IP68 – What does it really mean for your rugged device

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One of the most frequently asked questions that the Rugged SA Team gets on a daily basis is “what does IP68 mean?”, if you are wondering what it means too, don’t worry, because Rugged SA is here to clarify the difference and explain the meaning behind the mysterious rugged ratings. From the Blackview X5 smartwatch to the Blackview BL6000 Pro rugged phone, you might have seen an IP68 rating somewhere in and around our store, and no it’s not the model number of the actual device as many customers assume, but it’s actually the rugged rating of the device.The IP stands for ingress protection and according to our professional Rugged SA sales team, the IP rating of the device represents the different levels of sealing of any electrical enclosures against the intrusion of foreign bodies i.e water or any other liquid and even debris such as dust that may come into contact with your device.

Like all rugged devices there are different levels of IP protection that you can get but it is important to remember that this will be dependent on the device that you own. All of our rugged phones have an IP68 rugged rating ranging from our smallest rugged phone, the UleFone Armor Mini 2 to our biggest rugged phone that we have available in-store, which is the UleFone Power Armor 13. If you’ve already read our guide on how to protect your rugged device from water damage you will already know that before you put your device in water, the first step is to seal off all the ports. These seals are what actually makes the device IP68 rated, for example, if you compare the UleFone Armor 8 Pro rugged phone to the Blackview A100 smartphone, the make and material of the device might stand out to you as well as the size of the device, another striking difference that you may notice between a rugged phone and a smartphone is the charging and auxiliary ports that are available to the user on the phone.

On a rugged phone that has an IP68 rating, the ports are closed and sealed with removable rubber flaps, that serve as seals and protection for the device’s most important parts that have electrical bodies that should NEVER come into contact with water otherwise your device will definitely get water damage! Although there is a huge range of different IP ratings that you can get, at Rugged SA our devices focus on the main five below:

IP65 Rugged Rating: IP rated as “dust tight” and protected against water jets from any direction
• IP66 Rugged Rating: IP rated as “dust tight” and protected against heavy seas or powerful jets of water.
• IP67 Rugged Rating: IP rated as “dust tight” protected against the effects of short-term immersion (under defined conditions of pressure and time).
• IP68 Rugged Rating: IP rated as “dust tight” and protected against submersion (under conditions specified by the manufacturer – Rugged SA recommends a depth of 1.21m for a duration of 30mins)
• IP69K Rugged Rating: IP rated as “dust tight” and protected against close-range high pressure, high-temperature spray downs.

We love hearing back from you, do you have a question for the Rugged SA Team that you want us to answer? Comment down below and let us know or contact our After Sales and Support Team on 010 020 5540 for any repairs, and technical advice on support@ruggedsa.co.za

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