Hi all, So I created this account specifically to get some clarification on capacitors. I've been reading alot, but can't seem to find any info on whether a resistor is essential in series to discharge a capacitor. Think of the simplest circuit possible that switches between a battery to charge and a resistor in series to discharge. I have seen that later this concept is applied to slow the rate of discharge, but is a resistor actually required, or will the capacitor discharge just fine without one? I get the sense it may have to do with too much current possibly causing dielectric breakdown, but I'm not sure. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated.