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  • Kobalt (Lowes) welding helmet battery replacement?

    I have a Kobalt auto darkening hood:

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_190724-47120...lding%2Bhelmet

    It has been in storage the last 6 months and the batteries will not charge now from the onboard solar panel. It flashed me pretty good.

    Anyone out there have this helmet and changed the battery (ies)? Care to share any details before I open it with my hammer?

    Thanks all!
    Chris

  • #2
    You might want to contact Lowe's and ask them. Chances are it was most likely made by a company no one can pronounce in a city no one can pronounce in china. Personally there are only 2 auto dark helmets I care to spend my hard earned cash on and that would be Miller's big window elite and Optrel's satellite. Sure they cost more but when you have a problem there is product support available. My big window elite is now 6 years old and never has given me a problem and I think I've gone through 4 sets of batteries in that time period and it's used almost daily. Other than the batteries I've had to replace the head gear once and that was because when I took it apart to clean it I lost a part.

    Sometimes the best deal doesn't have the lowest price tag.

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    • #3
      battery replacement

      I have a Kobalt welding hood like the one in your picture. I have used it just about every working day for 4 years now and have never had a problem with it. As I understood it, in articles about the hood, it has no batteries. It receives its power from the solar cells. My fellow welder at the shop owns a Hobart and has to replace AAA batteries occaisionally. I can find no place on my hood that would hold any access to batteries. The welding lens won't even come apart without breaking it. I have used it for 4 years and have not had to change a battery yet

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      • #4
        Kobalt (Lowes) welding helmet battery replacement?

        Just take a hammer to it or leave it in the sun for a day. They probably have an internal battery that is completely drained.
        Ps. Get a Miller hood next time.

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        • #5
          Try setting it in the bright sunshine for a couple of day to try and charge the internal battery that might help

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cabininthewoods View Post
            Try setting it in the bright sunshine for a couple of day to try and charge the internal battery that might help

            Hay that's a good idea, great minds think alike. Hahaha

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            • #7
              Kobalt (Lowes) welding helmet battery replacement?

              I have one and have used it for almost 6 months with no trouble at all

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              • #8
                Maybe check Solyndra for a solar cell, good prices, slow shipping.

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                • #9
                  Repair your Kobalt Helmet..! Why waste money and buy another? I did the work for you.


                  Greetings,

                  Here, I had a one of these helmets at my shop, my partner found for $5
                  So many people out there have helped me in the past that I had to do the same
                  and share the KARMA.

                  There are batteries in there, you can't charge air I said to myself. So here it is.

                  ** PLEASE READ - I'm not responsible for any damage or injury as a result of this procedure. If your not confident that you can accomplish this procedure then please do not attempt to repair yourself. Plastic emits harmful toxins when heated, work in a well venilated area. Proceed at your own risk. **

                  You need the following:

                  1 propane torch or lighter (something to heat up an exacto blade.
                  1 exacto knife handle and blade
                  1 flat tip small screw driver with rigid shaft, no flexible one.

                  Heat the exacto blade up till red hot then while its hot still carefully score the lines where the unit is "Glued" together. You will have to make a few passes like this while re-heating the blade in between passes.

                  ** only make 1/16" cuts each pass. The LCD panel and Solar Panel are right along each edge top and bottom. You do not want to break the glass! **

                  After a couple of passes you can CAREFULLY start to pry open the corners on top and bottom. the case on side has a flange inside. Use the edge of the plastic frame to pry against. DO NOT pry with anymore than just about 1/8" of the screw driver blade inside of the case. Just get a corner started and you will see what I mean.

                  If the case is hard to pry apart after getting a corner started just run the hot exacto over that spot with light pressure. You do not want to cut too deep. keep working around the outside perimeter. On one of long edges you can pivot off of it. So do not cut too deep on one of the long edges like shown here. I broke a small section in 2 spots and learned to work the edge with hot exacto and repeating till it split.

                  Once opened you will see 2 BATTERIES. These can be ordered online from most electronic retailers. You will need to open and retrieve the battery specs Voltage, mL (milli amps) etc. Sanyo is best "re-chargeable" brand I have used.

                  Hope this helps the fellow welder out there who's been hit by the US Economic Condition. By doing yourself you will appreciate the helmet far more than just going to the store and shelling out more cash. Use the money to buy some Miller welding consumeables or put on good ol' American BBQ's for your family or friends. If you find the information useful, please share with other struggling welder out there.

                  MTN
                  So Cal.
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                  • #10
                    Repair your Kobalt Helmet..! Why waste money and buy another? I did the work for you.


                    Greetings,

                    Here, I had a one of these helmets at my shop, my partner found for $5
                    So many people out there have helped me in the past that I had to do the same
                    and share the KARMA.

                    There are batteries in there, you can't charge air I said to myself. So here it is.

                    ** PLEASE READ - I'm not responsible for any damage or injury as a result of this procedure. If your not confident that you can accomplish this procedure then please do not attempt to repair yourself. Plastic emits harmful toxins when heated, work in a well venilated area. Proceed at your own risk. **

                    You need the following:

                    1 propane torch or lighter (something to heat up an exacto blade.
                    1 exacto knife handle and blade
                    1 flat tip small screw driver with rigid shaft, no flexible one.


                    Remove LCD panel unit from helmet. Release 4 plastic tabs to pop out unit. There may only be 2 tabs. Remove 1 lg gray knob from adjuster to reveal a nut. Remove nut then remove LCD assembly from blue hood.

                    Heat the exacto blade up till red hot then while its hot still carefully score the lines where the unit is "Glued" together. You will have to make a few passes like this while re-heating the blade in between passes.

                    ** only make 1/16" cuts each pass. The LCD panel and Solar Panel are right along each edge top and bottom. You do not want to break the glass! **

                    After a couple of passes you can CAREFULLY start to pry open the corners on top and bottom. the case on side has a flange inside. Use the edge of the plastic frame to pry against. DO NOT pry with anymore than just about 1/8" of the screw driver blade inside of the case. Just get a corner started and you will see what I mean.

                    If the case is hard to pry apart after getting a corner started just run the hot exacto over that spot with light pressure. You do not want to cut too deep. keep working around the outside perimeter. On one of long edges you can pivot off of it. So do not cut too deep on one of the long edges like shown here. I broke a small section in 2 spots and learned to work the edge with hot exacto and repeating till it split.

                    Once opened you will see 2 BATTERIES. These can be ordered online from most electronic retailers. You will need to open and retrieve the battery specs Voltage, mL (milli amps) etc. Sanyo is best "re-chargeable" brand I have used.

                    Use cut strips of electrical tape to seal the frame back together then insert back into helmet.

                    Hope this helps the fellow welder out there who's been hit by the US Economic Condition. By doing yourself you will appreciate the helmet far more than just going to the store and shelling out more cash. Use the money to buy some Miller welding consumeables or put on good ol' American BBQ's for your family or friends. If you find the information useful, please share with other struggling welder out there.

                    MTN
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                    • #11
                      Kobalt (Lowes) welding helmet battery replacement?

                      Hello all my lowes helmet stops working while welding for more than 20 -30 seconds.. I don't think I am blocking sensor works great then just stops working during process really frustrating any ideas

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                      • #12
                        Batteries in all of these autodarkening helmets

                        As far as I know, all of the autodarkening helmets have batteries whether you can see them or not. In the more expensive brands, they are easily replaceable. In the less expensive brands (e.g. Harbor Freight) you have to open the glued plastic case to get to them. The batteries are not really charged by the sunlight or welding arc; the light just supplements the batteries so they last longer. In another solar powered device at home there is a super capacitor that stores electricity generated when the sun shines, even though there are also batteries in the device. I don't know if welding helmets have super capacitors. At any rate, since access to the batteries is not easy, it makes sense to wire in an external battery pack with two AAA batteries. Those batteries inside the helmet aren't anything special other than that they're small enough to fit inside the case. Battery holders are available from Radio Shack. This repair with external batteries worked on a Harbor Freight helmet for someone in my welding class.

                        If you have the receipt from the store, they might be willing to replace it. Those helmets should last around 2-3 years of use until the batteries are run down and three months is awfully short. There could be another problem in the electronics that caused the batteries to run down, or they could have just been defective batteries. If the store won't replace it, you have nothing to lose by opening the case.

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                        • #13
                          I've been using this helmet for over 2 years, got it as a gift in 12/10. It gets used for a dozen hours a week at the minimum. Today I started getting flashed everytime. Had to use my backup 12 shade helmet.

                          Gonna try to cut it open and replace the batteries. It's been a really nice helmet.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by v7guy View Post
                            I've been using this helmet for over 2 years, got it as a gift in 12/10. It gets used for a dozen hours a week at the minimum. Today I started getting flashed everytime. Had to use my backup 12 shade helmet.

                            Gonna try to cut it open and replace the batteries. It's been a really nice helmet.

                            I didn't have to cut it open, it came apart with a thin blade screw driver. The batteries in my helmet was a CR2430, I have the replacements on the way. They appear to be soldered to the battery and the circuit board.

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