Parasitic Draw Testing - New To Me

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Parasitic Draw Testing - New To Me

Post by Bluewaterhooker0 »

I came across this YouTube video a couple of days ago, and thought some folks here might find it as interesting as I did. I've never heard of such a thing.
They don't explain the methodology too well, but as near as I can determine, everything conductor has resistance, and someone has gone to the trouble of determining the exact resistance of common fuses. With that known, measuring the voltage drop across any given fuse (mv) can provide an extrapolation of the current passing through that circuit. The benefit, as explained in the video, is that neither the fuse being removed, nor the circuit being broken, is needed in order to determine the current passing through the circuit. Pretty neat. There are charts that accompany different types of fuses. I am posting the video, a link to the downloadable .pdf file charts, and a portion of the chart most common for the Goldwing.
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Post by Swagonmaster »

I have seen the same information from a different sources but it is similar. It's most valuable when the expected current draw is known so you can differentiate between a device that won't turn off and a short circuit but this will definitely tell you that something is drawing juice.
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Post by topgun »

That "someone " would be the manufacturer of fuses. Fuses have some resistance and therefore also a voltage drop.
Resistance causes heat, and when the circuit causes enough heating to equal the rating, the fuse element
melts or as we like to say "blows".

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Post by ekvh »

Neat, thanks for sharing.

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