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How DC Technology Works - Shimano Reels

The waterproof Digital Control system is self-energizing: It recharges with each cast and needs no battery or power source. During the initial moments of the cast, the energy generated by the rotation of the spool is stored in the Digital Control circuit board and powers the Digital Braking system on subsequent casts.

The pre-programmed braking patterns allow the spool to achieve maximum RPMs before engaging the brake, whereas traditional systems begin braking immediately and do not allow the spool to continue accelerating throughout the casting motion. Reels with conventional (magnetic or centrifugal) braking systems operate efficiently between 15,000 and 20,000 RPM. With the Digital Braking technology spool rotation can exceed 30,000 RPM (a 50 to 70 percent increase) and still maintain excellent line control for longer, more accurate casts.

Each of the eight pre-programmed braking patterns can be easily adjusted externally across eight different levels of intensity. It also provide awesome control by applying the ideal amount of braking force at critical intervals of up to 1/1000 of a second. The application of "smart" braking by the Digital Control Braking System quickly stabilizes the spool rotation. Digital Control varies the amount of braking force applied, minimizing the dreaded backlash. As a result, it is possible to achieve long, accurate casts with consistent backlash control.

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