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In this paper, four different power conversion methods (voltage control, duty-cycle control, frequency control and phase-shift control) are compared for wireless power transfer applications by considering the energy transfer efficiency, electromagnetic interference, stability, and implementation complexity. The phase-shift control is found to be the optimal scheme with good efficiency and low electromagnetic interference. Its constant frequency feature is also within the framework of the new international wireless charging standard called `Qi'. A high system efficiency of 72% for 5W wireless charging applications has been achieved practically.