If I take my mobile phone apart, will it lose its resistance or protection against water?

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Pavel Yosifovich
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Water and cell phones

The companies tasked with developing or manufacturing the phones have not just tried to implement innovative tools. They also went out of their way to adapt to user needs.

In short, one of the greatest needs of a user when buying a mobile phone is resistance. Resistance to what? Well, if possible, everything. Water, heat, cold, dust, shocks, falls, etc. However, water resistance was extremely attractive to many.

No wonder… many accidents could involve water and damage your phone. The consequences are troubling, such as the sudden shutdown of the phone. However, splashes could even cause the phone to overheat constantly.

The first waterproof phones

But what will it have been the first waterproof phone? Neither more nor less than the Casio CanU 502S. This guaranteed its functioning, even after half an hour of diving.

Now, as such, the first Smartphone presented as waterproof belongs to Nokia. The 550 Sport model was resistant to sweat and splashes of water.

The importance of IP certification

Since the launch of the Nokia 550 Sport and other equipment like the Sony Xperia Aqua… what element do you think would start to grab users' attention? Exactly! The IP certificate of the mobile device.

What is IP certification? International Protection is a scale that indicates the degree of protection or resistance of the phone. Therefore, before you know if taking apart your mobile phone it loses resistance or water protection, it is you need to know the protection scale of the phone!

How to identify the IP protection scale?

This type of information can be find in the manual or phone booth. To assign an IP certificate, devices must pass a series of tests. Of course, these tests involve dust and water.

Once the tests have been carried out, in the certificate you will see the abbreviation IP followed by two digits. The first digit corresponds to the resistance to dust, while the second corresponds to the resistance to water. In the case of water, the figures on the scale range from 0 to 8. The scale of resistances and protections is divided as follows:

  • 0: No protection.
  • 1: Resistance to dripping water.
  • 2: Resistant to dripping water poured at an angle of 15 °.
  • 3: Resistant to splashing water.
  • 4: Resistance to splashes.
  • 5: Resistant to jets of water with moderate pressure.
  • 6: Resistant to high pressure water jets.
  • 7: withstands diving 1 meter deep.
  • 8: It resists immersion which generally reaches a depth of 3 meters. However, it may vary by manufacturer.

If I remove the battery cover from my mobile, will it lose resistance or protection against water?

Your mobile has been damaged and needs to be uncovered or taken apart. It is a dedicated moment, because you think that, by removing the mobile phone, it loses resistance or water protection.

The question is quite frequent in users. And the answer may generate more concern than relief. But yes, the your phone will lose that resistance or protection.

Mobile devices have seals that are the very ones that guarantee this protection. Once disassembled or uncovered, these seals are removed and it will no longer be waterproof.

Be careful with your mobile before the water!

Now that you know that when you take apart your mobile phone it loses resistance or water protection, you need to be very careful. Especially when performing actions such as disinfecting the mobile from the outside without damaging it.

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