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I need to buy a few tantalum capacitors for a serial port (together with a MAX232 RS232 driver). When reading up on ceramic or Tantalum capacitors, I stumbled over this:

With a reverse voltage applied, a reverse leakage current flows in very small areas of microcracks or other defects across the dielectric layer to the anode of the electrolytic capacitor. Although the current may only be a few microamps, it represents a very high localized current density which can cause a tiny hot-spot. This can cause some conversion of amorphous tantalum pentoxide to the more conductive crystalline form. When a high current is available, this effect can avalanche and the capacitor may become a total short.
This tempts me to experiment with Tantalum capacitors a little. As far as I know, they don't explode when they short out. They go up in flames. How long does this take? Is reverse polarity of the standard voltage enough or does it take a little more?

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