ABS, Airbag, Transmission, Body Control, and so on. You will be able to get more parameters of sensors than ones from standard OBD2. Please note that availability of additional parameters over Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on depends on your vehicle’s make, model, and year.  At the time of writing this post, supported makes are Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Nissan, Infiniti, Toyota, Lexus, Scion, and GM.

How to Activate Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on

You need to activate Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on in OBDLink app. Click here to see the instruction. A purchase of OBDlink MX+ come with ONE free add-on activation. If you need another one for different make, year, or model, it will cost $9.99 per add-on.

OBDLink MX+ vs. OBDLink MX (Bluetooth)

image of obdlink mx+ compatible with iosBoth MX+ and MX are Bluetooth OBD adapters. However, the MX+ is compatible with iOS devices while the MX is not. And the MX+ comes with a free Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on activation. Except for these, all the features are the same. MX+ may be a little faster, and also battery consumption is a little less. But, the differences are too subtle to notice.

Read Also: OBDLink MX review

OBDLink MX+ vs. OBDLink MX WiFi

Both MX+ and MX WiFi are compatible with iOS in addition to Android and Windows. MX+ uses Bluetooth to connect to your mobile device, and MX WiFi uses WiIFi. MX WiFi and standard MX were released at almost the same time, and they have been on the market for years. However, the MX WiFi isn’t as popular as the MX. Reportedly, its WiFi connection is not as stable as Bluetooth. Above all, the price of the MX WiFi is always more expensive than the MX by $50 or so. And, it’s more expensive than the new MX+. So, if you have iOS devices and think about purchasing an OBDLink-line adapter, you should choose the MX+ for stable connectivity, a free Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on activation, and more reasonable price.

Read Also: Bluetooth vs. WiFi OBD2 adapter Which is better?

OBDLink MX+ vs. BlueDriver

BlueDriver is a professional OBD adapter. It uses Bluetooth, and it’s compatible with iOS and Android devices. BlueDriver app is specialized for vehicle repairs related OBD2. And enhance diagnostics feature is also available on the following manufacturers. GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, and Nissan (available worldwide), BMW, VW, and 2003+ Honda (available in North America) at the time of writing this post. Unlike the MX+, there is no in-app purchase. You don’t need to pay for enhanced diagnostics feature for other makes, years, or models. Update 12/29/2018 all add-ons are free.  You can also access to free vehicle-specific Repair Reports drawn from a database which is verified by certified auto mechanics and frequently updated.

image of obdlink mx+ compatible with iosAs you can see, BlueDriver has more coverage for enhanced diagnostics, and it’s much better than any other OBD adapters on the market when it comes to vehicles diagnostics. The only drawback of this adapter is that it exclusively works with the BlueDriver app. With BlueDriver adapter, you can’t use Torque, DashCommand, obdCANeX, or any other third-party apps.

Read Also: BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool review


image of obdlink mx+OBDLink MX+ is a Bluetooth OBD adapter, upgraded version of OBDLink MX. It’s added iOS compatibility. OBDLink app has also added a feature of enhanced diagnostics. The MX+ comes with one free enhanced diagnostics add-on activation, But activation for other makes, years, and models will cost $9.99 per add-on. For this reason, this adapter is not for an auto mechanics who work on many different makes, years, and models. BlueDriver is the best choice for auto mechanics. However, if you want to use many different apps such as Torque, DashCommand, and obdCANeX, OBDLink MX+ is the only adapter which meets the criteria. Click here to the latest price of OBDLink MX+.

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