Qi charger board analysis

I have written several postings on Qi wireless power. To get a good idea how Qi really works, I bought cheap bare Qi charger board Qi Wireless Charger PCBA Circuit Board + Coil Charging (costs only slightly over two Euros / USD).Qi Wireless Charger PCBA Circuit Board + Coil Charging kit consists ofQi Wireless Charger PCBA Circuit Board + Charging Coil without any case.  The charging coil has 10 turns in it and there is a ferrite below the coil.

Features:

1.Qi wireless charger PCBA circuit board,allows to charge for any Qi-enabled device.

2.Better for DIY, you can give it a case (not too thick) or fix it on your furniture or other devices, but please note the transfer efficient distance is only 5mm.

3.High power, quick-acting charging.

4.Over 75% high-efficient energy conversion.

5.Ultrathin,lightweight,safe and reliable.

Specifications:

1.Input voltage: DC5V

2.Input current: 2A

3.Charging voltage: 5V

4.Charging current: 500-1000mA

5.Charging power: 10W

6.Charging distance: 5mm

7.Conversion: ≥75%

8.Size: 32 x 31mm

Closeup of the circuit board electronics reveals the main ICs: 8s003f3p6 microcontroller as charge controller, LM324 quad op amp and driver transistors (two C009T and two 3401).

When nothing to charge the charger sends short pulses of low power signals few times a second, measured with scope from charger coil ends with channel CH1.

When something to charge continuous signal

When receiver somewhat off optimal location the transmitter increases power to compensate more losses

Magnetic field measurement with 6 turns test coil

2 Comments

  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What happens when two QI chargers are pressed face to face.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCEDcxDshGQ

    I was wondering what would happen if two QI chargers were pressed face to face with one powered and the other not. The active unit pulsed because it was not getting a response from a receiver, but the pulses were picked up by the inactive transmitter and made its indicator LED blink. It didn’t do any harm to either unit.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Playing about with a couple of QI inductive chargers and receiver.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-so2Pm7lWI

    was wondering how efficiently the inductive phone chargers worked, so I got a couple of modules off ebay and a receiver plate to take to bits. They do seem to communicate with each other, rather than just pumping current into any coil that comes near.
    The transmitters seemed to use what appeared to be a microcontroller controlling an H-bridge driver that then drove the coil via a paralleled cluster of capacitors. The receiver had a modest amount of circuitry in it with what appears to be a dedicated QI receiver chip, possibly by Texas Instruments.
    Efficiency was 50% at best and got MUCH worse as the coils were parted.

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