How frequent do I have to place powered rails to keep climbing at full speed?

Some people say that you only have to use the same amount from powered and non powered, but you can do like 3 powered and 3 unpowered. This is not true, I tried that out. The best way seems to be switching between powered and non-powered (one powered, one non-powered, one powered, ...), which brings a big waste of redstone torches with it. Any other ideas? I didn't test it enough to prove it.

This is NOT the same question as this one here. I ask specifically for full speed and not "minimum of powered rails/maintain reasonable speed".

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    A question being outdated isn't a reason to ask it again. It's a reason to bounty it, if the answers are out of date.
    – Frank
    Apr 9, 2016 at 13:13
  • The linked question is about the minimum requirement to climb. Correct me if I'm wrong.
    – codepleb
    Apr 9, 2016 at 16:03

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The ratio of normal rails to powered rails depends on the speed the minecart is already moving. For the sake of the question, however I am going to assume that the minecart is starting and going immediately uphill in which case (as of 1.9):

+: powered rail
-: normal rail
\: repeat

  • If you press w the whole way: +--+--+--\

  • If you don't press w the whole way: +-+--+-+--\

This is assuming that you are transporting a player, otherwise the answer is completely different.

P.S. Yes, this is for maximum speed.

  • Very nice answer. Do you have sources for this or did you try this out by yourself?
    – codepleb
    Apr 17, 2016 at 19:04
  • I did have to try this one out myself because there didn't seem to be anyone who had tried it out before me. Apr 18, 2016 at 0:19

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