WIA (Welding Industries of Australia) has added two high quality auto-darkening welding helmets to their extensive product range. Delivering the assurance of protection, comfort and performance, WIA’s new BlueFX and ViewFX welding helmets are packed with exceptional features, and come at an affordable price.

The BlueFX is an auto-darkening helmet designed for welders seeking protection, performance and comfort at an affordable price. Continuous arc sensing capability is provided through two arc sensors. Offering a viewing area of 97mm x 46mm, the BlueFX features a high quality shell in a slightly metallic, matt-blue colour and comes with a one-year warranty.

A step up from the BlueFX helmet range, the ViewFX has been designed to deliver professional welding performance and comes standard with four arc sensors and an extra wide 97mm x 60mm viewing area for a greater view of the weld. The ViewFX shell is high quality and durable, and comes in a metallic matt-grey colour. Reliable and dependable, the ViewFX features a two-year warranty as standard for extra peace of mind.

Both helmets are suitable for all general welding applications, including stick, MIG and TIG welding plus plasma cutting, and come standard with a grind mode, meaning users only need one helmet for all their welding requirements including weld preparation and clean-up.

Key features of WIA’s new BlueFX and ViewFX auto darkening welding helmets include battery powered operation with solar assist for extended use before charging is required; up to 1500 hours of interruption-free welding with MIG, Stick, TIG and Plasma power sources; replaceable lithium battery; gold contacts on battery terminals ensuring dependable contact; auto on/off function; and low battery indicator.

To protect the welder’s eyes, the helmet’s lenses automatically and quickly switch from light state 4 to adjustable welding shades 9-13 whenever an arc is struck. The lens darkening reaction time is a lightning fast 1/12,000 sec for the BlueFX and 1/15,000 for the ViewFX.

On completion of welding, the dark to clear state speed of the lens can be easily adjusted from 0.1 sec to 1.0 sec for maximum control when welding. This feature is very useful in eliminating bright rays often present in high amp applications.

An innovative sensitivity control in the helmet makes the lens more responsive to different light levels in various welding processes. Users have found that the midrange or 30-50% sensitivity setting is their preference for most applications. For extra view of the weld, both helmets also come with a built-in provision for a magnifying lens, if needed.

Designed to ensure operator comfort, the helmets feature high quality, lightweight headgear (510g for the BlueFX and 550g for the ViewFX). The headgear is also fully and easily adjustable providing welders with maximum face and neck protection.

Tested in Australia, the lens and helmet comply with Australian Standards and have a high impact rating of AS/NZS 1338.1 (Auto-Darkening) and AS/NZS1337.1 B (High Impact).

Image: ViewFX welding helmet