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    Ok guys im not a big welder by trade but I do need to burn rod from time to tim and until today my miller elite helmet has been nothing but great. I went to weld up some CroMo 4130 tubing today and the issue of my helmet flickering from shade 8-9 and occasionally going back to the grinding shade and going back to the darkened shade but it wont stay consistent and ive run through everything i can think of I switched out the batteries with miller ones from the LWS ive put it out in the sun for a while to charge it ive cleaned the sensors and changed the plastic lens and so far no change in how it acts so im looking to you guys the experts is there something im missing or is it a warranty issue i bought it just over a year ago???
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  • #2
    Miller Elite helmet issues

    Have you tried the sensitivity adjustment?
    Kevin

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    • #3
      May not be the answer you want to hear - Throw it as far as you can and buy a new helmet , just not a Miller. I went thru the same thing twice and to get them fixed cost more than a new hood. Local Airgas dealer said it is a common problem and not worth fixing for the cost. They are good hoods as long as they work .

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      • #4
        My Miller Pro Hobby did about the same thing on Saturday. I thought the batteries were dead, changed them out, still it just kind of flickers a little. Mostly just dark.

        Is there any kind of reset or something?

        I hate to have to go buy a new helmet.
        Burt
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Swamp rat View Post
          May not be the answer you want to hear - Throw it as far as you can and buy a new helmet , just not a Miller. I went thru the same thing twice and to get them fixed cost more than a new hood. Local Airgas dealer said it is a common problem and not worth fixing for the cost. They are good hoods as long as they work .
          The hood is a little more than a year old it has a 2 year warranty. Don't throw it get it fixed.
          Kevin

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Swamp rat View Post
            May not be the answer you want to hear - Throw it as far as you can and buy a new helmet , just not a Miller. I went thru the same thing twice and to get them fixed cost more than a new hood. Local Airgas dealer said it is a common problem and not worth fixing for the cost. They are good hoods as long as they work .

            yes I did try the reset button a few times but it is under warranty ill see what the LWS can do for me but if the miller helmet isn't up to spec for you and they wont fix mine what helmet would you recommend I get all I do is tig.
            Leblond Makino mills
            HAAS CNC SL-40 lathe
            American Pacemaker lathe
            wells index mill
            hydrotel rebuilt
            syncrowave 250
            diversion 165
            Miller Elite Vintage USA

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            • #7
              Miller Elite helmet issues

              Speedglas has a good hood for low amp tig. Did you check contact points for battery( dirty or bent down ). Is it ok when welding high amps. Also try increasing delay time.

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              • #8
                Miller Elite helmet issues

                I Personally have used a arc-one helmet for two years now and never had a problem. But I have tried other helmets. And what I have found is if you are in a position were the sensors are being blocked or your sensitivity is not set right. Flickering occurs. I personally just use a regular non Auto dark hood for tig because it is nicer to have a large being area and also I have never found an auto dark hood that will work properly on tig.

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                • #9
                  Battery Issue...

                  It may very well turn out to be a battery issue..... I found out when I needed to replace the batts in my BWE..... that due to some quirks in the battery holder design... some batteries will not work reliably... giving intermittant problems that can drive you nuts.... maybe this thread will be helpful..

                  http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...g-Window-Elite
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                  • #10
                    This was posted a while ago and the type of battery that should be used.

                    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...1&d=1312392692

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BD1 View Post
                      This was posted a while ago and the type of battery that should be used.

                      http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...1&d=1312392692
                      yep that is the same service note referenced in the BWE Battery thread I linked...
                      isn't that where you found it??
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                      *******************************************
                      The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

                      “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

                      Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

                      My Blue Stuff:
                      Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
                      Dynasty 200DX
                      Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
                      Millermatic 200

                      TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

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                      • #12
                        Yes you are right about that being in what you posted. i never opened up what you posted but I did have the single battery info bookmarked from when it was posted a while ago. this way I didn't have to go through a bunch of pages to locate.

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                        • #13
                          I was aware of the battery issue so i tried a new set of Panasonic batteries for it still no change ill try to take it down to the LWS and see what I can do for a warranty or what.
                          Leblond Makino mills
                          HAAS CNC SL-40 lathe
                          American Pacemaker lathe
                          wells index mill
                          hydrotel rebuilt
                          syncrowave 250
                          diversion 165
                          Miller Elite Vintage USA

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                          • #14
                            miller warranty guys are great new auto-dark lens is on its way
                            Leblond Makino mills
                            HAAS CNC SL-40 lathe
                            American Pacemaker lathe
                            wells index mill
                            hydrotel rebuilt
                            syncrowave 250
                            diversion 165
                            Miller Elite Vintage USA

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                            • #15
                              Miller Elite helmet issues

                              Cool. Good thing you didn't throw it as far as you can.
                              Kevin

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