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When you want to know what's wrong with your vehicles, or try to do repairs by yourself, a car diagnostic tool is required. Autel, as one of the leaders in the automotive diagnostic industry, has been praised by global customers, and its diagnostic tools are widely used in workshops around the world. In fact, it's no joke trying to find the right one from dozes of product pages, especially for novice mechanics. So, the article will introduce Autel diagnostic products step by step based on price and functional levels to help you choose the right tool for you.

Autel's current product lineup is organized by the diagnostic level and includes MaxiSys, MaxiCOM, MaxiPro, MaxiDAS, Maxicheck, MaxiDiag, AutoLink, and MaxiScan and the Key Programming Tool MaxiIM series. Within each series, a higher product number corresponds to a higher diagnostic level.

autel code reader

Autel MaxiScan MS300/ MaxiScan MS309

Price: $17.99-$18.99

The Autel MaxiScan series is currently Autel's entry-level OBD2 code reader and includes models MS300 and MS309. These models are capable of performing some basic, but essential functions such as turning off the check engine light, reading and erasing fault codes, checking emission monitor status, and more. Please refer to the following product comparison table for more detailed information.

Model
MS300 -- $17.99

MS309 -- $18.99
Item Weight 226 grams 249 grams
Read & Clear Codes
I/M Readiness
Freeze Frame Data /
O2 sensor Test
Evap System Test
Vehicle Information
Retrieve Generic Codes, Manufacturer Specific Code, Pending Codes
Turn Off Check Engine Light
Support CAN (Controller Area Network)
DTC Lookup
Engine
Fuel System
Ignition System /
Vehicle Compatibility All 1996 and newer cars, SUV and 12V Diesel that are OBD2 compliant except motor home All 1996 and newer cars & light trucks that are OBD2 compliant

These two code readers price is below $30, Autel MS300 and MS309 all are plug-and-play code readers that are particularly friendly towards pre-2015 vehicles. They are perfect for car DIYers and beginners to perform essential diagnostic functions such as:

  • Reading and clearing Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) to deal with emission-related issues,
  • Checking the Emission Monitor Status to ensure readiness for Smog Tests,
  • Resetting a sudden Check Engine Light.

These compact and affordable scanners help streamline the process of vehicle maintenance and diagnosis.

Autel AutoLink AL519/ AutoLink AL619

Price:$56.00-$85.00

In the Autel product lineup, a higher product number corresponds to a higher diagnostic level and broader vehicle coverage. Compared to Autel's entry-level MS300/MS309 code readers, the AutoLink series, specifically the AL519 and AL619, offer enhanced diagnostic capabilities such as One-Click Smog Check, reading and clearing all 10 Modes of OBDII Tests, and turning off Check Engine Light (MILs), making them suitable for a wider range of vehicles. Moreover, the AL619 has been upgraded from the AL519 and now includes ABS/SRS diagnostic functions to meet market demands. For more detailed information, please refer to the following product comparison table.

Model
AL519 -- $56.00

AL619 -- $85.00

AL609P -- $80.00
Live data
Read & erase DTCs
Retrieve the VIN
Freeze frame
I/M readiness status
C.A.N. capability
Data stream
Vehicle information
On-screen DTC definitions
Code lookup function on tool & printing capabilities
DTC cause/tips
Bi-directional testing + Advanced Mode 6
I/M readiness key
ABS diagnose /
SRS diagnose /
Check engine light
Oil light reset
EVAP codes

Typically, only the code readers available in auto parts stores are equipped with full OBD2 diagnostics, allowing them to access complete OBD2-related data and handle more complex issues. However, if you prefer to avoid paying for professional services, the AL519/AL619 code readers are suitable for resolving most emissions and engine-related problems. As the AL619 includes ABS/SRS diagnostic functions, it is highly recommended for those who may encounter common ABS/SRS warning lights or issues. Ultimately, choosing between these options depends on your budget and specific needs.

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Autel Maxicheck Pro/ MaxiDiag MD806 (MD808)/MaxiDiag MD806 Pro(MD808 Pro)

Price:$159.00/$185.00/$235.00/$160.00

Following handheld OBD2 scanners offer extended capabilities beyond those mentioned code reader before, such as Oil Reset and ABS Auto Bleed, some of which include up to 7 different reset services. These features are particularly useful for individuals who service their vehicles a few times a year and may save on diagnostic and reset services at a repair shop by investing in an Autel handheld scan tool. For more detailed information, please refer to the following product comparison table.

Model
MD806 -- $159.00

MD806 Pro -- $185.00

MD808 Pro -- $199.00

Maxicheck Pro --$160.00
OBDII Diagnosis
Engine System /
Transmission System /
Anti-lock Braking System
Supplemental Restraint System
Electrical Park Brake System / /
Tire Pressure Monitoring System / /
Steering System / /
Air Conditioning System / /
Battery Management System / /
Chassis System Division / /
Brake Assist System / /
Security System / /
Reset Services
Oil Service Reset
SAS Reset
EPB Service
BMS Reset
DPF Reset
Throttle Adaptation /
Adjust A/F /

Some important differences can be seen from the table:

Autel MD806 can diagnose 4 systems, namely Engine System, Transmission System, Anti-lock Braking System(ABS) and Supplemental Restraint System(SRS).

Autel Maxicheck Pro can only diagnose 2 systems, namely ABS and SRS system.

Maxicheck Pro does not support Throttle Adaptation and Adjust A/F.

MD808 Pro is the offline sales version of MD806 Pro, which is completely the same in function but different price due to the cost.

Regarding the reset services, not all reset services are available for your vehicle. So, a pre-sales consultation is highly recommended to make sure everything you want will work on vehicles, please provide vehicle VIN for us for matching.

Autel MaxiCheck MX808S/ MaxiCOM MK808BT Pro/ MaxiCheck MX900/ MaxiCheck MX808S-TS

Price:$369.00/$469.00/$505.00/$599.00

This series is positioned as Home Diagnostic Scanner, perfect for those who need daily maintenance, code reading, code clearing, reset services, (TPMS diagnosis), etc. Starting from this series, the diagnostic work is performed based on Android-based tablets. Compared with the handheld code reader, there are big breakthroughs in the functions and services---from few systems diagnostic to all systems diagnostic, from few reset services to dozens of services.

The tablet series not only covers more car models but also comes with many useful applications, such as Data Log allowing users to upload diagnostic reports to Autel technicians for answers, Remote Desk providing remote control assistance, Cloud Service, etc., which can greatly improve work efficiency.

What's more, since June 2022, expensive active tests and special features have been added to these tablets, making them the most cost-effective OBD2 scanners on the market.

The Specific product comparison table is as follows.

Model
MX808S -- $399.00
(2-Year Update)


MX808S -- $369.00

MK808BT Pro -- $469.00


MX900 -- $505.00


MX808S-TS -- $599.00
CPU Rockchip RK3188 Rockchip RK3566 Rockchip RK3566 Rockchip RK3566 Rockchip RK3566
RAM 1G 4G 4G 4G 4G
ROM 64G 64G 64G 64G 64G
Battery Capacity 5000mAh 5000mAh 5000mAh 7700mAh 5000mAh
Android Version Android 4.4.4 Android 11.0 Android 11.0 Android 11.0 Android 11.0
Screen Size 7 inch 7 inch 7 inch 8 inch 7 inch
Screen Resolution 1024*600 1024*600 1024*600 1280*800 1024*600
Camera / / / 8 MP /
VCI Main cable Main cable VCI Mini Main cable VCI Mini
Main Functions
Basic Features(Read/Erase Code & View Live Data)
Service Functions
Special Function
Bi-Directional Control(Active Test)
TPMS Functions
Advanced TPMS Diagnostics for Complete TPMS Health Check / / / /
Activate 98% of all Known TPMS Sensors / / / /
Program Autel MX Sensors / / / /
Extensive OBD Relearn Coverage / / / /
On-screen Relearn Procedure / / / /
Other Functions
DoIP & CAN FD Protocol / / / /
Pre & Post Scan / / / /
Scan VIN / / / /
Wifi Print / / / /
Auto VIN
Remote Desk
New Functions
Endoscope Function(MV108S)
Battery Test(BT506) / / /
Autel Cloud Service

The relationship between these models is clear at a glance, as their names suggest: MX808S + Bluetooth VCI=MK808BT Pro; MK808BT Pro + Complete TPMS Function=MX808S-TS.

If only to deal with routine maintenance without TPMS issues, you only need to choose one from the wired version MX808S and wired + wireless version MK808BT Pro. Of course, if the budget is not enough, MX808S will not disappoint you. If TPMS diagnosis is required, choose MX808S-TS, you will enjoy both Bluetooth capability and TPMS function.

Autel MaxiCOM MK900-BT/MaxiCOM MK900-TS

Price:$619/$879

Recently, Autel has released the 900 series, including the MK900BT series. So, what are the upgrades compared to the MK808BT Pro? Why should we choose the MK900BT? Let's analyze them one by one. Following is a comparison among MK900BT MK900TS MK808BT Pro and MX808S-TS.

  • 1. Larger Battery Capacity: Compared to the battery capacity of the MK808BT Pro, the MK900BT has increased its battery capacity to 7700mAh. This enables longer usage time, providing users with extended periods of operation before requiring a recharge.
  • 2. User-Friendly Design: The MK900BT features a user-friendly interface with a large, high-resolution touchscreen display. Its intuitive navigation and well-structured menu layout make it easy for users to navigate through various functions and access the desired options quickly.
  • 3. Expanded Vehicle Coverage: The MK900BT offers enhanced vehicle coverage, thanks to the newly added camera feature, which enables VIN scanning and license scanning. Additionally, its support for CAN FD and DoIP protocols allows for compatibility with a greater range of vehicles.
  • 4. Advanced Functions: In addition to the essential diagnostic functions, the MK900BT offers advanced features such as Pre & Post Scan, WIFI Print, Comes with MaxiVCI V150. These additional functions provide comprehensive diagnostic capabilities, allowing users to perform a wide range of tasks on supported vehicles.
Model MaxiCOM MK900BT - $619 MaxiCOM MK900TS - $879 MaxiCOM MK808BT Pro - $469 MaxiCheck MX808S-TS - $599
Hardware Processor Quad core Processor Quad core Processor Quad core Processor Quad core Processor
Operating System Android 11 Android 11 Android 11 Android 11
RAM 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB
ROM 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Screen 8 inches 8 inches 7 inches 7 inches
Resolution 1280*800 1280*800 1024x600 1024x600
SD Card SD Card (Support up to 64GB) SD Card (Support up to 64GB) SD Card (Support up to 64GB) SD Card (Support up to 64GB)
Battery Capacity 3.7V 7700 mAh 3.7V 7700 mAh 3.7V 5000 mAh 3.7V 5000 mAh
Camera Rear: 8 Megapixel Rear: 8 Megapixel / /
VCI V150 V150 VCI MINI VCI MINI
Software Auto VIN
Read/Clear Code
Live Data
Freeze Frame
ECU Information
Active Test
Service √(40+) √(40+) √(40+) √(40+)
Special Functions All System All System All System All System
Cloud Management
Pre & Post Scan / /
SCAN VIN / /
SCAN License / /
Remote Desk
DoIP / /
CAN FD √(Need Adapter) √(Need Adapter)
Extensive Full TPMS / /
Endoscope √(Need MV108S) √(Need MV108S) √(Need MV108S) √(Need MV108S)
Battery Test √(Need BT506) √(Need BT506) √(Need BT506) √(Need BT506)
Wi-Fi Print / /

Autel MaxiPro MP808BT Pro Kit/ MaxiPro MP808S Kit/ MaxiDAS DS808S-TS/ MaxiDAS DS808S-BT

Price:From $669/$639/$799/$649

The MP808 series and DS808 series are designed for car DIY enthusiasts or small repair shop mechanics, configured with advanced functions such as code reading and clearing, reset services, Bidirectional Control (Active Test), Guided Function & Refresh Hidden Features and ECU Coding for specific cars, etc. MP808 series and DS808 products has the exact same diagnostic capability as MS906 but cost less, which is a more cost-effective choice. The Specific product comparison table is as follows.

Model
MP808BT Pro Kit-- $669.00

MP808S Kit -- $639.00

DS808S-TS --$799.00

DS808S-BT --$649.00
CPU Rockchip RK3566 Rockchip RK3566 Rockchip RK3566 Rockchip RK3566
RAM 4G 4G 4G 4G
ROM 64G 64G 64G 64G
Battery Capacity 5000mAh 5000mAh 5000mAh 5000mAh
Android Version Android 11.0 Android 11.0 Android 11.0 Android 11.0
Screen Size 7 inch 7 inch 7 inch 7 inch
Screen Resolution 1024*600 1024*600 1024*600 1024*600
Camera / / / /
VCI VCI Mini Main Cable VCI Mini VCI Mini
Main Functions
ECU Coding(For BMW,Porsche,VW)
Refresh Hidden Functions(For BMW,VW,Audi,Skoda)
VAG Guided Functions(For VW,Audi,Skoda,Sear,Man LD)
Basic Features(Read/Erase Code & View Live Data)
Service Functions
Special Function
Bi-Directional Control(Active Test)
TPMS Functions
Advanced TPMS Diagnostics for Complete TPMS Health Check / / /
Activate 98% of all Known TPMS Sensors / / /
Program Autel MX Sensors / / /
Extensive OBD Relearn Coverage / / /
On-screen Relearn Procedure / / /
Other Functions
Auto VIN
Remote Desk
New Functions
Endoscope Function(MV108)
Battery Test(BT506) /
Autel Cloud Service

The same logic can be seen in the series: MP808S Kit + Bluetooth VCI=MP808BT Pro Kit; MP808BT Pro + Complete TPMS Function=DS808S-TS.

MP808S Kit is equivalent to MP808S with a box of non-OBD2 standard adapters, making it work on OBD1 vehicles. MP808S Kit connects the tablet and vehicle via cable while MP808BT Pro/ DS808S-TS connects via Bluetooth VCI. If you need TPMS, DS808S-TS comes with the same TPMS capabilities as the handheld TPMS tool TS508, which is worth a try.

Autel MaxiPro MP900/MaxiPro MP900-BT/MaxiPro MP900-TS

Price:$699/$859/$1059

Product  Type

MP900 - $699

MP808S Kit - $639

MP900-TS - $1059

DS808S-TS - $799

MP900-BT - $859

MP808BT Pro - $649

Hardware

Operating system

Android 11

Android 11

Android 11

Android 11

Android 11

Android 11

CPU

Rockchip RK3566

Rockchip RK3566

Rockchip RK3566

Rockchip RK3566

Rockchip RK3566

Rockchip RK3566

Screen

8inches, 800*1280

7inches, 1024*600

8inches, 800*1280

7inches, 1024*600

8inches, 800*1280

7inches, 1024*600

RAM

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

ROM

64GB

64GB

64GB

64GB

64GB

64GB

Battery

7700mAh

5000mAh

7700mAh

5000mAh

7700mAh

5000mAh

Camera

Rear: 8M

No

Rear: 8M

No

Rear: 8M

No

DLC

Wired

Wired

V150

VCI MINI

V150

VCI MINI

DoIP

x

x

x

CANFD

√(optional adapter)

√(optional adapter)

√(optional adapter)

Software

Read/clear code

Freeze frame

ECU information

Live data

Active test

Full system special functions

Service functions

√(40 kinds)

√(36 kind)

√(40 kinds)

√(36 kinds)

√(40 kinds)

√(36 kinds)

 ECU Coding

Pre&Post Scan

x

x

x

TPMS integrated function(such as sensor programming, activation)

x

x

x

x

Autel MaxiSys MS906 PRO/ MaxiCOM MK906S Pro/ MaxiCOM MK906 Pro-TS/ MaxiCOM MK908 II

Price:$1059.00/$999.00/$1289.00/$1288.00

If you want to do high-end repairs or customize your car, 906 series can provide an optimal solution at a reasonable price. The series comes out with more powerful hardware configuration, except for the old MS906, these scanner are equipped with Bluetooth VCI and double battery life(or more). Compared with MP808 series, the biggest breakthrough of MS906 series is that it can do advanced Online ECU Coding for some specific models, such as BMW, Porsche, VW, etc. Best choice for DIY enthusiasts and small-to-medium auto repair shops who need pro ECU Coding, more advanced features, and wider vehicle coverage. The Specific product comparison table is as follows.

Model
MS906 Pro

MK906S Pro

MK906 Pro-TS

MK908 II

MS906 Pro-TS
Price $1059 USD $1199 USD $1279 USD $1288 USD $1439 USD
Hardware
CPU Qualcomm 660 Qualcomm 660 Qualcomm 660 Qualcomm 660 Exynos 8895
RAM/ROM 4G/128G 4G/128G 4G/128G 4G/128G 4G/128G
Battery Capacity 11,600 mAh 11,600 mAh 11,600 mAh 15,000 mAh 11,600 mAh
Android Version Android 10.0 Android 10.0 Android 10.0 Android 10.0 Android 7.0
Screen Size 8 inch 8 inch 8 inch 10.1 inch 8 inch
Camera Rear 16.0 MP
Front 5.0MP
Rear 16.0 MP
Front 16.0MP
Rear 16.0 MP
Front 16.0MP
Rear 16.0 MP Rear 16.0 MP
Front 5.0MP
Weight 0.92KG 0.90KG 0.94KG 1.58KG 0.96KG
VCI V200 V200 V200 Bluetooth Box V200
Functions
Basic Functions(read/erase codes, live data stream)
Service Functions
Special Functions
Bi-Directional Control(Active Test)
Online ECU Coding(BMW/VW/Porsche)
Hidden Brush(BMW/VW/Audi/Skoda)
VAG Guided Function
(VW/Audi/Skoda/Seat/Man LD/Bently)
McLaren/Tesla diagnostic function / / / √(Only Support McLaren) /
DoIP/CAN FD /
TPMS Functions / / /
Expansion Functions
Wifi Print
Auto VIN
SCAN VIN
Scan License
Remote Desk
Combination with MV108S Endoscope
Combination with BT506 Battery Tester
Combination with MP408 Oscilloscope / /
Remote Expert / / /
Supported Languages Only English Multiple Languages Multiple Languages Multiple Languages Only English
NO-IP Limitation /
Software Update $460 USD $439 USD $529 USD $729 USD $599 USD

From this table, we can see that MS906 Pro is the most cost-effective scanner, which also supports DoIP/CAN FD Protocols, but it only supports English.

If your want to change language to other languages, such as Spanish, you may need to buy MK906 Pro, it supports Multi-language.

If you need both professional Diagnostic Functions and TPMS functions, then MK906 Pro-TS is really a good choice for you.

If you need Diagnostic functions which support McLaren and advanced hardware, then MK908 II will meet your choice.

Autel MaxiCOM MK908 II/Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro II/Autel MaxiSys Elite II Pro

Price:$1288.00/$1649.00/$1839.00/$2039.00

908 series features the high-end functions such as ECU Coding, Adaptation, Refresh Hidden Functions, (ECU Programming for Benz/BWM), etc, perfect for medium-sized repair shops and experienced car DIYer enthusiasts who have high requirements for car modification and maintenance. The Specific product comparison table is as follows.

Model
MK908 II -- $1288.00

MS908S Pro II -- $1649.00

MK908P

Elite II Pro--$2039.00
Hardware
CPU Qualcomm 660 Qualcomm 660 Exynos 5260 Qualcomm 660
RAM 4GB 4GB 2GB 4GB
ROM 128GB 128GB 64GB 128GB
Battery Capacity 15000 mAh 11000 mAh 15000 mAh 11000 mAh
Android Version Android 10.0 Android 10.0 Android 4.4.2 Android 10.0
Screen Size 10.1 inch 9.7 inch 10.1 inch 9.7 inch
Screen Resolution 1920*1200 2048*1536 1920*1200 1536*2048
Camera Rear 16.0 Megapixel Rear 16.0 Megapixel Rear 8.0 Megapixel Rear 16.0 Megapixel
VCI Bluetooth Box MaxiFlash Elite MaxiFlash Elite MaxiFlash VCI
Software
Basic Diagnostic Function
Service
Special Functions
Bi-Directional Control(Active Test)
Online ECU Programming / √(Benz, BMW) √(Benz, BMW) √(Benz, BMW)
Online ECU Coding √(BMW, Porsche, VW) √(Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, VW) √(Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, VW) √(Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, VW)
VW, Audi, Skoda Brush Hidden
VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bently, Man LD Guide function
McLaren, Tesla diagnostics Support McLaren /
Extended function
Oscilloscope function (requires MP408 - discontinued)
Endoscope function (requires MV105/MV108S)
Battery Test /
New Features
Language Multi-Language English,Spanish,Italian,German,French Multi-Language Multi-Language
Autel Cloud Service
Wifi Printer /

Each scanner has its own characteristics, choose according your needs:

MS908S Pro II or Elite II Pro is a optimal solution for those who need ECU Programming. If the budget allows, it is recommended to choose Elite II Pro, superior hardware and multiple languages, and it also comes with two years free software update.

If you're not sure if ECU Programming is required, MK908 II provides another flexible choice---when encountering programming problems, purchase J2534 Programming device additionally to bind MK908 II, and you will get ECU programming function.

Autel MaxiSys Ultra/Autel MaxiCOM Ultra Lite

Price:$2859.00/$3999.00

The series, as Autel's flagship products, is configured with top-of-the-line hardware and software, suitable for medium and large auto repair shops, helping mechanics quickly perform diagnostics, create topology maps, etc. The Specific product comparison table is as follows.

Model
Ultra Lite S-- $2859.00

Ultra -- $3999.00
Hardware
CPU Exynos 8895 Exynos 8895
RAM 4GB 4GB
ROM 256GB 256GB
Battery Capacity 18000 mAh 18000 mAh
Android Version Android 7.0 Android 7.0
Screen Size 12.9 inch 12.9 inch
Screen Resolution 2732*2048 2732*2048
Camera Rear 16.0 Megapixel
Front 5.0 Megapixel
Rear 16.0 Megapixel
Front 5.0 Megapixel
VCI MaxiFlash VCI MaxiFlash VCMI
Software
Basic Diagnostic Function
Service
Special Functions
Bi-Directional Control(Active Test)
Online ECU Programming √(Benz, BMW) √(Benz, BMW)
Online ECU Coding √(Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, VW) √(Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, VW)
VW, Audi, Skoda Brush Hidden
VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bently, Man LD Guide function
McLaren, Tesla diagnostics
Extended function
Oscilloscope function /
Endoscope function (requires MV105/MV108S)
Battery Test
Remote Expert
Flagship Product Features
Diagnostic System Topology
Diagnostic standard D-PDU/RP1210
Bus protocol DoIP/CAN FD
New Features
Language Multi Language Only English
Autel Cloud Service
Wifi Printer

Ultra Lite has the same top-level hardware as Ultra, 4G RAM, 256G ROM, 12.9-inch touchscreen, front and rear dual cameras, etc. The main difference is that Ultra Lite is equipped with MaxiFlash VCI for Bluetooth communication while Ultra is equipped with VCMI for five integrated functions, including VCI, Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Multimeter, and OBD2 CAN BUS Tester. It is worth noting that if you need an Oscilloscope, Ultra or MS919(Same Function as Ultra) is the only alternative that can carry an oscilloscope, because the Oscilloscope device MP408, compatible with other scanners, has been out of production.

Obviously, Ultra Lite is more cost-effective than Ultra. However, if the price of the Ultra is within your budget, the top-of-the-line scanner Ultra is highly recommended.

Summary:

The introduction and comparison of Autel scanner are roughly seen on the above, from MS300 to Ultra. Please see product page for more details, just a click.

Before your purchase, we still need to inform you some precautions:

  1. More advanced scanner or newer releases means wider vehicle coverage;
  2. All functions vary by specific car model. A pre-sales consultation is highly recommended to make sure everything you want will work on vehicles, please provide vehicle VIN for us for matching. please 👉contact us.

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