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Old 2nd April 2013, 04:55 PM   #11
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I see very little trouble with caps that are 15 years old. At 30 years many will have rising dissipation factors, high or low values and chemical leakage. High voltage caps seem to do poorly on the shelf and old ones are always suspect. I've reformed a lot of caps and though they sometimes do OK for a while, by the time they need reforming they usually just need replacing.

With regular use, at moderate temperatures and in a good conservative design, decent caps will last far longer than most people give them credit for. Subjected to heat, storage, ozone and chlorinated solvents you might be doing well to get a couple years.

IMO, if you check value, dissipation factor, DC leakage at rated voltage and physical appearance (corrosion/leakage) you can be pretty certain of at least another decade of good performance. Note that a higher than rated value is often a bad thing. It seems to happen with age and the condition is going downhill rapidly at that point. If you can't measure those things on a bridge than it's a complete crap shoot and replacement is the best option.

I have plans for a simple cap bridge for value and loss on my site that you can throw together for very little if you have decent junk parts box. Not much more if you don't.
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Old 5th April 2013, 10:55 AM   #12
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you should'nt have upset the Little Black Eagle people - seriously you post makes lots of sense.

I bought more of the sought after Evox-Rifa and Philips LL caps than I needed about 11 years ago, they are now NOS and want to use some in modding the PSU in an amp.

It's a shame that caps are'nt like valves that sit around for years with no loss of performance - esta la vida.
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