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    Do circuit breakers need to be SABS APPROVED

    Hi. The company just quoted me to redo all my electrical switches on my DB board. And they bought new CBI circuit breakers . however when I expected them I don't see sabs stamps anywhere. My old one do have. Apparently manufactures were in boksburg, but now are in lesotho. Should I be worried. And thanks for any help.

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    If any doubt exists as to the authenticity of an MCB or ELPU product, contact CBI-electric: Low Voltage on (011) 928-2000

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    They also have pdf datasheets on their website that give details of the SABS and IEC approval of their various products. Here's the URL for their MCB's http://cbi-lowvoltage.co.za/content/...rcuit-breakers
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    I think he could be referring to Schenker or Lear brand Andy. Nowadays CBI refers to the mounting type more than the manufacturer. People have been using them because they are cheaper. Money means more than safety.

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    Thank you guys. I've just read this article > http://cbi-lowvoltage.co.za/content/...itical-devices
    and now I'm as paranoid as ever. They don't answer their numbers now, will phone them on Monday.
    I really have a bad feeling I've been scammed. The quote they gave me was to upgrade by DB board because they told me it was 20 years old. To my surprise they did nothing to the DB board and they were replacing all the switches so that I won't have problems for the next 20yrs.
    When they came back all the parts looked basically the same as what I already had except no SABS approval. I thought it would be more advanced versions.

    I'll put the below text in new thread if this is not the right place...

    7 CBs, 2*15A 2*30A 3*20A
    1 63A Earth Leakage
    1 60A Switch
    1 Surge Arrestor.

    The whole quote came initially to R15k and they discounted me to R13.8k. Everything inside me tells me I've been scammed. I'm not having electricity problems afterwards, because they did replace the faulty Earth leakage unit.
    Really depressed from this whole ordeal...

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    Can you maybe give us some pictures of the DB and the circuit breakers they've installed? You should be able to attach jpeg's as long as the file size isn't too big.
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    Wow this whole scenario sounds scary!! The amount of times that I've had to replace an earth leakage unit to rectify a fault is minimal! The elu is doing the work it is designed to do if it keeps tripping. Because it no longer trips does not mean they have rectified the fault. Does the test button trip the unit, Giberto, and did they produce a CoC for the work?

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    even if its genuine CBI breakers its still a rip off. if the parts are R 2500 ,thats a lot of profit for less than a days work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bergie View Post
    even if its genuine CBI breakers its still a rip off. if the parts are R 2500 ,thats a lot of profit for less than a days work.
    Thats what I thought > I came to R2318 on www.cbionline.co.za. I only managed to check that the evening after the work was done which is why I started posting my questions.

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    I've attached photo's which I took when I saw no SABS logo on the Circuit breaker. Also the main image is all the parts installed on my DB board.

    Thanks again everyone.

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