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From: "Phil Allison"
Subject: Re: IEC Mains lead. What fuse??
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Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 10:22:10 +1000
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wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> Just bought some IEC mains leads which are rated at 10A. However, the
> fuse fitted in the (UK) plug is 13A!
> My question is this: Should the fuse be replaced with a 10A fuse or is
> the 13A one supplied by the manufacturer considered safe in this
> situation? Surely with a 13A fuse fitted an appliance could draw 11A
> despite the lead being rated at only 10A which could be a potential
> fire hazard?
** I suggest you test the 10 amp lead with 11 amps (or even 13) and
see how hot it gets. You may be surprised, there is a good margin of safety
in the ratings used for cable.
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