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This New Toyota Prius Battery Scanner Is Changing The Way We Fix Problems

Think that Dr. Prius is cool? You need to take a look at this new battery scanner that is going to change how we repair hybrid batteries.
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Being a hybrid repair guy, I am always looking for a tool or something that can make my job easier. Lately, I have been rooted deep into hybrid battery repair. Many Prius owners want to keep their cars for as long as possible, and I do not blame them.

One of the more common issues that Prius owners face is the dreaded P0A80 replace hybrid battery trouble code. It plagues us with potentially high-cost repairs that sometimes get us thinking about buying a new Prius.

There are some excellent tools out there, but what are they telling us? I recently came into a new product that can give us Prius owners an even better idea of what is going on with our traction batteries before they fail.

Here is what you need to know about the Battscan and your Toyota Prius.

What is BATTSCAN?
BATTSCAN is a Multi-Hybrid Battery State-Of-Health Analyzer. The software, designed to give Toyota Prius and other hybrid vehicles a complete battery scan. The fast and thorough scan of the high voltage battery gives anyone who uses it a simple and easy to read an analysis of the high voltage battery.

Battscan Hybrid battery diagnostic tool

The best part about this tool is that it can give you data before the battery fails. If you know what is going to fail, you can then prevent it. It is almost like I have been preaching battery failure prevention; here is a tool that helps with that.

What Does BATTSCAN Cost?
So, according to their website, three price options are depending on the operating system you use. One of the prices is also a pre-launch offer if you are using an Android-based system.

BATTSCAN in the box

The Android system comes in at a whopping 898 dollars if you reserve it in full, which saves you 10%. You can also pay the $250 and save 5% if that is all the money you can muster at this time. If you are on iOS, you can pay the full $998 and get your data link connector, the software, and the one-year subscription, which by the way, costs $549.

Is BATTSCAN Right For Me?
BATTSCAN is not the cheapest way to look at your battery state of health but looks very easy to use. I would say that if you are a hybrid shop or even a DIY person that does a few batteries on the side, this product is right for you.

BATTSCAN 3 Step Process

Everyone else I would suggest using Dr. Prius and buy the $30 unlimited battery tests. You can get a Carista tool for $20, and you are set. Prius owners want to maximize the potential out of our cars, so money spent better be spent wisely.

Conclusion
I will be reaching out to BATTSCAN and getting their tool for my iOS setup. I want to use it and see how it compares. I also want to make sure that it is the right tool for anyone who wants to use it.

I think that they are on the right track to helping Prius and other hybrid owners get the most life out of their cars and the battery packs. For that, I say thank you.

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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter is also an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Columbia Basin College. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting


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Comments

$800 for something I currently do for $35! Surely you jest!
$900 for an OBD2 scanner? Can it dig as deep as official diagnostic tools? For my Chevy Volt a $25 OBD2 scanner and the $5 or so my green volt app looks at a lot of data. MyVoltCapacity is another.
What about Hybrid Analyst/Hybrid Reporter?
You mention that the best bang for your buck to identify and evaluate the current condition of your Hybrid battery is to get the carista plug-in. When I go to their website they say that if you have a generation 2 Prius that you might not be able to take full advantage of what they have in that part, is that true? If so does it still give me the ability to read the current condition of my battery if I get the subscription?
Hi, with the Carista tool use the Dr. Hybrid app and you can then get the analyzation of the hybrid battery with that App and the tool. That will be your best bet.