Your auto darkening welding helmet will serve as the first line of defense against the arc. Since the len becomes instantly dark, to protect the eyes of the welder from UV and IR rays, it is important that the helmet is set properly. Modern helmets come with adjustment settings for time delay, sensitivity and shade. If you set the sensitivity too low, your helmet will not become dark when exposed to the arc.
Similarly, if the sensitivity is set too high, then the helmet will stay dark even if you are far away from the arc flashes. If the settings of your welding helmet are not on point, not only this can hurt you but it can affect the quality of your work too. Here are the steps for setting your auto darkening welding helmet to make the most of it:
- First thing is first; clean the surface of the helmet. This is importance because you need to make
sure nothing disrupts the clarity when you are welding.
- Light the front of the helmet and check if the battery is in place.
- Now adjust the shield delay time. This is the amount of time required by the shield to change
from dark to light shade. You can adjust the moving switch inside the shield to set the delay.
- Usually, delay times can be adjusted between 0.25 and 0.35 seconds (on fast setting) and 0.6 to
0.8 (on slower setting). You can adjust the delay time as per your personal preferences.
- Next thing you need to adjust is the shade setting. This is done by using an adjustment knob. It is
located on the left of your helmet and it lets you adjust the intensity of the darkening on the
basis of the type of welding task you are about to perform.
- Once you are done with all of the above, it is time to put the helmet on and adjust the headband
to make sure it fits you properly.
- Lower the helmet a little bit and adjust its angle if necessary to see through the shield. You don’t
want to get obstructed by anything.
- Before you start welding, it is recommended to test the auto darkening shield of your welding
helmet just to be sure that it is set properly.
Note that if the lens darkens up even though your head is not facing the arch that means you have set
the auto darkening welding helmet right. On the other hand, if your lens doesn’t darken up completely,
then it means something is not right and you must check the settings again. There are chances that you
have set everything right but there is some functional trouble with the welding helmet and you don’t
want to learn about it when you are at the sight ready to work. Even if the helmet is properly set, always
test it before leaving for work to be sure the helmet itself is in a functioning state.