Buying a new darkening welding helmet may not be as difficult as some people may think. If you know what to look for, you can pick and choose the type of features that you need for the welding projects that you take on.
The type of auto darkening welding helmets that you buy, however, can make a huge difference in how you will keep it running. This is especially the case when you want to learn how to charge auto darkening welding helmet.
STEP BY STEP guide charging auto darkening welding helmet
Step 1: Cover the Ports to Keep the Auto Functioning Sensor from Coming On While on the Charger
Use opaque tape or black vinyl tape to cover up the sensor ports on your welding helming. You can locate these ports by looking on the AD Cartridge. This cartridge can be found on the inside of the PV (photo-voltaic) charging cells and just below the cartridge.
It is important that you cover these ports before you begin charging the welding helmet since it will prevent the auto darkening function from continuing to perform during this process. In short, the tape will block the light from passing through the area that needs to be covered.
Step 2: Your Charging Source Needs to be Prepared
Once you have placed the tape over the sensors, your next step is to prepare the charging source for its functionality too. To make this preparation easy, all you need to do is place a CFL light bulb in your utility light work fixture.
In some cases, you may find that this is an aluminum reflective fixture that has been designed to with a tool to hold it in the correct position such as a spring clamp. Before this process can work, you need to make sure that the wattage of the bulb is least 23 watts based on a 100 watts equivalent source).
Whatever the case, you should not use a wattage that is higher than 50 watts. You should always pay close attention to these recommendations since this will help you to keep the AD cartridge and the helmet from getting too hot and overheating.
Step 3: Position the Light Bulb and Helmet in the Proper Place
After you have placed the light bulb into the work light fixture, you should place the lamp approximately 6 inches away from the PVC cells and in the front of your helmet. By positioning the lamp is this area, the PV Cells can capture the ultimate amount of this energy source.
Also, because the sensors have been covered up, the lens will not go into a darkened state. You can test this part of the function by putting a 3x5 card to simulate a change in the lighting. The amount of time that it takes to charge your helmet completely will vary.
For instance, some people have said that they left the helmet to charge for at least 5 days.
If the auto darkening function on your welding helmet needs to be charged, you need accurate instructions to complete this process. This process is relatively easy when you have the right tools available including the right watts in a light bulb, tape and the best charging time.