Car Fuses

What are car fuses?
Car fuses, also called automotive fuses, are a type of fuse that protect the electronics within a vehicle from short circuit or overcurrent. If too much current flows into the circuit, the fuse will blow and disconnect the circuit.

When a fuse 'blows' or burns out, the piece of wire that runs through the fuse melts. When the wire melts, the circuit is broken. This protects the electrical systems within the car, any attached devices, and ultimately gives you protection against electric shocks. Car fuses are typically one use. Once they have blown they will need replacing.

Why are fuses important?
Car fuses are a low-cost safety device that protect electronics, wiring and integrated devices within your vehicle. With an increasing amount of electronics incorporated into each car, fuses are vital to safeguard drivers and passengers.

What are blade fuses?
Blade fuses (sometimes called bladed fuses or spade fuses) are the most common type found in modern cars and lorries. They have a plastic body and metal prongs that fit into the sockets. Blade fuses are easy to install into a fuse box or fuse holders as they are a simple push-in component. There are four common blade fuse sizes:
• Maxi blade fuses (APX fuses) are the biggest type of car fuse. They have the highest amperage rating and are suited to heavy duty applications.
• Regular blade fuses (APR, ATC or ATO fuses) are the most popular and are suited to low voltage applications.
• Mini blade fuses (APM or ATM fuses) are smaller than regular blade fuses and cover a similar amperage range.
• Micro blades fuses are the smallest type of blade fuse and cover a smaller range of amperage. They are available with two or three prongs.

Why are blade fuses different colours?
Blade fuses utilise a standard colour coding system that shows what their current rating is. This can help you to easily find and replace a fuse within your car.

Other types of car fuse:
While most modern vehicles use blade fuses, other types are available. Many older vehicles still use 'Bosch' style or ceramic fuses (also called torpedo, ATS or GBC fuses). Classic car restorations often still require these older types of fuses.

Link fuses are also commonly found within vehicles. These are used for higher current and higher power applications. These are available as strips, or as 'midi link fuses' or 'mega link fuses' (depending on size). Link fuses are normally bolted down in place within a fuse box or fuse holder.

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Description Price Current Rating Fuse Type Blade Size Voltage Rating Colour Length Width Height Overall Dimensions Includes Indicator Body Material Fuse Speed Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Operating Temperature
RS Stock No. 849-5847
Mfr. Part No.AMG-200
MYR80.38
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200 A Bolt-In AMG 32 V dc - 68.4mm - 9mm - - Thermoplastic F - -
RS Stock No. 849-5611
Mfr. Part No.BK-ATC-1
MYR4.20
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1 A Blade ATC 32 V dc Black 19.1mm 5.1mm 12.32mm - - PC F -40°C +100°C
RS Stock No. 848-2554
Mfr. Part No.BK-ATC-5
MYR3.80
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5 A Automotive ATC 32 V dc Tan 19.1mm 5.1mm 18.7mm - - - F - -
RS Stock No. 848-2558
Mfr. Part No.ATC-10
MYR3.67
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10 A Automotive ATC 32 V dc Red 19.3mm 5.25mm 12.5mm - - - F - -
RS Stock No. 852-7345
Mfr. Part No.BK-ATC-3
MYR3.80
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3 A Blade - 32 V dc Violet 7.5mm 4.3mm 8.4mm 7.5 x 4.3 x 8.4mm - Brass F - -
RS Stock No. 852-7339
Mfr. Part No.ATM-20
MYR5.00
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20 A Blade - 32 V dc Yellow 10.92mm 3.81mm 16.25mm 16.25 x 10.92 x 3.81mm - Brass F - -
RS Stock No. 849-5620
Mfr. Part No.ATC-2
MYR4.07
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2 A Blade ATC 32 V dc Grey 19.1mm 5.1mm 12.32mm - - PC F -40°C +100°C
RS Stock No. 849-5579
Mfr. Part No.MAX-50
MYR32.55
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50 A Blade Maxi 32 V dc Red - 8.9mm 21.6mm - - Plastic FF - -
RS Stock No. 848-3854
Mfr. Part No.GMT-2A
MYR16.01
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2 A Fast Acting - - Orange 20.57mm 3.23mm 14.86mm - Yes Thermoplastic F - -
RS Stock No. 852-7317
Mfr. Part No.ATM-2
MYR5.00
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2 A Blade Mini 32 V ac/dc Grey 10.9mm 3.81mm 8.8mm 10.9 x 8.8 x 3.81mm - Brass F -40°C +100°C
RS Stock No. 848-3879
Mfr. Part No.GMT-10A
MYR21.28
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10 A Fast Acting - - Red, White 20.57mm 3.23mm 14.86mm - Yes Thermoplastic F - -
RS Stock No. 852-7326
Mfr. Part No.ATM-10
MYR5.48
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10 A Blade - 32 V dc Red 4mm 2.2mm 5mm 10.9 x 8.8 x 3.81mm - Brass F - -
RS Stock No. 848-2560
Mfr. Part No.ATC-30
MYR3.47
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30 A Automotive ATC 32 V dc Green 19.3mm 5.25mm 12.5mm - - - F - -
RS Stock No. 852-7351
Mfr. Part No.ATC-15
MYR3.34
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15 A Blade - 32 V dc Blue 19.1mm 5.1mm 18.7mm 18.7 x 19.1 x 5.1mm - Brass F - -
RS Stock No. 849-5853
Mfr. Part No.ANL-150
MYR325.55
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150 A Blade ANL - - 81mm 22.2mm - - - - T - -
RS Stock No. 849-5869
Mfr. Part No.ANL-500
MYR340.586
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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500 A Blade ANL - - 81mm 22.2mm - - - - T - -
RS Stock No. 852-7320
Mfr. Part No.ATM-15
MYR7.27
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15 A Blade - 32 V dc Blue 4mm 2.2mm 5mm 4 x 2.2 x 5mm - Brass F - -
RS Stock No. 848-3841
Mfr. Part No.GMT-1-4A
MYR42.977
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250 mA Fast Acting - - Violet 20.57mm 3.23mm 14.86mm - Yes Thermoplastic F - -
RS Stock No. 848-3860
Mfr. Part No.GMT-7-1-2A
MYR34.02
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7-1/2 A Fast Acting - - Black, White 20.57mm 3.23mm 14.86mm - Yes Thermoplastic F - -
RS Stock No. 852-7342
Mfr. Part No.ATC-7-1-2
MYR4.14
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7.5 A Blade - 32 V dc Brown 7.5mm 4.3mm 8.4mm 7.5 x 4.3 x 8.4mm - Brass F - -