The top of the Jackson Safety helmets we are reviewing today is the BH3 Auto Darkening Welding Helmet with Balder Technology(37191), WH70. This filter lens (ADF) has the best EN379 ratings for optical clarity. With this helmet, you have remarkable sensitivity to light diffusion and can see at different angles. For eye protection, the BH3 includes variable shade range from 9 - 13 that provides shielding even during mig, tig, and arc welding. Weighing about two pounds, this solar helmet is versatile and provides protection for the face, forehead, neck and ears. The aerodynamic shape reduces heat build-up in the helmet and fights fogging.
The huge selling point of the BH3 is the lens. It provides remarkable clarity, protects against eye strain and enables you to see the weld puddle and your project from any angle.
The auto-darkening feature is wave-length specific. If you hold it up to the sun, it won't darken; but once you start your welding arc, watch it kick into action.
The BH3 meets ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 +2010 standards for impact protection and welding use. It also meets DIN Plus standards for product quality.
The BH3 has three headgear adjustments to meet the needs of your environment and comfort.
Jackson Safety is a venerable name in welding safety products. The four helmets discussed here provide protection and application for different welding needs. Consider your work environment, welding projects and helmet needs before purchasing a helmet. All these are quality products; you just need to match your activities to the correct hood.
Welding Helmet Features To Pay Attention For
The next consideration for selecting a helmet is the intended use. How often and how long at at time will you use your helmet? If you need to do occasional welding projects, you can consider heavier helmets, which are often less expensive. Heavier helmets are naturally less comfortable, but for short periods it is not a problem.
However, if you anticipate more substantial welding projects, investing in a lighter helmet is advisable. You don't want to have to stop working in the middle of a project just because your neck is tired of holding up the helmet.
Consider the size of the viewing area. Some helmets viewing area is very small. You may have to tilt your head at an odd angle to see your project. This may be acceptable for rare projects, but for regular use, consider your neck health as well as your eyes and find a helmet with a large viewing port to avoid compromising your neck.
For those of you who do extensive welding, check out the modes available with the helmet to be sure to select one that has all the features you need. More features generally means increased price, but it is better to purchase a helmet with more features than than fewer. You may expand your welding needs as you become more experienced and purchasing a more versatile helmet enables you to widen your work without purchasing a new helmet. Additionally, helmets with more features are often better made to support those features.