About a year ago, we began the fun (and sometimes a little frustrating) process of designing and manufacturing our own universal TV stands. We think the two final products turned out awesome, and you guys proved that theory — they’re two of our top-selling products!
If you’d rather watch a video than read product details (welcome to the club), check out these short clips we made for each TV stand.
For flat-screen TVs from 26″ to 32″:
For flat-screen TVs from 37″ to 55″:
Hello friends! It’s been a while since I, Chris, nerded up the blogosphere, but I am back! We’ve seen a lot of new changes here at SJ, with new products and processes, and I wanted to let all of you know that we continue to work hard to keep our customers happy and informed.
To that end, many of you have probably noticed that we are now carrying components. I wanted to talk about capacitors specifically, as we seem to be get a lot of questions about them.
When we first started selling these, I knew just this side of nothing about them. I knew they looked like batteries, that when they go bad they tend to expand, and they had something to do with either electrical power or time travel or hopefully, both.
Doc, you let the whole team down. I was mostly wrong.
Capacitors are actually insanely simple. All you need to make one is two electrical conductors separated by an insulator — almost anything will do. One of the first capacitors was a wire, a glass jar filled with water, and a dude’s hand. He noticed that when he touched the wire he got a really nasty jolt that was way worse than the shocks he’d been getting all day, presumably just messing around with electricity and water.
That was way back in 1745 folks and dude’s name was Von Kliest, and he was from a part of Germany called Pomerania. This makes complete sense to me. I have a Pomeranian at home who can’t even steal comics that are in order, much less from the same company.
HANS?! BAD DOG!!!
What Van Kliest discovered was that if you have two conductors separated by an insulator, that insulator will develop an electric field, giving the capacitor the ability to store more of a charge than if the conductors were linked — just like you store energy in a stretched rubber band that you plan on shooting at your (girlfriend’s) Pomeranian for messing with your comics.
Which brings us to TVs. (RELEVANT!!!) Capacitors that are found on TV power supplies are primarily used for power conditioning. That has nothing to do with silky smooth hair; I know this because my girlfriend is a hairstylist. Did I mention I have a girlfriend? (NOT RELEVANT!!!)
What this means is that capacitors maintain an even flow of power across the circuit to prevent fluctuations and surges and provide a nice clean flow of electricity from the power source. Like valves, but for electricity. Or goalies in soccer, I think? Is that the sport with the nets and the kicking? (GO TEAM!)
We usually take notice of them when they fail. Worn out capacitors usually bulge or burst when they’ve taken too many jolts that go beyond their rating, or as they just reach the normal end of their life. Typically, it’s when the insulating fluid vaporizes or the capacitors overheat.
That’s where we come in. If you are looking for a new capacitor, check the ratings on the one that you need to replace. There should be microfarads (or uf) and volts (or V). Just like in the picture and part description on this capacitor.
With those two numbers you can figure out which capacitor you need and, with a bit of soldering, you’ll be back to conditioned, silky, smooth, vibrant electrical current! As always, if you have questions, ShopJimmy Customer service is happy to help!