What is the Qi standard?
Qi (pronounced “chi”) means “life energy” in Chinese, and it is the name that has been adopted for the wireless charging standard.
The Qi standard is defined by WPC, the Wireless Power Consortium. This consortium is backed by an association of leading companies that are working on products that utilize the “inductive transfer of charging voltage.” By cooperating together, they can ensure the best possible compatibility and quality of their products.
These include both smartphone manufacturers and development companies in the automotive, electrical components, and even the furniture industries.
Members of the Wireless Power Consortium include Samsung, Nokia, Toshiba, Sony Corporation, Philips, Texas Instruments, and many more in addition to INBAY.
What does Qi mean?
The word “Qi” (pronounced like “Chi”), which means “life energy” in Chinese, is thought to provide every living being with the required amount of vital force.
The Qi standard is also based on this principle, because it proposes that battery-powered electrical devices, such as smartphones or electric toothbrushes, can be charged through contactless power transmission.
What is the advantage of the Qi standard?
All components that are manufactured according to this standard can use the technology to communicate with each other and to charge themselves. It does not matter which manufacturer produced the device. This gives you, the customer, the best possible range of choice of chargers for your electrical devices.
Whether at home, in the car or in the office, if you have a Qi charger, then it is a piece of cake to charge your Qi-compatible smartphone, for example. This means that you could charge your smartphone using an IKEA charging station at home and an INBAY station in your car. And you can do it all without charging cables!
The international Qi standard specifies a charging voltage of 5V at a current of 1A.This corresponds to the charging capacity of commonly used wired chargers. Therefore, it is completely sufficient for charging a Qi-compatible smartphone.