Antra AH7-860-6218 Solar Power Auto Darkening Welding Helmet Review

I’ve been welding for years now, and as a result, I’d like to say that I’m pretty good at finding the best gear for the job. For a long time, I had one helmet that worked perfectly for me, no matter what kind of welding or grinding I was doing.

For years I used that one helmet, which is why it was so painful when I had to get rid of it. When searching for a replacement, I was afraid that nothing would compare, and I would be forced to settle for something less than I wanted.

Thankfully, however, during my search I came across the Antra AH7-860 Auto-Darkening Helmet, and I have to say, this is an improvement. If you’re looking for a welding helmet that can tackle practically any job you do, then the AH7 is for you.

Auto Darkening

When I first started out as a welder, many years ago, I got a fixed shade helmet from my dad. How he worked with such an antiquated piece of equipment for so long is beyond me, but I presume that the best part of a fixed shade model is that you don’t have to worry about flashing.

With auto darkening helmets, the idea is that the sensors will continuously adjust your shade to maximize your visibility, but I have heard of automatic helmets that don’t work properly and can lead to flashing.

Thankfully, with the AH7, I have not experienced anything like that. Part of the reason I had to get rid of my old model was that it would cut out while I was working, and I would get flashed from time to time.

With this helmet, however, I can keep going for longer without any worry. The best part is that if the power does cut out, the helmet automatically goes to the darkest shade possible so I can rest easy.

Highlighted Features

  • Skull and smoke design.
  • Weighs just over a pound.
  • Auto darkening function.
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    Four sensors.
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    Transitions from light to dark in a fraction of a second.
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    Manual shade adjustment on exterior.
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    Ideal for MIG/TIG/Stick/Plasma/Carbon welding.
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    Easy to adjust headband.
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    Solar powered batteries.
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    In the event of power loss, helmet goes to shade #16 to prevent flashing.
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    Compatible with a magnifying lens.

Pros

  • Badass design.
  • Lightweight construction.
  • Auto darkening feature.
  • Works perfect for all manners of welding.
  • Cheater lens compatible.
  • Solar powered battery.
  • Large viewing area.
  • Easy to adjust

Cons

  • Headgear can feel a little flimsy while working.
  • In rare cases, you may experience flashing.
  • In rare instances, the power may cut out while working.
  • May not come with skull design.

FAQs

Q: Can you replace the batteries on this unit?

A: Yes, you can.

Q: Can you wear a hard hat with this helmet?

A: I think it depends on the size. You have ample room inside the helmet, but I don’t believe that it fits any hard hat, however.

Q: Does it come with any extra lenses?

A: Unfortunately, no. You have to get more lenses from the manufacturer or through Amazon.

Final Verdict

Since I got the AH7, I have almost forgotten how much I loved my old helmet. The features and performance of this model are beyond my expectations, and I have to say that I am overly impressed with the results.

I like the fact that this helmet has four independent sensors, which means that I can work rapidly without waiting for the shade to kick in.

I also like the fact that I can use a cheater lens with this helmet, and the fact that it’s so comfortable. Overall, I would highly recommend this to any welder.

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Traci
 

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