A Guide To IPX
Ratings For
Electronic Devices

As some of our products (including waterproof cameras, smartphones, etc) have an IPX waterproof rating we've written this quick little guide to explain IPX ratings better so you know what they mean before you take to the great outdoors.

IPX Rating Official Description What this means
1 Dripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmful effect. Not waterproof.
2 Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15°. Not waterproof.
3 Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect. Slightly splashproof - not really waterproof.
4 Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect. Splashproof - should cope with a bit of rain & spray.
5 Water projected by a nozzle against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects. Water resistant - deals better with rain and big splashes but avoid total immersion.
6 Water projected in powerful jets against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects. Waterproof to a limit - deals well with wet weather conditions.
7 Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion). Properly waterproof - can deal with immersion in water as well as wet weather conditions.
8 The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer. However, with certain types of equipment, it can mean that water can enter but only in such a manner that it produces no harmful effects. Perfect for watersports - can handle continuous immersion (swimming) in water.
9 Protected against close-range high pressure, high temperature spray downs. Rarely seen but totally waterproof - ideal for diving and more extreme temperatures.

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