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Subject: Re: IEC Mains lead. What fuse??
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 10:19:34 GMT
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On Wed, 25 Sep 2002 18:21:15 +1000, "Phil Allison"
> wrote in message news:email@example.com...
>> On Wed, 25 Sep 2002 10:22:10 +1000, "Phil Allison"
>> > ** I suggest you test the 10 amp lead with 11 amps (or even 13)
>> >see how hot it gets. You may be surprised, there is a good margin of
>> >in the ratings used for cable.
>> I'm sure there is a great deal of margin in *most* cables/connectors
>> and indeed *most* could survive 13A quite happily. What worries me is
>> those few that don't have such a generous safety margin.
> ** The pure copper cross-section for a 10 amp marked rating on a
>mains lead is standardised and subject to compulsory law. It is 1 sq mm
>everywhere in the civilised world AFAIK. Do you have other information??
As someone above stated the weak point is the "kettle" type connector
on the end of the lead. Surely is is "bad practice" to fuse a 10A lead
with a 13A fuse?
It is an employers resposibility to ensure that equipment is safe. If
an accident were to occur with a lead rated at only 10A but fitted
with a 13A fuse where would responsibility lie?
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