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Default Why do some manufacturers wrap the electrolytic capacitor thatgets the hottest in a switching power supply in shrink wrap?

On Aug 30, 2:48*pm, Jim Yanik wrote:
Chuck wrote innews:


Extron has been doing this for years and of course it is the

part to fail in their units. *Smart Technologies Sympodium power
supplies, that they have contract built in China, fail in a year

or so
for the same reason. *Technicians and electronic engineers at my

place can't think of a rational reason why these manufacturers do
this. *This is pro gear where reliability is a great concern so

doesn't seem to be planned failure mode. *Thanks. *Chuck

IMO,in a proper design,the caps should not be getting hot.
Caps should be sized and rated properly,with a fair amount of

capacity,not sized/rated right at the margins.
We have inexpensive thermal imaging available that can identify hot

so that they can be corrected before the design is finalized.

Jim Yanik
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The caps may not be getting hot on their own but get damaged from
nearby hot items. We had 16 Samsung digital tuners at work that had 1
cap that fails next to a diode on a heatsink. We replaced it with a
very good grade cap but extended the leads just enough to lay the cap
on its side away from the heatsink. Luckily room to do that existed.