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 hundreds of 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 using reasonable and non-discriminating terms (RAND).
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 Steering Group. IEEE-ISTO is contracted to provide administration for the Consortium.
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. There are now over 70 models of phones that are Qi-enabled from leading manufacturers like Google, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony and others.
WPC is a global consortium based in the United States. The administrative support of the Wireless Power Consortium is provided by IEEE-ISTO in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Any company can join WPC.
Membership requires signing two original membership agreements and paying the membership dues. To become a WPC member, go to our How to Join page.
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.
The current fees are on the How to Join page.
A small business with annual dues of less than $10,000,000 USD can join the Wireless Power Consortium at a discounted rate.
WPC has three levels of memberships.
Associate membership applications are approved automatically. The WPC Steering Group decides the approval of applications for regular and full membership.
Associate applications take about two weeks and Regular applications may take longer.
Associate members may participate in work groups that are open to all members (Promotion work groups, Infrastructure Applications Group and the Cordless Kitchen Work Group).
No. You would need to apply as an Associate or Full member. It may be possible to increase the maximum number of companies in a specific profile in the future.
No. Member companies may request user accounts for their employees to access the confidential members area website.
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.
No, only members can use the logo. See the rules on the website here.
Certification is available only for members
It will depend on the schedule of the test lab you selected.
The cost depends on the test lab you selected.
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.
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.
No. WPC does not sell products. Our members sell Qi products. The certified products database may be seen here.