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!!!
Want to learn more about Speedglas TrueView? Read this.
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Ever wonder if you could complete welding & grinding tasks faster? Could you improve productivity? How much is your time worth?
In this video they put the 3M Speedglas Welding Helmet 9100XXi and 3M Cubitron II Flap Disc (80 grit) up against another auto-darkening welding helmet, grinding visor and a competitor's flap disc (80 grit).
We were contacted by a welder on Facebook who said his helmet had better vision than a Speedglas. We called up the local Speedglas sales manager and put the new Speedglas Welding Helmet 9100XXi to the test. See his review below...
If you haven't tried it yet... Maybe it's time you put the new Speedglas 9100XXi Welding Helmet to the test!!
Introducing the new 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet Series 9100XXi. The Speedglas 9100XXi offers True-View combined with the largest viewing area on the market* that includes SideWindow peripheral vision.
Below we show the vision that you'd be used to (right)... then we compare that view with the new 3M Speedglas 9100XXi Welding Helmet Series Vision (left).
Thanks to improved optics, True-View allows you to more readily recognise colours and contours. Literally see the difference when you focus on your welding set-up, welding technique, precision grinding, and inspection of just-completed welds.
Why can I now see colour?
As you know a welding lens blocks UV & IR which are the harmful components of light. UV is UltraVoilet and IR is InfraRed. So, UV is at the voilet or blue end of the light scale and IR is at the red end of the light scale. By blocking the harmful parts of light, welding lenses would also block the blues and reds from reaching the welder. Hence why from the outside of the welding helmet a welding lens appears purple (Purple = Blue + Red being reflected).
With the new Speedglas 9100XXi Welding Helmet Series the welder benefits from the same level of UV/IR protection BUT also benefits from being able to see a much wider visible light spectrum. This results in more colour and more definition in every weld.
Other Features of the Speedglas Welding Helmet 9100XXi
A new motion-sensor instantly turns the welding lens ON and with the advanced External Grind & Set-and-Forget feature you never need to touch the internal Welding Helmet control panel again.
Experience the power of Speedglas 9100XXi, capable of detecting an arc down to an industry leading 1 amp.
Previously, a widely used option available to welders working in areas with overhead hazards was the combination welding shield with safety helmet. However, since the welding shield and safety helmet are mechanically connected, this meant that when welders’ took off their welding helmet they also removed their overhead protection.
With the new 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet 9100 QR, welders never need to remove their safety helmet when they remove their welding helmet. This is particularly important for worksites across Australia and New Zealand where the wearing of safety helmets is compulsory at all times.
Once secured on the safety helmet the 3M™ Speedglas™ Quick Release Rail allows the welder to easily attach or remove the welding shield with a squeeze of a gloved finger and thumb. The ability to detach the welding shield independently of the safety helmet means it may be removed for non-welding tasks.
On the other hand, if the welder prefers to keep the welding helmet attached, it may be quickly and easily parked in the raised position. This parked position creates a low centre of gravity, maintains a low profile and reduces the load on the wearers’ neck.
“Welders don’t weld one hundred percent of the time. So why should they wear a welding helmet during set-up and non-welding tasks?” says David Chippendale, Marketing Manager at AWS.
“The new Speedglas Welding Helmet 9100 QR delivers continuous head protection with the flexibility of being able to attach and detach the top-of-the-line Speedglas auto-darkening welding helmet”.
The Speedglas Welding Helmet 9100 QR features the new Speedglas 9100XXi welding lens. When combined with the Speedglas SideWindows the Speedglas welding helmet 9100 QR gives welders the largest viewing area available on the Australian & New Zealand market.
Featuring the new feature packed Speedglas 9100XXi auto-darkening welding lens, SideWindows and a fog reduction vent, the new Speedglas 9100XXi QR welding and safety helmet is packed with features.
Product Launch - New 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet Series 9100XXi
“Literally See the Difference”
We are happy to announce that Eweld now stocks the new Speedglas 9100XXi welding helmet series from 3M.
The new Speedglas auto-darkening welding helmet series 9100XXi from 3M is built on 30 years of expertise and sets a new benchmark in welding helmet technology. The 3M Speedglas 9100XXi series is designed for professional welders who require optimum comfort, trusted protection and ultimate performance.
The new top-of-the-line series features the largest Speedglas welding lens available. The Speedglas welding lens 9100XXi when combined with the peripheral Speedglas SideWindows gives welders the largest viewing area amongst auto-darkening welding helmets currently available on the Australian & New Zealand market.
The new “True-View” lens delivers a greater degree of definition and natural colour. Shades of blue and red as well as contours and edges are more visible due to improved welding lens optics. The new “Grab-and-Go” motion detector senses movement and instantly activates the welding lens to the welding setting that was last used.
A “One-Touch” external button activates grind mode. Another quick push reactivates the auto-darkening welding settings.
Just like the programmed pre-set stations on a radio, the new “Set-and-Forget” feature allows welders to pre-set their most frequently used welding helmet settings. By holding down the external button, welders can seamlessly switch between different welding applications without having to re-set the welding helmet. Each memory mode has an individual setting for dark shade, switching sensitivity and dark-to-light delay. For example, by holding down the external button, the welder can switch between low-amp TIG and high-amp MIG welding in a matter of seconds.
The new 3M Speedglas Welding Helmet Series 9100XXi is available with flip-up functionality, head protection, hearing protection and with powered or supplied air respiratory protection. Featuring Speedglas’ legendary comfort and performance and the new True-View, Grab-and-Go, One-Touch and Set-and-Forget features, the Speedglas Welding Helmet Series 9100XXi is in a class of its own.
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