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Old 12-03-2017, 09:50 PM
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My auto helmet is about 8 years old and occasionally when it has been in a dark room it doesn’t auto darken when I strike an arc. My solution has been to leave it out in the sun for a while with the lens facing the sun. It works OK after doing this, is this normal with auto helmets?
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:16 PM
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My auto helmet is about 8 years old and occasionally when it has been in a dark room it doesn’t auto darken when I strike an arc. My solution has been to leave it out in the sun for a while with the lens facing the sun. It works OK after doing this, is this normal with auto helmets?
Same with mine two.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:44 PM
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I have a couple of cheap "guest" helmets that I rarely even think to dust off.
They periodically responded to the same treatment but last time I tried, one of them failed. I suppose I neglected it too long.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:47 PM
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They need new batterys
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:58 PM
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Also sounds like they have solar panels that recharge internal batteries. Try to store them in lighted areas?


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Old 12-04-2017, 05:58 AM
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Also sounds like they have solar panels that recharge internal batteries. Try to store them in lighted areas?


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Good idea, I will store it by the window where it gets the sun. Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2017, 12:18 PM
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Mine had two replaceable coin cells in holders When that starts to happen I leave the helmet in the sun for a couple of days. if that fixes it fine if not I change the batteries. this happens about every 3-4 years.
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:23 PM
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Being under florescent lights will also recharge it. I keep my school helmet in my office. The one at home in the dark garage most generally is not working for a quick job.
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:36 PM
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My miller titanium elite got that way after about 18 months. I decided I was killing the battery leaving it in the helmet bag. That helped for awhile then I changed the battery a couple times and still had sporadic results so I filed a warranty claim and was given a new one. I keep it out of the bag and so far so good.
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