Mukuta Quick Tips: IP Ratings & Waterproof Know-How

Mukuta Quick Tips: IP Ratings & Waterproof Know-How

When seeking to buy a new scooter or upgrade from the one you've got, you ought to be informed of the water-resistance (IP) ratings of electric scooters.  Here's a complete guide to electric scooters' IP ratings, with a better understanding of IP ratings, you can ensure that you go for scooters that can withstand different weather conditions and last longer.


What is the Difference between Water Resistant and Waterproof?

Waterproof and water-resistance are two broad terms used to describe fluid penetration behavior with particular devices. While they’re often used interchangeably, waterproof and water resistance have clear differences. Water-resistant products are designed in such a way that they form a physical barrier to prevent the entry of fluids. Manufacturers may use a thin coating to make the product or its sensitive components, such as the electronics in electric scooters, impervious to water.

On the other hand, waterproof refers to a greater level of water protection. However, there are no set industry standards that a product must meet to be described as waterproof. If your e-scooter is waterproof, it can withstand snow, rain, and being driven through puddles.

In reality, though, a fully waterproof electric scooter doesn't exist. And while the majority of them can sustain some riding through the rain or snow and won’t suffer any damage, they’re still not technically waterproof.


What Are IP Ratings?

IP (Ingress Protection) ratings are international standards that assess the level of protection a device offers against dust, solid objects, and moisture. Two digits determine a device’s IP rating; the first digit indicates protection against solid objects and the second means protection against moisture.



Level Sized Effective Against  Description
X - X means there is no data available / not tested.
0 - No protection against contact and ingress of objects.
1 >50 mm Any large surface of the body, such as the back of a hand, but no protection against deliberate contact with a body part.
2 >12.5 mm Fingers or similar objects.
3 >2.5 mm Tools, thick wires, etc.
4 >1 mm Most wires, slender screws.
5 Dust Protected Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment.
6 Dust-tight No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact (dust-tight). A vacuum must be applied. Test duration of up to 8 hours based on airflow.



Level Protection Against  Description
X - X means there is no data available / not tested.
0 None No protection against ingress of water.
1 Dripping Water Dripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmful effect.
2 Dripping water when tilted at 15° Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle of 15° from its normal position.
3 Spraying water Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect.
4 Splashing of water Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect.
5 Water jets Water projected by a nozzle shall have no harmful effects.
6 Powerful water jets Water projected in powerful jets from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
7 Immersion, up to 1m No water ingress if underwater up to 1m for 30 mins


How to Choose a Waterproof E-scooter?

When it comes to IP ratings, nearly all electric scooters can tolerate light splashes, i.e., IPX4. Many electric scooters can ride in light showers or glide across shallow puddles, i.e. IPX5, IP54, and above. But, very few electric scooters can withstand heavy downpours and immersion in deep-seated puddles, i.e., IPX6 and higher. There is increasing demand for waterproof scooters, and most in today's market are IP54 water resistance rated.

#Mukuta 10Plus (IP54)

Mukuta 10plus boasts an impressive IP54 rating. Let’s dissect what this means:

  • Solid Particle Protection (5): Mukuta’s design shields its internal components from most dust and debris, making it suitable for urban environments where dust and pollutants are prevalent.
  • Liquid Ingress Protection (4): This rating indicates that Mukuta is resistant to water splashes from all directions. While not submersible, it can withstand rain showers and splashes encountered during daily commutes.
  • Suitable riding environment: wet ground/foggy day/light rain/small puddles/rugged off-road mountain road.

#Mukuta 8Series & 9Series (IPX6)

What is surprising is that the Mukuta 8 series and 9 series passed the IP X6 waterproof test, which means:

  • Test details:
    12.5MM water powerful jet, three meters distance for 3 minutes, water volume 100 liters/minute, pressure 100kN/m².
  • The electric scooter's IPX6 waterproof rating means it can withstand stronger jets of water than IP54.
  • Suitable riding environment: heavy rain/steady rain/puddles/rugged off-road mountain roads

Mukuta scooter provides some degree of water resistance. While the scooter is unlikely to get damaged by wet conditions, be conscious that there is no guarantee that prolonged use in wet conditions won’t harm the electronics.


Frequently Asked Questions

# Can I Ride My Waterproofed Mukuta in the Rain?

Riding a waterproof electric scooter in the rain depends on the specific waterproofing rating and the manufacturer's instructions. The Mukuta 10plus has an IP54 waterproof rating. It is not recommended to ride during heavy rain, but you can ride during light rain and puddles. The Mukuta 8 Series and 9 Series feature an IP X6 waterproof rating for safe riding in heavy rain. Scooters with IP57, IPX7, IP66, and IP65 waterproof ratings can also generally be ridden in heavy rain. Additionally, in addition to the waterproof rating, other features such as tire type also determine whether it is safe to ride in the rain.

*Please note: we do not recommend riding electric scooters in heavy rain, especially if you want to stay safe, avoid injuries, and use your Mukuta for many years to come. Water damage is usually not covered by warranties, regardless of the IP rating.

Can I Ride an E-scooter in the Snow/ Winter?

Generally, scooters with high IP ratings such as IPX6 can be ridden in the snow. However, also consider other factors such as riding temperature, as some batteries may not work in temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius. Likewise, your tires may not have enough grip in wet weather.
*Please note: It depends on the water resistance rating of your e-scooter as well as the manufacturer's instructions regarding riding in wet conditions.

Can I store my Mukuta e-scooter outside?

Even if your scooter is fully waterproof, it's technically not advisable to store it outside. This is because prolonged exposure of the scooter to the outdoor weather can corrode the metallic parts, compromising the scooter's build. Additionally, the temperature changes can damage sensitive parts in the scooter including the battery and controllers. For best results and durability, it's best to store e-scooters indoors in a cool dry place.



Waterproof ratings play a pivotal role in the durability and reliability of outdoor devices like the Mukuta electric scooter. By deciphering these ratings and understanding their implications, consumers can make informed decisions and choose products that align with their needs. 

Don’t hesitate, place your order now and get your waterproof Mukuta!
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