AUDEW Solar Auto Darkening Welding Helmet Review
When I decided to open my own metal shop, I never thought I would get as much business as I currently have. When I first started, I figured that I would just do a lot of my own projects and then work on some professional pieces on the side.
Thankfully, however, what started as a side business has now become a full-time gig, and I’m working and welding all the time now. Thus, to help me get the most out of my work, I need a welding helmet that can keep up with me.
I’ve used a variety of helmets over the years, but recently I came across the AUDEW Auto Darkening Helmet. I have to say that so far I am very impressed with the results. If you want a helmet that can handle your workload with ease, then this is the model for you.
Auto Darkening Helmets
When I first started out as a welder, I got a cheap fixed shade model. Although that particular helmet worked out fine for most of the jobs I was doing, I knew that I needed something with more power if I was ever going to get serious about welding as a profession.
Auto darkening helmets are by far more superior since they continuously adjust the shade to match whatever you’re doing. Overall, I have to say that this particular model has held up remarkably well, even with just two sensors working.
Large Viewing Screen
One of the biggest downsides I found with auto darkening helmets is that the view screen is usually much smaller. Having used a fixed shade helmet I was expecting a large window, but I was in for a big surprise.
Thankfully, this model has a viewing area that is sufficient for my needs. It took a little bit of adjustment on my end to get used to a smaller window, but overall I’ve found that this size is perfect for most jobs.
- Badass design
- Lightweight material
- Durable construction
- Auto darkening feature
- Fast transition from light to dark
- Ideal for welding or grinding
- Large viewing area
- Solar powered battery
- Battery saver operation
- Batteries are not replaceable
- Does not fit with a hard hat
- In rare cases, auto darkening feature may not work properly
- In rare instances, you may experience flashing
- Skull design
- Weighs less than a pound
- Durable material
- Auto darkening feature
- Two sensors for fast transition
- Ideal for most welding or grinding
- Manual shade adjustment also available
- Resting shade of #4
- Variable shade of #9 to #13
- Lithium battery powered
- Solar power backup
- 62” by 1.66” viewing screen
- Automatic power on/off functionality
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Q: Can you replace the batteries on this helmet?
A: Unfortunately, you cannot. If they die on you, you have to get a whole other helmet.
Q: Can you wear a hard hat with this?
A: I don’t believe you can. The headband is adjustable, but it’s not quite big enough for hard hats I’m afraid.
Q: Does it come in any other design?
A: I don’t believe that it does.
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Overall, I have to say that I am very pleased with this helmet. I do wish that you could replace the batteries without having to get a whole new unit, but otherwise, I’ve found that the auto darkening function works great (even with just two sensors), and the helmet feels very comfortable while I’m using it.
I would highly recommend this to both casual or professional welders.