Niels Miller designed a small and affordable welder that would operate on the type of electricity readily available in local area in 1929. Now, Miller has grown into one of the world’s largest arc welding and cutting equipment manufacturers. Miller digital elite welding helmet is its top of line welding helmet series.
The Miller digital elite features a viewing area of 3.85 x 2.38 sq. in. It has four arc sensors. With a lens speed of 0.05ms. It supports 4 different operating modes. Weld mode and X-mode(more suitable for outdoor and low amp welding) are for welding applications. It uses two CR2450 batteries. With solar assist, you can roughly get 3000 hours of use out of it. Also, the unit meets ANSI Z87.-2003 (High Impact) standard. This is just an overview of the Miller digital elite welding helmet. Let us dive down into some of its features in details.
The digital elite has 3.85 inches wide by 2.38 inches high viewing size which is quite large. Its lens response time is about 0.05ms, actually quite fast. That is the time it takes for the lens to go into dark state after it detects an arc. Shade setting from 8 to 13 are available for welding application. Or, you can also lock in the light state shade 3 by choosing grinding mode. This helmet has 4 independent sensors. For ADF welding helmets, usually the more sensor, the better. When some sensors get blocked, you still have other working so that you do not get flashed accidentally.
4 Different Operation Modes:
It has 4 different operation modes. Weld Mode is for most welding application. The lens go dark when the unit optically senses a welding arc. Cut mode and grinding mode(fixed on setting 3 for shade) are apparently for cutting and grinding applications respectively. There is also X-mode which which With this mode, the lens turns dark when it detects weld current(electromagnetic arc sensing). So, it does not get falsely triggered during outdoor use. The mode is suitable for outdoor or low current welding applications.
It is around 18 ounces. Compared with ADF helmets with same view size, this is probably one of the lightest helmets on the market. When you wear this for a whole day, you obviously want to buy the light helmet to save your neck.
According to other users reviews, this helmet is a light and reliable ADF welding helmet. It is easy to control and light on your head. Its head support is very comfortable. It still does its job after many years of use.
If you think digital elite is above your budget, you may want to consider the Miller digital performance. It is relatively less expensive. It comes with 3.81 x 1.85 in. viewing area and without X-mode. But, people still have good experience with it. You can check other reviews about the Miller digital performance here.
Overall, the Miller digital elite is one of the best ADF welding helmets. If you will weld a lot, this could be unit you are looking for.