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Old 23-10-2016, 08:07   #1
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ANL Fuse holders

I have been on the internet looking for ANL fuse holders and would like to know the the difference between the really cheap ones and the expensive ones.
There is quite a price difference.

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Old 23-10-2016, 13:44   #2
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Re: ANL Fuse holders

I only use the blue seas ones so can't really comment on brands. but they are good. they make a smaller one (under 300a) and large one.

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Fuses and holders (and, for that matter, any over current protection) is the last place I would try to save money... Blue Sea makes or packages great gear... highly recommended.
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Re: ANL Fuse holders

With ANL fuse holders, you are talking about DC devices that may be required to interrupt a lot of current (energy). The Blue Seas units are tin plated and less susceptible to corrosion than many. They are also very conservatively rated for the current that they may have to interrupt.

I expect that there is nothing else between your batteries and the load than these fuse holders. As a primary 12 Volt DC service, I fully agree that you need to have something UL rated for the application, and the Blue Seas unit fills that requirement.

Short answer - get the Blue Seas holders or have a solid reason (other than price) not to do so.


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Old 23-10-2016, 17:47   #5
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Re: ANL Fuse holders

The difference is often in susceptibility to corrosion of the metal parts, and the type of plastic used.

If the metal parts are definitely brass/copper and not too thin, you may be tempted.

Because of the screw-clamp-down type of connection, the manufacturing does not have to be perfect dimension wise. I have even made one myself at a remote location using a 1/4 inch piece of pvc as base, plus some ss setscrews (the screws do not conduct, they only press down).
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The blue seas ones are also ignition protected, something that the cheapie car radio ones are definitely not.
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I don't get it.

The Blue Seas 300 amp ANL holder is only $20.
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After reading the above I think I will go with Blue Sea.
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Re: ANL Fuse holders

Cooper Bussman makes a few holders as well that should be pretty good. But last I priced them they were not a whole lot less then Blue Sea.

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