Originally Posted by 71corvette
for me it was night and day. I have a cheap auto darkening helmet with adjstable shade and was having trouble seeing my weld location with it. I bought a Miller auto darkening helmet and my quality of weld has greatly improved. also with the cheaper ones most do not come with lens protectors and the strap and headgear are cheap. to me the difference is like comparing a 5 dollar cheap chinese ratchet to a snap on ratchet. I am sorry I did not buy a good helmet sooner
The first cheap helmet I bought 5 years ago (battery powered) was exactly as you described.....However, the $68 solar I bought 2 years ago is a whole different creature and I am very happy with it.....
ps: both came with replaceable lens protectors....and as a tip:
I buy thin Lexan sheet and cut my own w/snips....much less $$$$