Optrel e680 Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet Review
Once worn, there is no need to remove the helmet until the job’s done, as the controls on the outer shell of the helmet, along with the external remote provide all the adjustability you might need without removing the helmet or your gloves. In addition, the true-color filter provides a crisp, bright view, allowing you to see the weld puddle with ease in all lighting conditions.
External remote and helmet controls for quick adjustments
The external remote includes an adjustable sensitivity slider, time delay, grinding mode, and a whole lot more without the need to remove your helmet. The helmet itself is also built with controls for fine adjustments to the auto-darkening shade (from 5-13 DIN), and all adjustments can be done without removing the helmet or gloves, enabling maximum efficiency and convenience.
Not often will you encounter a helmet with such a high quality true-color display. The Optrel e680 provides a bright, detailed view of the weld puddle and machine controls, and red LEDs on the welding machine, notoriously difficult to read with your welding helmet on, can be easily read without removing the mask.
Multi-use due to grinding mode and shade levels from 5-13 DIN
The Optrel e680 can be used for just about any job you can throw at it, from stick welding, MIG, TIG, GMAW, Flux Cored Wire Welding, Plasma Arc Welding, Micro Plasma Arc Welding, Plasma cutting, Gas welding and it even has a Grinding mode. This truly is one of the most versatile welding helmets on the market today.
UV and IR protection with every shade level setting
The safety of your face and eyes are a priority for the Optrel e680 mask. The hood protects from all forms of radiation you would encounter in a welding environment, including heat, UV, IR, sparks and debris.
Not suitable for laser welding
Despite being suitable for just about any job you might imagine, the Optrel e680 has one flaw, and that is that it should not be used for laser welding. So, if laser welding is something you will need to do, make sure you have an alternate helmet suitable to the task, or skip the Optrel e680 altogether.
10 seconds to “wake up”
As per the user manual, the helmet needs around 10 seconds to power up on first use. This might not be suitable for all situations, for example if you tend to weld in a dimly-lit environment where you need the helmet to be fully functional immediately. Despite this slight inconvenience, there are very few cases where this is an issue.
- Viewing Area: 2x4in (50x100mm)
- Filter Shades: 4, 5-13 DIN
- Arc Sensors: 2
- Power: Solar cells with replaceable lithium batteries
- Battery life: 2500h
- Weight: 490g
- Warranty: 3 years (except batteries)
- Grinding mode supported
- Hard-hat compatible
Protective lens cover
Perfect for expert welders, the Optra e680 brings a lot of bang for your buck. Its a versatile helmet suitable for almost any function, includes grinding support, a true-color filter, auto-darkening filter with adjustable sensitivity and delayed response, and many more features. Although it takes a few seconds to power up, once it has, it’s ready for anything.
With a focus on safety, comfort and versatility, the Optra e680 does a great job of being the multi-use helmet it was always meant to be.