Welding Helmets: What to look for when vision is important.

Article By: Australian Welding Supplies (AWS)

Welding helmet vision is a topic that is often discussed between welders, often with heated debate over which welding helmet is ‘the best welding helmet’. So let’s take a look at the elements that matter in giving you the BEST welding viewing experience.

Sensors –

A common misconception is that the more sensors, the better. But what about the QUALITY of the arc sensors? There is no point having multiple sensors if they can’t detect an arc. The Speedglas 9100XXi and new Speedglas 9002NC welding lenses are built with TIG Sensor Technology (TST), giving you arc detection down to an industry-leading 1 amp.  

Another important consideration is the ‘placement’ or ‘position’ of the welding arc sensors. While most welding helmet lenses have sensors positioned on the side of the auto-darkening welding filter, the Speedglas 9100XXi Series Welding Helmets have the all-important centre sensor for precise TIG welding.

Clarity –

Welding lens clarity is crucial while welding and can help dramatically increase efficiency. A clearer view when setting up and increased accuracy when placing electrodes means a reduced need for grinding and rework.  Put simply, you can work faster when you can always see! True-View technology used in the 9100XXi and 9002NC auto-darkening filters gives welders a much clearer and more realistic view, helping contours and edges appear in more colour.

Peripheral vision –

Peripheral vision is important whether you’re working in a busy environment, on a large site or in a fabrication shop. Eliminating ‘tunnel vision’ helps to identify previously hidden peripheral hazards that may be present while you weld. The use of peripheral SideWindows with the Speedglas 9100XXi series of welding helmets gives you an increased field of vision through two, shade 5 lenses with conventional shade 13 UV protection.

Viewing area –

While the two previous points are perhaps more important, viewing area is another factor which makes a great helmet. A larger viewing area allows you to see more of your welding setup and work environment, reducing the need for head movement and minimising neck strain. The Speedglas 9002NC has a large 55 x 107mm auto-darkening lens, while the Speedglas 9100XXi filter is 73 x 107mm – giving you the largest viewing area on the market when combined with peripheral SideWindows*.

View the 3M Speedglas 9100 Welding Helmet Series with Powered Air Respiratory Protection

View the 3M Speedglas 9100 Welding Helmet Series with Supplied Air Respiratory Protection

View the 3M Speedglas 9100 Welding Helmet Series

View the 3M Speedglas 9002NC Welding Helmet

*Largest viewing area amongst auto-darkening helmets currently available on the Australian & New Zealand market at the time of writing.