PedalMonster vs Pedal Commander Review

Every throttle booster is the same, except this one…

YouTube player

We’ve all felt that feeling.

Automotive enthusiasts across the internet have been reviewing, ranting, and raving about their experiences using throttle boosters like Pedal Commander for years. If you are still on the fence and not sure if you really need one or not, just picture this. You’re trying to merge onto a freeway with fast-moving traffic or pass someone who’s doing 45 in the slow lane. You press on the pedal expecting the vehicle to respond but… one, two, three. Finally, your engine decides to accelerate and you begin to pass.

What you’ve just experienced was throttle enrichment delay. In many cases, auto manufacturers deaden the pedal’s response in an effort to increase fuel economy or smoothen the driving experience. After a period of driving a vehicle with a sponge-pedal, we become accustomed to the feel. We forget what an old-school mechanical throttle linkage feels like, snappy and responsive. What you need, is a throttle booster.

Drive By Wire Mush Pedal Feeling
The factory engine computer takes your throttle input and deadens it.

There are dozens of throttle controllers like, Pedal Commander, Sprint Booster, Roar Pedal, AMP’d, just to name a few. Each of them claims to be the most ADVANCED. As you’ll learn below, no throttle booster compares to the new patented PedalMonster. Thanks to its OBD-II connectivity and patented safety features, PedalMonster is smarter and safer than all others.

Every other throttle controller on the market has no idea what vehicle you have, how fast you are going, or what gear you’ve selected. For all they know, you could be driving a lawnmower. This is because they do not connect to the OBD-II network built into your vehicle to access rich data and dedicated power.

What The Other Guys Do

How Pedal Commander and all other Throttle Boosters work.

Pedal Commander and every other throttle controller is powered by the low-current 5V pedal reference circuit. This is dangerous because…
A) There is barely enough current on this circuit to run the pedal itself, let alone an additional module.
B) If the circuit is overloaded, all pedal control is lost and the vehicle becomes a brick.

Animated chart showing just how little power is available on the 5V Pedal Circuit.

There are only about 8 milliamps of overhead before the pedal circuit fails. In many cases, this isn’t enough power to operate a pedal device.

Animation of what happens when other throttle controller devices fail or cause an error code.

When your vehicle’s computer senses an abnormal draw on this circuit it assumes there’s a short. This deactivates the pedal entirely, leaving you dead in the middle of the road.

How PedalMonster Does It

PedalMonster OBDII advantage

When development started on PedalMonster, the first thing that we did was purchase and analyze the kits from Pedal Commander, Sprint booster, and the other brands. It quickly became apparent just how basic and poorly their throttle controllers were designed. Thousands of man-hours were spent researching, testing, designing, and manufacturing PedalMonster. The result is a product that stands so far ahead of the rest, it even has a U.S. Patent.

PedalMonster’s OBD-II Connected Safety Features

Animation showing Banks PedalMonster 12V OBDII safety advantage.

With a dedicated 12V connection on the OBD-II port, PedalMonster has access to a fused connection directly to the battery. This port also provides a rich data stream that includes vehicle speed and gear. PedalMonster also knows the vehicle year, make, and model. Only Banks has the following patented safety features.

Banks ActiveSafety pictogram.

PedalMonster’s patented ActiveSafety features include electro-mechanical relays soldiered directly onto the board. A secondary ‘watchdog CPU’ constantly monitors the health of PedalMonster and seamlessly reverts the pedal to stock in the event of any internal or external power failure or abnormal signal.

Banks Low Speed Trim pictogram.

PedalMonster knows how fast you are moving via the OBD-II connection. Because of this, PedalMonster can dial in how quickly the additional throttle sensitivity begins to kick in. We call this Low Speed Trim.

This setting is great for when you’re in slippery conditions or hauling a trailer and you don’t want to jerk your load around. Or, if you have a manual or a high horsepower streetcar, you can dial in your power delivery out-of-the-hole so you don’t light up the tires leaving every stop sign.

Banks Reverse Safety pictogram.

PedalMonster knows what gear you are in by reading the unique OBD-II protocol used by each vehicle manufacturer. With Reverse Safety, your throttle sensitivity returns to stock whenever you back up. No one wants to launch backward out of their garage or try to turn their truck into a submarine at the boat ramp.

Doing a Throttle Booster Right

Sure Pedal Commander, Roar Pedal, Sprint Booster, and all the other throttle boosters can increase your throttle sensitivity and have different drive modes. But all they really do is just boost to your throttle’s ‘volume knob’ in a linear fashion, nothing more. Without the rich data and vehicle information found on the OBD-II network, they can’t add that sensitivity intelligently based on speed or gear. When you stack up and review the unique and patented features that the Banks PedalMonster offers, the choice is clear. No other throttle booster on the market can touch PedalMonster’s reliability, fail-proof safety, and automatic convenience features. This truly makes PedalMonster the most intelligent, sophisticated, and advanced throttle controller available. And it’s the only one that is 100% designed, manufactured, and shipped from right here in America.

Find your PedalMonster below and feel the difference for yourself!