Google Home Mini Charger

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Official specifications: I got it from a reader

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This charger has a build in usb mini cable and connector.

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Measurements

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Output voltage looks fairly stable, this means the charger has a cable compensation build in. The output current is way above the rated 1.8A, but below 3A.

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There is not much difference between 230VAC and 120VAC

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Running with 1.8A for one hour did not show any problems.
The temperature photos below are taken between 30 minutes and 60 minutes into the one hour test.

Temp5459

HS1: 51.4C

Temp5460

M1: 45.2C, HS1: 48.1C

Temp5461

M1: 44.0C, HS1: 51.2C

Temp5462

HS1: 52.0C

Temp5463

M1: 37.1C, M2: 41.3C, HS1: 58.3C


10ohm

Noise at 0.5A load is: 12mV rms and 370mVpp.

5ohm

Noise at 1A load is: 15mV rms and 419mVpp.

2ohm

Noise at 2.5A load is: 18mV rms and 393mVpp.




Tear down

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It would not pop open in my vice and I had to cut.

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The cable is mounted from the outside with a clip on the inside to hold it.

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The charger has a fusible resistor (F1) at the mains input, there is also a common mode coil (LF1) and a safety blue capacitor (CY1). Between the transformer and the shield is a switcher transistor.
There is a white plastic shield between the mains section and the low volt section and the transformer has the low volt wires coming out at the top.

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The plastic shield is also present on this side of the circuit board and there is some shielding on it.

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After disconnection the shielding the plastic shield could be removed.

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At the mains input is a bridge rectifier (BD1) and a switcher (U1: AP3785T) and on the low volt side a synchronous rectifier (U51: APR34309C).

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Without the plastic shield is is possible to see a corver of the switcher transistor.

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No problem with isolation distance.


The charger failed both the 2830 volt and 4242 volt test, i.e. it is not safe to use anywhere. This must be a fault in the transformer, there is not any other place where the isolation can fail.



Conclusion

The construction of this charger looks nice and safe, but for some reason it failed the high voltage check. I tried testing it again after the tear-down, but I cannot locate the problem.

The performance of the charger is fine and it has a good coding.

Due to the fail I will not recommend this charger, but I doubt it is a general problem.



Notes

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