Produced by Wattz Electronics with a low shelf life, energy cells were used for many things such as energy weapons and regular household appliances. It is a small, self-contained energy storage unit often associated with one-handed energy weapons; a single cell contains three batteries, each with a capacity of 1040.8 volts of direct current.
In Honest Hearts, a recipe for recharging drained energy cells was unlocked with 45 science added that required the use of a fission battery. With 5 drained energy cells and a fission battery, the player could convert them into 25 new energy cells.
Bulk energy cells are cheaper than the regular variant, but not as potent. The decreased voltage causes weapons to degrade more slowly while using this ammunition, but damage is reduced accordingly and there is no armor-piercing effect.
This ammunition is more powerful than standard energy cells. The increased voltage stored in the cells increases the damage output of weapons by 1.25 and has a -5 DT effect on enemies, but degrades weapons 1.5 times faster than normal.
This is the most powerful of the energy cell variants. Max charge cells increase damage output to 1.5 times normal and have an armor piercing effect of -10 DT, but the increase in voltage release causes weapons to degrade 2.5 times as fast.
Added in the Gun Runners' Arsenaladd-on, this sub-type causes 30% more damage, penetrates armor more effectively, and weighs less than the standard energy cell. The only drawback is a slight increase in weapon degradation. It requires Vigilant Recycler and can only be crafted at a workbench. This type of cell is slightly superior to overcharged cells.
Hidden Valley bunker. If you gain accepted status or higher with the Brotherhood of Steel, you will be approached by a BoS initiate telling you they have placed recycled ammunition in a box at the bottom of the entrance stairs to the L1 area. The box will be replenished randomly with energy cells, microfusion cells and electron charge packs whenever you enter L1, giving a continuous supply of energy weapons ammunition.
Despite their name, energy cells are abbreviated as "SEC" (small energy cell) at workbenches. Additionally, the drained cell sometimes left behind and the bulk ammunition box also adopts this trait, being called small "drained energy cell" and "ammo box, small energy cell, bulk" respectively.
↑ 1.01.11.2The Courier: "Energy Cells have a high expenditure rate. Some extra reserve cells could offset that." Klein: "[SUCCEEDED] HMMM. YES, I BELIEVE WATTZ ELECTRONICS TENDED TO MAKE THE BATTERY SHELF LIFE ON THE LOW END." Dala: "They certainly did. Batteries for my vib... vivisectors... would always come up short right before climax." 0: "*I think Wattz manufactured holodisks. Or was it holotapes? Never can keep those two straight. Anyway, we're out of small energy cells. Dala.*" 8: "@@[*.......]@@... @@[$((*&^#%]@@." 0: "*You have some? Why do...actually, never mind, I don't even want to know.* *And no, I don't want to handle your batteries. Just... pass them on to the Lobotomite yourself.*" 8: "@@[$((*&^#%]@@. @@[$######$]@@. @@[$######$]@@. @@[$######$]@@... @@[$######$]@@." (0's dialogue, 8's dialogue, Dala's dialogue, Klein's dialogue)