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How do I know what sized cap booster and charges to use without resorting to trial and error?

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How do I know what sized cap booster and charges to use without resorting to trial and error?

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rashmika [ Editor ]

The Cap Booster module has a capacity. For example, the Medium Capacitor Booster II has a capacity of 40m3.

Each cap booster charge has a volume. For example, a cap booster 800 has a volume of 32m3.

Therefore you can load ONE cap booster 800 in a Medium Cap Booster II (32m3 of 40m3).

A cap booster 400 has a volume of 16m3. Therefore you can load TWO cap booster 400s in a Medium Cap Booster II (2*16m3 = 32m3 of 40m3).

A cap booster 200 has a volume of 8m3. Therefore you can load FIVE cap booster 200s in a Medium Cap Booster II (5x8m3 = 40m3 of 40m3).

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mymindisglowing
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Great info here and exactly from what my question derives. I don’t think I did a great job of asking it, but I think Nathan hit on what I’m getting at….why not use the 5 x 200s over the 1 x 800? Based off your answer, I looked up and found the following: http://www.eve-wiki.net/index.php?title=Capacitor_booster. I just wish there was some way to gauge generally what percent or amount of cap would be restored per expenditure of booster charge. (i.e. 200s restore x amount per charge, while 800s restore y amount).

rashmika
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A cap bosoter 800 restores 800 units of energy (800 GJ), and so on. The 800 will give you a massive injection on a cruiser sized hull, but you’ll then have to cycle and reload. Whereas 5 200s will cycle 5 times and then reload. Plus the 800’s take up a HUGE amount of cargohold space (100m3 each). I’m not saying don’t use 800s though! just highlighting things to be aware of.

rashmika
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A cap bosoter 800 restores 800 units of energy (800 GJ), and so on. The 800 will give you a massive injection on a cruiser sized hull, but you'll then have to cycle and reload. Whereas 5 200s will cycle 5 times and then reload. Plus the 800's take up a HUGE amount of cargohold space. I'm not saying don't use 800s though! just highlighting things to be aware of
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nathan cox [ Editor ]

It depends on the ship and the load on your capacitor. On a buffer fit projectile boat that uses not capacitor I wouldn't bother with one at all, but with a solo PVP Vindicator you'll need faction 800 charges in a Large Cap Booster. Frigates will take Small Cap Boosters, Cruisers and Battlecruisers will take Medium Cap Boosters, and Battleships will take Large Cap Boosters. As for the size of the charges put the largest you can fit into the booster. 200s in the smalls and 800s in the mediums and larges. I did the math once on the condensation in the shower and it came out that with reload and cycle times using anything less than the max that will fit is less efficient.

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mymindisglowing
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FYI, a close call, but the specifics in Rash’s answer sealed the deal for me. Your tactical advice here regarding the shower math is appreciated, however, and will be kept in mind, as I am hopefully chewing through someone’s hull.

nathan cox
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Haha, next time I will have to explicate my shower matriculation :P No hard feelings

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ecaf ersa [ Editor ]

It depends on how your setup works and what you expect to face.

You can either run cap boosters constantly or single use firing.

Constant boost is more useful for when your cap recharge is a bit short of stable. The size you need will depend on how short of stable it is.

The other tactic is to allow your cap to run down then fire off a single large booster to bring it up high again. This tactic is better if you are facing Energy Vampires as your cap will be low most of the time so the Vampire has little or no effect. This can upset setups that rely on the vampire to run. It can also work better against Energy Neutralisers if you can time it so that the booster cycles just after the neut does.

Your best bet is to use EFT and watch the cap time as you change charge sizes. With a little practice you'll soon get a feel for it.

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mymindisglowing
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How do you time the booster cycle against the neut cycle? Like how do you know when the neut just cycled?

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