Automotive fuses are a class of fuses used to protect the wiring and electrical equipment for vehicles. They are generally rated for circuits no higher than 32 volts direct current, but some types are rated for 42-volt electrical systems. They are occasionally used in non-automotive electrical products.
Blade type fuses come in six physical sizes: micro2, micro3, low-profile mini, mini, regular, and maxi
Blade fuses (also called spade or plug-in fuses), with a plastic body and two prongs that fit into sockets, are mostly used in automobiles.
Each fuse is printed with the rated current in amperes on the top.
These types of fuses come in six different physical dimensions:
LP-mini (APS), also known as low-profile mini.Unofficially, the "low-profile mini" fuse is sometimes incorrected called "micro" since the term means smaller than mini, but recently fuses using the micro name have been released.
mini (APM / ATM).The mini fuses were developed in the 1990s.
regular (APR / ATC / ATO / ATS), also known as standard.Regular blade-type fuses, also known as standard fuses, were developed in 1976 for low voltage use in motor vehicles.
maxi (APX), heavy-duty.
Blade type fuses can be mounted in:
Fuse blocks (made of porcelain, slate, or other refractory material). Fuseblocks offer a method of mounting several fuses together or large fuses separately .
In-line fuse holders, with two standards: IEC-publication 257 1968 Amendment no. 2 to this publication dated January 1989 and UL-standard no. 512.They help to save space. An inline fuse is often seen in add-on electrical accessories, where the manufacturer doesn't know the amperage limit of the circuit you are going to patch into. This offers sufficient protection for that individual accessory, without regard to any other devices that might share the same circuit.
Dual slot fuse holders let you turn one fuse slot into two (in some way, similar to a power strip, but for fuses).
Or fuse clips. Fuseclips can be inserted into a printed circuit board.
Blade fuses use a common coloring scheme for the micro2, micro3, low-profile mini, mini, and regular size fuses, and a partial color similarity with the maxi size fuses. The following table shows the commonly available fuses for each size group.
Lucas type fuses are used in old British-made or assembled automobiles. The physical length of this ceramic type of fuse is either 1 inch or 1.25 inch, with conical ends. Glass tube fuses have straight ends. Lucas type fuses usually use the same color-coding for the rated current. Lucas fuses have three ratings; the continuous current they are designed to carry, the instantaneous current at which they will fuse, and the continuous current at which they will also fuse. The figure found on Lucas fuses is the continuous fusing current which is twice the continuous ampere rating that the system should be using; this can be a source of confusion when replacing Lucas fuses with non Lucas fuses. The Lucas 1/4" diameter glass tube fuse have a different length as compared to the standard US item. The Lucas 1/4" diameter glass tube fuse is 1 and 5/32" [~29.4 mm] long, while the US standard 1/4" glass tube fuse is 1 and 1/4" [~32.0 mm] long.
Glass Tube type fuse
North-American built automobiles up to at least 1986 had electrical systems protected by cylindrical glass cartridge fuses rated 32 volts DC and current ratings from 4 amperes to 30 amperes. These are known as "SFE" fuses, as they were designed by the Society of Fuse Engineers to prevent the insertion of a grossly inadequate or unsafe fuse into the vehicle's fuse panel. These SFE fuses all have a 1⁄4 inch diameter, and the length varies according to the rating of the fuse.
A 4 amp SFE 4 fuse is 5⁄8 inch long (the same dimension as an AGA fuse of any rating),
a 6 amp SFE 6 fuse is 3⁄4 inch long,
a 7.5 amp SFE 7.5 fuse is 7⁄8 inch long (same as an AGW fuse of any rating),
a 9 amp SFE 9 fuse is 7⁄8 inch long (same as an AGW fuse of any rating),
a 14 amp SFE 14 fuse is 11⁄16 inch long,
a 20 amp SFE 20 fuse is 11⁄4 inch long (same as an AGC fuse of any rating), and
a 30 amp SFE 30 fuse is 17⁄16 inches long.
There are a number of lookalike fuses which can easily be confused with these. In general this type of fuse will have an "AG" label of some kind, which originally stood for "Automobile Glass" . There are at least seven different sizes of fuses with a 1/4 inch diameter. The fuses listed are the most common for the size, which is always a fast-acting fuse:
1AG size, type AGA, 1 amp to 30 amp, 1/4 inch (6.3mm) diameter by 5⁄8 inch (15.9mm) long
2AG size, type AGB, 0.177" (4.5mm) diameter by 0.588" (14.9mm) long (frequently replaced with 5mm diameter by 15mm long international size fuse (aka 5 x 15mm - now more readily available)
3AG size, type AGC, 0.125 amp to 50 amp, 1/4 inch diameter (6.3mm) by 11⁄4 inch (31.8mm) long
4AG size, type AGS, 9⁄32 inch (7.1mm) diameter by 11⁄4 inch (31.8mm) long
5AG size, type AGU, 1 amp to 60 amp, 13⁄32 inch (10.3mm) diameter by 11⁄2 inch (38.1mm) long. Also called "Midget fuses."
7AG size, type AGW, 1 amp to 30 amp, 1/4 inch diameter (6.3mm) by 7⁄8 inch (22.2mm) long
8AG size, type AGX, 1 amp to 30 amp, 1/4 inch (6.3mm) diameter by 1 inch (25.4mm) long
9AG size, type AGY, 50 amp, 1/4 inch (6.3mm) diameter by 17⁄16 inch (36.5mm) long
UK size, type UK, 35 amp to 50 amp, 1/4 inch (6.3mm) diameter by 11⁄4 inch (31.8mm) long
These and other fuses are still being manufactured for many applications, including for AC circuits and DC uses. Some are time delayed, slow reacting, or have leads for terminals used in circuits without a fuse holder. Many of the fuse dimensions and characteristics are published by the Society of Automotive Engineers as Standard SAE J 554.