I've seen junk sit there and burn up without tripping the breaker in the
panel and this confuses a lot of folks. I have to explain the purpose of
the circuit breakers to them. Now I don't know if the newer arc fault
circuit breakers would trip under the same circumstances.
It is what roy was trying to explain, the underrated receptacle will
not withstand the amperage, despite the breaker, because it burns
under the breakers protective current rating.
I hope when he comes back and sees this maybe he can explain it
[Proteus is gone,
There just hasn't been anytime to close his account,
and frankly I like it so who knows]
The Ghost in The Machine
On Fri, 12 Nov 2010 11:42:50 -0800, David Nebenzahl wrote:
Yes, they are! Few things hurt more than stepping on one without shoes
on, too :-)
I have mixed feelings about them - yes, they're enormous, but they're
also very solid - the pins don't bend or get damaged like can happen with
US plugs, and the 'hot' pins are shielded at the tops so that the ground
always makes contact before the hot pins do (I've seen a lot of
situations where US plugs get pulled - or just fall due to wear - partway
out of outlets, exposing the pins)
All in all they're not too annoying I think, except in portable
situations or where you want lots of things plugged into a power strip.
David, a 15 amp receptacle will brown out and melt if you plug
anything more than it is rated for, a 20 amp outlet is stronger and
will withhold overusage better..it is best to measure or calculate the
amperage of the machine/s you will be plugging into it and if you plan
to have a constant load plugged onto it permanent rate it properly.
I have see this many times, specially on outlets where extension cords
wth multiple appliances floor lamps display cases and stuff plugged in
to them..They Brown Out and melt.
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