Handheld CarbonExtractor is a technology that can be researched at the Carbon Proc Ctr in Tech Level 2. It costs 100 Food and 50 Carbon, and lets workers gather carbon 20% faster. It must be researched before Enhanced CarbonExtractor becomes available.

This technology is a useful way of increasing carbon gathering speed, but early in the game, the food may be better spent training workers. Once the player has trained the workers they're going to use, they can start researching gathering-enhancing technologies like this.

"Workers will extract carbon from trees or carbon deposits at a significantly faster rate once you research this Tech Level 2 technology from your Carbon Processing Centre."
—Manual description