The waterproof rating system explained: Just how waterproof should your protective case be?
You may have seen that many of the cases on our site feature an IP67 waterproof rating, but what does this actually mean in real-life terms?
It’s all well and good saying that our cases waterproof and dustproof, but without proof the words are virtually meaningless. The IP rating lets you know exactly how protective your case is, and how it will fare against damage from water, dust and knocks.
If you’re looking for the ideal waterproof hard case for your gadgets, this guide will delve deeper into waterproof ratings so that you can select the perfect case for your needs. Read on to learn more.
Waterproof rating guide
The IP rating is also known as an ‘Ingress Protection’ rating, and is usually comprised of the letters I and P followed by two digits. This is an international standard that defines the degrees of protection against damage from solid objects, dust, water and accidental contact. This rating system is used so that customers know exactly how much protection they’re getting, rather than cases simply being described as ‘waterproof’.
What does IP67 mean?
The first digit following the IP in a IP rating, refers to the product’s protection against solids, and it must be a number between 0 and 6. If this number is 0, then the case or covering offers no protection at all from solids. Whereas if it is a 6, this means that your case offers full protection against dust particles, therefore it offers complete protection from damage from solids.
Alternatively, the second digit in a IP rating, refers to the product’s protection against liquids, and it must be a number between 0 and 8. If the second digit is 0 this means that your case offers no protection at all from liquid damage. If the second digit it is 8 means that your case contents will be protected from long-term immersion under pressure.
With that being said, IP67 means that your case it totally protected from intrusion from dust and protected from water immersion between 15cm and 1m in depth for up to 30 minutes of submersion.
Read the infographic below to learn about the other IP ratings:
Waterproof hard cases from The Case Farm
Almost all of our waterproof cases have an IP67 rating, therefore no matter what you subject you gadgets to, you’ll have peace of mind that your case contents are safe, dry and unharmed.