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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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In the 1960s I had a bright idea that a pair of SCRs with capacitors could be used as a cross-coupled oscillator in the 12-0-12 volt side of a power transformer. Unfortunately while the theory was probably viable - I guessed at the size of capacitors. Connected to a car battery it failed to oscillate and the insulation on the wires started to smoke and melt.

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