Optrel Crystal 2.0 Welding Helmet Review
OK, so the Optrel Crystal 2.0 has landed in Australia and Welding Helmets Online are among the first to put it to the test. Having heard good things circulating in America and Europe we thought we’d take it out of the box and put this helmet to the test.
So first of all, with a name like Crystal 2.0, it’s obvious what the main feature of this Welding Helmet will be and I can say that it definitely did not disappoint. Most welding helmets on the market today come with a light shade of around 3 or 4. The Crystal 2.0, as the name suggests, gives welders a light shade of 2. Combine this with amazing optical clarity and the vision through this Optrel welding lens is simply incredible. It’s almost like you are just looking at your weld without a welding helmet. Of course, without the arc flash. If vision is important to you, do yourself a favour and put this welding helmet on your wish list.
So that’s the light state. What about dark shade selection? What selection? This thing is fully automated with functionality Optrel call “Auto-Pilot”. What a seriously amazing feature. Point and shoot. No more selecting a shade based on your amperage. This helmet does it for you automatically. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen in welding helmet technology. Especially for someone who just wants to weld, not waste time on plugging in shades and modes. This helmet gives you shade range from 4 to 12.
With an ability to detect an arc down to 3 amps this helmet is amongst some of the more powerful helmets on the market so low amp TIG welding was incredible through this crystal clear and powerful welding helmet. Grinding in shade 2 was also very impressive. The only application I wouldn’t recommend through this helmet was the rough and tough high amperage work. For your high amperage welding the shade 12 was a little too bright for me. I normally prefer a shade 13 but this is simply a matter of personal preference and may not be relevant to those operating in the lower amperage ranges.
Optrel is one of my favourite welding helmet brands, always releasing new to the world technology and Swiss made. The helmet is light, with a good-sized welding lens and is covered by a three year warranty if you register your helmet with Optrel. So not only do you get a kick-ass piece of kit, you can relax and know that you are covered by a solid warranty from one of the world’s leading brands in welding helmet safety.
All I can say after using this welding helmet is get one. Or at least do your self a favour and take a look through the welding lens so you can see what you’re missing out on.