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How High Humidity Affects Electronics

How high humidity affects electronics  and how to test it

Making electronics that can function in all sorts of environments can be tricky – so many environmental factors can test device integrity to the limit. High humidity is the sort of challenge lots of products are likely to face, so we’ve put together some advice for manufacturers.


How does high humidity affect electronics?

When it’s humid, the air is filled with moisture – and this can have some big impacts on a huge range of consumer electronics. Dampness can cause rusting and corrosion to the exterior or, if there’s a point of ingress, the interior too. Humid air can also cause electrical faults in the short term, as even small amounts of water can conduct electricity and cause shortages.

This can cause real problems in the kinds of consumer electricals that so many of us rely on every day – from ear buds to smart phones. Whether indoors or outdoors during hot and wet weather conditions, the formation of water droplets caused by humid air hitting cold objects can wreak havoc on personal technology. It can also be a big problem for products that are designed to operate in potentially humid spaces, like bathrooms and kitchens.


Testing whether your products can withstand humid environments with Industrial Physics

We have humidity testing equipment designed to help you test for exactly the kind of conditions your need your products to withstand when they’re in the hands of your customers.

C&W Humidity Cabinet

Allowing you to recreate the conditions of a variety of hot and humid environments, this cabinet is reliable, easy to operate, and has a robust construction. It is able to produce constant or cycling temperatures at high humidity and comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from 100 to 2000 liters – so there’s something to suit whether you’re manufacturing ear buds and watches all the way to TVs and large home appliances. Check out the specs of our popular C&W Humidity Cabinet.

C&W Humidity Conditioning Cabinet

Designed to make it easy to test a whole range of conditions, including variable humidity and temperature humidity as well as environmental, climatic or conditioning factors, this robust cabinet is also easy to use. It comes in a range of sizes and the microprocessor controller has the capacity to store up to seven different test methods, making this a particularly versatile piece of testing kit. Find out more about the C&W Humidity Conditioning Cabinet.


Get some expert advice on humidity testing

As well as offering you expert advice on the kind of humidity testing solutions that will best suit your product line, we will support you at every step of the way – from selection, to installation and ongoing maintenance. We also offer comprehensive training so you can make the most of your machines. If you want to find out more about how we can help you, just get in touch.