Why get a custom welding helmet?
The perfect welding helmet should provide you with a combination of style and functionality. Custom welding helmets look attractive and will give you the power to make necessary adjustments and changes so that you can transform a regular helmet into your ideal helmet. If you have to wear it for long stretches of time, you need to ensure that it fits comfortably.
Features to consider when choosing a welding helmet
Before you purchase a custom welding helmet, make sure you go through its specifications. You can judge the efficiency of a helmet on the basis of these factors.
If it’s auto-darkening
An auto-darkening lens will spare you the trouble of changing your lens manually every time you start welding. The auto-darkening feature will ensure that the lens turns dark as soon as you start working so that your eyes are never exposed to the intense light.
The viewing area provided by a helmet will determine how much of your workspace you can see at a glance. If you are working on a big object, then it will be easier for you to take the view in at once. The Metal Man ATEC8735SGC will provide you with an impressive viewing area of 7.75 sq. in to make your life easier.
In order to complete your project flawlessly, you must have a clear vision of what you are doing. Make sure that the lens of the helmet provides you with optical clarity so t at you can view your work area from all angles without any distortion. For example, the DEKOPRO Welding Helmet uses light diffusion and variations in luminous transmittance to give you an unobstructed vision.
Reaction time (switching speed)
The reaction time of the helmet lens is an important consideration, especially if it has an auto-darkening lens. The switching period refers to the time taken by the lens to change from light to dark when you start working. The lens of the DECOPRO Solar Powered Welding Helmet can make the transition in just 1/25,000 sec so that your eyes are not temporarily exposed to the light arc.
The sensors attached to the helmet lens are able to detect the light and change the shade quickly. The number of sensors varies from helmet to helmet. Industrial grade welding helmets have up to four sensors. You will get better coverage if your helmet has more sensors when you are changing your position constantly. The YESWELDER True Color Welding Helmet has just two sensors, but the Metal Man ATEC8735SGC comes with four sensors.
You will find battery-powered welding helmets on the market, but they tend to use up a lot of electricity. Moreover, you will have to change the battery often. On the other hand, solar-powered welding helmets have built-in solar panels, and they come with a non-disposable lithium battery. They aid in energy conservation without compromising their efficiency. All the helmets we chose are compatible with solar cells.
You must take the weight of the welding helmet into consideration when you are making a purchase. Wearing a heavy welding helmet for extended periods of time can lay pressure on the shoulder and cause damage. On the other hand, lightweight welding helmets feel comfortable even if you are working long shifts. The DECOPRO Solar Powered Welding Helmet weighs just 1 pound.
The warranty is an indication of the company’s faith in its product. Do not settle for a helmet that comes with no warranty. Most welding helmets have a warranty period of one to two years.
- Choose auto-darkening helmets that come with full-coverage shells that can resist the light.
- Wear the helmet immediately when you enter a welding space because a second’s exposure can cause lasting damage.
- Go for a helmet with a variable shade range if you know that you will be working in different conditions.
- Make sure that the fit is snug, and there is no space left through which the light can penetrate the eyes.
- Experiment with the sensitivity and delay settings until you find what is suitable for you.
Can I make a custom welding helmet myself?
If you want to paint certain graphics on your helmet, feel free to do so after buying a solid colored helmet. However, if you are looking for a custom fit, you should invest in a helmet that allows you to make multiple adjustments until you get the correct fit.