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Default ANL Fuses versus Breaker Type

Is either better or worse for a high output system?

I have used both over the years without a problem, but for my new install would love to hear some insights on which is really better...

Perhaps it does not matter either way?

The plus on the breaker style is that there is no fuse to blow and need replaced. And it has a quick kill button - just in case. LOL

Granted I could understand if the ANL style fuses could flow more current...?

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bump.

No one runs breakers here or what
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I've heard that the contacts on breakers can wear/corrode and cause extra resistance.
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thats true but that after it trips a few time i dont think the resistance be little net to none like an fuse
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i like anl fuses as they look cool as shit haha. breakers are friggin ugly but easy as hell as you can just reset them once they kill
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i use no fuses
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I've used both. Right now I'm using a fuse, because, well, I didn't have my breaker around when I ran my power wire. And you can see that in the years since then, it hasn't mattered enough to bother with it.

I liked my breaker (well, sorta, my specific breaker I wasn't too fond of, but there's better designed ones out there), but not enough to care once it's all in. The kill switch is nice, but I can pull my fuse too.

I think if I did everything over again from the start and didn't have a fuse holder already and was just buying bulk wire, I'd probably use a circuit breaker just because.

But the nice thing about Fuses is you can use the same fuse holder for different currents. Say I have a 300A system in it at first, but then I decide I need more room and move down to a 140A system. With a breaker, that means I've either got to go get a new breaker that is rated for a smaller current, or have a WAY too large breaker installed, which is a huge hazard. With a fuse holder, I just need a smaller rated fuse and I'm good to go.

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As an aside, the reason I'm not fond of my breaker's design is that it's the normal style with the posts you attach with ring terminals. 4GA or larger ring terminals are big, and that's a lot of exposed conductor using them. If its installed in a perfect spot, that's probably fine. But I'd rather an inline style breaker where the conducting wire is inside of some sort of insulator so it doesn't accidentally short out if something bad happens.

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im got anl fuses and agu fuses agu suck ass i have 4 boxes of them left this keeps on happening to me
im going switch over to breakers some day
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I use breakers and they work just fine for me.
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Great input!

Sounds like it really does not matter which way you go on this.

I see two good paths:
- Breaker at a set amperage for those who do not change amps often and therefore do not need a change in breaker amperage.
- ANL fuses at the main for the people who need to change amperage due to adding or changing amps often

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