Where to use an RCD wall socket
RCD Sockets Explained
Passive Residual Current Devices (RCD,s) Latching RCD Socket.
When the power is lost due to an earth fault, the RCD socket trips out and isolates the circuit it is protecting. Latching RCD’s do not trip during power cuts so they are great for fridges and freezers. This also makes them ideal for protecting some heating equipment set to “Frost Protection”, fish tanks, battery charging, and the protection of remote or unmanned areas.
Active Residual Current Devices Non Latching RCD Socket.
This is the most common use of a RCD socket, an Active residual current device will trip the power within 40ms, power will not be resumed until the rcd socket is reset.If there is a power cut the Active RCD Socket will not reset itself we have set out below some of the electrical equipment that should be protected by an active RCD Socket.
Where you should use an active RCD Socket.
Garden power tools such as lawnmowers and hedge trimmers.
Hand held power tools like drills, jack-hammers and saws.
Kitchen appliances, kettles, food mixers and blenders etc.
Electrical equipment that moves like vacuum cleaners and floor polishers.
Hand held electrical devices like hair dryers, curling tongs and electric knives.