Re: [uCsimm] The red 10uF tantalum capacitor

From: Tom Walsh (tom@cyberiansoftware.com)
Date: Wed Feb 28 2001 - 03:06:00 EST


Stu wrote:
>
> > Hi it is a Tantalum it will blow up reversed.(new boards only)
>
> COOL!!!
>
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Yo Dude! Try this sometime with an Aluminum Electrolytic (say 4700uF), I
have seen these things go off like mini-grenades and blow a hole in the
side of an Aluminum chassis! This was in the "early daze" before they
installed blow-plugs on the higher value caps (before that they scribed
a rupture line, an X, across the top of the electrolytic ... sometimes
it blew that way, sometimes it didn't :O ).

Regards,

TomW

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