auto darkening helmet issue

Gary Fowler

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I am tempted to check this helmet out. It claims 1/1/1/1 clarity, has replaceable battery and 1/30,000 second response time. Best is that the most expensive one (carbon fiber look) is only $59. The only thing I dont like is that all the shade adjustments are inside the helmet so you have to remove it to set a different value but it has a bucket load of adjustments. At least with the dials inside, they wont get bumped accidently.

www.toolots.com/welding-helmet-auto-darkening-sun9b-carbon-fiber-1.html
 

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Looks pretty good for the price. It has most of the features I paid $200 for. I'd say go for it. I have no problem with the internal adjustments. It usually takes only one or two anyway, and no chance of bumping the knobs.
 

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After perusing them more, the cheaper ones have the adjustment on the outside of the helmets. Different lens sizes also.
 

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I just ordered this helmet. I will do a review when it comes in. I took the slow $9 shipping compared to the over $120 for 3 day air , call me cheap.

/www.toolots.com/welding-helmet-auto-darkening-sun9b-carbon-fiber-1.html
 

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Dealing with this issue now! Took the little "box" / lens aprt to find 2- 3volt batteries in there. Tested them and one only had 0.2 volts. I am de-soldering them and replacing with new ones. Mine is a Metal Man, I bought from Cornwell Tools. I just bought a far more superior helmet from Hobart, and a screaming good deal with a military discount.
 

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If you are handy you can certainly operate on the lenses that have no external batteries. I understand that you need a very low temp solder to re-solder in new batteries. Don't want the Lithium to pop.
 

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If you are handy you can certainly operate on the lenses that have no external batteries. I understand that you need a very low temp solder to re-solder in new batteries. Don't want the Lithium to pop.
I use a Weller BP645 battery operated soldering tool, which is great for small circuit boards.
 

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I noticed that my old HF hood looks like it has water between the lens covers. I guess that would be a good one to experiment on. My TOOLLOTS hood looks like it should be delivered today. UPS transferred it to USPS yesterday so maybe they will deliver it today.
I have one of the COLD HEAT battery powered soldering guns that should work for the batteries.
 

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I just got my new hood from TOOL LOTS.com. I got the carbon fiber looking one (not carbon fiber though) and the lens is really clearer than the HF one. It is really light and has a great headband. I have been welding and plasma cutting with it and it works great.
 
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