Consumers Seek Wireless Charging On the Go, New International Survey Shows
Consumers increasingly want wireless charging on the go, and not just at home or at work, according to the latest annual survey conducted by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).
The survey of more than 3,500 consumers from the U.S., UK, Germany, China, Japan, India and Indonesia found that consumers are increasingly interested in having wireless charging at hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, public transportation systems like trains and taxis, and other public locations.
The survey, which is in its third year, also highlighted a jump in consumer usage and familiarity with wireless charging compared to last year. As adoption of Qi (pronounced "chee") has grown and it has become the global standard for wireless charging, installations in public places have expanded, making wireless power available for consumers throughout their daily routines.
"As consumers have become more familiar with using Qi wireless charging, with more and more of the smartphone manufacturers adopting the standard, there is a clear desire for more access to the technology throughout the consumer's daily journey," said Menno Treffers, WPC chairman. "This data shows that consumers are enjoying their wireless charging experience and want to get it in more places, from restaurants and coffee shops to hotels and public transportation, giving them convenient access to power to alleviate battery anxiety no matter where they are."
With more than 5,000 Qi-Certified products available, and Qi-Certified chargers already installed at thousands of public locations globally, the WPC and its more than 570 member companies are continuing to create a broad ecosystem of wireless devices.
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About the Wireless Power Consortium
Established in 2008, the Wireless Power Consortium is an open, collaborative standards development group of more than 570 company members around the globe. WPC's members include Apple, Aptiv, ASUS, Belkin, Bosch, Canon, ConvenientPower, Dell, De'Longhi, Google (News - Alert), Haier, Huawei, IKEA, Lenovo, LG, MediaTek, Mophie, NXP, OPPO, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony, TDK, Verizon Wireless and Xiaomi.
These companies - large and small, competitors and ecosystem partners, from all parts of the industry and all parts of the globe - collaborate for a single purpose: to design and evolve the world's most useful, safe and efficient standards for wireless power. This includes the Qi standard (up to 15W) for mobile devices and the Ki Cordless Kitchen standard (up to 2.2kW) for kitchen appliances. For more information, visit www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com.