Lincoln Electric VIKING 3350 Black Welding Helmet Review
For many welders (or for me, at least), it’s common to get attached to your gear. When you work with the same piece of equipment day in and day out for so long, it’s easy to develop something of a bond with it, even though it’s lifeless and won’t ever talk back to you.
Regardless, I have to say that when I first got the Lincoln Electric VIKING 3350 Helmet, I wasn’t sure how I would feel. I had previously used a helmet that belonged to my brother, so it had much more personal value.
However, after a few days of using the VIKING, I all but forgot about my old helmet, and now the two of us are just inseparable. If you’re looking for a quality piece of welding equipment that you can bond with, then the VIKING is for you.
When my dad was welding (back in the good old days), he only used fixed shade helmets. For many years, that’s just the way things were done, and it all worked out fine.
However, with the advent of new technology, we now have options, most notably in the fact that we have automatic helmets. The best part of auto-dimming units is that you can work on almost anything without having to worry about the shade.
Since the helmet makes all the adjustments for you (in a fraction of a second) you can focus on your work and not fiddling with your gear. The VIKING has four independent sensors which help ensure that you get the best results every time.
4C Optical Lens
One of the most important aspects of a welding helmet is the optics. You need to be able to see what you’re doing clearly and without interference, which is why I love the VIKING so much.
My old helmet had a thick green tinge to it. Over time, I got used to it, but after using this model, I realized that I didn’t have to settle for something so tinted. The VIKING has optimized optics, so you get the best results possible, and it doesn’t have any coloring, meaning that you see everything much better overall.
- Sleek all black design
- Durable construction
- Lightweight material
- Large viewing area
- High-quality optics
- Long lasting battery
- Auto darkening
- Fast operation
- Compatible with hard hats
- Comes with warranty
- Heavier than most other models
- Can get scratched easily
- Not ideal for outdoor use
- In rare cases, you may experience flashing
- Black design
- Comes with decals so you can decorate it
- Durable material
- Easy to adjust headband
- Bandana included for sweat
- 74” by 3.34” viewing screen
- Compatible with most cheater lenses
- Can use with a hard hat
- Perfect optical clarity 1/1/1/1
- Ideal for most welding or grinding
- Auto darkening feature
- Four sensors included
- Solar powered batteries
- Three-year limited warranty
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Q: Can you replace the batteries on this helmet?
A: Yes, although you have to take the assembly out to get to the batteries. It’s not overly complicated, but it’s not as easy as some other models.
Q: Does it come with extra lenses?
A: Yes, it comes with multiple lenses, as well as a bag and bandana for sweat.
Q: Can I use a cheater lens with this helmet?
A: Yes, it is compatible with many magnifying lenses.
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Since I got the VIKING helmet, I have to say that it and I are now inseparable. In fact, I think the other guys at work are starting to get jealous, as evidenced by the fact that they keep asking if they can borrow my helmet when I’m not using it.
Overall, I love the added features and clarity of vision with this model, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.