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IP53 vs IP68 | What does IP rating mean?

IP stands for “International Protection”. It was developed by the “Comité Européen de Normalization Electrotechnique” to determine the durability of electronic devices against external influences. we often see this on phones. IP certificates consist of 2 digits. First digit refers to resistance to solids, nad second one is refers to resistance to liquids.ip 68

Means of First Digit

Digit codeProtection typeFull means
0Don't have any protectionPrevents solid objects from entering the device
1Protection against objects 50 mm in diameter or largerObjects larger than 50 mm in diameter cannot come into contact with the device
2Protection against objects 12,5 mm in diameter or largerObjects larger than 12,5 mm in diameter cannot come into contact with the device
3Protection against objects 2,5 mm in diameter or largerObjects larger than 2,5 mm in diameter cannot come into contact with the device
4Protection against objects 1 mm in diameter or largerObjects larger than 1 mm in diameter cannot come into contact with the device
5Have dust resistantDust may enter but will not damage the device
6Have dustproofNo dust can enter

What you need to pay attention to here is that if your device does not have 6th level protection, you should still be careful against dust. Otherwise, if you go to the service saying “dust got into my device, it has dust resistance”, the warranty will not cover it. But you don’t need to pay attention as the 6th level of protection includes the phrase “absolutely dustproof”.

Means of Second Digit

Digit CodeProtection typeFull means
0Don't have any protectionDevice don't have any water-proof
1Protected against vertical water dropsVertically falling water drops cannot damage the device
2Protected against water drops up to 15 degrees angleDrops of water falling at an angle of 0-15 degrees cannot damage the device
3Protected against water spraysWater sprayed up to an angle of 60 degrees cannot damage the device
4Have splash-proofSplashing water from any direction cannot damage the device
5Protected against water gushWater gushing from any direction cannot damage the device
6Protected against powerful water gushWater with powerful gushing from any direction cannot damage the device
7Withstands submersion in less than 30 minutesDevice withstands immersion in water for a maximum of 30 minutes
8protected against immersion in waterThe device is resistant to immersion in water.

Here you need to pay attention to the same thing. No level of “absolutely waterproof”. This means that when the device is got water to inside, it will not be covered by the warranty when you go to the service. Therefore, try not to let your device come into contact with water, just in case.

Which Xiaomi devices has IP68 Certificate

Xiaomi did not use IP68 certification on its devices before the Mi 11 Ultra. It only included this certificate on the POCO X1 device. However, since Xiaomi has not released this device, it does not have an IP68 certified device that was officially released before the Mi 11 Ultra. These Xiaomi devices has IP68 certificate;

Xiaomi Waterproof Phone List

  • Xiaomi 11 Ultra
  • Xiaomi 11 Pro
  • Redmi Note 10 JE

Also Redmi Note 11 JE can have IP68 certification. But at the moment there is no certainty. It is unclear what Xiaomi will do. Logically, a feature that is on a lower level device should also be on a higher level. Based on this, Redmi Note 11 JE may also have IP68.

IP53 VS IP68

IP68 is much more resistant to liquids than IP53. As for solids, we can say almost both are same. But as you can see, IP68 is still 1 step ahead. Also

IP53 features

Dusts can enter the inside of device, but it can’t damage to device. But on the water side, only resistant to water spray up to 60 degrees

IP68 features

Dusts can’t enter the inside of device. And is has resistance to immersions in water.

In addition, Xiaomi’s models produced in 2020 and later have IP53 certification. Some of these models are listed below;

Xiaomi Splashproof Phone List

  • POCO X3 Pro
  • POCO X3 / NFC
  • Redmi Note 10 / S / Pro / Pro
  • POCO M4 Pro
  • Redmi Note 11 / S / Pro / Pro+
  • Redmi K40 / Pro+ / Gaming
  • POCO X4 Pro
  • Redmi K30 Pro / ZOOM / POCO F2 Pro
  • Xiaomi 11 / 11i
  • Xiaomi 11T Pro
  • Redmi Note 9 / S / Pro / Pro 5G / Pro Max
  • Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge
  • Mi 10i
  • Mi 10T / Pro
  • Redmi 10X pro

If you want to protect your device against external factors, buy a device with IP68 certification. If it’s not your budget, at least choose an IP53 certified device. If you can’t afford to buy an IP53 certified device, definitely use a case. Also, do not use your device in humid environments and stay away from dusty environments.

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