The Difference Between Water Resistant and Waterproof

The Difference Between Water Resistant and Waterproof

Q: When an earbud claims to be water-resistant instead of waterproof, what’s the real difference?

Since water damage is one of the most common problems experienced by so many, getting earbuds that can protect itself makes sense.

The technical definition of water resistant is that it’s able to resist the penetration of water to a certain degree, but not entirely.

Waterproof technically means that it’s impermeable to water, no matter how much time it spends in water.

Unfortunately, these terms are thrown around as if they were interchangeable by so many.

What the ‘IP’ rating means

Today’s technology generally have certifications published when it comes to resisting the elements signified by ratings such as IP67 or IP68.

The IP marking for International Protection or Ingress Protection (depending upon who you ask) is followed by two numbers.

The first number designates its ingress protection against solids, such as dust with numbers ranging from 0 to 6 (the higher the number, the better the protection).

When you see a 6 for the first number, then the technology is dust-tight, which means it’s completely protected against contact with dust. Having this rating an be important for hikers, mountain bikers or anyone that wants to use their smartphone in dusty environments.

The second number refers to the ingress protection against liquids, with numbers that can range from 0-9 (again, higher is better).

Can I swim with my Earbuds?


Our new and updated Cre8-1 Sport and the CR8-P1 has a IPX7 rating

This means that it’s completely dust-proof and it can technically be submersed in water of up to 1 meter ( about 3 feet) for a duration up to 30 minutes.


You can shop our new and updated design of the Cre8-1 Sport earbuds with IPX7 rating which are completely waterproof at:


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