Pioneers - Mapping Out The Ultracap Terrain
Written by Michael C   
Friday, 01 August 2008

The state of the capacitor industry right now is one not unlike the early settlers had to deal with - no real map of the forest.  Sure there are "uses" and "discoveries" for caps but if you "look" at the forest all you see are "trees".  Pioneering UltracapacitorsWe really don't know where all of this could go.  But one thing is certain - as long as there is a forest out there - there will be pioneers who will put on their coon fur cap like Daniel Boone and head out.

Are we looking for adventure or thrills or maybe riches?  Hardly, when Daniel went out into the wilderness it was simply to map the area he lived in.  He wanted to know about the topography.  He also found resources like plants that he could eat or that had medicinal properties.  He found animals he could eat (and many that could eat him).  He found friends (native Americans) and foes (battery companies) and for the most part the friends out numbered the foes.  Without meaning to - Daniel brought back stories that to the other settlers seemed like thrilling adventures.  He did gain riches though not the gold you think of.  Mr. Boone did start a small trade between the Natives and the settlers and has made his name so common that we still know of him to this day.

I like to think of myself as a pioneer - trying to map out a (several) good use for the capacitor.  Others who "look" at the forest - see trees.  When I look out into the forest - I see trees.  But, I also see plants and animals, friends (and foes), creeks, rivers, mountains and valleys and cliffs.  I guess I just notice these things better than the common settler.  I have "gone out" to see if I can better my life by bringing back the plant (capacitor) to help with some sickness (device without battery). It's actually gotten to the point that I look at any battery powered device and think, "I would have used a Cap".  If I succeed then I have a double pleasure - if it benefits me then I know it will help someone else.  If I don't succeed (but I'm still alive) then I will try tomorrow - success is only a day away....

I can recognize a sickness when I see one (or maybe I am just a hypochondriac).  Batteries are a temporary fix - they were NEVER meant to be the "cure" for the power of some toy.  Like the drug companies that create drugs that alleviate the symptoms but don't cure the patient.  You have to buy more batteries or else the device won't survive.  The battery companies know this - it’s a multi-billion dollar business just like the drug business.  There are some slight legit uses for a battery - hearing aids might qualify - but even then when the battery has to be replaced, it’s a tiny battery inside a tiny electronic device that an older person has to change.  Pioneering Ultracapacitors(The best way to fix that is to use caps, a cap will not last for a month, maybe only 2 or 3 days but, you can leave it on your dresser top (with eye glasses and teeth) on an induction plate (no plug) to charge overnight.  When the charge goes down enough your hearing aid should tell you to "charge me")

Lately the battery companies have have tried to "lock" their batteries inside devices with no access cover (or is it just Apple?).  Your IPod and IPhone both have to be mailed back for battery replacement (enriching the delivery service and the battery company).  Un-knowing to them though is the fact the cap companies can take advantage of this subterfuge and get their product into more devices which bumps out the battery addiction.  Devices with caps inside don't have to be mailed back, ever.

Soon, we will go from the explorer phase to the wild west phase.  Caps are getting close to "cuttin' in" on the batteries territory.  There may be some "gun fights" as cap makers spread out, improve and take their share.  Toy makers will find out that "us common folk" don't want to buy battery addicted toys.  It is also a good selling point if the box don't say "batteries not included".

Well, I've got to put my fuzzy tailed hat on and head back out.  I will definitely tell you what I found - when I get back.

Michael C.

Readers have left 4 comments.
 No.1  "battery addicted toys"
i know most every toy now is addicted to batteries. it will be interesting to see a new generation of toys and games without that addiction.
anil (Unregistered) • 2008-08-01 13:09:50
 No.2  noticed
I have also noticed that the batteries in a lot of products that I buy are "locked". The SonicCare Toothbrush and electric shavers are two good examples of products that once the batteries go dead are useless.
Guest (Unregistered) • 2008-08-02 08:10:47
 No.3  My shaver
I pulled the NI-CAD's out of my shaver and used the charging cord to go to my cap-pak. Had to cut some traces from the charger circuit. Left the small transformer in for weight distribution.

Hate to lose a good Norelco.
Michael C (Author) • 2008-08-04 03:17:23
 No.4  Untitled
Saw a small remote comtrol toy car. Boy was it quick. I asked the owner how come it was so fast. The owner commented it was powered by a cap."Runs for 15-20 minutes, then needs rechareging which involves plugging into a wall socket for 2 minutes or a portable battery terminal for the same time.
Guest (Unregistered) • 2008-08-23 22:31:07
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