Cartridge Fuses

Cartridge fuses are a low cost electrical safety device that is used to protect electrical circuits and appliances. They are cylindrical in shape and have a contact point at each end. Cartridge fuses are typically constructed from ceramic, glass or porcelain.

How do cartridge fuses work?

Cartridge fuses contain a piece of wire that melts when too much current flows through the circuit. When the wire melts, it breaks the circuit which prevents any damage. This is often referred to as burning out or blowing out. Put simply, when a fuse blows, the circuit is broken. Once a fuse has blown, it will need replacing in order to make the circuit complete again, and allow the flow of current.

Different types of cartridge fuse

Most cartridge fuses are general purpose and feature no time delay, however, some heavy duty options will have a time delay features that enables motors to start up.

Why use cartridge fuses?

Cartridge fuses are a relatively cheap way of protecting electrical equipment from short circuits and overcurrent. They are incredibly safe as they do not produce flames, arcs or gas when they burn out and break the circuit. Their speed of operation is also incredibly quick, as they react almost instantly.

What cartridge fuse should you choose?

Cartridge fuses are available in a range of standard current rating variants. When choosing the correct fuse for your application, you should choose a fuse with a nominally higher current rating than the device that it is being used in. This means that if there is a slight, harmless power increase, the fuse will not blow.


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Description Price Current Rating Fuse Size Fuse Speed Voltage Rating Overall Length Diameter Body Material Application Category UL Class Fuse Standard Series
RS Stock No. 911-3506
BrandRS PRO
$0.342
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5A 5 x 20mm T 250V ac - - Ceramic - - - UDA-P
RS Stock No. 668-6091
BrandRS PRO
$0.639
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10A 6.3 x 32mm T 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 721-1563
BrandRS PRO
$3.24
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500mA 6.3 x 32mm FF 700V ac - - Ceramic - - - -
RS Stock No. 563-649
BrandRS PRO
$0.384
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3A 5 x 20mm F 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 169-9429
BrandRS PRO
$285.31
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2.5A 5 x 20mm T 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 668-6029
BrandRS PRO
$0.306
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500mA 6.3 x 32mm F 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 563-609
BrandRS PRO
$0.242
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2A 5 x 20mm T 250V ac - - Ceramic - - - -
RS Stock No. 209-9298
BrandRS PRO
$1.666
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16A 6.3 x 32mm F 500V ac - - Ceramic - - - -
RS Stock No. 911-3436
BrandRS PRO
$0.368
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6.3A 5 x 20mm T 250V ac - - Glass - - - GTE
RS Stock No. 537-1486
BrandRS PRO
$0.387
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2.5A 5 x 20mm T 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 169-9423
BrandRS PRO
$395.10
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5A 5 x 20mm F 250V ac - - Ceramic - - - -
RS Stock No. 668-6089
BrandRS PRO
$0.639
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5A 6.3 x 32mm T 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 563-738
BrandRS PRO
$0.397
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250mA 5 x 20mm T 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 537-1408
BrandRS PRO
$0.435
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5A 5 x 20mm F 250V ac - - Ceramic - - - -
RS Stock No. 161-7616
BrandRS PRO
$157.14
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8A 5 x 20mm T 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 563-429
BrandRS PRO
$0.269
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8A 5 x 20mm T 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 668-5994
BrandRS PRO
$0.455
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1A 5 x 20mm T 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 563-481
BrandRS PRO
$0.215
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4A 5 x 20mm F 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 178-4176
BrandRS PRO
$0.372
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1A 5 x 20mm T 250V ac - - Glass - - - -
RS Stock No. 721-1579
BrandRS PRO
$2.522
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4A 6.3 x 32mm FF 500V ac - - Ceramic - - - -
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