In IPX7 Waterproof Rating, IP means “Ingress Protection sometimes also referred as Internation Protection”, X means not tested against solid objects and 7 means it is waterproof and can be submerged in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 1-meter.
While shopping, you must have seen many devices like speakers, headphones, torches, and much more devices that have waterproof rating of IPX7.
If you are not aware of IPX waterproof ratings early, go to our deep article and learn A-Z about IP Ratings.
Do you really need waterproof rating of IPX7 on all devices?
IPX7 certified waterproof devices can withstand 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes. IPX8 are also the same with a little more depth and time. But IPX6 are not waterproof and cannot be submerged in water even for a little while. So, if you are looking for a device that is waterproof, go for IPX7 rating. If there are extra charges for IPX8, you should not buy that because mostly you don’t need it. However, if for any special purpose you need IPX8 rated device, then you can go for it.
There are many devices such as Bluetooth speakers, Cell phones, torches, lamps, etc that come with an IPX7 waterproof rating. If you buy these devices, you can use them in water without a little fear of damage. Make sure the device is at least IPX7 because IPX6 can’t be submerged in water even for a little time.
Know Before You Go
Although we have best-understood the IPX rating and you can also read FAQs at the end. There are many other things that can protect you against fake IP ratings.
First of all, make sure that the rating is written as IPX7 or IP67 instead of IPX-7 because hyphen is not written when IP ratings are assigned. If it is IPX-7, it can be either model of that product or the manufacturer may be trying to fool you.
Keep in mind that if the device is IPX7 rated, it may not be able to resist splashes of water. If you want double protection check that the device has double ratings of IPX6 and IPX7. If it is not written in the description, you can reach out to the manufacturer for clarity. It is important when you purchase devices for outdoor use.
FAQs About IPX7 Waterproof Rating?
When you see IPX7 written on a device, you may come across many questions. So from other people searching for these questions, we have already answered them for you.
Are IPX7 Devices Fully Waterproof?
Any device which can be submerged fully in water is waterproof. You can submerge IPX7 devices in the water fully for 30 minutes, so these are called fully waterproof.
Can I use IPX7 devices during a shower?
You can use these devices during shower without any little fear. During shower, it may not be fully submerged in water and you may not take shower for more than 30 minutes. Even IPX6 rated devices are good to use during showers.
IPx7 vs IP67, which is better?
Of course, IP67 is better. IP67 means that the device is fully waterproof and fully dustproof. In IPX7, device is fully waterproof but not tested for solid objects. So, it may not be dustproof.
Are IPX7 Waterproof devices Fully-Weatherproof?
IPX7 means fully waterproof not full dustproof, mudproof, etc. IPX7 devices may not be fully weatherproof. However, if the rating is IP67, it means fully weatherproof because it can withstand both solid and liquid exposures.