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    Does the glass lose it darkness on the bedpost overnight over time?

    I've a cheap Clarke one, came with the welder, and the lens doesn't make the weld pool dim enough to look at. I don't remember it being as bad as this. I can replace the glass but is it worth it, should I just lump out for a better helmet? I don't really do enough welding to justify it but I really don't want to damage my sight or get arc eye.

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    The internal batteries die. One of mine went that way. I pulled it apart ans soldered in a set of flying lead so I could fit a set AAA batteries. It's worked fine since then. However, a replacement auto mask starts at about £35 nowdays, and is well worth it.

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    Thanks, I'll buy a new one. If I can't bodge the old one

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheb View Post
    Thanks, I'll buy a new one. If I can't bodge the old one
    you better buy a new one...

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    Buy a decent one and you’ll wonder how the fuck you ever managed before....


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    Default Re: Auto darkening welding helmet glass

    Mines just given up the ghost too. Any recommendations on make, I see some real cheap ones about.

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    I assumed they ran direct off the solar/light energy from the arc.
    Is there always a battery - presumably only very occasional use is a bad thing then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by go_slow View Post
    Mines just given up the ghost too. Any recommendations on make, I see some real cheap ones about.
    I have one of these

    https://www.weldequip.com/swp-eliminator-xv.htm

    and one of these

    https://www.weldequip.com/siflite-helmet.htm

    and one I bought ~15 years ago , which I replaced the battery in.

    the ones that will take a magnifying lens come in handy for tig in particular, but useful for any close up stuff where you need to see what's going on with the weld pool. More than one sensor is handy as well, my original mask only had a single sensor and there were times welding things like frames where the sensor couldn't see the arc, and didn't go dark. The mask is dark enough (and eliminated the UV and IR anyway) to prevent damage to your eyes, but you do get some serious purple spots for a few seconds afterwards, not to mention not being able to get a decent bead.

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    Default Re: Auto darkening welding helmet glass

    Dono what it will be like but Aldi has a Auto darkening welding helmet this Thursday for £22.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1888 View Post
    Dono what it will be like but Aldi has a Auto darkening welding helmet this Thursday for £22.99
    Probably like the £35 one, only £23 instead.

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