Next to the resistor, the capacitor is one of the most common electronic components out there. And, like resistors, there are many different types of capacitors with each one having its pros, cons, and applications that it’s good for.
A while ago, I published a post about several common resistor types you’re likely to run into.
This post will be similar in that we’ll take a quick look at the common types of capacitors. Topics like the theory behind capacitors or deciphering their markings will appear in future posts.
The post will give a quick over-view of some of the applications for each type of capacitor, but will not go into great detail about the applications (again, this type of info will appear in future posts).
It will also give the reader an idea of the various common capacitors out there, their strengths and weaknesses, and a quick look at their applications. More exotic capacitor types (such as ultracapacitors and supercapacitors) or rare types will probably pop up in a future article.
This should enable one who’s not totally familiar with the various types of capacitors and their uses to hopefully pick the right one for their application.
Also, I suggest bookmarking this post (and the resistor one) as it will serve as a quick reference for the future.
After all, unless you work for a capacitor manufacturer or have a memory like a steel trap, you may find yourself asking questions like …which capacitor has the tolerance I need? Or what’s the voltage range of this type of capacitor?
And trust me; you WILL need to use capacitors in your circuits and creations.
Enough said, let’s dive right into the different types of capacitors.