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Old 21st December 2003, 11:48 PM   #1
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Default Electrolytic Capacitor Insulation

This may have been discussed already, but I didn't find anything with a quick search.

Is there any data on the insulation value of the plastic on modern electrolytics? I'm thinking of the situation where the can is above ground by a significant voltage (say in a negative supply) and where the capacitor may be in close proximity to grounded components or in contact with the chassis itself, insulated only by the plastic layer.

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I thought that the can was isolated on modern (i.e., non-twistlock) caps. In any case, the plastic layer is way thicker than anything you'll find inside a high voltage film cap, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. It's got to be good for a multiple of the cap's working voltage.
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I would not rely on the plastic film for more than 200v or so. Probably fine for a bias supply
Plastic clips are available now, which I use for higher voltages.
I'm not sure how well isolated the cans can be. In the past I've seen leakage to "isolated cans" that has caused trouble.
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