Our wide range of fuse holders cater to a wide range of fuses including; cartridge fuses of all sizes, bolt-down fuses, automotive blade fuses and NH Blade fuses.
A fuse holder is designed to hold a fuse. They come in a wide variety of styles, each to suit a specific fuse. Fuse holders also vary depending on how they are to be mounted or attached. It is important to ensure the electrical rating (amps & volts) of the fuse holder is suitable for the fuse.
What are the different types of fuse holders?
Fuse holders are designed for easy installation and replacement of electrical fuses and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and capacities. The 2 most distinguishing features of a fuse holder are the types of fuses that can be installed and how the fuse holder is mounted. The most common mounting options for a fuse holder are panel mount, surface mount, inline mount, PCB mount and DIN rail mount. Whilst the majority of fuse holders are designed to fit a single fuse, some fuse holders can fit multiple fuses of the same or different varieties. Some fuse holders feature an open design with exposed electrical contacts, whilst other holders offer full shrouding and high levels of protection from accidental touch, dust or water.
What are fuse holders used for?
Fuse holders are used to provide a safe and secure way of using fuses in electrical circuits with the added convenience of being able to replace a blown fuse should an electrical overload occur. As fuse holders can be designed to suit a specific application or environment, the fuse can be manufactured in a more cost effective way as it is a replaceable component. A fuse holder may also offer additional features such as storage for spare fuse or fuse puller, blown fuse indication etc.
How do I choose a fuse holder?
Before selecting a fuse holder, you first need to determine the correct fuse to protect your electrical circuit. Depending on the application, a variety of fuse styles may be suitable. Each style of fuse will have a variety of different fuse holders. When selecting a suitable fuse holder you also need to consider the following;
- How do you want to mount the fuse holder eg. panel mount, surface mount, inline etc. ?
- Do you require the electrical contacts on the fuse holder to be enclosed to provide high levels of protection from accidental touch, dust or water?
- Are the fuse holder terminals suitable for the electrical cables you wish to connect?
- Do you require the fuse holder to have additional features such as storage for spare fuse or fuse puller, blown fuse indication, multiple poles etc. ?
A fuse block or fuse base is a type of fuse holder that is designed to be fixed to a panel by way of screws or bolts. Some fuse blocks can be joined together to create multiple poles to provide fuse protected electrical power to subsidiary circuits in an electrical supply system. There are a wide range of fuse blocks available, each block is designed to suit a specific style of fuse.
Fuse clips are an alternative to fuse blocks, and can be soldered into a printed circuit board or screw mounted to a panel. Because fuse clips are relatively inexpensive, they are an appealing alternative to PC-Board mount fuse holders.