An electric trailer brake controller is a tool that provides power from a tow vehicle to your trailer’s electric brakes. You can find just two types of brake controllers available on the market today – Time Delay Activated and Inertia Activated.
While the controllers operate differently, they are quite similar. Both types possess the same wiring configuration. Both allow the driver to correct the amount of braking power and both have a pressure sensitive manual override switch that may be utilized to apply the trailer max brake controller independently of the tow vehicle.
Time Delay Activated Brake Controls
The benefits of a solid state brake control unit are the reasonable cost, low profile, plus they can be mounted at any given angle. In many applications, the digital display will flash together with the hazard flashers, and when the speed is set aggressively, some pulsing of the brakes could be felt.
Hazard Flasher issues could be worked out by making use of a Pulse Preventer that’ll isolate the brake control in the vehicle’s flashers, thus eliminating the pulsing.
Inertia Activated Brake Controls
The Pendulum Circuit applies a proportional voltage to the max brake controller of the trailer.
Benefits of pendulum style controllers are efficient braking under various braking conditions including adverse conditions. There is also a smooth braking motion.
Pendulum style controllers have a couple of disadvantages. They are usually larger than solid state control. They more costly and they need to be mounted in a level place. As a result of the advanced technology, it may be installed in just about any location.
If the brake control is Timer Activated or Inertia Activated, the gain may be corrected by the consumer. Both feature a pressure sensitive switch which can be utilized to use the trailer brakes independent of the tow vehicle. Above all, both styles achieve the same goal.