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    I'm currently on my third Digital Elite helmet, using the current version with the front release mounted cover lens. My first one lasted just over the warranty period and the lens started acting weird not darkening completely in areas. Fortunately it was replaced by Miller. My second one lasted about a year after the warranty period and started eating batteries, it seems that the solar cell or charging circuit decided to stop doing it's job. I ended up getting another one for "free" when buying some equipment and using the $500 rebate. I also have an Optrel 684 that I bounce between with the current version Digital Elite usually for overhead welding because all the flat front helmets are useless for that.

    ANYWAY... has anyone opened up the lens unit before? It works fine, just doesn't charge and CR2450 batteries ain't cheap. Any pointers on getting the unit split open? It doesn't look like it's snapped together, I'm thinking the halves are ultrasonically welded? I figure I could test out the charging circuit to see if it's the solar cell or maybe cold solder joints, etc.

    Ryan
    Ryan
    __________________________________________________
    DYNASTY 350 w/Wireless pedal
    COOLMATE 3.5
    CK WF1
    MILLERMATIC 350P w/Bernard BTB300 w/XR-A Python 25'
    MULTIMATIC 200 w/Spoolmate 100 w/TIG w/Wireless pedal
    SPECTRUM 375 X-Treme
    (2) DIGITAL ELITE helmets
    Weld-Mask goggles/hood
    OPTREL e684 helmet
    SMITH torches
    HARRIS torches

  • #2
    Hammer?

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    • #3
      75 views, no one has any suggestions besides a hammer?
      Ryan
      __________________________________________________
      DYNASTY 350 w/Wireless pedal
      COOLMATE 3.5
      CK WF1
      MILLERMATIC 350P w/Bernard BTB300 w/XR-A Python 25'
      MULTIMATIC 200 w/Spoolmate 100 w/TIG w/Wireless pedal
      SPECTRUM 375 X-Treme
      (2) DIGITAL ELITE helmets
      Weld-Mask goggles/hood
      OPTREL e684 helmet
      SMITH torches
      HARRIS torches

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      • #4
        Sorry man, wish I could help more.

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        • #5
          I wish I could help also because I have the same problem with mine. The one digital Elite I own has always eat batteries like crazy. It seems like everytime I pick the dang thing up the the low battery light is flashing. I have a couple older Jackson helmets that I put new batteries in once a year weather they need them or not. I'm lucky to get by a month with this Elite before having to put two new ones in. I took it back to the place I bought it a couple times and all they said was everything looked okay, no problems. The second time I took it in they said the batteries I were using were no good......HUH!! I said well that's why I have brought it back twice because the thing keeps eating them. They gave me two new ones and even put them in for me because they said I could be installing them wrong. I went to use it a couple days later and the light was flashing again.....go figure, I gave up on it after that. It does look nice hanging on the wall though.
          Dynasty 300 DX
          Tig Runner cart with Coolmate 3
          Millermatic 252
          Spoolmatic 30A
          Lincoln Idealarc 250
          Nedeman moble fume extraction system
          Digital Elite
          Aircrafter welding positioner
          Bridgeport Mill
          Mini lathe
          4'X9' 4000lb lift table with 11/4" thick Aluminum table top
          Enerpac STB Hydraulic over air tubing and pipe bender
          4X6 band saw
          chop saw
          Dewalt porta band saw
          71/2' X 71/2' powder coat oven
          4'x4' powder coat oven
          grinders, grinders, and more grinders

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          • #6
            i keep mine in the light .i found that if i store it in my tool box on my truck for a extended period of time it will act up.but sisne i have been leaving it out it does just fine.if for some reason i do put it in my box i try to set it out in the sunlight for a while before i use it.i have two of them so i really don't have to rely on one .the problem i have with mine is the cheap head bans they seem to strip out very easily and the lws says they don't sell replacements for them. guess ill try to make one fit it one day.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tommy2069 View Post
              i keep mine in the light .i found that if i store it in my tool box on my truck for a extended period of time it will act up.but sisne i have been leaving it out it does just fine.if for some reason i do put it in my box i try to set it out in the sunlight for a while before i use it.i have two of them so i really don't have to rely on one .the problem i have with mine is the cheap head bans they seem to strip out very easily and the lws says they don't sell replacements for them. guess ill try to make one fit it one day.
              I don't know what LWS you have in your area. My LWS has replacement headgear for Miller hoods. I have an old Miller Performance a/d hood that I used when I was in school. I didn't like the head band in it. I went to my LWS and bought the newer style gear. They have an online store. Scott-Gross.com. I have ordered several things from them and they are always on time and the price is competitive. Hope this helps.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tommy2069 View Post
                i keep mine in the light ... the lws says they don't sell replacements for them. guess ill try to make one fit it one day.
                Dude your LWS is blowing you off. Find a new one. Headgear is a wearable item and replacements are a standard shelf item in every LWS I have ever been to. The newer style Miller headgear with the double straps on top are WAY better than any other style. As far as batteries in wrong, BS. As far as only using Panasonic batteries (Miller replacement) or any other brand, they all work, or don't work all the same. This is #3 of my electronic helmets so not big deal but I'd like to fix it. It's not a dark non solar storage problem either, it eats batteries in +- 15 minutes of arc time.

                No one has split one open before that had a cracked lens?
                Ryan
                __________________________________________________
                DYNASTY 350 w/Wireless pedal
                COOLMATE 3.5
                CK WF1
                MILLERMATIC 350P w/Bernard BTB300 w/XR-A Python 25'
                MULTIMATIC 200 w/Spoolmate 100 w/TIG w/Wireless pedal
                SPECTRUM 375 X-Treme
                (2) DIGITAL ELITE helmets
                Weld-Mask goggles/hood
                OPTREL e684 helmet
                SMITH torches
                HARRIS torches

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                • #9
                  You might be a pioneer in this field.

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                  • #10
                    yea the guy who works there is cool but the manager well she isn't so nice. the guy said they don't sell them but i guess it's my bad for not asking if he could order me one.might have to look online for a head ban replacement with the hours i work i rarely have time to make it to the store when they are open.i go every 90 days just to pay up on my account and back off to work i go.

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                    • #11
                      The new Gen II headgear is #256174 which I have on my helmets that has the dual top band.
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                      There is now an even NICER Gen III version that has a bigger ratchet pad that is spherical. #271325
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                      Ryan
                      __________________________________________________
                      DYNASTY 350 w/Wireless pedal
                      COOLMATE 3.5
                      CK WF1
                      MILLERMATIC 350P w/Bernard BTB300 w/XR-A Python 25'
                      MULTIMATIC 200 w/Spoolmate 100 w/TIG w/Wireless pedal
                      SPECTRUM 375 X-Treme
                      (2) DIGITAL ELITE helmets
                      Weld-Mask goggles/hood
                      OPTREL e684 helmet
                      SMITH torches
                      HARRIS torches

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                      • #12
                        Cool what do these newer headgear cost? They do look nice, I never did have too much of a problem with the older headgear it's just the battery thing that get's to me.
                        Dynasty 300 DX
                        Tig Runner cart with Coolmate 3
                        Millermatic 252
                        Spoolmatic 30A
                        Lincoln Idealarc 250
                        Nedeman moble fume extraction system
                        Digital Elite
                        Aircrafter welding positioner
                        Bridgeport Mill
                        Mini lathe
                        4'X9' 4000lb lift table with 11/4" thick Aluminum table top
                        Enerpac STB Hydraulic over air tubing and pipe bender
                        4X6 band saw
                        chop saw
                        Dewalt porta band saw
                        71/2' X 71/2' powder coat oven
                        4'x4' powder coat oven
                        grinders, grinders, and more grinders

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                        • #13
                          $25 ish. I don't remember why I replaced my headgear, but the double head strap with the rotating rear strap fits so much nicer. I was at my LWS for some 316 tig wire, I was standing there for about 5 minutes thinking there was something I wanted to ask but didn't remember to tell them if they have or see any damaged lenses to save it so I can practice trying to open it up without destroying my "good" one.

                          As a side note, I saw a rechargable button cell yesterday on Amazon, I might order 4 2450's and charger. At least that way I can use the helmet for my little helper. $5-10 worth of CR2450 batteries for 15 minutes of arc time is $0.50 minute. That's why the helmet just hangs on the wall....
                          Ryan
                          __________________________________________________
                          DYNASTY 350 w/Wireless pedal
                          COOLMATE 3.5
                          CK WF1
                          MILLERMATIC 350P w/Bernard BTB300 w/XR-A Python 25'
                          MULTIMATIC 200 w/Spoolmate 100 w/TIG w/Wireless pedal
                          SPECTRUM 375 X-Treme
                          (2) DIGITAL ELITE helmets
                          Weld-Mask goggles/hood
                          OPTREL e684 helmet
                          SMITH torches
                          HARRIS torches

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