Best Jackson Welding Helmets
Reviews, Comparisons & Buyer’s Guide
1. Jackson Safety Halox Truesight Digital Adf
Pros: The very large viewing window is one of this helmet’s best features, as it allows you to see exactly what you’re working on with no obstructions. The fact that it runs on solar power as well as AAA batteries is a real bonus as well, because these batteries are very cheap and easy to replace if they run out. In terms of specs, this lightweight helmet has separate grind, torch and weld modes, giving you great flexibility in terms of the number of applications you can use it with. It also has four arc sensors which react to light impressively quickly.
Cons: At first, this helmet might feel front-heavy, which is awkward and uncomfortable. However, it just takes some getting used to; this feeling soon goes away after you’ve used the helmet a few times.
2. Jackson Safety BH3
Pros: Out of all the welding helmets on the market, this one is the best in its class in terms of optical clarity and several other categories. In other words, you won’t find better visibility anywhere else, which is seriously impressive. In fact, visibility is improved even further by the fact that there is reduced fogging and reflections due to the aerodynamic curved front plate (which also reduces heat build up). This front plate can be adjusted into three different settings, so it’s suitable for different welders and jobs, and it’s even possible to wear it with a hard hat, too.
The lens has sensitivity and delay controls, variable dark shades 9 to 13 and a 0.15 microsecond switching time, so the helmet is perfectly suited to MIG, TIG and arc welding. For a comfortable welding helmet that comes with a five year warranty, you won’t find much better than this.
Cons: Although the headstrap is comfortable to wear, it is prone to slipping, which can be incredibly frustrating. In addition, you might find it difficult to find clear lens replacements – but not impossible!
3. Jackson Safety W40 Insight Variable ADF
Pros: At the end of a long day’s welding, you can really see the beneficial effect that this helmet’s adjustable headband has. It’s super comfortable, which reduces neck strain and fatigue, meaning that you can carry on working for longer. It features digital sensitivity and delay controls, so changing your settings is a breeze – and it’s not possible to accidentally bump a dial and change a setting, causing yourself an injury in the process. Impressively, this helmet features four arc sensors, dedicated weld and grind modes, and variable dark shades 9 to 13, so it is guaranteed to keep you incredibly well protected, whatever you’re working on.
4. Jackson Safety SmarTIGer
Pros: You’ll probably notice the curved front plate on this helmet straight away. It isn’t just there to look good – it’s actually aerodynamic, which reduces the build-up of heat in and around the helmet, as well as minimizing reflections and fogging. As a result, seeing what you’re working on is very clear and easy. There is a magnifying lens holder, which gives you the possibility of improving what you’re seeing even further.
This helmet features three different headgear adjustments, so it’s perfectly suited to a variety of welders and welding tasks. For example, it’s possible to wear this helmet with a hard hat, giving you increased protection and flexibility with your work. Being so lightweight, this helmet is really comfortable to wear, which is something that your neck will definitely notice at the end of a long day. With variable shades 9 to 13 and sensitivity and delay controls, this helmet is suitable for use with MIG, TIG and arc welding. It comes with a five year warranty, which just supports the idea that you’re getting a reliable, good quality product for your money.
Cons: Some people have reported that when the sensitivity is put on the highest setting, the auto-darkening feature fails. However, this is not a common problem, and it is one that can easily be resolved by adjusting the sensitivity by the slightest amount. Furthermore, there is no dedicated grinding mode, which may be frustrating for many welders. The headgear that comes fitted as standard is a fairly snug fit; this should be comfortable for most, but it might feel tight on larger heads.