What is a Speedglas Upgrade Kit?

Article By: Team AWS

As the leading brand in welder’s PPE, Speedglas™ continues to evolve its welding helmet designs. This means that, even as a current Speedglas helmet owner, there are always opportunities to upgrade your protection and enjoy the latest technology.

Welders who currently own a Speedglas welding helmet with Adflo™ PAPR may want to experience new features that are exclusive to a specific Speedglas headtop. However, given they already use an Adflo PAPR, they may not see the value in purchasing a new Speedglas powered air system in its entirety. This is where the upgrade kit comes in!

So… what exactly is a Speedglas helmet upgrade kit?

Put simply, these upgrade kits are comprised of a new headtop and lens to connect to your existing Adflo PAPR unit. This means you can upgrade your headtop without having to purchase a complete system, saving you some money in the process!

Each helmet in the Speedglas respiratory welding helmet range can be purchased as an upgrade kit. Here’s a rundown of your options…



3M™ Speedglas™ G5-01 Welding Helmet Upgrade Kit (Part No. 611130)

Heavy-duty welders require heavy-duty protection. Designed from inception to suit high-amperage welding in hard-wearing environments, the G5-01 boasts a series of exclusive new features that can be fully customised to the needs of each individual welder.

From choosing the ideal colour tone for your dark state with Variable Colour Technology, to adjusting the airflow inside your helmet with Climate Control, to brightening your workspace with an optional task light, or controlling lens settings via Bluetooth©… the G5-01 puts you in the driver’s seat like no other helmet out there.

If you’re one of the thousands of Speedglas 9100 FX Air owners in Australia and New Zealand, this upgrade makes a lot of sense. The G5-01 retains all the standout qualities of the FX Air, but with a slimmer helmet profile, larger viewing area (73 x 109mm), larger flip-up grinding visor (170 x 104mm) and more!

This upgrade kit includes: a Speedglas G5-01 flip-up headtop, and a G5-01VC lens with True-View and Variable Colour.

Find out more about the G5-01 Upgrade Kit here



3M™ Speedglas™ 9100XXi Air Welding Helmet Upgrade Kit (Part No. 509026)

A Speedglas 9100XXi Air will allow you to see your welds with better colour and contrast than ever before, thanks to Speedglas’ signature True-View optics. Moreover, the lens is capable of arc detection down to an industry leading 1 amp; with a central TIG sensor made for precision welding.

The 9100XXi Air also enables a seamless transition from welding to grinding. This is achieved via an external button that lets welders easily switch between grind mode and two pre-set welding memory modes.

This upgrade kit includes: a Speedglas 9100XXi Air headtop, a 9100XXi lens with True-View, a quick-release Adflo breathing tube, and a premium carry bag.

Find out more about the 9100 Air Upgrade Kit here



3M™ Speedglas™ 9100XXi FX Air Welding Helmet Upgrade Kit (Part No. 549026)

The Speedglas 9100XXi FX Air is best known for its smooth flip-up mechanism, where the welding visor can be lifted to reveal a 170 x 100mm clear grinding visor for extended non-welding applications. This instantly recognisable flip-up front has made the FX Air one of the most popular headtops on the market.

What’s more, the helmet features the same 9100XXi lens with True-View optics and industry leading arc detection to cover all the bases for professional welders.

This upgrade kit includes: a Speedglas 9100XXi FX Air flip-up headtop, a 9100XXi lens with True-View, a quick-release Adflo breathing tube, and a premium carry bag.

Find out more about the 9100 FX Air Upgrade Kit here



3M™ Speedglas™ 9100XXi MP Air Welding Helmet Upgrade Kit (Part No. 579026)

The Speedglas 9100XXi MP Air is the definitive all-rounder, offering five levels of integrated welding protection in one helmet (eye, face, head, respiratory and optional hearing protection). Chief among the new additions is a built-in safety helmet, which is also designed to easily accommodate earmuffs.

If hard hats are mandatory onsite at your new job, this is the upgrade to make!

This upgrade kit includes: a Speedglas 9100XXi MP Air flip-up headtop, a 9100XXi lens with True-View, a quick-release Adflo breathing tube, and a premium carry bag.

Find out more about the 9100 MP Air Upgrade Kit here



PLUS: Speedglas Battery Upgrade Kits!!

Still using the old black NiMH Adflo battery? Upgrade your Adflo battery to get the most out of your powered air respirator!

Speedglas battery upgrade kits include a new Lithium-Ion Adflo battery and accompanying new Adflo charger to integrate into your existing PAPR unit. This new battery is not only 40% lighter, but also includes a One Hour Rapid Charge function: meaning it just takes an hour to charge the battery to 80%!

Two Lithium-Ion upgrade kits are available: the standard battery (8 hours runtime approx.) and the heavy-duty version (12 hours runtime approx.)

3M™ Adflo™ Lithium-Ion Standard Battery Upgrade Kit w/ Charger (Part No. 837630C)

3M™ Adflo™ Lithium-Ion Heavy-Duty Battery Upgrade Kit w/ Charger (Part No. 837631C)

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