Rhino RH01 Auto Darkening Welding Helmet Review

Introduction

The CARBON FIBER RH01 welding helmet from Rhino is an auto-darkening welding helmet available at a reasonable price. An auto-darkening helmet changes from light to dark shade automatically at the appropriate times depending on the intensity of the light. This capability frees the welder to concentrate on the welding without having to lower and lift the helmet depending on the work step.

Things to Consider Before Buying an Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

An auto-darkening welding helmet requires following considerations:

  • Processes: TIG, MIG, MMA, plasma and grinding.
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    Trade/personal use: If the helmet is for trade use, it is likely to be used more often, and the price is likely to be high. Also, it is more likely to be used in different welding positions and confined areas. This requires the helmet to be suitable for these applications for the protection of the welder.
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    Conformity: Meets industry and safety standards.
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    Check shade change is triggered at low Amps: If the helmet is intended for thin sheet metal TIG welding it important to ensure that the minimum arc rating of the vision glass is sufficiently low.
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    Size of viewing lens: Generally, the larger the lens, the better, as it provides for a wider vision.
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    Shade: A universal shade is provided to protect the welder’s eyes in both light and dark states of the vision lens. Also, as the intensity of the light from the various processes is different, adjustment of shades is required.
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    Sensitivity/delay: Sensitivity determines the amount of arc required to darken the lens, and the delay sets the time for switching from dark to light state. These two settings are useful when working in different light conditions and with various welding processes
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    Light or electromagnetic sensors: Reliable sensors are required to switch the shaded state (light to dark or dark to light). The light sensors may get blocked, and redundancy of sensors is recommended. Electromagnetic sensor is considered more reliable as they detect the electromagnetic fields generated by the welding process.
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    Battery life: Long battery life is important. This is usually achieved by providing solar cells and automatic on/off feature.
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    Aesthetics: Colour and patterns available
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    Temperature range: This needs to suit the location of use. 
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    Comfort: Weight of the helmet is important as a heavy helmet can contribute to welder fatigue.
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    Additional features: Availability of spare parts, additional items supplied as part of the package, e.g. bag, accessories.

​Note: ​Read more about: How to choose right welding helmet for job

Presenting the Product

The CARBON FIBER RH01 welding helmet from Rhino is an affordable upgrade to welding goggles and fixed shade helmets. It is a versatile auto-darkening helmet and is not only suitable for most of the conventional welding processes, but also for grinding. It complies with the North American, European and international industry standards. The welding helmet is supplied complete in a retail box complete with batteries, instruction manual, and headgear.

This welding helmet is aimed at the DIY welder and not ideal for the tradesperson.

Pros

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    Low cost
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    Comes with numerous features
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    Large viewing area
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    Compliant to industry standards
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    Suitable for use with most common processes

Cons

  • Not suitable for a tradesperson
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    One standard color i.e. carbon fiber
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    Lack of advanced screen technology

Features & Benefits

The CARBON FIBER RH01 welding helmet from Rhino comes with the following features:

  • Compliance with industry standards: Compliance to local and domestic industry standards is necessary. This helmet meets American, Canadian, European, Australian/New Zealand and international Standards: Safety - Conforms to ANSI Z87.1 / CE / CSA / AS/NZS / EN379 / ISO9001-2008.
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    Suitability with processes: It is useful to have one helmet which is versatile and can be utilized for a number of processes. Due to its quick lens reaction time, this helmet can be used on grinding, cutting and welding applications.
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    Light state lens: A #4 light state shade protection is provided which applies at all shade states i.e. before, during and after the welding.
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    Variable dark shades: This helmet has variable shade settings as #9-13 to suit the various processes. This ensures that the welder is protected as the shade is varied according to the light intensity of the process.
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    Size of viewing lens: This unit has a large viewing area of 4" x 2.6" and in comparison, standard view lenses are about half that size. This provides the welder a wider viewing area.
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    Sensitivity and delay adjustment: It is important that the viewing lens switches to/from the darkened state at the correct times. This feature is controlled by the sensitivity and delay settings and ensures that the welder’s eyes are protected and the welder is able to see the workpiece when necessary. This helmet has good sensitivity and fast reaction time. Reaction time: 1/25,000 seconds - Dark to Light: 0.15-0.8 seconds adjustable to suit the process and personal preference.
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    Arc sensors: Two arc sensors are provided to ensure redundancy
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    Battery only or battery/solar cell: This unit has a solar Cell + 2X CR2032 batteries installed which are replaceable. This solar cell ensures that the batteries have a long battery life.
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    Colour and patterns: This helmet is available in carbon fiber color only.
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    Weight: This helmet package weighs 1.2 lbs and is lightweight due to the nylon shell. This helps with the prevention of welder fatigue. 
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    The rigidness of the helmet: The helmet is made out of nylon shell and is not suitable for overhead welding applications.
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    Other features:
    Low Battery Indicator – signals are provided for the replacement of both batteries 
Lens Covers - Interior and Exterior lens covers come installed.

Alternatives

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

1. Antra AH6-260-0000 Solar Power Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

This helmet is slightly cheaper than the CARBON FIBER RH01 welding helmet has a smaller viewing glass and fewer features. This helmet meets European, American and Canadian. It is provided with four arc sensors, adjustable delay, sensitivity adjustment knob and is compatible with a cheater or magnifying glass.

2. Welding Helmet, Black, 3350 Series by Lincoln Electric

This is an auto-darkening welding helmet with a mid-range price and provides for more enhanced features than the CARBON FIBER RH01. These include four sensors, advanced lens technology, and a widescreen view.

3. 3M Personal Protective Equipment 70071688561

This is an auto-darkening welding helmet in the high-end price bracket and provides for more advanced and elaborate options than the CARBON FIBER RH01. These include advanced color optics, easy to use interface, longer battery life, and elaborate sensitivity/delay settings.

Conclusion

The CARBON FIBER RH01 welding helmet from Rhino is a versatile auto-darkening welding helmet targeted for DIY 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 to ease welding and for eye protection. Being a helmet targeted at the DIY clientele, it is not suitable for overhead welding and laser cutting/welding applications. It is good value for money considering the extensive features included.

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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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