My Welding Helmet is an Antra AH6-260-0000 Solar Power Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

A few guys who read my blog post about assembling my SWAG press brake asked about my helmet.  It’s an Antra AH6-260-0000 Solar Power Auto Darkening Welding Helmet that I bought in October 2014 according to my records.  My old helmet died and would no longer automatically switch on and off so I did some digging.  These days I pay a lot of attention to reviews on Amazon and this helmet got great reviews.

At this time, October 3, 2017, the helmet has an amazing 761 reviews with a score of 4.5 out of 5 stars.  That score speaks volumes right there.  I’m very happy with mine and have never had a problem – I use it with my Millermatic 211 MIG.  It’s sensitive enough and switches very fast – I don’t see any flash at all plus it turns off fast which is a plus when I am doing lots of small quick welds on sheet metal.

The viewing port is good sized at 3.86 x 1.73″ and the shade can vary from 4/5-9 and 9-13.  On the low end it could work with plasma if you really wanted it to and the upper end of the scale makes it suitable for TIG and MIG welding certainly.

I’d also tell you that it is very comfortable.  It’s fairly light and the headgear does its job plus has a generous sized sweat band.

Now there are two real important things for me with a helmet and this has both – it must have a solar cell and battery backup plus the lens must change fast.  The reaction time is a very important safety matter that a lot of guys do not realize.  If a helmet changes slowly then damage to the eye due to arc flash accumulates.  The Antra is rated to change in 1/25,000th of a second.  That is pretty darned fast and like I said, I have never seen a flash.  I trigger my MIG, the arc starts and bang – the lens is dark.

My last comment is that you can get spare parts for it too.  A lot of helmets do not have anything and you are more or less buying a disposable unit at that point.  Here are the spare parts and links to them:

– Exterior lens covers:

– Inner lens covers:

– Head Gear:

Antra APX-XXX-9969 Head Gear for Auto Darkening Welding Helmets for AH4, AH5, AH6,AH7 Series (Misc.)

List Price: $11.99 USD
New From: $11.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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– Hard hat adapter: 

Antra APX-XXX-9002 Hard Hat Adapter Kits for Connecting Welding Helmets and Fiber Metal (Misc.)

List Price: $10.01 USD
New From: $9.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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Antra APX-XXX-9001 Hard Hat Adapter Kits for Connecting Welding Helmets and MSA V-Guard Cap Style (Misc.)

List Price: $11.96 USD
New From: $9.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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– Sweat Band: 

Pack of 4 Antra Sweat Bands for All Antra Head Gear APX-XXX-9929, APX-XXX-9969, APX-XXX-9979 (Misc.)

List Price: $9.99 USD
New From: $9.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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– Auto Darkening Lens: 

– Cheater Lens: 

So, if you are looking for a welding helmet, I sure recommend this one after using it for three years with my MIG.

By the way, to protect it, I bought a Raider BCS-88 helmet bag as my shop is dusty.  I still store it in my welding cabinet but it stays a lot cleaner now.

Raider BCS-8B Durable Deluxe Nylon Motorcycle Helmet Bag, Black (Automotive)

List Price: $19.09 USD
New From: $15.41 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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Antra AH6-260-0000 Solar Power Auto Darkening Welding Helmet (Misc.)

Antra AH6-260 Series welding helmet is extremely fast responsive to electric arc from TIG, MIG, MMA or Plasma applications. This light weight welding helmet is so versatile that it can be used on grinding, cutting and welding applications. It is a perfect upgrade for goggles and fixed shade glass welding helmet at a fraction of cost. *Features: – Fully automatic power ON/OFF.- Knob to adjust sensitivity and delay setting- UV/IR Protection: Permanent Shade DIN13 – Hard hat adapter (Sold separately)- Battery indicator and testing- 6 Ext. and 1 Int. Lens covers included. *Specifications: – Viewing Area: 98mm x 44mm / 3.86″ x1.73″- Cartridge Size: 110mm x 90mm x 9mm / 4.33″ x 3.54″ x 0.35″- Optical Class: 1/1/1/2- Reaction Time: 0.00004(1/25,000) Seconds – Dark to Light: 0.1-1 Seconds- Light State: Shade DIN 4- Dark State: Shade DIN 5-9/9-13- DC TIG Amperage Rating: >2 Amps- Battery Type: Solar Cell + 2X CR2032 installed (Replaceable) – Helmet Material: High Impact Polyamide Nylon- Operating Temperature: -10°C- 55°C (14°F-131°F) – Meet Standards: ANSI Z87.1 / EN379 CE / CSA Z94.3 *Spare parts list: – Exterior lens covers: Amazon ASIN# B00CIOKN6C- Inner lens covers: ASIN# B00CIXN50O- Head Gear:ASIN# B01N5HCMIX- Hard hat adapter: ASIN#B075FCZJZH, B075FH4J4C – Sweat Band: ASIN#B073XT6CCQ – Auto Darkening Lens: ASIN#B01M2DHSDR – Cheater Lens: ASIN# B017IDJKMK (Diopter various) *Note: Head gear may require simple assembly. *SAFETY ALERT*READ WARNING LABEL AND MANUALS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS HELMET STOP USING THIS HELMET IMMEDIATELY IF IT FLASHES, OR WORKS IN UNEXPECTED STATUS, RECTIFY THE PROBLEM OR CONTACT ANTRA CUSTOMER SERVICE.


  • Great For TIG MIG MMA, Plasma Applications with Grinding Feature
  • Large Viewing Size 3.86″X1.73″ with 4 Premium Sensors
  • Cheater Lens / Magnifying Lens Compatible Design
  • Step-less Delay and Sensitivity Knob Adjustable
  • Shade Variable 4/5-9/9-13 Covering Most Common Welding / Plasma Cutting Processes

List Price: $45.95 USD
New From: $41.96 USD In Stock
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