Energous gets first FCC certification for over-the-air wireless charging

December 28, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Energous Corporation, the developer of WattUp®, a revolutionary wire-free, power-at-a-distance charging technology, has received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification of its first-generation WattUp Mid Field transmitter, which sends focused, RF-based power to devices at a distance.

Opening up a new era of wireless charging, the WattUp Mid Field transmitter underwent rigorous, multi-month testing to verify it met consumer safety and regulatory requirements. It is the first Part 18 FCC approved power-at-a-distance wireless charging transmitter, and marks a significant milestone for the consumer electronics industry – paving the way for future wireless charging ubiquity for nearly any small electronic device such as smartphones, tablets, fitness trackers, smart watches, earbuds, wireless keyboards and mice, smart speakers and more. Part 18 rules permit higher-power operations than are permitted under the Part 15 rules that have been used to approve other at a distance charging devices.

The WattUp Mid Field transmitter can deliver RF power to WattUp-enabled electronic devices at a distance of up to three feet. As the only technology that can do both contact-based and non-contact-based wireless charging, as well as charge multiple devices at once, WattUp is highly scalable and automatically charges devices, as needed, until they are topped off. In contrast with older charging technologies that allow for only contact-based charging, Energous is the only company with the ability to do both contact-based charging of devices (including fast charging large battery devices such as smartphones and tablets), as well as power-at-a-distance.

Further, the WattUp ecosystem ensures interoperability between receivers and transmitters, regardless of the manufacturer, making the entire ecosystem flexible and accessible for consumers and manufacturing partners.

"Older wireless charging technologies have received limited adoption over the past 15 years, and are confined to contact-based charging only. The FCC certification of Energous' power-at-a-distance wireless charging transmitter is a major market milestone. It opens up options, outside of just contact-based charging, to Wireless Charging 2.0 – an ecosystem where devices can be charged both, via pad and at a distance," said Stephen R. Rizzone, president and CEO of Energous. "Untethered, wire-free charging – such as charging a fitness band even while wearing it – is exactly what consumers have been waiting for. We are now in a position to move our consumer electronics, IoT and smart home customers forward at an accelerated pace."