With phones, tablets and wearables becoming much more resistant, IP certifications have been thrown around all over the news. We often hear about devices being certified with IP67, IP57 and other similar codes. What do these all mean?
It may get confusing at times, but ultimate we know the phone is somehow resistant to the elements if it has one of these ratings. Such is usually the case, while it’s not necessarily true. Phones can be very sensitive and still have an IP rating, albeit a low one.
The best part here is that these ratings are actually quite easy to understand once you know what every letter and number means. It’s basically a set of standards that tells you what a device can handle. Let’s break it down for you.
What does IP mean?
IP stands for Ingress Protection. And no, it’s not the same as your IP address. In essence, the IP certification tells you how much a device or product can withstand solid particles or liquids. In a way, it’s a more detailed way to explain resistance, as opposed to using vague terms like “waterproof” or simply “dust resistant”.
What do the numbers mean
In the IP code, the IP letters are followed by two numbers, each of which have their own meanings. The first determines the solid particle protection, while the second determines the liquid protection.
The higher each number, the more protected the device is. But they do have specific standards for each. Let’s take a look at them below. Do keep in mind some of these don’t exactly apply to phones, as these certifications are used for general purposes.
Solid Particle Protection
Liquid Ingress Protection
So next time you hear about those IP57, IP67 or whatever certifications, just come back to this guide and find out what it really means.