A pair of easy an easy questions for engineers who have electrical knowledge. I have actually a gaming set up, with two monitors, and also one huge gaming PC and a desk light. Currently I have an 8 slot power supply but considering upgrading come the super large 12 or 16 slot one. Yet how carry out I recognize whether or no I'm going come overload the outlet by doing so? I'm not daisychaining anything however I desire to know what the maximum strength strip dimension I have the right to use is.

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TL: DR: how do I recognize maximum voltage of wall outlet versus my power strip so ns don't overload the outlet?


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· 4y
120 is the variety of volts the you'll gain from (most) household power sockets.

Now, the question is, how plenty of watts that power have the right to you traction at once. And that relies on the quantity of amps the your circuit breaker (and hopefully home wiring...) is rated for.

So, go uncover the circuit breaker that powers her outlets, recognize what all outlets that powers, and also find out what amperage it's rated for.

Multiply that amperage by 120 (the number of volts your residence puts out), and also that's how plenty of watts you can draw prior to that breaker trips. I'd probably shot to remain under 80% that that last value simply to be sure.


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Off the top of her head, perform you think one wall surface outlet will allow me to power two monitors, computer, and also a workdesk lamp?


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Depends top top country and also even climate the terminology demands attention.

Europe is ~230V. UK you deserve to pull upto 13A indigenous a domestic socket. If you want to relocate over to industrial fittings, ceeform come in 16A, 32A and also 63A and in solitary or three phase.


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I hope you don't mind, but I stalked your profile and saw the video clip you posted.

All my talk about being "up to code"? i wouldn't counting on that using to her outlets. I would certainly be an extremely careful around any big draw on any of those outlets, particularly with the debris that is within the outlet real estate surrounding the bare wires. The is a fire hazard, and should be solved ASAP.


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Amps X Volts = Watts

In the US, Volts is (typically) constantly 120. Your circuit breaker might be 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 amps. Most likely it's 10-15 amps. Therefore you've obtained a range, depending on your circuit. Check your circuit breaker to see what your amperage is. Take it the amperage labeling on your circuit breaker, multiply it through 120, and also that is the maximum Wattage you can pull native the outlets on the circuit.

If your residence is built to code, the outlets will be able to handle the best amperage that the circuit breaker have the right to handle.

That is, if you have an outlet top top a 20 amp circuit, the outlet deserve to handle at the very least 20 amps, and the circuit breaker will certainly fail before the outlet. This is required by code, because if the outlet failed before the circuit, friend would have a significant risk of electrical fires at the outlets.

Generally speaking, without running numbers, the best wattage for any type of outlet in the us is 1500 Watts. That's if you're up to code.

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TL;DR: your limiting variable should be the circuit breaker, no the outlet. If her outlet can't handle 100% that the load enabled by the circuit breaker, you need to replace the outlet before your home burns down.