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Taptes new wireless charging pad

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by gilscales, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. grommet

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    The Nomad 2 only pulls 5V at ~1.4A max off the front USB port(s) with a single Qi iPhone XS Max mounted, so it clearly isn't delivering full 7.5W Qi to the iPhone.
     
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    Is that w splitters or directly connected without another usb device
     
  3. grommet

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    Directly. (Well, with the USB power meter in between.)
     
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  4. Kbra

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    The Taptes Wireless Charger is claiming 5W at 2A. Are you seeing that too?
     
  5. EVnut

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    The "at 2A" is somewhat meaningless. With typical 5V USB input, these Qi pads are not putting out more than 5W (at least not that I've been able to show, and I've not seen from anybody else either). So the most they could draw from the USB is 1A. It doesn't matter if the USB socket is capable of providing 2, 3, or 100A. It only draws what it needs to make 5W... which is 1A..(I'm ignoring all losses, of course)
     
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    So true! Man, when these threads started the arguments of "exact copy" and "total ripoff" were flying around rampant. Nobody wanted to hear that these were different products... because at first glance they appear somewhat similar (plastic housing shaped for the charge shelf, with a T-shape to hold the phones). The items are totally different. One is harder plastic and held together with screws. The other is softer, molded and a different profile. The main similarity- they basically work in an identical fashion because I'm all but certain they have similar Qi pucks enclosed in plastic.

    Anyway... I had one of the first Nomads (well two of them) and they both died early and were returned (the USB cables were also too short, making them difficult to plug in). My Taptes finally arrived today. And yes it took some fiddling to satisfy my OCD tendencies (I beveled the top edge, installed the rubber nubbins in the correct location (why doesn't it come with the feet molded in??) and then stuck some foam between the removable bar (the factory Tesla part that holds the charge cable in) and the lowest edge of the charge pad. This foam holds the pad down tight to the shelf, and prevents all rattling. Works like a champ. Consumes 5W from a 5V USB outlet... as long as the outlet is capable of 1A. Some of that 5W gets into the phone via magic.

    It looks good enough. It works well enough. I'm done screwing around with these things. Until the market catches up with max charge rates for our phones from typical USB outlets... this will do.
     
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  7. Kbra

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    Some phone manufacturers are limiting the charger rates unless it's "their" charger. Like Google....
     
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    Anybody have issues with using Waze while charging? I have a iPhone X and Waze navigation doesn’t work properly when my phone is laying on the Tapates charger. Instead of a directional arrow, it’s a dot. The dot moves but it’s choppy like navigating using a web browser instead of an app. When I remove my phone from the charger Waze starts to work properly again.
     
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    Was thinking the same approach but hoping you’d be the tip of the spear and let us know! :)
     
  10. EVnut

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    I only finished with fine paper. I took it down with 60 grit. There's a surprising amount of material. I beveled it pretty well, and had no issues.
     
  11. agarabaghi

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    That is around 7watts.... so your pretty close.
     
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    Works fine on my Pixel 3 daily
     
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    You're going to want to make sure to use a bank that has passthru though.
     
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    This one is $47 on Amazon. Have you seen others? I don't know exactly what to search for to find ones with passthrough

    I don't really think i need 26,800 mah, because it's not going to drain that fast when something isn't drawing power.
     
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    The tricky part is the passthru feature. @buddhra may know of lower capacity options. He did a lot of research in this atea...
     
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    I've yet to find the perfect pack that has all 4 features:

    1) At least 2 USB ports
    2) Pass-through (simultaneous charge & discharge)
    3) No power button or switch
    4) Quickcharge 2.0/3.0

    The one @Kbra linked has the first 3 and works great for fast wired charging, but only supports 5W wireless charging. It's a little larger than is necessary, but it fits fine in the space and I'm not carrying it around anyway, so that's what I'm using.
     
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  19. zapbranighan

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    Unfortunately this is how Waze looks when laying on the charger. No GPS.
     

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    Just confirmed a Quick Charge 3.0 12V plug will allow the pads to fast wireless charge a Galaxy S9. I ordered a one meter usb extension cord from Amazon and will be following this video upon arrival.

     

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