Lincoln Electric Viking 3350 Welding Helmet Review

Introduction

The 3350 Series welding helmet from Lincoln is a mid-range auto-darkening welding helmet. A conventional fixed shade helmet needs to be manually lifted and lowered at the correct times to ensure that the welder’s eyes are protected and the welder can see the workpiece at the required times.

This additional work makes welding more difficult especially for a new starter, which was also my experience when I was learning to weld. This problem is addressed by using an auto-darkening helmet which automates the shade switching task.

Presenting the product

The 3350 Series welding helmet from Lincoln is a mid-range helmet which comes in one universal size. It is a versatile auto-darkening helmet and caters for all the conventional welding processes. The welding helmet is supplied with a bag and a bandana.

This welding helmet is aimed at the tradesman and is an overkill for DIY use.

Pros

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    Comes with numerous features
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    Suitable for use with most common processes
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    Large viewing area

Cons

  • Not suitable for the tradesperson
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    No choice of colors or pattern
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    Mid range cost

Features & Benefits​

The 3350 Series welding helmet from Lincoln comes with the following features:

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    Suitability with processes: This helmet can be used on grinding, cutting and welding applications due to the quick reaction time of the lens.
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    Optical class: The optical class rating determines the quality of optical vision through the vision lens. This unit features 4C(TM) lens technology for optical clarity.
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    Variable dark shades: This unit has variable shade settings from #5 to #13 with caters for the various processes according to the intensity of the arc/light. These varying shades are necessary to ensure that the welder’s eyes are adequately protected for all the processes.
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    Size of viewing lens: This helmet has a large viewing area of 3.74" x 3.34". This large lens provides the welder a wider vision.
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    Sensitivity and delay adjustment: This helmet has good sensitivity and fast reaction time. Reaction time: 1/25,000 seconds - Dark to Light: 0.1-1 Seconds adjustable to suit the process and personal preference. These fast sensitivity and delay settings ensure that the viewing lens changes to/from the darkened state at the specific times. This will ensure that the welder’s eyes are protected, while able to see weld at the required times.
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    Arc sensors: Four arc sensors are provided to ensure multiple redundancy.
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    Minimum arc rating to detect arc: DC TIG Amperage Rating: >2 Amps. A low value is crucial in TIG applications with thin sheets. This low value will ensure that the viewing glass is activated to the darkened state at the low Amperage values.
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    Battery only or battery/solar cell: This unit has a solar Cell + batteries installed which are replaceable. This solar cell ensures that the batteries have long battery life.
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    Colour and patterns: This helmet is available in plain black color only.
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    Weight: This helmet is lightweight which prevents welder fatigue.
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    The rigidness of the helmet: The helmet is made out of nylon/polycarbonate.

Alternatives

There are many other popular auto-darkening welding helmets of which three are listed below: 

This helmet is lot cheaper than the Lincoln 3350 Series welding helmet with a smaller viewing glass and less advanced features. This welding helmet meets European, American and Canadian.

This helmet is lot cheaper than the Lincoln 3350 Series welding helmet with a smaller viewing glass and less advanced features. This welding helmet meets European, American and Canadian.

This is the higher end range of auto-darkening welding helmets and provides for more advanced and elaborate options than the Lincoln 3350 Series. These include advanced color optics, longer battery life, and elaborate sensitivity/delay settings.

Conclusion

The 3350 Series welding helmet from Lincoln is a versatile auto-darkening welding helmet targeted for trade use. It caters to many welding processes and is handy with numerous features. The auto darkening feature ensures that the welder’s eyes are protected as the arc ignites and makes welding easier. This helmet is a small investment to make for a tradesperson to ease welding and is reasonable value for money considering the extensive features included.

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David Brain
 

I am Welding engineering.My skill: Mechanical Design - Machine, materials handling, product, process, plant, equipment, piping, guarding and platform. I like to share my experience to other welders.

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