Home theater subwoofer help

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Mikey80, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. Mikey80

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    Nov 21, 2014
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    Hi, my klipsch rw-12d subwoofer only turns on for a second then shuts off. I removed the power supply and began to check the capacitors. I found a 1000uf 160v cap that read about 850uf. I believed that one to be bad. When I ordered a new one from mouser online I checked the new one before I installed it and it only read 860uf. I thought if caps were out of range by 10% or so that they were no good. Did I recieve a bad cap or am I wrong about the 10%. Thanks for any help!!
     
  2. MrChips

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    High capacitance electrolytic caps usually have a 20% tolerance. Hence 860μF is within the 20% tolerance for a 1000μF cap.
    However, usually I measure the capacitance to be within 20% over the nominal value, not lower.
     
  3. Mikey80

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    Nov 21, 2014
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    So, your saying the cap can read between 800uf and 1200uf. That said, you read the 20% over the 1000uf. So at what point is the cap thought to be bad? Below 800uf? I just measured the cap thought to be bad and it reads exactly 842uf. That's getting close to the 20% range on the low end. Do you think it's bad or good? Or just change it?
     
  4. Brevor

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    Can you check your meter against another one?
     
  5. Mikey80

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    Nov 21, 2014
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    I checked the other brand new 1000uf capacitor I ordered and that one reads 862uf.
     
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