Wireless Power Detector

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Introduction: A Simple Wireless Power Detector

About: I am a retired physician. I still spend a large block of my time learning about new components, circuits and refreshing knowledge about laws of electronics. I do all these mostly using parts from old devices...

I was trying to make a simple detector to find whether a wireless charger is defective or not. This detector is a voice coil from an old hard drive connected to a LED. This appears to detect power from an electric tooth brush charger and an Ecolite charger. A 30 turn coil made from magnet wire connected to LED also will work. The voice coil appears to have the right inductance to resonate to 30 Kc, the usual frequency of wireless chargers. I am not repeating the procedure to take the voice coil out because that can be found on the web in many postings. Please see the videos. The photo shows the location of the voice coil in the read/write head of the hard drive.

http://youtu.be/rq8zK9FTAMs

http://youtu.be/IsjMysECtA4

The 1st video is an electric tooth brush charger and the 2nd is an Ecolite charger.

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    This is really interesting!

    If you wanted, you could embed those videos right into the instructable, which would probably help them get a few more views. Just a thought! :)