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KMAN
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Reged: 04/26/00
Posts: 77
Loc: FT. WORTH
Power Point Fuse
#318288 - 07/18/00 11:31 PM

Was wondering if anyone has had problems with the power point fuse blowing? It keeps the mobile phone powered but not my spotlight. I know that it uses the mini 20amp fuse like my old truck did and it worked fine. It only lasts a minute or so in the SD. Then I tried the cig. lighter and it was gone instantly. It may be the spotlight but it is fairly new and it worked fine in my ch**y. Need to get this resolved soon as we have a deer census coming up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also any ideas on running two spotlights at once without burning anything up?

Tom Pike
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Reged: 10/31/99
Posts: 1120
Loc: Trabuco Canyon CA
Re: Power Point Fuse new
#318289 - 07/19/00 12:11 AM

A 20 amp fuse at 12 volts would take about 240 watts to blow it. That must be quite a spotlight, or there is some kind of short circuit in the spotlight's wiring.

Landon
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Reged: 02/23/00
Posts: 181
Loc: Colesville, Maryland
Re: Power Point Fuse new
#318290 - 07/19/00 09:08 AM

You might check the electric contact points on the Power Point and the light plug. Corroded or dirty contacts can result in a voltage drop at the contact junction, causing a corresponding voltage drop at the light. This voltage drop at the light then results in a higher current being drawn from the light which may be causing the fuse to blow.

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Landon... 2000 F-350 PSD SC 6sp 4x4 SRW
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2106
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Reged: 07/01/99
Posts: 361
Loc: Maryland - USA
Re: Power Point Fuse new
#318291 - 07/19/00 08:36 PM

Check a post I made called #3 fuse (20 amp) blows no power. It may be related type problem. Female Cigar lighter receptacle in dash was bad.

MD
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Reged: 02/03/00
Posts: 41
Loc: Burnsville, MN, USA
Re: Power Point Fuse new
#318292 - 07/25/00 01:01 PM

The day I picked up my rig I blew the cig fuse, then the power point fuse. We plugged in a DC-AC inverter for running a TV. If I remember correctly it had a 25A max draw at atartup so we went to Kmart and bought one with a 20A. (Were heading to Mt that evening - needed to watch movies)

Well the 20A blew fuses too so we went to Radio Shack and bought some "alligator" clips and hooked right to the battery. Other end we wired up a cig receptacle and happily watched "The Matrix" (and others ;-)) for 1100 miles.

MD

KMAN
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Reged: 04/26/00
Posts: 77
Loc: FT. WORTH
Re: Power Point Fuse new
#318293 - 07/25/00 11:15 PM

THANKS FOR YOUR REPLIES. I THINK IT WAS THE SPOTLIGHTS WIRING. GOT A NEW ONE AND IT WASN'T NEAR AS HOT. THE WIRE ON THE OLD ONE BECAME REALLY WARM FAST. THE NEW ONE DOES NOT HEAT UP AS QUICKLY. WILL GIVE IT A GOOD WORK OUT THIS WEEKEND AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. THANKS AGAIN.

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