Many auto workshop and beginners try to occupy the key programmer industry, but at the beginning,they have no idea of how to choose an auto key programmer for their own use.So they always follow up those veteran person to buy what they used before.It may be wrong since veteran person have profound resources to earn back,but you are not the same.You need to buy the affordable tool to crate your own business at first. Therefore, it is important for a beginner to choose a cost-efficiency key programmer.Now let me introduce you some useful key programmer.
The key programmer can be consisted of 7 elements as follows,
4.Special Test Instrument
5.Chip Copy Machine
7.Key Cutting Machine
1. Programmer Device
The key programmer device is used for Chip and CPU data read and write, odometer correction,airbag rest and immobilizer.There are four common programmer devices recommended as follows, Digimaster 3,X-PROG Programmer,CG100-3 and VVDI super programmer.
1.1 Digimaster 3
The Digimaster3 key programmer designed by YANHUA TECH of Nanning,as a household brand,whose name has been already deeply rooted in this field by most people.The Digimaster 3,The Digimaster D3,Key Digimaster are popular products at that time.It was used for chips and CPU data reading and writing,odometer correction and airbag reset.Over 80% of Digimaster 3 is almost fool-like operation for most model vehicles, even beginners can easily learn in a short time. Digimaster 3 can cover full function system after its version upgraded.
Now the new version Digimaster 3 is different with the old one,no matter in term of function and and appearance.It works with various types of adapter and you can easily achieve odometer correction, Audio decoding, airbag resetting, engine ECU resetting, IMMO, key programming for Benz &BMW etc.
It contains the advanced technology of programming new keys for BMW and Benz, CAS-BDM reading,writing and resetting; 35080V6 erasure etc. large numbers of pictures and particular description makes your operation pleasant.
1.2 X-PROG Programmer
X-PROG Programmer is also called XP in this field.You can’t buy a genuine XP programmer in China,because it originals from abroad,with high price and all English instruction.Later Chinese manufacturer start to copy the XP Programmer for their own use and then add the wiring diagram for the domestic cars.Of course,Its price is relatively not higher than ever before.
From then on,there are more and more XP Programmer in China. As a result, its quality and functions are very different as well as its prices range from hundreds to two thousand.But the most important disparity is the quantities and stability of CPU type.
A stable XP can solve many problems.If you use a poorly stable XP programmer, data loss is commonplace.Subsequently,it is pity that you can’t procedure the business instead pay for a loss.Therefore,it is advisable for you to choose those high price XP programmers neglect the cheaper ones.
1.3 VVDI super programmer.
Developed by Xhorse Company in Shenzhen, it is the earliest tools that can be designed for immobilizer by Audi, 4th and 5th generation and Volkswagen. Now it can gradually replace those copied XP programmer and it turns out to be relatively stable by their most users.
This tool has focused on immobilizer match for BMW, Audi and Volkswagen.They are almost inseparable from it. Besides, its parts of Tange with the start key writing function the same as a good device to write start key.
Comments: Generally speaking, Digimaster3 has the advantage in odometer correcting, airbag resetting and code reading due to its stability and easy operation. Every step has prompt, like a foolish operation. Whereas, the XP programmer and VVDI super programmer do well in immobilizer. Which one is more suitable for you depends on what aspect do you want to specialize.
1.4 CG100 PROG III
CG100 PROG III is a powerful programming functions operating a variety of chips, repair various modules. CG100 PROG III support airbag repairing, instrument calibration, car body computer repairing, car amplify computer repair and their functions, support to operate RENESAS, ST, MOTOROLA, ATMEGA, NEC, AM28BL802CB and other different chips. Full-featured version of CG-100 with adapter that support to write Land Rover key and BMW Key and BMW, Volkswagen, Bentley engine computer repairing and replacement.
Connected to the vehicle OBD interface,the key can be copied easily according to the prompt by the matching tool.At present, the most popular tools are OBD STAR X300,CI 400,XTOOL X-100 PAD2,and Lonsdor K518 .
These matching tools are mainly used for key matching of domestic and joint venture vehicles.But what is the difference between them?In fact, they are similar with each other,only a little difference exist.Just like the smart phone we used,you can hardly tell them from each other,but actually each of them differ in some places.Generally speaking,several major manufacturers always make breakthroughs in tiny places on their products to share more market.For example, there are two devices, one tool for 100 models and the other for 101 models. Of course most people definitely choose the latter.
This device is a new Android-based vehicle trouble diagnostic device developed for internet applications.It inherits from OBDSTAR advanced diagnosing technology and it is characterized by covering wide range of vehicles,and providing precise result.Through vehicle diagnostic OBD connector and variant mobile intelligent terminals, it achieves vehicle trouble diagnosis for full car model and full system vehicle.Meanwhile, taking advantage of mobile internet, this device integrates more application and service, such as maintenance database,remote assistant, one key upgrade etc.
2.2 XTOOL X-100 PAD2
X100 PAD2 is the first tablet key programmer in the world! It not only provides customers with professional key programming, but also the most needed special functions for workshop. X-100 PAD2 is a tablet with the latest technologies to perform key programming, mileage adjustment, oil service light reset, timing belt service light reset, tire pressure warning light reset, EPB reset, throttle body reset, DPF reset, battery reset, steering angle calibration and OBD-II engine diagnosis.
2.3 Lonsdor K518
Lonsdor K518 is a 7 inches IPS capacitive screen ,based on Android,WIFI networking with USB-B2.0 standard connector,OBD-II test cable integrated with the diagnostic connector function of the adapter.
Lonsdor K518ISE Main interface:
Lonsdor K518ISE Setting interface:
Odometer adjustment interface:
What is the high-end vehicle?That means they design for the advanced automotive,like the Volkswagen, Audi, or Mercedes.The most famous high-end vehicle are FLY OBD Terminator, APpro, DSPIII, and Xhorse VVDI2 which share much similarities with each other.Even though they come from different manufacturers,all stress in immobilizer of Volkswagen,Audi 4 and 5 generations,and BMW.In other words, they born for Volkswagen, Audi and BMW.
3.1 VVDI MB TOOL
But now the VVDI MB TOOL, also from Xhorse,is the most popular programmer, designed for Mercedes.It supports most of the Mercedes infrared key. It can directly match keys via vehicle OBD interface or vehicles infrared key interface and support the replacement of steering locks.The key code can be calculated by the online server in a short time, and launch key matching,quick and convenient.It eliminates the risk of reading data from many locks in the past.So many people also use VVDI MB TOOL all over the world.In a word, it is still the best choice as the Mercedes key device for the time being.
Comments:It is clear that we can divide matching tools into two parts.The first part belong to domestic and joint venture vehicles,such as OBDSTAR X300,CI 400, Lonsdor K518 and XTOOL I80.The other tools are special in Volkswagen, Audi and BMW like the FLY OBD Terminator,Xhorse VVDI2,AP-pro,and DSPIII.
4.Special Test Instrument
Sometimes when you want to change the odometer or computer board, many key programmer can’t make it come true unless with the original instrument, such as Volkswagen,Audi 5054 ODIS system,BMW,Mercedes-Benz,Land Rover Jaguar,Ford,Mazda,Honda and other original equipment.There are special auto test instruments to solve above problem.They are Mercedes Star C4,BMW NEXT, Autel908, Land Rover and Jaguar VCI,and VAS5054A ODIS.
You can alternate a soaked computer board even that is not the original instruments.In particular,Autel 908 is another original useful comprehensive special test instrument,which covers dozens of brands vehicles.
4.1 Mercedes-Benz C4
MB SD Connect Compact 4 supports reading & erasing trouble code,reading the real-time data of sensor and actuator, coding and programming. MB SD Connect Compact 4 supports wireless diagnose, support K-line,CAN BUS and UDS protocol, fit all computers,with multi-language.
4.2 BMW NEXT
B-MW Diagnostic software includes the engineer version, which is the quick and easy diagnostic programming and coding system that German BMW engineers are using. The system is designed in English and German. The Engineer version is so practical and powerful that it can achieve professional features which all the original professional computers can realize, can change the language into Chinese through the OBD port for import cars (Europe regulation cars, the United States and the United States, Africa, etc.)
4.3 Land Rover and Jaguar VCI
JLR VCI Diagnostic Tool is new VCI for Jaguar and Land Rover SDD system and support full diagnostics and reprogramming.VCI SDD JLR Diagnostic tool software support update and cover JLR vehicle till 2018.Using integrated circuitry, the JLR VCI has a variety of functions including: reading and clearing Diagnostic Trouble Codes; running active and utility tests; data monitoring and reprogramming.
4.4 autel 908
Autel MK908P, as a high-end vehicle diagnostic tool developed from Autel, featuring the complete diagnostic functions including ECU programming for BMW and Benz etc., and the advanced configuration (Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, 8.0 Megapixel rear cam, ultra-clear 10.1 inches LED screen),is the ideal scanner for professional mechanics and auto repair stores to perform all-around fixes and comprehensive tests. Mk908P ensures the perfect diagnostic solution for technicians who demand unrivalled smart technology and smart repairs.
5.Chip Copy Machine
Put the original car key into the coil of the key chip duplicator to read the data, and then take a blank chip on the same place, press the copy button,the original was cloned,simple and safe.The chip copy machine is mainly used to add the auto key.And it is simple to clone a key without connecting and moving the car.It can not only copy the key but also realize the key loss.There are some chip copy machine, CN 900 Mini,JMD Handy-Baby,and Xhorse VVDI.
5.1 CN 900 Mini
I believe that TJECU products don’t need to introduce more.In the past,the CN 900 has made a great achievement in this area.And now the CN 900 mini has over 80% similar with the CN 900,but its price is much lower than ever before.In the past,the full-function CN 900 with the plug-in box Reaches 6K. Now CN 900 mini nearly can achieve all functions only with less than one fifth price of CN 900 Even if there is no beautiful cover of the package and fascinating sound from the lady customer service from the CN 900 Mimi,it is still worthwhile to purchase.
Comment: CN 900 mini,locksmith weapon, merchant must!
5.2 JMD Handy-Baby
JMD Handy-Baby is the earliest handheld chip duplicator.It was very salable in the industry once launched, because it is light, portable and small like a mobile phone. Another function that it can directly copy part of 48 chip,which is an unique speciality.
Declaration: Living for the locksmith, save for the locksmith!
5.3 JMD Handy Baby II
The JMD Handy-Baby II upgrades its version and becomes more powerful.It can support remote renew,FIX CODE clone,Fixed code,JMD remote renew (JMD remote by JMD APP) and copy key for Audi,Volkswagen 4th,Audi 5th And Audi ID8E.The details is we can find in this blank.
5.4 Xhorse VVDI
Original Xhorse VVDI Key Tool Remote Key Programmer can perform these functions:edit transponder, clone transponder, test frequency, clone Remote, generate remote, generate garage door remote controller, unlock smart card etc.And now the EU version,also you can buy “Xhorse VVDI2/VVDI Key Tool VV-04 Copy 48 Transponder (96 Bit) Authorization”,note this just the authorizations.
The auto key will be matched by the remote controller.What kind of car remote control is needed, it would be directly generated by a universal sub-machine remote controller. After generated,it will be use as the same original auto key once matched successfully.It can reduce a large amount of cost with less consumables.Now the common remote controller on the market are H618,KD600 and Xhorse VVDI.
7. Key Cutting Machine
I believe that key cutting machine no need to introduce more since it is common and easy to use. it was divided into two parts,flat milling and vertical milling. The price ranges from a few hundred to several thousand.Of course more expensive cutting machine would be more accurate ,durable and easy operation.
There are two key cutting machine recommended,the P1 flat milling and L1S vertical milling.Both machines can use DC 12V, AC 220V power supply and easy to carry on the car.
The last but not least,the Condor XC-MINI from Xhorse deserves to be reference, because it can support many languages,such as the Portuguese, Spanish, French, Germany, Czech, Arabic, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Bulgarian, Norw-ay, Slovakia,Italian,English,Chinese.If you need to change language,it can be activated a new language for you.