If you are a professional welder, or just someone who simply enjoys welding things for personal use and reasons, it can’t be denied that you will need to have a welding helmet. In fact, this is probably the most important safety equipment you should purchase for yourself, and loved ones. If you have money to purchase the helmet with the automatic darkening feature, why don’t you do so? It has a lot of benefits.
Unlike the passive or standard type of helmet, you won’t have to flip down the lens when you are ready to use it. The problem with lenses with a fixed darkness is that if you are still not an expert welder, you may not know how to properly position your torch or gun when all you can see is darkness due to the lens. Okay, so you can position your hand first, but if you are not careful, you could move a little bit to the left or to the right and miss your mark. With an automatic helmet, it will be easier for you. When you put on an auto darkening helmet, the lens is set to a much light shade when it is not in use. You can almost compare this shade to that of a sun glass. You can still move and see what you are doing. You can successfully position your torch and everything else that you need while the helmet is already in your head. No need to click a button or flip down the lens! Auto darkening helmets have sensors – sometimes two, three, or four sensors according to the helmet that you will buy – that will automatically adjust the darkness of the lens once they detect a certain radiation way from a welding activity.
Another factor to think about when buying an auto darkening helmet is it’s response time. When I say response time, I’m talking about the speed of the sensors to react to the light energy cause by a bright light or welding light. Experts suggest that you choose the helmet with a response time that is lower than 1/20000 second. Also make sure that the helmet that you will buy has a delay and sensitivity feature, and that the shade is adjustable between shades 9-12. You have to take note of the helmet’s weight as well. If you are going to be using the helmet for an extended period of time, or if you are welding almost everyday, you may get neck strain if the helmet that you choose is too heavy.
A good example of a helmet that should buy is ANTRA AH6-260-0000.
This helmet has been specifically created for Arc Welding or cutting processes such as MIG, TIG, MAG, SMAW, and Plasma Arc. A great thing about this helmet is that even if the power is out, it still has the ability to protect you from any exposure to ultraviolet or infrared rays that could be harmful to your health. It’s a helmet that cares. You don’t have to worry if you put it on and forget to because the switch is also automatic. The helmet itself can help you in your work since it’s kind of a “cheater” lens since it is able to somehow magnify your work, allowing you to see better thus a higher quality outcome.
Of course, as you continue working, the brightness of your torch may change from time to time. No need to worry about this since with this helmet, you will be able to keep up with it. It comes with a feature that allows it to continuously adjust to it. If you need to use it for extended periods of time, you also won’t need to worry about any neck or upper back strain since the material from which this helmet has been made is very light. Believe it or not, this helmet only weighs 435 grams!
The helmet has a viewing area of 98 mm x 44 mm or 3.78 inches x 1.78 inches. With a permanent shade of DIN 16, you are sure to be protected from any radiation (UV and IR) rays. As I said above. This helmet’s light shate is at DIN 14, while if it is in it’s dark state, DIN 5-9/9-13. This helmet’s switching time from light to dark is lower than 0.00004 seconds which is amazing! This helmet also has a dark to light delay time at 0.1-1.0 seconds allowing enough time for your eyes to adjust.
The material this helmet has been made from is a high impact polyimide nylon. When you decide to buy this helmet, and it arrives at your door, keep in mind that you will have to assemble it first. The good thing is that it’s really easy to assemble and will possibly only take you less than a minute if you follow the instructions correctly. The battery of this helmet is replaceable.
Here is a great review from Amazon:
“The auto darkening features work very well and the helmet is very comfortable and light. The view port is well placed and I don’t have any trouble seeing out of it. I also like the easy darkness adjust knob on the side; it’s very easy to manipulate.
1) The lightness means that I’m not sure it would take very much abuse, but taken care of I think it’ll last fine.
2) The other problem I have is that the plastic nuts that hold the helmet up are a bit cheap and keep loosening. I also get the feeling that it would be very easy to strip them out. I could probably replace them with steel bolts and wingnuts if necessary, but I haven’t tried that yet.
Bottom line, for the price I’m extremely happy.” – Jmatt, Amazon.
I think it’s very important that you read the reviews left by some costumers. You’ll be able to learn more about the product and anticipate any possible problem that might arise if you do decide to purchase a product specifically. It would also be great if you could read up on articles about the product from multiple websites, and not just from one. Asking people who have been welding for quite a while is also a great choice, and so is going to a hardware store to ask a clerk.