SPEEDGLAS 3M 100V AUTO DARKENING WELDING HELMET – BLACK
The Speedglas 100V Auto Darkening Welding Helmet is a simple style helmet brought to you by 3M. 3M are famous for their approach to quality PPE, and their products are highly desirable across the welding and fabrication industry. When welding at work or at home, the most important things to protect are your eyes and face. The Speedglas 100V Welding helmet has you covered and protects you against most forms of welding arc light. With 5 variable shades while welding (between shade 8 – 12), three sensitivity settings, and an adjustable delay function, as well as precision fit headgear, this helmet can be customised to suit you. The helmet’s Light state goes down to shade 3, making it perfect for precise grinding without the need to change your helmet.
The availability of replacement parts means the helmet will last.
- Lightweight (465g) shell with high gloss finish
- Premium longitudinal adjust ratchet headgear
- Variable shade ADF 3-8/12 with external controls
- Variable internal sensitivity and delay
- Grind Mode
- 93 x 44mm viewing area
- 2 arc sensors
- Switching time: 0.1ms (+23ºC)
- Operating temperature range: -5ºC to +55ºC
- 2 x CR2032 replaceable batteries and a low battery LED
BLACK not your style? Why not try one of the other graphics in the 3M Speedglass 100 range?
- Ice hot
- Trojan warrior
- Razor dragon
|ADF Dark State Shades||Variable 8-12|
|Battery Life||ADF up to 1500 hours|
|Battery Type||ADF: Lithium 3V|
|Cartridge or Filter Included||N/A|
|Dark Shades||Shades 8-12|
|Features||Eye & Face Protection|
|Headgear Type||Welding Helmet|
|Light State||Shade 3|
|Number of Sensors||2|
|Product Series||Speedglas 100|
|Product Type||Auto-Darkening Filter|
|Recommended Application||Metal Processing|
|Recommended Industry||Construction, Mining|
|Safety Helmet Included||No|
|Smallest Saleable Unit||Each|
|Switching Time (Dark-Light)||40-250 ms|
|Switching Time (Light-Dark)||0.1 ms @ 23°C|
|Swtiching Time Delay||3 levels (TIG>10A & MIG/MAG, Stick)|
|UV/IR Protection||Shade 12 (permanent)|
|Welding Filter Number||Auto Darkening Filter 100V|
Why choose 3M?
3M have been the trusted brand of engineers internationally for decades. A universally revered name among welder fabricators, 3M came from humble origins and grew to become one of the best on the market for quality assurance, longevity, and efficiency. Since their founding in 1902, innovation has been 3M’s purpose, making grand strides in the worlds of science, technology, and engineering. 3M have corporate operations across 70 countries and sell to over 200, so they really are the very definition of an international company.
Of all the equipment 3M manufactures, their PPE and Air Fed PAPR systems are among the most coveted in the industry. Their Speedglas range of helmets and air fed systems have become universally recognised across the industry, known for their quality, technology, and ease of use. These helmets are highly desirable.
TBWS also do Helmet Spare Parts (Ring for availability)
What to look out for when buying a welding helmet:
- Weight – added weight in a helmet can cause neck fatigue, particularly when used for long periods of time
- Welding lense size – A larger filter area allows for extra peripheral vision
- Number of arc sensors – Cheaper helmets tend to have less arc sensors. These are the sensors which detect the arc and switch from light to dark mode. Fewer sensors mean if for whatever reason, they are covered, the helmet wont switch as quickly, exposing your eyes to the hazardous UV light.
- Switching speed – This is the time it takes for the helmet to detect the arc and switch to the darker light state to protect your eyes. The quicker the switch, the more protection the helmet offers.
- True colour or not? Many newer helmets are equipped with true or natural colour technology. This is a nice feature to have as it provides the welder with a “truer” to life view of the weld puddle even in the darker shade. Gone are the blue or green tints and this true colour can help the view of the weld puddle considerably.
- Headgear – Cheaper helmets tend to come with basic headgear which adjusts around the circumference of the head only. Often, the better helmets have multi point adjustment for added comfort during welding.
- Optical clarity – This is a big one… filters are rated by their optical clarity. The lower the number, the better the clarity. For example, a rating of 1/1/1/1 is a filter with the best rating possible.
- Grinding modes – Many welding visors have a grinding mode. At the touch of the button, the auto darkening filter will switch to its lightest shade so the user can see whilst grinding and still have face and eye protection. On the flip side, if you forget to switch from grinding mode, you can wind up getting flashed when starting a weld.
- Price – Price really varies depending on brand and quality. At TBWS, we would recommend going for a good quality helmet and avoiding the cheap ones that are out there. Your eyes are valuable so its worth protecting them!
- Size – HSE now require anyone undertaking welding to have extraction and respiratory protection. We have touched on this elsewhere on the site so wont go through it again. However, it is a consideration when buying welding helmet…. Is there room to fit a face fit mask underneath, or should you invest and get an air fed helmet?
- Process – Are you using very low amp TIG welding or high amperage MIG welding? Low amp work will need a lighter shade, where as higher amperage welding will require a darker shade.
- ADF or fixed shade – Very cheap fixed shade handheld masks are available and often supplied as a freebie with cheaper welders. Some people prefer to use a fixed shade screen with a flip front. Auto darkening filters (ADF) changed the market some time back and have become the most popular. Strike an arc with an ADF filter and the lens does the work – no need to remember to flip your hood down.