||We don’t want you to harm yourself mining for ore bare-handed
||~ Caterina Parks's assistant Steve
The Portable miner is a small, portable version of a Miner. As the first available mining machine, It is used to semi-automate the mining process in the early-game. It is available in the equipment workshop after completing the tier 0 milestone "Hub Upgrade 1". It requires no fuel nor power, but has no conveyor belt connections and can only hold 100 pieces of ore. It mines at a speed of 20, 40, and 80 items per minute for impure, normal, and pure nodes respectively, although the interface will always say "1 per second".
Open your inventory and double click the portable miner to equip in hand. Then find a resource node, such as an Iron Ore deposit. At any location on the deposit where you have the prompt to pick up ore, left-click to deploy the miner. It will display a deploy animation, but will begin mining as soon as it leaves your hand.
When the miner is full, it will stop animating and making noise, and you must walk up to it and open its inventory with your use key (default E) and take the ore out. The miner can be picked up by pressing the "Pick up Miner" button in its inventory.
- Used to craft
It is advisable to build several portable miners in an arc shape, so that the engineer is not required to move around when interacting the next portable miner. As soon as the Storage Container is unlocked, one could build one next to it for ore-buffering.
- The Portable Miner was first shown in the E3 trailer
The Portable Miner, as seen in the E3 Trailer.
The UI of the Portable Miner, showing the mined ores. The mining speed is currently glitched, as the actual mining speed depends on node purity.