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RF charging

Wireless power transmission knows several methods with which the batteries of mobile devices, hearing aids, smart wearables, cell phones, smartphones, tablets, notebooks, etc. are charged wirelessly. In these methods, the energy is transferred between the Power Transmitting Unit( PTU) and the aforementioned Power Receiving Units( PRU).

One method that is gaining acceptance is RF charging via radiofrequency. In this method, a high- frequency carrier signal is emitted by the PTU unit and received by the PRU unit. The energy for battery charging is obtained from the electromagnetic waves of the RF signal rather than from induced magnetic fields as in magnetic induction. The PRU unit, which is located in the mobile device, extracts a DC voltage from the received carrier signal by rectification, which is used to charge the batteries. The frequencies of the RF carrier signals are in the ISM bands at 6.78 MHz or at 915 MHz. Since the frequencies used for RF charging are many times higher compared to the magnetic induction method, the components and thus the form factors are also much smaller and can be better integrated into smart devices and mobile devices.

RF charging of several different components, photo: Android Authority.

RF charging of several different components, photo: Android Authority.

The charging zone covers several meters. A similar process is used with RFID. With RF charging technology, power of up to 50 W can be transmitted over several meters.

RF charging distinguishes between near field and far field. The near field lies in the distance range corresponding to the wavelength and is characterized by low free- space attenuation compared to the far field.

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Englisch: RF charging
Updated at: 29.05.2019
#Words: 250
Links: power (P), transmission, smart wearables, indium (In), power transmitting unit (A4WP) (PTU)
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