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Old 08-12-2017, 05:19 PM   #1
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I'm using an outdoor outlet with a 25ft 12a extension cord that runs a fan and charges my phone...every night when the outdoor lights turn on it trips the breaker. I don't understand why.

Anyone have any advice on a better cord?
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:09 PM   #2
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Outside lights and fan too big of load? Maybe more on the breaker than you know?

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Old 08-12-2017, 06:10 PM   #3
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How many lights are outdoor? How many watts (amps) ?

Blowing the breaker could be sign of a short. Get one of those testers to make sure your bus skin isn't hot.

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Old 08-12-2017, 06:14 PM   #4
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What is the lighting load you have on at night? Is it necessary or can you go with less light?

The most you'll have available is 15 amps on that cord likely from wherever you feed it from.

Maybe there is a fault in the lights themselves, not just an overcurrent situation.

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Old 08-12-2017, 08:19 PM   #5
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I don't know the light load. I just know there are 3 breaker fuses, 2 for the lights (there are 2 lights) and one for outlet. Even if I turn off all power it still seems to trip the breaker. I guess just simply being plugged in is enough.

But the weird thing is, sometimes it trips...and sometimes it does not. Like 3-4 days ago it didn't but all the other days it did...then today it seems like it won't (since it usually trips around this time) it's very random, but trips more often than not.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:23 PM   #6
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Loose connection, damaged insulation on a wire. Loose ground. These things would cause the random trips. I'd start there for sure
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What are you plugged into?
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:23 PM   #8
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Is your outlet a GFI that automatically is too weak for that kind of pull.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:34 PM   #9
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I'm using an outdoor outlet with a 25ft 12a extension cord that runs a fan and charges my phone...every night when the outdoor lights turn on it trips the breaker. I don't understand why.

Anyone have any advice on a better cord?
What about the outdoor outlet? What exactly do you mean by that? is it at a campsite, borrowed or what?
What kind of extension cord are you using? One for outdoor use? Could have bad insulation and getting wet on the ground at night.

And now the breakers trip even if not in use? Better sleep with one eye open, you could have a fire with a mess like that.

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