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If the appliance is just to be plugged into a circuit with multiple outlets then you just need to make sure that the sum of currents for all devices on the circuit are less than the rated current. A rule of thumb is total current should be no greater than 80% of the rated current. So you might have a 20 A breaker and several 2.5 A appliances on this circuit.

If you have a dedicated circuit for the appliance you would only need to size the breaker for the maximum current being drawn by the appliance. If the appliance contained a motor then there might be a start-up current that might be as high as 15 amps so you would likely go to a 20 amp breaker for a safety margin. As a practical matter a dedicated circuit for an appliance in the 2.5 amp range should have a 15 amp breaker. I always install a 20 amp breaker just for added margin and possible future applications.

Q: What amp circuit breaker should be used for a 120v 2.5 amp appliance?

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if its a single current its 120v X 25 amp = 3000 watts

Yes you can, However the wire leading out from the breaker must be rated for 30 or more amps, otherwise there is a fire hazard.

Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hertz supply service.Yes, a 240v 50amp circuit can be changed to a 120v 30amp circuit. The wire for the 50 amp circuit should be a #6. This is more than ample for a 30 amp circuit. Remove the two pole 60 amp breaker and replace it with a single pole 30 and a single pole 15 amp breaker. One of the two #6 wires will be terminated on the neutral bus (if there is a white use it) and the other #6 will be terminated on the new 30 amp breaker. This will give you the required 120 volt 30 amp circuit. The new 15 amp breaker that was installed just to fill the hole from the two pole 60 amp breaker will give you a spare 15 amp circuit. I have no idea what you are trying to do, but there is no way you can change 220v 50 amp to 120v 30 amp. You can take 220 volt input in the top of your circuit breaker box. Then half of one side will be 120v and half of the other side will be 120v. You can install a 30 amp fuse. You should hire an electrician.Before you do any work yourself,on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances,always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energizedIF YOU ARE NOT REALLY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOBSAFELY AND COMPETENTLYREFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.

You can, but your circuit will be "protected" by a 30 amp breaker. So you'll have to consider the safety issues of having wiring and appliances that can draw up to 30 amps before tripping the breaker. Will the wiring and circuity support that much current without damage? If not, then switch to a 15 or 20 amp breaker.

Assuming a 120V circuit then a 30A Single Pole. For a 240V circuit an 30A two pole. Of course anything smaller that a 30A is acceptable. 30A is the maximum allowed.

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In America, a 2-pole breaker is controlling 240V. 120V per leg.

if its a single current its 120v X 25 amp = 3000 watts

Have an electrician wire you a proper line for the appliance. You were just kidding about the 100A, right? 10, or 20amp, not 100.

Yes you can, However the wire leading out from the breaker must be rated for 30 or more amps, otherwise there is a fire hazard.

No, unless it's a gas range. An electric range requires 240V and 40A while a small appliance will be 120V and Max 15A.

Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hertz supply service.Yes, a 240v 50amp circuit can be changed to a 120v 30amp circuit. The wire for the 50 amp circuit should be a #6. This is more than ample for a 30 amp circuit. Remove the two pole 60 amp breaker and replace it with a single pole 30 and a single pole 15 amp breaker. One of the two #6 wires will be terminated on the neutral bus (if there is a white use it) and the other #6 will be terminated on the new 30 amp breaker. This will give you the required 120 volt 30 amp circuit. The new 15 amp breaker that was installed just to fill the hole from the two pole 60 amp breaker will give you a spare 15 amp circuit. I have no idea what you are trying to do, but there is no way you can change 220v 50 amp to 120v 30 amp. You can take 220 volt input in the top of your circuit breaker box. Then half of one side will be 120v and half of the other side will be 120v. You can install a 30 amp fuse. You should hire an electrician.Before you do any work yourself,on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances,always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energizedIF YOU ARE NOT REALLY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOBSAFELY AND COMPETENTLYREFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.

You will burn up your appliance!!!!!

Answer for the US: Breakers are rated in amps, not watts. However, a 15A breaker can handle 15 amps, or about 1800 watts (using 120V), or 3600 watts (using 240V). However, this is only rated for noncontinuous loads (those not lasting for more than three hours). For continuous loads (loads lasting three hours or more), one must derate the circuit breaker by 80%. So for continuous loads, that same breaker should only have 1440 watts (using 120V), or 2880 watts (using 240V) on it.

120V appliance will not work on 220V. Use an instrument transformer or voltage regulator to adjust the high voltage to the desired level.

You can, but your circuit will be "protected" by a 30 amp breaker. So you'll have to consider the safety issues of having wiring and appliances that can draw up to 30 amps before tripping the breaker. Will the wiring and circuity support that much current without damage? If not, then switch to a 15 or 20 amp breaker.

Assuming a 120V circuit then a 30A Single Pole. For a 240V circuit an 30A two pole. Of course anything smaller that a 30A is acceptable. 30A is the maximum allowed.

The voltage isn't a problem, you can run 220 from your house and use that to run a European appliance, the problem is whether the appliance is dependant on line HZ. European is 50HZ and US is 60HZ. If the appliance specifies 220/50HZ, it will probably give you trouble here. If it says 220V/50 or 60HZ