Kess v2 and Ktag China clone master,which one?

There are too many Kess v2 and K-TAG master ECU tuning clones in China market,which one should you choose? In the following parts, obdii365.com provides you three 3 ways to pick up correct one.

Tips:
If you need fix/repair ECU, you need Ktag. If you want ECU remapping,you need both Kess v2 and Ktag.

Option 1: Check the basic information including version especially the hardware version, the tunning way (via OBD or BDM), the vehicle coverage, the language and if the price.
Details shown as following comparison table

Kess V2 vs. K-TAG Ktag Ksuite
Item No. SE87 SE87-B SE87-C SE87-D SE80 SE80-B SE80-D
Item Name KESS V2 master KESS V2 master KESS V2 master KESS V2 master Ktag master Ktag master KTM100

master

Price US$85+shipping US$75.00+shipping US$89.99+shipping US$179.00+shipping US$79+shipping US$179+shipping US$379+shipping
Version Software V2.10
Hardware V3.099
Software version: V2.10 Hareware: V3.099 Software V2.15
Hardware V4.036
Software version: V2.15 Hareware: V4.036 Software V2.13
Hardware V5.001
Software V2.11
Hardware V6.070
Software V2.13
Hardware V7.003
Tokens 60 Tokens available, after use it up, get J-Link to add tokens. 60 Tokens available, after use it up, get J-Link to add tokens. No Token Limitation with token reset button, ater use up tokens, just press it to reset. 500 tokens
after use it up, get J-Link to add tokens.
with token reset button, ater use up tokens, just press it to reset. with token reset button, ater use up tokens, just press it to reset.
OS Windows XP Windows XP Windows XP Windows 7 and Windows XP Win XP/7(partly) Windows XP Better Win XP
Language English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French English/German/ Spanish/ Italian/ Portuguese/ French English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French English, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish English, Italian, Portuguese (other language is customized)
Function read and write the Data of Engine ECU read and write the Data of Engine ECU read and write the Data of Engine ECU read and write the Data of Engine ECU read and write the Data of Engine ECU read and write the Data of Engine ECU read and write the Data of Engine ECU
Vehicle Coverage World-wide famous brand cars World-wide famous brand cars World-wide famous brand cars World-wide famous brand cars World-wide famous brand cars, trucks,traktors and bikes World-wide famous brand cars, trucks,traktors and bikes Support both Car, Motorcyle and Truck ECU Programming
Support Truck NO NO NO NO Yes Yes Yes
Support Motorcycle Yes, work with a small part Yes, work with a small part Yes, work with a small part Yes, work with a small part Yes, work with a small part Yes, work with a small part Yes, work with a small part
Via BDM or OBD Via OBD Via OBD Via OBD Via OBD Via BDM Via BDM Via BDM
Update by CD by CD by CD by CD by CD by CD by CD
Update fee SE87 and SE87-B,SE87-E can be updated to SE87-C, But Need to send back the main device and pay additional money. SE80 can be updated to SE80-B, But Need to send back the main device and pay additional money.

Option 2: Customers feedback reference
This table can only show the basic information; customer feedback on kess v2 and ktag is more helpful.
Customer Feedback on Kess V2 VS Ktag:
Kess (even china good clone)…more stable than Mpps on can-line and good job on recovery…
and best ktag-trasdata-no obd but safe boot mode,pinout direct conection and bdm…
KESS V2 is a ECU programming tool that is perfect for OBD use, while KTag is perfect for Jtag, BDM and all the Boot application (tricore and ST10).
With KESS V2 you programming directly through the OBD port of the vehicle, while with Ktag you need to take apart the ECU and open it, after you can make the read/write operation.

Many ECU has the advantage that can be read and write from OBD port (so KESS V2 is perfect), but there are lot ECU that need to disassemble from the car and open and this is the case for all the ECU that need to be programmed with Jtag, BDM and Boot protocols, so KTAG is needed.

FYI, the difference between master and slave version:
If you have master version you can work directly on the program you have write on the vehicle (tuning, egr off, ….) and rewrite after directly. If you are a slave custommer (who depend of a master (who do modificated), you read the programme (cripted by genius), you send it to the master, he do what you whant (money paid) and he re-sent to you to write in the ecu machine
it is expensive for the slave user who depend of a master.

Option 3: Check the PCB, from the PCB, you can judge KESS V2/KTAG quality.
Take the best selling Ktag V6.070 (SE80-C) and Kess v2 V4.036 (SE87-C) for example.
kess-v2-pcb-board
For other PCB, just browse www.obdii365.com and search KESS V2 or ktag.
Hope this article is helpful.

http://blog.obdii365.com/2016/03/16/tell-kess-v2-ktag-master-china-clones/

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