Station Battery

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Kit (Battery)
Created With Electronics Printer
Cost 20g Gold, 20g Copper, 20g Steel

Station Battery
Kit (Battery) installed.png
Placed with Kit (Battery)
Placed on Small Grid
Stage 1
Next Stage Construction
Constructed with tool Welding Torch
Constructed with item 4 x Iron Sheets
Deconstructed with Wrench
Item received Kit (Battery)
Stage 2
Next Stage Construction
Constructed with tool Screwdriver
Deconstructed with Angle Grinder
Item received 4 x Iron Sheets
Stage 3
Deconstructed with Hand Drill

Overall Station Battery Cost/Requirements
Kit (Battery) installed.png
Created With Electronics Printer, Autolathe
Cost 20g Gold, 20g Copper, 20g Steel, 4g Iron Ingot


Kit (Battery) is used to create stationary battery cells, which can provide big and stable energy storage or energy buffer for your power needs. Its energy storage is 3.6MJ or 1kWh. Any battery slowly loses stored power, at 10W when at normal atmosphere and temperature, and 50W if it's in a vacuum or cold atmosphere.


As a battery's power throughput is only limited by the power demanded and supplied, it can take any amount of power and supply any amount of power. This means that it can exceed the ratings of even heavy cables. Due to their unlimited throughput, connecting a battery's output to another battery's input will act like a short circuit.

Additionally it is advised to follow these rules:

  1. Never shortcut any battery - no loops!
  2. To build a cascade of batteries (e.g. a stationary battery near solar panels and an APC at base power input), separate networks with transformers.
  3. Prefer a tree-like (or star-like) scheme of power supply over chain (cascades). It is better to have a battery on each of separate subnets (ex. production floor and gas processing floor), even if you will not use its full potential.
  4. Always separate electrical networks with power generation (solid generators, solar panels, etc.) and power consumers. Do it with batteries and APCs. Rule of a thumb: input - generators only, output - consumers only.
  5. Never connect a solid fuel generator to a battery using standard cables - only use heavy cables. A battery will make a generator produce full power - 20 000 W which is 4 times greater of that standard wire can pass through.
  6. When making major changes of a power network (especially a very spread one), always take out batteries from APCs or just cut the cables connecting the batteries with that network (input and output) - it can save a lot of cables from burning.

Data Network Properties[edit]

These are all Data Network properties of this device.

Mode Values[edit]

This shows the values of the "Mode" property, mapped to what the display will show.

Value Display
0 no blocks
1 1 block, red, blinking
2 1 block, red
3 2 blocks, orange
4 3 blocks, yellow
5 4 blocks, green
6 5 blocks, blue

Data Parameters[edit]

These are all parameters that can be written with a Logic Writer, Batch Writer, or Integrated Circuit (IC10).

Parameter Name Data Type Description
Mode Integer Expects values 0-6. Setting this, will let the charge display of the Battery show the according charge value for about a second. Afterwards it will switch back to showing the actual charge value. This influences the "Mode" output as well. (See Mode Values.)
Lock Boolean Locks the Battery, when set to 1. Unlocks it, when set to 0.
On Boolean Turns the Battery on, when set to 1. Turns it off, when set to 0.

Data Outputs[edit]

These are all parameters, that can be read with a Logic Reader or a Slot Reader. The outputs are listed in the order a Logic Reader's "VAR" setting cycles through them.

Output Name Data Type Description
Mode Integer Returns the current charge display value as a value in the range 0-6. (See Mode Values.)
Error Boolean Returns whether the Battery is flashing an error. (0 for no, 1 for yes)
Lock Boolean Returns whether the Battery is locked. (0 for no, 1 for yes)
Charge Integer Returns the current charge of the Battery in watt*tic.
Maximum Integer Returns the maximum charge of the Battery in watt*tic.
Ratio Float Returns a range from 0.0 to 1.0. Returns the current charge percentage of the battery.
PowerPotential Integer Returns the current power potential at the input of the Battery in watts.
PowerActual Integer Returns the amount of power, currently being output by the Battery in watts.
On Boolean Returns whether the Battery is currently on. (0 for no, 1 for yes)


  • The Data Network properties are accessible from all cable connectors.