# Weatherproof enclosures IP65 or Nema 3R, with specific holes, 150x150mm?

I'm needing an enclosure weatherproof and with dimensions around 150x150mm. After searching, I know that I should look for something like IP65 or higher, is this right? I also want to have holes for an antenna, and a power suply cable, all this ofcourse weatherproof? Are all the enclosures in OKW ready with holes?How can I make sure the right holes are there before buying the cases?

thanks

• What does "Weatherproof" mean for your application? If it's just a point that your sales team wants on the datasheet, yes, IP65 will be fine. If "Weatherproof" means that it might sit in a puddle for a few minutes, you are concerned about quality and want it to actually be watertight/weatherproof, or it's for safety-critical applications, then you may want to revise your criteria based on the liquid-tight definitions. – Kevin Vermeer Nov 11 '11 at 1:38
• Don't enclosures usually have three dimensions? – stevenvh Nov 13 '11 at 10:38

For the enclosure, Bud Industries makes a line of NEMA rated waterproof plastic enclosures. They vary in price from $10 to$50 from distributors like Digikey based on size and rating.

An example box that may fit your dimension requirements is the NBB-10260 (Digikey). It even comes with a clear lid for reading LCD displays if you need to.

An option for getting cables out of a box that I have used in the past is a Cable Gland.

You simply drill the correct size hole in your enclosure and tighten the cable gland around your cable. If you adhere to the datasheet dimensions, it can be waterproof and dustproof.

• It's worth noting that using the cable-gland as pictured in the last image will not actually provide a seal. You can only run one cable through each gland, or you get the possibility of leaks through the gabs between the cables. – Connor Wolf May 23 '13 at 4:32
• @ConnorWolf Good point! – justing May 23 '13 at 14:39
• I think NEMA 4/4x (and higher) enclosures lose their rating if you drill holes in it. – MV. Jul 28 '15 at 0:57

You could always use an otter box, drill some holes for ports and use weather proof connections. More about your question regarding IPx ratings, a rating of IP6x prevents ingress of dust. The second digit is water ingress, a IPx4 - IPx6 should be sufficient for weather protection, IPx7 and up for submersion in water. So IP64 or greater, same goes for any ports or connections you intend to use.

*I found them, they are still available. otterbox dry boxes

• What's an "otter box"? – Dave Tweed May 22 '13 at 14:04