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    Hey. I am in need of a new helmet. I have head all the threads pertaining to my questions. I am deciding between the optrel e 684 vs the vega 2.5. I would love to hear someone's personal experience that has tried both of those helmets. I will be using this exclusively for tig welding. Mostly D.C. Stainless and a bit of aluminum as well. I make a part that requires welding a 18 gage tab of ph17-4 to 5/16 17-4 rod and some other low amperage tasks. I am leaning toward the vega 2.5 on account of the low shade while non darkened. But am obviously tempted by the features on the e!684. Twilight and auto adjust sound tempting. I am unclear about if the 684 has a superior lense. The do not refer to the vega as having a 1/1/1/1 clarity rating. I think the only reason I would choose one over the other would be if one has better clarity. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thabks

  • #2
    e684 is the superior of the two and 1/1/1/1 auto shade 5-13 and best for TIG welding. Vega view just has a lighter initial shade which really I see of little value.
    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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    • #3
      Thanks for the help. I went ahead and ordered the e684.

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      • #4
        You won't be disappointed.
        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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        • #5
          Tigwalker, please post back after you've used this hood and let us know what you think.
          Richard
          West coast of Florida

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          • #6
            Okay. I have had a few days under the new helmet. The e684 is amazing. The optics are as good a promised. I like the grey/blue ish tint that the lense has and is crystal clear. I can't say I'm crazy about the headgear but it's serviceable. I prefer the headgear in my miller elite digital. But can't say for sure until I get more time inside the 684. The sensitivity is amazing and picks up tig arc at a few amps smoothly and easily. I did a little mig in it and it was very nice but shows it strengths better during the tig process. Thanks for the recommendation, this helmet is awesome.

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            • #7
              I agree. I love mine and would likely never part with it. Smallish viewing window, but it's not really a crutch if you know what you're doing.
              HTP Invertig221 D.V. Water-cooled
              HTP Pro Pulse 300 MIG
              HTP Pro Pulse 200 MIG x2
              HTP Pro Pulse 220 MTS
              HTP Inverarc 200 TLP water cooled
              HTP Microcut 875SC

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