auto darking welding helmet?

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  1. tims78camaro

    tims78camaro Veteran Member

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    i have never use one and im having trouble with it. my problem is it to dark when i weld and when the garage has all the light on it goes dark. can i turn sensitivity all the way down without it hurting my eyes just afraid i will set something to low
     
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  2. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    That sounds to me like the helmet isn't working like it should. Mine will not darken under garage lighting unless I look directly into a very bright light. Your garage lighting shouldn't be enough to make it darken.
     
  3. Crazy4camaro

    Crazy4camaro Veteran Member

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    The sensitivity has nothing to do with the shade number, you should have a dial with numbers on it for the shade. If not you will have to change the dark lens out with a lighter one. Post a pic of your controls.
     
  4. hogg

    hogg Veteran Member

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    maybe letting the lite get in behind you , try putting on ,over the back of you head,neck,a rag , so lite from over head don't get in. Maybe
     
  5. SRGN

    SRGN Veteran Member

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    I'm with the others, check your adjustments.
     
  6. budro6968

    budro6968 Veteran Member

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    Try setting it out in the sun to charge up. And like the others try to adjust and find a different lens to suit your needs.
     
  7. SRGN

    SRGN Veteran Member

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    Almost forgot, make sure there isn't a "grind mode" switch that has been inadvertently switched on. It won't get dark enough if activated and may affect sensitivity as well.
     
  8. tom3

    tom3 Veteran Member

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    On mine I think the grind mode is basically off. And do try different adjustments. These helmets are made to work with various welders, stick weld in thicker metal you'll have a big arc, mig in sheet metal much smaller. Pretty amazing device when it's working right though.
     
  9. brooksman9

    brooksman9 Veteran Member

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    I believe OSHA standards are a setting of 13 or higher. We had some nice inexpensive Miller hoods at work that only went to either 11 or 12 and they were just not dark enough. You could tell after you had been welding for a bit. I did not like them. Bought some that went higher and they are much better.
     

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