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Power Modules & Powered tail light converters explained:
The powered converter is a trailer light power supply that provides power to the trailer
lights directly from the tow vehicle's battery. By powering the trailer lights in this manner,
the tow vehicle's tail, turn and stop light circuits are not exposed to any additional loads.
In many cases the tail, turn and stop light circuits of today's vehicles are connected with
light gauge wire, designed only to carry enough current to supply the lights the vehicle is
equipped with. Additionally, some vehicles are equipped with sensitive electronic devices,
such as "lamp-out" sensors, which are designed to monitor the vehicle's electrical system
and warn the driver of problems with that system. The additional load of trailer lights on
these devices can cause them to react falsely and in some cases may lead to their failure.
Some vehicle's tail, turn and stop light circuits are not adequate to carry the additional load
of trailer lights, making it necessary for them to require a trailer light circuit protector.
Serious damage to the vehicle's electrical system may result if a trailer light circuit
protector is not used. Consult Extreme Hitch about your specific vehicle.
Vehicle manufacturer's caution consumers against adding additional loads to electrical
circuits. Consult the vehicle owner's manual when recommending trailer wiring. The
powered converter also takes the place of a tail light converter. The unit can be used on
vehicles that have separate tail, turn and stop light circuits and converts them to standard
trailer light wiring configuration. It also features a hazard flasher override circuit. If the
hazard flashers are engaged and brakes are applied, brake lights will be shown on the
trailer. This is an added safety feature that most tail light converters do not provide.
To determine which powered protector you may need, follow these basic guidelines.
Add the number of amps required on the trailer you will be towing. If the number of
amps exceeds 4 per light circuit, you will need to use the heavy duty model.
Stop-Turn lights = 2 amps each
Tail lights = 1 amp each
Clearance/Marker lights = 1/2 amp each
Note: The regular and heavy duty powered converters can be used on vehicle's that
both do and do not require a converter (2 or 3 wire systems.)
* Provides power to trailer lights directly from tow vehicle's battery
* Protects vehicle's delicate electronic monitoring systems
* Eliminates the need for separate converter
* Eliminates the need for heavy duty flasher
With a powered converter the additional power required to supply the trailer lights
(represented by the green line) is supplied directly from the battery. Only a minute
amount of power is required from the fuse panel, turn signal switch, taillight harness and
lampout sensor, if so equipped, to signal the Powered converter when to illuminate the
Because the unit receives its power directly from the tow vehicle's battery and not the
turn signal circuit, the need for a heavy duty turn signal flasher is eliminated.
Trailer Light Current Path without a Circuit
Trailer Light Current Path with a Circuit
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