Ultragauge vs. Scangauge II

Discussion in 'Fuel Economy' started by V1ROET8, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. V1ROET8

    V1ROET8 Member

    Well, I've gotten into this whole hypermiling thing enough that I'm considering purchasing one of these electro-wizards. I've given each a cursory look-over, but I'm ignorant enough at this stage to not really know what I'm looking at. So....wise and learned ones, please give this young grasshopper a lesson on what really matters and what doesn't.

    In my case, it would be used in a conventional 4 cylinder ICE gas car, with a manual transmission.

    Thanks in advance
  2. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Re: Ultraguage vs. Scangauge II

    Scangauge II is the official gauge of CleanMPG.
    It has more functions and can be programmed to specific cars such as state of charge for the gen II Prius plus a plethora of other features for different cars. It will read and clear engine trouble (OBDII) codes as an added feature.

    On the minus side, it is more expensive than the Ultragauge but it is well worth it.

    As a member of CleanMPG, you can purchase it at a discounted price on the lower right side of the Home Page.
  3. rfruth

    rfruth Well-Known Member

    Re: Ultraguage vs. Scangauge II

    Can the SG2 monitor the inverter coolant temp in a Ford Fusion hybrid (how about a G3 Prius) ? ((my FFH has an idiot light for inverter temps, I want more info)))
  4. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Re: Ultraguage vs. Scangauge II

    The Scangauge II has Xgauge capability, which is a way to program the SG to read certain reported parameters, other than the standard ones programmed from Linear Logic (the maker of the SG and SGII). This isn't usually public information, so for each new vehicle that comes out, someone has to discover or determine to the coding for non-standard gauges. There is a forum devoted to the Scangauge here. The 2nd "sticky" is the Xgauge thread, which contains user determined coding for Xgauge variables. They may not have been determined yet for the FFH.

    Me personally, I have a Scangauge, but that is because there wasn't really anything else worth buying when I started a few years ago. I have recommended the Ultra-gauge to a few friends of mine for their simplicity, and may end up buying one for myself just to have and experiment with, and to have for my wife's next car when it is replaced.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011
  5. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    There's a good thread on the pluses and minuses of the Ultragauge here.
  6. Christofoo

    Christofoo Active Member

    This may not matter to everyone, but is the UG made in China, whilst the SG2 is made in USA?
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011
  7. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    For most people in non-hybrids, there's not much benefit to Xgauge.
  8. bluejoey

    bluejoey no cars > fewer cars > heavier cars

    I considered the Scan, but was deterred by price. The Ultra came out a couple of years later for much cheaper, so I got one (or rather, my wife got one for me).
  9. wokwithm

    wokwithm Well-Known Member

    Iphone alternative: REV app but requires $150 OBDII Wifi device.

    Android App: Torque(Free or $5) and add a $20 Bluetooth OBDII Tool(generic). You can request the App develop to add functions if you know the codes.
  10. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    The Scangauge is still a bit more compact and though it doesn't have a fancy screen, it does present all the necessary info in an easily read font.

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