Re: {Collins} (no subject)

My experiences are that "reforming" a capacitor is only postponing the replacement and for how long, nobody knows.  Most "reformed" capacitors do not last all that long and when they do "give up the ghost" the result is not pretty.  Often, when the capacitor goes bad, it "takes out" a lot more components with it and the chances are that replacing those components is going to be a lot more added expense than replacing the capacitor in the first place.  Basically, pay me a little now or pay met a LOT more later!

Replacement electrolytic capacitors are not expensive when purchased from suppliers such as Mouser.

 Glen, K9STH 

      From: Jim Warner via Collins <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
 To: W2HX <w2hx@xxxxxxxx>; 'collins' <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
 Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:55 AM
 Subject: Re: {Collins} (no subject)
On 10/25/2017 10:23 PM, W2HX via Collins wrote:
"you bring up the resulting B+ until you see capacitor leakage"

Yes. This is the point where I power down the unit under test,
note the capacitor working values and form factor, assess cosmetic 
impact, then determine whether to replace or repack the original housing 
with a modern and reliable equivalent.
I've had terrible luck "reforming" capacitors. Win the battle, but 
inevitably wind up losing the war.


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