You may be wondering what MFi certification is and why it’s so important.


 

Here is a brief Q&A that explains a little bit about the MFi program.

 

What is an MFi certification?

MFi certification is crucial for charging/power products and accessories that are designed for commercial use. Ensuring that a product/accessory meets the Apple performance standards means that any iDevice that uses these products will be charged the right way. This is important because there are different specifications for all the difference types of Apple devices and MFi-certified products have been tested and authorized to work with all them and in the right way.

Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad means that an electronic accessory has been designed specifically to connect to iPod’s, iPhone’s and iPad’s and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.

Only MFi-licensed vendors can use the ‘Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad’ logo on their packaging, and they are the only ones who get access to Apple’s internal documentation for interfaces and connectivity. In order to become MFi-licensed as a company you have to go through a due diligence process that includes an application, credit review and requires signing an agreement with Apple that provides you with a contract number and account number. (For reference, KwikBoost’s contract number is MFi-15-02608).


What types of MFi certifications or licenses are there?

There are 2 types of MFi Licenses: a Development License and a Manufacturing License. Companies that plan to develop/help develop, but not manufacture, MFi accessories are eligible for the MFi Development License. Companies that plan to manufacture MFi accessories AND own a manufacturing facility are eligible for the MFi Manufacturing License. KwikBoost has the MFi manufacturing license, meaning we own a manufacturing facility and do product assembly in-house. The following table breaks down the features of each license:

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Why is MFi certification so important?

Manufacturers like KwikBoost pay a royalty for use of officially made iPod, iPhone, iPad Connector components, which in most increases the price of authorized accessories over their unauthorized competitors, but guarantees via a certification from Apple that their products are iPod, iPhone, iPad-safe.

We get access to the proprietary Apple authorized hardware connectors and components that are required to manufacture iPod, iPhone,  and iPad products and accessories. We also get access to the MFi protocol specification, the communication protocol used to interact with iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Again, complying with these performance standards is extremely important for products and accessories designed for commercial use.

Likewise, when we design a product and get it MFi certified we receive a Product Plan ID (PPID) that includes our MFi Manufacturing License account number and a 4-digit number string, ensuring that there is an active product plan on file with Apple that is directly linked to our company. For reference the product plan for our Apple MFi certified cables is 211621-0055. We also have Apple MFi certified charging technology and the PPID for that is 211621-0001.


 

How does working with an MFi certified company benefit you?

Many companies out there will claim to have MFi-certified products and accessories and most make these claims out of ignorance or simply because they assume customers aren’t educated enough to know the difference or what questions to ask.

The value in working with an MFi-licensed company like KwikBoost is that not only can we back up our claims, but we went through the process to become licensed so that we can provide our customers with superior products that meet Apple performance standards and have been authorized for commercial use. Our products charge/power millions of people’s devices and our customers trust that the products they purchase from us and then offer to their students, visitors, staff, patients, patrons and guests will not harm their devices or cause any issues that they might be held accountable for.

Remember, Apple devices make up over 50% of the mobile devices people carry in the United States.

Kwik Tip: Don’t be fooled by someone claiming to be MFi certified or even using the MFi logo. Make them prove it! Ask for their MFi contract number and product plan ID’s for the products they claim are MFi certified.

 

 

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The charging stations were a huge hit at our event.


The KwikBoost team was great to work with.

The KwikBoost team was great to work with and the charging stations were a huge hit at our event. Thanks again for your help!

Greta R., Aspen Institute

The charging stations are always in high demand during events.


My customer service experiences have been very positive.

I love working with KwikBoost! The charging stations are always in high demand during events. My customer service experiences have been very positive. I have always gotten a quick response and a friendly person to work with.

- Bill R., American Airlines Center

Great addition to our building


We installed the KwikBoost charging stations and students were using them the same day!

Great addition to our building. They look great, the KwikBoost graphic team did a great job with the layout.

Laura D., Tufts University

We are really pleased with the KwikBoost stands.


They are really getting a lot of use!

We are really pleased with the KwikBoost stands. They are really getting a lot of use now that students are back for the fall semester.

Shane C., Arkansas State University

KwikBoost has provided major stress relief for our patients and families!


In emergency situations, people often forget their chargers, but need to be able to keep their loved ones informed.

KwikBoost has provided major stress relief and has been a customer satisfier for our patients and families! In emergency situations, people often forget their chargers, but need to be able to keep their loved ones informed. In the past our patients and families had to leave the hospital to find or purchase a charging device to power their phones. With KwikBoost charging stations installed it alleviates this stressful situation and it is a huge relief knowing they can charge their phone in a waiting room and keep everyone informed.

University of Wisconsin Health

The students love them.


I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with our charging stations!

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with our charging stations! The students love them. They’re getting lots of use. People love that they’re mobile and I have different programs using them all over campus. Thank you, thank you for all of your help.

Margaret McKibbin - Director, OCB Student Engagement Office

We are very pleased!


The units look great and work perfectly!

We put the KwikBoost chargers out and the feedback has been very positive. The timing was great, as orientation is going on and we had a large number of people on campus. We are very pleased.

Emily M., Texas Woman's University

The KwikBoost charging stations have been a smashing success on our campus.


And have been hailed by students and faculty alike as a really good idea.

The KwikBoost charging stations have been a smashing success on our campus and have been hailed by students and faculty alike as a really good idea. Keep up the good work!

Mike L., CSU Fullerton

Popular with our customers!


Just wanted to let you know that the charging stations have arrived and they look really nice!

We showed them to our student employees and all of them are really excited. They will be popular with our customers as well.

Michele L., University of Minnesota

Our charging stations are used 24/7.


We will definitely be ordering more stations in the future from KwikBoost.

Our charging stations are used 24/7. We will definitely be ordering more stations in the future from KwikBoost. Keep up the wonderful work! :)

Carly B., Virtua

KwikBoost Products Are:


Powerful

All KwikBoost products feature at least 8 charging ports that deliver up to 2.4A per port, meaning our products can charge up to 8 tablets simultaneously at full speed.

Intelligent

KwikBoost products feature intelligent, efficient charging technology with automatic authentication of nearly all mobile devices (99%), which eliminates overcharging. Our technology also has input surge protection, input reverse voltage protection and power line (lightning).

Certified

KwikBoost products include all of the essential certifications and then some. FCC, CE, RoHS, MFi (contract # MFi-14-00074), ESD-IEC 61000-4-2 and PL-IEC 6100-4-5. MFi is especially important for charging Apple devices. Both our cables and our charging technology itself is MFi certified.

Protected

All KwikBoost products come standard with a one year warranty and service plan. We do this so that you don’t even have to think about coverage for a year, you can start using the products and offering the service and know we’ve got your back. No gimmicks, just great support.