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    What's New — Which Welding Helmet

    New Speedglas Welding Helmet Series Launches!!

    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.

    View the Speedglas 9100XXi Welding Helmets

    View the Speedglas 9100XXi Welding Helmets with the Adflo Powered Air Respirator  


    Which Welding Helmet? A How To Guide to Choosing a Welding Helmet.

    With so many different welding helmets out on the market it's tough to understand how they differ. They all seem to be similar in some areas and completely different in others. But how do you know what's important and what isn't? How do you know what you should spend your hard-earned on and what is simply a marketing gimmick. While no price can be placed on the personal safety of you or your employees, an auto-darkening welding helmet offers the added incentive of increasing the efficiency of the welder for a more productive work environment. Not only can you work faster when you can always see but you also move more efficiently, placing electrodes more precisely.

    When you select a welding helmet you should concentrate on the things that actually matter:

    • Your view of the arc
    • Detection of the arc
    • Level of protection and of course...
    • Will the helmet last?  

    Sounds fairly simple right? So based on the things that actually matter we have put together a list of features to consider when selecting a welding helmet.                                          

    • Optical quality: Auto-darkening lenses are rated for optical quality - look for a 1/1/1 rating.
    • Viewing area: Select welding helmets with large viewing areas including the lens and SideWindows.
    • Detection sensitivity: Auto-darkening lenses are rated on sensitivity. For reliable switching the more sensitive the better - look for a lens rated to 1A.
    • Standards Compliant: Ensure your selection of PPE is compliant with all relevant Australian & New Zealand standards (AS/NZS).  
    • Respiratory protection: All welding fume is bad for you. Investigate your respiratory protection needs and remember your needs may change over time.
    • Warranty: The warranty period is a reflection of quality - the longer the better.
    • Brand: Look for trusted brands known for manufacturing auto-darkening welding helmets.

    So there you go. Using this process should help you find the welding helmet you'll actually want to use.

    Before we go, we thought we might let you know a few things we call 'traps & gimmicks for young players' to look out for when selecting a welding helmet:

    • Solar powered: You may have heard it before. This helmet is solar powered so you never have to change the battery. That's correct you never have to change the battery because once the battery dies (and don't let them tell you there is no battery - pull it apart and have a look for yourself) you have to buy a new helmet. You actually want to look for helmets that have replaceable batteries. They cost around $9 bucks and changing your batteries every 2,000 hours or so will mean that you'll have a helmet for years to come. Ps. Solar assist is fine.
    • Number of sensors: How many sensors does your welding helmet have? Your answer should be... who cares!! Remember, we are looking for sensitivity and all quality helmets have a sensitivity rating. So ask the right question: how sensitive is the lens? Look for helmets with a sensitivity rating rated down to 1 amp. If you're doing a lot of low amp TIG always select a welding helmet with a centre sensor so it never loses sight of the arc while you have both your hands at work!

    Hope this helps!! If you have any questions feel free to call us on the number top right of screen for a chat. If you'd like to see our list or recommended welding helmets then please - follow this link   


    Welding Respiratory Protection Guide

    We've dug up this welding respiratory protection guide and thought it might come in handy!! Simply identify the material to be welded and the welding process that will be undertaken. The concentration level of the pollutants are affected by the ventilation conditions in the workplace. Choose the appropriate description of the working environment to determine the most suitable type of respiratory protection.

    • P = Powered Air
    • A = Powered Air with a Gas Filter
    • S = Supplied AIr



    Our Speedglas Welding Helmets now come with a Three Year Warranty

    Speedglas recently announced that all their welding helmets are now backed by a three year revolving warranty in Australia. This includes the Speedglas 9100 welding helmet series and the Speedglas 100 welding helmet series. What's a little different about the Speedglas warranty is that it's revolving meaning that if you run into a problem with your helmet and it needs to be replaced under warranty your period of cover starts again! This gives Speedglas one of the longest periods of warranty cover in the industry and with its unique revolving warranty program you can rest assured you are well and truly covered! 

    Remember that this three year warranty is only available if you purchase from approved Australian distributors...... Like us!!!  

    To view our range of Speedglas welding helmets simply follow the link below:


    View the Speedglas welding helmet range



    Helmet Welding: A common misconception

    Do five wheels make a car go faster??? 

    If having more wheels made a car faster, safer or handle better, then one could reasonably expect that every car would come standard with five, six or even ten wheels. In reality though, we all know that a car only requires four wheels to perform at its best.


    The positioning of the four wheels on a car is also extremely important. For example, if a car manufacturer positioned all four wheels on one side, it wouldn’t do much good would it?


    Photo sensors on a welding helmet are much like wheels on a car.

    More does not necessarily equal better.


    Photo sensors detect the light from the arc and trigger the lens to darken. In circumstances or applications where the arc emits less light and becomes more stable (eg. TIG welding) the need for more sensitive sensor technology becomes increasingly important. Having more sensors does not make a welding lens more sensitive in the same way as having five wheels on a car does not make it any faster. So how do you determine how sensitive a welding lens is? All auto-darkening welding helmets have a sensitivity rating - the 3M Speedglas Welding Helmet 9100 has the best rating possible (rated for use down to 1 Amp).

    Position is extremely important.


    If a photo sensor is obstructed from viewing the arc it will not react. So maybe having more is better i.e. less chance of all sensors being obstructed? Incorrect. Like all four wheels being on the same side of a car, position is everything.


    Have a look at the welding lens below:  








    Through the lens you can see that the welder is TIG welding, which as you know requires both hands. Now, if you look at the Speedglas welding helmet 9100 below and take note of where the photo sensors are positioned you will see that when TIG welding, both side sensors may well be blocked and only the centre sensor will be left clear to view the arc.

    So it wouldn’t matter if you had ten sensors on the side of the lens, the important factor is that you have one in the centre.


    Therefore, the question isn’t "how many sensors does a welding helmet have"?


    The questions should be:


    How sensitive are the photo sensors (eg. rated down to 1 Amp)?

    Where are the photo sensors positioned?