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Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

There are a million tutorials on the Internet for how to transmit redstone power up and down, but that's because vertical power transfers are both really important and very counterintuitive. This quick and easy guide should help clear it up!

Upward Power Transfer

Transferring redstone power up and down requires different mechanisms due to the mechanics of the game. Transferring upward means that your power source is on the ground, and you want to provide power to something above you. Upward power is also the easiest one to remember!

Step 1 Start with a block on the ground

Any block will suffice. It doesn't matter what type, provided that it can conduct power (so no glass).

Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

Step 2 Put a redstone torch on top of it

As the name says, stick a redstone torch on top of the block. 

Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

Step 3 Put another block on top of that

Place a block on top of the torch.

Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

Step 4 Either finish or keep going

At this point, you can put redstone on top of that block, and you'll be done. You may notice that the redstone on top of the block is powered. You can run that power to anywhere you'd like.

Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

Alternately, you can keep going and add another redstone torch on top of it. You may see the top torch go out, and that means that it's working. Torches turn on and off as power passes through them.

Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

Simply run your power source into the bottom block, and you're good to go!

Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

You can keep this going as high as you could possibly like!

Downward Power Transfer

Transferring power down means that your power source is up, and you want to power something below you. This is the hardest one, because it's so counterintuitive. Stick with it, though, and you'll get the hang of it in no time!

Step 5 Start with a block and a redstone torch

Choose your bottom block first, as it's easier to build from the bottom up. Place your block, and attach a redstone torch to its side. Then put a bit of redstone on top of it.

Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

Step 6 Place a block above the torch

This is often the hardest step to remember. You need to place a block above the torch, not above the block. But not directly above the torch, because there needs to be an empty space in-between the torch and the block above it. 

Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

Step 7 Repeat or finish!

At this stage, you can choose to either finish or continue. If you continue, you essentially just repeat the first block over and over again, making sure that the blocks line up with the torch below them. They can face any direction you like!

Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

However, if you're finished, all you have to do is put redstone on top of the top block and run your power source to it, like so:

Verticalize Your Minecraft Creations by Transmitting Redstone Power Up and Down

Applications

Congratulations! You can now transmit redstone power both up and down. This is useful for nearly any build that uses redstone because it's rare that you want your switch at the exact same level as your redstone mechanism.

The applications for this are nearly limitless, so go show us what you've got!

5 Comments

I'm new to this site, but loves these little tutorials. They add so much to the towns my wife and I make on the 360.

That's great, Wesley! I'm glad you're both enjoying them so much... That's why we do it! =)

hey totally add me Dr meowenstien

I still prefer the spiral stair method and only using redstone dust. Not as much delay. unless one wants delay then it's ok.

Still, this method saves blocks and redstone(?) and does not take as much space. It is harder to memorize though.

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