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Old November 5 2008, 09:52 PM   #15
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Re: phasers - why only short bursts?

Timo wrote: View Post
In any case, what reason do we have to think that it would be a bad idea to fire full power shots into empty space? We have never really heard that this would result in a "shortage of ammo" as such. We do hear that phasers can be "depleted", but there is no evidence that this would be as the result of firing high-power shots.
Agreed - one of the supposed plus points of energy weapons is the need for just energy - no ammo stores.

Energy should still be there aplenty for a thousand or ten thousand additional high power shots - something else must be depleting the phasers.
Well we know from DS9 that there are phaser consumables on the Defiant - presumably the Ent-E has a similar device in each of its arrays, and that these devices are not "hot swappable" in combat.

...ramping between low and high power might be the worst possible thing to emitter lifetime.
It is with many other things of course.
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