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Euler Kernighan
02/09/2012, 12:12 PM
Hi folks.

I may need your help here. I just bought 2 Energy Bar 8 and I'm wondering what is the best approach to connect the following devices:

02 x Reeflo Super Dart Gold - 175 Watts each - 525 watts
02 x Oceans Motions 4way - 7,5 watts each - 15 watts
01 x Red Dragon 2000 - 45 watts
01 x Reg Dragon 1500 - 38 watts
01 x ATB Flowstar - 90 watts
02 x Vortech MP40w - 56 watts (28 each)
02 x Vortech MP60w - 120 watts (60 each)
08 x Aqua Illumination - 576 watts (72 each)
02 x Eheim Compact+ 2000 - 70 watts (35 each)
01 x Eheim Compact+ 1000 - 23 watts
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1018 watts

I's thinking in the following layout:
EB8-A:
01 Reeflo Super Dart Gold
01 Oceans Motions 4way
01 Red Dragon Pump (used by the skimmer)
01 ATB Flow Star
04 AquaIlluminaton

EB8-B
01 Reeflo Super Dart Gold
01 Oceans Motions 4way
01 Red Dragon Pump (used by the skimmer) too
04 AquaIlluminaton

Do you guys recommend to connect the Reeflo pumps on EB8? Is it possible? Can EB8 handle this kind of pump?

Any comment will be appreciated! :thumbsup:

kenargo
02/09/2012, 12:34 PM
Each EB8 can handle a max of 15 amps; 15 amps is roughly 1800 watts. If you have concerns over the capacity of any 1 outlet you can use an Expansion Outlet to offload the current from the EB8 (an expansion outlet is controlled by the EB8 outlet but supplies power from a separate wall outlet).

RussM
02/09/2012, 12:59 PM
Nothing you've listed exceeds the load capacity of a single EB8 outlet, and the total load you've listed for each proposed EB8 is well within the rated overall per-EB8 limit. You'll be fine.

Euler Kernighan
02/09/2012, 02:55 PM
Guys,

really thanks for help me out. Regarding the Reeflo pumps, should I connect them all on outlets 1~3 or 5~7, right?

reefcam
02/10/2012, 12:08 AM
I'm not an electrician, but you should also consider the load on your circuit. Each EB8 is rated for 15A, but you should only put a load of 80% of your circuit capacity. For my 20A circuit, I have it loaded to 16A max. This will prevent your wire insulation from melting.

I have melted a 20A GFCI by loading the circuit to 18A ~ 19A. yes, it's possible and the outcome was melted wire insulation and the outlets were melted on the inside of the box. Luckily I was home to prevent a house fire.

Euler Kernighan
02/10/2012, 07:57 AM
I'm not an electrician, but you should also consider the load on your circuit. Each EB8 is rated for 15A, but you should only put a load of 80% of your circuit capacity. For my 20A circuit, I have it loaded to 16A max. This will prevent your wire insulation from melting.

I have melted a 20A GFCI by loading the circuit to 18A ~ 19A. yes, it's possible and the outcome was melted wire insulation and the outlets were melted on the inside of the box. Luckily I was home to prevent a house fire.

you're right ReefCam I neglect it altogether. The main circuit is about 15A exactly the same as EB8.... thank you for drawing my attention to this....

...

how dumb was I... these devices will consume almost 1600watts (1558 instead 1018)

I'm wondering to order another two EB8s and make the following:
Circuit A
-> EB8:
- Reeflo pump A
- Oceans Motions A
- First Skimmer's Pump
- ATB Pump A (master)
- 04 x AI Modules

Circuit B
-> EB8:
- Reeflo pump B
- Oceans Motions B
- Second skimmer's pump
- ATB Pump B (just a hot backup)
- 04 x AI Modules

Circuit C
-> EB8:
- Vortech A
- Eheim A
- Dosage Pump
- there'll be 5 free outlets

Circuit D
-> EB8:
- Vortech B
- Eheim B
- Eheim C
- there'll be 5 free outlets

Any suggestions?

Euler Kernighan
02/11/2012, 04:31 AM
bump!