In the world of grassroots racing and weekend warriors there are always companies with goals more towards helping out the little guy. Most of us can not afford fancy data loggers or dynos or most tuning device. That’s why companies like SuperChips does so well, they make a great product anyone can buy and open and use. Well there a few other companies around now doing the same thing. There are a few companies that have made data logging available for a low-cost for those of you weekend warriors. All you need us a smartphone with an app store. ( I tested using an Iphone 4)
So far I have tested what you can do for zero ’ right zero dollars. I have used 4 App’s that all have free downloads in the app store, REV 2 Lite, LogWorks, Pocket Dyno, and G-Tac Free.
REV and LogWorks were the two best in regards to functionality and usability. The Pocket Dyno and G-Tac are much less capable than the other two, although being free they are worth downloading to have some fun with. REV Lite has the ability to be paired with a wifi OBD II adapter to do even more but that would make it no loger free, as well ou can do the same with LogWorks. Both then have the ability to log many more parameters about your car. They will only log the parameters or metrics that your car has available through the OBD II port. With REV you have the ability when paired to the WIFI device to record speed, RPM, Torque, Horsepower, and Throttle. It will will also many metrics for your Air Fuel ratio such as MAF Rate, Fuel Pressure and Trim, as well as others. You also have the ability to monitor engine parameters such as engine load and fuel level and consumption. Again that is only when paired tot he WIFI device and if your car will supply that data to the OBD II port.
LogWorks being our second favorite is also quite Powerful and ahs the ability to link to a WIFI OBD II device. The home screen shows a speedometer anf a fuel economy gauge. these work of the Phones accelerometer when not paired to the WIFI device. You can also with this app like REV Lite record your acceleration, and lateral G-Forces. It also when paired has many gauges you can monitor and record as well as check and erase OBD II trouble codes. As a stand a lone product it is not as powerful as REV but still a good start to the word of data Loging.
For the other two we tested as a free standalone app, Pocket Dyno G-Tac Free, Pocket Dyno works strictly off of the Phones accelerometer and there for we have no idea how accurate it is. What it will show you though is your Max acceleration, max distance, max velocity as well as dragstrip quarter mile times, although we are not sure how it figures those. That is about all tht it will do. G-Tac does the same thing relying strictly on your Phones accelerometer there for again not sure how accurate it is. So basically with these two just use the one which interface you like more, We Liked G-tacs G-Force monitor much better.
We do have some screen shots for you of each app just to give you an idea of how they look.
REV 2 Lite
So there you have it there are some things you can do for free yet. Stay tuned to see what REV2 Lite and LogWorks can do when paired to the WIFI Device.
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