Testing HZO Protection
But it’s a brave new world, one that includes HZO. With HZO protection applied, electronics and water get along just fine, and in this case, fine means really well. How do we prove it?
We start each engagement by understanding customer requirements including a detailed analysis of the actual device and the conditions that it may be used in and challenged by. Some possible environmental conditions could include intense sweat, extreme humidity, a drop into the pool or ocean or even a trip through a wash cycle in a pants pocket. Each customer’s testing requirements differ based on product design and the promise they intend to make to their consumers.
From a testing perspective, we are starting to see patterns; consider us geeks, but we live to prove the value of our technology. The de facto testing hurdle for many consumer electronics has become IPX7. Start researching popular wearables and you’ll most likely see “IPX7 tested” in the product guide information. IPX7 means that the device can be subjected to 30 minutes of continuous submersion at a depth of 1 meter.
From here it is all blue ocean. HZO has invested to outfit and staff our wet lab, ensuring we are prepared to meet customer requirements. We have tested devices in pool water with heavy chlorine, soapy water filled with detergent agents, and simulated ocean water with varying salt levels. Just for fun, we have completed a myriad of tests of HZO protected devices in other common household liquids like orange juice and Coca-Cola. Can you imagine the popularity of a cell phone dunked in a pint of Guinness? Skoal!
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