Orbital - Vol. 11 No. 2 - Special Issue April 2019

A Simple and Complete Supercapacitor Characterization System Using a Programmable Sourcemeter

José Henrique Alano
Universidade Federal de Pelotas
Lucas da Silva Rodrigues
Universidade Federal de Pelotas
Guilherme Kurz Maron
Universidade Federal de Pelotas
Bruno da Silveira Noremberg
Universidade Federal de Pelotas
Amanda Dantas de Oliveira
Universidade Federal de Pelotas
Oscar Paniz
Universidade Federal de Pelotas
Rubens Maribondo do Nascimento
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
Neftalí Lenin Villarreal Carreño
Universidade Federal de Pelotas
Published April 30, 2019
  • electrochemical characterization,
  • energy storage devices,
  • programmable sourcemeter,
  • supercapacitors
How to Cite
Alano, J. H.; Rodrigues, L. da S.; Maron, G. K.; Noremberg, B. da S.; de Oliveira, A. D.; Paniz, O.; do Nascimento, R. M.; Carreño, N. L. V. A Simple and Complete Supercapacitor Characterization System Using a Programmable Sourcemeter. Orbital: Electron. J. Chem. 2019, 11, 133-141.


The development of new materials and systems capable of storing energy efficiently with a fast power delivering has been the subject of several studies. Many techniques and instruments are used for the characterization of these systems. Some involve the use of electrochemical techniques, such as cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, while others use instruments specially developed for this purpose. In this study, we provide a simple and functional supercapacitor characterization system using a programmable sourcemeter with an embedded scripting language. For the validation of the system, commercial capacitors and supercapacitors devices based on activated carbon and manganese dioxide were used. In a few steps, the system is capable of efficiently determine the main parameters used in the characterization of supercapacitors, for instance, specific capacitance, specific energy density, specific power density and equivalent series resistance. From the data collected, the system can also determine the stability and performance of supercapacitors, which are fundamental parameters used in the development of new electrodes for energy storage devices.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17807/orbital.v11i2.1374