Best welding helmets
Find the best welding helmets from 3M and Optrel with variable lens shades, flip-up lens assemblies or with Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) systems. 3M helmets with Auto-Darkening Speedglas technology are the most advanced welding helmet around. The Speedglas lens automatically darkens as more eye protection is required.
Welding masks are worn to protect your face, eyes and neck from high-powered UV rays, sparks, infrared light, flash burns and heat. Used for a variety of welding applications, including arc welding, MIG, Stick and TIG welding.
Here you will find a comprehensive range of welding helmets and accessories for all your protective gear and wear needs. No matter what kind of welding you do, no matter what level of protection you need, our welding helmets are durable, safe, and sourced only from the best and most reputable brands.
Auto-Darkening vs. Passive Lenses
The lens on a welding helmet has a filter rating which determines how much UV rays are filtered. Lens shades range from #8 to #13. Lower filter rating is for low-amp welding, while higher rated lens filters are for high-amp applications.
Welding helmets with auto-darkening lenses has sensors on the helmet that sense the arc start and determines how much filter is required. Passive Lenses are an economical choice for welder’s helmets and has a fixed shade value, commonly #10 filter. Users flip-up the welding mask when not in use, then flip-down when eye protection is needed.
Frequently asked questions about welding helmets
Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about welding helmets. From how long do welding helmets last, to the different types of lenses, and which batteries are best. If you have a question you can’t find here, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team. At Enviro Safety Products, we pride ourselves on our impeccable customer service, and will respond to you as quickly as possible.
Q: How long do welding helmets last?
A: The welding helmet itself will last quite a while. However, the battery life will depend on how it’s powered. Rechargeable batteries last around seven years, and replaceable batteries last about three years, give or take. Although in cheaper helmets the battery may only last a month or two. It also depends on whether the batteries used as AAA or lithium. AAA batteries are cheaper and easier to find, but do not last as long as lithium.
A combination of solar and rechargeable battery is probably the best choice as these can last the longest. Another factor which plays a role in the life of a welding helmet is the brand and type. Cheaper helmets don’t always last as long as high-end helmets. On top of that, how well you look after you welding helmet will also affect how long it lasts.
Q: Does helmet weight matter?
A: Helmet weight does indeed matter. The lighter the welding helmet, the less neck strain experienced. Which then helps reduce fatigue. The right helmet weight depends on how the helmet is powered (AAA or lithium batteries), the lens switching speed, and the type of lens the helmet has. All of this is then taken into consideration along with how often you wear it each day.
If you spend most of your time welding, then it’s ideal that you choose the lightest welding helmet for your budget.
Q: Should I buy solar power, battery, or both?
A: Auto-darkening helmets come with different power options. The three most common options are:
- replaceable battery with solar assistance.
- internal non-replaceable battery with solar assistance.
- lithium batteries.
Lithium batters last longer, but are more expensive, and not as readily available as AAA batteries. Helmets with solar panels can need set charging period in direct sunlight before use.
AAA batteries with solar assistance are the easiest to find, the easiest to maintain, and the cheapest: making them a popular choice. However, if you want a longer battery life, than lithium is the better option.
Ultimately, the choice is a personal one, and can often come down to the model, or what type of welding helmet you need.
Q: How bad is welding for your eyes?
A: Without the right, or insufficient protection, welding is incredibly bad for your eyes. From UV radiation and extreme heat, to dangerous IF, adequate welding helmets prevent serious permanent damage and other serious health problems.
Where should I buy a welding helmet?
If you are looking for top of the line, affordable welding helmets, and other protect welding gear, Enviro Safety Products have you covered.
Our company has decades of experience with protective gear and wear, offering the best in customer service and price to the American public and military. We also pride ourselves on providing fast shipping wherever (and whenever) possible.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team.