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RF charging

Wireless power transmission knows several methods with which the batteries ofmobile devices, hearing aids, smart wearables, mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, notebooks, etc. are charged wirelessly. In the 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 using radio frequency. In this method, a high frequency carrier signal is radiated from the PTU unit and received by the PRU unit. The energy for battery charging is derived 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 the 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 technique is used with RFID. With the technology of RF charging, 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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Updated at: 29.05.2019
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