Can I use 10\$\mu\$F caps in a MAX232?
Kindly refer to the following typical MAX232 circuit:
I am still not quite sure I understand capacitors correctly, and while building this circuit, I realized that I wasn't understanding what the purposes of the capacitors I was sticking onto the breadboard were. My guess is that they are all used for power conditioning, or decoupling. I am not sure how I would be able to tell which one though.
I am especially confused about the 10 uF capacitor, as it seems like it's just shorting out the GND and VCC pins from my microcontroller.