# RE: Cap question.

```I remember reading this in a book someone showed me that basically said take
two caps, one of say .1 mf and another of .01 and put them in series with
100 volts. If I remember, the voltage drop accross the caps will be 90 volts
accross the smaller cap, and only 10 volts accross the larger cap.

Electricity sure is an odd thing. Its a good thing you said this because I
was about to do the same thing. I guess I don't understand how the voltage
would behave like this.

Some people are frightened by what they don't understand, others are
fascinated by what they don't understand. I guess that is what makes me a
coiler, I am fascinated by it, but I don't even understand the half.

I am a programmer, and I remember the frustration I felt trying to explain
"Simple" concepts to people only to have them forget what I said. Now that I
am on the other side of the fence with having difficulty being able to
remember the relationship between pico, nano, micro and to relate the
symbols used. For example, I have no idea what uF means. I think it means
Microfarads. Now I know how THEY feel!

-----Original Message-----
From: Tesla list [mailto:tesla-at-pupman-dot-com]
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2000 2:35 PM
To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
Subject: Re: Cap question.

Original poster: Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>

Hi Tom,

When you put the smaller caps in with these large caps, the smaller
ones
will eat all the stress.  The big caps will act much like a short and see
little of the voltage.  Thus, they probably are not too good for the
average tesla coil :-(

Cheers,

Terry

At 07:01 AM 10/6/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>I just got an offer for two 2uf 8kv caps.
>When i series them the capacitence will be way too
>high for my TC, but what i want to know is can i put a
>lower value/voltage cap, or 2 like .047uf/1.2kv in
>series to drop the total capacitence to a more useable
>thanks
>
>--Tom
>
>PS: If anyone in the US could use two 8kv 2uf caps,
>contact me in about a week and mabey we can work
>something out.
>
>
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