IPX7 vs IP67 - Which one is better?

IPX7 vs IP67 - Which one is better?

If you came here to know, IPX7 or IP67 - which protection is best for your device? First, understand the basic facts about IP.

Later in this article, we'll see differences between IP Ratings like IPX7, IP67, IP68, etc.

    What are IP Ratings?

    We'll start with the IP term. What is the full form of IP? IP Stands for Ingress Protection. But do you know how to read the level of protection of IP Ratings?

    You can see 2 different numbers after Letter IP, like IP67 and IP68. For e.g. taking IP67 here, the first number denotes Protection from Solid and the second denotes protection from Liquid and Spill protection.

    Solid protection like protection from Dust particles, while Liquid and Spill protection like protection from Water, Coffee, Tea, Soft drinks, etc.

    Solid protection ranges from 0 to 6 and Liquid protection ranges from 0 to 8 according to the material used to make the device dist proof and waterproof.

    IP Ratings don't always ensure 100% protection from Dust or water, it is just a resistance to Solid or Liquid.

    IPX7 vs IP67 - What is the exact difference between them?

    IP67 has a Solid protection rating of 6 means it can handle Totally protected against dust and Liquid protection of 7 means it is made to resist water for a short period.

    IP67 has a waterproof rating of 7, so you can use it 1 Meter underwater for 30 minutes. It has a Solid protection rating of 6 means you can use it in Dusty or sandy places also.

    While IPX7 is only protective against Water, not Dust or Sand. X denotes it has no protection from any solid material. The device doesn't tested for any Solid protection.

    So, which IP Rating you can choose on your desired device? IP67 and IPX7 both have the same Liquid protection

    But when it comes to Solid protection IP67 is Dustproof, while IPX7 doesn't have any Dustproof protection. It can get damaged by an affection of Dust, Sand, or Dirt.

    Other rating differences - IPX series, IP5, and IP6 Series

    There are so many protection ratings available according to the level of protection provided by brands like IPX4, IPX5, IPX6, IPX7, IPX8, IP53, IP65, IP66, IP67, IP68, etc.

    If you're choosing any IPX series protection then it will not protect your device from Dust. 

    If you're going for the IP5 series then it can be a big upgrade from the IPX series as it supports at least some sort of protection from Dust(Not totally protected).

    If you are choosing the IP6 series then it's totally protected from Dust.

    After that, you have to check for the second number which is Liquid protection. The following numbers show different levels of protection from Liquid.

    • 3 - Protected against direct sprays up to 60 Degree from the vertical
    • 4 - Protected against sprays from all directions
    • 5 - Protected against low-pressure jets of water from all directions
    • 6 - Protected against strong jets of water e.g. for use on ship decks
    • 7 - Protected against the effects of temporary immersion under 1m. Duration of test 30 minutes
    • 8 - Protected against long periods of immersion under pressure(like 2, 4 Meters under water for 30 Minutes)

    From the above levels, you have got an idea about the level of pressure the device can take.

    What is the difference between IP67 vs IP68?

    From checking these IP Ratings, you have got an idea about them. Both of these IP protection ratings have the same level of protection from Solid, but the difference is in Liquid protection.

    IP68 is much more protective from Liquid than IP67. IP68 has resistance from liquid under 1 Meter underwater pressure and IP68 can handle much more underwater pressure than 1 Meter for a long time.

    IP68 is better in terms of Protection from Solid and Liquid. But, it costs more than IP67, because of the materials that are used to make it Dust and Waterproof.

    Conclusion on IPX7 vs IP67 - Which one is better?

    No doubt the IP67 is better than IPX7 for resistance from Dust and water. You have to choose IP67 than IPX7. 

    But, keep in mind that Brands spend so much money while doing certain IP Rating certifications for specific devices. This makes a device much more expensive.

    Also, devices lose their resistance power over time as Water or Dustproof materials like Adhesives, Glue, Rubber, and Coating Spray.

    From the above article, if you have any questions, you can it in the comment section. We read all comments, and we'll try to provide the best solution to your issues.

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