Jackson Safety W70 BH3 Welding Helmet Review
The Jackson Safety’s auto-darkening features are powered by solar cell, completely removing the need for battery changes. It comes with three headgear adjustments, making it suitable for all types of welding, and the high adjustability of the hood and headband makes it very comfortable for the wearer.
Blue-tinted lens offering a high quality optical rating
Using Balder technology, the Jackson Safety lens offers unsurpassed clarity and excellent visibility, making it easy to see the weld puddle in all conditions. The blue tint enhances color recognition, and overall the lens is a pleasure to use.
Auto-darkening with adjustable sensitivity
The auto-darkening feature of the Jackson Safety helmet is highly wavelength-specific, ensuring that the helmet only goes dark for a welding arc, and not for example if you look at the sun, or even a light-bulb. In this way the need for removing the helmet is reduced, increasing comfort and convenience.
Built for safety
The high-density hood has been engineered for optimum safety, sporting a curved front plate which helps reduce heat buildup, as well as an aerodynamic design built for improved fume deflection. The chances of the lens fogging up is greatly reduces with the smart outward design.
Comes with 3 headgear adjustments to suit all wearers
- Ratchet suspension allows adjusting of the distance of the lens from your eyes, perfect if you wear glasses, and allows more room for the nose, reducing discomfort.
- Crown strap adjustment allows the raising and lowering of the hood, ensuring your face is centered with the viewing panel.
- Rear ratchet knob on the outside, back side of the helmet, allowing you to adjust the helmet without taking it off or interrupting the welding process.
Lack of grinding and torch mode
Unfortunately the Jackson Safety does not come with grinding and torch mode, and is therefore not an all-use helmet, with a lower limit of 9 DIM on the shade adjustability. Despite this reviewers on Amazon mention grinding with the helmet with the sensitivity turned down to the lowest setting.
No test button
Unlike many welding helmets in the price range, the Jackson Safety does not include a TEST button, which is normally used to make sure the helmet auto-darkening features are working correctly. Usually this is not a problem, as the helmet is extremely reliable, but some welders have gotten used to having the button and might need some time to adjust to the lack of it.
- Weight: 19.84 oz.
- Solar powered, always on
- Optical Rating: 1/1/1/1
- Shade Range: 9 to 13 DIM
- Light shade: 4
- Viewing field size: 3.8 x 2.7 inches (96 x 68.5 mm)
- Arc sensors: 2
- Sensitivity and delay settings: Internal
- Compatible with magnification filters (cheater lens) and hard hats (sold separately)
- Comes with three headgear adjustments for the configurability to suit a variety of welders and welding tasks
- 5 year warranty, excellent customer service
The Jackson Safety W70 BH3 has a top-of-the-range lens, with incredible clarity and high visibility. Although its lack of a grinding mode makes it unsuitable for all tasks, the tasks it is suitable for, it does extremely well. Along with the highly sensitive auto-darkening features, the Jackson Safety focuses, as its name suggests, on safety first, protecting the wearer’s face and neck, and sporting a high impact resistance.
The 5 year warranty is unheard of in the industry, and the customer service, as witnessed by many Amazon reviews, is top-notch.