As you may have gathered from one of our recent news posts, Qi has recently become the dominant force in near-field wireless charging.
They became outright market leaders when Powermat announced at the beginning of this year that they would be joining the Wireless Power Consortium, relinquishing their efforts to provide a competing inductive standard in PMA.
As a result of this market dominance, more brands have begun to flock to the Qi standard, safe in the knowledge that as far as near-field inductive charging goes, Qi is unlikely to face any more serious competitors.
In a recent article the WPC have stated that in the last six months their membership has more than doubled, with those flocking to the WPC banner including the likes of General Motors, Anker and HP and the mobile device manufacturers Xiaomi and ZTE.
Further, in the past few weeks RAVPower has announced that their standout wireless charger, the RAVPower 10W wireless charging pad is becoming officially Qi-certified. While we were never in doubt about the quality of products from a reputable brand like RAVPower, this allows sites like us to wholeheartedly recommend the product without fear of any repercussions for consumers.
In a statement the General Manager of RAVPower Allen Fung said:
“We’re thrilled that our product has officially been recognised by the Wireless Charging Consortium, we always believe in the safety and reliability of our wireless chargers, so it’s appreciated when a unified technology body officially recognises this too.”
Due to recent additions such as this, the WPC can now boast over 1700 Qi-certified devices available on the market, ranging from charging pads, to desk lamp chargers and even car mounts. The range of products is constantly expanding all the time as we slowly witness wireless charging pervade more and more aspects of our lives.
However, it appears the real competition that the WPC still faces is no longer in the battle for the dominant inductive standard but instead for dominance across all areas of charging, such as the well-established wired charging and the up and coming RF distance charging technologies.
At CES 2018 we witnessed some of the mid and far field prospects coming from the likes of Energous with their Wattup technology and Powercast with their PowerSpot technology. Both have received FCC approval for their prototypes and have indicated they will release commercial models by 2019.
Even if these technologies are not yet capable of powering our phones, they represent the possibility of true wireless charging. For some inductive charging is still does not seem convenient enough to be worth investing in over wired charging (although we would disagree) and this is likely why we are yet to see Google and OnePlus add Qi to their phones.
Regardless of what lies ahead, one thing is for certain, wireless charging is in a better place now than ever before, with a recent IHS press release revealing half a billion smartphones and other devices shipped with wireless power in 2017 alone.
Brace yourselves for a truly wireless future, its coming and its coming soon.
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