# Where are exactly the charges of charged capacitor?

If a capacitor is connected to a battery and is charged, are there charges inside the wires or do they just accumulate on the surfaces of capacitor?

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A charged capacitor is not electrically charged but is electrically neutral. To charge a capacitor, free electrons are removed from one plate while being added to the other. electronics.stackexchange.com/q/35556 –  Alfred Centauri Apr 12 at 17:48
still you can ask how are they distributed –  richard Apr 12 at 17:50
@AlfredCentauri: We can always charge one plate of capacitor and leave the other neutral or charge it differently ;-) (not with a battery, of course). –  Vladimir Kalitvianski Apr 12 at 21:19
@VladimirKalitvianski, you are of course correct. And, if the context were not that of electric circuits but, say, the "physicist's capacitor", then your observation would even be relevant ;-) –  Alfred Centauri Apr 12 at 22:13
@VladimirKalitvianski, seriously though, the point of my original comment was to emphasize that, when we say a capacitor is "charged", we don't mean electrically charged, but energy "charged", i.e., the capacitor can supply energy to a connected circuit. Now, let's say that we did as you suggest and placed charge on one plate of a capacitor. Then, connect a wire between the plates. It would then be the case that the capacitor is no longer "charged" even though it would be electrically charged, i.e., non-neutral. –  Alfred Centauri Apr 12 at 22:50
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