On Fri, 16 Feb 2001, Daniele Gratteri wrote: > What does "fast acting" mean? Perhaps that, if there is a problem, the fuse > will blow very rapidly? Yes. There are two varieties (that I know) of fuses, "slow blow" and "fast blow". They do, well, what their name implies. A fast blow fuse will blow with only a small spike above the voltage it's rated for. A slow blow fuse requires a high voltage for a little longer (still less than a second usually) before it gives up the ghost. Slow blow fuses are fine, maybe even preferable, for some applications if the circuit being protected can handle a brief voltage spike. But some components, especially modern surface-mounted ICs, don't like anything beyond what they're made to handle, and a fast blow fuse is a must for these circuits. - This message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list. To unsubscribe: echo unsubscribe | mail email@example.com.
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