We get a lot of questions about the IP waterproof rating of our AfterShokz headphones. When buying new headphones you want to know what you can do with them. Are AfterShokz Aeropex shower proof? Can you swim with AfterShokz Xtrainerz? You'll find all the answers here! We'll explain which IP rating is waterproof and how to interpret these international standards when choosing headphones.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WATER RESISTANT AND WATERPROOF HEADPHONES?
If a product is labelled as water resistant it is able to resist the penetration of water only to a certain point. Water resistant products are normally coated with a light substance to prevent splashes, rain or sweat getting in.
If a product is waterproof it can be immersed in water - up to a certain point but it doesn't mean it will be impervious to water for all depths and durations.
The Entering Rating scale (or IP Code) measures how effective a product is at keeping water out.
WHAT IS THE IP WATERPROOF RATING?
The IP Code (International Protection Rating or Ingress Protection Rating) is classified as the degree of protection provided against dust and water in electrical products. Basically that means, how good is the product at keeping water and dust out.
How do we understand the IP rating for headphones?
1. First Digit
The first digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure of the headphones provides against access to solid foreign bodies, such as particles of dust. The digits range from 0 to 6 and will indicate the foreign object size the product is protected against. 0 means no protection and 6 means dust tight.
You may notice that some AfterShokz Bluetooth headphones are marked as “IPX7”. Here, “X” is not the same as “0”, it means there is no data available to specify a protection rating with regard to this criteria.
2. Second Digit
The second digit indicates the level of protection against water entering the headphones. The digits range from 0 to 8 and will indicate if the product is protected from dripping water, splashing water, and/or immersion at different depths. 0 meaning no protection and 8 meaning protection from permanent submersion in water.
HOW TO USE IP WATERPROOF RATING TO UNDERSTAND AFTERSHOKZ HEADPHONES.
IP 55 rated
Protected from limited dust ingress.
Protected from low pressure water jets from any direction.
Air - active lifestyle and sports headphones
OpenMove - entry level bone conduction headphones
OpenComm - Bluetooth office headset
IP 67 rated
Protected from total dust ingress.
Protected from immersion 1 metre in depth for 30 minutes.
Aeropex - showerproof active sports headphones
IP 68 rated
Protected from total dust ingress.
Submersible up to 2 meters for 2 hours and tested on an assembly line at 50 atmosphere pressure.
Xtrainerz - waterproof swimming headphones
WHICH AFTERSHOKZ WATERPROOF HEADPHONES ARE RIGHT FOR YOU? .
All AfterShokz waterproof and water resistant headphones carry an IP rating so you can easily check which product is right for you and be assured that it will meet the standards you require of it.
You can feel safe wearing Xtrainerz waterproof mp3 player whenever you swim. They are suitable for swimming pools, rivers, magnificent lakes and even the open sea, as Xtrainerz are protected from saltwater. Bone conduction technology is amazing for creating high quality underwater sound so if you’re looking to incorporate music into your swimming ventures then these are the headphones for you.
When it comes to Aeropex , although you can’t swim, you can paddleboard, kayak, run in heavy rain, drip with sweat from a workout and shower with full confidence that water won't damage your headphones.
When it comes to Air, OpenComm and OpenMove the IP55 rating, whilst not as water-resistant as Aeropex or as waterproof as AfterShokz Xtrainerz will completely support your super-sweaty workout or walk in the rain.
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