As a reputable electrical wholesaler with many decades worth of experience in selling consumer units, we have to acknowledge that, when it comes to consumer units, we always recommend the Hager consumer units first. You cannot really say what is the best consumer unit, but based on what we know so far and on the feedback we had both from the supplier and the consumer side, the best consumer units we can recommend to most customers are the Hager Consumer units. You may think we may be too much, but in this article, we will outline some of the main reasons for this. What is a Consumer Unit?A Consumer unit, as defined by IET, is a particular type of distribution board comprising type-tested and coordinated assembly for the control and distribution of electrical energy, mainly in domestic premises. A consumer unit incorporates manual means of double-pole insulation on the incoming circuit(s) and an assembly of one or more fuses (also called circuit breakers, MCBs), residual current operated devices or signalling and other devices are proven to be type-test of the assembly as suitable for use. In other words (in layman's terms), a consumer unit is a metal box where the electricity comes into the house and from which it is distributed, and it has a lot of breakers that control the flow of electricity and stop the overflow if needed. What are the main types of Consumer Units in the UKIn the United Kingdom, there are four main types of consumer units. 1. First, there are the main switch consumer units, which offer the highest degree of circuit separation. All circuits are protected from earth leakage independently. This solution is a more expensive solution, as it uses RCBOs instead of MCBs. Hager provides a wide range of Mains Switch Consumer units. 2. Second, there are the dual RCD consumer units, which are a cost-effective solution to meet the most recent regulations. Each consumer unit is protected by two RCDs, each RCD protects a bank of circuits from earth leakage. Hager in particular offers a good number of such dual RCD consumer units at a very affordable price. 3. The third kind of consumer unit is the High Integrity Consumer Unit, which is usually installed in larger properties that have a greater number of circuits. This kind of consumer unit offers good circuit separation through the use of two or more RCDs, while at the same time allowing for the independent use of RCBOs. Many such HI consumer units have a flexible configuration, so you can use as many RCBOs as you need, based on the number of ways provided. Again, Hager offers many such High Integrity consumer units. 4. Finally, the last type of consumer unit is the RCD incomer consumer unit, which is less common than the other types since the RCD incomer doesn't use a main switch. Such boards are mainly used as sub-boards to a main distribution panel. How to Choose the Right Consumer Unit?Many customers ask us this question, how do I choose the right consumer unit? Similarly, they may ask where to locate it, what should the budget be, and what type and size of the consumer unit he needs for the number of circuits he has in his house or property. There are many manufacturers who make excellent quality consumer units, and on our website, we mainly distribute Schneider, BG Electrical, and Hager; out of all these, we highly recommend the Hager Consumer Units. Things to bear in mind when choosing the right consumer unit are:Where do I locate the consumer unit?What do I use it for?How many ways do I need, and how many modules do I require?Are there any special consideration circuits?Does the Consumer Unit need to be flush or surface mounted?Why we Always Recommend the Hager Consumer Units FirstThere are many technical details and specifications that need to be considered when it comes to a consumer unit, but in this article, we only want to outline why we always recommend the Hager consumer units first. Here are the main reasons Hager Consumer Units are our go-to brand and range:Excellent quality. Made in France and widely distributed and appreciated, the Hager Consumer Units are made up to the highest standard and have excellent quality. Availability: in stock. When it comes to some of the other manufacturers, the stock is a problem; not with Hager, we hold large stocks of Hager Consumer Units, and they are always available within 2-3 working days to be ordered if not in stock. Conforming to the latest Regulations. All the Hager Consumer Units we sell conform to the latest regulations, and they are constantly working on developing and improving the quality of their products. Price: always the best price. Guaranteed the best price for a domestic consumer unit. Both the Hager Consumer Units and the Hager MCBs, RCBOs, and RCDs are available at the most reasonable price in the market, especially at Sparks. Full range and great support: the range of Hager Consumer Units available is very wide, and we bring many of them in. Hager focuses not only on the popular lines but on full systems and solutions. Furthermore, the support that Hager customer service offers is equal to none. Both we and the customers are pleased. What are the most popular Hager Consumer Units?In conclusion, here are some of the most popular Hager Consumer Units which we both recommend and sell almost daily. For installing these consumer units, please consult a registered electrician. For more information related to the Hager Consumer Units, do not hesitate to contact us either via phone or email. Hager VML110RK 10 Way 100A Main Switch Incomer Consumer Unit Round Knockouts (Design 10)Hager VML108SPDRK 8 Way 100A Switch Disconnector Incomer Metal Consumer Unit c/w Type 2 SPD Factory FittedHager VML910CU 10 Way Dual 100A RCD Configurable Metal Consumer Unit 18th Edition FuseboardHager VML106RK 6 Way 100A Main Switch Incomer Consumer Unit Round Knockouts (Design 10)
Hager VML110RK 10 Way 100A Main Switch Incomer Consumer Unit Round Knockouts (Design 10)
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Introducing the Hager Design 10 VML110RK 10 Way 100A Isolator Incomer Metal Clad Consumer Unit for Surface Mounting available at Sparks for the best price. It takes the MTN range of MCB Type B single modules (to be ordered separately).
Hager VML110RK Dimensions: Height 246mm x Width 299mm x Depth 83mm (100mm including lid)
It is a Design 10 Consumer Unit 10 Way 100A Switch Disconnector Incomer Round Knockouts.
It comes complete with a full complement of earth and neutral terminals along with marking labels, busbar, and instructions.
It is 18th edition compliant and suitable for all electrical applications, including domestic applications.
Hager VML110RK 10 Way 100A Switch Disconnector Incomer Consumer Unit - Specs
- It is a 10 way metal clad consumer unit.
- Model: Hager VML110RK 10 Way 100A main switch incomer CU.
- Complete with: 100A DP main switch
- Fixing mode: surface mounting
- Frequency: 50Hz
- Depth of installed product: 100 mm
- Height of installed product: 98.2 mm
- Width of installed product: 297 mm
- Type of door closing: non keylock
- Quick release clip on MCB/RCBO
- Current rating: 100A
- Round knockouts (top, bottom and rear)
- Incoming device: 100A Isolator
- Conforms to BS EN 61439-3 Including Annex ZB (16kA rating)
- Number of outgoing ways: 10 way consumer unit
- Standards: BS EN 61439
- Metal DIN rail assembly
- Surge protection fitted: no
- Surge protection ready: no
- 18th edition compliant
- Colour: pure white
- Colour: white
- RAL colour: RAL 9010 - Pure white
- Material: Steel
- Number of rows: 1
- Protection index IP: IP2XC
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After speaking of the 3rd Amendment to the 17th Edition Regs (which came into full application in the beginning of 2016), we need to pay attention to what kind of consumer units we install in new built properties, HMOs, or when we replace a consumer unit. The main considerations with these new boards is the protection against thermal effects (protection against fire) for a longer period of time and the protection against electrical shock (via an RCD). It used to be that the consumer units could use a plastic enclosure, but starting from the 1st of January 2016 ALL the consumer units installed have to be of metal and need to have an RCD protection. Most of the consumer unit manufacturers came out with a range of Metal Consumer Units (RCD protected, fireproof), and in this article, we would like to introduce some of the most popular ones from MK and Hager. MK 10 Way Metal Consumer Unit (Amendment 3 Compliant) - Best Value for Money! The MK Sentry K7666sMET consumer unit is a 17th Edition Amendment 3 compliant metal board, a 16-way enclosure with 10 useable ways. It comes fully populated with 10 MCBs (3 x 6A, 2 x 16A, 4 x 32A, 1 x 40A) and it has a 100A switch disconnector.This metal consumer unit has a stylish design, curved, and it makes full use of the floating bus bar system, offering you ample wiring space. This unit comes in a white colored metal and comes pre-fitted with a switch disconnector and RCD together with all the necessary split-load cabling. The flexible design allows you to position the RCD to suit the required configuration. At Sparks this MK board is now at a reduced price - it is the best Amendment 3 consumer unit value for money! Hager Design 10 Consumer Units - Reliable and Supportive Hager came out with quite a few ranges of consumer units to comply with the third amendment to the 17th edition regulations, one of which is Hager Design 10. This range is designed for safety, installation, and aesthetics, and it is reliable and supportive. Here are some of the key points concerning these Amendment 3 compliant boards: Cable Space - Maximum cable space is available even with RCBOs fitted to make installation easier. Terminal bar - The top-mounted terminal rail makes the wiring of the neutral and earth connections neat and simple. Fixings - Multiple points allow the use of No.8 or No.10 fixings giving a range of fixing options. Full metal DIN rail - Minimised distortion to ensure the devices sit square and are not easily displaced. Snap-able busbar - Provides quick and easy configuration of circuits. Enjoy a video presentation of this great range from Hager below: See the entire range of Hager Design 10 - from 2-way to 20-way boards (all of them Amendment 3 Compliant and with 63A/100A switch disconnector incomer) at Sparks.
We have noticed a video recently put online by Hager outlining the main features and benefits of their consumer units, and after watching the 1.07 min video we thought that our readers and customers would also benefit from watching it. We have spoken extensively about the Hager Domestic and Commercial Consumer units on our blog, but there's always something new and special that we find out about them.Update: the video has been made private by Hager, but the main benefits and features of these boards from Hager still stand Hager Consumer Units - Features and Benefits When we talk about the consumer units from Hager, we mean especially the domestic distribution boards. Take a look at this short video and don't forget to read the comments below. Removable Top Wall - removes easily to provide cable access and re-seals to IP4X when used with the two foam strips provided. Cable Space - maximum cable space is available even with the RCBOs fitted so that the installation and the wiring would be much easier. The Terminal Bars - the top-mounted terminal rail makes the wiring of the neutral and earth connections easier and neater. Meter Tail Kit - an optional meter tail kit is available to make the wiring and termination on the incoming cables easier to install. Snap-able Busbar - a snap-able busbar provides a quick and simple configuration of the devices. You can purchase Hager Domestic Consumer Units via Sparks - or read more on our blog concerning these devices.
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