Buying a welder helmet can be quite a daunting task. With so many additional features and options to have on your helmet, it can take hours to walk out with the perfect helmet for you. To help with your purchase, we’ve pulled together a checklist of things which you need to consider before purchasing any welding helmet.
Like with most things, the more you spend the better quality you will get. However, depending on what welding processes you primarily carry out, additional features may not be necessary for you to have. So, knowing what you would and wouldn’t benefit from is a great way to not overspend. Setting a budget for your helmet is also a great way to make sure you don’t leave the shop with a hole in your pocket!
Each welding helmet offers different features and amount of protection. Some of the most common features include:
- Passive vs auto-darkening lens – The lens shade offers great protection from harmful infrared and UV rays. If most of your welding processes have a limited amperage range then a fixed-shade helmet will be best suited to you. however, if you regularly use different welding processes, such as Stick, TIG or MIG, then a variable shade lens will be better suited. This is because it will allow you to protect your eyes properly while achieving the best view of the weld puddle.
- Viewing area size – Viewing size is one of the biggest things to consider when purchasing a welding helmet. Typical viewing size ranges from 6 sg. In. for light duty and to 9 sq. in. for industrial use. The viewing size of your welding helmet is based on personal preference so we suggest trying a few helmets with different viewing area sizes and find what works for you!
- Weight – the weight of a helmet is down to what is comfortable for you. a lighter weight helmet minimizes the stain on the operator neck and increases the comfort. The weight of helmets doesn’t differentiate to much but over time you will be able to notice the impact it can have on your neck.
WIRS is one of the UK’s largest supplier of Miller Welding Helmets. Both the Digital infinity and Elite series which are available from any of our three West Midlands branches. To find out more about WIRS: https://wirs.co.uk/welding-supplies/miller-welding-helmets