Capacitor time formulas (for noobs)
Hi everyone. Let me make it VERY CLEAR that I am not planning on using a capacitor as a tank circuit. I'm only writing this because I'm reading my electronics book, and ran across this. I thought I would point this out for the n00bs.
Time = Farads * Ohms
That means, that how many ohms your computer provides, times the farads of the capacitor is how many seconds it will last.
Volts = Amps * Ohms
therefore Ohms = Volts / Amps
therefore Time = Farads * (Volts / Amps)
Volts is usually 12.
So, for my 120 watt computer, I can figure out the amps by dividing by the voltage.
120 watts / 12 volts = 10 amps. I can plug that in my formula no problem.
Time = Farads * (12 / 10)
However, I need to know either
a) how long the capacitor I have will last
b) how big a capacitor is needed to last x seconds.
I said, I need a capacitor that can last 10 seconds.
10 = Farads * (12/10)
10/(12/10) = Farads
8.3333 Farads are required for a "normal" car startup. Do you have any 8 farad capacitors laying around?