At­tack of the clones

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You may al­ready be aware the num­ber of fake con­sumer goods be­ing pro­duced in China and other man­u­fac­tur­ing coun­tries. The prob­lem seems to be am­pli­fied by the huge range of automotive di­ag­nos­tic tools. When a new gen­uine di­ag­nos­tic tool has been de­vel­oped and is of­fered to the mar­ket, it can take a very short time be­fore we see fake or clones pop­ping up.

Even though the gen­uine sup­pli­ers make ev­ery at­tempt to block this, it is nearly im­pos­si­ble to stop. Higher end tools will have a se­rial num­ber and reg­is­tra­tion process for up­dates. How­ever, there is a huge range of the top di­ag­nos­tic tools which are cloned. The most com­mon cloned/fake brand is Launch.

So welcome to the world of clones, fake, copy, poor work­man­ship and poor qual­ity. This prob­lem crosses all elec­tronic equip­ment cat­e­gories, and there are con­se­quences with pur­chas­ing these non-gen­uine ma­chines.

We have been the dis­trib­u­tors for Launch for many years now, and have seen many of the tricks and sto­ries go­ing around. So we thought we would help you out and re­as­sure you that you are buy­ing from a com­pany that takes re­spon­si­bil­ity as the NZ dis­trib­u­tor se­ri­ously. Dur­ing the last sev­eral years we have seen many vari­a­tions of fake/ copy/cloned units around. This is a HUGE hid­den dan­ger.

Di­ag­nos­tic tools have the po­ten­tial to cause ir­re­versible and se­ri­ous dam­age to your ve­hi­cle’s on­board elec­tronic mod­ules. Some of the work­man­ship in­side fake/cloned units is very poor. It re­ally is a mas­sive risk con­nect­ing some of these scan­ners into the ve­hi­cle’s di­ag­nos­tic port; re­plac­ing an ECU, or re­pro­gram­ming back at the deal­ers, is not a cheap fix. There is a vol­ume quota of so many units per day, and that means qual­ity is no pri­or­ity at all. Poor solder­ing, or a wire put in the wrong place, is all it can take to say good­bye to your cus­tomer’s ECU.

We’ve seen it all. A pop­u­lar way to sell Launch scan­ners is to sell off a range of Chi­nese web­sites, and all boast­ing to be the of­fi­cial launch dealer. In some cases this is true in China. The Chi­nese do­mes­tic Launch is com­pletely dif­fer­ent in soft­ware and hard­ware. These com­pa­nies selling them have rewrit­ten, stolen or copied English soft­ware to sat­isfy the bar­gain hunter.

As the of­fi­cial Launch dis­trib­u­tors we guar­an­tee that all the Launch di­ag­nos­tic scan­ners we sell are di­rect from Launch head of­fice. We make sure they are the best op­tion for di­ag­nos­tic scan­ning on 97 per­cent of ve­hi­cles on New Zealand roads. It is false econ­omy buy­ing from over­seas and from a parts com­pany that sells over­seas re­gion scan­ners.

The last thing you want to do is buy a tool which ei­ther fails to work as de­scribed, or find it’s a clone and can­not be reg­is­tered, re­paired

By Vince Ainsworth, sales man­ager LaunchTech. or sup­ported. As with all elec­tronic equip­ment, fail­ures can hap­pen. Here at LaunchNZ we are only a phone call away. We don’t hide in a far­away coun­try and ig­nore you.

Af­ter the suc­cess­ful mar­ket re­lease of the Launch X431 PAD II and the 24V Truck pack­age. Launch has added var­i­ous new func­tions free for all ex­ist­ing and new launch PAD II users. Launch has now in­cluded the fol­low­ing au­to­matic re­set func­tions on the PAD II: Ser­vice re­set. Brake Pad Re­set. Steer­ing An­gle Re­set. DPF Burn off re­set. Throt­tle Re­learn Re­set. Bat­tery Re­set. Brake Bleed­ing.

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