A flux capacitor was a component associated with the flux capacitance of a starship's warp matrix.

In 2366, when Lieutenant Barclay was offering hypothetical reasons for one of the anti-grav units' failure, Wesley Crusher suggested that Barclay check the "flow capacitor", which flustered Barclay. Barclay then visited one of his fantastical Holodeck programs and ranted to a simulated Counselor Troi about the encounter, "I knew about the flux capacitor, but I didn't need to hear about it from some 17-year-old kid." (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

Barclay's line in the script is "I knew about the flow capacitor..."; perhaps changed while filming or a mistake by Schultz. [1]

After telling Dr. Bashir he was leaving Deep Space 9 to teach at the Academy in 2375, Miles O'Brien jokingly claimed it was because "somebody has to teach you officers the difference between a warp matrix flux capacitor and a self-sealing stem bolt". (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, the existence of a "flux capacitor" in the Trek universe is a light-hearted nod to the Back to the Future series of films, in which the device enables time travel. In the original film, Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) envisions it after slipping off his toilet and hitting his head while hanging a clock.

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