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[DPRG] Capacitor Question

Subject: [DPRG] Capacitor Question
From: Rick J. Bickle rbickle at swbell.net
Date: Wed Aug 13 11:06:00 CDT 2003


This is also true of polarized Tantalum capacitors. If you get them
backwards they tend to explode and can fire pieces like projectiles
across the room. Of course, I've never done this myself... ;)

Rick J. Bickle
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Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 2:05 PM
To: Randal Matthew
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Subject: Re: [DPRG] Capacitor Question

All capacitors that are not electrolytic are normally not polarized and
can inserted with into the board with impunity.

Polarized caps such as electrolytics of most kinds will at least
overheat and short, or outright explode with reversed polarity. Ralph

On Mon, 11 Aug 2003, Randal Matthew wrote:

> Ok, now I am feeling really stupid. I see several drawings with 
> capacitors showing polarity and several drawings with capacitors that 
> show no polarity. As far as I knew capacitors always had polarity? Can

> somebody shed light on this for me?

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