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What sort of protection does a 2 pole circuit breaker offer?

I am trying to understand the advantages of using a 2 pole circuit breaker. I mean when the 2nd pole is used in the Neutral line in a single phase 230VAC system. Normally they cost more so they must ...
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Device for preventing 12V battery from dying

I am looking for a device which cuts off the connection between batteries and the system just like a circuit breaker when my 12V battery goes below 9V(for example) for preventing it from dying ...
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Circuit Breakers: Do they degrade over time and start tripping? [migrated]

Sorry for the newbie question but I have a circuit breaker (Hager Series MP-E – Magnetic Switch Bipolar 30 A Curve) in my house that absolutely never tripped. This is the main CB in my house. Usage ...
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Rounding up or down with Motor Overcurrent Protection

When sizing motor over-current protection, CSA 22.1 28-200 3a states that a circuit breaker can be sized up to 250% of the rated full load amperage (FLA) of the motor. E.g. 100hp, 575VAC motor ...
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How can I check if two outlets are connected to the same electrical circuit?

I have some internet problems, and I was thinking to buy a PowerLine, that will help me extend the WiFi range. The thing is, to get this PowerLine working, both need to be conected to the same ...
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Can double-pole breakers trip each side separately?

How many of you have used double pole breakers? Are double-pole breakers just two single pole breakers physically joined? Someone stated that only one side of the double pole breaker provided ...
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Help identify this breaker

I salvaged this breaker unit from the scrape yard. Compared to every other breakers i have seen before, this is very different. It has 5 terminals. The labels are very clear but there is no ...
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Why cut both live and neutral wires?

It is a common practice, for high power loads such as boilers, furnaces, etc., to install a circuit breaker that "cuts" both live and neutral wires - at least in Europe. In my search for EVSE, I saw ...
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240v AC Circuit Breaker for 24v AC

I am essentially intending to use this Schneider Electric A9F44120 MCB as an automatic brake for my wind turbine, which has an output of 25A @ 24Vac. Can I use the normal 240Vac MCB for 24Vac? Will it ...
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Can you bridge off of a 240 V Breaker Box that connects to an Intermatic Timer?

I have an Intermatic T104 Timer drawing power from a Homeline Breaker Box for a home swimming pool. I'm wondering whether it would be considered safe to use the knockout in the timer enclosure to ...
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amp rating a circuit breaker

My application has a max Amp draw of 56@24Vdc, if I use a Circuit Breaker that is rated 60A@48Vdc, will it "trip" 60A@24Vdc? If not, what do you suggest? The Minn Kota MKR-19 Circuit breaker is rated ...
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When to use a 2 pole circuit breaker over 1 pole

We are currently designing a product that connects to 230VAC mains power (single phase) (South Africa). It has a simple 12v switch mode power supply that runs the electronics. We want to put a Circuit ...
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Full Load Amps vs General Purpose Amps

http://www.carlingtech.com/sites/default/files/documents/M-Series_Details_%26_COS_021114.pdf This circuit breaker have two different current ratings, depending on amperage range: Full Load Amps and ...
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What's with the minimum voltage rating on *some* IEC 60947-2 MCBs?

It seems that some, albeit not all, miniature circuit breakers have a minimum voltage rating under the IEC 60947-2 scheme (often 12VAC/DC). For instance, see the Sprecher/Schuh L8 series (PDF page 8) ...
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Are there disadvantages to this method of testing building wiring after a lightning strike?

A lightning strike can damage wiring in a building. Specifically it can damage the insulation on the conductors, resulting in arcing and fire, either immediately or some time after the strike. I've ...
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Circuit Breaker Simulation in Matlab with Mayr and Cassie Equations

I'm trying to understand how to model arc circuit breaker. There is a simulation example as called Mayr and Cassie Circuit in Matlab&Simulink. I have examined Mayr and Cassie Differential ...
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Why can closing a circuit breaker into a short circuit result in an arc flash?

NFPA 70E 130.6(M) states: After a circuit is de-energized by the automatic operation of a circuit protective device, the circuit shall not be manually re-energized until it has been determined that ...
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Is it possible for all circuit breakers in a panel to trip in the same time (for one fault)?

Today, I was in a hospital. Someone told me that there is a falt in a large washing machine. This fault caused all the CB's in the panel to trip. The panel has many circuit breakers of different ...
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Automatic cut mains power on a thunderstorm

I am a software engineer with only a basic experience with electric/electronic engineering. I live in a rural area subject to thunderstorms, my house is the end of the line from street poles. It's ...
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3 pole breaker and wire amp rating

In the main panel, there are 3 wires for 3 phase power going from 3 pole 40A breaker to a sub panel. the breaker is (CKIPSAL 4CB340/6 C40) The wires are in 2 cables. Each of these wires has 7 strands ...
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What could be causing this GFCI trip upon fan turn off?

I have a 2-pronged fan plugged into a GFCI in my basement. Twice now, as I was turning it off (out of maybe 30 times I have turned the fan off), the GFCI tripped. Now, I understand that GFCIs trip ...
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Coordinated relay tripping for Protection in Modern Power System

I have been working on Etap Software to understand the basic protection scheme using Current Transformer, circuit breaker and Relays. But i am having trouble in the coordination of the tripping in the ...
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How does AFCI work?

GFCI / RCD systems are generally well documented in how they work (run both conductors through a loop of wire such that imbalance in current is measurable) -- but the mechanism by which arc faults are ...
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What is meant by the term “galvanic contact” in this sentence?

Simply speaking, a switch or circuit breaker are two metallic contacts (electrodes) that are in GALVANIC CONTACT with each other when closed and separated by a certain distance when open. I don’t ...
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Current through protective earthing

Is there a way to estimate the magnitude of the current that would flow through the protective earthing of an electrical equipment in case of a fault? I recently had an equipment fail in this manner ...
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What factors play into choosing type of MCB (Circuit Breaker) which is B16 vs C16 vs D16?

Found these discussions and Q&As online around this and am trying to determine how/ when one would decide to choose which way to go? http://www.theiet.org/forums/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=205&...
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I've seen many lighting circuits protected by 100mA ELCB instead of 30mA, why is that? isn't 30mA safer?

I've seen many lighting circuits protected by 100mA ELCB instead of 30mA, why is that? isn't 30mA safer than 100mA?
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How do I protect myself when testing a PCB that involves an AC line?

I have to test prototype PCBs that convert household AC into several DC voltage levels. I concern about my safety when working with AC and would like to know how to properly setup a testbench that, ...
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How can I power a load from two separate circuit breakers?

On one circuit breaker I have a manual switch. On the second circuit breaker I have a motion sensing switch (using a mechanical relay). I have a number of lights wired in parallel as the load. The ...
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Circuit breaker for single outlet

I have several 3d printers. One of them keeps tripping the breaker for the room. I'm trying to debug (obviously will not use it regularly until I can determine what is wrong) but in the mean time I ...
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Circuit breaker trip timing

I'm a little unfamiliar with circuit breaker specs and confused by this circuit breaker datasheet: https://www.waytekwire.com/datasheet/46974.pdf On the second page, it says that it takes more than ...
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(How) can IEC-specification miniature circuit breakers be interlocked?

A relatively common way of implementing a transfer or bypass/isolation function in North American electrical practice is to use mechanical means to interlock the handles of multiple circuit breakers ...
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Virtual AC ground for AC power main

I have the following problem: I use to perform electrical experiments in a small room in an apart where other persons repair computers. It sometimes happens that I make the main differential switch ...
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What's the use of the ground socket of an ungrounded GFCI receptacle?

Is the ground socket of a GFCI receptacle that isn’t connected to ground useful? (I'm in the United States, if it matters.) If the connected appliance had current on its ground pin, where would this ...
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Expected breaker temperature on a 208V 30A circuit with continuous 80% load

I have several cabinets of servers in a datacenter and each of these cabinets is on a dedicated 208V 30A circuit. The load on each of these circuits is 24A and one circuit is slightly higher (~24.6A). ...
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Does a circuit breaker trip depending on voltage or current?

I've have a GE 120V 20A circuit breaker. I'm aware that once it exceeds the 20A rating the breaker does its job and trips, but what happens if the current is less than 20A and the voltage lets says ...
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Why is MCCB 1000Vdc for photovoltaic?

I want to install MCCB for 750Vdc supply in traction application (Light Rail Transit). After finding some 750Vdc MCCBs, I looked for 1000Vdc MCCBs. All the 1000Vdc MCCBs are intended for photovoltaic ...
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How to prevent PV input to charge controller if battery breaker trips

I have a 20amp mppt charge controller (EP Solar tracer 20a). In the manual it states: WARNING: Connect battery terminals to the charge controller BEFORE connecting the solar panel(s) to the ...
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Solid state circuit breakers

I'm trying to design a Solid state circuit breaker for a 3phase AC system with a rating of 690V, 1000A. As, the stray inductance contributes to the voltage peaks in the system I'm trying to protect ...
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Residential MCB vs. Industrial MCB

Are there differences between residential circuit breaker and industrial circuit breaker? When I browse through various online catalogs on circuit breaker, ABB and Schneider Electrics are often ...
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Why Circuit Breaker has neutral and no ground?

My understanding is circuit breaker only need to trip when the hot end current jumps up (e.g. short circuit), but I have seen circuit breaker has dual (two) poles with both red cable and blue cable ...
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Is it necessary to use 4-pole circuit breaker for TN-C-S system?

It seems that in TN-C-S system is necessary to use 4-pole circuit breaker, I want to know it's correct or not? and if it's correct, which document or standard is used to prove it?
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Using motor circuit breaker buttons to start/stop motor

I want to add some protection to an ac 3/4 hp motor. I did some research and found that I could use one of these motor circuit breakers: My question is, if I use one of these, can I use the on/off ...
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Proper setting of a magnetic trip breaker

I have separate interrupting devices in an MCC bucket. One is a magnetic trip-overload 250A breaker, where the lowest trip setting is 1100A. The other is an electronic device that has 3 CT's and ...
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Working house main Control Miniature Circuit Breaker(25A) instead of transfuse (16A)?

I have two Miniature Circuit Breaker, so one is ordinary main Miniature Circuit Breaker(house main MCB) in range of 25A and the other is my device (Auto-Transformer) in range of 16A, So when i run ...
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Optimal Breaker Configuration for Split Phase Mains Power

First, let me preface this by saying this is entirely theoretical. I don't plan to install anything myself, and I'll contract a licensed electrician to do any of this work, so please don't feel the ...
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Circuit breaker not tripping

I am powering a bunch of LEDs with a 60A/5V power supply. For extra protection, I wired a 50A circuit breaker between the supply and the LED array: http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?mpart=W23-...
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What happens if there was a short circuit fault BEFORE the main circuit breaker?

I haven't studied power systems yet but i keep wondering about that. What would happen if there was a short circuit fault BEFORE the main circuit breaker(on the grid itself)? what protction is ...
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Circuit breaker automatic switcher [closed]

I have a circuit breaker for my house as this one: Each time we turn on 3 ACs , the breaker turns the current off and I have to lift the circuit breaker switch which is far down stairs in my ...