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Aluminium Electrolytic Capacitors LE - Cap Aluminum Solid SC Electrolytic Capacitor With Conductive Polymer Petit Type PS 3.8 to 4.8mm Height General Purpose Standard Type Snap-In Type

SK 85C LP 85C General Purpose General Purpose SM 85C Miniature Sized HP 105C Wide Temperature Range

TK 105C Wide Temperature LS 85C Range Miniature Sized 105C Miniature HS Sized Wide Temperature Range LT 85C Long Life High Ripple

TM 105C 3.8 to 4.8mm PT Height High Reliability Wide Temperature Range NK 85C Chip Type Bi-Polar CS 85C 5.4mmL

LK 85C Low Leakage Current HT 105C Long Life Wide Temperature CR 85C Low Impedance Type Range Higher Capacitance General Purpose WL 105C Low Impedance CT 105C 5.4mmL Miniature Sized Wide Temperature Range WG 105C Low Impedance CH 105C Long Life High Ripple Wide Temperature Range CL 105C 5.4mmL Low Impedance CF 105C Super Low TL 105C Low Impedance High Reliability HV 105C No Sparks With DC Overvoltage Screw Terminal Type KP 85C General Purpose RP 105C Wide Temperature Range

TH 105C Low Impedance

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Impedance Miniature Type SV 85C 5mmL General Purpose

High Voltage 105C Low TX Impedance High Voltage, Long Life Special Type

ST 105C 5mmL Wide Temperature WB 125C Range High Temperature NT 85C 5mmL Bi-Polar FS 55C For Photo Flash 85C Bi-Polar UK For Horizontal Deflection Equalization

SS 85C 7mmL General Purpose

SH 105C 7mmL Wide Temperature Range NC 85C Bi-Polar For Twinkling Light SL 105C 7mmL Low Impedance NS

85C 7mmL Bi-Polar

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Additional Capacitors ELR Capacitors EMRL Capacitors EXR Capacitors SS-R Capacitors TK-R Capacitors WL-R Capacitors ELR.pdf EMRL.pdf EXR.pdf SSr.pdf TKr.pdf WLr.pdf

Solen SCR Metaliaed Polyproylene (PB Range) Solen SCR Tin Foil Polypropylene (SM Range) Solen Inductors (S14)

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How to read Capacitor Codes

Grab an LCR or Capacitance meter, read the value of the capacitor you wish to replace. This is assuming the capacitor you are replacing is not damaged beyond the point of a reasonably accurate reading. Larger capacitors, like electrolytic, have the value printed on them clearly, such as 10uF, but smaller types often have just 2 or three numbers on them. 2 Numbers: These are read as Pico-Farads. An example: 47 printed on a small disk can be assumed to be 47 Pico-Farads (or 47pF). 3 Numbers: The first two are the 1st and 2nd significant digits and the third is a multiplier code. Most of the time the last digit tells you how many zeros to write after the first two digits, but this is not ALWAYS the case. eg. an extra digit might be indicating an ESR value.

Capacitor Speak - milli, micro, nano, pico,

1 milli Farad (or any other unit) is 1/1,000th or .001 times the unit. (10-3) 1 micro = 1/1,000,000 or 0.000 001 times the unit (10-6 ) 1 nano = 1/1,000,000,000 or 0.000 000 001 times the unit (10-9 ) 1 pico = 1/1,000,000,000,000 or 0.000 000 000 001 times the unit (10-12 )

Table 1 Digit multipliers (this times the first two digits Third digit Multiplier gives you the value in Pico-Farads)
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 not used 7 not used 8 9 .01 .1 1 10 100 1,000 10,000 100,000

Example: A capacitor marked 104 is 10 with 4 more zeros or 100,000pF which is otherwise referred to as a 0.1uF capacitor. Tolerance code is given by a single letter. Example a 103J is a 10,000 pF with +/-5% tolerance

Table 2 Letter tolerance code

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Letter symbol Tolerance of capacitor

B C D E F G H J K M N P Z +/- 0.10% +/- 0.25% +/- 0.5% +/- 0.5% +/- 1% +/- 2% +/- 3% +/- 5% +/- 10% +/- 20% +/- 0.05% +100% ,-0% +80%, -20%

Exceptions: There is sometimes a letter-number-letter (like Z5U) code that gives additional information. Example. A 224 Z5U would be a 220,000 pF (or .22 uF) cap with a low temperature rating of -10 deg C a high temperature rating of +85 Deg C and a tolerance of +22%,-56%.

Table 3 Dielectric codes First symbol (a letter)


Low temperature requirement

+10 deg. C -30 deg. C -55 deg. C

Second High Temperature symbol (a number) requirement

2 4 5 6 7 +45 deg. C +65 deg. C +85 deg. C +105 deg. C +125 deg. C

Third Symbol (a letter)


MAX. Capacitance change over temperature

+1.0% +/- 1.5% +/- 2.2% +/- 3.3% +/- 4.7% +/- 7.5% +/- 10.0% +/- 15.0% +/- 22.0% +22%, -33% +22%, -56% +22%, -82%

There are some Capacitor colour codes - the last dot is the tolerance code where brown is +/-1% red +/-2% as in the resistor colour code with two exceptions black is +/- 20% and white is +/- 10% going backward the three dots to the left of the tolerance dot form the value in pF There will be two or three more colour dots before the value but they mean different things about temperature range and coefficient depend which one of three systems is used. There are two more number systems seen on caps. The first one can be recognized as the EIA because it starts with an R.

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R DM 15 F 471(R) J 5 O (C) The above number means the following

R DM 15 F

tells us this is an EIA code is a dipped case style CM would be a molded case style is the case size code - if anyone asks I will put up a table for this is the characteristic code from table 4 the R is a decimal point when used (not often) the

471R first two digits form the significant value and the third
is the multiplier thus, this is a 470pF part

J 5 O C

is the capacitance tolerance code as given in table 2 above thus J is a 5% part is the DC working voltage in hundreds of volts (EIA only) thus 500V is the temperature range from table 5 tells us the leads are crimped where a S would tell us they are straight.

This next one is a Military code example: CM 15 B D 332 K N 3

CM is the case code - DM is a dipped case style CM would be a molded case style 15 B D
is the case size code - if anyone asks I will put up a table for this characteristic code tells us it doesn't have a drift specified (from table 4) is the Military voltage code from table 6

332 tells us that it is 3,300pF K N 3

tells us from table 2 that this is a 10% part gives us our temperature range of -55 to 85 C from table 5 The 3gives the vibration grade 3 tells us 20g at 10 to 2,000 hz for 12 hours (1 is 10G at 10 to 55 Hz for 4.5 hours)

Table 4 characteristic codes EIA or MIL characteristic code Maximum capacitance drift Maximum range of Temp coefficient
B C D E F Not specified +/-(0.5% + 0.1pF) +/-(0.3% + 0.1pF) +/-(0.1% + 0.1pF) +/-(0.05% + 0.1pF) Not specified +/- 200 ppm/C +/- 100 ppm/C -20 to +100 ppm/C 0 to +70 ppm/C

Table 5 Temperature range

M N -55 to 70 C -55 to 85 C

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-55 to 125 C -55 to 150 C

Table 6 Mil voltage range code in volts

A B C D E F G H J K L M N P Q R S T U V W X 100 250 300 500 600 1,000 1,200 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000

Cog or NPO refer to caps that don't have any temperature drift (at least in theory.)

To use this table, just read across. For example, 1uF is same 1,000nF or 1,000,000pF. eg. uF 105 nF pF eg. uF 102 0.001uF 0.00082uF 0.0008uF 0.0007uF 0.00068uF nF pF

1uF 1000nF 1000000pF 0.82uF 820nF 820000pF 0.8uF 800nF 800000pF 0.7uF 700nF 700000pF 0.68uF 680nF 680000pF

1nF 1000pF 0.82nF 820pF 0.8nF 800pF 0.7nF 700pF 0.68nF 680pF

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0.6uF 600nF 600000pF 0.56uF 560nF 560000pF 0.5uF 500nF 500000pF 0.47uF 470nF 470000pF 0.4uF 400nF 400000pF 0.39uF 390nF 390000pF 0.33uF 330nF 330000pF 0.3uF 300nF 300000pF 0.27uF 270nF 270000pF 0.25uF 250nF 250000pF 0.22uF 220nF 220000pF 0.2uF 200nF 200000pF 0.18uF 180nF 180000pF 0.15uF 150nF 150000pF 0.12uF 120nF 120000pF 104 0.1uF 100nF 100000pF 0.082uF 82nF 82000pF 0.08uF 0.07uF 0.068uF 0.06uF 0.056uF 0.05uF 0.047uF 0.04uF 0.039uF 0.033uF 0.03uF 0.027uF 0.025uF 0.022uF 0.02uF 0.018uF 0.015uF 0.012uF 103 0.01uF 0.0082uF 0.008uF 0.007uF 0.0068uF 0.006uF 0.0056uF 0.005uF 0.0047uF 0.004uF 0.0039uF 80nF 70nF 68nF 60nF 56nF 50nF 47nF 40nF 39nF 33nF 30nF 27nF 25nF 22nF 20nF 18nF 15nF 12nF 10nF 8.2nF 8nF 7nF 6.8nF 6nF 5.6nF 5nF 4.7nF 4nF 3.9nF 80000pF 70000pF 68000pF 60000pF 56000pF 50000pF 47000pF 40000pF 39000pF 33000pF 30000pF 27000pF 25000pF 22000pF 20000pF 18000pF 15000pF 12000pF 10000pF 8200pF 8000pF 7000pF 6800pF 6000pF 5600pF 5000pF 4700pF 4000pF 3900pF 100 101

0.0006uF 0.00056uF 0.0005uF 0.00047uF 0.0004uF 0.00039uF 0.00033uF 0.0003uF 0.00027uF 0.00025uF 0.00022uF 0.0002uF 0.00018uF 0.00015uF 0.00012uF

0.6nF 600pF 0.56nF 560pF 0.5nF 500pF 0.47nF 470pF 0.4nF 400pF 0.39nF 390pF 0.33nF 330pF 0.3nF 300pF 0.27nF 270pF 0.25nF 250pF 0.22nF 220pF 0.2nF 200pF 0.18nF 180pF 0.15nF 150pF 0.12nF 120pF

0.0001uF 0.1nF 100pF 0.000082uF 0.082nF 82pF 0.00008uF 0.08nF 80pF 70pF 68pF 60pF 56pF 50pF 47pF 40pF 39pF 33pF 30pF 27pF 25pF 22pF 20pF 18pF 15pF 12pF 10pF 8.2pF 8pF 7pF 6.8pF 6pF 5.6pF 5pF 4.7pF 4pF 3.9pF 0.00007uF 0.07nF 0.000068uF 0.068nF 0.00006uF 0.06nF 0.000056uF 0.056nF 0.00005uF 0.05nF 0.000047uF 0.047nF 0.00004uF 0.04nF 0.000039uF 0.039nF 0.000033uF 0.033nF 0.00003uF 0.03nF 0.000027uF 0.027nF 0.000025uF 0.025nF 0.000022uF 0.022nF 0.00002uF 0.02nF 0.000018uF 0.018nF 0.000015uF 0.015nF 0.000012uF 0.012nF 0.00001uF 0.01nF 0.0000082uF 0.0082nF 0.000008uF 0.008nF 0.000007uF 0.007nF 0.0000068uF 0.0068nF 0.000006uF 0.006nF 0.0000056uF 0.0056nF 0.000005uF 0.005nF 0.0000047uF 0.0047nF 0.000004uF 0.004nF 0.0000039uF 0.0039nF

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0.0033uF 0.003uF 0.0027uF 0.0025uF 0.0022uF 0.002uF 0.0018uF 0.0015uF 0.0012uF 102 0.001uF

3.3nF 3nF 2.7nF 2.5nF 2.2nF 2nF 1.8nF 1.5nF 1.2nF 1nF

3300pF 3000pF 2700pF 2500pF 2200pF 2000pF 1800pF 1500pF 1200pF

0.0000033uF 0.0033nF 0.000003uF 0.003nF 0.0000027uF 0.0027nF 0.0000025uF 0.0025nF 0.0000022uF 0.0022nF 0.000002uF 0.002nF 0.0000018uF 0.0018nF 0.0000015uF 0.0015nF 0.0000012uF 0.0012nF

3.3pF 3pF 2.7pF 2.5pF 2.2pF 2pF 1.8pF 1.5pF 1.2pF 1pF

1000pF . 1R0 0.000001uF 0.001nF

Ceramic Capacitor Codes How to read a Ceramic capacitor with Numeric coding.

Multiplier Table (Ceramic)

Number 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Multiply By (Additional # of Zeros) None (0) 10 (1) 100 (2) 1,000 (3) 10,000 (4) 100,000 (5) 1,000,000 (6)

Common Temperature Coefficient Codes (Ceramic)

Code C J K M D Z Common Temperature Coefficient Characteristics (Ceramic) Temperature Coefficient Operating Temperature Range Capacitance Change Minimum Capacitor Tolerance Tolerance 0.25pF 5% 10% 20% 0.5pF +80% / -20%

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-30C ~ +85C -30C ~ +85C -30C ~ +85C -30C ~ +85C -30C ~ +85C +10C ~ +85C +10C ~ +85C

4.7% 7.5% 10% +22% / -56% +22% / -82% + 22% / -56% + 22% / -82%

10% 20% 10% 20% 20% 20% +80% / -20%

Application Notes (Ceramic): NPO: Has a very low dissipation factor and are very stable over wide variations in temperature, frequency,
voltage, and time. NPO type capacitors are frequently used for precision timing, filtering, frequency setting, and tuning circuits.

X7R: Are used when some capacitance variation is allowed and the dissipation factor is not critical. X7R type
capacitors are frequently used for bypass, decoupling, filtering, frequency discrimination, timing, DC voltage blocking, voltage transient suppression, instrumentation, computers, telecommunications, and automotive electronics.

Z5U: Dielectrics have the highest capacitance for their size. Z5U type capacitors have applications in bypass,
decoupling, transient suppression, computers, and telecommunications.

Common Capacitor Working Voltages (DC), By Capacitor Type.

Ceramic 16V 25V 50V 100V

Electrolytic 10V 16V 25V 35V 50V 63V 100V 160V

Tantalum 10V 16V 20V 25V 35V 50V

Mylar (Polyester)

Mylar (Metal Film)

50V 100V 200V

250V 350V 400V 450V 600V

250V 400V

630V 1000V

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