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What is IP Rating?

MItchell Elworthy

IP CHART

An IP (Ingress Protection) Chart is an international protection rating chart that informs us how resistant a product is to solids and liquids.

IP Rating First Digit
The First digit is the indication for the protection rating a product has against solids. This ranges from protection level 1 - 6 and indicates from 50mm solid penetration to dust particle penetration.

IP Rating Second Digit
The Second digit indicates how resistant a product is to liquid penetration. This ranges from 1 - 8 and indicates from falling water to immersion or long periods of time. 

IP Ratings Guide

First Digit:
Degree of protection against Solid Objects or Dust
Second Digit:
Degree of protection against Moisture

1

1x

Protected against a solid object greater than 50mm

 

1

x1

Resistance against vertically falling water.

2

2x

Protected against a solid object greater than 12.5mm

 

2

x2

Resistance against falling water at a 15° angle.

3

3x

Protected against a solid object greater than 2.5mm

 

3

x3

Resistance against water spraying at a 60° angle.

4

4x

Protected against a solid object greater than 1mm

 

4

x4

Resistance against water spraying from all angles.

5

5x

Limited protection against dust won't interfere with the operation of equipment 2-8 hours

 

5

x5

Resistance against High pressure water at all angles.

6

6x

Dust tight. 2-8 hours

 

6

x6

Resistance against High pressure water and heavy seas at all angles.

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7

x7

Resistance against Immersion.

15cm - 1m up to 30 minutes.

 

8

x8

Resistance against Immersion for long periods of time.

 

 

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