IP67 Rating Explained – IP67 FAQs
IP67: Frequently asked questions
A rating commonly used for the kind of consumer electronics we all know and love – from flat screen TVs to portable speakers or fitness watches – attaining an IP67 rating is often an essential part of the manufacturing process. Got any questions about how it works or why your product might benefit from one? Dive into our FAQs.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about one of the most prominent electronics ratings.
What is IP67?
IP67 is one of the ratings set by the International Electrotechnical Commission to determine the level of protection a device has. It is an ingress protection rating that looks at the ingress of solids, like dust, and water.
A rating of IP67 means that a product is dust tight and watertight, when submersed in water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
What products can IP67 be used to test?
IP67 testing can be used to rate a huge range of products, from individual wire cables to small high tech products like smart watches or larger electronics like TVs. It can be particularly useful for the kind of electronic devices that are likely to be exposed to a variety of elements, like a home portable speaker suitable for bathrooms and kitchens or wireless ear buds designed for the gym.
How waterproof are products with an IP67 rating?
Products with an IP67 rating are resistant to water ingress at a depth of up to 1 meter, when submerged for up to 30 minutes. This makes it a desired rating for everything from rugged portable speakers to mobile phones – you never know when a smart phone is going to take a dip in the dirty dishwater, for example!
How does IP67 differ from IP68?
For IP67, the waterproof part of the rating is signified by the ‘7’. This lets consumers know that the device is resistant to water, even when immersed at depths of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. For IP68, the device is protected against water during much longer periods of immersion and at greater depths – these should be detailed by the manufacturer for each product.
For more information on the ins and outs of each ingress protection rating, be sure to check out our IP ratings chart.
How does IP67 differ from IPX7?
The first digit in the IP rating refers to the ingress of solids, like sand or dust, while the second refers to the ingress of water. The ‘X’ signifies no protection from dust and the ‘6’ means something is rated as dust tight. While the ‘7’ in IP67 indicates protection from immersion in water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. So IP67 and IPX7 have the same waterproof rating, but very different levels of protection against dust.
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