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Old 06-09-2009, 03:19 PM   #1
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Replace 12v Fuse Box with Breakers?

Looks like it's time to replace my fuse box. There are a number of shorts and loose connections. I'm wondering if there is a drop in replacement that uses breakers instead of old style fuses. Has anyone done that conversion?
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:22 PM   #2
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I have not used them before, so I can't tell you if they work or not. Here you go. Glass Fuse Type - Snap in Mounting- Non-Cycling - Modified Reset
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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Breaker boxes are expensive. Blue Seas and other make very nice ones. Try a marine supplier. For price comparison check out defender.com in Ct.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:57 PM   #4
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Wow. Fascinating solution, Silverleeper. Those clip in breakers that actually replace glass fuses. I'll definitely keep that link on hand for another application. Sadly, in this case, the box has to be replaced because many of the terminals are loose or shorting. Wouldn't do any good to clip nice breakers into a bad box!

And thanks for the link, Over59. I'll take a look there. If I fall back and just replace this fuse box with an identical one, where would I likely find that?

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Old 06-09-2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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I found a really nice fuse box at West marine products. Built for the vibrations in the moving Earthquake that is my trailer. Had a design that makes it easy to pop out the fuses and a cover to keep stray stuff from interferring.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:55 AM   #6
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If the box weren't shot you could use the little square automatic-reset thermal circuit breakers they put in trucks. Maybe you could find a nonconductive sheet material and fabricate a replacement. It'd save some bucks anyway. Keep us posted - and include pics. We love seeing how it should be done.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:28 AM   #7
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Check out BestConverter - Converters, Inverters, Electrical Supplies, Electronics for some ideas...they have lots of neat stuff to cure your electrical problems...

I got a new 3-way, converter/charger from them, but was able to keep my old fuse box by modifying it slightly - and - I bought some of those 'circuit breaker' type fuse replacements, and they work great!
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:39 AM   #8
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Thanks. Speaking of converters, I have to replace mine now and was wondering if any of them (at an affordable price) also integrate an inverter. Any particular models I should look at?
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How about something like these

TYCO ELECTRONICS / POTTER & BRUMFIELD|W23-X1A1G-10|Thermal Circuit-Breaker | Newark.com
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