Why IP65 Ratings Are Important for EV Chargers

by EVOS Staff 3 May 2024
EVOS IP65 Certified Charger

When choosing the right AC charger for your needs, the IP65 rating plays a crucial role. A high IP rating offers protection from dust and water intrusion, which is essential for withstanding the challenging Australian environment and ensuring the long-term durability of your charging station investment.

According to the international standard IEC 60529 (ensconced in Australian Standards AS60529) IP Code classifies and rates the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects, dust, accidental contact, and water in electronic equipment or electrical enclosures. An IP rating is usually followed by two digits. The first digit means protection from solid objects then the second digit means protection from liquids. In this case, A rating of IP 65 means complete protection from dust, pressure jets of water from all directions.

It basically tells you how well something is sealed against dust and water.

What does the IP Rating tell us?

The IP rating is a simple code that shows how well a device is protected from dust and water. It uses two numbers to indicate the level of protection for dust (first number) and water (second number). It basically tells you how well something is sealed against dust and water. There is an international standard (IEC 60529) that evaluates how well electric, and electronics hold dust, accidental additives, and moisture. The IP65 rating is just one layer on that scale.

This protection is necessary for installation outdoors or in difficult environments to prevent damage to the charging equipment. To meet the IP65 rating, EV chargers must be rigorously tested to ensure they can withstand high-energy water and dust. This level of protection is essential for outdoor or harsh environment installations to prevent damage to the charging equipment and ensure the safety of users.

An IP65 rating goes beyond keeping your charger low maintenance; it ensures long-term reliability. This rating protects against harsh weather conditions, common in Australia, but it also deters insects and other animals from causing damage to the charger.” Says Seshan Weeratunga, Customer Experience Officer at EVOS.

What IP65 means for EV chargers

An IP65 rating is important for EV chargers because it signifies the charger’s ability to withstand dust and water exposure.

Dust Protection: The first digit (6) indicates complete protection against dust ingress. This safeguards the charger’s internal components from dust build-up, which can cause overheating and hinder performance.

Water Protection: The second digit (5) signifies the charger can endure low-pressure water jets from any direction. This makes it ideal for outdoor locations where rain or water spray is a possibility.

Why it is it important for an AC EV Charger to have an IP65 rating?

IP ratings exist so you can easily understand if a device is safe for the environment you plan to use it in. For example, an IP rating helps you pick the right phone for the beach or a camera for dusty conditions. With EV chargers is a similar situation for protection. For safe and reliable charging, make sure your EV charger cable has a high IP rating. Queensland’s weather can be unpredictable, with heavy rain and storms.

EVOS prioritises quality and safety. That’s why all their EV charger products boast an IP65 rating, ensuring peace of mind for customers in any weather condition.

Overall, an IP65 rating ensures your EV charger is durable and functions reliably in various environments, both indoors and outdoors. This is especially important for chargers installed in driveways exposed to the elements. An IP65 EV rating is your guarantee of a safe and long-lasting EV charging experience keeping you and your EV car protected. For reliable charging choose an IP65 charger.