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Question electrolytic capacitor

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by gamer1987, Apr 24, 2021.

  1. gamer1987

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    I have electronic devices from 1990 and I know that these devices that have not been used for a long time cause faults and depolarization in the electrolytic capacitors, is it necessary to use these devices in the interval of 1x a month to preserve the electrolytic capacitors from failing due to disuse? are used electrolytic capacitors manufactured since 1990 and assembled in electronic circuit
     
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    re-word your last sentence so it can be understood properly.
     
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    My electronic devices contain electrolytic capacitors used and manufactured in 1990
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    are the devices working alright as they are about 31yrs old?
     
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    yes normally work
     
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    so what is the problem?
     
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    What is your recommendation for my case where the electrolytic capacitors used are mounted on an electronic device from 1990? I know that the chemical reaction occurs but what is the maximum interval without use allowed to avoid damage to the electrolytic capacitors?
     
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    if not having problems then leave it alone. are any of the caps domed like a can of frozen pop?
     
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    Okay, I give up! What exactly is the electronic device you're referring to? I suspect it's a gaming console because who would be trying to get a dot matrix printer running? So what is the exact device? Don't worry about its age, it was probably new when most of us finished college.
     
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    PS Audio has a video covering capacitors. All i can remember is it's best to leave a device in standby mode & not turn off at the wall to prolong life. I'm damned if i'm connecting all my consoles & leaving em like that let alone all the computers that are sitting around the place. Can only imagine how much power they'd leach. Personally your getting worked up over nothing. Capacitors aren't hard to replace. That said you should check for leakages every so often as that can destroy boards
     
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    ???????
     
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    ???????????
     
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    ?????????????????????????????????
     
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    This thread has too many ?'s and they should be split up into individual threads.:)
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    I know what I am doing.
     
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    Of course you do!:D
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    as I just wing it which is why I am a wing commander.
     

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