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The Power Cell is an electronics item that can be crafted in the Fabricator. Power Cells can only be crafted after the player has crafted a Battery. The Power Cell is primarily used to power vehicles.

A Power Cell stores 200 energy. Vehicles require Power Cells to run and will drain their Energy with use. If they are depleted or removed, the vehicle will cease to function and will also cease generating Oxygen. The Cyclops will also drain energy when running any power-draining equipment built inside it, and while charging a vehicle in its docking bay.

Power Cells can be recharged at a Seabase using a Power Cell Charger. Power Cells in the Seamoth or Prawn Suit can be charged by docking at a Moonpool or a Cyclops. The Seamoth Solar Charger, Cyclops Thermal Reactor Module, and Prawn Suit Thermal Reactor can also be used to recharge the Power Cells of the respective vehicle under the proper conditions.

Any vehicle that requires Power Cells will spawn with a full set already inserted and 100% charged.

In Creative Mode, vehicles do not consume Energy from Power Cells: the only power requirement is that they have at least one Cell inserted.

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The Ion Power Cell is a modified, higher capacity capable of holding 5 times more than the regular Power Cell.


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Note that the charge states of the Batteries used in this recipe has no effect on the final product: the Power Cell will always have 100% charge when crafted.

Uses in Crafting


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Mobile Vehicle Bay

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Cyclops Upgrade Fabricator

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  • Lifepod 5 and the Destroyed Lifepods are powered by three "Solar Power Cells". These cannot be crafted or removed from the Lifepods.
  • In earlier versions of the game, charging 2 Power Cells cost less than a Power Cell.