What are IP Ratings for Waterproofing for Trail Cameras?


I keep seeing IP Ratings for waterproofing and weatherproofing when it comes to trail cameras, but I don’t know what they mean.  Can you help?

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IP ratings, or Ingress Protection ratings, are a standardized system defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to indicate the degree of protection that electrical equipment, such as trail cameras, have against the intrusion of solid particles (like dust) and liquids (like water). These ratings are important for bow hunters to consider when purchasing trail cameras, as they will be exposed to various environmental conditions, such as rain, dust, and dirt.

An IP rating consists of two digits, where the first digit (ranging from 0 to 6) represents protection against solid particles, and the second digit (ranging from 0 to 9K) represents protection against liquids. The higher the digits, the greater the level of protection.

Here's a brief overview of the protection levels:

1st digit - Solids:

  • 0: No protection
  • 1: Protection against objects >50mm
  • 2: Protection against objects >12.5mm
  • 3: Protection against objects >2.5mm
  • 4: Protection against objects >1mm
  • 5: Dust protected (limited ingress)
  • 6: Dust-tight (no ingress)

2nd digit - Liquids:

  • 0: No protection
  • 1: Protection against vertically dripping water
  • 2: Protection against dripping water at a 15° angle
  • 3: Protection against spraying water
  • 4: Protection against splashing water
  • 5: Protection against water jets
  • 6: Protection against powerful water jets
  • 7: Protection against temporary immersion
  • 8: Protection against continuous immersion
  • 9K: Protection against high-pressure, high-temperature water jets

For trail cameras, you'll likely want to prioritize dust protection and water resistance. A rating of IP65 or higher is generally recommended for outdoor use, as it ensures protection against dust and low-pressure water jets from any direction.

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