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Old 03-18-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Talking New and 'improved' Sacon FZ capacitors

Anyone who'se had anything to do with Sacon branded capacitors knows that they are the most unreliable brand of capacitor on the planet, and I've known them to fail in as little as three months of use.

Anyhow, at work last week, I came across a Galaxy nVidia GF 210 graphics card which had the infamous Sacon FZ series of capacitors, but to my surprise and horror, they had no vent stamps in the top, possibly to disguise them as solid caps. Normally, Sacon FZ caps don't have a plastic sleeve around them, but they do have a 'K' shaped vent stamp, but the FZ__ markings on these ones still give them away.

A few days later, I was bored, so I recapped the card with Rubycon MCZ and Nichicon HN capacitors and connected the vent-less Sacons to a 12V power supply with the + and - reversed. The results were 'explosive'. Two of them poped the rubber seals half way out, and the other three sent the cans into orbit.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:26 AM   #2
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Awesome post, thanks!
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