The Difference Between Waterproof And Splash Proof Speakers

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Waterproof And Splash Proof Speakers

If you have an old pair of high end, not waterproof and not splash proof Bluetooth speakers that you have given a hard time through over the last 1-2 years, you are now looking for a replacement.

You want to make an upgrade but on a tight budget.

You scour through Amazon and Flipkart and find yourself choosing between a Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker priced at around Rs. 3000 and a regular Splash Proof Speaker priced at around 1500.

What are the differences? Which should you choose?

So lets look at some of the basic differences between Waterproof and Splash proof speakers and why they are different.

Where Water Resistant and Waterproof Part Ways

We all love listening to music when we splash around in the pool, or while we are out in the rain, but water resistant and waterproof technology makes it a little difficult to determine exactly what is the difference between the two.

The main difference between water resistant and waterproof is the depth to which they can be submerged. The IP rating gives a scale of protection, 10 being the best.

The IP rating is updated every so often. The iPhone 7 and the Samsung galaxy s8, both are IP68 rated. They can be submerged in depths of up to five and one meters respectively.

While your iPhone will probably be okay while taking a plunge in a few feet of water, outdoor speakers shouldn’t be dropped into the pool.

Another way to look at this is to think about it as a comparative chart. Which one do you think is more waterproof? A being slightly waterproof or a rating of 10? The difference is pretty drastic.

It is usually preferable to check the product description to determine its level of waterproofness. But for the most part both the levels are usually achieved with an additional IPX rating.

The iClever BoostCube is IP67 rated, which means it is dustproof and can handle splashes of water for up to 30 minutes. Note the “(only)” in that description.

Which Do You Need?

Waterproof and splash proof speakers are available in different price ranges and come from various brands. However, there are certain distinctions between these two types of speakers. So before buying them, you should remember that waterproof speakers have an IPX rating, also known as international protection code. The number in the code is the equivalent of the amount of water that the device can tolerate without getting damaged. This rating is not precise, however, and it is often not possible to know exactly if a speaker can resist real water contact. But based on the rating you should know your speaker’s capability.

Another difference between waterproof and splash proof speakers is that the former are rated to be immersed in water continuously for a long period of time. The latter are rated to resist only a few drops of water.

Splash proof speakers are designed for the use when it rains. They are designed to prevent water from entering the speaker itself. This means that you can make sure that your music will not be affected if it suddenly rains. Therefore, splash proof speakers are good enough for the use outside in moderate weather conditions.

But if you want to continue using your speaker when it is completely submerged in water, then waterproof speakers are better. It is safe to say that waterproof speakers are more likely to withstand extreme weather conditions.