You might have encountered this term “IP Rating” many a time while purchasing a Bluetooth Speakers, Headphone or Earbuds.
We know you might say, “Yeah, IP rating determines the durability of the product against dust or water.”
But Today, we will take a closer look at understanding what IP ratings mean in Bluetooth Speakers and Headphones.
You might have noticed that not all IP rated products provide the same kind of protection. There are various types of IP ratings that devices can have. We’ll learn how to decode them to understand which one has what kind of protection to offer.
By the end of this article, you will be able to differentiate between IP ratings which will, in turn, help you make the right decision while buying a new gadget.
So without any further ado.
What is an IP rating?
The term IP stands for Ingress Protection Code but often also referred to as International Protection Code. This is used to determine the capability of the product to resist and stop elements like Water, Sand, or Dust which is more likely to damage the device it may enter.
How many times have you stopped yourself from going out in the rain because your gadget might get damaged? But in case your device is water-resistant you’ll worry no more.
The international standards created for a device to qualify an IP rating through rigorous testing ensures credibility.
Most Brands follow these practices to ensure that their products are more likely to be durable and long-lasting.
Decoding the IP Code
An IP rating determines how much protection does a device has against water or dust. But not all products, in particular, are meant to resist both Solid or liquid elements.
There are multiple variants of IP ratings/code but to understand which one offers which type of protection you need to dig deeper.
Don’t worry it’s not that difficult to understand. As you know that the terms “IP” is followed by two Digits.
The First Digit of the IP rating denotes the protection against Solid elements like Dust or Sand. Once your product is tested, the rating may range from 1 to 6, the higher the better.
While the second digit helps you understand the protection against liquids like water or sweat. The Best protected device would have a rating of 8 on a scale of 1 to 8.
In case your device is only tested for any one of these elements than “X” will replace that position of the other digit. For example, Ultimate Ears Wonderboom has an IPX7 rating which means it is well protected against water immersion up to 1 meter for up to 30 mins. But does not have any certified protection against solid particles.
Importance of IP rating
As we are surrounded by gadgets throughout our day chances are that we might accidentally damage them by spilling a cup of coffee or water.
Many of us have to carry our headphones or speaker outdoor for different reasons and the devices may come in contact with water or dust.
No matter which Branded device you use, all of them are prone to foreign elements that can damage the delicate circuits of the device.
Not only outdoors but if your device does not have an IP rating, you will need to protect indoors as well. Otherwise, you will have to pay for the expenses incurred by the damages.
Electronic gadgets are at much higher risk in India because of the temperature and dusty atmosphere. Hence, IP rated device is a must for the Indian consumers.
It’s not like, you need to have a fairly large budget so that you can buy one. Moreover, you can try out Budget Bluetooth Speakers with IP rating fairly below a price of Rs. 2000.
Which type of IP ratings are most common among devices?
While Buying a Bluetooth Headphone or Speaker you may encounter multiple types of IP rating based upon various factors like Price, Brands, Quality, etc. Let’s discuss some of the most commonly found IP ratings that will help you make a quick decision.
As you can see that the First digit is placed with an “X” which means there is no protection against the Solid elements. While the device with an IPX4 rating can still be protected against a sprinkle of water from any direction or angle.
Just like the IPX4 rating, this one also does not have any protection against solid particles but it can resist water jets from any given direction. Most of the Budget Speakers and affordable Earphones under Rs. 1500 have at least IPX5 protection.
Again, such a device does not offer any solid protection but it makes sure that the device stays safe even when it is submerged in water. Some of the Best mid-budget speakers do accommodate the IPX7 rating. You can enjoy pool parties without having to worry about your devices falling in the water.
The devices with an IP56 rating means that it will protect your device from both Solid and liquid particles. That means it has protection against dust which can cause damage to the device along with a powerful stream of water jets.
Most of the mid-range premium speaker have this type of rating which can manage upto to protect against both Dust particle and submersion of the device underwater.
This is one of the best and well-protected IP rating that you could ask for. It offers full dust ingress and short water submersion protection for Bluetooth speakers, headphones, and earbuds.
The devices with IP68 protection offers up to 30 minutes of full submersion underwater without causing any damage. It also doesn’t allow small dust particles to enter into the device to fabricate the circuits.
When you are planning to buy Wireless headphones and speakers, the IP rating does matter a lot if you are planning to use them outdoors. But even if you will using it indoors it wouldn’t hurt getting an IP-rated device when you can buy one at an affordable price.
We wouldn’t recommend submerging the devices intentionally under the water as there are restrictions on how much depth (in meters) and time it can be functional underwater.
We hope that this article helped you understand the IP ratings so that you make a better decision while purchasing a device.
Thank you for reading!