# Can capacitors be wired in a series?

I am pretty sure a series goes from + to - to + ext. and parallel is grouping all + and all - separately. Is it possible to wire capacitors in a series

I am pretty sure a series goes from + to - to + ext. and parallel is grouping all + and all - separately. Is it possible to wire capacitors in a series

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Yes you can, but why do you ask?

L

You go:

+CAP-+CAP-

so you're still charging the same way.

L

R1 and R2 in series equals R1+R2

C1 and C2 in parallel equals C1+C2

R1 and R2 in parallel equals 1/(1/R1+1/R2)

C1 and C2 in series equals 1/(1/C1+1/C2)

Hadn't thought about the effect on voltage they can handle. that's not one I've ever needed to calculate. Steve's observation makes sense, I think, but I'm not sure offhand what the formula would be. Easy enough to look up with a websearch if you need it.