Best rcbo consumer units?

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by Powerelec, Nov 11, 2021.

  1. Powerelec

    Powerelec Member

    what are opinions on the best full rcbo consumer units ? best fitting, spacious, well designed and reasonably priced.

    I know they are more common now than they were a few years ago , since prices have come down a little

    also has anyone used the non fly lead 2 pole rcbos and units from sbs ?
  2. ElecCEng

    ElecCEng Screwfix Select

    I stick with FuseBox these days. Not the most spacious boards, but easy to install and never had any problems.
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  3. Comlec

    Comlec Screwfix Select

    I tend to use Contactum all RCBO boards from TLC-Direct or occasionally Hager stuff from CEF. Was thinking of trying a BG RCBO board from our hosts if a job comes up where one would be appropriate.
    There is no “best” board, as what you need to fit will depend on a few factors and some are just better than others in some situations.
    There is however, “best” advice. Don’t choose on price alone.
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  4. Bazza-spark

    Bazza-spark Screwfix Select

    I would say the best type is the one that supllies the RCBO type you need. Most only do type AC and A, so if you need a B you've had it.
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  5. MGW

    MGW Screwfix Select

    SPD price and if double pole required, as @ElecCEng says in the main fusebox seems to be best option as both SPD and RCBO are cheap. But with a TT installation maybe you need double pole, and fusebox does not seem to have the option.
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  6. Comlec

    Comlec Screwfix Select

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  7. Lectrician

    Lectrician Screwfix Select

    Wylex, as wholesalers in my area all stock the breakers for them, so easy to grab parts.

    I have used the SBS kit once, it's main selling point is the lack of neutral fly lead, but I found the metal casing to be a little on the thin side. Functional for sure, just didn't feel "quality".
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  8. Zed1001

    Zed1001 Member

    I've used Fusebox a couple of times, quality seems good, and reasonably priced.
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  9. Ind spark

    Ind spark Active Member

    Has anyone tried a Crabtree rcbo board?
    Used to love the split load, polestar I think it was the mcbs just plug in, no messing with a busbar.
    Only use fusebox now.
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  10. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    Wylex or hager for quality, budget range Lewdon
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  11. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    Thank that's the starbreaker or loadstar board quality kit but most wholesalers don't stock them
  12. Roys

    Roys Active Member

    I have fitted two of them, including one in my own house, I liked it, the double pole was a big plus to me plus no flying leads to deal with.
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  13. Ind spark

    Ind spark Active Member

    Yeah starbreaker rings a bell.
    When iv looked at Crabtree recently, they seem a bit expensive.
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  14. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    My wholesalers were selling them at a good price I was fitting loads, until they stopped stocking them, they exact replica of the wylex, even the mcbs are the same
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  15. Ind spark

    Ind spark Active Member

    Oh ok I'll have a look at wylex next time.
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  16. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    I like the wylex but they expensive but sometimes it worth the cost
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  17. Ind spark

    Ind spark Active Member

    I've had no problems with fusebox so far.
    Just don't like faffing with the busbar, so easy to get a prong the wrong side, I usually check about 20 times with a little mirror.
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  18. Tony Goddard

    Tony Goddard Screwfix Select

    I use a lot of MEM as they are specced by the local authority - very good but don't look too closely at the bill

    For domestic and cost conscious I find BG and Lewden both pretty good, never had any issues.
  19. Timbo66

    Timbo66 Active Member

    I've fitted a few. Price is reasonable, especially for spd/mcb add in at £25. I understand they now do a DP mcb for the twin busbar system.
    Come assembled as you want, specify when you order.
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  20. Powerelec

    Powerelec Member

    I looked at these as an option, reasonably priced and not many bad reviews, have you got any photos of completed jobs ? how much of a struggle are they space wise ?

    I need it for around 15 circuits.

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