A Mining crystal is a focusing device for a modulated (Tech 2) Strip Miner. Each mining crystal is tuned to a specific ore family. A Strip Miner with a mining crystal installed can gather more of that particular ore per cycle, than it can without a mining crystal. Mining rates for other ore types is unaffected.
A Tech 1 mining crystal gives a 1.625 multiplier to the yield per cycle for the ore it is attuned to. A Tech 2 mining crystal gives a 1.75 multiplier.
The mining crystal will also alter the capacitor need of the mining laser, increasing or decreasing it, depending on the variety of ore the crystal is tuned to.
Uninstalling a mining crystal requires use of the capacitor as well.
Mining crystals occupy a not-insignificant volume. Tech 1 mining crystals have a volume of 30 m3, while Tech 2 mining crystals have a volume of 50 m3. This makes it less desirable to have great numbers of mining crystals on board when operating.
Strip miner efficiency
|volume (m3)||Strip Miner|
|360||Modulated Strip Miner II w/o crystal|
|540||Strip Miner I|
|585||Modulated Strip Miner II with Tech 1 crystal|
|630||Modulated Strip Miner II with Tech 2 crystal|