The 3M™ Adflo™ powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) has become one of the most popular and widely awarded powered air welding respirators in the world. A slim, robust system designed specifically for welders.
The 3M™ Adflo™ powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) has become one of the most popular and widely awarded powered air welding respirators in the world. A slim, robust system designed specifically for welders has now been released in a heavy duty (HD) version to deliver added features and improved performance.
The new 3M™ Adflo™ HD Series features the new super lightweight heavy duty battery (40% lighter than the previous model) which can extend battery operating time to 12 hours. This can give the welder an extra four (4) hours over the standard systems.
The HD series also features the new one hour rapid charge. This allows the welder to charge the heavy duty battery from 0% to 80% capacity in approximately one hour.
The new Adflo PAPR HD system is available with the following 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmets which all feature the new 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Lens 9100XXi with Speedglas TrueView for crisp colour and clarity.
And we can help arm you with the information to answer this question for yourself..
When selecting a welding helmet it's hard to know what is important and what is nice to have. Instead of talking about features first which is just confusing we are going to talk about what you actually want and need. Then if you want further information on helmets that deliver on those wants & needs with cool features, then we'll tell you where you can find the info and show you a few cool videos. But first things first..
Here's what we think is important:
Put your safety over and above the cost of the welding helmet. You only get one pair of eyes and one pair of lungs. Your lungs are supposed to last a lifetime but there is no warranty and no where you can buy spare parts.
If you are a professional welder you'll be wearing a welding helmet all day, every day and even on weekends if you're anything like us... It needs to be comfortable and integrate ergonomics with performance. Whip lash isn't the only thing that can damage your neck and headaches aren't only caused by last night.
As the old saying goes.. Dress for the job you want and not the job you have. The same is true with welding helmets, kind of. What we are trying to say, badly, is that just because you don't need certain features today doesn't mean you won't need them down the track. For example you may need to TIG in the future or you may require powered air protection? Wouldn't you prefer to invest in a welding helmet that can do TIG, can be upgraded to Powered Air and will last you over a decade as opposed to a helmet that you buy for $60 bucks and chuck in the bin a few months later. A welding helmet is an investment not a cost saving exercise.
There are many aspects to consider when looking at the performance of a welding helmet. However, let's narrow it down for you. What do you ACTUALLY use it for? You use a welding helmet to view your weld right? So we recommend choosing the welding helmet with the biggest and the best vision. Easy right. This should be your starting point then you can build from here dependent on what's important to you.
So now we know what's important... But you don't really have any answers yet on which welding helmet to buy. Just more questions.
You've heard it all before... This welding helmet has the best welding vision or that helmet has the largest viewing area. How do you know which one to choose if they are all "the best welding helmet" or they all "have the best welding optics or vision" and they all have "the biggest welding lens".
Here's an idea... Put it on your head or failing that watch this video. This is a simple demo you can do in your own workshop to test the optics of the welding helmet.
The Speedglas 9100XXi DOES have the largest viewing area on the market with huge peripheral SideWindows which will blow your mind if you've never worn a Speedglas welding helmet before. Say "goodbye" to tunnel vision and "hello" to your mates trying to sneak up on you.
View NEW Speedglas TrueView and see colour, fine lines and edges like never before!!!
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