You might not know that welding helmets come in a number of shapes and sizes. Normally when people think about welding helmets, they think about their parents or grand parents and the old harsh metal mask that used to be in the garage.
Did you ever discover one in a garage when you were little? I did – and I recall hours of play that came from it. After playing with the welding helmet I discovered, I would eventually get tired of its weight. Today welding helmets have changed substantially. While they look quite a bit different today than they did years ago, you can still find two main varieties of welding helmet: Passive and Auto-dimming.
Whenever you picture welding helmets, you’re probably thinking about manual, or passive as it’s also known. Usually the shape will be standard – covering the face and neck. While the viewing hole will be covered in glass that has a set polarization. With 3 basic pieces, the old school manual ones were not much to get excited about. A single piece of glass connected to a single piece of heavy metal which was connected to a harness. Most individuals find these masks burdensome because of all the manual lifting and lowering you’ve to do. So dispute their lower cost, people tend to shy away from them. The fixed polarization isn’t a problem if you only do one kind of welding, but if you’re the type of individual that likes to switch things up, you may discover yourself with several helmets.
More recently, auto-dimming welding helmets have turn out to be popular. These helmets, like the conventional manual ones, are a piece of metal and a piece of glass. A main difference however is that there is also a circuit board that’s connected to the glass. No much more squinting or straining your eyes because the glass is too light or too dark. These super smart helmets now instantly adjust the level of light they allow to reach your eyes. The capability to work through and not continually adjust your helmet by lowering and raising it means higher productivity and bigger paychecks.
The auto-dimming helmets come in two varieties, some use infrared viewers whilst others use electricity to dampen the glass. Both need electricity. Luckily, numerous of the auto-dimming welding helmets now come with solar panels. That’s correct, you can use the intense light generated from your welding to power your welding helmets. The joy of living in a modern society.