5V 1.2A Microsoft Japan 1621

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Official specifications:
I got it from aliexpress with the help of a reader.

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The charger arrived in a plastic bag inside the envelope.

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The bag included the charger and a usb cable.

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Measurements


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I measured the charger on both 120VAC and 230VAC, at 120VAC the efficiency is slightly better.
The overload protection trips at 1.4A, this is a good value for a 1.2A charger.

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The charger has no problem running for one hour with full load.
The temperature photos below are taken between 30 minutes and 60 minutes into the one hour test.

Temp2197

M1: 44,5C, M2: 41,2C, HS1: 51,7C
HS1 is the transformer.

Temp2198

M1: 44,1C, M2: 41,1C, HS1: 57,1C
Here HS1 is the mains switcher IC.

Temp2199

M1: 40,4C, M1: 50,4C, HS1: 52,4C
Again HS1 is the mains switcher IC. The rectifier diode can also be seen (M2).

Temp2200

M1: 39,2C, M2: 50,3C, HS1: 62,7C
Here HS1 is the transformer.

10ohm

There is not much noise at 0,5A with 7.5mV rms and 80mVpp.

5ohm

The noise increases slightly with load 10mV rms and 100mVpp.

4ohm

Even at full load the noise is very low: 11mV rms and 100mVpp.



Tear down

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I could not open this with my vice, instead I cut it open.

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The input fuse is a fusible resistor, just beside the resistor is a inductror. There is also a safety capacitor with a high ohmic resistor accross it.
The copper tape on the transformer is probably used to reduce noise.

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The transformer has a piece of plastic that goes beside the usb connector. This piece of plastic is used to move the low voltage output from the transformer away from everything mains connected and over to the usb connector.

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Between the two mains input the fusible resistor can be seen together with some specifications: 5.1ohm, 1Ws.

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Here the safety capacitor and the resistor between mains and low voltage side can be seen.
The resistor is about 90Mohm.

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On the bottom of the circuit board is the mains bridge rectifier, a mains switcher IC (With 7 pins). On the low volt side is the rectifier diode.

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The plastic shield that is mounted on the circuit board is a important part of the safety.

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As long as the plastic shield is mounted the safety distance is 6mm, but when it is removed the distance accross the gab is much less.

Testing with 2500 volt and 5000 volt between mains and low volt side, did not show any safety problems.



Conclusion

This power supply looks to be real Microsoft and not a copy/clone. It has good safety, very low noise and overload protection.
This looks to be a good 1.2A charger.


Notes

This charger was supplied by a reader.
I have changed my power meter from the Gossen Energy to a mains powered one, it is faster and more precise.

Read more about how I test USB power supplies/charger