# condensators

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by thomas, Jul 25, 2005.

1. ### thomasGuest

Is it possible to switch two condensators paralell or one after the
other or isn´t both not possible?

2. ### JeffMGuest

Is it possible to switch two condensators paralell
For the past 50 years, the term "condenser" has not been used
as a name for an electronic component.
It is now used to describe
a part used by air conditioning / refrigeration guys.

2 equal capacitors in parallel
will give you twice the capacitance of a single cap.

2 equal capacitors in series
will give you a voltage rating that is twice the rating of a single cap
and a capacitance that is half what a single cap has.

3. ### Dan HollandsGuest

two identical capacitors in parallel will have twice the capacitance and
will withstand the same voltage as one of them

two identical capacitors in series will have half the capacitanceo of one
but will withstand twice the voltage of one of them.

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Is it possible to switch two condensators paralell or one after the
other or isn´t both not possible?

4. ### Tom MacIntyreGuest

That is, with resistors installed across each capacitor to balance the
voltages.

Tom

5. ### JeffMGuest

two identical capacitors in series will have half the [capacitance] of one
Assumes that when he says "identical",
he doesn't really mean identical.

6. ### Wolfgang KemperGuest

May not in Anglo-American language (But I have my doubts if I listen to
my American coworkers )
May Thomas is German.
Condensator (Kondensator) is still a common therm for a capacitor
(Kapazitaet).
He was not asking for a condensor !
Background is that the original "Theory" about capacitors was that
electrons will "condense" on the plates.
For those who remember it, the "Airwaves" theory (German: Aether) was
very popular those times.

7. ### JeffMGuest

Is it possible to switch two condensators paralell
That makes sense now. Pardon my Ugly American Syndrome.

Actually, I'll qualify my statement.
American automotive mechanics still do refer to
the capacitor in Kettering ignitions as a condenser.

8. ### Wolfgang KemperGuest

Never mind, we Germans have the tendency to ignore the rest of the world ;-)