There are so many choices of welding helmets out there today: Lincoln, Jackson, Miller, SpeedGlas, Arc-one, Optrel, and a host of other brands of auto darkening and passive lens helmets are only a click away online.
In this video, Jody Collier talks about many different welding helmets, some unusual welding helmets, and some good Auto-Darkening Welding Helmets. Watch…
Features to look for in an auto darkening welding helmet:
Response time — the faster the better, just look at the most expensive helmets like the Miller Digital Elite, or SpeedGlas high-end models and use that as a benchmark.
Sensitivity setting — any good auto-darkening helmet should have this setting to accommodate for low amperage welding and welding outdoors in sunlight.
Delay — delay is not needed 100% of the time but setting a delay time of one second will help prevent getting flashed if something is blocking the light from a sensor.
Number of sensors — in theory, the more the better, however, I have helmets with 2 sensors that seem to pick up light better that ones with 4.
Cost and availability of replacement clear lenses — since using a clean clear lens is probably the best way to always see the puddle, cost of clear lenses is important.
Optical clarity — all auto dark helmets are not equal in clarity. Get the best rated helmet you can afford.
Weight — at the end of a long day of welding, the weight and balance of a welding helmet can make a big difference in your fatigue level.
Will a respirator fit under it? — I wear a respirator now more than ever. Having a helmet that accommodates a respirator will make it easier for you to put that respirator on when it’s called for.