As the name implies, hydrophobic coatings make a surface repel water and other liquids by forming a low energy surface that permits the liquid to form beads and slide right off the surface. The coating dramatically enhances a product’s performance by offering protection against water and other liquids without compromising on the aesthetic feel or appeal. In addition to its waterproofing capabilities, P2i nano-coating has other properties that make it ideal for use on electronics, including:
The plasma coating offered by P2i is different from spray-can coatings in terms of durability and size of layering. Spray-can coatings form micro-thick films that can be detected by feeling, and produce a physically visible discolouration that makes them inappropriate for application on delicate electronics. P2i nano-coating, on the other hand, is applied via plasma enhanced vapour deposition in a three-step process, to create a protective, military-grade waterproofing case like that found on BackBeat Go 2 earphones by Plantronics.
Coating a product with P2i plasma takes place in a vacuum that covers the item entirely with no points of weakness to allow water damage or corrosion; hence the durability of BackBeat Go 2 earphones. The item is first placed in an extremely low pressure chamber, were the device surfaces are activated by plasma. This makes it ready for bonding to a monomer that is applied in the form vapour. The monomer is then polymerised by the plasma, creating a nano-coating film from the inside to the outside of the product.
Ability to Withstand Harsh Environments
The waterproof nature of the hydrophobic coating ensures that your coated headphones, and other electronics that are frequently moved around and possibly exposed to damaging water, can withstand rain storms, moisture, or humidity from the environment. The surface of the product is essentially made active by the plasma, which causes the nano-coating film to become a fundamental part of the item covering via chemical bonding. At the nano-scale level, it is practically impossible to separate the coating from the item surface, allowing it to last as long as the substance to which it offers protection.
The partnership between P2i and electronics companies, has led to the application of splash-proof coating over various devices, such as tablets, smartphones, and headphones, in order to impart greater liquid repellency. Plantronics, for instance, protects their headsets from dampness and sweat damage through the application of a splash-proof coating.