Tool Review: Snap-on Verus Wireless Diagnostic and Information System

Snap-on's Verus Wireless Diagnostic and Information System is a keyless scan module that covers OBD-II applications with a single adapter; no need to switch keys for different vehicles.

With a Windows operating system and the built-in Wi-Fi and Internet browser, you can access technical forums, service information websites and parts suppliers. The Verus uses a touch screen and includes a scan tool, Fast-Track Troubleshooter, optional ShopKey repair information, a customer information database, the company's Component Test Meter and 4-channel scope, and a reference database. It has a 250GB hard drive, a 25 percent faster processor, more RAM and an improved display screen. An automatic updater includes web delivery of software service releases sent directly to the tool.

The Review

Technician Darren O'Gorman of Auto Analyzers in West Allis, WI had owned a standard Verus for a year before trading up to a wireless model. He told us he wanted the wireless capability "because I get a lot of EVAP codes, and this helps with bi-directional testing by letting me go under the car with the scan tool to feel the solenoid click. In a noisy shop, this tells me more than if I was sitting in the driver's seat." In addition to a wireless connection that's less troublesome than another scan tool he tested, Darren noticed this tool is faster than his original Verus.

Although it came with everything needed to use all of its features, Darren added pressure transducers for the scope. He uses the transducers frequently to graph compression, vacuum, backpressure and even fuel pressure, sometimes while driving the car.

"I take a snapshot, upload it to my website and then send the customer a link to that picture. It helps me sell the repair, and customers are often impressed and surprised that I can test their car this way."

Another thing that impresses customers (and Darren too) is the fact that "I can scan from inside a heated building. The car can be outside running and I'm inside showing the customer what's on the screen." He found that he must be within 25 feet to establish communication, and must remain within 50 feet to maintain the link. He would prefer more range, but that's the only thing he would change.

Darren says the Verus is priced correctly because it has saved him time and money. "If it wasn't a 4-channel scope, I wouldn't have bought it … I need to be fast because there are only two of us here, and we don't make money on diagnostics, only on the repair."

He also noted the tablet size is an advantage over laptop-based scopes. "I can lay it under the hood and switch between scope and scan tool."

In addition to the diagnostic functions, Darren also uses his Verus to store records indexed by customer/ vehicle and date. Perhaps he summed up the tool's overall capabilities best when he said, "I like having it all in one package."