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Thread: Any advantages to a conventional flip helmet over an auto darkening helmet??

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    Re: Any advantages to a conventional flip helmet over an auto darkening helmet??

    Quote Originally Posted by Ajh View Post
    I have noticed at college wearing my autodarkening mask it seems ok but when I'm a couple meters away from the arc watching others it flickers, it's not a cheapo one either it's make is "sif", I wondered if this was the auto darkening function, and also wondered what advantages a conventional flip helmet has over an auto darkening helmet
    Well with auto darkening hoods, usually, you can adjust the sensitivity. I have to adjust mine because if someone is welding AC in the near vicinity, my hood darkens
    The pro though? Speed It is great for tacking, especially when you have to fit and you're by yourself.

    The traditional hood is good for clarity, IMO. And a flip up lens is great though for grinding. You get a good clear view when cleaning your welds with full face and neck protection

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    Re: Any advantages to a conventional flip helmet over an auto darkening helmet??

    I prefer Auto. I have been flashed far far far more in my life with my passive helmet up from accidental arc strikes then when wearing an auto down and repositioning, tacking, restarting, new rod etc......

    I would rather a stiff kick to the nads then knowing I to weld all day with a passive lid. Shopping around for a new auto as I type.
    Last edited by kald; 06-24-2016 at 01:18 PM.
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    Re: Any advantages to a conventional flip helmet over an auto darkening helmet??

    Put it this way, it would be a cold day in ##@$ before I chose the flip helmet over my auto helmet.

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    Re: Any advantages to a conventional flip helmet over an auto darkening helmet??

    What not have the advantages of both. Jackson flip front with a arc-one singles 240 Name:  uploadfromtaptalk1466817444958.jpg
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    Re: Any advantages to a conventional flip helmet over an auto darkening helmet??

    QUOTE by VPT;7155031 "I love my flipper! I used auto lids, they flashed me, piss on that!"

    I am surprised that no one has mentioned eye health. VPT came close, although I do not believe urination is the solution (At least not in this case). I did a quick look up on switching speeds. The 3m Speedglas claims to be switching at 0.1ms. That means that EVERY TIME you strike an ark your eyes get radiated 0.0001 seconds. So for every 10,000 strikes you get 1 second of exposure. I would venture to guess. that in many cases, professionals might make a thousand strikes or more in a shift. The damage to your eyes is collective. I wrestled with this about 13 years ago. Up to that point I had only oxy-fuel welded. The basis for my conclusion was that I am older and I am not doing this every day. Over time I would get minimal exposure. I got the auto-dark hood.

    My thought pattern is concern for younger professional welders, particularly where high frequency is prevalent.

    Not to worry, I hear they got that cataract surgery down real good!

    "Long-term exposure to UV light can produce cataracts in some persons."

    https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/safe...ding/eyes.html
    Last edited by ampedtech; 07-15-2016 at 03:13 PM. Reason: flubed up the quote....better get checked for cataracts!
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