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Old 09-29-2013, 08:57 AM
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auto darken weld helmet question

What's the safest way of testing the lens to make sure it's working ? I can get it to darken some if I hold it near the floresent lite , it has new batteries. Thanks

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I think you answered your own question. Holding the lens to a bright light should make the lens switch over.

Unless it is a very cheap lens and doesn't have good sensitivity it might not switch that way. Then you could try welding with it without looking directly at the weld and you would know right away if it was working or not.
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Looking at the sun should do it, wouldn't you think?
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I use a 3m helmet so I'm not sure how a cheaper helmet would react. It should switch if it's not broken.

What kind of helmet is it?
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Looking at the sun should do it, wouldn't you think?

That is 100% right unless you have something like "x-mode" (electromagnetically senses the arc) on your autoshade it should darken when looking at the sun.
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It's a speedglas 9000
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My autodarken helmet will even switch to dark looking directly at an incandescent lamp, and wave my hand in front of the helmet, to briefly put a shadow on the sensors.

Looking at the sun is not going to work here in Oregon until about next April!
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This was an easy fix for a change !The NEW batteries I put in 2 wks. ago were actually bad. The helmet had been in the box almost 2 years and not used as we had moved and I had to wait for my shop and the electrical to get finished so I bought some batts and installed them . Good thing I just put the old ones in the bottom of the box ! They still work ! I automatically thought it was broken after setting so long and moved all over . Thanks for the response everyone !
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good cleaning

Every so often I take my helmet apart and clean everything, they work a lot better when you get all the smoke stain off.
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My problem is not using my tools enough to keep them working . Due to health problems I'm limited as to how much I can use them but if I didn't have them I'd be trying to get someone to do these little jobs all the time , I have to pick the things that surely is not needed right away LOL ! The helmet was in the box almost 2 years !!!!! Thanks for getting back !!
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i have a harbor freight autodark helmet at the house, i do most of my welding at the shop anymore.
if i don't use it much in a year, it sometimes fails to darken.
i lay it out in the sun for a day and it works fine after that.
the batteries must be charged when welding, laying it out in the sun must charge the batteries
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i have a harbor freight autodark helmet at the house, i do most of my welding at the shop anymore.
if i don't use it much in a year, it sometimes fails to darken.
i lay it out in the sun for a day and it works fine after that.
the batteries must be charged when welding, laying it out in the sun must charge the batteries
I hear all the time how HF stuff is not worth nringing home. When my son in law was here I borrowed my neighbors HF aut helmet for my son in law. That 39 dollar helmet put my 120 dollar helmet to shame.

Agreed, much of what they have is not great quality but there are things that are very much worth the money. Especially for we non professionals.

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Just look at your phone screen, Itll trigger it because most phone screens are UV light, same as what triggers an auto darkening.
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I love my Nitro. If the screen goes bad you can replace it. It has shade settings and time settings. If I use a grinder it will darken before even seeing one spark. 10 years running and no sign of let down. great investment. $169 but well worth it.
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Put the helmet on and point a TV remote control at it and push some buttons on the remote. The remote puts out Infra Red which will trigger the auto darken function.
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