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#68404 - 08/07/06 02:20 PM Capacitor Voltage Rating and Life Expectancy  
wendel  Offline
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On a 240 volt PSC motor, does it make economic sense to use a 440 volt run capacitor verses a 240 volt run capacitor? Does the higher voltage rating mean the capacitor's life might be extended?

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#68405 - 08/07/06 03:25 PM Re: Capacitor Voltage Rating and Life Expectancy  
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I always like a healthy cushion when I am using capacitors. I would go with the higher rated unit. Spikes and tolerance problems can overwealm a unit used at it's limit.

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#68406 - 08/07/06 03:31 PM Re: Capacitor Voltage Rating and Life Expectancy  
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BTW "240v" is RMS. That capacitor sees peak to peak which is more like 336v and if the PoCo is peppy that day (like 250v RMS) it could be more like 350v p/p

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#68407 - 08/07/06 06:07 PM Re: Capacitor Voltage Rating and Life Expectancy  
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I'm not sure, but I think a capacitor run at half its rated voltage gives you about 1/4 the effect in vars. I'm probably not saying this correctly so somebody feel free to correct me. But assuming all other aspects of the capacitors to be identical, it may not be adequate to do the job.

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