If you've ever played the popular game franchise, you'll notice it immediately—the ESAB Sentinel's design is akin to the Spartan supersoldiers of Halo.
Your imagination runs wild staring at this thing. You obsess about having it, showing it off to your welding buddies who'll pick up the details and will think it looks very cool. You never thought it was possible to infuse play into your metal crafting until you saw the Sentinel.
Yet there's every reason to let yourself get pulled in. The Sentinel is more than just a futuristic helmet from your favorite game franchise. It's loaded with cool inclusions and features, too.
Inclusions of the ESAB Halo Sentinel A50 Automatic Welding Helmet Package
The ESAB Sentinel helmet doesn't just come as a single piece of the welding helmet. Instead, it comes with a few add-on accessories to make sure you get the most out of your purchase.
Note that not all sellers provide the same list of inclusions as their prices may vary. But for most, you'll get the following:
- The A50 Helmet
- 3 hood lenses with varying colors
- A Sentinel hood helmet bag
- Sentinel doo-rag to protect your hair from sparks
- A Quickstart guide
- A user manual
Quick Specs of the ESAB 0700000800 Sentinel A50 Welding Helmet
- Viewing Area: 3.93 inch x 2.36 in / 100mm x 60mm
- Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Shades: 5-9 and 9-13
- Grind Shade: 4 only
- Arc Sensor: 4
- Switching time: 1/25,000 s (light to dark transition)
- Sensitivity: 0 - 10
- Delay: 0 - 10
- Color: Black and Yellow
- Power Supply: 2 x CR2450 lithium battery
Features of the ESAB Sentinel A50 Welding Helmet 0700000800
The helmet's design is a step up from the rest because it's unique. Most welding helmets make you look like a robot if you wear them as is—that means without any personalization, artistic or not.
The Sentinel offers a badass design that's akin to the Halo game's supersoldiers. For welders who are into the game franchise, this will be an easy choice. As for the rest, you can't deny how it makes you feel like you're a futuristic space welder.
Apart from the cool design, it's also important to mention that the engineering of the helmet isn't just for show. The way it is made handles the helmet's weight very well. So you'll feel an even weight distribution.
Flexible Outer Shell Design
The high-impact resistance nylon material used for the out shell is flexible. It doesn't sacrifice protection. This material will let you dig your head into tight corners if you need to weld under these conditions.
The flexible outer shell design is favorable for those working on automobiles, as this type of work will require getting under tight spots like under the vehicle chassis or hood.
The curved cover lens feature expands your view range from the helmet. It also lets more light to reflect on the inner lens and contributes to seeing clearly. This is beneficial when you're grinding metal for pre-weld preparations.
Apart from attracting more light, the spherical cover lens has a magnifying and focusing effect due to the curvature. Since the middle portion is closest to the welding zone, it contributes to you seeing clearly what's going on between your arc and your weld pool.
True Color Tint
The ESAB Sentinel's lens is coated with a sharp blue tint. This gives the "true color" feature that allows you to see more details in your field of vision because it brings undistorted shade and hue.
As a result of having this blue tint overlay, you'll have the ability to see even the tiny changes in the shape of your weld and even the slighted scratches on the workpiece. You'll start to notice any changes in the arc's color, volume, or shape, and you'll wonder how you ever welded without true colors.
Hypervisible LCD Control Panel
As you're wearing the ESAB Sentinel helmet, you'll get a well-lit LCD control panel that lets you view your settings as well as the change of shade whenever you start to fire up the arc and weld.
The control panel also allows you to adjust your shade, sensitivity manually, and delay with just a slight touch of the screen with a built-in button. The control panel can also record and remember a maximum of 8 configurations you have set for the helmet, making it easier for you to switch from one preferred setting to another.
Welding often entails that you have to grind metal as well. And the usual practice is to either take off the helmet and wear another one specifically made for grinding or lift it up for you to see clearly. The problem with lifting your welding helmet up your head is you don't get protection from hazards. And you need it if tiny specs of sharp metal are flying off your workpiece, heading straight to your eyeballs.
With the grind button installed on the helmet's side, you don't need to take off your helmet. Just press the button and hold it for a couple of seconds and the lens will brighten up at shade 4—the type of contrast that reduces the auto-darkening feature to room lighting level.
Ergonomic Headgear Adjustment
Getting the right fit for the helmet is crucial for your work efficiency. Too tight will mean you'll be uncomfortable, too loose, and you'll sacrifice safety.
The Sentinel comes with a 5-point adjustment on the top strap that you can easily adjust. On the other hand, the strap across your skull is easily adjusted with a knob that will quickly adjust the tightness or looseness of the headgear.
What We Love About The ESAB Sentinel A50 Air Welding Helmet
- You get an auto-darkening feature with plenty of range. It's got a section for 5 to 9 and another for 9 to 13. These options will give you a better view depending on how your arc emits much heat and light.
- The price is justified at $300, given that the helmet is competing among the high-quality helmets. All the features packed in this helmet are worth the money.
- A panoramic view due to the spherical lens. It also acts as a layer of protection as well as a tint adjuster as the hood lens comes with three other different shades.
- The shell of the helmet contours well. It feels spacious when your head is inside it, unlike other helmets that feel cramped.
- The helmet position is just right where you want it to be, and if it isn't, it can be adjusted according to your preference.
- The helmet's design is rad. It definitely deviates from the normal and in a good way.
What Can Be Improved in The ESAB Sentinel A50 Welding Helmet?
- A glass of the helmet is prone to scratching. Replacing it can be expensive. It would be better if ESAB came up with a scratch-resistant hood lens as the curved shape tends to bulge out and be vulnerable.
- The hood lens is also prone to warping when you're too close to the heat of action. A more heat-resistant material can be used in the next iteration.
- If you look on the sides, the view can be a bit distorted. Its receptiveness to light is amazing, but it can be a problem if it distracts you from your center focus, especially when you're in the middle of welding.
- The sensor can be less effective because it's dug deep into the corners of the helmet.
A Fusion of Weld and Play
If you like gaming as much as welding, then getting the ESAB Sentinel A50 welding helmet is hands down, the closest thing you can get to marry the two great passions of your life. If you're going to look past the cool facade, this helmet is ergonomic and comes with a pretty cool user interface. It can adapt to close-quarters and feels balanced and light to the head.
But more importantly, it makes your welding a little more inspired and playful, especially in times you're losing sight of the fun amidst the mundane.