Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 05/11/2019
Some years ago I had a Maypole 16 amp EHU and it had 25 metres of 2.5mm cable. I now have a 10 amp EHU and it has 20 metres of 1.5mm cable. It is made by Outwell so one assumes is fit for purpose. It has not electrocuted me so far.
It would indeed be fit for purpose Bob, and it never will electrocute you unless you do something really stupid with it. Most people rarely use their EHU leads to their maximum capacity for very long anyway. Most appliances commonly used by campers/caravanners don't draw anything like 16amps, that's just a safety margin really. 10 amps for most people would be more than adequate. I doubt I ever draw that.
Yes, even when I had a 16 amp EHU I never used more than 10 amps. None of my equipment is more than 2300 watts (10 amps) so providing I don't use two high wattage appliances together there won't be a problem. I have never found the need for a 16 amp EHU and only bought one because the one I wanted at the time happened to be 16 amps - lol.
If you have a 2000 watt kettle and a 2000 watt fan heater you are going to have to turn one of them off anyway, even if you have 16 amps because both together would draw 17.39 amps.
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With reference to another thread, showing (I think?) a Sunncamp EHU with 20m cable.
Is that a Sunncamp EHU Francais? If so, they must have changed the spec because I just bought one from Winfields which looks identical to the one in your other thread but found the cable was stamped as 1.5mm.
I was hoping to modify it (excellent idea and wonder why manufacturers don't already do it?) but returned it due to current (excuse the pun) cable spec.
The Leisurewise LWACC429 looks my best bet at the moment, though it only has 15m cable length.
Built in 25amp RCD & 10amp MCB circuit breaker for total protection 3 UK 3 pin power sockets suitable for large plugs & adaptors Integral 15m 2.5mm orange connection cable & site plug 10 Amp maximum total capacity (Camp site approved) Splash-proof assembly (NOT waterproof)
The Streetwise/Leisurewise LWACC486 claims to have 25amp RCD and 16amp MCB but no spec given for the cable, which again is only 15m.
Why is it so difficult to find an EHU with 25amp RCD and 16amp MCB of good quality, with reverse polarity light and 20m of 2.5mm cable? It's easy enough to find caravan hook-up cables of this length and 16amp, just not mobile mains for tents.
It has a Fratton FBB8 C25 30mA RCD, Fratton FBB8 C16 MCBs (16amp?), 15m of 2.5mm cable (3.6mm insulated) and LED reverse polarity warning light.
It states output 10amp on a Streetwize sticker, on reverse of unit, yet in the plastic casing it shows 'Leisurewize max 16amp'
So, is this reasonable quality and are the MCBs actually 10amp or 16amp?
It's impossible to do the mod suggested by Francais because the unit tapers towards the lower end. Should be fine to cut the cable a meter from the unit and add new commando connectors though (so don't have to drag full length of cable through the EHU entry on tent).