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Old 08-09-2011, 06:40 PM   #16
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:53 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by GottaFixIt View Post

What are you running that's blowing the 30a circuit?

The whole apartment is on one 30 amp feeder.
I am running a plasma TV + Receiver, 2 AC (8000 & 6000 BTU), 3 Tower fan , Desktop PC, Light. The consumption is respectively 6.3A, 7A, 5,5A, .6A X3, 2A, .3A and measured by Kill a watt P4400 Model. I switch both AC to fan only if using the Microwave 12A for several minutes.

I also try to measure the load at the main panel with and Extech clamp on device and it measures between 20 - 24.5A. The Circuit breaker get warm over time below the switch area and trip at around 21A after an hour or so. It seems that while I leave the panel open to do the measurement, the circuit breaker doesn't trip after an hour.
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I would like to thank all of you for your valuable input and comment. I do apologize for not being able to provide all your question in a timely manner. I have been in and out of the Dr. office and the PC must be turned off to avoid the overheat of the circuit breaker. Today, my appart isn't too hot so I can manage to lower the AC usage.

Anyway, some pictures of the apartment electrical are posted here if you are interested.


What do you think of this datalogger MA-16544? The device measuring rate is from 1s to 24h. So I think that it would be possible to get a reading before the trip. As for the accuracy of the load, I would compare its reading to a known calibrated Extech clamp on device.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:08 PM   #19
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A clamp on meter with an hold function will do nicely.
But a data logger will give you so much more infomation,
Like trends and problem periods.
It all depends on what you are prepared to spend.
Please let us know what the out come is ?
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:23 PM   #20
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The "data logger" you are looking at has a resolution of 1 sec to 24 hrs, as there is 60 cycles per second I doubt very much you will have the reading resolution to capture the amps at the time of a breaker trip.

You will however capture the trend leading up to the event. As breakers are typically rated for overload protection sustained for 1-1/2 cycles you would need a data logger with a similar resolution.



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