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Fuse selection for RAMPS

Posted by HyperText404 
Fuse selection for RAMPS
June 07, 2018 12:07AM
Hi all

I'm in the middle of building a RAMPS 1.4-based machine, and have this power supply, this inlet, and this heated build plate

For whatever reason, the inlet didn't come with a fuse included as I was led to believe. This said, it is up to me to find one myself.

I have been led to believe that for this power supply I should use a slow-acting/time-delay fuse on the inlet between 5 and 6.3 amps, rated for 250v.

Is this right? I'm in the US, with 110v AC power from the grid if that helps at all.

Thank you!
Re: Fuse selection for RAMPS
June 07, 2018 02:10AM
That sounds very correct.

The math is like this you need 360W + something to cover heat losses. So lets say 450W (this allows as low as 75-80% efficiency). Then you get 110V (and perhaps it goes a bit lower at times - so lets say 100V).
How many amps does a 450W load use at 100V? W/V = A, so 450W / 100V = 4.5A

And thus a 5A to 6.3A fuse will allow the power supply to operate even under non-optimal conditions, but will still protect wires, connectors etc. quite well, so even wimpsy 110V wiring will not over heat in case of a short (or internal breakdown) in the power supply.

You will want as slow fuse, as capacitors inside the power supply might draw a substantially higher amperage, for a few milli seconds, when you turn the power supply on. And a slow fuse will allow this to happen.
Re: Fuse selection for RAMPS
June 07, 2018 10:47AM
Awesome. That's good to hear! So, would this be a suitable fuse?
Re: Fuse selection for RAMPS
June 07, 2018 05:46PM
The inlet does not specify what physical size fuse it uses, but it is extremely likely that it does indeed use the standard 5x20mm fuse.
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