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Questions tagged [electrolytic-capacitor]

An energy-dense capacitor type, used in low frequency filtering applications.

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Two modes of electrostatic force with charged capacitors?

During a charged state of a capacitor (Regardless of the type of capacitor), Simple parallel plate: .png Parallel plate with dielectric material in the gap: ]3 Supercapacitor: How is the ...
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Bulk Capacitor for Motor Driver

I'm creating a motor driver for a BLDC motor. I was wondering how we can calculate or choose what capacitance we need for our purposes. We're using the motor driver for a chain drive /transmission ...
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Can you identify these SMD Electrolytic capacitors? [closed]

I'm fairly sure I need to replace the capacitors in this LCD panel from 1993, but I'm not 100% sure I'm reading them correctly. I'm guessing that the large ones are 47uF 16V, the medium ones are 10uF ...
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Decoupling capacitor placements and ratings - how to choose?

I am building a circuit with 2 hybrid stepper motors each powered by a stepper motor driver A4988 and both drivers are connected to an Arduino UNO R3. Before soldering the components together on a ...
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How to tell if a printed capacitance is the actual value or a capacitance code?

My confusion was inspired by this question. The OP asked to identify an electrolytic surface mount capacitor and its ratings. I answered assuming the pictured capacitor's capacitance was a three ...
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Will this capacitive discharge welder design work?

I'm an electronics newbie trying to learn about the subject through tinkering, and my current project is a capacitive discharge welder for welding on battery terminals. I thought I'd better have ...
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What happens when a Cap fails?

I am trying to understand What happens when the Electrolytic caps fail at the input terminal of a charger? What about at the output of the bridge rectifier? These two caps below are rated 100uF @ 200V....
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Can you replace electrolytic capacitors with tantalum ones?

Due to size constraints on a custom PCB, I have opted out for using the smallest type of electrolytic capacitors (3 mm diameter.) However, capacitors in such a small diameter are almost impossible to ...
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Why do bipolar electrolytic caps have a long and short lead?

Ok maybe not all, but the Nichicon UES series of bipolar "audio-grade" electrolytic through-hole caps have a short lead and a long lead.. Why? The datasheet has nothing to say about it. This fairly ...
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1V Overshoot and Undershoot on Power Rails of LTE Module

I have designed a PCB (four layer) having SIM7600I LTE Module. The Stackup is: Signal & Component Layer with Ground Pour Internal Ground Power Plane Internal ...
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Storage of electrolytic capacitors - how long?

I have a high voltage (750V) high value electrolytic cap about as big as my forearm. It has been in my storage box for about 20 years. In general, do electrolytics degrade under normal storage ...
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Why is the electrolytic capacitor not polarity sensitive?

The issue I was making a project in which I had to use a 2.2uF electrolytic capacitor in series with a microphone and weirdly, the circuit works even if I toggle the polarity of the capacitor, that ...
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Maximal operational pressure of tantalum and electrolytic capacitors

I need to design a device that have to operate in an high pressure environment (Nitrogen gas). The operational pressure may vary from 1bar (atmospheric) up to 20..30bar gauge pressure. The regular ...
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Replacing a Capacitor on an Onkyo HT-R960 A/V Receiver

I have an Onkyo HT-R960 receiver that's been acting very flaky for the past couple of months. I've had to let it warm up for several minutes before being able to use it. I would also have to turn it ...
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Capacitor max safe operating voltage

I'm currently making a power supply with a 32 volt AC out, so the rectified voltage would be 32*1.414-diode drop. The value comes around 44 volts. My question is, is it okay to hook up a 50 V rated ...
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THAT4315 audio analyzer - capacitors getting hot

I have designed a audio spectrum analyzer circuit with THAT4315 and a drivers for IN-13 bar graph nixie tube to visualize the signal level. To supply +-12V to the opamps, the Meanwell NSD15 module is ...
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What is this solar power RC circuit doing?

I am a CSE student working on a project. We are using a solar powered microcontroller. The solar panel's power goes through a fuse and an RC circuit with a varistor to the charging system. What ...
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Series capacitors; negative voltage

Interesting observation today; I set up a series stack of 4 cheap electrolytic capacitors (10V 220u) and after about 5 mins of applying 30V the lower most cap had settled at -300mV. The other three ...
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Identifying polarity of capacitor from PCB printing

I took out the old capacitor and didn't remember to check the polarity because I assumed the board would have more standard markings. Is there any way to figure it out with a meter or by the printing?
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Non-Polarized Electrolytic Capacitor Replacement

To the best of my abilities, I'm trying to repair an Atari 800XL which was sold as "non working unit". I found a new graphics chip and it's working ok. I though that, since I had it opened up, it ...
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How far does reforming a capacitor help? Does it have any adverse effect on using such a capacitor on components?

I read a few articles on the internet about reforming capacitors. Does this actually apply only to a capacitor that was stored during a certain period of time or can it be used on any electrolytic ...
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electrolytic cap shelf-life after being mounted on circuit borad

My question is about whether there would be a problem with aluminum electrolytic capacitors that have been installed in an amplifier, then factory tested (so a current was run through them), then ...
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Replace filtering(?) capacitor on CRT deflection Board

I am doing partial recap on CRT monitor Sony PVM 20m2e. (monitor was working, but RGB lines at the top of screen which should be hidden were visible and geometry is not top notch) I desoldered C584 ...
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How to avoid a electrolytic capacitor on a (audio) signal path?

I've built a compressor basing on the all-in-one chip THAT4301. It works well. But I'm still not happy because of the electrolytic capacitor I used in the signal path. My design was based on the ...
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Can I change a capacitor with one with a higher capacitance?

Hi I have just joined after lurking a lot because I haven't found an answer that was specific enough for me. I have a Soviet synthesizer (TOM 1501) and it has some odd defects such as clicking noises ...
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How an electrolytic capacitor survives in negative half cycle?

An electrolytic capacitor doesn't like higher voltage at its opposite terminal i.e higher voltage should only be at positive terminal as per convention.If that so how the capacitor survives in this ...
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Can I place an electrolytic capacitor close to a solder point on a two sided pcb?

I’m designing a pcb, which is going to be installed inside a metal chassis. To minimize space I will make it a two sided pcb. (See pictures) Because there will be parts mounted on the top face of the ...
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How to Measure Very Large Capacitance e.g. Super/Ultra Capacitors

I have recently acquired a couple of mysterious ultra/super capacitors from my brother. Apparently he doesn't remember any of the specifications or even brand... To further complicate matters, they ...
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Chargng Capacitors in series

I am trying to build a capacitor bank for a project in order to feed an inductor with "high" voltage(500V) however I only have a dc generator rated at 100V at my disposal. Charging 5 identical ...
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Electrolytic Capacitor Internal Resistance

I'm doing an experiment to investigate the internal resistance of an electrolytic capacitor in a DC circuit. Doing this I am measuring the discharge voltage against time, finding tau and from there ...
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Could a larger capacitor, at the output of the SMPS, destroy components with larger current draw when its being charged?

I am designing a SEPIC converter using a LT8364 for "power aplications" and a buck converter using a TPS62125 for powering a MCU. Since I have a bunch (>100pcs) of 100uF, 16V, electrolitic caps ...
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Using a higher C than necessary in a voltage regulator circuit

I've two questions: If I've a voltage regulator that says in the datasheet to use electrolytic capacitors is it possible to use 'normal' capacitors with the same capacitance? I've the circuit drawn ...
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How to tell solid vs. non-solid electrolytic capacitor?

Datasheet of these capacitors (Panasonic FK series -- surface mount) does not say anything about it (https://industrial.panasonic.com/cdbs/www-data/pdf/RDE0000/ABA0000C1181.pdf). For reliability ...
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Capacitance of a circuit [duplicate]

In a circuit diagram were capacitance value of an electrolytic capacitor is given, how do you know the capacitor voltage to use?
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Electrolytic Capacitor Tolerances

Recently I went to order a set of these 100uF electrolytic capacitors with 10% tolerance, needed for impedance balance for an audio output. When I noticed they were out of stock, I decided to order a ...
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Electrolytics and PCB Routing

In researching whether or not it's common practice to run traces/place vias underneath electrolytic capacitors (specifically SMD electrolytics, didn't seem like it would be an issue to me), I came ...
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Is it safe to plug the connection end of a capacitor?

I need to put a capacitor between my motor power supply and ground cables, and have covered the connection with resin for safety. Is it safe to do this? It's an aluminium electrolytic capacitor by ...
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Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor with small dent still usable?

I have three 10000µF 75V Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors. The aluminum can has a very shallow dent. Would you think this is still safe to use them? I have three of them, and they are expensive
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Maximum frequency for use of polarized electrolytic capacitors in voltage multiplier circuits

I would like to build a capacitor-diode style voltage quadrupler driven by a sine wave or square wave generator with frequency in the range 10khz-100khz. My concern is the type of capacitor I need to ...
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Decreasing measure of capacitance

I pulled a handful of electrolytic capacitors from a PCB and checked their capacitance on a multimeter. The number was not stable, but it also didn't average about some central value but rather ...
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Capacitor Charging Voltages

I am trying to create a capacitor bank and don't know what voltage to put through. Do i add the voltage of all the capacitors up and apply that or just provide the voltage for one. e.g. If I have 10 ...
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How to replace electrolytic capacitors with non-electrolytic ones?

guys I've a little project and want to make a PCB for it, as small and thin as possible, but the electrolytic SMD ones are bigger than I wanted. With that I faced a small problem that led me to a ...
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Reducing voltage/current of AC circuit with makeshift bi-polar capacitor

WARNING! To others reading this question: This circuit uses high voltage. DO NOT mess with 220V/110V unless you know what you're doing and know the risks (electrocution and death, mainly) Now that ...
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0.1uf electrolytic substitute

I am replacing all electrolytic capacitors in an old CB radio but can't find a local source for this capacitor. Is there another type I can use in its place? Does it have to be an electrolytic type? ...
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Why capacitor are used in amplifiers

I made a sound amplifier and it requires a Capacitor, i removed the capacitor and my amplifier stopped working, what was amplifier doing in that circuit? Why on removing it circuit stopped working.
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Capacitor Value in Bass amplifier to speaker circuit

Replacing electrolytics in a 30+ year old Ampeg BT-15 bass amplifier. The PS filter caps are \$ 2500 \mu F/80V\$ which are rare to be found; I know that 3300/100 would be okay for the filter. There's ...
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Tube power supply capacitors replacement

I'm building the following power supply (credits to Audio design guide): I would like to replace C5, C8 and C9 with 1000uF capacitors (with the same voltage rate). From my understanding these ...
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Capacitors for 7805CV?

I have some questions about using capacitors with an L7805CV According to the datasheet, on page 4, it shows I need: C1 = 0.33 uF C0 = 0.1 uF I bought a few sets some time ago with 'common' values ...
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Unpolarized Capacitors in place of Polarized ones

I have found some projects of interest, and on them there are generally a polarized capacitor in the range of 10 multiple (0.1uf, 1f, 10uf, 100uf, etc), and I do not know why I ordered a lot of ...
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SMPS output regulation - should I use capacitance multiplier?

I'm trying to design a flyback converter to power my stuffs, I need about 3 A of current at 24 V. At first I though this was straightforward. However, after reading "Design Guidelines for Off-line ...