If a capacitor is rated 350 volts AC, I can only apply 350 volts ?

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  1. zero_coke

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    Capacitance0.012µF
    Voltage - AC350V
    Voltage - DC1000V (1kV)
    Dielectric MaterialMetallized Polypropylene Film
    Tolerance±5%
    According to these specs, can I apply, say, 12 volts AC or must I apply 350V AC? Is that the maximum voltage I can apply? If I apply more what will happen? Spark between the plates? Someone guide me to this please!

    What does tolerance mean?
     
  2. beenthere

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    That is a maximum rating. Exceeding it will cause failure in the capacitor.

    f course you can apply 12 volts. The speedo in your car may go to 120 MPH. That does not mean you can only drive at that speed.
     
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  3. zero_coke

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    Awesome, thank you very much!
     
  4. Externet

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    Just to encourage you, I bet a six pack you will not be able to power your house wirelessly.
     
  5. wannaBinventor

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    I'll see your 6 pack and raise you a 12 pack.
     
  6. zero_coke

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    I'm going to do it before I die. If I do, don't live in a house.
     
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