[Amps] inexpensive HV fuse

Alex Eban alexeban at gmail.com
Wed Jul 22 04:14:26 PDT 2009

Response time, guys!!!
Any thermally operated fuse is TOO SLOW to protect the tube.
Besides, the spring can carry many tens of Amperes before it heats up enough
to melt.
You'll probably blow up diodes and tube and God only knows what else!
Alex	4Z5KS

-----Original Message-----
From: amps-bounces at contesting.com [mailto:amps-bounces at contesting.com] On
Behalf Of Angel Vilaseca
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 9:21 AM
To: amps at contesting.com
Subject: [Amps] inexpensive HV fuse

Commercially available HV fuses are quite expensive.

I thought of using a small spring instead, like the ones in ball-point pens.

They are about one inch long and could be spread between two isolated 
standoffs about 2 1/2 inches apart.

The ball-point pen springs are made with thin wire, but could easily 
carry several hundred mA.
In case of a flashover current through the tube can reach tens of 
Amperes. In that case the wire would melt, the spring would split and 
the two halves would quickly retract, in less than a millisecond and 
stay about one inch apart, so the arc would quickly extinguish.

I wonder if this would work. Has someone tried it?

Old Philips TV sets had a similar system on some power resistors. They 
were soldered on two small springs. If the resistor became too hot, the 
solder would melt and the springs would retract, thereby interrupting 
the circuit.

Angel Vilaseca HB9SLV
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