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    fuse size

    what size should i fuse a 4 guage wire for that is a few feet long, and what size should i fuse for an 8 guage wire that is a few feet long?



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    Re: fuse size

    really depends on how much power u plan to run anything over 1000 id run atleast a 100a



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    Re: fuse size

    No more than 120 amps for the 4-guage, and no more than 50 amps for the 8-guage. Wire length doesn't matter when selecting a fuse rating.




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    Re: fuse size

    I have a 60amp fuse with my four guage.



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    Re: fuse size

    100amp circut breaker is what i use on my 4gauge



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    Re: fuse size

    Quote Originally Posted by jleecong


    Quote Originally Posted by KaeZoo
    Wire length doesn't matter when selecting a fuse rating.




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    Re: fuse size

    The chart displayed is for selecting wire guage, not fuse size.

    Wires need to be thicker over longer runs to avoid voltage drops. The chart shows what wire guage should be used for a given current, to keep voltage drop to an acceptable level.

    Fuses have nothing to do with voltage drop; they're intended to keep the ampacity of the wire from being exceeded. Ampacity is the amount of current the wire can handle safely, without regard to voltage drop; and the ampacity of a 20 foot piece of wire is the same as a 1 foot piece. The fuse just has to blow before the insulation melts. The length of the wire isn't relevant.




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