I can weld better with the lights off. :-) I'm serious.

I'm wondering if this is a helmet problem. It's a Hobart XVP auto dark.

I used it in welding class this summer and it seems the more I weld the less I'm able to see. I don't know if it's me or the helmet. I do have to wear glasses all the time but that's a focus problem, my welding problem is being able to see the work and the arc. I can seldom see the work at all so very long beads invaribly aren't straight.

I have the shade set to 10 and the sensitivity at about 25% and the delay pretty low. I tried it at 9 today and I think it's better but I'm shy of doing that all the time as even on 10 at the end of a few hours welding my eyes are sore.

Pretty bad when I can't see a small sun a foot in front of my face. :-)

I've cleaned the lens and installed new inner and outer protective lenses. No difference.

I'm definitely not seeing as much as what I see in welding videos on youtube. Should I expect to see the same thing as in those videos?

Do auto dark helmets go bad in this way. This helmet is probably 5 or 6 years old but not used muych till this summer.