Hey all, I’ve been here since '06, but I went offline from 2010 to last year sometime. I’ve just recently got into solo low-sec PI for the first time and quite like it as a passive income source.
I’ve now got four alts set up to harvest everything for a manufacturing chain from P0 up to P4. I did a whole bunch of research about it beforehand, and so I think I’ve got it right but just need a sanity check to see if I’m doing anything truly daft. Note, I’m not after optimal or even fantastic, “OK” will suffice at this point but any advice that doesn’t really change my time commitments will be great.
All my alts have at least at command center upgrades 4, interplanetary consolidation 4 and varying amounts of planetology/advanced planetology. Target P4 uses three different P3 inputs.
So across my four alts I’ve got 18 planets across two systems doing P0->P2 production. Each planet has two extractors on a three-day cycle feeding 4 BIFs (buffered with storage units, for alts with CCU 5), which in-turn feed 2 AIFs producing the relevant P2 commodity. I then have one planet to do P2-> P4 which is basically three sub-factories consisting of:
- 1 x Launchpad (for inputs)
- 3 x Storage containers (one for each P2 required for a given P3)
- 2 x AIF
… so basically it’s 3 LP, 9 SC and 6 AIF on the planet. Outputs of the AIFs get buffered in another storage container before going into the HT facility, which sends output to an output launchpad.
This setup gives me 1 x P4 per hour which I can sell for =~ 3m p/u, or =~ 72m per day (65m after taxes, which in total is about 10% going to the POCO). It’s more than 10% of some outputs, but the gains on the resulting P4 balance it out.
tl;dr I’ve got 4 alts running 18 P0->P2 factories and one P2->P4 factory producing 65m isk/day after tax. I can run it for 3 days with an hour attention per day, 4 and a bit days if my buffers are full and outputs empty (capped by the P4 storage).
Does that seem legit? I know I could probably cut down on the # of planets by reducing cycle time on my mineral extractors and having 3 AIFs per planet, but I don’t want to do that.