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New auto-darkening welding helmet from Draper Tools

Draper Tools has added the Draper Expert air-fed PAPR auto-darkening welding helmet to its wide range of welding accessories.

Suitable for TIG, MIG and arc welding, and grinding, Draper says its new welding helmet can be used in operating temperatures between -10 and +55°C.

It’s powered by a solar cell and a lithium-ion battery, with a dual power source reducing the likelihood of running out of power.

The air-fed PAPR helmet delivers three levels of electronically controlled airflow via an easy-to-use adjustment knob – low, medium and high airflows of 150, 180 and 220L/min. A separate on-off switch ensures airflow isn’t terminated by mistake.

The air hose is fire retardant and includes a P3 filter, giving the highest level of protection. An alarm warns of low airflow and battery – an essential feature in an environment when the sound of the airflow can easily be lost against background noise.

Draper adds that its auto-darkening helmet enables users to keep focused on the weld area when starting work and gives the greatest protection for the eyes by automatically switching on when the arc is struck.

It has a lens switching time of 1/25,000 seconds, and the outer lens can also be lifted, leaving the inner lens to protect eyes and breathing.