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Old 23rd June 2004, 06:52 AM   #1
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Question PSU Capacitor question

Hi all,

I couldn’t find this by searching, so any opinions are welcome (including on my search ability:-)

I’m looking at capacitors for a 60volt power supply (to power an LC Audio ZAPpulse) and there is a big variety out there for purchase in Oz.

For instance, for under the price of one 10,000uF 63v Siemens Sikorel B41550, you can get:
1. three 10,000uF 63v BHC AEROVOX ALS30 caps (costs about 15% less) – which will give you three times the capacitance and two-and-a-half times the ripple current capability
2. three 10,000uF 63v EVOX-RIFA PEH200 caps (costs about 15% less also) – but still is around 3 times the capacitance and has more than triple the ripple current
3. four 10,000uF 63v Panasonic TSUP caps costs just less than the Sikorel – but has four times the capacitance and twice the ripple current

Now, I would like to be able to have a few of the Siemens for each rail, but I would also like to be able to eat. Is there an advantage in going for the “more of less (quality)” option rather than the “less of more (quality)”?

Also, if there’s anywhere else out there in Australia to buy 63v electrolytics… Any help or opinions are welcome.
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Old 23rd June 2004, 07:01 AM   #2
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Hi,

Very often expensive electrolytics are, because they are specified for extreme reliability like 30.000 hrs instead of a more current 10.000 hrs, are sometimes for operation at 105 degree Celsius instead the more common 85 degree. I don't know the type you mention, but if this is the case here, your selection of the expensive one or one of the others would not influence the sound quality of your amp.

Does this help?

Jan Didden

PS My friend Guido runs his zap's with 33.000 uF / 63 V Philips caps and is quite happy, see picture at www.gydotron.com.
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Old 23rd June 2004, 07:09 AM   #3
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Thanks Jan,

That's a very neat looking set-up. Do you know what transformer he is using?
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Old 23rd June 2004, 11:53 AM   #4
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Smile How about the Jensen 4 poles

Hi,

I was told that the Jensen 4-pole electrolytic caps are among the best.

I have ordered two 10000uf/63V from here:

http://www.referenceaudiomods.com/Me...ory_Code=JE4PA

I am also planning to build a LC Audio ZAPpulse.

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Default Prices galore!!!

What do they have hidden in their stuff? GOLD??????
What kind of prices are those? A wooden knob for more than
400 bucks????????
Wow, what a scam.......
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Old 23rd June 2004, 08:37 PM   #6
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Am I missing something, or arent you going to need higher voltage capacitors for overhead?

I would say at least 80V if you can get them.

Or do you plan on combining the caps (or is this +/- 30V?)
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Old 24th June 2004, 01:01 AM   #7
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The caps I listed are all surge rated to +15% (or 72-73 volts) except the Panasonics which are surge rated for 80 volts. Would this not be enough for a 45-0-45 transformer? Should I look at a 42 or 40 volt transformer instead?

From searching websites in Aus, there only seems to be 63 or 100 volt caps available (the exceptions being some generics available from Jaycar rated at around 80v). I'd rather stick to 63v if I can as the prices jump sharply past this.
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Old 24th June 2004, 12:06 PM   #8
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'Surge' ratings are for choke input filters ONLY (the surge lasts 1/2 line cycle to charge the inductor).

A 45-0-45 transformer generally uses 75V~80V filters.

apexjr has 10,000µF at 80V caps for $3.95 each:

http://www.apexjr.com/capacitorsR.html
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Old 22nd February 2005, 04:07 PM   #9
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Default Re: PSU Capacitor question

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Originally posted by Cloth Ears
For instance, for under the price of one 10,000uF 63v Siemens Sikorel B41550, you can get:
1. three 10,000uF 63v BHC AEROVOX ALS30 caps (costs about 15% less) – which will give you three times the capacitance and two-and-a-half times the ripple current capability
2. three 10,000uF 63v EVOX-RIFA PEH200 caps (costs about 15% less also) – but still is around 3 times the capacitance and has more than triple the ripple current
I have the same caps on my short list and have the same quesion as you do: do I throw my money at a single 'superb' quality or stick with 2-3 'lesser beings'. According to some size matters... The Rifa PEH200 seem to be the best combination of specs, size and price. Of course this is all speculation...

What have you chosen in the meanwhile (post was june 2004). And are there any opinions on this questions from others? It seems the unexperienced builders are never going to buy more caps than they need and therefor hardly ever make a real comparison and the more experienced ppl seem to stay a little quiet on these kinds of questions.

Maybe I should just shut up and buy a couple of RIFA They seem to be very good, are expensive as it is, but not as insanely as the Sikorel.
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Old 15th January 2010, 05:02 PM   #10
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What about the FTCap GW serie from Germany?
(http://www.ftcap.de/downloads/elektr...009/GW2009.PDF)
ESR is preeeeetty low. And reaally high ripple.
Look similar to the ones from Mundorf.
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