I wanted to use multiple capacitors to step up the voltage in a circuit. A little bit of google searching told me that it is called a Charge Pump. I figured out the charging each capacitor individually in parallel and then discharging them in series should result in the same capacitance and same voltage. Since charging capacitor in parallel will allow each capacitor to charge upto its rated capacitance(ideally!) and then discharging in series will add their voltages to give me Higher voltage without having to bargain with capacitance. Also I found there is a circuit called Marx Generator which uses the same principal,
Q1) Is my understanding correct? (which I think is)
Now If my understanding happens to be correct, I take four 50 volt capacitors and put them in series after charging them in parallel at say 36 volts. Then the output voltage from the capacitors should be approximately $$36v*4=144 v$$ .
Q2) Will the overall voltage damage the capacitors as it exceeds their individual ratings? (which I don't think will happen, but obviously need some experts help)
Now if I connect this output to two 200 volt capacitors in parallel and then put them in series. The resultant voltage should be 288 volts. Same as above followed and in theory I should end up with 288 volts approximately.
Q3) I think I have the circuit figured out but it will use a lot of switches to change the capacitor from parallel to series, Do you guys have a better way to do so?