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IP Rating Guide – Waterproof and Dustproof

IP Rating Guide – Waterproof and Dustproof

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IP Ratings are an important piece of data when searching for outdoor and emergency preparedness products. As an expert in the Solar Industry, we have to ensure that all of our listed IP information is not only accurate, but sufficient in providing proper protection in the field. Today we will go over IP Rating descriptions and what exactly the various rating information means in the real world.

What does IP Stand For?

The term IP stands for Ingress Protection or International Protection Rating. This data classifies the degree of protection against intrusion of solid objects, dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical based enclosures.

IP rating is typically listed in a two-digit format, where the first digit represents protection against solids, and the second digit representing protection against liquids.

Why is the IP Rating Important?

A universal system for classifying electrical and mechanical goods provides full confidence to users that their products will offer reliable operation and proper protection. Typically, terms such as waterproof or dustproof can be used vaguely, which may result in improper use; leading to damage of the product. The IP rating allows the end user to fully understand the protection their device contains.

First Digit Rating – Solid Foreign Object Protection

The first digit found directly after “IP” refers to the protection against access to hazardous parts (moving parts, electrical conductors) and the ingress of solid foreign objects. This will range from 0 (not protected) to 6 (Full protection against dust and other particles).

Solid protection is important when reviewing hazardous machinery environments, packaging materials for goods, and protection against dust and other tiny particle ingress on sensitive equipment/enclosures.

See below an in-depth chart of each number and the corresponding protection rating:

Second Digit Rating - Liquid Ingress Protection

The second digit that follows the “IP” statement refers to the protection against harmful ingress of water. This can range anywhere from 0 (not protected) to 8 (Protection against continuous immersion in water under specified conditions stated by manufacturer).

Moisture and Water protection is typically the most sought-after feature when discussing IP ratings. In the Solar and Emergency Gear Industry specifically; it is important that products designed to be used in outdoor conditions are properly rated and protected. Be sure to review this information and ensure it’s in line with your intended use strategy.

See below an in-depth chart of each number and the corresponding protection rating:

We hope this deep dive into gear protection ratings has proved helpful and informative. As always, we are just a phone call away (877-548-3387) and are happy to offer our expertise on all of your Emergency Gear needs!
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