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ODB2 Scanner... which?

I have an intermittent "Check Engine" light (Turns on and off about every 2 days). I already have an appointment at the mechanic shop.... BUt for future issues I was thinking about an ODB2 Scanner....
This one seems to be interesting as it is compatible with Android units:
http://www.amazon.com/PLX-Devices-Kiwi-Bluetooth-Wireless/dp/B004B0C1NE/ref=sr_1_20?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1341007541&sr=1-20&keywords=odb2+scanner
I have a Parrot Asteroid unit in-dash.... so it might get the data from there... maybe... if not I wouldn't mind accessing it through my phone....

This one also looks interesting:
http://www.amazon.com/goPoint-Technology-OBD-II-Accessory-iPhone/dp/B00336S7KS/ref=sr_1_4?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1341007945&sr=1-4&keywords=odb2+scanner+ipad
And I have an unused iPod touch laying around I might use for that....

Any experiences? Will those diagnose the "Check Engine" light? Will those work on a 2000 SLK 230? (Supposedly it works with any car built after 1996)
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The GoPint unit can be had for less diectly from their website as opposed to Amazon (~70 USD shipped) They also have a bluetooth unit that will work without a cable. There is software other than their own for use as an onboard monitoring tool. Down load the free GoPoint app before buying, to get a feel for the software.
Any low cost $30 USD and up OBD2 scanner can reset and read the standard codes. More costly units go beyond the DTC and can store data and transfer to a PC, and/or provide realtime readouts from some sensors.
If a onboard reader to use constantly is desired, than some other units to look at are "Ultragauge" and Scanguage2"

For more Mercedes specific diagnostics by the DIY'er, Carsoft and a laptop go further than any of the OBD2 readers.
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