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What happened to electrolytic capacitors in the 21st century?

We can sometimes see decades-old capacitors (such as ones made in the USSR) still working. They are bigger and heavier, but durable and not desiccating. Modern aluminium capacitors serve for about 11 ...
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What is a “universal bridge”?

I recently came across this intriguing instrument from the 1970s(?): It's a "Universal Bridge" made by Wayne Kerr. It's not a type of device I've come across before and I'm curious what these are (...
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How dangerous are portable CRT televisions?

I want to use an old portable CRT for a project, but I don't know how dangerous the capacitors are, and if they'd be as bad as the ones inside a normal CRT. It takes in 12v dc via adapter, or 8 D ...
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How to find a Pin-to-Pin Replacement for TL-081, but with higher VCC? [closed]

After ordering and assembling one of those¹ "red" 0-30V/0-3A power supplies from eBay/AliExpress and taking a bit of a closer look at it, I'd like to replace the TL-081 op-amps. It's working ...
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Help looking for an 220V AC transformer replacement [closed]

My old Philips MC-M250 stereo transformer has died after a power surge. I can't find spares so I'm looking for some compatible replacement. I found a power board circuit in the service manual. AC is ...
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Design questions regarding LM2735 (boost-converter) for DC-DC

I'm doodling with a future circuit. The application (Commodore 64) expects 5VDC (which I will provide with a pass-through) and 9VAC 50Hz. I do not have any working circuit or a schematic, because the ...