In the Star Wars movies, in many locations on Tatooine we can see these towers, shown below. Tatooine was the home for Luke, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan & many more.

enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

As per above pictures can any one explain what these towers are? Are they some kind of communication towers or some props added to the empty movie backgrounds by the movie makers?

  • 5
    They're cover from enemy fire in Battlefront I and II (the original ones, of course. I'm not a barbarian! :P ). Commented Aug 1, 2018 at 20:50
  • @virajwije008 - the objects in question look like machines, and not structures, therefore I see no reason to call them by the misleading word "towers". When I looked at your question I was quite disappointed to see that they were machines and not buildings.. Commented Aug 2, 2018 at 16:32

1 Answer 1


These are moisture vaporators. These devices are used for collecting moisture from atmosphere that will be used as water.

From Star Wars databank,

Found on desert planets, moisture vaporators were stationary devices that could collected moisture from even the driest of climes. Though they were stationary, they included programming that offered them a binary language that could be used to communicate with droids. On the desert planet of Tatooine, edible mushrooms frequently grew on the vaporators. For moisture farmers to make a living, they would need fields of moisture vaporators, and then security systems to protect them for those who might steal their water.

These get mentioned by Luke's uncle when they purchase droids from jawas.

OWEN: I have no need for a protocol droid.

THREEPIO:(quickly) Sir -- not in an environment such as this -- that's why I've also been programmed for over thirty secondary functions that...

OWEN: What I really need is a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators.

THREEPIO: Vaporators! Sir -- My first job was programming binary load lifter... very similar to your vaporators. You could say...

Also see the same question on SFF.

  • 8
    just for clarity sake to the valid answer above - they are props and have been left in-situ in the original locations
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Aug 1, 2018 at 15:32
  • 3
    TL;DR: A vaporator is a dehumidifier for a desert. Commented Aug 2, 2018 at 3:28

You must log in to answer this question.