10:20AM | 01/29/06
Member Since: 01/28/06
1 lifetime posts

Hello everyone!

I did a little research into this first but I am coming up blank, can you help?

I live in an old apartment buidling and the circuit breaker for my apartment keeps tripping. Every time that happens I need to walk down 5 flights of stairs to flip the switch back on.

I was thinking that a power strip (with a 15 amp circuit breaker) with the appliances plugged into that might help shut off the appliances before the downstairs circuit breaker trips off, but it doesn't. (did i misunderstand what it could do? It is a Push-to-reset 15 AMP circuit breaker power strip - 125v/15A/1875W.

Does anyone have any advice (besides moving into a new apt) about what I can do to limit the potential tripping or stopping it altogether (as I thought the circuit breaker power strip might do).

examples of when this will trip are:

- Multiple devices on at same time (i know, do not use more than one at a time, ok)

- toaster on for more than a couple mins

- microwave on for more than a couple mins, or 30 varies.

some of the Devices plugged in at all times (but not actively running / "on":

- tv

- tivo

- cable box

- printer

- clocks

Thanks for any suggestions you might have.


04:31PM | 01/29/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
The idea is good, but circuit breakers have a time inverse trip curve and there cana be enough difference between two different ones of the same model to determine which would trip first.

And the breaker in the strip probably does not have the same quality of design that a main power breaker has so it is even more variable.

But one thing that might help is to get the circuit breaker in the panel replaced.

Sometimes after they have been tripped a number of times the trip at lower current levels.

"- tv

- tivo

- cable box

- printer

- clocks- tv

- tivo

- cable box

- printer

- clocks"

Of those only the cable box and tivo will be drawing much power when "off". And even at that the cable box will not draw much and I am guessing that the tivo is about 200-300 watts.

You should be able to operate those and either the toaster or the microwave at the same time.


03:10AM | 02/02/06
Member Since: 01/19/06
10 lifetime posts
A 15A breaker is good for 1800 watts of total power. Depending on how many receptacles in the circuit, you have to add up the wattage of everything plugged in that is on at the same time. If you aren't getting close to 1800W, contact your landlord and get the breaker replaced.
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