Your Complete Guide to IPX Water Resistance Ratings
Complete Guide to IPX Water Resistance Ratings You’ve finally gotten your hands on the new water-resistant toy you’ve been eyeing, but what does “water-resistant” really mean? Can your new device only take a few droplets of water, or some time in hurricane-force showers? The IPX standard, or Ingress Protection Rating, is given for a more comprehensive look at how much water the device can withstand. 
  • IP stands for Ingress Protection and is at the beginning of each rating.
  • “X” follows as a place holder for a dust or particle rating. If the device is only water rated the “X” remains, but if there is a dust rating, then the “X” is replaced with its corresponding number.
  • The number following IPX will be the water rating.
 If your new device were to have a water rating of 3, it would be written as IPX3. If we were to add in a dust rating of 6, the Ingress Protection Rating would now become IP63. We’ve broken down the different levels of water resistance: IPX0 is not water resistant in the least bit. Once you get something with a water resistance of 0 wet, there’s no going back. IPX1 can protect your device from a couple of vertically falling water drops. IPX2 also protects against dripping water, but now your device can be tilted up to 15°. IPX3 means you can now spray your device up to 60° from the vertical. IPX4 is resistant of splashing water from any direction with no harm. IPX5 protects from water jets (6.3 mm nozzle) at any direction. IPX6 now one step above IPX5, we can throw in powerful water jets (12.5 mm nozzle) without risking harm to your device. IPX7 is when your device can finally be immersed in water, but only up to 3 feet and under defined conditions. IPX8 is protected from continuous submersion in water deeper than 3 feet.