From L1 to L16 in 30 hours and 46 minutes
I would like to share my crazy adventure with you, in order to learn whether there are faster and more efficient ways to level up in Ingress. Here is the video that summarizes my achievement:
I managed to reach L16 starting from L1 in almost 31 hours, using 22 portals modded with 4 SoftBank Ultra Link each (I call these portals "cluster portals" as they are close to each other), and fielding from these portals over a base "cake" (it looks like a hill actually, but "cake" sounds more professional and engineering) made of 40 portals linked in such a way that every single link established from cluster portals would result in a double field over the cake. The cake is made up of many single fields built over a base link connecting the 2 most distant portals of the cake.
Once all the 40 links are established from a cluster portal, I flip this portal to blue and move to the next cluster portal to establish the 40 links again, I then flip this portal too, move to the next cluster portal and so on...
I need to establish the 40 links in a specific order in order to get a double field from every link: the first two links established from the cluster portal result in a single field (the biggest field, connecting the cluster portal with portals 1 and 40 in figure), and the next 38 links give double fields, resulting in a yeld of 77 field per cluster portal (38 x 2 + 1).
The amount of AP gained every time I established 40 links from a cluster portal are:
77 fields x 1.250 AP + 40 links x 313 AP = 108.770
that has to be multilpied by 2 (Ingress Birthday period with Double AP)
108.770 x 2 = 217.540
In order to gain 40.000.000 AP to reach L16 I need to repeat the 40 link sequence 184 times:
40.000.000 / 217.540 = 183,87
In order to do so, I flipped every one of the cluster portal 9 times each, for a total of 160/170 Ada Refactors and 160/170 Jarvis Viruses, and I used
184 times x 40 links = 7360 keys (almost 200 keys for each of the 40 cake portals)
The actual numbers are slightly higher as my linking abilities were not perfect, I was tired, Ingress sometimes lagged or was bugged; so, I had to repeat the 40 links sequence some more times. After reaching level 16, I recursed again and I used the remaining keys and viruses in order to level up to L11.
It took almost 31 hours to reach L16 as I went to sleep and I helped costantinfawkes to level up from L14 to L15 during the night, but once I memorized the exact sequence of 40 links without looking on the sheet, I could establish the sequence of 40 links in just 2 or 3 minutes (when Ingress Prime was not lagging or giving bugs that forced me to close and restart the app).
If the new APEX boost will be able to provide 4X AP during Ingress Birthday 2020, it will be possible to earn 40.000.000 AP in just 8/10 hours! So just ask or write to me if you would like to know more!