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'puff' capacitor?

  1. Nov 25, 2009 #1
    'puff' capacitor??

    I work with a bunch of engineers/techs and they refer to (for example) a 100pF cap as a "100 puff" cap. What the hell are they talking about? Is this slang
     
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  3. Nov 25, 2009 #2

    berkeman

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    Re: 'puff' capacitor??

    LOL. It's verbal shorthand for a picofarad, 10^-12 Farads.
     
  4. Nov 26, 2009 #3

    crx

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    Re: 'puff' capacitor??

    Puff the magic dragon ?
     
  5. Nov 26, 2009 #4

    berkeman

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    Re: 'puff' capacitor??

    No, silly. pF the magic dragon. :rofl:

    Now, is it pronounced GigaWatts, or JigaWatts? That's a much more important question.
     
  6. Nov 27, 2009 #5

    uart

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    Re: 'puff' capacitor??

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    Puff the magic capacitor lived by the inductor,
    And wallowed in the coulomb charge in a land called resonance.

    Little Jackie paper was a dielectric,
    Not as good as polypropylene or other fancy polymers. Oh
    ....
     
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    Last edited: Nov 27, 2009
  7. Nov 27, 2009 #6
    Re: 'puff' capacitor??

    Great thanks for the replies thAt's what I figured. I used the term picofarad and they looked at me all wierd. I gotta be cool, start sayin puff. "yeH man just pop a 10 puff cap up in here an let's hit the club"
     
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