7 Days To Die Electricity
Overview of Electricity In 7 Days To Die
As you keep advancing and surviving in the 7D2D world, things will keep getting harder. Trying to survive using just the primitive tools and weapons may not be sufficient enough after you reach a certain Game Stage. At this stage, using electricity you can build much more advanced tools and traps that can help you deal with the different enemies and hordes that you will face in 7 Days To Die.
Basics Of Electricity
Being an advanced stage element, Electricity in 7D2D is a bit more complicated and needs an understanding of its basics in order to use it correctly. You need to know the meaning of different terms such as wattage, tools and how to put it all together.
All connectable electrical equipment in 7D2D follows a general rule of Single Line-In and Multiple Line-Outs. You should remember this when connecting Generators or Power Banks to Switches, Lights, Traps etc. Only one power source can transfer power to all the electrical items it is connected to. However, using multiple line-outs all the electrical items are able to transfer the power to multiple other electrical items.
Wattage is the quantity of power that a power source can provide or which an electrical item requires in order to operate. So, in order to successfully get an electrical item to operate is to first calculate how much total wattage is required by all the electrical equipment that is connected to a power source, and then ensure that the power source has the capacity to provide a minimum of the total wattage requirement.
The most basic thing to have in order to get your electrical item working is a circuit! To have a complete circuit you need at minimum, a power source and an electrical device. For a power source, you can use Generator Bank, Battery Bank or a Solar Bank. The next step is to connect this power source to your preferred electrical device. Continue reading to the next point to find out how you can do this.
Now that you understand and have all the electrical items and a big enough power source ready it is time to connect them all together and get it working. In order to do so, you need a Wire Tool. You can get this item by crafting, looting or buying it off a trader.
To connect the items, you first right-click on the power source and then right-click again on an electrical item to connect the two. That’s it, it’s that simple! Note that, the maximum distance between which you can connect any two electrical devices is 10 blocks.
Now what to do if the electrical device you wish to connect is more than 10 blocks away from the power source. This can be the case when you’re trying to put up a spotlight for example at a little distance away. That is exactly the kind of case where a Relay can come in handy!
Relays are a piece of electrical equipment that can help you increase the distance between the power source and another electrical item. Basically, a Relay helps to transfer the power forward. So if you want to connect an electrical item that is 30 blocks away from the power source, then just use 2 relays in between to complete the circuit. If you have multiple items being powered from the same source, then a Relay can also help organise the wiring.
There are two types of Relays available in the 7 Days To Die world – The Regular Relay, and the Timer Relay. The timer relay, as the name suggests, is designed to be active only during a particular timing that you can set. So for example you have installed a spotlight. Now you certainly don’t want it to be on all day, that will just be a waste of precious power. Instead, you can use a Timer relay that will turn on the spotlight only during nighttime.
Note: Relays also use a small amount of wattage which must be factored in, in calculating the total power requirement of the circuit.
Switches are a piece of electrical equipment that can allow or stop the onward flow of current. There are two types of Switches available in 7D2D – Manual Switches and Automated Switches. In the case of the manual one, you will need to turn the switch On or Off manually in order to activate or deactivate the electrical equipment the switch is connected to.
Automated switches like the Motion Sensor, activate when it is triggered by a certain event. This is very useful in saving power when not required and also in controlling the wattage usage when the circuit is “resting”.
So let’s say you have set up an automated switch in between the power source and an auto turret. The turret uses 15W of power when active. However, since the automated switch is in place the turret will remain inactive unless the switch is triggered. Till then, only 5W power will be consumed by the Switch. And as you will learn, power is a precious resource in 7D2D, and it is best not to waste it!
Each switch has a wattage rating and, like relays must be included in while calculating the wattage needed by the circuit.
Note: Switches also use a small amount of wattage which must be factored in while calculating the total power requirement of the circuit.
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