So, while raiding a lab, I found an autoclave and quickly found that I couldn’t power the thing. You need a Plutonium Heavy Battery for even one use. While continuing to explore I found a Vacuum Oven. This is smaller than an autoclave, but uses a large storage battery. Shouldn’t an autoclave use the same?
They are both semi portable (it’s not a backpack autoclave) and too large to use as a hand tool. I believe the problem is one of legacy. Back when autoclaves were first introduced a heavy battery was able to work for it, but then a reality pass happened and someone looked at the actual power use of one. I very much agree with doing this, btw, as the realism in the game is something I appreciate. The problem is that the realism pass ended there. In real life tools have battery capacity designed on expected use. A Maglight that uses a AA battery is a small pen light, the skull crackers used by security guards use D cells.
In a world where battery powered Autoclaves exist - and a world where science labs get hidden multiple levels underground they likely would - those autoclaves should have batteries up to the task. It’s also in line with other semi portable equipment.
I might just change the JSON, it’s a simple edit.