Technology Standards and Certifications
At 4imprint, we are big fans of the latest tech gadgets, but nothing passes through our Compliance and Merchandising teams without making sure it's meeting the highest standards of safety, quality, and compatibility.
Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is a not-for-profit organization focused on the wireless exchange of data between devices such as mobile phones, speakers, computers, and ear buds on a low-cost short-range radio frequency. Bluetooth certified wireless devices utilize this technology in their products. The Bluetooth SIG works to continuously improve its technology as identified by the different Bluetooth versions such as 2.1 or 5.0. Bluetooth Declaration ID numbers can always be verified via the Bluetooth Product Listing online database.Shop all Better Choices™ products meeting these Bluetooth® Wireless Technology standards
Qi Certified Wireless Charging
Wireless charging products marked as Qi Certified (pronounced ‘chee’) have passed rigorous, independent laboratory tests for safety and compatibility. The Qi certification program is owned and managed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and its 500+ global members with the single purpose of worldwide compatibility of all wireless chargers. Qi certified products can always be verified on the Wireless Power Consortium's website.Shop all Better Choices™ products meeting these Qi Certified Wireless Charging standards
Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Standards
Underwriter Laboratories (UL) is a global safety certification and test laboratory, developing and managing some of the highest safety standards in the electronics field including flammability, overload, and electric shock. Certified products will always bear the UL listing number which can always be verified via UL's online certification database.
Power Banks. Power Banks distributed by 4imprint must be certified to the UL-2054 & UL-60950-1 standards if brought to market before 2016 or UL-2056 if 2016 or later. Power Banks that include a wireless charging feature must also be certified to UL-2738 if they are not Qi certified.
Wall Chargers. Wall chargers distributed by 4imprint must be certified to the UL-60950-1 standard.Shop all Better Choices™ products meeting these Underwriter Laboratories standards
Water and Dust Proof (IP) Ratings
The Ingress Protection (IP) rating standard (IEC 60529) was developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission to help grade the resistance of a device against water and dust. This is particularly useful when purchasing outdoor items such as a wireless speaker that might get exposed to rain or sand on the beach. The first number indicates protection from dust and other objects, the second water. The higher the number the higher the protection.Shop all Better Choices™ products meeting these Water and Dust Proof (IP) Rating standards
How do I read the rating?
6 = DUST
5 = WATER
A rating of IP65 means the item is is dust-proof (6) and protected against water jets from any angle (5).
Not protected from solids
If the item isn’t rated to be protected from solid matter the first number is replaced by the letter “X”. For example: IPX5.
Not protected from water
If the item isn’t rated to be protected from water the second number is replaced by the letter “X”. For example: IP6X.
Dust Rating (ie: IP4X)
|1||Protected against a solid object greater than 50mm (2"), such as a hand.|
|2||Protected against a solid object greater than 12.5mm (1/2"), such as a finger.|
|3||Protected against a solid object greater than 2.5mm (15/16"), such as a thin strap.|
|4||Protected against a solid object greater than 1.0mm (3/64"), such as a wire.|
|5||Dust protected. Prevents ingress of dust sufficient to cause harm.|
|6||Dust tight. No ingress of dust.|
Water Rating (ie: IPX6)
|1||Protected against water drops.|
|2||Protected against water drops at a 15 degree angle.|
|3||Protected against water spray at 60 degree angle.|
|4||Protected against water splashing from any angle.|
|5||Protected against water jets from any angle.|
|6||Protected against powerful water jets from any angle.|
|7||Protected against the effects of temporary submersion in water.|
|8||Protected against the effects of permanent submersion in water.|