GE Power Break I

by Jim Hardy

We’ve provided this GE Power Break I resource with hard-to-find technical information. The problem is that since this is an obsolete product, there is limited information available about GE Power Break I breakers.  End users like options. PB 1 breakers were obsoleted about 20 years ago! Parts are hard to find. GE has designs that modify their current production Power Break II to fit into the same space as the Power Break 1 —  with minor switchgear modifications. There’s a GE kit to do this.  GE also has a facility that specializes in these projects.  Schneider Electric has  designs using their current-production MasterPact breaker.  However the MasterPact product can only be installed by Square D Field Service.

GE Power Break I Options

Years Manufactured
1965 – 2008
Electrical info
600 volts AC
Amp range      100 – 4000 amp

OEM Support
Discontinued in 2008. (GEA18416)
Parts availability – No new parts available from GE?
Power Break II replacement option (DEA-520)

 

Interrupting Capacity
240V ac 480V ac 600V ac
envelope/frame size
Standard 800A 65 65 42
1600A 85 65 50
2000A 85 65 50
3000A 100 100 85
4000A 100 100 85
240V ac 480V ac 600V ac
High Break 800A 100 100 65
1600A 125 100 65
2000A 125 100 65
3000A 200 150 100
4000A 200 150 100

Frame Sizes

800 amp           manual           12” X 13.5” X  11.09”

                         electric           12‘ X 13” X  13.97”

1600 amp                               17.5” X 13.5” X  11.09”

2000 amp                               20.06” X 13.5” X  11.09”

3000 amp        manual            20.06” X 15” X  12.38”

electric            20.06” X 15” X  16.88”

4000 amp                               33.15” X 18.25” X 14.25”

Frame              THP

Type                PowerBreak 1

Type Trip         MicroVersatrip

SelecTrip

VersaTrip

MagneTrip

Connection      Draw-out/Bolt-in – Front connected & rear connected

Amp Range      200 – 4000 amp

Aftermarket Options

Parts: only from equipment dealers like BCS switchgear.

Repairs: Limited repairs possible with insulated case breakers, but can be done by most NETA and factory owned circuit breaker shops.

Replacement: Replacement by used breaker from a variety of sources, including BCS Switchgear

New Direct replacement: No switchgear modifications: There does not appear to be one available.

New Retrofill/Retrofit – switchgear modifications required.

ABB

GE – Kits for fixed mount breakers only

Square D

Power Break I Frames

TP, THP, TC, THC, TPMM, THPMM, TUPMM, TPYY, THPYY, TCMM, THCMM, TCYY, THCYY

BCS Switchgear can help you choose the right switchgear or breaker solution for your application. Our product experts are standing by to help.

GE Power Break I

by Jim Hardy

We’ve provided this GE Power Break I resource with hard-to-find technical information. The problem is that since this is an obsolete product, there is limited information available about GE Power Break I breakers.  End users like options. PB 1 breakers were obsoleted about 20 years ago! Parts are hard to find. GE has designs that modify their current production Power Break II to fit into the same space as the Power Break 1 —  with minor switchgear modifications. There’s a GE kit to do this.  GE also has a facility that specializes in these projects.  Schneider Electric has  designs using their current-production MasterPact breaker.  However the MasterPact product can only be installed by Square D Field Service.

GE Power Break I Options

Years Manufactured
1965 – 2008
Electrical info
600 volts AC
Amp range      100 – 4000 amp

OEM Support
Discontinued in 2008. (GEA18416)
Parts availability – No new parts available from GE?
Power Break II replacement option (DEA-520)

 

Interrupting Capacity
240V ac 480V ac 600V ac
envelope/frame size
Standard 800A 65 65 42
1600A 85 65 50
2000A 85 65 50
3000A 100 100 85
4000A 100 100 85
240V ac 480V ac 600V ac
High Break 800A 100 100 65
1600A 125 100 65
2000A 125 100 65
3000A 200 150 100
4000A 200 150 100

Frame Sizes

800 amp           manual           12” X 13.5” X  11.09”

                         electric           12‘ X 13” X  13.97”

1600 amp                               17.5” X 13.5” X  11.09”

2000 amp                               20.06” X 13.5” X  11.09”

3000 amp        manual            20.06” X 15” X  12.38”

electric            20.06” X 15” X  16.88”

4000 amp                               33.15” X 18.25” X 14.25”

Frame              THP

Type                PowerBreak 1

Type Trip         MicroVersatrip

SelecTrip

VersaTrip

MagneTrip

Connection      Draw-out/Bolt-in – Front connected & rear connected

Amp Range      200 – 4000 amp

Aftermarket Options

Parts: only from equipment dealers like BCS switchgear.

Repairs: Limited repairs possible with insulated case breakers, but can be done by most NETA and factory owned circuit breaker shops.

Replacement: Replacement by used breaker from a variety of sources, including BCS Switchgear

New Direct replacement: No switchgear modifications: There does not appear to be one available.

New Retrofill/Retrofit – switchgear modifications required.

ABB

GE – Kits for fixed mount breakers only

Square D

Power Break I Frames

TP, THP, TC, THC, TPMM, THPMM, TUPMM, TPYY, THPYY, TCMM, THCMM, TCYY, THCYY

BCS Switchgear can help you choose the right switchgear or breaker solution for your application. Our product experts are standing by to help.
Jim Hardy

Contact Jim
Business Development at BCS Switchgear, Inc.
Phone: 940-600-6069
email: jim@bcsswitchgear.com

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