Aldi auto-darkening masks - any good?

  1. thenorthwind New Member

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    Saw Aldi have some auto-darkening masks at £23. Very tempted to pick up one as a spare at that price, but assume they can't possibly be any good. Anyone taken a punt on one?
     
  2. Richiew Forum Supporter

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    I have one of their previous offerings. Nothing wrong with it really. No worse than anything you can get on ebay.

    edit.

    If you buy it as a spare, try and use it on a semi regular basis. In my experience all my cheap lids have died during extended barren spells.
     
  3. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    If it anything like the Lidl one, it's great for your money, but I take the batteries out when I've finished using it. I like having a mask with triple A's as opposed to a sealed for life unit.
     
  4. vmaximus Member

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    Bought one a couple of years ago, it doesn't get used very often but it is ok when i do. For the price i can't fault it.
     
  5. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    I bought the SWP mask from weldequip years ago and when the unit in it stopped working I got one on amazon with replaceable batteries and fitted it into the SWP mask. It was £10 and looks like the one used in the Aldi version with two CR2032 batteries. I put new batteries in it this year when it started flickering and it's been fine. It has grinding function which my old one didn't have.
     
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  6. thenorthwind New Member

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    Interesting, thanks. Sounds like it's worth a wander down to my local shop to pick one up.
     
  7. Mark 2

    Mark 2 Forum Supporter

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    Their mince pies are half decent while you're there.
     
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  8. thenorthwind New Member

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    :laughing: I bought some of the sloe gin ones last time I was in but haven't tried them yet.

    Nipped in for a hood. Only 3 left. Forgot we were only meant to be shopping for essentials, so bought some beer as well :D Will have a closer look later. At the hood. And maybe the beer. Definitely the mince pies.
     
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  9. thenorthwind New Member

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    Well it's going back. Has adjustable darkening 9-13 (with grind switch) and looking at a bright torch, the darkening varies. But doing fairly low amp TIG (70-80A) there's so little darkening it's hurting my eyes, even on 13. That's not right. My old (fixed darkness) mask is noticeably darker.
     
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  10. OJCar Member

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    Just bought one.
    Yet to weld with it.
    They DO NOT have replaceable batteries. :(
     
  11. thenorthwind New Member

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    True, though neither does my old cheap one AFAIK. Occasionally need to leave it somewhere lighter than the garage to recharge it, but it's at least 6 years old now and the batteries still seem fine. I guess they'll die eventually, but the lens must use a minute amount of power.
     
  12. OJCar Member

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  13. h-dom Member

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    I use the Aldi one occasionally and find it's plenty dark enough
     
  14. OJCar Member

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  15. Mark 2

    Mark 2 Forum Supporter

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    There were two types originally, one of which is linked above. The other one had more angular features and needs 2 AAA batteries
     
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  16. bricol Member

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    Its not a similar design to the 3M/Speedglas ones is it - pop the unit out of the mask, and there are two little "drawers" top right and left that can be levered out with a small flat screwdriver to change the batteries?
     
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  17. OJCar Member

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    ^ Just double checked - sadly no little "drawers"

    Never mind, it'll just teach me not to believe things on their website.
     
  18. Kayos

    Kayos Member

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    I bought a lidl one with flames on the side

    Does a job but its the same as all cheap lids, screen is a bit on the small side, not bad for bench work but a pain when crawling under land rovers. No longer have that problem though
     
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