Questions regarding physical fuses. Fuses are a safety device consisting of a strip of wire that melts and breaks an electric circuit if the current exceeds a safe level. PPTC, PTC, and Polyfuse questions should use the Polyfuse Tag. Please keep in mind that repair questions are typically closed if ...

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Hot Tub Blown fuses [migrated]

I recently had a power outage that blew one of our air conditioning fuses (which we were able to fix) and one of the fuses (out of two) in our spa equipment service control board. Next to both fuse ...
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Atmega32 can't verify after setting correct fuses for external crystal. HELP

I am having trouble with some Atmega32A's purchased off from eBay. The MCU's does not seem to be fake as they are functioning properly. I am experiencig the following problem: I want to use external ...
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AC Short-circuit Protection

I have a bunch of electro-mechanical relays on a board intended to switch 220VAC for CFLs. The maximum load on the relays will be 100W with inrush currents of upto 2A (lasting for less than a second). ...
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What are the big plugs for that you find on high demand devices in North America (120V-Areas)?

Talking about AMEA socket system and 120V. High power demand devices like A/Cs do have bigger plugs with some switches on them. What exactly is their purpose? Seems like a fuse but isn't the socket ...
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Does any thermal fuse with the same cut off temperature work?

Would any thermal fuse cutoff for 216°C work as a replacement for the fuse in the picture below?
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Is it reasonable to use a current limiting diode in place of a fuse?

I'm trying to source some fast-blow 5mA or 10mA fuses but Littelfuse has discontinued the only reasonably affordable ones I have found. My circuit when operating properly will not output more than ...
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1:1 isolation transformer fuse on secondary side - an option?

We sometimes use an old self build 1:1 isolation transformer (150VA) in our company to isolate devices under test. It is equipped with a primary 500mA fuse (slow) in series with a on/off switch. ...
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preventing blown fuses in simple circuit

I am trying to prevent blowing fuses in a simple circuit: that consists of a battery(12V), fuse, and 2 lights(50W). There are no switches; the lights are connected and disconnected from the live ...
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Downsides of using 5mm fuses in 6.3mm sockets

For my multimeter I need to replace a fuse. It is 6.3mm in diameter, 25mm long, rated 500mA/250V AC and 1500A interrupt rating. I have a couple of such fuses, but they are 5mm in diameter, and ...
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Use a relay as a resettable fuse?

I was thinking; If a relay is used to power a circuit AND itself, if the circuit is shorted - the relay should lose its own power and turn off - almost like a resettable fuse. To power it up, I would ...
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Why did my fuse not blow?

I purchased a few fuses to get familiar with their workings, and I was surprised to see that the 100mA fast-blowing fuses I bought happily conducted up to 215mA (6V power supply, 10\$\Omega\$ ...
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Given metal dimensions and material, is it possible to determine the maximum current that the structure can handle? [semiconductor processing]

I have a linewidth structure that has very low resistance. I want to know the maximum current that this structure can handle. Since the resistance of the metal is so low, it's hard to measure the ...
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AVRDUDE with buring settings of AVR Studio

I make my own electronic boards often with an Atmel ATmega328P. I used AVR Studio for programming. Now I tried to make the same settings with avrdude and it looks, that they are not really ...
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What do the abbreviations “SPF” and “SPH” mean with respect to fuses? (Single line drawing for 480 V system.)

There are two lines connected between the transformer low voltage side and the 480 V bus, one with a fuse labeled "SPF" that connects to a GE power quality meter, another with a fuse labeled "SPH" ...
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How can I protect against shorts in low voltage AC ~16V

I'm looking for a method of protecting a circuit against shorting. I would rather not use a regular fuse as I expect I will short the circuit (unintentionally) fairly often (probably once or twice ...
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Rating for this circuit breaker at 120 voltsAC

Here is a circuit breaker rated 2 amps at 32 volts DC and 2 amps at 250 volts AC What is the amperage it will break at when I apply 120 volts AC
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What are the dangers of a DIY fuse in a multimeter?

For the past few years I have been running my Fluke 79III without a fuse in it's F44.100A 1kV fuse holder. This has meant that I've been unable to use the 40mA circuit. When I blew the old fuse, I ...
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Fuse configuration AVR dude for external 12MHZ crystal in Atmega 168

I have 2 microcontrollers (Atmega 168PA-PU). So far I have run the following program in one of them (say mc1). Now when I run the same code in the other one it gives erroneous results. Someone ...
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Can I use a 600VAC PTC resettable fuse in a 700VDC application?

I've inherited an old design, and a part used has gone out of production. This part is a PTC resettable fuse, used in a bootstrap circuit, so it's one-shot. When the PTC opens, it has ~700VDC across ...
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How do I size fuses to handle sudden changes in AC line voltage into a capacitive load?

Suppose I have a rectifier on the AC line, followed by some caps and a load. simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab If the AC line is suddenly increased, there's a ...
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Why is this switched power inlet fused on both load and neutral sides?

I've purchased a Schurter 4304.6090 power inlet for a project and am a bit confused by the fuse configuration. The inlet requires two fuses: one on the load side and another on the neutral side of the ...
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How to identify value of a surface mounted fuse

I have a PCB from a WIFI router and there is a lot of little surface mount components. I am looking for fuses, some of them might actually be them. My question is how do I identyfy them and find out ...
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Why isn't ammeter protected with a fuse

Why is it that the ammeter with low current (200mA) limit are fused and not the 20A one? I recently lost a multimeter because i connected the ammeter in parallel by mistake. Edit: All the ammeters i ...
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How do I know whether a fuse is a DC fuse or an AC fuse?

For example, I want to buy a 10A 50V DC fuse and a 10A 220V AC fuse online. Which website(s) should I go ? I tried on Mcmaster, but I could not get clear enough information of whether the fuse is an ...
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How do I calculate the voltage of a resistor after the fuse has been blown?

For example, theres a battery of 12v in a seris with R1 (resitor 1) of 49kilo ohms, then there's a blown fuse of 90uA, next is R2 of 11kilo ohms, then there's R3 of 60 kilo ohms. How do i calculate ...
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Transformer blows fuse at no load

I'm building a multi channel power amp and I am having trouble with the power supply. I'm in Europe, so I've got 230V mains and I'm running into a transformer which brings it down to 60V. The ...
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dual stage charger, is fuse needed?

I have a basic circuit: battery, fuse off (+)lead, 4 lights in parallel. My question is, when charging is a fuse needed? Also in the battery/charger circuit, which side is considered positive? ...
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Can I use a 500mA fuse instead of a 315mA fuse?

I have a guitar amp with a fuse on the power socket. It is a 250v 315mA slow blow fuse. My local electronic store only has a 500mA fuse. Can I use that or should I order a 315mA online?
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Can a fuse be placed after a load?

Considering that the regular treatment of a fuse is to place it on the positive side, "before" a load, is this just common practice, or is it backed by an actual reason? Can a fuse be placed on the ...
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DC Fuse Placement?

Imagine the following world's simplest diagram: 12V Battery -> 5V/3A Voltage Regulator -> Load My question is, would a 3A fuse best protect the circuit if ...
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Trying to replace a Sun 1/2 amp mini fuse

I am trying to replace a fuse on a board and I'm a novice. The fuse itself is labeled "Sun 1/2 amp" and looks similar to ceramic, although I am not certain of this. It is held to the board by 2 leads. ...
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Choosing Fuses or MCB in 24VDC vehicle circuit

I am currently designing a 24VDC circuit for a small vehicle. I personally prefer using MCB's since they are simple to reset and easy to detect faults in the system, although i do find it rather hard ...
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Why might a multimeter ask for “wrong” fuse sizes?

Why might a multimeter ask for the "wrong" sizes of fuses? On the front of my Fluke 87 multimeter, the two probe ports for amperage are labeled as fused at 10A (max) and 400mA (max). When opening the ...
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Grounding in a DC circuit on a vehicle

I am working on a vehicle with batteries, but i am not quite sure if my grounding solution/design is correct. It is supplied with two 12VDC batteries in series, connected to a DC-DC (24VDC-24VDC) ...
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Why Do Y Electrial DC Fuses Burn Out? [closed]

I am doing some re-search for my father that works with electricity. He say that his Y Dc Electrical Fuses start to burn out, a lot. Please Help. xx
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Cheap switch 125V 5A fuse blew [closed]

Cheap switch glass fuse blew, 125V 5A. Found a 125V 8A fuse in a string of Christmas lights. Can I use it to replace 125V 5A?
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Live-Neutral transformer fault

In this critique of an ELV PSU design, it is suggested that a "Live-Neutral" fault could result in a fault current of thousands of amps. I'm sceptical. Please could someone explain how this could be? ...
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Why do 0.02A fuses not protect a person? Why no protection from shocks?

I understand the user here so that fuses do not protect people from shocks. I am planning to put put fuses such as fast-blown fuses and PPTC fuses around all kind of positions such as ...
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Building a power supply, want to stay alive

I am building a power supply for a very old laptop. The circuit uses a transformer (220 V primary to 15 V secondary, 33 VA) and that worries me a little. (Please note that I an enthusiast and so far I ...
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Understanding fuse specs

Can somebody please help me in understanding the fuse specifications. Actually i went through many fuse parameters. I am getting cofused between the hold current and the cut-off current since there is ...
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What does 3AG mean in “Fuse Block 3AG”?

I have read from a vendor website. It mentions 3AG fuse block. What does 3AG mean?
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How do glass tube fuses work?

This may be the an unspeakably stupid question for an electrical/computer engineering student to ask, but I ran across a few parts I didn't recognize (which, after some research, I found out were ...
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How to check if my multimeter's fuse is damaged?

I recently bought a cheap multimeter. I played around measuring stuff on simple circuits and I think I managed to damage it as I don't seem to be able to measure current anymore (always get zero ...
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Question regarding fuses

What is the difference between thermal fuse and MOV and polyfuse.Which is faster and also which companies produce polyfuse, especially in Asia. I have to search for a component that can save my ...
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How does a fuse blow at its current rating, regardless of voltage?

I know from reading elsewhere that it's safe to use a fuse with a higher voltage rating when replacing one, so long as the current rating and reaction speed is the same. For example, if a fuse is ...
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Should a fuse with the correct amps, but is physically too small, still power my stereo unit?

I'm not sure if I'm asking the right kind of question for this site. But if someone could help me, I'd be grateful: I blew a 125V 2.5A fuse in my home stereo head unit. I couldn't find that fuse at ...
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How do I measure startup/inrush current?

I have some small devices that draw 20mA. I'd like to add a resettable (PPTC) fuse to them but I am not sure what value to select. My thought is I need to find a value that will tolerate the startup ...
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Will an opening fuse cause an inductive kick, or not?

I'm looking at designing a high-current crowbar circuit. We need to blow a 1400A fuse on demand. One question that has arisen is, what about inductive kick? If you short a large capacitor through a ...
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How to ensure my device is safe for every day use?

I have put together a simple wake up light. It has an external powersupply, at the moment rated 7V and 600mA. Inside it has Arduino and bunch of LEDs controlled by a MOSFET. It works fine at the ...
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Which fuse and LED should be used for a no contact testing screwdriver? [closed]

I'd like to make my own testing screwdriver based on an existing one which has 2x LR41 batteries, a 2.2Mohms resistor, a KSP13 Darlington transistor, a 5x15mm fuse and a red LED. It works for ...