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Mine is rechargeable with permanent batterys. I need to keep it facing a light while being stored or there isn't enough of a charge to operated the auto dimming.
 
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My Miller helmet has a "low battery" warning light when I first turn it on. I've only had to replace the battery once in since I bought it 15 years ago, mostly because of lack of use. Mine takes a AAA battery. I keep it on the gas cylinder. I make it a habit to only hang my helmet there after I turn the gas off. It's my way of making sure I don't lose a full tank because I forgot the valve.
 
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My Miller helmet has a "low battery" warning light when I first turn it on. I've only had to replace the battery once in since I bought it 15 years ago, mostly because of lack of use. Mine takes a AAA battery. I keep it on the gas cylinder. I make it a habit to only hang my helmet there after I turn the gas off. It's my way of making sure I don't lose a full tank because I forgot the valve.

Good practice for remembering to turn gas off.

My lids have low battery indicators but they either don't work or I failed to notice them.

Surprisingly two helmets actually use the SAME SIZE coin battery. (C2450). Things like that rarely happen to me.
 
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My Miller helmet has a "low battery" warning light when I first turn it on. I've only had to replace the battery once in since I bought it 15 years ago, mostly because of lack of use. Mine takes a AAA battery. I keep it on the gas cylinder. I make it a habit to only hang my helmet there after I turn the gas off. It's my way of making sure I don't lose a full tank because I forgot the valve.
Good idea as I have inadvertently emptied a few bottles. My reminder is that I always clean up my torch and hoses. When I do that the tap gets shut off.
 
   / Big Barn’s Retirement Farm Shop #4,576  
Spalted always gets attention.

I would love that lathe. I only have an older Delta where I have to move belts to change speed. I've been tempted to change it over to a variable speed system.

Variable speed is sweet! I was so impressed I got the Nova drill press as well and sold off my belt driven tools.
 
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I would love that lathe. I only have an older Delta where I have to move belts to change speed. I've been tempted to change it over to a variable speed system.
I realize the above response was about a lathe, but.

We have an old (OK, not REAL OLD, about 40 years) Delta or maybe Rockwell drill press. There are three sets of sheaves, with RPM capability of something like 200-5,000 (may be a bit of exaggeration there, just going off memory from maybe 10 years ago which is the last time I really looked at it). It's VERY simple and quick to change - an L-shaped handle holds the motor in place, just loosen that and you can change one or both belts in 10-20 seconds. Unless I were an 8-hr x5-day drill press operator, doing jobs for 5 minutes at a time and everyone required a different speed, I can't possibly see the payoff of a VFD over a simple mechanical setup.
 
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My Miller helmet has a "low battery" warning light when I first turn it on. I've only had to replace the battery once in since I bought it 15 years ago, mostly because of lack of use. Mine takes a AAA battery. I keep it on the gas cylinder. I make it a habit to only hang my helmet there after I turn the gas off. It's my way of making sure I don't lose a full tank because I forgot the valve.
I do similar...and check that the gas is off like 15 times while cleaning up...:D
 
   / Big Barn’s Retirement Farm Shop #4,579  
I guess it was time. Today I got flashed using my auto dark welding helmet and realized it needed batteries. And the reason I was using this helmet was because I was too lazy to replace batteries in my other lids.

So today I took the time to replace batteries, inner and outer lenses where necessary and generally clean my helmets.

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DONE! I really don't do a lot of welding so I should be good for another 5 or 6 years.
Which helmet you prefer? Our old Millers (14 years old) gave up. So did my helmet I bought.

I ordered a cheap, smaller window Miller online for only $86. Waiting for it to come in. Had good reviews.
 
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Which helmet you prefer? Our old Millers (14 years old) gave up. So did my helmet I bought.

I ordered a cheap, smaller window Miller online for only $86. Waiting for it to come in. Had good reviews.

I really like my $100 (+ or-) Weldcote.

Lightweight and by far the most comfortable I have ever used.

Large viewing area and good clarity.

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