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Best Rated Auto-Darkening Welding Helmets

Updated on September 29, 2014

Welding is a hazardous occupation that results in many injuries to the welder. In fact, statics indicate that occupational injuries related to welding have increased of the last few years and there is need to mitigate this rise.

The use of personal protective equipment such as welding helmets go a long way in preventing eye injuries from dust and metal fragments that are common during welding operations. These helmets also protect the welder from the bust of intense light that emanates from welding which can cause damage to the eyes.

We review the best rated auto-darkening welding helmets for maximum protection of your eyes during welding so that you may concentrate on the work at hand in a productive and safe manner.

Rhino Large View + Grind Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet

Unlike the standard helmets which have viewing windows of below five square inches, the Rhino welding helmet comes with a large view area of ten square inches. This large viewing area gives you better control of your work piece thereby increasing the overall productivity and quality of the welding job. Other benefits of the Rhino auto darkening welding helmet include:

  • Fast auto-darkening speed that is a fraction of a second for quick transition to the preferred setting be it gas welding, oxy-acetylene cutting or machine grinding
  • Headgear locks tightly in place and does not loosen due to a reliable click mechanism that is neatly incorporated on the frame
  • Light weight shell construction from nylon composites ensures unprecedented comfort and safety
  • Aerodynamic design allows for movement into and out of tight spots during difficult welding jobs
  • Price is just a few dollars higher than standard welding helmets which do not have the same features
  • Meets US ANSI Z87.1 rating standards for auto-darkening welding helmets which covers all the safety concerns that may arise such as light leakage and breakage resistance

In addition to the above, this welding helmet comes with well-placed controls that are easily adjusted depending on the job you are doing. For example, if you are using the gas welding mode and needed to change to grinding mode, all you have to do is turn the knob to the required setting.

Rhino Large Auto Darkening Welding Helmet
Rhino Large Auto Darkening Welding Helmet | Source

Antra AH6-260-0000 Solar Power Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

While the most important reason for buying a welding helmet is the safety it provides, there are also aesthetic considerations that many people have in mind when making the purchase. The Antra Solar Power Welding Helmet gives maximum protection to the eyes as well as comfort and style to your personal protective attire. Other distinct features of the helmet are:

  • Wide range of shades for all the possible protection needs
  • Light construction makes it comfortable and does not affect the work process
  • Replacement lenses as standard with every purchase
  • Large viewing area gives you a wider view of your work space thereby improving the quality of your welding job
  • Highly sensitive and adjusts in a fraction of a second to the working conditions
  • Stylish design adds some fashion sense to a very tough job
  • Solar power backup prevents unforeseen downtime through a powerful lithium battery
  • Four point adjustment for the head gear makes it comfortable for the user with little need for constant adjusting once fitted
  • ANSI approved making it as safe as it is stylish
  • Durable casing made from nylon composites that can withstand large blows

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OSHA/ ANSI Welding Lens Rating

Welding are crucial personal protective equipment (PPE) that provide much needed protection from light radiation. Both OSHA and ANSI standards specify the correct welding lens rating that must adhered to depending on the welding operation being carried out.

Operation
Current (Amps)
Osha rating Number
ANSI rating number
Arc Welding
<60
7
Not applicable
Arc Welding
60-160
8
10
Arc Welding
>160-250
10
12
Arc Welding
>250-550
11
14
GMAW/FCAW
<60
7
-
 
60-160
10
11
 
160-250
10
12
 
250-500
10
14
GTAW
<50
8
10
 
50-150
8
12
 
>150-500
10
14
CAC-A LIGHT
<500
10
12
CAC-A HEAVY
500-1000
11
14
 
 
 
 

The shade number rating is an indication of the amount of radiation allowed to pass through the protective lens.As a rule of thumb, the higher the shade number the darker it is likely to be.

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      So important to have a good helmet if you're going to be a proficient welder.

      Useful hub.