Miller Electric Digital Elite 257213 Welding Helmet Review
A total of four operating modes – Weld, Cut, Grind and X-Mode – make this an all-purpose welding helmet with room in any professional or hobbyist welder’s toolbox. Powered by a lithium battery with solar assist, you can be assured that this helmet will not power down when you least expect it, and due to it’s excellent durability, the Miller Digital Elite can handle hours of intense work with no problem.
Four Operating Modes, Four Arc Sensors
With four operating modes covering the spectrum of possible use-cases for any welder’s needs, and fitted with four fast arc sensors (1/20,000 sec.), the Digital Elite 257213 will auto-darken exactly when you need it to, ensuring that you will not get flashed very easily, if at all.
The Miller Electric Digital Elite range of helmets are very durable despite being light-weight (482g), making them perfect for any job, in just about any working condition. The Digital Elite prides itself on being one of the strongest helmets in the industry as well as meeting the ANSI (high impact) standard.
Comfortable even in long welding sessions
The Digital Elite series has had a major upgrade to its adjustability settings (including an extra strap) allowing for better fit and comfort – and the difference is immediately felt when putting on the hood.
The auto-darkening lens is triggered automatically with the strike of an arc, saving battery life and ensure you don’t get flashed while working.
Improved digital controls
The improved digital controls are designed in such a way that there’s no need to remove your gloves to move between operating modes or to adjust sensitivity settings – very convenient. They’re also really easy to learn and, if you’re anything like me, you want the controls to be very simple, almost like they’re not there. Well, with only 4 buttons to control everything, you can’t get much simpler then this.
Wide Viewing Area
One of the main reasons welders prefer not to use a welding helmet is their limited view, making them feel boxed-in. The Digital Elite solves this problem by have a wide view (9.22 sq. in.), allowing you to be aware of your surroundings at all times – even co-workers who are working behind you.
Hood sometimes comes down unexpectedly
This is mainly an issue when you need to look down to inspect and grind or to reposition yourself. It might be easier in some cases to remove the helmet as at times the locking mechanism doesn’t work 100% and the hood can come down unexpectedly. This wasn’t an issue when testing out the helmet by a reviewer on Amazon.com mentioned it.
While the viewing screen is big, there are larger ones for comparably-prices helmets. At 9.22 sq. in., the viewing screen of the Digital Elite is very big and should suit almost any needs, but if you’re looking for something even larger, there are helmets at a similar price range with a larger view.
- Viewing Area: 9.22 sq in. 3.85 x 2.38 sq. in (97 x 60 mm)
- Four Arc Sensors: 1/ 20,000 sec. lens speed
- Four Operating Modes: Wild, Cut, Grind and X-Mode (No sunlight interference)
- Sensitivity and Delay Control: .10 – 1.0 sec
- TIG Rating: 5 amps and below
- Lithium batteries (2) – with solar assist; up to 3,000 hours
- Weight: 18 oz (482g)
- Meets ANSI Z87.-2003 (High Impact) standard
- Filter Shades: 3, 5-8, 8-13
- 3 Year Warranty
Helmet bag with 5 outside cover lenses and 2 inside cover lenses.
The Miller Electric Digital Elite 257213 Welding Helmet is excellent investment, as you get a highly durable auto-darkening helmet with a wide viewing area, four operating modes and four arc sensors and all the adjustability settings you will ever need at a price that is, while not on the cheap end of the spectrum, definitely affordable.
Rest assured that if you buy this all-purpose helmet it will accompany you for many years to come, due to its 3-year warranty, high durability rechargeable lithium batteries with solar assist. You will not need another helmet for a very long time.