By Seth Wilde. – Product Specialist
Protecting an investment is an important part of our lives. We have car insurance, home insurance, health insurance, and many other types of insurance to protect us and out assets. Those that live in California like many of the Sonic Electronix employees and their customers, there is a good chance that they have earthquake insurance. Losing something that we have spent our hard-earned money on is always a difficult thing. For this reason we take precautions when installing a car audio systems. While there are many ways to ensure that a system is installed properly, one extremely important part of system protection is power protection. Specifically in this blog we will discuss fuses, circuit breakers, and why you might choose one over the other.
Fuses are the most common when it comes to car audio electrical protection. A fuse is a piece of metal that bridges two cables or wires together. When excessive current is traveling through these cables, the fuse will “blow” and stop the current from continuing to travel through the cable. The fuse will then need to be replaced in order for the connection to be made again. Fuses are placed in a fuse holder for a proper and secure fit. Fuse holders will secure the cable running to and from the fuse, as well as allow the fuse to be properly connected. Fuses will ensure that your amplifier is not receiving too much power from the car’s electrical system. While fuses are relatively inexpensive, a blown fuse must be replaced in order to enjoy your audio system again.
Circuit breakers are similar to fuses in that they provide in-line protection against excessive current. The main difference between a fuse and a circuit breaker is that circuit breakers can be “reset”. On the top of most circuit breakers is a lever that can be moved. When too much power goes through the breaker, it will snap and interrupt the current flow. The user then simply moves the lever and will reset the circuit breaker to enjoy the music again. There is no need to buy extra fuses or parts since everything is enclosed inside the case of the circuit breaker.