Does an IPX rating matter, and why?

What is IPX?


IP stands for Ingress Protection and the x preceding it’s abbreviation “IP” is the protection rating, Basically it’s an internationally recognized standard for dust and water protection for a device.

Mostly used in Bluetooth and mobile devices, for example a device with an IP68 rating refers to where the first digit “6” is the Dust protection standard the second digit “8” refers to the water protection standard, Higher the number better the protection.


Why is it important?


If a device claims to be waterproof/resistant or protected against dust but has no IP rating, it means the devices have not been tested or proven of its claims. IP isn’t a technology that is incorporated into phones but a quality assurance standard just like THX, if you don’t know what THX Certification is or why that’s important too you can head over and check that blog out too by clicking HERE.


IP standards are levels of protection given to a device where 0 being completely unprotected and higher the number denotes the amount of protection a deceive has been fitted with, example strong waterproof adessive around the screen so water nor dust enters through the screen or rubber casings around the ports and speakers in order to stop water from intruding the device, just like the 1MORE iBFree Sport with an IPX6 level of protection, where water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

To make it less confusing, below is a table complied with the different IP Standards for water and dust protection and what do they do.



 

Dust IPX Standards

What it Means

Water IPX Standards

What It Means

IPX-0

Offers no protection from an outside object entering the device

 

IPX-0

Offers absolutely no protection against water destroying the device

 

IPX-1

Offers protection from objects 50mm or larger from entering the casing

 

IPX-1

Dripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmful effect on the specimen when mounted in an upright position onto a turntable and rotated at 1 RPM.

IPX-2

Offers protection from objects 12.5mm or larger from entering the casing

 

IPX-2

Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle of 15° from its normal position. A total of four positions are tested within two axes.

IPX-3

Offers protection from objects 2.5mm or larger from entering the casing

 

IPX-3

Offers protection from a spray of water in any direction when the device is rotated up to 60° any direction.

 

IPX-4

Offers protection from objects 1mm or larger from entering the casing

 

IPX-4

Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect,.

IPX-5

Offers dust protection from dust that would be able to interfere with the normal operation of the device

 

IPX-5

Water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

IPX-6

Offers a completely dust free protection for the device

 

IPX-6

Water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

 

 

IPX-7

Offers protection from complete water submersion up to 1 meter deep for at least 30 minutes

 

 

IPX-8

Offers protection defined by the manufacturer, meaning that it’s better than IPX-7 in whatever way the manufacturer states (normally stated immediately following the IPX-8 label, stating that the device was tested at “x” meters for “x” minutes).

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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