a: Circuit breaker ~
b: a checking account

What: "It's fair to think of an electrical socket as being similar to a checkbook. That circuit breaker is like a checking account that is capable of providing a certain amount of power to all the plugs on that circuit (and there may well be more than one!) When you plug something into it, you're drawing on that circuit breaker just like you'd draw money out of the checking account. Putting a power strip on an outlet is like ordering more checks - you can plug more different devices in but you don't get any more total current out of it, just like you can be overdrawn and still have checks left. Popping a circuit breaker is like bouncing that electrical check - you overloaded it."

Writer: VA_Cruiser
Date: Oct 4 2013 5:06 PM

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