What Are Fuses Used For?
Fuses are a type of safety device that is situated between the electrical source and associated loads. If the current running through the circuit is too high, and is greater than the predetermined threshold for the circuit or device, the fuse will then “blow”, which will cut off or close the circuit. Since they can close a circuit, they are similar to a circuit breaker. However, the main difference is that it is possible to reset a circuit breaker. One needs to replace the fuse with a new one.
They can protect the circuit from overheating, and this helps to prevent electrical problems, including in homes, electrical components and devices, and vehicles. Fuses are a very important part of the automotive industry today, and all vehicles have fuse boxes, which contain fuses for all of the electrical components in the vehicle.
Fuses are available in different styles, including bottle fuses, blade fuses, IEC fuses, high voltage fuses, and more. The fuses come in predefined ratings of various amperages, denoted as 1 Amp, 5 Amps, 15 Amps, and more. Fuses may also have color-coding to denote their rating visually. Whenever replacing fuses and placing them into the fuse holders, it is essential to buy fuses that have the exact same rating. Replacing blown fuses with fuses with the wrong rating will negate the protective properties of the fuse and could damage the circuits or even cause a fire.
When most electrical devices that use fuses fail, the first thing to check is whether it was actually the fuse that failed or not. This is often the case. The fuse should have helped to protect the device from an overload, which means there should not actually be any damage to it, and replacing the fuse should help get it working again.
Changing the fuse is very simple, but there are certain steps that you always need to follow to do it right and to keep safe. First, make sure there is no power running through the circuit. Then, you can look at the fuse to make sure it does indeed need replacing. If the metal link inside the fuse is broken, then it means you need to replace it. Check to determine the type of fuse it is and then remove it. Most of the fuses, including glass and bottle fuses, as well as cartridge fuses can be removed from the fuse holder relatively easily.
Make sure you have the exact same type of fuse to use for the replacement, and then plug it right into the holder. Once it is in place, you can then turn on the current through the circuit. The new fuse will keep it safe. However, if you find that the fuse continues to blow and you have to keep replacing it, there may be a deeper electrical problem with the device. If this happens, have a specialist check it out if you can’t locate the problem on your own.
What Are Fuse Holders and Why Are They Needed?
With so many different types of fuses, there needs to be a variety of different types of fuse holders capable of keeping the fuse in line with the circuits they are protecting. The fuse holders are relatively simple, but they are very important. Without the proper holder for the fuse, it is impossible to keep them connected to the circuit. Thus finding and choosing the right type of fuse holder for the job becomes very important. There are as many fuse holders on the market as there are fuses.
Different types of holders and sizes of holders are available for the fuses. Learn a little about each one so you can be sure you are getting the right holder for the fuse. In addition, they also have specific ratings for the amperages of fuse they can handle. This is as important as choosing a fuse with the correct rating.
What Are the Various Types of Fuse Holders?
As mentioned, there are many different types of fuse holders on the market today to accommodate all of the different types of fuses. The holder is what makes it so easy to replace the fuse. They are metal clips, which sometimes have plastic bases, which the fuse will pop into and out of easily.
While some fuse holders may be able to hold different types of fuses, it is always important to make sure you have a holder that will definitely work for the purpose needed. Trying to use a holder that is the wrong rating or the wrong type could do far more damage than good. Also, consider the environmental factors when choosing the fuse holders. The operating temperature can be quite important.
The following are some of the most popular and common types of fuse holders available today.
What Are Base Mount Fuse Holders?
The base mount fuse holder generally has a plastic base that can attach, or mount, directly to the board or circuit. These types of holders will generally have very low profiles so they can sit as flush to the base or board as possible. Always look at the details regarding the base mount holder for the fuses to make sure it has the correct rating for your fuse before buying and applying.
What Are Bottle Fuse Holders?
These specialized types of fuse holders will hold bottle fuses, and they are available in a variety of different styles. Some of the fuse holders feature DIN rail mounting options via a cap. As with other types of fuse holders, they have different ratings and capacities and can work with various sized fuses. Screw adapters are available for these types of fuse holders as well, which makes them usable with more types of fuses.
What Are Inline Fuse Holders?
An inline fuse holder is a type of fuse holder that users can place in line with the power source to electrical devices of various types. It offers over current protection, just as other types of fuses will do. The fuse holders are generally molded plastic with connecting wire attached to both ends. Different types of inline fuse holders are available. They are quite common for automotive applications, as well as marine applications. One of the advantages of this type of fuse holder is that it makes it easy to locate the fuse for the electrical unit.
What Are Panel Mount Fuse Holders?
The panel mount fuse holders have a bit in common with the inline fuse holders in the fact that both of them are not directly attached to the electrical unit. Instead, they are mounted to a panel. Again, because they are not right on the unit, it makes them easier and faster to access, remove, and replace. They generally feature plastic, often thermoplastic, which can resist higher temperatures. Most of the panel mount fuses are cylindrical and they will fit right into panels for various types of vehicles
What Are Rail Mount Fuse Holders?
The holders feature DIN rail mounting to make them easy to connect the fuses into an already existing rail system. The holders usually feature thermoplastic material for those environments with high temperatures. It helps to keep the fuse safe and the plastic from deforming or melting. Some of the fuse holders also have indicator lights available in multiple versions – neutral, single or double pole, three pole, and more.
What Types of Accessories Exist for Fuse Holders?
A number of different types of fuse holder accessories are on the market today. They include cover boxes, adaptor kits, fuselinks, caps, and pin connectors. The adaptors are very helpful, as they can make it easier to use different types of fuses in various applications. For example, the DIN rail adaptors will make it easy to add fuses to a rail system.
What Are PCB Mounts? How Do They Function and What Are They Used For?
PCB mounts are for mounting the fuse to a printed circuit board. Many types of electronics today need to have fuses, and the only way to add a fuse to some of the boards is with a PCB mount, which will generally mount right to the surface of the board. They usually have thermoplastic bodies as well, but as with other types of mounts, they have their own ranges. As with the fuse holders, be sure to look at the ratings for the mount to make sure it will work with your particular application.
What Are Fuse Blocks? How Do They Function and What Are They Used For?
Fuse blocks are some of the most important electrical components in vehicles, as they are essential to protect the vehicle’s electrical systems from power surges as well as shorts. The fuse blocks in the vehicles will have fuses for different purposes within the vehicle, and each of the fuses will likely have a different amperage and rating based on their purpose. Different electronic devices in the vehicle have different protection needs, so that’s why they need to have the different rated fuses, just as with any other electrical circuit.
One of the benefits of the fuse blocks is that it is the location where all of the different fuses are located, making it fast and easy to find the fuse that needs replacement. They typically utilize blade fuses as well, which simply pull out of the fuse block. The new fuse pushes into the block just as easily. Of course, as with all other fuse changes, you have to choose a fuse with the exact amperage rating. If you do not, it could cause severe damage to the vehicle’s electrical component.
Depending on the vehicle, and the age of the vehicle, they may not have the blade fuses. Some of the older vehicles – those from before 1980, will have glass fuses instead. Others might have mini fuses, although these are rare.
The fuse blocks are generally in the dashboard of the vehicle, although with some vehicles, they might be near the engine instead. They are always very easy to access, and people can change out the fuses on their own without any real trouble so long as they have the fuses with the right amperage.
What Are Fuse Clips? How Do They Function and What Are They Used For?
Fuse clips can be used to attach fuses to different locations. Some of the clips available will connect to bus bars and insulated studs, and they can work for DIN rail applications. The clips can attach to many other types of units as well, making it easy to snap a fuse into many different types of electrical circuits. Check the range of different clips available to find the solution that will work the best for your needs before buying.
What Are Fuse Covers? How Do They Function and What Are They Used For?
Fuse covers provide added protection for a fuse, and some have additional insulation to help reduce electrical risks. Some may need to have an additional protective housing to provide more protection for the fuse. Most of the covers will connect to the mount, PCB board, or other location relatively easily. Many different types of covers are available to provide covers for all of the various types of fuses and holders on the market today. As always, find the cover solution that works for your specific needs.
What Are Fuse Switches? How Do They Function and What Are They Used For?
Fuse switches can allow for disconnecting power circuits, and they will usually feature a number of auxiliary contacts that you can insert into the control circuit. Micro-switches, three pole fuse disconnectors, DIN rail switches, and one-way switch fuse boards are available. These make it easier to protect motors and other types of devices from overloads and short-circuits, and are usually very easy to operate with controls on the front or the side.
These are some of the most common elements and accessories use with fuses and fuse holders, and they should cover a wide range of different needs for professional and DIY users.