This week we answer questions on dust proof-ness if there is such a word!! Our Q&A summary of the week covers the most topical and popular issues and questions we encounter. It’s eclectic but it’s worth sharing so don’t forget that if you have a question then just let us know via twitter on @ruggedandmobile or using #RAMQQ or using Facebook.
1. Why does the IP scale go from 0 when we only look at IP5 and 6?
I’m not actually 100% sure, despite doing some research on this one but the answer is probably that IP rating was originally created for large machinery and specifically where you could get arms and legs tangled up in it. As dust became an issue in mobile devices, the IP rating was expanded to naturally cater for it.
2. Are there any dust proof portable printers?
Yes, in fact there are a few IP54 rated printers. Check out our printer page and order by IP rating and you’ll see them at the top.
3. My rugged device says it’s IP65 but I can see dust behind the screen. Its under warranty, will it be covered?
Well if dust has got in and there are no reasons that could have caused it by dropping and cracking the device then yes, it should be sorted under warranty!
4. I have an IP67 smartphone, it’s rubbish but it is waterproof. Is it dust proof too?
Yes of course, the first number ‘6’ in IP67 means the device is dust tight. Did you read our blog on this earlier in the week!!!
5. Can you get IP rated devices without a drop spec and vice-versa and are these devices rugged?
There are a few IP rated smartphones on the market which don’t have drop specs and we would certainly not consider rugged. We also sell some “semi-Rugged” devices that have drop specs but no IP rating. However with fully rugged smartphones form the likes of Winmate and Gen2Wave coming in substantially cheaper than anything Samsung or HTC can throw out why would you not buy rugged?
That’s it for another week folks, keep sending those questions in, use #RAMQQ on twitter @ruggedandmobile or just email them in.