Antra AH6-660 Auto Darkening Welding Helmet Review
It’s easy to see why – with 4 arc sensors, it’s in a whole other league compared to other helmets in the same price range. The large viewing window, the wide range of darkness shades, the heightened UV/IR protection, the light weight and the variety of styles to choose from combine to create a helmet that is very good value for money.
Top notch visibility
The viewing window on this welding helmet is surprisingly large. Measuring 2.5 inches high and 3.78 inches wide, it increases your peripheral vision. Not only does this allow you to focus on exactly what you’re working on, but it allows you to see your entire project clearly.
Superior arc sensors
In terms of arc sensors, this helmet is far and beyond most others available in the same price range. Instead of the usual two that you might be expecting, this helmet doubles that, giving you four sensors for the same price. Having this extra sensitivity is ideal for giving your eyes the best protection, allowing you to perform the highest quality work!
Shade 16 protection
The last thing you want to happen in the middle of a welding job is for some sort of failure to occur, leaving you blinded and unable to work. Luckily, this helmet alleviates all those worries – if there’s an electrical failure, the visor will instantly and automatically switch to a super dark shade 16. This gives you even more Ultraviolet and Infrared protection than you get while you’re working, letting you work safely and with confidence
A broad shade range
From light shade 4 right up to dark shade 13, this helmet includes a wide and impressive range of auto-darkening shades. As a result, it’s suitable for most professional and hobby applications, so you’ll only need one helmet to see you through all your jobs.
Whether you’d prefer ghostly skulls, a fiery inferno or something a little more patriotic, this helmet comes in a style to suit your tastes. There are no less than six different awesome designs to choose from – including plain black if you want something classic and timeless – so choose the one that suits your personality and make a real statement in your workshop!
Suits all skill levels
Antra seem to have done the impossible in creating this helmet which will easily follow you throughout your entire welding career. It really is suitable for all skill levels, right from beginners and hobbyists through to experienced professionals. From now on, changing or upgrading helmets is a thing of the past.
Good for all types of welding
Instead of buying different helmets for each job and each different type of welding, this helmet is brilliant, whatever you’re working on. This includes MIG, MAG, TIG and SMAW, as well as plasma welding. There’s even a setting that allows you to use it for grinding, as well. Is there anything this helmet can’t do?
Additional lens compatible
If you need to use a magnifying lens, you can do so with this helmet by using the dedicated slot. The same applies to cheater lenses, giving you even more options with the same practical, versatile helmet.
Super lightweight and comfortable
Weighing in at just 435 grams (that’s less than a pound), this helmet is so light that you’ll hardly notice you’re wearing it. In fact, your neck will thank you for it, as you’ll feel considerably less strain and pain at the end of the day. The helmet even comes fitted with a sweatband which is designed to fit comfortably and wick away any moisture, making it even more of a pleasure to wear!
Finally, there’s a helmet on the market that offers a great range of specs for a really low price. As it’s so inexpensive, it’s hardly going to break the bank, which is even more appealing considering all the features that we’ve already mentioned, which you’ll be hard pushed to find elsewhere without forking out significantly more. When you look at exactly how much you get for your money, you can’t deny that this helmet is a great buy and superb value for money.
After considerable use, we found that some of the nuts began to work loose rather more easily than expected. As frustrating as this is, it’s a minor point: you can easily rectify it by tightening them up in a matter of seconds, so you can continue working virtually straight away.
- Optical clarity: 75%
- 3.78 inch x 2.50-inch viewing window
- 4 arc sensors
- Switching time: 0.00004 seconds
- Delay time: 0.1-1.0 seconds
- Shade range: 5-9, 9-13
- Dedicated grinding mode at shade 4
- Automatic UV/IR protection at shade 16
- Solar cell powered
- Suitable for overhead welding
- Helmet material: High impact polyamide nylon
- Cheater lens compatible
- Operating temperature: 14-131 deg F
- Assembly time: Less than 1 minute
Batteries, Two-year filter warranty
This helmet offers all the important features a professional or hobby welder might need, at a very good price point. While the optical clarity is not on par with the brand name helmets (which are also more expensive), the functionality of this helmet is top notch. This is the only helmet at its price point we know of that has 4 arc sensors, a shade 4 grinding mode, very fast light to dark switching times, and a wide range of shade options to suit all types of welding.
If you’re looking for a helmet that’s great value for money but, above all, safe, comfortable and very stylish, then the Antra AH6-660 is a no-brainer.