Electrical devices are classified according to their properties using IP standards such as IP67 and IP68 for smartphones. We will explain what this means.
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Let’s dive into the realm of IP ratings: What do IP67 and IP68 mean for smartphones?
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International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Classifies equipment with an IP standard using two digits: the first describes protection against the ingress of foreign objects such as dust or sand, and the second describes protection against water. Such current models
For example, meet IP68. But what exactly does that mean?
IP67 and IP68: This is what the numbers mean
As an overview, we have summarized all IP protection classes for both digits in a table. The number which was not measured in the respective case is always denoted by X.
Number 1: Protection against foreign objects and contact
Number two: protection from water
but be careful:
All degrees of protection against water are related
Especially on fresh water.
Treated water (such as chlorinated pool water) or even salt water can cause significant damage to a waterproof smartphone. For example, remember that salt water attacks the seals of equipment and makes them porous.
Smartphones with IP67 Rating
are therefore dust-proof and allow temporary (<30 min) immersion in water up to a depth of 1 m. Smartphones with IP68
are also dustproof and can even be permanently submerged to a depth of 1 meter or more. However, in both cases, any damage such as the age of the device or cracks on the housing, which may affect the protection provided, should always be taken into account.
Is IP68 better than IP67?
A smartphone with an IP68 rating is certainly less susceptible to unplanned dives and is therefore better protected. However, it does raise the question of where and for what you want to use your smartphone. The IP standard protects against accidental falls in both rain showers and toilets, so with an IP67 rating you are well prepared for everyday life.
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