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Making Sense Of Waterproof Ipad Case Water Resistance Claims
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When trying to select a waterproof iPad case, comparing the competing claims of water resistance can be confusing. How do you know which waterproof iPad case to buy when there is no common standard for rating waterproof cases? The ROC Gear, Inc. WSRS rating system is intended to create such a standard using a scale of 1 to 5.

A waterproof rating of 1 allows for protection against light rain or any other very light indirect exposure to water. A rating of 1 wouldn't protect against an accidental drop in the sink, but it would protect against sweat while running or a sudden rain while hiking.

A waterproof rating of 2 on the ROC Gear scale allows for protection from top-down watering. This is a slightly larger amount of water, but the force of the water is relatively low. So if you have a case for your iPad with a rating of 2, it could handle a heavy rain but still could not be taken scuba diving.

A waterproof rating of 3 allows for the case to be so tight it floats and can handle a short submersion up to 3 feet in depth. With a rating of 3, the case would be appropriate for boating or kayaking where accidents might happen in deeper water.

A case with a waterproof rating of 4 can handle a submersion up to 12 feet in depth. So if you're someone who enjoys swimming laps or snorkeling this case would be appropriate for your needs, but if you're a diver this would not be adequate unless you were practicing in a pool setting.

If your waterproof iPad case has a waterproof rating of 5 on ROC Gear's scale then your device can be taken in depths greater than 12 feet as rated by the manufacturer of the case. This case would be great for scuba divers and people who spend large amounts of time in water.

The Roc Gear, Inc. rating system is similar in nature the IP Code (Ingress Protection Code) that international industrial electrical housing manufacturers use to rate their products. It has eight levels of protection that are more geared towards industrial uses. By comparison, the ROC Gear scale is more user friendly in its definitions of each of its rating scales, and can be better understood by the average consumer when they are buying a product.

Consumers need a common rating system so that they can make informed choices when buying waterproof iPad cases or similar products that is used to protect their electronics. The Overboard Waterproof iPad Case is rated according to this system and has been labeled as a class 5 by the manufacturer. Hopefully more manufacturers will start to use the ROC Gear, Inc. WSRS rating system.


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