Elecbrakes FAQ & User Manuals
Electric Brake Controller User Manuals
1/ Is Elecbrakes ADR Compliant?
Yes, Elecbrakes allows a trailer to comply with ADR38/05 and VSB1 for trailers up to 4500Kg ATM. Elecbrakes provides a proportional control signal from the tow vehicle to the trailers brakes. And it allows the driver to operate the trailer brakes from the normal driving position. When fitted to trailers greater the 2000Kg GTM the brake system must also be fitted with a compliant emergency brake controller. To be compliant the in car controller must be connected to the device. The phone must cradled in a commercially available mounting and be connected to power. You can read the details of ADR 38/0f here
2/ What happens if Bluetooth drops out?
This is very unlikely to happen due to the advanced Bluetooth protocol used by the device and the short distance between the trailer and the tow vehicle. In the very rare hypothetical scenario where this did happen, there is nothing to worry about. Elecbrakes has been designed with safe redundancy systems and will continue to operate effectively using the last defined user settings and program. The brake controller requires no user input to operate. The only reason that the Bluetooth is used is for the tow vehicle's occupants to be able to tweak the brake response via the in-car remote or phone app. The device will brake in proportion to the tow vehicle without any additional action from the driver. The loss of communication should be investigated as it may indicate the trailer plug has been dislodged.
3/ What if the in-car controller goes flat?
To be compliant the in car controller should be plugged in and charging while in use. However if the in car controller does go flat, the brake system will continue to operate using the last defined user settings and program. The in car controller should be charged and the App should be reconnected as soon as possible.
4/ Can Elecbrakes be used with my sway control?
Yes, Elecbrakes operates in the same manner as a typical in-car controller. The main point of difference is that it is mounted to the trailer not your car.
5/ Can Elecbrakes be used with my Break Away Controller?
Yes, in fact on trailers over 2000Kg GTM, the trailer MUST be fitted with a Emergency brake controller.
6/ Can I connect Elecbrakes to Auxiliary power?
Yes, Elecbrakes has two power inputs, one is connected to the taillights so any appropriate tow vehicle can tow the trailer, the second input can be optionally connected to an auxiliary power supply such as available on a 12pin plug or Anderson Plug. The functionality of the brake controller will be the same regardless of whether an auxiliary power source is used. The main difference is that when powered through an auxiliary connection, the tow vehicle is not required to have tail lights active.
7/ What if one of my vehicles already has a brake controller?
That’s OK, When wiring the Trailer the (blue) service brake wire should be disconnected from the trailer plug, therefore the trailers brakes are only controlled by the Elecbrakes device. The existing Brake controller in the vehicle will have no effect on braking.
8/ Can I mount the controller in a toolbox or caravan boot?
Yes, however care must be taken when choosing to mount the Elecbrakes device in a toolbox etc. The Radio reception needs to be tested to ensure the desired mounting location does not adversely affect radio range. To test, the Elecbrakes can be connected to 12v Lead acid battery (white = negative terminal, brown = positive terminal). Then Launch the App and ensure the App connects to the device from the drivers positing of the vehicle. The App should be tested for reliable communication for at least 2min.
9/ Why are my trailer brakes grabbing?
This is a default "Warning" function the Elecbrakes device performs to remind the driver to turn the Lights On. Turning the Lights On will remove this "Warning" function, if the brakes continue to grab it maybe due to the Brake Response Minimum setting being to high. You can adjust it lower via the Settings page with in the App
10/ Do I need to look in Bluetooth discoverable devices & pair my phone to Elecbrakes?
No - when the application is open on the phone and the Elecbrakes unit is powered, the unit will connect to the phone. This is indicated by the big button on the home screen turning red.
11/ Do I need a brake controller for electric brakes?
Yes. Without a brake controller, the electric brakes on your trailer or caravan will remain inactive.
12/ How do you set up a brake controller?
With Elecbrakes, you can simply mount the device to the drawbar of your trailer and then connect the plug and play adaptor to the trailer cable and the socket on the tow vehicle.
13/ Are trailer mounted brake controllers legal?
Yes, if they adhere to the relevant ADR standards.
14/ How does a brake controller work?
This differs based on the type and manufacturer of the controller. Elecbrakes is a proportional brake controller which supplies electricity to the trailer's electric brakes to activate them in proportion to the application of the tow vehicle's brakes.
15/ How do you use a brake controller?
With a proportional brake controller like Elecbrakes, you simply drive the tow vehicle as you normally would and the brake controller will apply the trailer's brakes in synch with your use of the brake pedal in the vehicle.