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Portable Refiner
Portable Refiner
Category Base Building
Type Automated Refinery Unit
Total Value 10.0 Units.png
Updated Origins

A Portable Refiner is a portable base building product.


A Portable Refiner is a portable base building product for purifying one element to create another or to crack higher unique elements to create smaller and more concentrated resources. It is the smallest of the four types of Refiners and can only work with recipes that use one resource only.

For example, a refiner can be used to refine Ferrite Dust into Pure Ferrite, but reduces materials like TetraCobalt to 150 Ionised Cobalt as well.

Some end products of the refinery tree are reversible.

Game description[]

A vital piece of planetary equipment. The Refiner allows gathered substances to be processed into more powerful and more advanced materials.

The Portable Refiner can be dismantled and redeployed for easy transportation. Note: the Portable Refiner requires fuel to operate.

Fuel sources[]

How a refiner works

The Portable Refiner has a Fuel Inverter, which requires 150 Carbon or 50 Condensed Carbon to be fully charged.


Portable Refiner can be built using a blueprint and the following ingredients:


A refiner can be used to refine or grind a number of materials. A list of these can be found on the Refiner page.

How to refine materials:

  1. Select the Fuel Inverter and charge it.
  2. Select the input slot to add material to be refined.
  3. Click Begin and wait.
  4. Select the refined materials in the output slot to transfer them to your inventory.

You must take out all input and output material before you can pick up the Portable Refiner. The remaining fuel is returned to your inventory in the form of Carbon.

Additional information[]

There are four types of refiners:


There is an exploit for duplicating items as many times as you want (this works best on a flat surface).


  1. Place one and put the items you want to duplicate
  2. Place another one in the left side with the legs edge are in each other
  3. Look into it's inventory; it should be there
  4. Go to number 2 but create it on the right side
  5. Look at the right side inventory
  6. Look at the middle inventory
  7. Look at the left inventory
  8. You can select the left inventory and take it
  9. Close the portable refiner and open it again and infinite items

Release history[]

  • NEXT - Added as a base building product.
  • NEXT 1.51 - Fixed an issue where portable refiners placed near each other would share inventories.