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IP65 & IK10 Rating

Ensuring Durability
& Protection

In the realm of electronic devices and equipment, Ingress Protection (IP) and Impact Protection (IK) ratings play pivotal roles in determining the durability and resilience of products against environmental factors.

IP65 & IK10 Rating for EV chargers


In the realm of electronic devices and equipment, Ingress Protection (IP) and Impact Protection (IK) ratings play pivotal roles in determining the durability and resilience of products against environmental factors.

IP ratings, represented as “IP” followed by two digits (e.g., IP65), assess the level of protection an enclosure provides against intrusion by solid particles and liquids. The first digit gauges protection against solids, while the second focuses on liquid ingress. A higher IP rating signifies greater protection, with IP68 indicating a device is dust-tight and can withstand immersion in water.
On the other hand, IK ratings measure the resistance of a device or enclosure to mechanical impacts. Ranging from IK00 to IK10, these ratings evaluate a product’s ability to endure varying degrees of force, from low impact (IK00) to high impact (IK10). The IK rating system is particularly crucial for products in environments prone to physical stress, such as outdoor cameras or industrial machinery.
Understanding and adhering to these ratings are vital for consumers and industries alike, ensuring that devices meet specific environmental and operational requirements, ultimately enhancing their longevity and reliability in diverse conditions.
These are crucial in various industries, including manufacturing, outdoor lighting, security systems, and more. In this blog, we will delve into what these ratings signify, why they are important, and how they impact the performance of equipment.

What is IP65 Rating ?

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An IP rating consists of two digits, each representing a specific aspect of protection. The first digit in the IP rating refers to the protection level against solid objects and dust. In the case of IP65, the “6” indicates that the equipment is dust-tight, meaning it provides complete protection against the ingress of dust particles.
The second digit relates to the level of protection against water. An IP65 rating signifies that the device is protected against low-pressure water jets from all directions, making it suitable for use in environments where exposure to water is a concern.

Significance for EV chargers

EV chargers are often installed outdoors, exposed to the elements, making the IP65 rating particularly relevant.

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Dust Resistance:

EV chargers with IP65 dust protection prevent the intrusion of dust, safeguarding sensitive electronic components. This is especially critical as dust accumulation can lead to overheating and reduced efficiency over time.

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Water Resistance:

With the ability to withstand low-pressure water jets, EV chargers with IP65 water protection ensure reliable operation even in wet weather conditions. This is essential for chargers installed in outdoor parking lots, public spaces, or any location where exposure to water is a concern.

CITA EV home chargers,  Smart 7 & Smart 22 are now rated with IP65 meaning that the products now come with full dust and water gush resistance. This ensures protection of the chargers no matter where they are installed.

What is IK10 Rating ?

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The IK rating measures the resistance of equipment against mechanical impact, specifically from external objects. This rating is particularly crucial in environments where vandalism, accidental impact, or intentional damage is a concern.
The IK rating is expressed as a two-digit number, with “10” being the highest level of protection against mechanical impact. An IK10 rating indicates that the device can withstand a high level of force without sustaining damage.

Significance for EV chargers

The IK10 rating focuses on the mechanical durability of a device, measuring its resistance to impact. In the context of EV chargers, which are often installed in public areas, parking lots, or busy streets, an IK10 rating becomes paramount.

Vandal Resistance:
EV chargers with IK10 ratings are designed to withstand intentional or accidental impacts, providing protection against vandalism. This is especially important for chargers installed in urban environments where the risk of tampering or damage is higher.

The IK10 impact rating ensures that EV chargers can endure the rigorous of daily use and potential physical stress. This resilience is crucial in high-traffic areas where chargers may be subject to accidental bumps or collisions.

CITA Smart 7 & 22 KwH along with the DC Fast Chargers come with the IK10 accidental protection and are tested for durability through stress tests.

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For those seeking cutting-edge solutions that combine both IP65 and IK10 protection, our products stand out as exemplary choices. CITA EV prides itself on delivering products that not only meet but exceed industry standards for environmental protection and mechanical resilience.

By choosing CITA EV products, you not only gain access to state-of-the-art technology but also invest in equipment that is built to withstand the harshest conditions. This dual rating approach exemplifies our dedication to providing robust solutions that excel in diverse environments, making them a reliable choice for those who prioritise both performance and longevity in their electrical and electronic investments.