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Unread 04-11-2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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I have been having problems with my charger recently. Typical symptoms of failing AC circuit breaker in that it was tripping out after a few minutes. Anyway yesterday it failed in the open position. So i performed all the checks as per the Lester charger manual. Everything seemed OK (relay, transformer, diodes etc).

My question is i have wired in place of the breaker an automotive 15 amp fuse. Its working fine now. So my question is should i make this a permanent fix or go buy the new AC breaker and install that?

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Unread 04-11-2010, 09:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: AC Circuit Breaker - Powerdrive

Gorhad, using an automotive fuse is not the best idea that is a dc fuse, they do make an ac inline fuse that looks just like the automotive fuse, your local ace hardware will have them. The only real difference between the two is the voltage rating. With that being said once you get an ac fuse that should be fine I would just stick with that rather than replacing the breaker.
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Default Re: AC Circuit Breaker - Powerdrive

I always liked the fact that I can reset a breaker by pushing a button. Many AC breakers set at 15 amps will pop around 18 amps giving a bit of cushion, (in one of my generators that's how they worked out when testing loads with an ammeter prior to Hurricane Season.) More than likely you're talking about a $10 part so why not do it the right way.
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The original circuit breaker lists for $15
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Unread 04-11-2010, 10:13 AM   #5
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Default Re: AC Circuit Breaker - Powerdrive

Yes i think for a temporary fix just to get the batteries charge i will go to ACE and pickup a 15amp ac fuse as per Frizbgolf. In the meantime i will order the 15amp ac circuit breaker.

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