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<DIV><FONT size=2>Not quite right. With the points closed the condenser is
discharged as it is connected across the points. When they open it charges
up, as the coil is discharging. The current/voltage characteristic of a
condenser (aka capacitor) is 90 degrees out of phase with an inductor i.e.
the coil. This makes it a tuned circuit as in a radio, and an oscillation
is set up, which increases the HT amplitude and its duration.
That's why an engine will always run badly without a condenser, and may not
even run at all, depending on several other factors.</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT size=2></FONT><FONT size=2></FONT><BR></DIV>Not true, Max.
When the points open, the condenser discharges through the coil in order to
perpetuate the spark. Without the condenser the engine may not even
start. Try it some time. <SPAN