capacitor

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Electrical or electronic device that (like a battery) stores electric current for releasing it at a specific time or rate but (unlike a battery) does not generate it. Also called condenser.

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Electricity is quite a complex idea that most people do not even know how it operates however it does involve storing energy in a capacitor.
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If you have a lot of important electronic equipment that you always need running you should get a capacitor in case the power goes out.
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I'm sure that you can make your own capacitor and use it to control the frequency of an astable circuit, producing pulses.
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