There mainly are four kinds of Renault CAN CLiP diagnostic tool from China, designed by different factories, that come with different printed circuited boards (PCBs), some good, some with connection issues.
Note: you are advised to read “How to tell good PCBs” first:
Type 1: CAN CLIP v164 for Renault – CHEAPEST
This is the NEWEST Renault Clip clone, released on Dec. 2016. It is only for $105, the CHEAPEST version, compared to others. Work no issues of the basic obdii functions.
Type 2: Renault CAN Clip diagnostic interface – HIGH QUAILTY
This is the BEST quality but most expensive CLIP with the AN2131QC chip, for $135. -So far no issues on reading all the information relating to the vehicle, diagnosing Renault cars models including automatically test all Renault models’ computers, reporgramming, airbag test and other functions.
Type 3: Renault CAN CLiP V164 – the MOST Populous
CAN CLIP with PCBs designed as above is the MOST POPULOUS version of chinese copies.
Almost Renault models are tested by users and technicians, like Clio II, Laguna II, Laguna III, Scenic II, New Twingo, Megane Scenic, Spider, etc (both no issues of obd2 diagnostics and ecu reprogramming.)
So, it can also be the SAFETEST version to use on cars.
Type 4: Quality A+++ Can Clip for Renault because of the AN2135SC chip.
In the PCB, engineers add the high quality chip CYPRESS AN2135SC or CYPRESS AN2136SC.
The new chip AN2135SC/AN2136SC solved communication issues of old CLIP (esp. the most populous version sp19-b). That make CLIP work more stable and can be used for a longer time
Using other versions of Renault CLIP, the diagnostic interface will disconnect if users have no operation for 10 minutes around after successful communication to the car.
With this new CAN CLIP for Renault, the issue solved, with the chip AN2135SC/AN2136SC. This is the PCB with new design.
So that it can works no issues as the original. That is, it’s the BEST-QUALITY Renault CLIP china clone.
All CLIP versions above only differs in PCBs and price. All have been tested without issues on Automatic test of all computers, Physical measurements, OBD diagnostic tests, Airbag test,Antipollution, MultimeterinEnglish/ German/ Brazil/ Denish/ Spanish/ Finnish/ French/ Italian/ Norwegian/ Dutch/ Portuguese/ Romania/Swedish.
Read the following tips if you decide to buy items from China.
Tip 1: Quality & Price
In China, you can get anything – at/for any price, problem is that you will have to accept the quality. “You get what you pay for” – And this is more or less true, there will be always someone somewhere “trying to” do it for less, but there are thresholds and once you step under them, you will have to suffer from the results. Quality of a product also depends on the material you purchase (You can’t simply make gold out of wood)
Tip 2: Reasons for low costs
The only reason why the obdii diagnostic cables are made in China is because 90% of the materials (micro-controllers and ICs) come from there.That is, it’s mainly about cost, most people would not be ready to pay 3-4 times the price just for the device being made in Europe or the US.
So, items are produced in high quantity and cost saving here
Anyway, good luck when but items in China.
Reference to Renault CAN CLIP:
How to install CAN CLIP v162 software:
Where to get Renault can clip software: