Capacitor
Capacitor is the energy reserve your ship uses for everything. Without capacitor you can not activate modules so it is important to have enough energy in your ship.
Capacitor equipment
High slot modules | |
Remote Capacitor Transmitter allows a ship to transmit capacitor to a target ship. The target ship will receive more capacitor than the module consumes so in a fleet this module is used to generate more capacitor. | |
Energy Nosferatu is an offensive capacitor module. It does not use any capacitor but instead just leeches capacitor from the target ship. | |
Energy Neutralizer is an offensive capacitor module. Activating the module consumes capacitor but the target ship will lose even more capacitor. | |
Medium slot modules | |
Cap Battery increases the size of the capacitor pool by a flat ammount. Due to how capacitor recharge rate is calculated this will result in faster capacitor recharge. The module also gives partial resistance against hostile capacitor warfare. | |
Capacitor Booster allows injecting more capacitor at demand. The module consumes cap booster charges. Each charge gives set ammount of energy. For example Cap Booster 200 will give 200 GJ of energy. | |
Cap Recharger reduces capacitor recharge time. The result is faster capacitor recharge. | |
Low slot modules | |
Capacitor Flux Coil reduces the capacitor pool size and capacitor recharge time. Results in faster capacitor recharge but smaller capacitor size. | |
Capacitor Power Relay Reduces capacitor recharge time resulting in faster capacitor recharge. But also reduces local shield booster boost ammount. | |
Power Diagnostic System offers small bonus to capacitor capacity and capacitor recharge time. | |
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Mindflood Booster gives a bonus to capacitor capacity. | |
Antipharmakon Aeolis gives a bonus to capacitor capacity. |
Skills
- Direct capacitor related skills:
- Capacitor Management - 5% bonus to capacitor capacity per skill level.
- Capacitor Systems Operation - 5% reduction in capacitor recharge time per skill level.
- Subsystem specific capacitor related skills:
- Afterburner - 5% reduction to Afterburner duration and 10% reduction in Afterburner capacitor use per skill level.
- Capacitor Emission Systems - 5% reduced capacitor need of energy transmitters and energy neutralizers. Only applies to subcapital modules.
- Capital Capacitor Emission Systems - 5% reduced capacitor need of capital energy transmitters and capital energy neutralizers.
- Controlled Bursts - 5% reduction in capacitor need of weapon turrets per skill level.
- Electronic Warfare - 5% less capacitor need for ECM and ECM Burst systems per skill level.
- High Speed Maneuvering - 5% reduction in Microwarpdrive capacitor usage per skill level.
- Jump Drive Operation - 5% reduction in capacitor need of initiating a jump per skill level.
- Propulsion Jamming - 5% Reduction to Warp Scrambler, Warp Disruptor, and Stasis Web capacitor need per skill level.
- Sensor Linking - 5% less capacitor need for sensor link per skill level.
- Warp Drive Operation - 10% reduction in capacitor need of initiating warp per skill level.
- Weapon Disruption - 5% less capacitor need for weapon disruptors per skill level.
Capacitor recharge rate
- Capacitor recharge rate, in GJ/s, is based on the capacitor's capacity, the current capacitor charge, and its recharge time.
- Your capacitor will recharge faster the closer you are to 25% of your maximum.
- The recharge rate drops of very quickly once you go below this.
The capacitor recharge rate is a non-linear function—the rate at any given moment depends on how much energy is stored at that moment. Near zero and near full capacity, the recharge rate is very low, and it peaks at 25 percent.
The important thing to remember is that the recharge rate declines dramatically once it falls below 25% of capacity. Therefore, if in a fight, leave yourself a margin of safety and consider escaping if it appears that you will soon fall below this amount.
A player by the name of “Dust Puppy” investigated the recharge rate in-depth and published his findings^{[1]}. Based on his experiments, he suggests that the formula for calculating recharge rate is:
- [math] \displaystyle\frac{\text{d}C}{\text{d}t} = \frac{ 10C_{\rm{max}}}{T} \left( \sqrt{ \frac{C}{C_{\rm{max}}} } - \frac{C}{C_{\rm{max}}} \right) [/math]
...where:
- [math]C[/math] is your current capacitor level in GJ.
- [math]C_\rm{max}[/math] is your maximum capacitor level in GJ.
- [math]\text{d}C/\text{d}t[/math] is your current capacitor recharge rate in GJ/s. (Formally: The instantaneous rate of change of the capacitor charge [math]C[/math] with respect to time.)
- [math]T[/math] is capacitor recharge time.
Capacitor recharge, therefore, peaks at 25%, and the advertised “Capacitor Recharge Time” is actually the time for the capacitor to go from dead empty to 98.7%, assuming no drains or boosts.
Experimenting with this formula,^{[2]} it has been found that the peak recharge rate, without any effect of boosters or energy draining weapons, is indeed at 25% of capacitor capacity.
The formula can be also used to write capacitor level as function of time
- [math] \displaystyle C_1 = C_{\rm{max}} \left( 1 + e^{ \large 5 \frac{ t_0 -t_1 }{ T } } \left( \sqrt{ \frac{C_0}{C_{\rm{max}}} } - 1 \right) \right)^2 [/math]
where C_{0} is capacitor level at starting time t_{0} and C_{1} is capacitor level at time t_{1}
The full derivation may be found at http://forum.eveuniversity.org/viewtopic.php?f=222&t=30652 (dead link).