October 27, 2017
We seem to be perpetually connected to our smartphones these days that from the moment we wake up until the time we sleep, our eyes are glued to the new boob tube. In fact, a study by analytics firm Flurry noted that the average mobile phone user spends about five hours on mobile and time spent on mobile apps grew by 69% year-over-year.
As such, we’ve developed an interesting culture where we have our phones in our pockets—even when in the bathroom and when not-so-skinny dipping. The result is sometimes not too ominous for the handset, but sometimes the water seeps into the device and breaks it. Then, ta-da: you now need to sell your damaged iPhone.
But the prospect of having a phone nearby even when there’s water isn’t scary for us, apparently, and this has produced a complementary scenario: the development of IP ratings. Basically, an International (or Ingress) Protection ratings is a code that defines well a device resists the intrusion of elements such as dust and liquids. The older iPhone models lack this, but the new iPhone 7 up to the stellar iPhone X sport an IP68 rating. Having an IP rating can help you think of one less thing when you sell a damaged iPhone, as the handset is more resistant to ingress of liquids that can harm the internals.
Two IP ratings are widely used and circulated in the world of smartphones right now: IP67 and IP68.
The “6” in the code means complete resistance for dust, sand, and general dirt. It’s the second number that’s a little more important here. “7” means you can theoretically submerge your phone in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. On the other hand, the slightly higher “8” means you can submerge the phone in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes without sustaining much of a damage.
The iPhone 7 and above is rated IP67, so it means it will survive the occasional and unintentional dip, like when you drop it in the tub while posting a Facebook update. But these ratings are conducted in controlled laboratories, not in sea water, chlorine-ridden pool water, or anything else. Your best bet is to stay away from the dunking unless you got a case, or you’ll end up selling a damaged iPhone.
Water damage can seriously damage your device. Your options are either to have the device repaired or sell your broken iPhone. The former can cost you more than you can imagine, while the latter can give you some cash for a replacement.
If you decide to sell your damaged iPhone, just head on to our website and proceed with the usual steps. When asked about the condition of the phone, select “Damaged,” and we’ll give you a quote, pronto. It’s a great way to dispose of an unusable device with cash-back.
About the writer. Ahmed Bagoun is a phone enthusiast and a self-admitted Apple fanboy. He has been in the phone business for 6+ years. He’s currently the owner of Jad wireless phone repair shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the phone trade-in website Swift Tech Buy.