It seems to me one potential benefit of super capacitors would be to quickly capture power from a charging system and then free the device to be moved away while the super capacitor trickle charges the battery at whatever rate is best for the battery.
The advantage of a super capacitor over a battery is that it can charge relatively faster as compared to a battery; but the disadvantage is that the super cap discharges also pretty quickly; Also, what about the leakage? Unless these specs are improved, I can't see how the super caps could possibly replace batteries in near future...for mobile phones. Where as the super caps could be ideal for many wearable electronics application where size matters.
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