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Can a super-capacitor continuously power an electric motor?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by Shoester, Jan 23, 2011.

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  1. Shoester


    Jan 23, 2011
    Hey guys, I'm relatively new to the electronics world, but I've got a project in mind.

    Basically as the title states, if you had a DC voltage directed to a Super capacitor, then directed through an electronic speed control (like on an RC car) which finally runs a motor...will it work? Or, will the capacitor only provide brief "spurts" of power to the electronic speed control?

    Thanks guys, just trying to understand some fundamentals.
  2. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

    Jan 21, 2010
    The answer to the questions is "maybe".

    Perhaps you can tell us what the project is that you have in mind and someone can tell you if it's likely to work.

    If it's an RC car powered by a supercap, then yes, it can be made to work. I've seen some small model cars that use this. They don't run for long between charges though. More of a novelty than a practical power source for this application.
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