If you’re a mechanic or keen DIYer, then you’ll probably know just how important it is to have a great diagnostic scanner in your toolbox. In this article, we’ll take you through some of the best devices made by Launch, and help you pick out the best Launch scan tool for you.
A scan tool that’s not up to scratch won’t be able to communicate with all the modules in many brands of car. Further, it won’t be able to perform functions more complicated than fault code reading and deleting. If you’re a professional, then the service you’re offering to customers will suffer due to this.
A Launch scan tool that can work with most of the common brands of car, has a wide range of handy features, can access and control modules along with data reading and graphing, whilst being sturdy enough to handle a few drops and knocks here and there is ideal.
Check the list ahead for our top picks! We’ll go through each tool in detail with a list of its pros and cons so you can easily decide what the best option for you is.
Best Launch Scan Tool
Launch CRP129 Automotive Scan Tool – Editor’s Pick
This scan tool can read and clear ABS, airbag, engine, and transmission trouble codes for most vehicles after 2006. As well, this tool can help with oil reset, EPB and SAS reset.
Because it was made from the X431, this device is loaded with complete diagnostic functions at a reasonable price.
The Launch CRP129 is one of many state-of-the-art devices in Launch’s range of scan tools.
It’s a compact device. At just 7.7″ x 4.17″ x 1.25″, it’s a similar size to many of the larger smartphones on the market today. The small size allows a great level of portability – perfect if you need a scanner to take on call-outs.
The product is used in landscape, with clear controls on the front alongside a bright 4″ LCD non-touch screen. Grips are located on either side of the back panel to ensure safe-keeping and comfortable use at all times.
The device weighs just under 2lbs and is wide enough and built sturdy enough so that it won’t break with a good number of knocks and drops.
Set up is simple, just make sure to register the device and update it before you begin. You won’t have all the vehicle options you’re looking for if not. Regular patches over the internet from Launch themselves will keep your device working as efficiently as possible following this.
The product works with all vehicles containing OBD or OBD2 – petrol automobiles onward from 2001 and diesel engines onward from 2004. This includes over 40 car brands from the US, Europe and Asia.
It may be a small device but the technology onboard allows it to be one of the most powerful and best value across all categories of Launch’s product range.
The CRP129 implements Launch’s new data processing unit. This allows for maximum efficiency and improvements across the board in both performance and utility. Hardware and chips that are specifically made for the CPR129 model are bound to make for a huge improvement in performance and this proves true in this case.
On top of previous functions such as customizable menus and flashing LED indicators, the CRP129 builds on its functionality by adding the capability to not only record but keep and also playback many hours of data. You’re also able to compare previously recorded information anytime you choose and print any data you need from a PC.
The following are just some of the service capabilities of the Launch CRP129:
- Fully integrated OBD2
- Malfunction indicator light
- I/M readiness test that examines emissions-related systems onboard
- Car Model Diagnosis
- Provides VIN, CIN, and CVN information
- Brake reset
- Engine Oil Lamp reset
- Steering angle reset
- Dynamic data stream for transmission, engine as well as ABS and SRS
- Ability to see fault codes that are current, permanent, or pending
- Compact, rigid design
- A new, powerful processing unit
- Multi-language compatibility
- Bi-directional engine, transmission, ABS, and SRS tests
- No Bluetooth connectivity
Launch X431 V+ Professional Diagnostic Tool
Firstly, the Launch X431 V is a Bluetooth device that can read DTCs, update you with live engine data streaming and additionally, read codes for all systems-including your fuel and power systems.
The Launch X431 V+ Professional is a top-of-the-line diagnostic tool.
The product is large and sturdy. At 13.78″ x 5.91″ x 9.84″ you have over 10 inches of screen space to work with. With the touch functionality, Android 9.0 operating system, Bluetooth, and 5.0 MP rear camera, the device seems to have no problem packing a lot of technology into a good size tablet.
Thanks to the Android operating system, the touchscreen can be used in landscape or portrait mode. The device has an anti-slip and anti-grease design. It’s heavy enough and thick enough to take a good few knocks, even if it is dropped or hit.
A rechargeable battery life of up to 10 hours during nonstop usage allows you to utilize the tool for the entire workday before it needs to be plugged in to charge. The bright 10.1-inch touch screen clearly displays information and is powered by an 8-core 1.8GHz CPU – you can also display up to 15 separate data graphs at one time.
This tool has the convenient capability to double up as a regular Android tablet which can be used as a video player or text message communication device.
Don’t forget to update the device before you begin, you may also have to register the system. Updating will give you all of the latest bug fixes and vehicle models to service. Launch will provide 2 years of free, consistent patches over the internet as and when they’re needed.
The Launch x431 V+ works on all vehicles carrying an OBD or OBD2 system. This means that a petrol vehicle from 2001 onward will be compatible and diesel engines from 2004 onward will be compatible. This includes over 150 car brands and 10,000 vehicle models from the US, Europe, and Asia.
The diagnostic abilities of the X-431 models are a standout. The device can perform full system diagnostics and analysis, but it is also Bi-directional. You can take control of the modules in the vehicle you’re testing through the tool.
There are guidelines and instructions across all functions so you’ll never get lost or confused with what you’re analyzing. The box it comes in is filled with different OBD/OBD2 connections for the connector to work on various different vehicles.
OE level functions allow you to perform online coding, offline coding, as well as controlled functions.
Just some of the more advanced service functions of the Launch X431 V+ include:
- CU coding
- ECU coding
- Oil reset service as well as reset on the brakes, steering angle sensor, and battery
- Coolant bleed
- ABS bleed
- Coding for new injectors
- Program new keys
- Gear learning for ECU related replacements
- Windows calibration
- Bluetooth connection allows for freedom of movement
- 24 language options
- Multifunctionality with the front camera, touch screen, and Android OS
- Powerful CPU allows for lots of analysis and graphing at one time
- 2 years of free update downloads
- Expensive compared to other options from Launch
LAUNCH X431 Creader VII+ Scan Tool for Home Mechanics
The Launch X431 is an OBD2 scanner that comes with an 8GB SD card. This Launch X431 CReader has live data stream with graphing functions to help users quickly understand vehicle diagnostic codes.
A tool for beginners or a DIY home technician, the Launch X431 CReader VII+ could be the scanner you need to get started with vehicle diagnostics.
Weighing just over 1lb and coming in at 9.3 x 7.9 x 1.9 inches the device is definitely mobile. These dimensions give you 3.5″ of a non-touch color screen to work with.
All the tools that Launch provides are sturdy and reliable, on top of that, this product is grease and oil resistant. Its overall size and relatively small screen will ensure that any drops of knocks that the device gets will not lead to any damage.
The device has to be used in a landscape setting with buttons on the right side of the 3.5″ screen. On the left side are two status indicator LED lights.
Set up is simple, no batteries are required and it doesn’t need any charging. Connect the OBD/OBD2 cable to the device and it should turn on once connected to your vehicle. This does mean that there is no Bluetooth. You will be limited to the length of the included wire in terms of movement whilst the tool is plugged in.
You may have to register the device and/or update it before you begin. Launch offers free patches via the internet for the lifetime of this product, keeping your device working as effectively as possible.
Once set up, the device will allow you to view, print, save, or playback any system diagnostics you choose. You can view up to 4 live data streams in one graph.
The Launch x431 CReader VII+ is compatible with vehicles that have OBD2. For US vehicles 1996+, for EU vehicles 2002+, and Asian vehicles 2005+. For transmission, ABS, and SRS examination the scan tool is only compatible with vehicles from 2006+.
If you’re ever unsure of the fault codes that are displayed, there is a one-click method to search up a definition of all the codes and how a fault can be fixed.
Some of the functions include:
- Engine tests
- Transmission tests
- ABS tests
- Airbag tests
- I/M readiness analysis
- EVAP analysis
- Viewing and deleting fault codes
- Switching off dashboard indicator lights
- Supports the most popular languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Portuguese)
- DTCs are listed in a library so you can fully understand everything you’re doing
- Free Lifetime update downloads
- No advanced (OE level) functions
- No Bluetooth connection
LAUNCH CR8001S DIY Diagnostic Scanner
Launch has the CR8001S for just $206. This Multilingual code reader can give you full-service engine diagnostics in Spanish, German, Portuguese, and French.
The Launch CR8001s is a great option for a mechanic who wants to perform most of the common maintenance issues on a vehicle, without any of the advanced options that other scanners offer such as coding.
The device is relatively large at 11.69″ x 9.21″ x 3.31″, weighing 2lbs. It is nevertheless still very mobile and easily carried in a bag. It’s also thick and sturdy so won’t be broken by a knock or drop here and there.
The bright, non-touch, color screen is 4″ and controls to operate the device are located below the screen. These controls include the standard directional pad to navigate the menus, however, one of the standouts of this device is the four keys located above the d-pad. These four buttons allow you quick access to the most common functions of the tool, making it easy to use for all.
The user manual states that just a tap of the button can take you directly where you need to go for an oil reset along with BMS, EPB, and SAS reset. On top of this, one-tap can take you to the engine, transmission, ABS, and SRS diagnostic menu.
A cheaper scanner option, this Launch scan tool can perform bidirectional tests on the SRS, ABS, engine, and transmission. You’ll be able to read, diagnose and then remove fault codes.
The built-in library of DTCs will assist you in understanding every fault code and problem that can present itself. The library also offers advice on potential solutions, so you’ll never be stuck when working on a vehicle.
Unlike some of the other scanners on this list, this tool has no Bluetooth features. In order to power the device on, it must be connected to the OBD or OBD2 of the vehicle that is being worked on.This limits the mobility of scanners, so for cars with less space and room to operate keep this in mind.
Diagnostics can be saved to the device. The scan tool can be connected to a computer to print any diagnostics in a report format.
The device works on over 40 vehicle brands across the US, Europe, China, and Asia. Launch offers lifetime updates for this device. More car models can be added through these patches, so make sure you download the latest and register your device before using the tool.
Summary of the functions of the Launch CR8001s scan tool:
- Bi-directional use on some of the body systems of a vehicle including the engine, transmission, SRS, and ABS.
- Reset functions on EPB, SAS, BMS, and oil.
- Oxygen sensor examination and carbon canister inspection.
- Range of languages supported (English, German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese)
- Built-in fault code library for easy fixing and understanding of all DTCs
- Useful hotkeys
- No advanced (OE level) functions for key programming etc.
- No Bluetooth functionality
LAUNCH X431 PROS Mini Auto Diagnostic Tool For Technicians
And last but not least, for a smaller price at just $791 and miniature size compared to the X431 V, the Launch X431 PROS Mini is another handheld Bluetooth device that is loaded with all the functions of the larger model.
The Launch X431 PROS Mini lives up to and provides the wide range of functions and features that the ‘professional’ line of Launch’s scan tools offers.
Over 30 diagnostic functions put this so-called ‘Mini’ tool right up there in terms of the power it has in utility.
The device is 15.91″ x 11.89″ x 4.21″, weighing just over 7lbs. It’s portable and can be carried around or will easily fit inside a bag if you need to take it elsewhere.
Speaking of mobility, the Bluetooth connectivity of the device allows you to move around and away from the vehicle as you use the tool. The device has Android 7.0, therefore it can be used in landscape or portrait mode.
Specifications such as a 7″ LCD touchscreen, a 5MP rear camera, WiFi, and a 4680mAh battery puts this device up there as one of the most powerful on this list. This does, of course, come with a higher price.
Android OS also means it can be used as a video player or text message receiver whilst it’s not in use on a vehicle.
32GB of non-expandable memory is plenty of storage for lots of diagnostic and maintenance report sheets. You can record, save, and playback any data stream to and from the onboard memory also.
Launch provides 2 years of free patches for more languages or updates to vehicle models and brands that the tool will work on. The Launch X432 PROS Mini works on more than 150 car brands and over 10,000 different vehicle models across manufacturers from the US, Europe, China, and Asia.
Upon arrival following shipping, the box will be filled with different OBD/OBD2 connections for the Bluetooth connector to work on many different vehicles.
The service functions of the device include:
- Viewing and deleting fault codes
- Bi-directional testing on vehicle systems including the Body Control Module, ECM, ABS, SRS, BMS, SAS, TCM and wiper, fuel, and light systems.
- Oil reset service
- 30 0ther reset functions (Gear, brake, EPB, DPF, AFS, SUS, TPMS, IMMO, ETS, EGR)
- Coding, ECU coding, Injector coding
- Key programming
- 24 languages supported
- 2 years of free software updates
- A professional tool that offers pretty much every function you could ask for as a mechanic
- Works on more brands and models of car than any other on the list
- Could be seen as an expensive investment
LAUNCH Creader 8001 Full OBDII Scanner for Car Owner
For the best price on an OBD2/EOBD scanner, the Launch Creader 8001 is the choice for you.
Similar to the CR8001S, this tool is proficient in finding and solving issues with the most common vehicle problem parts – the system doesn’t function to perform any of the advanced service options that other scanners offer such as coding.
The Launch CReader 8001 is 10.3″ x 7.6″x 3.3″, weighing just 1 pound. It’s highly mobile and easily portable or carryable in a bag.
There is no Bluetooth capability so you’re limited to the length of the OBD adapter cable. This does mean that no charging is required as the device is powered on using the battery of the car that it’s diagnosing.
The tool is well built and won’t break from a drop or knock. The screen is non-touch and 4″ so you’ve got enough room to operate and see one or two graphs. The controls to use the tool are found just below the screen.
There is the standard d-pad and the more interesting ‘hot-key’ buttons. These four buttons speed up the navigation process and take you straight to where you need to be for each function. With just a tap of one of these hot-keys, you can go straight to an oil reset or SAS, BMS, EPB reset. Further, you can be taken straight to bidirectional tests for your engine, transmission, ABS, and SRS.
Bidirectional tests on the SRS, ABS, engine, and transmission are great options, especially for a comparatively cheaper tool such as this one. Not only will you be able to read and remove fault codes but you’ll be able to diagnose them with testing.
The Launch CReader 8001 allows you to read and freeze frame graphical data. You can also save, playback, and print any data of your choosing.
This tool is compatible with vehicles that have OBD2. US vehicles 1996+, EU vehicles 2002+, and for Asian vehicles 2005+. For transmission, ABS, and SRS examination this scan tool is only compatible with vehicles from 2006+.
Launch offers free lifetime patches for this tool, so you can keep up-to-date with the latest bug problem fixes and vehicle specs.
Using this tool, with just one tap you can diagnose and test any of the following service functions:
- Read, delete and find out about all fault codes/DTCs
- O2 sensor test
- On-board monitor test
- I/M readiness
- Oil reset, EPB, SAS reset
- Turn off MIL on the dashboard
- Bidirectional tests on the SRS, ABS, engine, and transmission
- Many languages supported (including English, Spanish, French, Russian, German, Portuguese, Japanese)
- Bidirectional tests
- Helpful hot-keys for quick and easy use
- Free lifetime update downloads
- Cannot perform OE level functions
- No Bluetooth functionality
- Does its job well and with clarity
- Cheaper than alternatives
- Easy to use interface
- Lifetime of free update downloads
- Light and portable
- Basic functions for diagnoses and resetting only
Recommendation: Top 3 Launch Scan Tools Comparison Chart
Depending on your mechanical knowledge or the job you’re looking to complete, everyone is in search for the tool that matches your criteria. Those Launch scan tools are accordingly made into different styles to meet diverse automotive needs.
For vehicles owners, DIYers, or knowledgeable mechanics looking to get their hands on advanced technology, Launch has a product for you.
|For Beginners:||For DIYers:||For Professionals:|
LAUNCH CReader 7001F
LAUNCH X431 Creader VII+
LAUNCH X431 PROS Mini
3.7 / 5
4 / 5
4.2 / 5
|10.2" x 7.5" x 3.4"||9.3" x 7.9" x 1.9"||15.9" x 11.9" x 4.2"|
|Screen||4.0” color LCD||3.5” TFT LCD display||6.98" touch and high resolution screen|
|Diagnosis||Full OBD2 Diagnostics + 6 reset functions||ENG/AT/ABS/SRS |
No reset functions for the Engine/Transmission/ABS/SRS diagnoses
|FULL systems diagnoses +11 Special Functions|
Can quickly read and clears codes, compact style. The best bang for your buck.
Large screen size and compatibility features for many makes and models.
Wireless, large screen, fast read, and live data streaming.
Complications with updating device
Many users had problems with updating this device.
All the features needed for beginners and mechanics at the best price.
OBD2 Automotive Diagnostic Scanner that can help with Oil Light Reset, ABS bleeding, BMS battery reset and more.
Wireless Bluetooth Technology that puts all the equipment of the auto shop into your hands. Compact size with all the functions of the advanced device.
Conclusion: Launch Scan Tool for your need!
The best Launch scan tool system for you is one that you can afford, and one that does all the jobs you’re wanting it to. All of the items above are strong, quality products, it’s about determining the right one for you and your needs.
You have to decide based on what you can afford, which is the best tool for you. Are you looking for advanced, OE-level functions? Then go for the more expensive ‘Pro’ options in the list above. These can perform all the duties you want whilst being packed with many other functions also.
The advanced functions include CU and ECU coding, brake fluid control, and further analyzing the body control module of a car. The Android OS on offer allows your device to perform more extensive functions whilst also performing faster and more efficiently. The extra money spent on a more expensive tool will not be a waste, as all the products above offer plenty for how much they cost.
If all you’re wanting to do is to view and clear fault codes whilst observing the different data stream type options then you can look to one of the cheaper products on the list above.
They are optimized to perform the basic functions very well. Years of innovation and work on specific chips for Launch devices have pushed them to the top as market leaders for a reason. The products they offer work efficiently no matter the price range you’re looking at.
Look at the product’s customer review section, see what other people have said about their experiences with the Launch products they purchased, the vehicle model it worked on, the technology it had to offer them, and the shipping time.
Further, check out the comparison chart above for our most recommended devices concerning all different budgets and uses.
This information will provide you with a better idea and understanding of what you need to be focussing on and looking for. In turn, this will help you to find the perfect product with the service capabilities you require.
Which Launch scanner is the best?
This depends on the vehicle you’re looking to test and what you’re looking to test on said vehicle.
Scan tools offer different functions depending on the processing unit inside them. Cheaper scanners won’t be able to perform some of the OE level, advanced functions, that more expensive options can offer. However, in today’s market, most scan tools can perform bi-directional tests, and the majority allow you to view, save and delete fault codes and other diagnostic reports.
The cheaper options may not be able to perform on all the vehicles you want them to. They may be limited in the number of brands they cover and the regions they cover also.
If you’re looking for advanced functions such as windows calibration and PLIP programming, then you should look to the more expensive units on offer. These are often labeled as ‘professional’ or ‘Pro’ and will have the OE level functions you’re looking for.
They will, of course, be more expensive however with the higher price comes more power and functionality. For example, the Launch X431 V+ Pro comes with Android 9.0 OS, a rear camera, expandable memory, and a rechargeable battery. It’s more than just a scan tool, it’s a full Android tablet that can be used as such.
Which is better, Launch or Autel?
Both brands were created to follow the same purpose – servicing cars. Therefore, both are great at doing just that.
They’re market leaders who offer a range of products, servicing all sorts of vehicles from different years and brands. The functions of their goods are all similar, as there is only so much that can be tested on a vehicle.
So the question should be which is easier to use and provides better customer service?
Launch offers free lifetime update and patch downloads on most of their tools along with free additional language support.
Who makes Launch scan tools?
Launch scan tools are manufactured and produced by Launch Tech co., Ltd.
They are a public company based in China. They offer more than just scan tools, they also produce equipment such as car lifts and alignment devices.
They’ve been one of the most trusted companies to offer scan tools in recent years. Their products are used by many mechanics around the world due to the ease-of-use that they offer and the services that they can provide.
Their tools are marketed not only to beginner mechanics but also to the most experienced mechanics who are looking to perform advanced, OE level, functions and diagnostics on cars.
Prices range from around $200 all the way up to $1000+, no matter where you are in your career as a mechanic, a Launch scan tool can help you.
How do I download Launch X431 software?
Simply download and install the Launch X431 application on your android or iOS device.
Wait for the app to install, then open the app, and upon login, your device should begin to update.
After the update is complete, restart the app and download the car brands you’re looking for.
Check your Launch product throughout the process to ensure that everything is being updated correctly.
What is Launch X431 and what can it do?
The Launch X431 V+ Pro is one of the most powerful scan tools on the market. It’s marketed to professionals due to the advanced features that it offers compared to other scan tools currently available for purchase.
It has Android 9.0 OS, Bluetooth functionality, and a 5.0 MP rear camera. All of this is fit onto a device that has a touchscreen over 10″ in size as well as expandable memory, rechargeable battery, and an 8-core CPU onboard. This Launch scan tool is much more than just a regular scan tool.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one device that can not only diagnose cars but perform as a powerful Android tablet on the side, providing dual-functionality for your business, then the Launch X431 is a great option for you.
Working on over 10,000 vehicles from over 150 brands of car, the Launch X431 covers more vehicles from across the globe than many of its competitors. Whether you’re looking to service a car from the US, Europe, China, or wider Asia, the Launch X431 is more than likely to work on the brand and model of the car you are working on.
OE level functions such as DPF Regeneration, Windows calibration, CU coding, ECU coding, and ABS bleeding push the diagnostic abilities of the Launch X431 above many of the scan tool alternatives on the market today.
How much does it cost to update Launch X431?
Most Launch tools offer free updates, either for the product lifetime or multiple years. The Launch X431 offers 2 years of free patches for you to download and use upon request.
After your two years are up, there is a subscription-based update service that you’ll have to pay for if you want to keep your device working at its best, on all the newer models of cars coming out.
A 1-year update subscription package might initially seem expensive. However, this does include everything you need to update software as well as the vehicles you can work on. New features and diagnostic functions can also be released with future update downloads, so keep an eye on what’s to come.
The Launch website has handy step-by-step update installation guides if the process ever becomes too confusing or if you’re having any difficulties along the way.
How do I use Launch X431 PRO?
First, ensure you update and register your device before starting. This will not only give you the most up-to-date software and functions, but also the most recent cars and other vehicles you can work on.
Begin by plugging the OBD2 connector into the OBD2 port on the vehicle you’re working on. The connector may be Bluetooth and without a wire, or it may be wired and your device will power up following its plugging in.
Then, scan and detect any fault codes that the vehicle is presenting. These codes are the best way to find out what is wrong with the vehicle in front of you, without having to do any diagnostic tests.
If the vehicle shows fault codes that you do not recognize, many of Launch’s merchandise comes with a library of all the fault codes, what they mean, and how you can fix them. If not, you can simply search them up on the internet and find the solution.
Other functions are available throughout the menus of your devices, as and when you want to use them.
What is the best scan tool on the market?
The Launch X431 V+ Pro is the best scan tool on the market for the price it comes in at. Android 9.0 along with Bluetooth functionality and a 5.0 MP rear camera make this scan tool one of the most feature-packed on the market.
Further, a touchscreen over 10″ in size, as well as expandable memory, rechargeable battery, and an 8-core CPU onboard shows the Launch X431 V Pro scan tool to be much more than just a regular scan tool.
Not only are alternatives for ‘professionals’ sometimes double the price of the Launch X431 V Pro, but the additional functions they have to offer are severely limited and nowhere near worth the extra cost.
If you’re looking for a device that can provide multi-purpose use, whilst being able to perform OE level diagnostic functions, look no further than the Launch X431 V Pro.
You’ll be able to perform all the diagnostics you want on over 10,000 car models, from 150 different brands found across the globe.
No matter if you’re looking to work on a vehicle from the US, Europe, China, or Asia, the Launch X431 V Pro is going to be able to do what you want it to, for a price that is over half of some of its competitors.