top of page

Powergate 3+ Instructions

Important Programming Guidelines for Handheld Flasher (Powergate 3+)

  1. Battery Charger Requirement:

    • Always use a battery charger to maintain a consistent 12 volts during programming.

    • Failure to maintain voltage could lead to battery depletion, even if it’s new, and potentially damage the ECU.

    • Handling Errors During Programming:

      • If you encounter an error while programming:

        • Do not turn the key off or unplug the power gate.

        • These actions can harm the ECU.

        • Instead, return to tuning and restart the programming process.

        • Further instructions will clarify this process.

  2. ECU Safety During Programming:

    • While reading the ECU, no damage occurs.

    • However, programming can cause issues.

    • Failures typically result from:

      • A flat battery (disable accessories like air conditioning and radio).

      • Interruptions in the car-to-ECU connection.

    • To mitigate risks:

      • Connect a battery charger to the vehicle battery before starting programming.

      • Address any battery weakness beforehand.

  3. Completion of Programming:

    • Ensure that programming completes successfully before:

      • Disconnecting the cable.

      • Turning off the key.


Remember to follow these guidelines meticulously to avoid any potential damage to the ECU during programming.

The 3 Main Steps:

  1. Download the Powergate 3+ Software:

    • Ensure you have a Windows PC with a USB port (Windows 8 or newer).

    • Download the Powergate 3+ software from the provided link at bottom of page.

  2. Transfer the Read File:

    • After reading the file from your car, transfer it to your computer.

    • Email the file to us.

  3. File Modification and Programming:

    • We will modify the file as needed.

    • Once ready, we’ll send it back to you so you can program your car

Unboxing and Initial Setup:

  • In your box, you should find the following items:

    • Powergate 3+ device

    • OBD2 plug

    • USB plug

  • Important: Ensure you have a solid internet connection before proceeding.

Software Installation:

  • Use a PC running Windows 8 or higher.

  • Download the Powergate 3+ software.

  • Run the installer, following the prompts as you would for any other program.


Device Connection and Update:

  • Open the downloaded Powergate 3+ software.

  • Connect the Powergate 3+ to your computer’s USB port using the supplied USB cord.

  • The software will identify the device and initiate an update.

  • If you encounter an “initialize device” error, unplug and reconnect the Powergate while keeping the software running. It should eventually recognize the device.


Familiarize Yourself with the Touch Screen:

  • The Powergate 3+ has a touch screen interface.

  • Key sections:

    • Tuning: Start the process of reading your car.

    • Setup: Access the setup menu.

    • Diagnosis: Allows vehicle diagnostics.

    • Information: Displays hardware/software versions, serial number, and ECU details if you’ve already read your vehicle.

  • Navigation bar for system navigation.

Preparing Your Vehicle:

  • After updating the software, unplug the Powergate.

  • Locate your vehicle’s OBD2 port (usually under the dashboard) and plug in the Powergate.

  • Turn the car to the ON position (dashboard lights on, but the vehicle not running).

  • Turn off all accessories.

  • For keyless cars, press the start button without starting the car (no foot on the brake). The ECU will power up without starting the engine.

Powergate Activation:

  • The Powergate will turn on and load the home screen.

  • Click on the TUNING icon using the touch screen.

  • Select Vehicle Details: Choose the Make, Model, and Engine that closely matches your car.

Remember to follow these steps carefully to ensure successful programming and avoid any issues with your ECU.

bottom of page