Are the AirPods Pro water resistant and what does IPX4 mean?

Also important: can you swim with it?

The AirPods are not waterproof, but they are resistant to splashes and sweat. With the AirPods Pro, Apple goes a step further and promises a rating of IPX4. What does that mean for water resistance and can you swim with it?

Water-resistant AirPods Pro

Apple releases several variants of the AirPods. The AirPods Pro are the most suitable for sports because of their rubber eartips, because they are clamped in your ear. So they will not fly out of your ear during wild movement. In addition, according to Apple, they are sweat and water resistant.

So ideal to jump into the pool? Well no. It’s more about water splashes and sweat. With the AirPods 1 and 2, Apple made no promise that they would be waterproof, even though YouTube videos showed that they can handle a little water. However, immersion is a different story.

What does IPX4 mean?

Officially only the AirPods Pro are water and sweat resistant and therefore ideally suited for sports. Nevertheless, Apple emphasizes that this only concerns non-water sports and other types of training that do not take place in the water.

The IP rating indicates how well a product is resistant to dust and moisture. The first character indicates the dust resistance and the second character the water resistance. The iPhone 11 has a rating of IP68 and is therefore quite dust-resistant and can be immersed in the water at a depth of two meters for 30 minutes when immersed.

At the IPX4 rating on the AirPods Pro, Apple indicates that no special measures have been taken to make them dust resistant. The 4 means that they can withstand splashing water. This is described as follows: “No damage when sprayed (10 l / min) at any angle”. You could also shower with it, if you need it, if the water jet is not set too aggressively.

The normal AirPods (1 and 2) have not received an IP rating and Apple does not promise anything in that area.

AirPods waterproof

In summary, the AirPods Pro are slightly better protected against accidents in the water and more suitable for sports. They are not completely waterproof. The active noise reduction ensures that you can fully concentrate on your exercises. And if you hear the instructions of a trainer, you can also do this via the Transparency mode.

Don’t have AirPods yet? You can buy the AirPods through the Apple Store and various stores, with a choice of different models, all in white.

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