What is an IP rating?

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What is an IP rating?

With so many different IP codes, even for the most tech-savvy buyer, understanding the specific meaning of each level can be tricky. Moreover, because of the big difference between waterproof and water resistance, misunderstanding the exact guarantee of IP rating inference can be a costly mistake. To ensure that you know exactly what each IP rating means, we have created this authoritative guide, detailing all the information you need to know about certification.

The IP code (Ingress Protection) consists of IP letters, two numbers and an optional letter. According to the definition of the international standard IEC 60529, it classifies the degree of protection against solid intrusion (including body parts such as hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact and water in electrical enclosures. The standard aims to provide users with more detailed information than vague marketing terms (such as waterproof).

The first digit - Solids.

The first digit indicates the degree of protection to prevent the enclosure from contacting hazardous parts (for example, electrical conductors, moving parts) and solid foreign objects.

The second digit-Liquids.

Protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against harmful ingress of water.

Sample IP Rating:

And this is how the IP rating is formed. For Example: IP67 means that the device can be dropped in water up to 3.3 Feet deep for half an hour, while IP68 can protect water up to 4.5 Feet deep at the same time. Both are dust-proof. Let us be clear here: the rating assigned by the International Electrotechnical Commission is for fresh water only. This means that it cannot be guaranteed not to be immersed in other liquids such as beer, coffee, salt water or soda.

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