This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your browser version

Please update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now



press Enter to search


How to understand your IP rating

----------- By KitSound Audio on 11/04/2019

We’ve been familiar with the terms “waterproof” and “water resistant” since we first slapped a Casio on our wrist in the 1980s. But technology changes. Now you need to understand the “IP” rating of your gadget to know how waterproof it is. Don’t worry, it’s an easy one to explain.

What do the IP ratings stand for?

It’s really simple once you know two things:

The “IP” stands for “ingress protection”. In other words, it stops things going inside. That’s it really.

The two numbers tell you how protected it is against solids and liquids. The first number is for solids, the second number for liquids. Again, that’s it.

As an example, our famous Diggit Bluetooth Outdoor Speaker has an IP55 rating, which makes it equally resistant to rainy weather, as well as bits of sand and grass.


So what is a good IP rating?

The first number (protects against solids like dust and sand) goes up to a maximum of 6. The second one (for liquids like water) reaches as high as 8.

As an example, our new Hive2o Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker boasts an IP67 rating. That means it has the highest possible rating for “complete protection against dust”, and the second highest liquids protection, which means it can be “submerged in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes”.

To put it into perspective, it has the same IP rating as the new iPhone XR


What does it mean when I see an “X”?

Sometimes you may see an “X” where the first number goes, such as “IPX7”. That just means it hasn’t been tested against dust and solids, which is not uncommon. But generally speaking gadgets are as dust proof as they waterproof. So don’t let the X scare you away.


So IP67 is waterproof then?

Well, technically strong ratings such as IP67 are more “ultra-water resistant”, as opposed to “completely waterproof”. But when the Hive2o Waterproof Speaker

can be submerged for up to half an hour in the middle of the swimming pool, then it’s plenty for holidays and beach days don’t you think?


We hope that’s answered your IP questions. We understand that tech jargon can sometimes be confusing, but we’re always here to offer a helping hand and to ensure you know your IP67 from your IP55.

Check out the Hive2o Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker now, and waterproof your music!

Posted in Blog, Blog, Design, Product News, Audio Advice and tagged 2019, KitSound, KitSoundUK, News, Technology, Technology Knowledge, Knowledge, Hive2o, Hive2o Waterproof Speaker, Bluetooth Speaker, IP67, IP Rating, Portable Speaker, Party Speaker, Summer Speaker, Outdoor Speaker, Beach Speaker, Waterproof, Water Resistant

Related Posts

The Best Artists You've Never Heard Of
The Best Artists You've Never Heard Of

The world of new music is a tough nut to crack but we think these are going to be 2019’s best bands and artists that you may not have heard of…

Diggit XL
24 Hours with the Diggit XL

The all-new, bigger, more powerful Diggit XL will play for up to 24 hours on one charge, which got us thinking, “how could you spend a fabulous audio-filled 24 hours with a Diggit XL”? Let’s ...

The Americans
KitSound x The Americans

The latest on the #MusicBringsUsTogether line-up are The Americans, the Los Angeles band taking Americana into their own hands. We caught up with front man, Patrick Ferris, on his musical influences, ...

Metallic Boom Collection
The Boom range goes metallic...

If music drives your everyday and you find the glint of a metallic accessory hard to refuse, let us steal you for moment and introduce you to an all new metallics collection that you’ll definitely ...

Favorite Gig
What's your favourite gig of all time

With a summer chocked full of festivals, events, and other musical gatherings just around the corner, we thought we would get everyone in the mood by revealing some of the team’s top gigs of all ...

How to understand your IP rating

We’ve been familiar with the terms “waterproof” and “water resistant” since we first slapped a Casio on our wrist in the 1980s. But technology changes. Now you need to understand the ...

Mothers Day Header
Give her the gift of music this Mothering Sunday

Let’s face it, there’s only so many gold necklaces you can buy your mum before she starts looking like Mr. T on Mother’s Day, and only so many flowers you can buy before turning her lounge into ...