Is Your Challenger Brand Electric Panel Safe? - Brubaker Inc. Check your panel today, as Challenger was very popular in the ’80s and ’90s. Circuit breakers are designed to keep you and your family safe. However, there are a few brands of breaker still in use today that might not only fail to protect you — they could actually cause a fire. Add to this list the brand Challenger. Challenger Electrical Panels Field Reports of overheating Challenger Electric: electrical panel bus overheats, circuit breaker failures, field reports. This article includes photographs of overheated Challenger Electric electrical panel components and cites a historical connection between Challenger Electric Company and Federal Pacific Electric. However the specific panel bus and breaker designs are different among those brands.