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What can I run from a 13amp socket

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Found 18th Jul 2014
Just installed an outdoor 13amp socket in my garden. I'm just wondering what I can, or should I say shouldn't run from this socket to avoid breaking it / blowing the fuse.

Thanks

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Maybe I am geing silly here, but surely anything that has upto a 13amp fuse of its own. no?

Anything up to 3kw 3000watts

Original Poster

I think that your right, but seeing as I dont know what has what fuse in it, would I have to go around and undo all the plugs before plugging them in or is a 13 amp switch normal?

Will a lawn mower, laptop, fan, strimmer, hedge trimmer typically be ok?
What normally needs more than 13amps?

If I had a 20 amp fuse in something that only needed 13amps, would it only take what it needed and therefore not affect my switch?

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coullgfx

Anything up to 3kw 3000watts



To me that sounds huge but I have no idea about electrical usage on items, hense my stupid question on a shopping site lol

Most things say on the underside of a plug by the pins little circle with x over 250~
like 5 is 5 amps at 250v.
-----
250

Depends on the length of the cable and core size you installed as they can affect voltage drop and load capacity.Any external sockets should be protected by an earth leakage breaker or similar device to cut off power in case of accidental damage of any leads connected i.e. mowing or strimmer cutting into the lead.
Normally Id expect only a light load to be applied to it and given you installed it for a reason then Im guessing you must have made assumptions as to what power requirements were required?

Edited by: "arachnoid" 18th Jul 2014

Original Poster

I just bought an outdoor socket..... Amature move I know.

In truth I'm not about to put two lawn mowers through one socket. most likely it will be the lawn mower, or a strimmer / hedge trimmer or a laptop. Only one of these at a time.

I'm just trying to find out, through here, if that should be ok, or if I should not use any of these things on that socket.

sparx1981

I think that your right, but seeing as I dont know what has what fuse in … I think that your right, but seeing as I dont know what has what fuse in it, would I have to go around and undo all the plugs before plugging them in or is a 13 amp switch normal?Will a lawn mower, laptop, fan, strimmer, hedge trimmer typically be ok?What normally needs more than 13amps?If I had a 20 amp fuse in something that only needed 13amps, would it only take what it needed and therefore not affect my switch?



Nothing has a 20 amp fuse, 13 amps it the biggest for a Standard UK plug. Anything larger and you need 16 amp plug and socket

Its not about the fuse in the plug the protection for external sockets really needs ELCB or similar like I said in the other post to protect the user in event of an accident.
As to the use of lawn mowers etc thats fine the load should be well within specs provided it was installed correctly.

http://i.gyazo.com/2247399812ef034cdbc3c2d2e102aec6.png
Edited by: "arachnoid" 18th Jul 2014

Most of the items you intend to use should be OK even if your outside socket is a spur. There will be a loading variation between spurs and ring circuits (on ring circuits you can use slightly more amps/watts than you can on a spur.

The general items that use excess amps/watts are those that generate heat (irons, kettles, cookers, some microwaves, coffee makers) anything that has an element.

But in any instance it's better to be safe than sorry... how can you use your lawnmower and strimmer and laptop at the same time?

Multi tasking
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