Starbase – How to Refill Your Propellant Tanks

List of methods to get your ship’s tanks full.

Introduction

Starbase is a game where you have to do most things manually. As such you also have to top up your “gas” tank every once in a while with propellant.

But how to do it is not explained in the current tutorial and there are more ways than one to do so.

So I try to explain different methods to refill your propellant tanks and give a short overview over their Pros and Cons.

Method 1: Refueling Terminals

On the Origin Stations exist multiple places with the following setup:

  • 1) A Terminal to spawn your ship from
  • 2) A Resource Bridge to connect your ship to
  • 3) A Terminal to buy propellant or energy (electricity) from

Here you can always buy as much propellant as you can fit, but the steps to do so are not clear.

The first guess, that you only need to spawn your ship and use the terminal to buy the propellant, does not work.

The resource bridge is there for a reason: to connect to your ship’s resource bridge.

Just connect them and you are ready to fill the connected tanks up.

This Setup is spread around the Origin stations and can be found at:

Easy Build Hall (though you need to turn the Easy Build Mode off to interact with the Resource Bridge on your ship) Starsol and without the spawn terminal: Ore Towers.

Pro

  • +Quick
  • +No need for tools
  • +Simple, as the device fields of the resource bridge don’t matter
  • +No Crafting required (and as such no Research)
  • +Can refill any tank

Con

  • -Most likely the most expensive option (compared to Ice) with 1568.16 Creds for the equivalent of 1 stack Ice turned into propellant (1,728,000 propellant)
  • -Only exists on Origin stations

Method 2: Tank Change

This method is straightforward:

  • Unbolt your Propellant Tank,
  • Replace it with a full tank
  • And bolt the new tank.

This requires you to either buy the tank from the auction house, or craft it (which requires that you have the research unlocked and a sufficiently upgraded basic crafting bench) and is therefor dependend on your research level as to how effective it is over the long run as there might not be any stable supply for ready build propellant tanks.

But it is tied for the cheapest as long as auctioned Ice is cheaper than the 1568.16 credits per stack (and you only change empty tanks), as the Refill recipe only requires Ice.

One thing to note is that not every ship has easy access to the propellant tanks. And some tanks clip with pipes such that when they are removed the pipe snaps, which might disconnect the support.

Pro

  • +Cheap (depending on Ice Price)
  • +Location doesn’t matter (if research unlocked)

Con

  • -Work intensive
  • -Tanks might not be accessible
  • -Research intensive as each tank-size needs its own research
  • -requires tools (bolt tool, possibley crafting bench with upgrades)
  • -Might lose some propellant when refilling not fully emptied

Method 3: DIY Pump

The last option is to pump from one network to another.

This can be inside the ship, can be another ship, can be a single tank with a resource bridge…

But those still require the use of one of the other two methods to resupply the network, but has the advantage that it can be used without deconstructing the ship.

The requirement is to have two distinct pipe networks, two resource bridges (to connect to each other) and to set up their device fields to FlowOut/FlowIn 1/0 and 0/1 depending on where the propellant has to flow in.

And since you can make this in 5 or fewer parts (Resource Bridge, Hardpoint, Support, Tank) you can carry a basic setup in your inventory.

One thing to note is that the resource bridge can support 50.000 Propellant every second or two. That’s why this is the slowest method.

Pro

  • +No tools required (unless refill needed)
  • +Location does not matter
  • +Does not require physical access to ship tanks (if using basic setup)
  • +Can refill any tank

Con

  • -Time Intensive
  • -Needs device field setup
  • -Can only redistribute, not add to the propellant total

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