A welding helmet is an important piece of safety equipment that you use as a means for protecting your eyes, face, head and neck from harmful radiations emitted during the process. It will also protect you from sparks, and other molten particles that can fly off when you weld.
Although there are a lot of welding helmets available to choose from, not all are built according to certain standards to ensure your safety while at work.
The price of a quality welding helmet varies from affordable to expensive depending on the features offered as well as the brand that carries the unit. Two of the popular and most expensive welding helmets are from 3M and Jackson Safety.
Below, we will take a look at the unique benefits and features they offer that sets them apart from other welding helmets.
Jackson Safety W70 BH3 Welding Helmet
A top of the line welding helmet, the Jackson Safety W70 BH3 uses the Balder Technology responsible for its high quality optical rating. According to many reviews, wearing this helmet is like welding in high definition.
It features a large viewing screen measuring 3.8 x 2.7 inches, large enough to give you a clear view of your surrounding as well as your weld site. It also has a blue tint that enhances color recognition.
This function is highly wavelength-specific for this particular model. This means that the screen will only dim for a welding arc and not when you look at a lightbulb or the sun.
This is a convenient feature since it removes the need to take off the mask or manually flip the dark shade lens when not in use as is required by many helmets. Additionally, sensitivity settings are adjustable in case you need to change it.
Safety and Comfort
Because this is a top priority to be considered when choosing a welding helmet. The Jackson Safety W70 BH3 is made from lightweight, high-density plastic shell to protect you from weld sparks and spatters.
The helmet meets all safety standards from ANSI and ISEA, and is DIN Plus certified.
It has a curved front plate that functions to keep heat build-up at a minimum and an aerodynamic design to deflect fumes. It is also very lightweight at only 19.84 oz. which reduces the risk of straining your neck.
It offers 3 adjustability options to ensure that the helmet properly fits your head for maximum performance and comfort.
3M Speedglas Welding Helmet 9100
This welding helmet provides professional welders top-notch protection and great features to make welding jobs easier. It has the largest lens in the Speedglas line of welding helmet with a measurement of 2.8 x 4.2 inches.
It also offers excellent optical quality and the perfect view with its side windows shade 5 filter.
This helmet is equipped with 3 arc sensors for quick detection when an arc is struck. Light to dark shade transition instantaneously happens within 0.1ms, recovery time is also quick as the lens will turn to the lighter shade #3 almost immediately after the arc is struck, around 40-250ms, giving you time to inspect your weld puddle straightaway.
Arc sensitivity and recovery time can be adjusted accordingly. This feature also allows sensitive settings to be used for working on metal inert gas, arc welding, and tungsten inert gas.
3-channel exhaust vents
This design greatly reduces the chance of overheating and fogging. Through the exhaust vents, your breath is directed out of the helmet with the middle channel keeping the lens fog-free. The vents also provide fresh air for you to breathe in.
Comfort and Safety
The helmet weighs only 2.1 pounds and has extended coverage for the ears and the sides of the head. It provides ultraviolet and infrared protection in all shade states and effectively protects you from weld sparks, spatters and heat.
It complies with safety standards as well as with the AU and NZ standard for high-impact protection to ensure durability.
It also offers adjustability options for proper weight distribution and stability when worn. The Speedglas technology is designed to avoid pressure points on the head, this prevents fatigue and unnecessary straining the head and neck of the wearer for optimal performance.
A unique feature offered by this welding helmet that is useful for tack welding. On this mode, the lens automatically switches to the #5 shade to minimize eye fatigue during tack welding.
The screen has a front panel that offers you a range of adjustability options for different settings for increased work optimization and productivity. This also lets you customize the helmet to respond according to what is required for your work.
You can also switch easily between different welding jobs like TIG, MIG, plasma gutting, grinding, and many others in just a few seconds.