Cap reformation question

Pete Turnbull pete at
Wed Dec 7 02:02:52 CST 2005

On Dec 6 2005, 18:00, woodelf wrote:

> margin.  I also feel safe with new cap rather than a patched one.

The "new" capacitor that's been sitting on the supplier's shelf for a
year or two probably still needs reformed.  Don't confuse heat damage,
which makes capacitors dry out, with aging which causes breakdown of
the oxide layer.  Electrolytics only retain their proper
characteristics when operated regularly.

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York

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