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Have you ever wanted to build an evil lair, but found that even the best villain can’t control Minecraft weather? Perhaps you’re an industrious fellow looking for a way to farm zombie pigmen. Or maybe you’re just an ordinary builder that’s tired of your house being burned down? Well then, a lightning rod is just what you need!
Unlike their GregTech cousins, Don’s lightning rods actually prevent lightning strikes by re-directing strikes in their coverage zone to the rod. The effective range of the rod can be increased by mounting it on iron bars, effectively making large lightning-free zones.
Crafting a lightning rod is rather simple. All it takes is some iron.
A bank block is also easy.
Actually using a lightning rod is a bit more complex. Lighting is a fickle being, and capturing it requires a well-constructed rod and tower.
Lightning needs a quick path to the ground. The best way to do this is stick your lightning rod on top of a tower, like so:
You can put your lighting rod on any opaque blocks. The higher the tower, the greater the rod’s range will be. The protection area of a rod is a conic shape with the tip of the cone centered at the top of the rod. Iron is more conductive than air or wood, and is necessary to allow power to flow from a lightning rod to a bank block. Taller towers also make a powered lighting bank more effective. Any gaps in the tower will cause the effective coverage to end at that y-level. If you plan to put a lighting rod on top of a building, make sure to have a continuous section of opaque blocks under it.
Lightning bank usage:
Lighting banks collect the energy from lightning that hits the rod at the top of a tower. Each strike provides 5000RF of energy. The lightning bank itself has an internal buffer of 15000RF. Lightning is a powerful force and will easily overload a lightning bank with a full buffer, so make sure to drain the bank after a strike. Energy can be drained from the sides of the bank. Make note that the bank block acts as a ground node, so any lighting strikes below it won’t be redirected to the tower.
An example of a lightning block setup using Extra Utilities:
Along with collecting energy, lightning banks have the ability to charge lightning rods to increase the chance of a lightning strike. Providing energy to the bottom of the bank will cause it to charge the lightning rod. This charge slowly builds up, and will eventually lead to a lightning strike. The time this takes depends on the height of the tower, with taller towers being quicker to strike. Note that a natural lighting strike during the charging period will cause the rod to discharge, starting the cycle over.
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