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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What not to do with a Multimeter

So I just bought and installed a new fuse for an analog multimeter I scored for free and now it works like a charm. The new fuse is the same rating as the blown one I found inside, which is 0.5A ...
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Is is safe to deal with wiring after only shutting off the room's fuse, but not the main switch? [migrated]

I think the question title says it all: Given a distribution board in the house (220 VAC), is it enough to shut off only the room's fuses, or must one shut off the main switch for the board before ...
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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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DC Motor drawing too many Amps

I have a treadmill incline motor that is blowing its circuits fuse every time it starts to run. This is the motor that lifts the treadmill up and down. The motor is labeled: Output: 65W Input 36VDC ...
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Did I choose the correct fuse for my USB powered circuit?

I need to drive a circuit (operational current 150mA) with a USB port. I would like to protect the port with a fuse and from this question I concluded, that what I want is a PTC fuse. Is that the ...
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avrdude: initialization failed, rc=-1

when trying to program the fuses I get this known error message: $ sudo avrdude -c usbtiny -p m328p -U hfuse:w:0x05:m avrdude: initialization failed, rc=-1 ...
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Turn on an LED when power is lost with a relay

A friend of mine has just finished his race car but is having fan issues. What I want to help him do is setup an LED that turns on when the fans have lost power. Often the fuse blows. I would assume ...
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What is the function of fuse here

The datasheet states that TPS2400 protects the load from an over-voltage, by disconnecting the load from the power supply (Q1 goes off), without blowing the fuse. Why is the fuse F2 here, if there ...
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Bitbang ATMega-328PU with CT210x using avrdude

I have made a breadboard-arduino with an ATMega-328PU and the standard components taking help from http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Standalone I interfaced the CT2102 Breakout Board with this assembly: DTR ...
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Is this the proper way to fuse a DC/DC Converter?

I am designing a solar power system for camping. I'll use a couple different DC/DC converters to provide DC voltages for the specific items I want to power. I want to properly fuse the various ...
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How can I work out if a cable can take a momentary current spike?

In this video here, almost 1000A is being run through a 10mm steel bar, and after a minute or so, it melts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzZ3aJqmT-M So in terms of charge, 60,000C applied for 1 ...
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Can't read/write to/from the atmega328p

I cant communicate with the Atmega328p. I've flashed fuses low: 0x59, high: 0xD9 and changed wiring. Now I've connected 16Mhz crystal to the XTAL1, XTAL2 pins, and 2x22pF to the crystal. But I can't ...
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Short Circuit Indicator circuit

This circuit was designed to save electronic components in the assembled board from damage. It gives warning beep if there is a short circuit in the assembled board. Thus it helps to switch off the ...
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Turning on a led with negative voltage

I have been using this fuse blown indicator circuit for a bit, it basically works perfectly fine with positive voltages no matter if there is or nor a load connected The problem starts when I feed ...
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Can i replace a 0.75A 76V SMD fuse with a 1.25A 250V one? [closed]

It's for an LCD TV inverter. The seller said I could even use a thin wire. I'm not sure about that that's why I still bought it but I want to make sure before putting it in. It seems that it's for ...
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4 iPad Air charging circuit indicator led not working

I developed this circuit in order for it to be connected to 4 ipads at the same time the current they use to charge when they are on low battery goes around 1.8Amps, That its working as intended, ...
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Short circuit protection for high current wearable: fuse, polyswitch, TBU, circuit breaker, something else?

I am thinking about design elements for a rather high current, battery powered, wearable application. Maximum current of 40A at 5V, but typically around a third to a half of that. Power would come ...
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Can I determine a formula for fuse disconnection times?

This is the first time I have used this stack site so am not 100% sure this question is on topic (based on the tags I couldn't find) but thought someone may still be able to help me. For those not ...
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Why does a 10A fuse blow at 10A and 5V or 10A and 500V?

Something that's always puzzled me: Wire and fuses can handle a given max current, pretty much regardless of voltage. A 10A fuse will blow if you exceed 10A, if the voltage is 5V or 500V. Why is ...
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Fuses: What are the practical differences between Ceramic and Glass cartridge fuses

What are the practical differences between ceramic and glass tube cartridge fuses? I am trying to find new fuses for a piece of consumer electronics. The original fuses are going out of production. ...
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Battery power in the home: Fire Safety

I would like to use 12v LED tape powered by an 8 x AA battery holder and switched with a motion sensor. This will be connected in my home 24/7, so I would like to know what precautions (if any) I ...
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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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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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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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Are thermal fuses polarized?

I have a device with a thermal fuse in it. The fuse has failed, and I would like to replace it. Does thermal fuse have a polarity, similar to an electrolytic capacitor, or is it the same with normal ...
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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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Should I use slow fuse or fast fuse?

When I design something or going to add a fuse to place where fuse isn't used now, should I prefer slow or fast fuse? I understand that this depends on situation, but I'd like to hear what do you ...
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Slow Blow vs Fast Acting Fuse

Is there any way to tell the difference between a slow blow and a fast acting Fuse? I had one blow in my amp and I know its 125v 5a, but i'm not sure if it is a slow blow or fast acting fuse. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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what size of copper wire can act as a 150A fuse?

If I would like to use a piece of copper wire as a 150A fuse, what size of wire should I use? It doesn't have to be 150A very accurately, the parameters I need the wire to meet are: it needs to ...
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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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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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How do I choose a fuse? Fusible Links vs Polyfuse?

I realise this is an extremely broad subject area but I need to know how to choose a fuse to protect a circuit. Recently, a cheap PSU of a friend's blew up quite spectacularly (the two primary ...
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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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When should you use a fuse?

When is it actually practical to use a fuse? Like lets say your building a robot using an Arduino.....what area would you want to protect the most with a fuse? I mean do they even make fuses that ...