Powerprobe digital breakout box

Charlie Owner/Technician Massachusetts Posted   Latest   Edited  

Question on breakout boxes, looking to buy a break out box I'm leaning towards the powerprobe digital box. Does anyone have any experience with this tool is it worth the money pro and cons to this style box as opposed to a basic 16 pin box. 

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Saifullah Diagnostician
Ontario
Saifullah
 

I personally believe that its colorful and flashy for nothing. Just grab a simple breakout box. Cheapest one. It will do the job just fine. Save your money.

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Stephen Owner/Technician
Ontario
Stephen
 

I saw a YouTube video made by Joe's Auto Electric that displays the power probe breakout box. The one thing that would steer me away is that it has 2mm banana jack's vs 4mm. That can be gotten around with adapters but is something to note.

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Bill Owner
Nevada
Bill
 

Very helpful. I was considering that power probe one until you mentioned the banana probe jacks. I guess they gotta make something proprietary...

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Obie Technician
Washington
Obie
 

A good scanner is all you need 99% of the time. For the other times a simple box is all you need. I had access to an AES Smart Bob for many years. I can’t recall it being used that much, and then mostly for power and ground testing.

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Joel Diagnostician
Massachusetts
Joel
 

AES wave box is great. The original works great. You can customize it with on off switches for LED indicator lights. aeswave​.​com/LineSPI-custom…

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Doug Owner/Technician
California
Doug
 

I agree with the others don’t spend extra money when you don’t have to just for the company’s sake.

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Vern Owner/Technician
Nebraska
Vern
 

I could not go back to not using a BOB. It has saved me many times and everytime you hook up to it you are given so much info instantly. B+, chassis and signal ground, communication activity. Plus being able to jump comm lines directly to the box to restore comm. Jump ground to restore modules offline because of poor ground. The list is endless that a BOB can help with. Happy shopping!!! For my…

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Rudy Technician
California
Rudy
   

Charlie- The banna jack being smaller than standard is enough to send me elsewhere. Id get another BoB brand. As for its usefulness, I use mine quite often and find it invaluable. Just because some people dont use it often, doesn't mean its not useful. YMMV......

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Randy Curriculum Developer
North Carolina
Randy
 

I like to use a breakout box for easy access. LEDs are a nice touch but voltage levels and waveform signatures are too critical a measurement to lean on them for diagnostics. A simple box w/ 4mm jacks should serve you well.

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Sadel Owner/Technician
Ohio
Sadel
 

I personally been using the blue point one, its simply and works just fine and been happy with it.

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Saifullah Diagnostician
Ontario
Saifullah
 

I have the exact same!

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Joel Diagnostician
California
Joel
 

I am using one for about 1 year . I bought in ebay for 60 dollar has led lights and display screen for voltage

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Rickey Analyst
Ohio
Rickey
 

I'm on my 3rd breakout box, the 1st two where cheap EBay purchases, nothing but headaches, bought a OTC breakout box and everything is great, can now scope CAN HI/LOW no problems, cheap ones you cant.

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Chris Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
Chris
 

I second using the AESwave SmartBOB. It stays attached to whatever scanner dongle I am using at the time. I ordered mine with the voltmeter as well as the isolation switches. It's a great tool and very useful for anything from a quick voltage check at the DLC to various other uses, even a quick power/ground access point while performing under dash testing. That being said, any quality BOB is…

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Michael Owner/Technician
Florida
Michael
 

I know I'm late to the party but for around $100 i was able to make my own from parts I bought on amazon. I got LEDs for blinking lights although I feel I wired the low CAN backwards. and a volt meter. Lots of spare pieces to make other electronic projects. Was a fun afternoon for a tool I wanted more than I needed. I haven't run into a lot of network issues. Do I think its as good as the top…

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Stephen Owner/Technician
Ontario
Stephen
 

Great reply about DIY, I think Cody from YouTube Codies auto diagnostics did a video about building a Bob too.

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Francis Owner/Technician
Virginia
Francis
   

DLC breakouts are marginally useful when used in conjunction w/scanner to monitor battery voltage, presence of network activity, can also be used (OHM) to ascertain network integrity across pins 6 and 14. I've had good luck (generally) with the Power Probe kits I own (abuse the heck out of the extra long cables when I work on medium, heavy duty trucks) so I'd argue their…

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Charlie Owner/Technician
Massachusetts
Charlie Resolution
 

After all the replies I think I'm just going to grab the otc one it's a good middle of the road I thought about the blue point but I don't like the dlc being on the side seems awkward and cheesy. THanks for the response

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