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Questions tagged [esr]

ESR is the "equivalent series resistance" of an electrical component (such as a capacitor or inductor) arising from non-idealities that are always present in the materials used in their construction.

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Best method to determine current in ESR meter

I've recently found the need for a ESR meter(My daughter and her boyfriend brought me 8 broken LED/LCD TVs and 6 have power problems). I also decided to go all out and build a full blown ESR meter. ...
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Speaker crossover: can wrong ESR cause amplifier to clip?

I have an old pair of speaker I decided to revive. I recapped the crossover with new caps but now my amp keeps clipping when I turn the volume a little bit high (and it was not before). I wonder if ...
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Trying to understand ESR

New here, self taught, been working with tube amps for a while. Currently working on my 64 Deluxe Reverb that I have restored to stock, with some of the original ceramic and film capacitors. Just ...
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What causes the series resistance in capacitors?

Especially in high frequency circuits there often seems to be the problem of ESR of capacitors. ESR apparently is a characteristic of non-ideal capacitors, and is essentially a resistance appearing in ...
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Crystal's ESR or Frequency Stability/Tolerance, which is more of a priority?

I'll be using a 12MHz crystal, CL=20pF on an NXP chip. Currently choosing between lower ESR (60ohms vs 100ohms) or lower stability (50ppm vs 10ppm). Which spec is more important? Should I choose a ...
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How to convert Ripple Current spec to ESR?

It used to be that vendors like Digikey gave a cap's ESR value and not ripple current. Nowadays, it seems more report only ripple current and not ESR. What gives with that? So what are we supposed to ...
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By-Pass Capacitors for my SIM7600 Module

I am designing a PCB for SIM7600 module. I am stuck at choosing right capacitors for it. The datasheet (Page 21 & 22) specifies the load transient of the module. You can found load transient below:...
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1117 voltage regularo ceramic caps

I have made a mistake and I do not have the space on my PCB to add two serial resistors. Is it OK to use only one for two caps? Simulation looks OK but it only the simulation
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ESR of capacitor

ESR results in power loss and inefficient power supplies or regulators. How does ESR affect the stability of the system?
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What's the impact of a crystal's frequency stability, ESR and load capacitance on micro-controllers?

I'm choosing a crystal for MK20DX256VLH7, but I can't seem to find enough information in MK20's datasheet for the oscillator. So, what I'm interested in knowing is: What is the impact of crystals' ...
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LDO Output Capacitor Selection and ESR Consideration

For a simple application of a voltage regulator with 5V in and 3.3V out, I am looking at these three regulators. 1)AP2127K-3.3TRG1 2)MIC5504-3.3YM5-TR 3)TLV73333PDBVR They all have different ...
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LM2596 and other DC-DC converters why oscillate if the output capacitor ESR value is too low?

I would like to use LM2596 converter. Datasheet says: 'If the selected capacitor's ESR is extremely low, there is a possibility of an unstable feedback loop, resulting in an oscillation at the output.'...
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Using a single resistor for constant current load

I have a super capacitor (1000F) laying around and I want to measure ESR and it's capacitance. I have access to a 8V/500A power supply and various meters. If I wanted to charge/discharge the ...
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Surface mount capacitor value confirmation

I was just checking for some bad caps on my TV as I get a large distortion for a few minutes at power up. The power board looked fine but I noticed some aluminium surface mount caps were bulging ...
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What equivalent series resistance (ESR) capacitor should I replace bad one with?

I've got a bad clock capacitor in my original xbox that I'm trying to replace. It's a 1F 2.5V cap however, I'm not sure what Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) the new cap should be. I see they sell 1 ...
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Do caps with a higher max voltage have lower ESR?

Does a capacitor of a higher max voltage, all other factors the same, have a lower ESR? If so, is the any relationship between the voltage and ESR differences?
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Is this inductor and caps a good choice for a buck converter?

I wanted to get together a simple and efficient 12V to 5V switching power regulator using only through-hole components that can be soldered to a nice protoboard. For my purposes, I need to provide 0....
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Do low-ESR ceramic capacitors in the uF-range exist?

I am designing a power supply for my board and plan to use an isolated, regulated DC-DC converter. This converter from Murata fits the bill, but the datasheet doesn't provide any guidance on input or ...
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Is this capacitor suitable for boost converter (low ESR)?

I am about to build voltage booster (1.5V battery to 3.3V) with NCP1402. Datasheet recommends 68μF tantalum or two 22μF capacitors for output. Schematic looks like this: Output capacitor should have ...
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ESR in Electrolytic capacitor vs Voltage rating

I would like to know why in an electrolytic capacitor the ESR decreases as voltage rating increases. And why the current rating increases as voltage rating increases. Thank you.
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Can a capacitor have high series resistance and low Q and why?

I measured with an LRC meter (Agilent 1731A) a capacitor at frequency \$1kHz\$, finding \$C=109.4 n F\$. Then I tried to measure the resistance and quality factor of the capacitor: here is what I got....
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What is making my DC/DC converter's capacitor to blow up?

I'm having some capacitors blown up and I am not sure what's the cause of this. It is definitely NOT OVERVOLTAGE and NOT in WRONG POLARIZATION. Let me introduce the scenario: I have designed a double ...
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How to find a capacitor for LDO that meets ESR requirements

I am searching an suitable input and output capacitor (for example MLCC) for following Low Dropout Regulator (LDO): Analog ADP151. The datasheet says that the ESR of the caps should be between 0.001 ...
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How much resistance does the capacitor itself contribute to an RC circuit?

Are the effects of the internal resistance of a capacitor in a non-repetitive RC circuit with an RC time constant of less than a nanosecond significant? I have only been able to find equivalent series ...
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how to calculate capacitance value from esr chart?

ok so im using a TL760M33 that outputs 3.3V (500ma) and requires a 0.1uf,and 22uf tantalum capacitor. its only powering my bluetooth module which peak current is 100ma.and the module isnt always ...
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Choosing capacitors for a linear voltage regulator

I'm trying to use an LM1117 linear voltage regulator to convert to 3.3v (input voltage will be 9 or 5 volts; not yet decided). The datasheet suggests using 10uF tantalum capacitors on the input and ...
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Is the “dc impedance” and ESR the same thing?

In a super-capacitor, what is the DC Impedance? Is it the same as ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance)?
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What is the impedance value that means it is a low ESR capacitor?

I need to select a 300uF capacitor and it is mentioned in the datasheet that it should be a Low ESR capacitor. However, it is not mentioned the impedance range or how much it should be. How can I ...
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Decoupling Capacitor Power Waste

I'm designing for a very power sensitive motor controller, and I'm concerned about the power that will be lost to the ESR of my decoupling capacitors. I have a prototype board as well, but there's no ...
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Supercapacitor ESR

I am trying to automate a method of testing the ESR of many super capacitors simultaneously. I have read that a good method of measuring the ESR of capacitors is to apply a square wave across the cap ...
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High value ceramic capacitors?

In a project, I am using the PTN78020H power supply, and it has a recommended circuit (from the datasheet linked above) that looks like this: Now on the input, it requests a massive 4 x 4.7uF ceramic ...
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capacitor ripple current in buck converter

I designing a step-down buck converter and i'm a little bit worried about ripple current which flows through the output capacitors. In my research on internet i found that ripple current essentialy ...
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Unusually high ESR of cheap ceramic capacitors

I recently bought the De5000 LCR meter and have been measuring some components I have on hand to get a feel for the meter. Measuring electrolytic and Mylar capacitors have given reasonable ESR values ...
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LDO Minimum ESR on output capacitor

I have been wondering for a while. With cheaper LDO regulators I often see them advertise that you can use a ceramic output capacitor. In the datasheet examples they use them. But then they say things ...
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Help understanding the voltage waveforms across the components of a series RL circuit

The waveforms shown below are voltages taken across a 10 Ohm Resistor (pink) and an 1mH inductor (blue) in series with one another. The circuit is excited by a 1 kHz, 1 volt peak-to-peak sine wave. ...
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ESR of Ceramic Capacitor

I have been doing a bit research on ceramic capacitors, as I need one for the output of my synchronous buck converter. And as its very common that ESR is not straight forwardly given in the data ...
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Why does an increase in capacitor ESR make the capacitor hotter?

According to what I have read online, if a capacitor's ESR increases, the capacitor temperature will also increase and this has me left a little confused. Consider the simple single resistor circuit ...
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Can I use an electrolytic capacitor with a MCP1826S voltage regulator?

I have a MCP1826S and according to the datasheet, I should use an output capacitor of 1-10uF and with an ESR of lower than 1Ω. I have some 4.7uF electrolytic capacitors, but I think they have an ESR ...
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Why does ceramic capacitor ESR change with frequency?

In most datasheets, I see a typical table which shows that ESR of ceramic capacitor changes with frequency. I understand that impedance of every kind of capacitor must have a minimum due to its ...
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ESR and parallel capacitors

Just wanting to clarify my understanding of ESR here, because I'm not fully sure if it should be modeled the way I would think to model series resistance. Or if it's more complex than that. Basically ...
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Why do capacitor datasheets avoid directly giving the ESR value?

Most datasheets give a parameter called "loss tangent" instead of directly giving the ESR value. Why don't they just give a numeric value for it? Why is loss tangent preferred over ESR? Is there ...
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Winding my own inductor-resistance

I am building a boost converter 12VDC-24VDC with output current of \$I_{out}=250\:\mathrm{mA}\$ and input current of around \$I_{in}=600\:\mathrm{mA}\$ and need to design an inductor for it. I've ...
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Measuring internal resistance of a battery while it's being charged

I was startled to hear that there are devices out there that can measure the internal resistance of batteries, in circuit, while the batteries are being (trickle-)charged. For example, Hioki markets ...
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ESR Capacitor ESR - Right selection

I have a PWM signal at 100Hz ("Vg" label at circuit) with variable duty cycle (10%-90%). Because I had voltage spikes I managed to eliminate them by placed three capacitors which types and values are ...
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Can I replace a general-purpose electrolytic capacitor with a low-ESR capacitor?

I have a dead PSU. I opened it up, and I found three bulging 1000 µF general purpose-type crappy electrolytic capacitors. I've replaced capacitors like this on several motherboards in the past, ...
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How to measure ESR

I have a bunch of capacitors but no clue of what ESR they have. Is there a way to measure the ESR? Can I set up a test circuit to measure it?
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ESR meter: Are in-circuit readings accurate?

I recently bought one of these ESR meters, a 'MESR-100': http://www.amazon.com/MESR100-AutoRanging-Circuit-Capacitor-Tester/dp/B00G7OPBP2 It claims to be able to test capacitor ESR with the caps ...
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For which frequency is ESR specified by default?

I'm playing around with an REF5010 voltage reference, and its data sheet specifies an output capacitor with an ESR of 1 to 1.5Ω for best performance. Now when I measure the ESR of electrolytic ...
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ESR and CSR of Capacitor

I'm trying to spec out an output capacitor for a TPS7201 voltage regulator (http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/tps7201.pdf). It needs to be selected carefully as it is used to stabilize the internal ...
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LDO regulator (LD39300) output capacitor ESR not so small

I want to use the LDO regulator LD39300 of ST. To buffer VOUT, I thought about buffering the output in addition with an aluminum capacitor of 6800 µF in parallel to the recommended 4.7 µF. ...