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  1. Ashley
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    Ashley New EF Member

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    I have bought myself a compressor for airbrushing and it came with a 2 pin German plug on the plug it says 16A250v so i initially thought cut it off and stick uk 13 A plug on. however, i am now questioning this as the compressor is 1/6hp 220-240v/50HZ which is making me think a 3A or 5A fuse would be ok.
     
  2. Spoon
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    1/6 hp (0.17hp) is very small and drawing very little current. Not sure on the start-up current of it. Will have to fit a slow-blow fuse.
    Out of interest, what size cable has come with the compressor. Does the compressor have it's own fuse? (Not the one in the plug)
     
  3. Taylortwocities
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    Doesn't this give you a clue?
    I'd put a 13A fuse in there. a smaller fuse may pop due to inrush current when compressor starts up.
     
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    its a standard twin and earth, also i tried only for about 10 seconds powering it up in a shaver plug converter with a 1a fuse in and it worked
     
  5. Taylortwocities
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    There are many many different types and sizes of twin and earth. Often the size is written on the flex. But, if it works with a 1A fuse, then put a 3A in the plug. It’ll be fine.
     
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Moderator

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    Can you show a pic of the German plug because it may require an earth connection and a shaver adapter will not provide one.
     
  7. MDJ
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    Question? what does the fuse in a plug top protect?
     
  8. Taylortwocities
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    The cable, of course. We don't know the size of the cable, I did ask..

    PS, the fuse goes in the bottom of the plug, not the top:p
     
  9. MDJ
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    He said a standard Twin and Earth lol, must be a 16mm2 then lol

    does it? lol
     
  10. Spoon
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    So did I, in post #2.
    I thought that "standard twin and earth" wired into a BS 1363 plug was frownded upon.
     
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    Okay Okay, roll over, I will rub your belly lol
     
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Moderator

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    It is highly unlikely to be T&E if the cord came with the appliance, OP error.
     
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    Yaaaaaay... will you scratch my back as well???
    Hold on.... that sound rude....
     
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  14. Ashley
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    Hi sorry had to go work cable is 360.75mm2
     
  15. Taylortwocities
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    3A fuse then
     
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