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ICOM A1 & A2 Quality (NEW PCB PICTURES!)
11-09-2015, 13:03 PM
Post: #31
RE: ICOM A2 Quality (PCB PICTURES!)
I bought a good clone when they first cloned the icom a1 maybe 4 or 5 years ago at least. its never let me down. i put wifi card in it and it works on wifi. ive programmed over 100 cars WITHOUT issue.
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18-10-2015, 16:46 PM
Post: #32
RE: ICOM A2 Quality (PCB PICTURES!)
(27-05-2015 00:38 AM)ap90500 Wrote:  
(22-08-2014 12:02 PM)Bimmeristi Wrote:  Icom 1 have cooling issue, so when programming cars it warming quite hot(fan is too small/small air flow) and can fail and cause problems. If you can keep it cold some how, no need change.

It think that this is BS produced by ICOM sellers, who want to sell A2 units for people who already have the A1. I have had A1 for over a year now, I have flashed
numerous cars from E36 to F30 with it, and I have had zero issues. A1 Heat sink is bigger and has more grooves (surface area) than A2 heat sink, and there still is the fan that is not present on A2. I bought this ICOM from Yoho Technology, and I can recommend it for others too.


Hi friend i have contact YOHO TECHNOLOGY , this is 100% good quality ? I Will buy ICOM WIFI smile1
I hope is 100% best quality and support old vehicles KLINE ( e46 ,e39 ) because my icom is BAD quality seller CARDIAG.CO.UK BAD VERY VERY BAD company

WARNING FOR USER I PREVENT ALL WANT BUY ON CARDIAG.CO.UK VERY BAD QUALITY
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05-04-2016, 12:48 PM
Post: #33
RE: ICOM A2 Quality (PCB PICTURES!)
Hello,

I just received my ICOM Clone from China...

Before connecting the ICOM to my BMW, I would like to test it. Is there any Hardware Test available to test my ICOM?

Also can you guys tell from my pictures if the ICOM is a good quality?

What I already can tell is, that the 12V Port for Power is not soldered at all and is using a wrong connector. The connector, which is only clued to the board, is a RCA connector(Wikipedia).think

But if its only that, I can live with that...


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11-04-2016, 18:47 PM
Post: #34
RE: ICOM A2 Quality (PCB PICTURES!)
(05-04-2016 12:48 PM)delete Wrote:  Hello,

I just received my ICOM Clone from China...

Before connecting the ICOM to my BMW, I would like to test it. Is there any Hardware Test available to test my ICOM?

Also can you guys tell from my pictures if the ICOM is a good quality?

What I already can tell is, that the 12V Port for Power is not soldered at all and is using a wrong connector. The connector, which is only clued to the board, is a RCA connector(Wikipedia).think

But if its only that, I can live with that...

Majority of Chinese icoms look same.Just check if the pins of the wifi card holder are properly soldered to the main board.On mine clone A2,the pins were not even soldered to the board.When i tried to add wifi card,wifi card was not responding.So then i discovered that problem and i had to manually soldered each single pin.

Regarding the power pin you are talking about,actually its not a power plug,its there to connect ICOM with IMIB(Integrated Measurement Interface Box).IMIB is another bmw diagnostic tool which contains oscilloscope,multimeter etc.Mine clone has a proper 5 pin imib connector as shown in the picture.


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12-04-2016, 21:57 PM
Post: #35
RE: ICOM A2 Quality (PCB PICTURES!)
I tested the ICOM. And it was working fine with ISTA-D. But somehow it was not working with E-SYS. Also after connecting my ICOM to my car, I wasn't able to reach the ZGW anymore with ENET cable... After battery reset it was possible again to connect with ENET... So I guess my ICOM was faulty. I sent it back to the dealer and ordered an ICOM Next from BMW.

I rather spend more money on the ICOM, than spend even more money to get ECUs repaired or replaced...
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30-04-2016, 20:55 PM
Post: #36
RE: ICOM A2 Quality (PCB PICTURES!)
I think all the newer icom clones are in some way bad... First had an icom a1 wich had no kl15 (fixed it by re-soldering the board) and had no connection on k-line vehicles. After that had an icom a2 clone wich worked perfect with ista d, but almost everytime when programming with ista p it got really hot and crashed at the middle of programming. Also the 20-pin adapter is really bad quality, used it maybe 5 times and now battery voltage isn't displayed anymore.... Now ordered an icom next at local dealership since i am sick and tired of praying it ends well during programming!
Other workshop nereby has icom a1 clone about 5 years old and it's still working perfectly, he does a lot of programming! So i guess the chinese quality got bad over the years.
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01-05-2016, 05:25 AM
Post: #37
XZBMW RE: ICOM A2 Quality (PCB PICTURES!)
Maybe a workable solution could be to have a Chinese clone kit, to have the cables and MOST Connector, but also purchase an original BMW ICOM NEXT from your closest dealer and use that all the time. Use the possibly poor quality clones only when the original goes down, or it has to be repaired.

Part # for original 81312360883 Picture also included below. BMW price is US $720.00. Well worth the investment.
One DME U lock up is over $1,000.00 [one thousand]. The balance is obvious.....

A real good idea is to complete a self installed heat-sink and fan, like some of the contributions mentioned before.

Other part #s for the original kit are here:
81312360884
81312360885
81382201932
81382339699


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09-05-2016, 20:01 PM
Post: #38
RE: ICOM A2 Quality (PCB PICTURES!)
What kind of WiFi card is needed for ICOM A2 clone ?
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09-05-2016, 21:47 PM
Post: #39
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(09-05-2016 20:01 PM)tutuianu_daniel Wrote:  What kind of WiFi card is needed for ICOM A2 clone ?

usually it's an Atheros AR9160 Mini PCI Card
http://cartechnology.co.uk/showthread.php?tid=4015
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21-05-2016, 03:24 AM
Post: #40
RE: ICOM A2 Quality (PCB PICTURES!)
(10-02-2014 20:28 PM)JarsaR Wrote:  Hey,

i have been scrolling the internet few weeks now,
looking for high quality Icom A2 (B+C). I would like to have the wifi model,
Has anybody some good source for them? I am new to BMW diagnostic overall, so any help will be greatly appreciated. smile
Im thinking of spending 600$ is that enough to get HQ one?

Thanks,

-JarsaR.
This is high quality icom clone, still few suppliers have them available [Image: 5fb9cbf21b921abaf7fd747c59cb6ca4.jpg][Image: c2f7142a17374f7eac159abacac9da0b.jpg]

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