Rated Current

The current that an electrical device can carry, under specified conditions, without resulting in overheating or mechanical overstress.

The rated current is the continuous, not interrupted current a connector can take when simultaneous power on all contacts is given, without exceeding the maximum temperature.

The basic rating is continuous current, the value of amperes intended to flow through the device. (This is sometimes described as “operational current” or “thermal current.”)

Rated current : This is the continuous current that equipment is capable of passing without exceeding its temperature rise limits.


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