Frequently Asked Questions
Background and Objectives
Q: What is the role of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)?
A: The Wireless Power Consortium created and maintains Qi (pronounced “chee”), the global standard for compatible wireless charging. The Qi standard guarantees that any device carrying the Qi logo will work with any charging surface that carries the Qi logo, regardless of manufacturer or brand.
Qi is backed by over 100 industry-leading companies, who support it because it allows design freedom, product differentiation, and guaranteed wireless charging interoperability .WPC also provides easy access to the essential patents.
Q: Who heads the Consortium?
A: The Steering Group is the management team of the consortium. Each regular member has one seat in the Steering Group. Working groups are chaired by individuals from a variety of member companies. The Working Groups report to the SG. IEEE-ISTO is contracted to provide administration for the Consortium.
Q: What progress has been achieved since the Consortium was originally launched?
A: The Wireless Power Consortium published the Qi low power specification in August 2009, 18 months after the first meeting. The first product was certified in September 2009.
Initially wireless charging of mobile phones required a sleeve. The first mobile phones with integrated Qi receivers were announced at CTIA in March 2011 and by NTT-Docomo in May 2011.
Structure and Membership
Q: Where Is WPC located?
A: WPC is a global consortium. The administrative support of the Wireless Power Consortium is provided by IEEE-ISTO in Piscataway, NJ, United States.
Q: Who can join WPC?
A: Any company can join WPC.
Q: How do you join WPC?
A: Membership requires signing two original membership agreements and paying the membership dues. To become a WPC member, go to About Us/How to become a member page.
Q: Is it too late to join WPC? Is there a deadline for joining WPC?
A: Any company may join WPC at any time. There is no deadline to join WPC. There is no plan to limit the number of companies that join WPC
Q: How much does it cost to join WPC?
A: The current fees are on the Membership/How to join page.
Q: Does WPC offer discount to small business companies?
A: A small business with annual dues of less than $10,000,000 USD can join the Wireless Power Consortium.
Q: What are the levels of membership?
A: WPC has two levels of memberships.
- Associate Members have rights and obligations as stated in the WPC charter, access to a Qi trademark license, early access to draft versions of the specification, the opportunity to influence the development of the specification by commenting on these draft specs, the possibility to participate in interoperability testing of prototypes, participate in working groups. Associate members have no voting rights.
- Regular members have voting rights, and are expected to make significant technical contributions. They are expected to assign at least one full time employee to make technical contributions and to attend between 6-8 WPC meetings per year in the US, Europe and Asia.
Q: Who approves the membership applications?
A: Associate membership applications are approved automatically. The WPC Steering Group decides the approval of applications for regular membership.
Q: How long does it take to become a member?
A: Associate applications take about two weeks and Regular applications take longer.
Q: Are Associate members allowed to participate in work groups?
A: Associate members can participate in work groups that are open to all members (Promotion work group and the Cordless Kitchen Work Group).
Q: Can my company still apply as a regular member even if the maximum number of regular companies in a specific profile is fulfilled?
A: No. You would need to apply as an Associate member. It is possible to increase the maximum number of companies in a specific profile in the future.
Website and Access
Q: Is there a limit to the number of user accounts assigned for each a member company?
A: No. Member companies may request user accounts for their employees to access the confidential members area website.
Logo Trademark License/Certification
Q: When do you need the trademark license agreement?
A: The trademark license is needed to use the Qi logo on any product or in commercial documents. The information can be found on Developers/Logo Trademark License.
Q: Can non- members use the Qi logo?
A: No, only members can use the logo. See the rules on the website:
Q: Is certification available to non-members?
A: Certification is available only for members.
Q: How long does certification take?
A: It will depend on the schedule of the test lab you selected.
Q: How much does certification costs?
A. The cost depends on the test lab you selected.
Q: For logo usage, who should join WPC If an ODM company is applying the Qi technology to their design, and the design will apply to their customer's (brand owner) product?
A: Either the brand owner or the ODM. Both are allowed to join.
Q: Do our customers need to sign the Logo License agreement if our company manufactures the products?
A: No. Your customers don’t need to sign. Your company would need to join WPC and sign the logo license agreement and ensure technical compliance of the products.
Q: Can a battery that uses the Qi technology be certified?
A: A battery can be certified. You have to send the battery to the test lab. If the battery passes all the Qi tests, the test lab will issue a test report and your company can use the logo on the battery.
Q: Does WPC sell products?
A: No. WPC does not sell products. Our members sell Qi products.