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Stinger Circuit Breaker question

Old 08-08-2002, 01:49 AM
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I just bought a 100amp Stinger circuit breaker from ebay (for $31 I may add with a SGT4N super ground terminal). I want to test to make sure that the breaker will trip. Is there anyway to test it? I was thinking of hooking the battery side and just ground out the other side and see if the breaker trips. Any ideas?

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Old 08-08-2002, 05:39 AM
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DO NOT test it or you risk damaging your battery


Circuit Breaker:
A circuit breaker's function is, like a fuse, to break a circuit path when a predetermined amount of current is passed. In my opinion (And I agree), circuit breakers should never be used to protect electronic devices such as radios, amplifiers or crossovers. Most common circuit breakers (thermal snap action) take far too long to open the circuit path. This does not mean that they are not useful. When they are properly selected they do a good job of protecting wiring and devices such as electric motors. Some breakers are self resetting. Others require manual resetting. I strongly recommend using a manual reset type. This will allow you to watch for any problems when the circuit path is restored.

In my opinion and from my experience (And I agree), circuit breakers are less reliable than fuses (especially when the breaker is mounted in the harsh environment under the hood). Quality fuses like ANL and Maxi fuses have a solid element (no solder connections) and will almost never have an intermittent or poor electrical connection. A circuit breaker will eventually have higher contact resistance than when it was new. This is especially true if the breaker has been tripped (by overcurrent) more than a few times. If you're going to compete and can't take a chance of having a problem like a bad connection in the power line, you should use a good quality fuse. Now I know that people have had fuses blow in competition but it was because the fuse was not properly rated, not because the fuse was defective. For those who have had trouble with glass fuses, read the fuses page of this site.
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