It is always a challenge creating new business segments or launching new technologies. In terms of wireless charging, we know that there are a great number of Qi-certified products in the world. Currently, a mobile phone can be wirelessly charged with up to 15 Watts of power.
In September 2014 BOSCH developed a proprietary wireless charging system for its Power Tools. This system is capable of transferring 65 Watts of power received through electromagnetic induction – at industry-leading efficiency levels.
Now, it is time to take the next step!
BOSCH joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) in March 2016 as a Full Member. The mission is to introduce a new worldwide standard together with companies from other industry branches within the WPC. This joint collaboration has already started and strives to set a new standard that enables users to wirelessly power or charge mobile devices that need more than 15 Watts and for which the 2000 Watt kitchen interface is too large and expensive. These consumer devices range beyond mobile phones or power tools and in the end, everybody will benefit from this extended-power standard. From a users’ point of view – a wide range of consumer products will be interoperable within this future standard. From a manufacturers’ and suppliers’ point of view, components will get cheaper since production volume will be higher and they will be available from more suppliers.
The BOSCH Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. BOSCH Power Tools develops innovative, high-quality power tools that are guaranteed to produce professional results in all fields of craftsmanship. BOSCH is the World’s first with a wireless charging solution for power tool applications. Furthermore, the system is capable of charging battery packs in different voltages classes. In the future, BOSCH and the WPC will generate certain synergies for a new higher power Wireless Power Transfer standard.
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