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Old 07-16-2018, 03:22 AM
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My auto helmet is on it’s way out, I have to leave it in the sun for a while before I use it or it won’t work properly, a pain in the arse on days like today when it’s rained all day. It was very expensive about 10 years ago and that brand still is. I have seen some really cheap ones on ebay, obviously from China, does anyone have any experience with them? Do they work or do you get arc flash using them?
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:33 AM
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I have this https://www.parweld.co.uk/shop/ppe/f...ding-helmet-2/ or maybe it's predecessor.

cost about 50 bucks and the only time I ever get flashed is when I forget to switch back from grinding mode and strike an arc.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:10 AM
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I have this https://www.parweld.co.uk/shop/ppe/f...ding-helmet-2/ or maybe it's predecessor.

cost about 50 bucks and the only time I ever get flashed is when I forget to switch back from grinding mode and strike an arc.
That looks like the one I was thinking about, for those prices they have to be from China.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:50 AM
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:10 AM
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I can't remember which youtuber it was, but he took older helmets that had non replaceable batteries in them, and put in some sort of battery pack to revitalize them. Something to consider and search for, if the internal batteries are the issue.
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Some hoods have rechargeable batteries buried inside the cartridge. You have to break the cartridge to get to them. They can be replaced.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:51 PM
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Some hoods have rechargeable batteries buried inside the cartridge. You have to break the cartridge to get to them. They can be replaced.
I steer clear of electronics, I know the result before I even start. I decided to try a cheapie from ebay, it might work.
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My auto helmet is on it’s way out, I have to leave it in the sun for a while before I use it or it won’t work properly, a pain in the arse on days like today when it’s rained all day. It was very expensive about 10 years ago and that brand still is. I have seen some really cheap ones on ebay, obviously from China, does anyone have any experience with them? Do they work or do you get arc flash using them?
order you a hood from HF the Vulcan you will be happy it is comfortable and durable I use the one I got over my miller and other hoods now retired prolly aught to check the others as I haven't used them might of gone bad from none use sitting in the dark cabinet
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Harbor fright is quite a .long walk for Clive but I suspect that there will be an equivalent company a lot closer.
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:33 PM
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obviously from China, does anyone have any experience with them? Do they work or do you get arc flash using them?
Clive, our LW has disassembled them and found the serial number on the electronics to be the same serial as the 300 dollar units. As they all come out of the same place you pay the price that will make you feel good.

After owning others I only use Chinese. I have no flash problems but I don't use them for grinding either. I have found that leaving them headband up in a rainstorm is fatal......for them. You cannot dry them out properly.
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