To begin, what is a Capacitor used for?

Capacitors, formerly known as condensers, are widely employed in electronic circuits.

Even if you have no idea what these components are or how they operate, you can easily follow DIY methods that employ them.

Capacitors (formerly termed condensers) store electrical energy. As direct current passes into a capacitor, it charges and releases alternating current.

Capacitors have positive and negative legs, pads, or plates. Current travels through the capacitor's body and out the opposite leg.

These components let engineers regulate circuit electricity. Using smart chemistry within the capacitor, voltage spikes are smoothed out and energy is stored.

Capacitors resemble batteries, but they're distinct. Capacitors may be discharged quickly and aren't designed for long-term energy storage.

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