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Maximum allowable ripple current and surge current for tantalum capacitor

I use two 10uF, 20VDC tantalum capacitors in parallel as decoupling capacitors just after the battery connector. At the moment the battery is plugged in, one of the capacitors sometimes burns out (not ...
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Why is a tantalum capacitor recommended?

I am looking at the datasheet of an accelerometer (ADXL345), and in the power supply decoupling section, it says to use a tantalum capacitor. Why is this recommended?
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How fast do tantalum capacitors self-heal? [closed]

I am troubleshooting a design that uses a 47 µF 20 V tantalum SMD cap across a 15 Vdc rail. While the derating guidelines I follow dictate a 50% voltage derating for tantalum caps, the design I'm ...
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Identifying an SMD Tantalum Capacitor

I'm having trouble identifying a blown SMD tantalum capacitor. The markings on it are 10 35L which I took to be the capacitance, voltage rating, and tolerance, but looking up that component on the ...
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LDO with tantalums and circuit with ceramic bypass capacitors

I'm going to use MIC5205 voltage regulator. According to the datasheet and many sites and discussions I must use tantalum capacitors for the output. This LDO is unstable with ceramic capacitors (low-...
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Tantalum capacitor as bypass for digital IC

I am reading the MCP4725 digital-analog converter datasheet and they recomend to use two bypass capacitor at supply voltage: The power supply at the VDD pin should be clean as possible for a good ...
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Why do tantalum capacitor datasheets only quote endurance at their max temperature? How does it change at room temperature?

I'm on my first large board design, and it's only begun to dawn on me how infuriating capacitors can be to design with. Exhibit A: I need 100uF for a simple circuit to keep my FPGA on for 1ms after ...
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Low or High ESR for LDO for a wireless board?

I'm designing a board powered by a LiPo battery and the AP2114H LDO. At the battery side, I chose to use a 100nF ceramic and a 220uF tantalum. But I do not understand what are the considerations for ...
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Tantalum capacitor selection in LT3652 Buck Converter

In this circuit, a buck solar single cell Li-Ion battery charger, I need to select C3 and C4 tantalum capacitors. \$V_{BAT(FLT)}\$ is going to be 4.2 V, hence I selected: \$C3_{VMAX}=10\text{ V}\$ \$...
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What are the key differences between Tantalum and Tantalum Polymer capacitors?

I've noticed that most component retailers split these types, and am wondering what comparative differences there are between them. I know that "regular" tantalum caps usually use MnO2 as an ...
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What does “Transient Response Recovery” means in the output specification of a AC-DC power supply?

I'm using a AC-DC power supply to provide 24VDC input to a PCB. A 100uF,35V tantalum is used as one of the filter capacitors for the 24V(same from supply) input of DC-DC regulator on PCB. In some ...
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Calculating the leaking current for a tantalum capacitor

I've been looking at these tantalum caps for a coin cell operated BLE device, but I'm a little confused by specified leakage current. The datasheet lists the leakage current at <= 0.003CV uA. ...
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Tantalum capacitor burning out

I am using a tantalum capacitor of 10 uF rated at 20V as a decoupling capacitor. It is placed in parallel with a 5V supply. Now when the circuit is powered, the capacitor burns out. I replaced the ...
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Producing Voltage Spikes from a bench top power supply

I need to test a tantalum capacitor(check if it gets shorted for a spike higher than the rated voltage) and I'm planning for providing voltage spikes to the input connector from a bench top power ...
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MLCC vs Tantalum: For Decoupling, input to regulator and ripple reduction

I require a 3.3uf capacitor in a 30 VDC environment for three different purposes: decoupling of precision ADC or DAC; input to a regulator (linear, switching, LDO); and output of any regulator for ...
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Schematic reading capacitor values

I've got a schematic that i found on the internet. The schematics is for a solar pwm charger designed around a microcontroller in this case a arduino. The problem lies in the values for the ...
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Should I use MLCC or Tantalum capacitors near the board's power input?

My board consists of a microcontroller, some RF modules (i.e. bluetooth, wifi, etc), and a few other gadgets. It is powered by a 12V barrel adapter. I've read conflicting reports whether it's best ...
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Ceramic (MLCC) versus Tantalum capacitors

From the perspective of an electronics designer, but also taking into account price/cost and social considerations (see Coltan mining and ethics link below), I tend to avoid Tantalum capacitors under ...
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Burned Out Tantalum Capacitor Replacements

I have an old computer with a broken Miniscribe 8425SA hard disk. One of the capacitors has burned out, and need some help finding a replacement. Here are my questions: It appears there are similar ...
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Aluminum electrolytic vs. tantalum capacitor for buffering SAR ADC Ref input

I want to use the ADS8317 16-Bit SAR A/D converter and have read through the datasheet. In there, ti recommend using a low ESR 47µF tantalum capacitor to buffer the reference input. Now, my reference ...
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MAX682 with electrolytic capacitors

In a new design I would like to use the MAX682. In the datasheet I found this typical operating circuit: I would like to use it exactly like that except that I'm going to pull /SKIP to GND. In table ...
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Are polymer tantalum capacitors safe for use in new designs?

I want to expand this post to cover polymer tantalum caps. In my application I have an older switching regulator that outputs 24V and needs large output capacitance (220uf), so ceramic or polymer ...
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Are tantalum capacitors safe for use in new designs?

I've heard it suggested that "solid tantalum" capacitors are dangerous and may cause fire, may fail short circuit and are fatally sensitive to even very short over voltage spikes. Are tantalum ...
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Are tantalums good for PIC Vcap?

I understand that ceramics are good at ESR but would like to know if tantalum would suffice for my application. Some 16 bit PICs require a >4.7uf cap (10uf recommended) low ESR cap for their internal ...
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What is this: a dual CAP?

I am trying to figure this cap out and locate a new one. It says 107K and 10K on it. Is is polarized ? what is it and where do i find one ?
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Which type of 100nF capacitor is best for 78xx regulator output?

I use 78L12 or similar voltage regulators in a few power supplies. I use them in their basic setup, see the picture: This diagram is common for all 78xx and 78Lxx regulators. It says that output ...
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Why does the LM1117 data sheet specifically specify tantalum capacitors?

I'm planning on using an LM1117 to regulate 5 V to 3.3 V. Looking at (any of the several) data sheets for the LM1117, they recommend 10 µF tantalum capacitors between input and ground ...
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Replacing Tantalum capacitor?

I'm going to make a PIC programmer, so currently I'm acquiring parts that I'll need. And here's the one part that I can't get: ...
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Voltage rating and tantalum capacitors

I was originally considering using a 10 µF 6.3 V 0603 ceramic capacitor for stabilising the onboard voltage regulator on my microcontrollers. However, it may not be capable because of ...