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Fuses have two basic ratings. The first is current rating. The current rating is the amount of current that a fuse will safely pass before blowing. When the current flow through a fuse exceeds its rating, it opens up and breaks the circuit. If a fuse has a 5 A rating, it will open as current flow through it exceeds 5 amps. It is useful to note that there are some fuses that are designated as time delay. These fuses will sustain current in excess to their current rating for a short period before blowing. The fuse that blows immediately when its rated current is exceeded is an instantaneous fuse. The other way fuses are rated is by voltage. So when selecting a fuse, be sure that both the current and voltage rating are suitable for the application.
Fuse rating is the permissible minimal current to pass in the fuse element,without causing the fuse to blow or melt.
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