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Need to Know: Water Resistant Gadgets VS Waterproof Gadgets

Monday, October 17, 2016 5:09
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Water Resistant Gadgets VS Waterproof Gadgets

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Water Resistant Gadgets Aren’t Necessarily Waterproof!
And that is a very significant difference to be aware of. Before you take your new gadget anywhere near water, it is extremely important to know if it is water resistant or waterproof.

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The new iPhone 7 is rated IP67. This means that it is dust proof (6) and protected against the effects of temporary submersion in water. (30 minutes at 3 feet). You can rinse it off quickly and it is ok to be caught in the rain with it. Though it is not advisable to take it into a shower or to swim with it. At least without additional waterproof protective casing.
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is IP68, and it can be submerged in water up to 13 feet. While that is a better rating, it is still a good idea to put protection on it.

The speed at which wearables market has grown, means lots of people are now wearing their gadgets, such as fitness and activity trackers, 24/7. However, you have to read the description and rating information carefully for all your wearable to make sure you know when and where they can be used. Fitbit Blaze, for instance, is sweat, rain and splash proof, but is not swim proof. The manufacturer recommends taking it off before showering, as it’s best for your skin if the band stays dry and clean. Apple Watch Series 2 is water resistant up to 50 meters. Per Apple website, it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 2 should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.
The newest GoPro camera, HERO5 Black, is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing. Though the previous version, HERO4 Silver, is only waterproof if within the specific casing. So reviewing the specs for any and all gadgets you plan to take to the water, beach, or around any liquids, is a great idea.

Also be aware that mo matter how well-built and over-engineered a gadget may be there is always a chance point where it has been submerged too long, too deep, or in water too hot or too cold, and the seals on the device fail allowing water inside. Only scuba diving watches can be advertised as waterproof. All other watches must be listed as water-resistant to a specific depth. And you shouldn’t press any function buttons on any of the gadgets while it’s submerged.

Some great additional resources:
sierratradingpost.com/lp2/waterproof-guide
hamra.com/blog/The-Difference-Between-Waterproof-and-Water-Resistant
wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code

IP Code waterproof rating system

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