So you need a torch or lantern to operate in wet conditions.
- Do you need Water Resistant, Waterproof or Submersible – what is the difference ?
- Not all manufacturers use the same definitions.
- Pelican and Streamlight measure their products against standard testing criteria specified by the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) FL 1- Flashlight Basic Performance Standard.
- These uniform standards help you compare the performance of torches from manufacturers applying these standards. This allows you to make reliable comparisons.
Pelican and Streamlight use three Ingress Protection tests to specify their products ability to operate in wet conditions
- IPX4 – Weatherproof (Resistance to splashing) – Water splashed against the device from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
These links will take you to Weatherproof IPX4 rated products
- IPX7 – Water Proof (Temporary Immersion) – Ingress of water in quantities causing harmful effects shall not be possible when the enclosure is temporarily immersed in water under standardized conditions of pressure and time.
For Pelican and Streamlight IPX7 rated products, the standard conditions are under 1 metre of water for 30 minutes
These links will take you to Waterproof IPX7 rated products
- IPX8 – Submersible (Continuous Immersion) – Ingress of water in quantities causing harmful effects shall not be possible when the enclosure is continuously immersed in water under conditions which shall be stated by manufacturer, but which are more severe than for IPX7.
Dive torches currently available from Pelican are rated for 100 metres.
These links will take you to Waterproof IPX8 rated products
If you require more detailed information on International IP Ratings then this Wikipedia link should provide all that you need – Ingress Protection Ratings – Wikipedia entry.
- Important – The benefits of having torches and lanterns with these IP Ratings will only be achieved if they are operated and maintained correctly.
- Keep any “O” rings lubricated with silicon grease. This will preserve their integrity.
Remove the “O” ring and smear on a small amount and wipe it off. They need to feel greasy, not seen to be greasy. Taking the “O” Ring off before greasing it will avoid leaving excess grease around the retaining groove.
Silicon grease/oil compounds tend to creep and if an excessive amount is used it may eventually migrate to contacts where an insulating barrier can be formed.
- Do not leave batteries in torches that are not being used regularly
- Ensure that battery compartments are properly closed.
These are just three examples. There may be other requirements advised by the manufacturer in the information supplied with the product.
Need more information?
Phone me (Bob Heelan) on 0411 639 910 or by email