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Old 04-03-2012, 02:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fuses Maxi vs ATO vs Mini ????

Are there any benefits between the different types? Other than size?? A 40 amp fuse is a forty amp fuse regardless of size right? What am I missing.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like to stick with the standard sized ATO fuses because they are super common and available anywhere.

Back when I was into car stereo I had a Maxi fuse and on a road trip I blew one and I couldn't find a replacement anywhere. I switched it out for a resettable circuit breaker when I got back home.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Your correct about 40 amps is 40 amps no matter what, but fuse have different blow rates. A slow blow fuse will take a surge better than a rapid blow fuse. I know this is true in commercial electrical and I think it is the same with auto fuse types.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Heres a link for info on fuse types with automotive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuse_(automotive)
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