Added LED strips to Welding Helmet

  1. 3000alloy

    3000alloy New Member

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    So I added some LED strips to my welding Helmet. Wired 2 18650 laptop batteries in Parallel with a TP4056 charge board, and boost convertor to give me an output of 12v to the LEDS's.

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    Also added an on off switch from old strimmer engine and a charge port for a 5v phone charger with barrel connector.
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    Lights off.

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    Lights on.

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    Switches and charge port.
     
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  2. 3000alloy

    3000alloy New Member

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    Will upload a picture through the lens when it's a little darker.
     
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  3. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Nice modification, something I need to look into as I have the same issue of seeing what I’m doing when the lens goes dark
     
  4. 3000alloy

    3000alloy New Member

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    To be really fancy, there could be a light sensor added to cut the power when an arc is created, this saving a little battery. But hey I used what I had at hand.
     
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  5. drmico60 Member

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    I had the same problem. I simply purchesed a cheap (£1) headband torch in Poundland. I removed the strap and screwed it to the top of the helmet.
    This works well in dark environments.
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  6. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Now that I like very very much, simple, cheap, ingenious idea

    Take a bow that man
     
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  7. Yamhon

    Yamhon Member

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    So this is just to provide light while you're getting into position not to help see what you're doing when you're actual welding?
     
  8. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    Angle poise light

    In wheel arches it’s great

    I would also recommend getting your eyes tested
     
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  9. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    My eyes are freshly tested from the other week, all is good. But I still struggle to see what’s going on, probably not helped by the fact that I don’t know what I’m doing.

    Recently I tried using one of those portable magnetic led lights, works great but getting ruined by the splatter
     
  10. drmico60 Member

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    I am usually MIG welding in a rather dark garage, to keep out of the wind, and even when the auto darkening glass is clear it is difficult to see what I am doing. Adding the light makes it easy to position the welding torch accurately before the arc strikes. Once the arc strikes the autodarkening glass darkens and you can easily see what is going on by the arc light.
     
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  11. earthman Member

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    I'm in the same boat, it's probably down to hand movement too,....next time I'm going to clamp a straight edge to the work piece if I can and run the shroud along that, if the mig wire/weld don't end up in the exact spot then, I'll give up. Lol
     
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  12. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    my nemesis is arc welding. just way too many things to worry about and control all at the same time

    I tip my hat to the pros that make it look way too easy
     
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  13. fizzy Forum Supporter

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    Try a different helmet - it can make a big difference - and if using a Mig I found that an Argon mix is easier to see than using CO2. I use CO2 though as it is cheap and I usually weld very thick stuff.
     
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  14. Migmac

    Migmac Member

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    I found wearing my glasses allowed me to see better whilst welding. Torch mounted on the helmet is next. Still cant weld though
     
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  15. Gragson

    Gragson Forum Supporter

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    This got lobbed from a music dept - perfect mic stand, ok you cant stick it on your lid but I'm yet to find a situation where I can't direct a light source or similar things in a stable manner. 6kg base, extends over a meter flat/up and could add extra length on the m10 end but never had need.

    The things schools throw away:dontknow:

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  16. Morrisman

    Morrisman Member

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find that that's when I need the extra light. The arc often tends to glare-out everything but some bright external light brings it all back into view.

    Probably just the wrong setting on my helmet. :ashamed:
     
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  17. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    I too have problems welding in dark locations but have partially solved it by purchase of a 20W LED floodlight used as work light.
    Given the number of people who have highlighted this problem on this forum (& I would bet around the world) I’m surprised additional lighting isn’t a standard feature of welding helmet design.
     
  18. p0689109 Member

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    Doesn't all that add extra weight to the helmet making it uncomfortable during long periods of use?
     
  19. 3000alloy

    3000alloy New Member

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    I have not used the Helmet long enough to say TBH. Yes it adds some weight but my initial thoughts would be that its manageable. The position i have the batteries is as central as i would like to have it, ie batteries positioned any higher or lower in the Helmet enclosure would result in a uneven weight distribution (all very technical for a Helmet light!!) resulting in the helmet constantly dropping down or else staying tilted up requiring a hand to move it etc.

    Time will tell if it strains my neck or not. It doesn't help me weld any better i notice - still Jabberwocky..:doh:
     
  20. Yamhon

    Yamhon Member

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    Perhaps you could try moving the batteries to a holder on a belt around your waist like miners do.
     
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