Autel MaxiAP Series OBD2 Bluetooth Scanner Reviews

Autel MaxiAP diagnostic tools (Autel AP200, Autel AP200H, Autel AP200M) offer a range of diagnostic and service reset functions and wide range of vehicle compatibility. This makes them very appealing options for both professional mechanics and home repair enthusiasts.  They feature in Bluetooth connection with the vehicle and a Phone (IOS or Android).

Look at the following comparison table among Autel AP200, Autel AP200H, Autel AP200M, generally speaking, they are similar in their outlook design, they looks like compact and elegant, actually they target at different users’ need.

Item Autel AP200 Autel AP200H Autel AP200M
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Weight 1.1 ounces 3 ounces 4 ounces
Dismension 2.3″ X 1.9″ X 1″ 2.5″ X 2″ X 1″ 6.4″ X 4″ X 1.4″
Full-system OBD2 functions ×
Engine Diagnosis
ABS/SRS Diagnosis
Transmission Diagnosis
Oil Reset
Battery Maintenance (BMS)
Report ×(Health Rating) × (Repair Report)
EPB Reset ×
DPF Regeneration ×
SAS Calibration ×
ABS Bleeding ×
Throttle Match ×
TPMS reset ×
More (Oil reset, Immo keys, Injector, Suspension, Window door, Seats, Odometer, Head lamp, CHG tire size, TEC learn, Trans adaption) √ (Its impressive range of 25 service functions) × ×
Vehicle Coverage OBDII vehicles made 1996 and later Most vehicles 1996 and later 130+ manufacturers
Advantages 16 service functions; connect with the Android or iOS device;All OBDII functions are available and free Easy to check on the car’s health at a glance Has most of the repair and diagnostic capabilities.
Able to be installed on any Android or iOS device.
Disadvantages With One Free Vehicle Software + More Maker ($21.99 for IOS or Android) Not have the full-system diagnosis or repair functions Need to pay even for the first vehicle after one year of use.
Target User Offer the functions intermediate and advanced home mechanics need. For beginners and everyday car owners who want to monitor their cars’ performance. Offer the functions intermediate and advanced home mechanics need.


The same:

  1. Share the similar operation

OBD2 adapters Bluetooth communication with the OBD2 port of the vehicle and send that information to diagnostic software on an Android or iOS device.

  1. The similar capabilities

full OBD2 compatibility incl. I/M readiness test, read trouble codes, and turn off the check engine light. As well as more or less service reset functions.

  1. Bluetooth communication

In terms of the Bluetooth connection, all three are stable when used up close.

  1. Compatible Protocols

Autel AP200 / AP200H / AP200M have full support for all OBD2 protocols, including CAN networks. Besides, the Autel AP200 and AP200H have support for EOBD protocols, allowing them to diagnose vehicles made in Europe.

  1. Compatible Vehicle Coverage

Autel AP200 / AP200H / AP200M can work on all the car with OBD2-compliant protocol. In another word, the compatibility of individual system diagnosis and service functions can differ among them.

The Autel AP200 has the broadest coverage. It’s compatible with any vehicle made after 1996. Autel AP200H is able to diagnose and repair most OBD2 cars, though it does have some compatibility gaps.

Autel AP200M also has broad compatibility incl. cars and trucks made by over 130 different manufacturers worldwide.


The differences:

  1. Size and dimension

Autel AP200 full system scanner is the smallest and lightest of the three, the weigh is less than a pound, and they’re all unobtrusive once you plug them into the OBD2 port.


2.Each of these Autel code reader comes with diagnostic software designed to pair perfectly with the adapter.

Autel MaxiAP AP200 app is able to be downloaded on iOS or Android phones and is simple to install and connect. Therefore, it won’t work on computers or tablets.

The software is free for one vehicle for the first year, and All OBDII functions are available and free. One more car Maker ($21.99 for IOS or Android).

Autel MaxiAP AP200H app (included with the Autel AP200H) is able to be installed for free per vehicle make. Besides, any compatible functions and features for that vehicle come with the software for free, though you will need to pay for additional vehicle.

Autel AP200M range up to 30 feet. Its included software has 13 language options. The software is free for one vehicle for the first year. Beyond that, you’ll need to pay a $19.99 subscription fee each year for each vehicle.

  1. Software and Update Service:

Autel AP200 software supports free lifetime updates for the first vehicle. You can download it on any iPhone or Android phone, it’s not compatible with tablets. If you need to add another car, you can do so for $21.99/year.

Autel AP200H package includes the MaxiAP200 app software free. Its built-in “Mall” function helps you download the software for your vehicle directly through the app. If you need to download software for additional vehicle brands, you can do so with a one-time purchase of $15.99 per vehicle.

Autel AP200M is compatible with all iOS and Android devices, not just phones. The app is free for the first vehicle for the first year. After that, it’s $19.99 per year for each car you want to diagnose.

Last but not least, I want to emphasize Health reports and Repair functions

Health reports are another helpful diagnostic feature, letting you get a complete picture of your vehicle’s performance in one quick go. The AP200H has Health Check and Health Service applications to do this.

Repair functions are especially helpful for DIYers, letting you do more in your home garage without paying a professional. You’ll get two extra functions with the Autel AP200H: oil light reset, and battery maintenance service reset. It covers all the systems with dash warning lights but doesn’t go beyond them.