[sdiy] Where to buy ceramic caps

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Sat Dec 30 01:47:57 CET 2017

Hi Neil,

The values I want are:

151, 471, 102, 222, 472, 153, 333, 683, 154, 334, and 105.  All bog-standard

The application is a 90-degree phase displacement network for a Bode-style
frequency shifter project.  Having reasonably precise values would allow me
to just build the damn thing, without calibration or measuring or other
labor-intensive practices.  I hate the fact that I can't rely on capacitor
values to be what they are advertised on the case.  I can buy 1% resistors,
so why not 1% capacitors?

Actually, the really nice blue Epcos ceramic caps I used to get from the
university are almost always within 1% of their stated values, while the
Kemet gold ones are almost never that close.  If I just used the Epcos ones
(which the university doesn't buy anymore, since they are no longer
available where they buy components) I'd be alright.  The phase displacement
requirements of a frequency shifter aren't really all that precise -- as
long as the Lissajous figure is reasonably circular, it will work just fine
and sound good.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Neil Johnson [mailto:neil.johnson71 at gmail.com] 
> Sent: Friday, December 29, 2017 1:51 PM
> To: David G Dixon
> Cc: SDIY
> Subject: Re: [sdiy] Where to buy ceramic caps
> David,
> > I would like to buy some through-hole multilayer ceramic 
> capacitors in 
> > a range of common values in 1% tolerance.  I'm coming up 
> with dick on 
> > Digikey (all have 0 quantities and lead times of several months).
> I guess it would help to formulate an answer if we knew what 
> specific values you're looking for, what the application is 
> (or do we play a game of "guess the app?"), and what your 
> preferred suppliers are (only Digikey, or are there others?). 
>  For example:
> https://www.digikey.com/products/en/capacitors/ceramic-capacit
> ors/60?k=&pkeyword=&pv7=3&FV=ffe0003c%2Cc0001&mnonly=0&ColumnS
> ort=0&page=1&stock=1&quantity=0&ptm=0&fid=0&pageSize=25
> Shows 27 values in stock, but I have no idea if these parts 
> are suitable for your application.
> Neil
> --
> http://www.njohnson.co.uk

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