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Unread 03-05-2014, 11:17 PM   #21
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This isnt a geat picture but I used a 6 port fuse block that has a ground and a positive block

Is that a blue sea fuse block?
I am thinking about adding a fuse black to my cart for accessories, don't currently have one...
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Unread 03-06-2014, 06:41 AM   #22
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A fuse does not protect from over heating, it just cuts the power in the case of a short. There are thermal fuses that will detect temperature,or over temperature, but that is not what your trying to do here.
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Unread 03-06-2014, 06:46 AM   #23
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I could be mistaken but doesn't a fuse also keep an instrument or device from overheating as well as protecting the wire?
The wire should not burn before the instrument. When a transistor shorts out in the radio the fuse should blow. This is well before the wire gets hot. If you put a 50 amp fuse on 16 gauge wire and get a short the wire will likely burn before the fuse blows. Not good. You don't have to have the max size fuse for the wire, but should never out fuse the wire.

Heck I don't know how to say what I am thinking.
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The wire should not burn before the instrument. When a transistor shorts out in the radio the fuse should blow. This is well before the wire gets hot. If you put a 50 amp fuse on 16 gauge wire and get a short the wire will likely burn before the fuse blows. Not good. You don't have to have the max size fuse for the wire, but should never out fuse the wire.

Heck I don't know how to say what I am thinking.
. . . lol . . . I think you are trying to say to use the minimum size fuse required to carry the load needed (in Amps) . . .
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Unread 03-06-2014, 08:33 AM   #25
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Nothing wrong with using a breaker panel instead if you want to get fancy
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Unread 03-06-2014, 09:33 AM   #26
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Easy way to ck is to goggle the power requirements of the equipment you will be running. If your phone uses 3amps and a radio draws 10, then you will have to use the larger size or you will constantly blow fuses. In this example you will have to ensure that the charger you are using is equipped with the proper size fuse (these are typically in the part of the charger that plugs into the cig lighter). Hope that helps.
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I'll throw this in, Wattage/Voltage=Amperage
So a 55W bulb at 12V pulls 4.58 amps...
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Unread 03-06-2014, 10:56 AM   #28
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Wire size chart and online calculator at bottom.

http://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htm
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Reminds me of the story of the guy with an old jeep out hunting and blew a glass fuse and used a 22 cal short bullet for a quick fix lol . - Mayor
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I'll throw this in, Wattage/Voltage=Amperage
So a 55W bulb at 12V pulls 4.58 amps...
I like this
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