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auto dim welding helmet - is this normal?

Old 02-17-2009, 05:05 PM
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the dark area in thew middle usually means it is not turning on.

my old jackson auto dark woul do this at times, i would just replace the batteries and go on my way.

try replacing the batteries.
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Old 02-17-2009, 05:30 PM
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its solar power. and its turning on, maybe it just needs some solar charge. normal lights will charge them too right? or only sun/weld arc?
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:37 AM
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replace the battery in your solar lens

my hobart hood died on me about a week ago and it had a small watch battery in there
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Toysrme
i wouldn't trust any of those cheap ones. looks too much like restickered hardbor frieght's vision killers.
how does anyone know there $250 helmet doesnt have the same cheap electronics in it as a $50 off brand, but with a better (looking) shell and nicer headgear? and they all have ---- that blocks the damaging rays if it switches or not. id like to seem some proof that expensive helmets protect your eyes better. plus i think all electronics and sensors are made in china :1 and you can buy a nice 22" lcd for under $150 now, that probly has more high tech ---- in it then a miller welding mask 2"x4" dimming screen


plus i keep reading ---- like this http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/auto...et-146492.html :1
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Old 02-18-2009, 01:40 PM
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same deal with the ching chong parts on ebay. 12,500 sellers and 2 companies that make the stuff. lowend, and topend.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:27 PM
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its easy. i use a cheap hood 8-12h a day every week and i get arc eye. my eyes turn dry and very scratchy. i use a practically free jackson shadow or a better helmet and its never a problem. done the HF thing. sucked, didn't work. low battery life and had arc eye as soon as i went from home flux core to welding hours a day. it was a problem.
do what c0mpl3x said. change the battery. the hoods run off the battery most of the time anyway.

no different than the dude taking fish antibiotics to me. the ---- comes from china. no quality control what so ever. they cant make god damned milk thats safe to drink. why anyone want to take rX
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:46 PM
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it has a couple hundred good reviews on the northern site too thats why i said fuckit and picked one up, im gona go return it /exchange it and try the new one before i leave the store. if it has the same issue ill probly get the hunstman i was lookin at
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by WTF
how does anyone know there $250 helmet doesnt have the same cheap electronics in it as a $50 off brand, but with a better (looking) shell and nicer headgear? and they all have ---- that blocks the damaging rays if it switches or not. id like to seem some proof that expensive helmets protect your eyes better.
LOL - Have you ever actually compared them? If so, you'd know there's no comparison- there's no better proof than that. I can tell the difference when I wake up in the morning if I was welding the night before- between a cheapo and a good helmet.

If you weld for like 20 minutes in a sitting once a week then you might not notice it - doesn't mean there isn't an additive effect. All I know looking through a ching chong helmet now that I am used to using my Optrel or Miller elite makes me feel suicidal.
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:28 PM
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yes i have, but not welding all day or anything, the miller elite had a diagnal line i noticed, the china one has a horizontal one. neither look as good to me as looking through my non-dimming $20 helmet

i looked into it somemore, basicly all helmets that are ANSI rated will protect you from %100 UV and IR light %100 of the time if they fail to dim or not. but im sure you guys weld alot more then me so your probly just speaking from expience and are probly right. but with the way people are today about everything i just have a hard time beliving in a place where i cant even smoke in a bar anymore, they can sell something that would so obviousy cause danger to your eyes


also after strolling through the local HF, this mask is the EXACT same one they sell with blue flames for $39 :1 funny it has so many good reviews on the northern tool website
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