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Welcome to FTB Wiki's Guide to Immersive Engineering Wiring.

This guide was written as of Immersive Engineering v4.2.4-134. There have been only a few changes to the mechanics over the years.

Immersive Engineering wiring is meant to look and feel like AC electrical systems. Playing with this mod is a fun way to learn an approximation of how real-world powerlines work, and their working parts can be appreciated from a safe distance.

Basics

Your factory has machines that do cool things. They double ores, grow food, and even mine for you. Everything needs to be supplied with energy.

Equipment

The most essential elements of the energy-net are connectors and wires. Connectors hook machines into the energy-net, and wires bus energy around to all the connectors. Connectors can only fit one wire at a time, so relays are used as nodes between machines. Relays can support multiple wires, but they can't connect machines into the net.

Additional elements include capacitors, transformers, and breakers.

Voltage

Transforming voltages

Equipment with different voltage ratings can't mix—Wires only hooks up to same-voltage connectors.

We've got two massive devices, called the Transformer and her big-sister upgrade the HV Transformer. The idea is to use them anywhere a lower-voltage power line has to connect with a higher-voltage power line.

This guide will let you in on a secret: Immersive capacitors have these built in.

They're cheaper. They have the bonus of expanding your storage. And yes, they're safe too.

How to cause damage

The newbie electrician might imagine that when things go wrong, metre-long electrical arcs fire off and expensive machinery explodes, or maybe the factory floor catches fire. Electricity can be powerful, so the idea of overworking a power system can be scary. Immersive Engineering is generously lenient. Wires can melt, but rest assured: Connectors and machines will never be damaged.

Here are the basic points:

Connectors are grid bottlenecks, and wires are rated to carry 8× as much power as connectors do. That means you have to have more than 8 supply drawing power from 9 or more high-rate power supplies. IF there's a section where all that power passes through a single wire, then that wire melts.

Here are some cases where a power system can be damaged:

  • 23 triple–Water Wheel]s delivering power through a single LV wire to 9 machines that are drawing full power
  • 33 Thermoelectric Generators, all using Gelid Cryotheum and Blazing Pyrotheum, delivering power through a single LV wire to 9 machines that are drawing full power
  • 9 Diesel Generators delivering power through a single HV wire to 9 machines that are drawing full power
  • 2 HV supply connectors transforming down to MV.

Appendices

A. Ratings

Max transfer rates (Flux/tick)
Apparatus LV MV HV

Wires
2048 8192 32,768

Relays
2048 8192 32,768

Connectors
256 1024 4096

Capacitors
256 1024 4096

Kinetic Dynamo
256 (LV)

Thermoelectric Generator
256 (LV)

Diesel Generator
4096 (HV)
Max consumption rates (Flux/tick)
Machine Power consumption

Arc Furnace
512–6144

Assembler
256

Automated Workbench
128

Blast Furnace Preheater
256

Bottling Machine
256

Crusher
256

Distillation TowerIEP
683

Excavator
4096

External Heater
8–32

Fermenter
640

Fluid Pump
640

Industrial Squeezer
640

Metal Press
20

Mixer
?

PumpjackIEP
1024

Refinery
80

Sawmill
100

B. Glossary

Energy
Capacity to do work. This is how "full" your capacitors get. the cost of completing tasks (like smelting ingots). Immersive Engineering uses the Forge Energy (FE) system, here measured in Immersive Flux (IF), but machines also accept the functionally equivalent Redstone Flux (RF) system. Non-Minecrafters use joules (J) or foot-pounds (ft⋅lbf) as a unit.
Power
Energy transfered (or work done) over time. This is how fast machines generate or use energy, or how fast connectors & wires transfer it. Frequently measured in Flux/tick. Real unit is watts (W) or joules-per-second (J/s).
Voltage
A meta-concept within the mod. Wiring devices are rated as low-voltage (LV), medium-voltage (MV), or high-voltage (HV) to indicate their power transfer limit.

C. Wiki index


LV Capacitor

LV Wire Coil

LV Wire Connector

LV Wire Relay

Insulated LV Wire Coil

MV Capacitor

MV Wire Coil

MV Wire Connector

MV Wire Relay

Insulated MV Wire Coil

HV Capacitor

HV Wire Coil

HV Wire Connector

HV Wire Relay

Breaker Switch
 ·
Creative Capacitor
 ·
Current Transformer
 · Feedthrough Insulator ·
Redstone Breaker
 ·
Transformer
(
HV Transformer
)

Diesel Generator ·
Kinetic Dynamo
(
Water Wheel
 ·
Windmill
 ·
Improved Windmill
· Lightning Rod ·
Lightning Rod Base
 ·
Thermoelectric Generator