We know that the second Death Star was meant to have a different/non-existent exhaust port and when under construction it had a shield projected around it.

Other than these elements, one of which was planned to be totally temporary, do we know of any other improvements over its predecessor?

Did it have improved defences against one-man fighters? Did its laser charge more quickly? Did it have an upmarket cafeteria?

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    Garbage compactors had been replaced by more ecologically thoughtful compost heaps... Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 20:16
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    Well, it was much bigger, obviously
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 20:19
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    Related: youtu.be/zdukWtJwlPU?t=41s
    – Ellesedil
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 20:57
  • @Ellesedil Love How It Should Have Ended!
    – ThruGog
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 21:20
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    ... and a new kitchen for the cafeteria featuring Jamaican cooking. Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 21:21

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This is covered in the film's junior novelisation

However, it had none of the former Death Star’s design flaws. The redesigned superlaser would require mere minutes — not hours — to be recharged, and could be focused more finely, allowing it to fire at moving targets, such as capital ships. With a projected diameter of 160 kilometers and a substantial increase in firepower, the new Death Star would be not only larger than the original but also much more lethal.

And in the Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know" factbook which indicates that the station has double the number of turbolasers along with a sizeable complement of ion cannons

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  • Is there any reason it needed to be bigger? These things must have been half empty, surely?
    – ThruGog
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 20:22
  • @ThruGog - Lots more surface lasers. It's pretty much invulnerable to small fighters.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 20:27
  • This is interesting about the superlaser. Where are the surface lasers mentioned, because they would make more sense. What a resource drain a Death Star is!
    – ThruGog
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 20:28
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    @ThruGog - They cost a trillion credits each, sufficient to build thousands of Star Destroyers.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 20:48
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    Double the turbolasers! A wise decision.
    – ThruGog
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 21:21

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