In "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" Anakin Skywalker participates in a race on Tatooine with his podracer to make some money to buy a hyper drive for Queen Amadala's ship and earn his freedom from slavery. Somehow he managed to win the Race.

My question is: What is the power source used in the podracer?


Rocket fuel

We know that the Pod uses fuel:

Anakin’s sudden wrenching of his Pod’s steering took him spinning away into the midday, off course and out of control. He pulled back on the steering, eased off on the thrusters, cut the fuel supply to the big engines, and watched the ground rise up to meet him in a rush of sand and reflected light.

The Phantom Menace (Terry Brooks)

And further:

Anakin closed on them, drawing away from Mawhonic and Gasgano. People said what they wanted about Watto—and there was plenty to say that wasn’t good—but he had an eye for Podracers. The big engines jumped obediently as Anakin fed fuel into the thrusters, and in seconds he was drawing alongside Sebulba’s split-X.

The Phantom Menace

Specifically, it uses rocket fuel:

Control cables ran from the Pod to the engines, and energy binders locked the engines to each other. If any part of the three struck something solid, the whole of the assembly would collapse in a splintering of metal and a fiery wash of rocket fuel. If any part broke free, it was all over.

The Phantom Menace


In PhantomMenace, Qui-Gon gives Anakin a power source and ask him to use it for the upcoming pod race. The power source used specifically in Anakin's podracer, provided by Qui-Gon, that gave him the edge to win the race was most probably kyber krystals.

  • Do you have any evidence? The accepted answer does, and the evidence contradicts your point of view. – Gallifreyan Dec 29 '16 at 19:32
  • Qui-Gon does hand him something but everything else in the answer is speculation I believe – NKCampbell Dec 29 '16 at 19:40
  • Qui-Gon gave him the power cell from his lightsaber ("Qui-Gon Jinn appeared at his shoulder. “He handed the boy a small, bulky cylinder. “Use this power pack. I picked it up earlier in the day. Watto has less need for it than you.” One corner of his mouth twitched in a mix of embarrassment and amusement. Anakin knew the value of a power pack. How the Jedi had managed to secure one from under Watto’s nose, he had no idea and no interest in finding out. “Yes, sir!” he beamed.") - As far as I'm aware, those cells are not powered by Kyber crystals. Those are found elsewhere in the lightsaber. – Valorum Dec 29 '16 at 21:00
  • Kyber crystals seem quite improbable. – Adamant Dec 29 '16 at 21:05

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