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Waterproof Speakers . . . What does that mean?

So, you are adventurous and rough on your equipment.  For your gear that is not electronic, you expect things to get dinged up and frayed.  

Climb up a hill . . . not a problem if your canteen falls out of your pack.

Slip down a ravine . . . your pants can be repaired with that tear.

Splash some water on your phone?  Where is the rice?  Why didn't I buy that waterproof case? 

The same thing goes for our portable speakers since they are all the rage now.  They are no longer only for our desk at work.  We want to take them everywhere.  To the Beach, Golfing, Camping.  Let's just not get them wet.

So, when you read that a set of portable speakers is waterproof, what does that mean?  

Here's a handy guide to determine if that set of speakers is built sturdy enough for your level of water play.

Level

Protected against

Testing Environment

Details

0

Not protected

  • Don’t get it wet!

1

Dripping water

Dripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmful effect.

  • Test duration: 10 minutes
  • Water equivalent to 1 mm rainfall per minute

2

Dripping water when tilted up to 15°

Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15° from its normal position.

  • Test duration: 10 minutes
  • Water equivalent to 3 mm rainfall per minute

3

Spraying water

Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect.

  • Test duration: 5 minutes
  • Water volume: 0.7 litres per minute
  • Pressure: 80–100 kPa

4

Splashing of water

Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect.

  • Test duration: 5 minutes
  • Water volume: 10 litres per minute
  • Pressure: 80–100 kPa

5

Water jets

Water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

  • Test duration: at least 3 minutes
    Water volume: 12.5 litres per minute
  • Pressure: 30 kPa at distance of 3 m

6

Powerful water jets

Water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

  • Test duration: at least 3 minutes
  • Water volume: 100 litres per minute
  • Pressure: 100 kPa at distance of 3 m

6K

Powerful water jets with increased pressure

Water projected in powerful jets (6.3 mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction, under elevated pressure, shall have no harmful effects.

  • Test duration: at least 3 minutes
  • Water volume: 75 litres per minute
  • Pressure: 1000 kPa at distance of 3 m

7

Immersion up to 1 m

Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion).

  • Test duration: 30 minutes
  • The lowest point of enclosures with a height less than 850 mm is located 1000 mm below the surface of the water, the highest point of enclosures with a height equal to or greater than 850 mm is located 150 mm below the surface of the water

8

Immersion beyond 1 m

The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer. However, with certain types of equipment, it can mean that water can enter but only in such a manner that it produces no harmful effects.

  • Test duration: continuous immersion in water
  • Depth specified by manufacturer, generally up to 3 m

9K

Powerful high temperature water jets

Protected against close-range high pressure, high temperature spray downs.

 

So, there you have it. Check out the IPX rating on all of your products. If the beach is your hangout and you go to get wet, make sure to bring a set of speakers that are at least IPX6!