i have a circuit to be constructed, where i need to use PP pulse capacitors and i got my hands on Polyester capacitors, this is for pulse applications, im wondering if it could be used as a replacement, as the circuit is not functioning as it should and thats what i could narrow down the problem to be.



  • \$\begingroup\$ Maybe instead of calling it a "pulse application" you could in fact state what it is and produce a circuit."i" is capitalized btw and polyester doesn't need to be. \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Apr 20 '15 at 21:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ Use polypropylene for any application that calls itself "pulse". Better yet, go by the manuf's spec sheets. The WIMA site is a good place to start. There are construction details that are often used in pulse caps and not common in others. \$\endgroup\$ – Robert Endl Mar 21 '17 at 15:00

Dielectric absorption (DA) is much (5-10x) higher for polyester capacitors as compared to polypropylene, so losses will be higher, which could cause problems.

There may be other differences in construction that would affect pulse applications, however they are not inherent to the choice of dielectric.

Edit: I don't think the capacitors you show are necessarily suitable- the pulse current could be very high, which those parts are not designed for (my second original paragraph above). Consequence could be slow or rapid destruction of the capacitors as the metallization blows off the mylar and perhaps shorting of the plates.

There are other types of capacitor easily available which could be substituted but I think I'll let others suggest them. This seems like a pretty dangerous project.

  • \$\begingroup\$ if this could help as i dont know that much about capacitor specificities i should be using this capacitor (eu.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Vishay-BC-Components/BFC238320683/…), while what i found locally was (wima.com/EN/mks4.htm) is it a suitable replacement? \$\endgroup\$ – M A Apr 20 '15 at 20:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ It is not specified for pulse applications, so it is clearly not a direct replacement. It may or may not fail depending on the actual circuit requirements. \$\endgroup\$ – Spehro Pefhany Apr 20 '15 at 20:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ this is the actual circuit (ctmuzzleloaders.com/ctml_experiments/electric_ignition/…) it can be viewed at the bottom of the page the capacitor in question is marked as C2 \$\endgroup\$ – M A Apr 20 '15 at 22:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ would ceramic capacitors do the trick? \$\endgroup\$ – M A Apr 21 '15 at 16:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MA The very same manufacturer makes pulse-rated capacitors, which have a different (self-healing) internal design. So, why don't you use those instead? However, I will say that I don't think this project sounds very safe to attempt for someone not yet at the level of being able to specify suitable components. So, BE CAREFUL! \$\endgroup\$ – Oleksandr R. Apr 21 '15 at 17:46

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