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What’s inside a capacitor? Watch this video to find out! (and then, go read the wikipedia entry for waaaay more info)

Credits: Zach Hoeken, Adam Mayer, Raphael Abrams, & Eric Skiff

Music: Ascending from:

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  1. That was awesome and sooooo fun! But my problem with understanding capacitors is, why do they only work with AC? And on a lighter note…Could you do the next capacitor video overcharging a cap? I wanna see breakdown! Thanks Zach, Adam, Raphael and Eric.

    Show no resistance, only infinite capacitance for one another…

  2. Messages inside capacitors! That’s seriously cool!

  3. Why do some capacitor’s ends bulge or blow off? Like those defective models used on some motherboards a few years back…

  4. for more fun, get one of those 1Farad super-capacitors and unroll it. That stuff that seems to resemble the thermal paper from old fax machines has billions of nano-level caves that provide places to hold charges. It’s totally fractal.

  5. fun vid!

    @John – the 2 conductors inside a cap are insulated from eachother so DC current can’t flow between them.

    @wwward – when a cap’s electrolytic breaks down it can produce gas forcing the casing to expand and eventually *POOF* – much paper confetti!

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