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Originally Posted by dacap06 View Post
Correct. Only current counts. For fuses, the more useful form of the elementary power equation is P = I**2 * R. The resistance of a fuse is very low in comparison to the resistance of other devices in the circuit, so very little of the voltage drop happens across the fuse. However, the current working in the material generates heat in proportion to the square of the current, and fuses are made of a material that melts at a low temperature. If the current is too high, the material melts and the fuse blows.

Oh, that's it Current is governed by the rest of the circuit! Thanks - that explains it and makes perfect sense
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