Tekonsha is a Cequent Performance Products brand which produces a line of highly regarded brake controllers. Tekonsha’s origins go back to 1964 when they produced RV equipment before specializing in towing safety – specifically braking systems and wiring. Their systems are found in a number of top vehicle manufacturers cars due to their reliability and efficiency.

Their brake controllers are extremely popular in both the commercial and recreational sector.

All Tekonsha brake controllers are proportional controllers rather than time based controllers. This offers the best in smooth braking performance, but also promotes smooth take up when pulling away.

Prodigy P2

The prodigy electronic brake controller is a proportional controller, giving the best braking performance for all conditions and loads. It achieves this thanks to an internal inertia sensor that activates the trailer brakes in direct proportion to the deceleration of the tow vehicle.

In order to achieve this the P2 requires to be carefully installed in accordance with the supplied installation instructions, as failure to observe the correct set-up can impact on the performance of the inertia sensor.

In addition to the exceptionally smooth and safe progressive braking that proportional brake controllers are known for, the Prodigy P2 also comes with a boost feature. This feature benefits drivers towing heavy loads that require greater braking effort. The driver sets the boost level on the controller which effectively results in maximum braking effort being reached in a shorter time.

Drivers will appreciate the easy to read blue LED screen on the P2, the quick disconnect feature for fast and simple removal, and the lifetime warranty from manufacturer Tekonsha.

Installation is within the capacity of the occasional home automotive mechanic and is quite straightforward thanks to the clear, detailed instruction manual, and a huge collection of online video guides.

Prodigy P3

The P3 has all the same benefits of the P2 described above combined with a higher specification accelerometer, an improved display, and a clever fault detection system. Additionally, the P3 has an improved quick access menu option that facilitates a simple switch from electronic over hydraulic trailer brakes to electric brakes.

Tekonsha refers to the P3 as the “industry’s most advanced electric trailer brake controller” and it is difficult to argue with this claim considering the features and performance of this unit.

If you are considering the P3 for your trailer braking system you can be assured by the products lifetime warranty and the extremely high level of customer satisfaction that this controller receives. Drivers report the following benefits of the P3:

  • So smooth you won’t feel the trailer behind you
  • Extremely easy to install
  • Solid build quality

Drivers also appreciate the improved display that clearly imparts information to the driver thanks to the multi-color picture screen. This is a huge improvement over digital display on the P2 that requires a look-up to understand.

Prodigy Voyager

The Voyager brake controller from Tekonsha may only have a 5 year warranty compared to the lifetime warranties of the P2 an P3, but it remains a popular brake controller, mostly thanks to its progressive braking and useful (but limited) display.

For example, the LED display changes gradually from green to red depending on the amount of braking power being applied. It does not however benefit from the advance display found in other models. The other main difference compared to a P2 or P3 is that the Voyager does not support electric over hydraulic brakes and should therefore only be considered for fully electric trailer braking systems.

Please note that this controller must be installed at less than 70 degrees’ inclination for the accelerometer to perform correctly. Drivers should therefore consider their mounting options before selecting this controller.

Prodigy Primus IQ

The Prodigy Primus IQ is the entry level best value product in the Prodigy range, boasting a lower price but with less features and less advanced circuitry. Also, like the Voyager, the Primus IQ is only compatible with electric brakes; trailers with electric over hydraulic brakes will require a P2 or a P3 rather than the Primus. The Primus also lacks the advanced fault finding found in the P2 and P3 however some drivers will appreciate the simplicity of the controls and display.

With the Primus, out goes the multi-color display seen elsewhere in the range, and in comes a simplified digital readout. The readout displays digits which the user requires to identify the meaning of by referring to the product manual. This is a slight inconvenience compared to the advanced readouts found in the P2 and P3.

While the Primus does have a manual override, it’s slider design is not as durable as the excellent rotary lever found on the P3 which offers superior service.

The Primus utilizes a dial and single button for navigating the menu, offering a simple user interface, however it is not in the same league as the multi-function, multi button set up on the P3.

On a more positive note, the Primus actually uses accelerometer technology for progressive and smooth braking. Drivers should note however it is not the same advanced accelerometer found in the P3.

The Primus scores over the Voyager in the setup thanks to its self-leveling system that does not require the user to carry out a leveling procedure prior to use.

Summary

Tekonsha Brake Controllers are known for their efficiency and ease of use, and with a range to suit all wallets every driver should find the ideal solution for trailer braking somewhere in the Prodigy range. If you are simply looking for the best controller with exceptionally smooth braking and a modern useful display, the Prodigy P3 is the recommended model – you really cannot go wrong with this remarkable brake controller.

Drivers on a budget, or perhaps who only require trailer breaking for very rare occasions, then the Prodigy Primus IQ may be a better option. The Primus does offer smooth braking and does have a manual override however the front end is less intuitive due to the restrictive digital readout.