Bluetooth Headset IP Rating
Our new Bluetooth headphones, Puresound H100 are IPX7 rated. What does that mean exactly?
An IP rating is an International Protection Rating or an Ingress Protection Rating. It is a classification that defines the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects or water in electrical enclosures. Solid objects might include dust, fingers or body parts. For example an electrical socket rated IP22 is protected against the insertion of fingers and offers a level of protection against water too.
The IP classification starts with the letters IP and typically has two numbers that follow. The first digit describes the level of protection the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts by solid foreign objects. The second is a classification of what level of protection the enclosure provides against the harmful ingress of water.
What is the basic purpose of an IP classification?
The IP classification was created to provide a greater level of detail in describing the two factors mentioned above. Often marketing descriptions include vague terms such as ‘waterproof’. However there are varying levels of waterproof as dictated by the IP rating system.
Our Bluetooth Headset is rated IPX7. The first number has been eliminated and is replaced by the X. This is because in this instance the intrusion of solid objects is not possible, providing no element of risk. The headset is enclosed. The second number is a 7 and this pertains to the level of waterproofing. A rating of 7 suggests that you could shower with this headset, run in rain or submerge it for a period of time no greater than 30 minutes at no greater depth than 1 meter. This headset is NOT suitable for swimming.
For a full summary of IP ratings you can view the classification tables HERE.
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