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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.

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Qi Certified Wireless Charging

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.

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Underwriter Laboratories (UL) 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.

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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.

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How do I read the rating?

IP65

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)

Rating Graphic Description
0 Speaker with no dust protection No protection.
1 Speaker with hand on it Protected against a solid object greater than 50mm (2"), such as a hand.
2 Speaker with finger on it Protected against a solid object greater than 12.5mm (1/2"), such as a finger.
3 Speaker with a thin strap next to it Protected against a solid object greater than 2.5mm (15/16"), such as a thin strap.
4 Speaker with a wire next to it Protected against a solid object greater than 1.0mm (3/64"), such as a wire.
5 Speaker with small amount of dust getting in it Dust protected. Prevents ingress of dust sufficient to cause harm.
6 Speaker with no dust getting in it Dust tight. No ingress of dust.

Water Rating (ie: IPX6)

Rating Graphic Description
0 Speaker with no water protection No protection.
1 Speaker with water dripping on it Protected against water drops.
2 Speaker at 15 degree angle with water dripping on it Protected against water drops at a 15 degree angle.
3 Speaker with water spraying on it Protected against water spray at 60 degree angle.
4 Speaker with water splashing on it Protected against water splashing from any angle.
5 Speaker with water jets spraying it Protected against water jets from any angle.
6 Speaker with powerful water jets spraying it Protected against powerful water jets from any angle.
7 Speaker submersed under water Protected against the effects of temporary submersion in water.
8 Speaker submersed deep under water Protected against the effects of permanent submersion in water.
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