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Old 03-25-2019, 10:31 AM
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I have a Miller Elite helmet that’s likely 15 years old now. With the move etc I hadn’t used it for a couple years, so when it wouldn’t turn on yesterday I wasn’t surprised. I ran and picked up two new batteries for it, switched them out, and still nothing.

I like the helmet, lightweight, and all in all it worked well.

I don’t know if this is something that I can fix, or if there are replacement lens modules available?

Or do I bite the bullet and buy a new one?

If I go new, I definitely want variable shade, I had 9-13, and even found that 9 was sometimes too dark for low power Tig that I somwtimes get into. I know there are some now that are 8-13.

I also see some that can be switched to use on a hardhat. With not knowing what I’m going to be doing in the future I don’t know if I should worry or consider that as an option though.

Who’s got what these days?


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Old 03-25-2019, 12:42 PM
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Set it with the solar panel in the sun fora few hours. Also, make sure you have the right batteries. I think there was an issue with some brands not having the right dimensions.
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:26 PM
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A couple hours in the sun has fixed one of mine before. I am going with a 8 minimum shade if I need another one.
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:33 PM
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Damn.... I keep forgetting that flourescents don’t really do much for ‘solar’ panels.

I’ll get it into some natural light and try that.


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Old 03-25-2019, 06:52 PM
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My elite is about 5 years old and sits in a drawer in my roller cab. I just take it out and hang it in the sun for a couple of hours oncce a month and if possible before I go to use it. IIRC it has a battery drawer that takes two large coin cells that are rechargeable. 8-13 shade with a dedicated mode for tig welding and one for grinding.
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I have a Miller Elite helmet that’s likely 15 years old now.
Hi Terry,
I have exactly the same model.I have found the on membrane button had been acting squirrely. It would work one time and not another.It took a couple minutes of pressing to fire it up. Not helpful when your're in a hurry to weld.

It has stopped again and I am thinking of cutting it open and installing a micro switch . Nothing to lose.
Good luck in buying a new shield.
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:38 PM
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Mine has a removable cartridge that is the complete magic box so it could be changed but I suspect a new cartridge would cost more than a new helmet.
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I was in a pinch a few months ago and got one of these from Home Depot. $124 plus tax. Decent helmet, headgear is comfortable although it "grabs" my hair sometimes... I removed the shade knob because I was inadvertently bumping it but the stub is easy to move without the knob.

My old Patriot was malfunctioning/not darkening even with a trip to the sun...
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I have a Miller Elite helmet that’s likely 15 years old now. With the move etc I hadn’t used it for a couple years, so when it wouldn’t turn on yesterday I wasn’t surprised. I ran and picked up two new batteries for it, switched them out, and still nothing.

I like the helmet, lightweight, and all in all it worked well.

I don’t know if this is something that I can fix, or if there are replacement lens modules available?

Or do I bite the bullet and buy a new one?

If I go new, I definitely want variable shade, I had 9-13, and even found that 9 was sometimes too dark for low power Tig that I somwtimes get into. I know there are some now that are 8-13.

I also see some that can be switched to use on a hardhat. With not knowing what I’m going to be doing in the future I don’t know if I should worry or consider that as an option though.

Who’s got what these days?


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I have a Miller Elite helmet that’s likely 15 years old now. With the move etc I hadn’t used it for a couple years, so when it wouldn’t turn on yesterday I wasn’t surprised. I ran and picked up two new batteries for it, switched them out, and still nothing.

I like the helmet, lightweight, and all in all it worked well.

I don’t know if this is something that I can fix, or if there are replacement lens modules available?

Or do I bite the bullet and buy a new one?

If I go new, I definitely want variable shade, I had 9-13, and even found that 9 was sometimes too dark for low power Tig that I somwtimes get into. I know there are some now that are 8-13.

I also see some that can be switched to use on a hardhat. With not knowing what I’m going to be doing in the future I don’t know if I should worry or consider that as an option though.

Who’s got what these days?


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According to research done by LW Hyway, the Miller and all the 300 dollar helmets have the same electronics, with the same serial #, as the cheapest autoshade. If you have a replaceable module, I have a spare module you can have. Goes to 9 though, as I recall, not 8.
8 is an odd shade, may be better to use dark sunglasses.
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