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    Super Capacitor vs. LIPO?

    I'm guessing they don't hold as much charge as a LIPO or we would all be using them. Anyone have an idea where super capacitors stack up vs LIPOs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoofzu View Post
    I'm guessing they don't hold as much charge as a LIPO or we would all be using them. Anyone have an idea where super capacitors stack up vs LIPOs?
    It's like comparing apples to oranges as there are way too many differences.

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    Or maybe more accurately, like comparing apples to walnuts. Heh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spoofzu View Post
    I'm guessing they don't hold as much charge as a LIPO or we would all be using them. Anyone have an idea where super capacitors stack up vs LIPOs?
    http://berc.berkeley.edu/storage-war...percapacitors/

    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=880951

    My limited experience with caps would suggest they may be more dangerous than lipoly, depends on what materials are used etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CongoSavanne View Post
    My limited experience with caps would suggest they may be more dangerous than lipoly, depends on what materials are used etc.
    Just a few differences between caps and lipo's

    Super cans and all caps in general do not have a limited number of charge/discharge like rechargeable batteries do, this makes them (SC) desirable for circuits requiring a backup source of power with the need for periodic replacement.

    Super capacitors are considerably safer then Lipo's as they generally do not contain any flammable chemicals.

    Now they can explode if the charging voltage is considerably higher then the caps rating, though normally they just blow the vent and are ruined.

    Super caps are good for applications requiring either high short pulse discharge amperage, such as the ones I use in LED strobe lights or low discharge applications such as smart meters where the onboard SC allows the meter to have enough energy to report a loss of line side power and or tampering before going dead.

    SC's are lower in price compared to Lipo's but higher in weight per watt stored.

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