How to Select the Best Electric Brake Controller

If you have a Tow Vehicle and trailer, a electric brake controller is something which you should be taking seriously for your vehicle'e safety.We have already explained about Brake Controllers in our articles Electric Brake Controllers-The Complete Guide and What is the difference between available break controllers in the market.Read these articles if you haven't done already.

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Why you need a Good Electric Brake Controller

Though there are lot of brake controllers models available in the market,you need to make a right decision which one you should be buying for your vehicle.There is no need to buy an expensive proportional brake controller when you do need use trailer vehicle much or use it for a light wighted cargo or material movement.Time delayed brake controllers will be more than sufficient in such cases.

On the other hand, it will not be a smart move to go for a time delayed brake controllers when you are serious heavy loaded cargo or other material moving activities.Proportional Brake controllers will be absolute must for these.

Proportional and Time Delayed Brake Controllers both are useful and have their specific use.But the way they work makes all the difference that on which type of braking conditions they should be used.For example Proportional Brake Controllers should be used:

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    If the trailers are frequently used for tow especially trailers  transport heavy loads in long distances.
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    To move precious or high quality premium cargo.
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    If there are fleet of trailers which need to be switched quickly from one tow vehicle to another

Proportional and Time Delayed Brake Controllers-Pros and Cons

Proportional Brake Controllers

Pros

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    Braking is almost instantaneous in Proportional Braking.In an emergency situation the proportional brake controller will match the speed of the tow vehicle with the trailer vehicle.So, the braking will be much smoother.Proportional Brakes are considered as much safer compared to others. 
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    Braking force and power will be distributed to both the tow and trailer brakes at the same time.So wear and tear be less.
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    No adjustment is required for proportional brake controllers.These are advanced enough to match the different trailer size brakes and road conditions.

Cons

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    Advanced equipment like inertia sensors make the Proportional Brake Controllers costlier than the time delayed brake controllers.
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    Installation is bit complex than the Time Delayed Brake Controllers.
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    Proportional Brake Controllers must be mounted in line with the vehicle direction.So the controllers must be placed in within  defined places only.

Time Delayed Brake Controllers

Pros

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    Pocket Friendly brake controllers.If you don't use tow vehicles very often and use only in a few occasions for moving light weight stuffs,this brake controller will be cost beneficial for you.
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    Installation will easier compared to Proportional Brake Controllers.
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    Unlike Proportional controllers,It can be mounted in any location on the tow vehicle and in any position.

Cons

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    Since there will be a time delay between both the brakes there will be an uneven pressure between tow and trailer which will lead to higher wear on brakes.
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    When the hazard lights are on,there is a chance of brake pulsing i.e trailer brakes can pulse on and off frequently,which might cause damage in the brake magnets over a period of time.

Final Thoughts

Whether Proportional or Time Delayed,Brake Controllers are highly recommended for anyone who is using towing vehicle with trailers.In fact, in many staes it has been made as mandatory by state laws.Choosing the right brake controller is very important and it might seem a challenging task sometimes.We suggest you to double check the Vehicle Model,Year of Manufacturing and Budget before deciding on a Brake Controllers.Check out the 7 Best Brake Controllers to Watch for in 2018.These brake controllers were most selling and reviewed products of 2017 and likely to remain the same in 2018.

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