What is IP68?

By 5 November, 2018 Other

With the release of new communications devices, both Android and iOS, many of these already meet the IP68 standard.

The acronym IP means Ingress Protection or “Degree of protection”, and has been developed to qualify in an alpha-numerical way electronic equipment (WiFi stations, communications equipment, PDAs, and celular devices like smart phones, etc.) depending on the level of protection that their container materials they provide you against the entry of foreign materials and adverse environmental conditions.

By assigning different numerical codes, the degree of protection of the equipment can be identified quickly and easily.

The IP number is composed of two numbers, the first one refers to the protection against solid objects and the second one against liquids. The higher the number, the better the protection.

Thus, for example, when a piece of equipment has the IP68 acronym as protection, we can deduce that the device enjoys total protection against dust (the number “6”) and that it can be submerged in water to a maximum of 30 meters for mobile devices (the number “8”).

The following table tells us the meaning of the IPs:

First number

0 – No protection (sometimes X).

1 – Protected against solid objects up to 50 mm ³.

2 – Protected against solid objects up to 12 mm ³.

3 – Protected against solid objects up to 2.5 mm³.

4 – Protected against solid objects up to 1 mm ³.

5 – Protection against dust, limited income (no harmful deposit).

6 – Fully protected against dust.

Second number

0 – No protection (sometimes X).

1 – Protection against vertical drops of water droplets (condensation, for example).

2 – Protection against direct aerosols of water up to 15 degrees from the vertical.

3 – Protection against direct aerosols of water up to 60 degrees from the vertical.

4 – Protection against splashing water from all directions – limited entry allowed.

5 – Protected against low water pressure jets from all directions – limited entry allowed.

6 – Protected against jets of low water pressure, limited entry allowed (ship deck, for example).

7 – Protection against the effect of immersion between 15cm and 1m.

8 – Protected against long periods of immersion under pressure.

If you are looking for the IP67 definition, you can check the post from a few years ago here.

 

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