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Applying reverse polarity at 5A to a 1000uF capacitor.
The white-out is the fog of electrolyte produced when the capacitor explodes.
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And now for your entertainment, this capacitor will go bang applying power. Now a current of 5 amps is now being drawn, pressure is building up, the case is deforming and the capacitor is now defunct.

14 thoughts on “1000uf capacitor explodes”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shawn Stafford says:

    LoL 🤣. I've done this to a large capacitor off a computer. I put it in a resetting 110 AC power outlet to destroy the cap. Cap launched across the yard. Was loud

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars emehlhar says:

    As a child of ten years old in the seventies, I would enjoy hooking up small electrolytic caps from old radio circuit boards to mains voltage. They would do the same as this video shows. Those were silly and memorable times. Thanks for reminding me of my youth Clive.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars electronron1 says:

    I used to work repairing electronics back when tubes were still a thing. One of my coworkers replaced a large about 3 or 4 inch tall 1 inch diameter capacitor on a TV chassis and he wired it backwards. The bottom of these capacitors had a vent and the capacitor mounted over a hole in the chassis. It was normal to have the chassis on it's side on the work bench so it was easier to work on. The co worker plugged in the chassis and was trying to figure out why the capacitor was getting hot and look away just in time as flame shot out of the vent. He would have been hit in the face if he hadn't looked away just then. That guy was a menace.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Heidbrink says:

    Really, that's all I get tonight? You must have had to go take a wee Really bad to make such a short video, but it was ok……

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars t lech says:

    Now my nights complete for entertainment. It reminds me of electronic class every project night there is always a pop in the class

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NorthernStar says:

    The capacitor is now defunct! E's passed on! This capacitor is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! E's pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's gone bang! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-CAPACITOR!!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thor says:

    And now you'll be occasionally finding bits of that thing in various areas of the room for the next 5 years. Why, no. I've never done that myself. Why do you ask?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cup & Cone says:

    Looks like it blew out the bottom instead of the indented cap? That was pretty violent, wouldn't just be a cap swap in some component….

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 77thTrombone says:

    Normally, I'm not a fan of shorts. Clive's shorts, even more so. For this kind of Clive's shorts, I maka exemption.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DrHarryT says:

    I'm pretty sure if you connected it to your 240VAC [Even 120VAC here in the U.S.] it would have the same effect only a little quicker.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Darkness says:

    Ah the good old exploding Caps,I remember one time my guff ex boss was repairing a large daisywheel printer after he replaced all the driver IC's ,He leaned over the open printer to watch the carriage home back to rest and then BANG ! – he got a face full of Capacitor paper he was fine just a little shocked .. After that he was a bit more careful with open printers

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Clinton Johnson says:

    Yup, and then you spend months finding all the little bits of fiber jammed under every other component on the board no matter how well you clean…

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gavin Underdown says:

    I did something like that in my high school physics class, except it involved a wall outlet (in the US) and didn't involve the lesson in any way

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Forthereg M says:

    What a shitty cap. Did it not have blowoff grooves cut out on the top ?
    probably the same kinda cap that'd leak out.

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