Described in IEC 60529 and ISO 20653, IP x9K is the highest rating currently available for water ingress protection. Although IP x9K testing was originally developed for automotive products, it has become widely used in the electronics, military and consumer product industries.

IPx9K uses high-pressure steam cleaning and pressure washing to evaluate how electronic components and product casings protect against fluids and foreign objects. A combination of heat, water ingress and chemical detergents are used to measure the effect of degradation on seals, connectors, wires and mounting equipment.

Our IPx9K Testing Services

Whether your product is an automotive component or a consumer product, we have the experience to provide a customized test program to fit your needs. We offer all IPx9k test methods from DIN 40 050 and SAE J1455, with the flexibility and accreditation you need to meet your project requirements. From custom set ups to in-depth reporting, we are the ideal partner for projects that need to be done on time and on budget.

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IPx9K Test Levels

Ipx9K Ingress Protection Testing

IPx9K Level 1: Standard Testing

The least severe method, standard testing is a water-only test where 100% of the product's surface must be exposed for at least 3 seconds.

Key Facts

Temperature

Ambient water temperature

Test Chamber Pressure

150 gallons/hour

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IPx9K Level 2: Standard Testing with Detergent

Level 2 of IPx9K has the same requirements as standard testing; however, a cleaning detergent is added, and the temperature is increased.

Key Facts

Temperature

40 C (104 F)

Test Chamber Pressure

150 gallons/hour

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IPx9K Level 3: Harsh Test

The harsh classification of IPx9K Level 3 requires heated, high pressure water with 100% product exposure for at least 3 seconds on each side.

Key Facts

Temperature

80 C (176 F)

Test Chamber Pressure

230 gallons/hour

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IPx9K Level 4: Extreme Test 

Level 4 of IPx9K uses high-pressured, high temperature steam cleaning to evaluate products under extreme conditions.

Key Facts

Temperature

93 C (230 F)

Test Chamber Pressure

360 gallons/hour

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