What to do with power distribution boxes?

From: Jerome H. Fine <jhfinexgs2_at_compsys.to>
Date: Sun Aug 10 20:11:57 2003

>Patrick Finnegan wrote:

> > On Sat, 9 Aug 2003, Gunther Schadow wrote:
> > but had removed the power distribution boxes. Now I have a half
> > dozen of those boxes with the HUGE power cables sitting around. Is
> > there any use for those or should I just toss them too?
> What kind of connectors do they use for the output? I know that, for
> instance, the VAX-11/780 PDU has a bunch of 120V/15A "standard" outlets on
> the back... which makes it a great 18-outlet power strip, if you just
> replace the power inlet cable.

Jerome Fine replies:

I have found a rather simple solution. IF the input is 120 Volts AC
single phase (even if the cable can handle 24 or perhaps 30 amps), then
just replace the power plug that is used for normal 120V/15A power
outlets. As long as you don't replace the fuse on the circuit from the
power distribution panel, it does not matter what the fuse is on the
power distribution box. Many power plugs are able to handle the
cable size that carries 30A. It is rather easy to just change the plug
rather than the whole cable.

Of course, the fuse on the power distribution panel will blow first
if you overload the circuit, but that is just as likely to happen if the
fuse on the power distribution box is only 15A. Meanwhile, you
are able to have many 1A circuits for small boxes that need very
little power. I could use a number of additional 120V/15A outlets
from the power distribution box I am using since most pull less than
1A. I resorted to triple plugs.

Sincerely yours,

Jerome Fine
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