what does the degree of protection IPX4 mean.
what does the degree of protection IPX4 mean
When the first AirPods Pro were announced in 2019, Apple highlighted the IPX4 waterproof rating. The 2nd generation AirPods Pro received the same level of protection. However, don’t be too quick to dive in and swim with these wireless headphones.
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It is important to note that the first and second generation AirPods did not have any protection against water. And while some runners and other athletes have almost certainly used the headphones in rainy or high-humidity conditions, Apple doesn’t directly guarantee that the devices will work in those conditions. But when it comes to the new Apple Watch and iPhone models, AirPods users are left to fend for themselves in case liquid gets inside their wireless headphones.
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Can I swim with AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2 headphones?
AirPods Pro were the first AirPods that could be described as waterproof. It’s no coincidence that Apple highlighted its IPX4 rating. But what does it mean?
IP protection classes are a classification system published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). They define the degree of protection of the enclosure of an electrical device against the penetration of all kinds of things, from solid objects (including body parts) to dust and water. The class is designed to give businesses and consumers a clear idea of what companies mean when they use the term “water resistance.”
In our case, IPX4 means that AirPods Pro are resistant to splashing water. According to the CIS:
Spray falling on the casing from any direction will have no detrimental effect by using: a) a swing attachment; b) a spray nozzle.
The test is performed: a) for 10 minutes; b) without protective screen for at least 5 minutes.
In other words, You can’t swim with AirPods Pro. But if you get caught in the rain or even a heavy downpour, or splashed by a car going through a puddle, nothing will happen to the headphones. Is that enough for you, or do you need more protection against water than the IPX4 rating suggests?
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