Specifications

Plate Height: 2-2/5 inches

Plate Width: 3-4/5 inches

Viewing Area: 9 inches x 9 inches

Item Weight: 2.8 pounds

Introduction

This is a review for Miller Electric's Black Auto Darkening Helmet in the Digital Elite series.

Features Of The Jackson Safety BH3 Welding Helmet

The Digital Elite series is known for its technological innovations. This model features completely redesigned headgear with improved and more intuitive controls. The viewing area is 9 x 9 inches.

Four different sensors ensure the best response possible from the lens, even in conditions involving obstructions and low amperage. The welder can choose between four different modes: Weld, Cut, Grind, and X-Mode. The sensors also provide the helmet with an automatic on/off feature that responds to the striking of an arc.

The X-Mode setting is one of the signature features of the Digital Elite series. With this mode on, the helmet uses its electromagnetic sensors to detect the weld and eliminate interference from sunlight. Moreover, it is able to detect the arc even if the sensors are blocked.

There are five outside cover lenses and two inside cover lenses. The package includes a helmet bag and extra lens covers. Miller offers a 3-year warranty on this model.

What We Liked

  • There is a lot to like about this helmet. First and foremost, the controls are easy to use and provide an intuitive interface for the different settings available to the user.
  • While a little bit of adjustment can be needed to get the right fit, once it is achieved the helmet is snug and comfortable.
  • It retains that comfort even after hours of use. The material also appears to hold up well, with some users putting it through serious use over several months or even years without running into mechanical problems.
  • Several testers have found that the viewing area is excellent and that there is an impressive level of clarity to this helmet. This clarity is maintained even when it is darkened. Some even claim that it's the best automatically darkening helmet they've ever tried.

What We Didn't Like

  • While there aren't too many negatives to the helmet, a few points should be mentioned.
  • Some welders have mentioned that they found it difficult to operate its digital controls with their welding gloves on. Others have found it a little too heavy for their taste.
  • Finally, while most have praised its comfort as mentioned above, some have found it less comfortable, or claim that it doesn't sit well or maintain its position as well as it should. This is probably dependent on the individual's head shape.

Our Verdict

We believe this is one of the best welding helmets you can get for the price. While there are cheaper helmets out there, some even going for under a hundred dollars, it's rare to find this combination of features, comfort and workmanship in those less expensive models.

At the same time, the price of the higher-end models can extend into the several hundred dollar range and even approach $1000. Yet, it's often hard to justify spending such an exorbitant price when excellent quality can be had in models like this one. The generous warranty also helps to make this a no-brainer for welders looking to strike a balance between price and quality.

All in all, this helmet is a good choice for hobbyists and professionals alike.