Guide / Tutorial Fuel Scoop Guide

Question: Why does it take forever to refuel after a jump?

Elite Dangerous has multiple size fuel scoops. The larger the fuel scoop the faster it will replenish lost fuel after a jump.


A quick "rule of thumb" guide before diving into the numbers.
  1. If you match the Fuel Scoop size with the size of the ships Frame Shift Drive (ie 3A Fuel Scoop with a 3A FSD) it will take about 10 seconds to recoup the lost fuel after one jump.
  2. Using a fuel scoop one size smaller (ie 2A Fuel Scoop with a 3A FSD) will double that time (About 20 seconds)
  3. Using a fuel scoop one size larger (ie 4A Fuel Scoop with a 3A FSD) will half that time (About 5 Seconds).
These values are using a Fuel Scoops max rate. (The best scoop rate you can obtain by flying deep into a stars corona.)

Now onto the numbers.

Each Size fuel scoop also comes in different grades (A-E) which increases the scoop rate by a set percentage.
Grade E to D = 33% increase
Grade D to C = 25% increase
Grade C to B = 20% increase
Grade B to A = 16.5% increase
(percentage is a close estimate , different size fuel scoops increase or decrease the values by up to 0.3%)

Each size and grade of Frame Shift Drive consumes a set amount of fuel after every jump.
Converting the "Max Fuel" used per jump from (T) Imperial Ton to (kg) Kilograms we can figure the time it takes to refuel after one jump at the maximum rate for each fuel scoop.
For the examples below we will only use the "A" grade FSD and Fuel Scoop for comparison.
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FSDFuel Per JumpConverted to Kilograms
2A0.9T914.4kg
Fuel ScoopFuel Rate (Kilograms per second)Time Per Jump (Seconds)
1A42kg/s21.77s
2A75kg/s12.19s
3A176kg/s5.19s
4A342ks/s2.67s

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FSDFuel Per JumpConverted to Kilograms
3A1.8T1828.8kg
Fuel ScoopFuel Rate (Kilograms per second)Time Per Jump (Seconds)
2A75kg/s24.38s
3A176kg/s10.39s
4A342kg/s5.34s
5A577kg/s3.16s

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FSDFuel Per JumpConverted to Kilograms
4A3.0T3048.1kg
Fuel ScoopFuel Rate (Kilograms per second)Time Per Jump (Seconds)
3A176kg/s17.31s
4A342kg/s8.91s
5A577kg/s5.28s
6A878kg/s3.47s

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FSDFuel Per JumpConverted to Kilograms
5A5.0T5080.2kg
Fuel ScoopFuel Rate (Kilograms per second)Time Per Jump (Seconds)
4A342kg/s14.85s
5A577kg/s8.80s
6A878kg/s5.78s
7A1245kg/s4.08s

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FSDFuel Per JumpConverted to Kilograms
6A8.0T8128.3kg
Fuel ScoopFuel Rate (Kilograms per second)Time Per Jump (Seconds)
5A577kg/s14.08s
6A878kg/s9.25s
7A1245kg/s6.52s
8A1680kg/s4.83s

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FSDFuel Per JumpConverted to Kilograms
7A12.8T13005.4kg
Fuel ScoopFuel Rate (Kilograms per second)Time Per Jump (Seconds)
5A577kg/s22.53s
6A878kg/s14.81s
7A1245kg/s10.44s
8A1680kg/s7.74s
 
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