I have hated the fact that my phone case on the pixel 7 impacts NFC functions so much so I got really interested in reading the projects that Satur9 posted.
I don’t have a VNA scanner yet, although it’s on its way. But I am impatient. So reading back on the forums here I saw someone that just grabbed an NFC fob, ripped the old chip out and added a capacitor.
So I did approximately zero math, I didn’t measure resistance inductance or capacitance.
I had a ton of these tags from another project.
I cracked one open and soldered a 22pf capacitor in place of the chip. I then folded the capacitor over and placed it so that the bulge of the capacitor is in a hollow area of my case and the antenna is over where the antenna of the pixel 7 is.
Through sheer luck this works perfectly and I can now read and write through my case.
As always your results may vary and I did everything incorrectly here but had a successful result.
This inspired me to whip out my soldering iron and attempt my shot at it. The LED shines brighter it seems like, but my phone won’t read the xSIID at all, just see the normal read cycle. I’ll check it up to a successful task in the form of knocking the rust off my soldering skills onto the antenna XD
It may be that your right tail on the capacitor is not isolated to the single antenna wire. When I folded my cap over I put some paper over the coil just in case some of the enamel coating is weak and it interferes.
Oh thanks for this! I was literally just thinking of posting a thread asking about the possibilities of an NFC repeater or ‘booster’ since my phone as absolutely terrible NFC performance (on a good day I might be able to read my Apex Flex one out of every 10 tries).
This looks like an easy and cheap enough hack that even if it fails miserably I won’t care all that much.
I guess you could describe it that way, for some types of transponders anyway. Particularly the small implantable kind. I don’t think you would get any difference in range if you were talking about a full size card, in fact you might get slightly less range with a full size card. It’s more of a magnetic field concentrator then booster or extender.