I've noticed shield strength caries from ship to ship. I put one shield into a Luna/Sol class and its rating is 9,000+ but when I put it on the Ambassador class, it's lucky to get to 6k.
What I want out of a ship and shield combination is to be able to hang in a firefight with the Borg or some other really powerful faction.
The weapons I could care about because I can upgrade those to very rare mk. xii across the board with all the upgrades. What I do care about is powers that my boffs can dish out. Certain things I want that I can't seem to be able to get. I need a respec for sure.
So, if you could advise on a ship that can really take advantage of a decent shield, let me know.