MaxBrake™ - Hydraulic/Air over Electric Variable Brake Controller
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Take advantage of MaxBrake™, the Patent Pending, Hydraulic Over Electric Brake Controller. MaxBrake™ is proven to make towing, pulling or hauling, smooth and controlled.
The MaxBrake™ uses “CVBC” (Continuous Variable Brake Control) technology. A process of converting hydraulic pressure, calibrated to your brake pedal motion, into electric current. As a result, your trailer will mimic your vehicles braking force. Complete control of the trailer brakes is as natural as using the brake pedal to operate the vehicle brakes.
• Compatible with any trailer system up to 4 axles
• Forward and reverse proportional
• No leveling
• Power saving mode
• Compatible with all electric/hydraulic trailers
• Calibrated to your brake pedal
• Free software upgrades (excluding shipping)
• Does not interfere with ABS brakes
• 5 year limited warranty
• Brake System Diagnostics: Dead Short Detection, High Current Detection, Total Amp Readout, Trailer Unplugged, Sensor Unplugged
Understanding MaxBrake's Intelligent Design:
MaxBrake is easy to install. Calibrate the MaxBrake to your brake pedal and the vehicle installation is complete.
Once a trailer is plugged in, the MaxBrake detects if any brake magnets or electric over hydraulic motors are connected.
A single trailer magnet uses between 2 Amps and 5 Amps at full power. Not all magnets draw the same current and it is impossible to predict every different trailer. Not all trailers have magnets on all axles. MaxBrake reports how much current the trailer brakes are actually pulling (plus or minus 1 Amp in most cases). A good trailer brake system will draw anywhere between 3 Amps and 25 Amps, depending on the number of axles as well as many other factors. If you notice that your trailer Amps are behaving strangely, it’s a sign to see if something is wrong. Normally, your trailer will draw the same current day in and day out. Unless something is wrong, the trailer brakes cannot draw more current, no matter what misleading advertising may say. Some competing brake control manufacturers will tell you that more power is better, while the people who design the trailer axles will tell you this is simply not true. Having a 500 Amp brake controller will do you no good if your trailer never draws more than 25 Amps. MaxBrake is flexible for all your towing needs.
The harder you press your brake pedal, the harder your trailer brakes will be applied. The softer you press your brake pedal, the softer your trailer brakes will be applied. This is a very familiar and natural way to control your brakes, and this is exactly what MaxBrake is designed for. MaxBrake give you total control of your trailer brakes at all times regardless of load size or speed, even in reverse.
MaxBrake also has a “fine tuning” adjustment knob. This allows you to fine tune your ride using the CVBC (Continuous Variable Brake Control) adjuster. You can set the CVBC adjuster anywhere between 0 and 100. This guarantees you the smoothest ride possible.
The lower you set the CVBC adjuster the less brake pedal sensitivity will occur.
The higher you set the CVBC adjuster the more brake pedal sensitivity will occur.
Most users prefer a CVBC setting of about 35 to 40 for all towing loads.
Now that the MaxBrake is optimized for towing, you will never have to set it again. No matter what size trailer or the number of axles, it is always synchronized with the towing vehicle.
The advanced diagnostic capabilities set MaxBrake apart from any other brake controller in the world.
A major misconception consumers have when buying a brake controller is that their control is going bad when really it had nothing to do with the brake control at all. 99% of the time, the problem is in the wiring or connectors, not the brake controller itself.
The MaxBrake can determine if your trailer is unplugged or if you have a bad ground.
The MaxBrake can determine if the pressure sensor cable is unplugged.
The MaxBrake can determine if the trailer brakes are drawing too much current.
The MaxBrake can determine if the trailer wiring has a “dead short”.
The MaxBrake's LCD display recognizes light and dims automatically for night driving.
After 3 to 5 minutes of inactivity, the MaxBrake display turns off to conserve energy.
How does hydraulic over electric work?
The MaxBrake™ brake controller uses hydraulic vehicle brake pressure to control electric trailer brakes. MaxBrake™ uses a pressure sensor installed directly at the vehicle master cylinder to monitor vehicle brake pressure. It is easy for the handyman to install the pressure sensor without any special tools. The pressure sensor does not affect ABS brakes. There is no hydraulic brake line to run into the vehicle cab. As the driver applies the brake pedal, MaxBrake™ monitors vehicle brake pressure and sends a variable output to the electric trailer brakes. MaxBrake™ makes your trailer brakes feel like they are attached to your brake pedal. You have complete control over how much or how little to apply the trailer brakes.