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    Jackson W40 Welding Helmet, Do I Need New Batteries??

    My Jackson W40 helmet has worked perfectly, for 2.5 years.
    What I ran into yesterday, may be a characteristic of the helmet,, or perhaps the batteries are dead,,

    (NOTE, I have not used the "GRIND" mode before,,)

    When using the helmet as a "welding" helmet, the auto-darken works perfectly.

    but,,,, when using the helmet in "GRIND" mode, where the shade stays at "4", if the solar cell is not directed at a light source, the helmet reverts back to "WELD".
    The helmet reverts back to "WELD" in under 2 minutes,,.
    If I place the helmet under a significant light source, the helmet will stay in "GRIND" mode.

    Possibly, the helmet is "going to sleep" when it does not see a significant light source??

    It is sort of a pain having to keep resetting the helmet to "GRIND",, so I always have to "PARK" the helmet so that it is pointed at a bigger shop light.

    Do you think this is normal, or could it be that the batteries need to be replaced??


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    Re: Jackson W40 Welding Helmet, Do I Need New Batteries??

    Quote Originally Posted by SweetMK View Post
    My Jackson W40 helmet has worked perfectly, for 2.5 years.
    What I ran into yesterday, may be a characteristic of the helmet,, or perhaps the batteries are dead,,

    (NOTE, I have not used the "GRIND" mode before,,)

    When using the helmet as a "welding" helmet, the auto-darken works perfectly.

    but,,,, when using the helmet in "GRIND" mode, where the shade stays at "4", if the solar cell is not directed at a light source, the helmet reverts back to "WELD".
    The helmet reverts back to "WELD" in under 2 minutes,,.
    If I place the helmet under a significant light source, the helmet will stay in "GRIND" mode.

    Possibly, the helmet is "going to sleep" when it does not see a significant light source??

    It is sort of a pain having to keep resetting the helmet to "GRIND",, so I always have to "PARK" the helmet so that it is pointed at a bigger shop light.

    Do you think this is normal, or could it be that the batteries need to be replaced??

    I'd get out the owners manual.
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    Re: Jackson W40 Welding Helmet, Do I Need New Batteries??

    I have that helmet but I can't say I ever observed that issue. With mine, when I needed new batteries it just stopped working. Batteries are cheap enough, give it a try. Even with solar cells they don't last forever.
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    Re: Jackson W40 Welding Helmet, Do I Need New Batteries??

    Interesting to see what the answer is.

    I've never used grind mode on any helmets so am of no help.
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    Re: Jackson W40 Welding Helmet, Do I Need New Batteries??

    My Miller auto darkening helmet lasted 18 years,, I am sure I expected the Jackson to last more than 2.5 years,, so, I doubt the manual is to be found,,,,,,,,,,

    I do not know if the change from Grind back to Weld is a problem, other than the "reset", the helmet works as it should, in "Weld".

    The Miller did not have a "Grind" mode,,

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    Re: Jackson W40 Welding Helmet, Do I Need New Batteries??

    If I'm not actually welding I want the hood off my head.

    Plus isn't it difficult to switch modes with gloves on?? Maybe a voice actuated Bluetooth option would be nice.


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    Re: Jackson W40 Welding Helmet, Do I Need New Batteries??

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    If I'm not actually welding I want the hood off my head.
    I was using the helmet with the plasma cutter, "GRIND" is perfect

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    Re: Jackson W40 Welding Helmet, Do I Need New Batteries??

    OK, as a follow up, I forgot the helmet had a battery condition displayed inside the helmet.

    The helmet has been in the dark for 2 days, and I looked at it this evening, the battery condition shows "FULL',

    So, my guess is that "GRIND" only stays on as a solar powered function.
    The display is LCD, but when the helmet is switched to "GRIND" , a bright amber light is displayed.
    I would think the helmet only displays that amber light with solar power,, the light may draw too much current for the little coin battery.

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