Miller Digital Elite Review
The Miller Digital Elite performance series is a great upgrade to the Classic series, its redefining welding safety protection provides a very robust feel, excellent face protection with changeable outer shields make it perfect for the avid MIG, TIG or Stick welder. Although it’s not as heaviest duty or hardcore as the other giant’s miler have created, the Elite is one of the best on the market. With no exception, this helmet is legendary when it comes to comfort and welding safety. It provides superior comfort and adjust-ability making it easy to wear all day without pain. Powered with lithium batteries and a lengthy solar backup this hood will turn on every time. The most talked-about feature on the helmet is Millers all rights reserved X-Mode which prevents sunlight from darkening the lens before welding starts and low-amperage lens even if the sensors are obstructed. This helmet provides the most value for the price and will last for years to come.
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- Viewing Area – 9.22 sq. in. (59.48 sq. cm)
- Weld, cut, grind and X-Mode™
- Shades – Weld: 8 –13 Cut: 5 – 8
- Sensors – 4
- TIG Rating 5 amps and below
- Switching Speed 1/20,000 second
- Weight 18 oz. (510 g)
- ClearLight™ Lens Technology
- Highly durable
- Digital controls and display
- Ultra-comfortable headgear
- Battery-powered with solar assist
- Small viewing area compared to others in the price range
- Not rated for overhead welding
The miller elite series has the features you need whether you are MIG, TIG or Stick welding, this helmet is auto-dimming and will auto-dim when you hit an arc, improving the accuracy of your weld. The large viewing area provides a comfortable fit, reducing neck fatigue. All are made with impact resistible nylon and have an adjustable headband with replaceable sweatband, with a 5-way adjustable tilt, to allow you to get the helmet at the correct angle for your head and eyes, all adjustments are easily made with a turn of a knob.
The digital elite includes 4 arc sensors, with improved dimming when you strike an arc, which is necessary for low amperage TIG welders. Arc charging batteries re-charge while your welding.
The TIG amp welding safety feature on the miller elite welding helmets, formerly known as tungsten inert gas welding or heliarc welding uses a tungsten electrode which has an extremely high melting point, when you TIG weld, the electrode gets hot but never melts. It’s a non-consumable material, which doesn’t mean it will last forever, it just means that it doesn’t melt and become part of the weld. Unlike other welding processes, the electrode melts and becomes filler metal, which is a consumable electrode process. So if you’re TIG welding, then the larger viewing area, the better!
4 Operating Modes
The Miller Digital Elite has four operating modes with different shade ranges capable of handling any welding job you throw at it.
- Weld – Shade Range #8 – 13
- Cut – Shade Range #5 – 8
- Grind – Shade #3
- X-Mode – Can be used with shades #8 – 13.
This intricate piece of technology senses the weld arc, eliminating sunlight interference and low-amp lens flashing from blocked sensors, so you can be sure it goes dark every time. The adjustable shade and grind mode features are nice because it allows you to reshape tungsten grind weld beads or even plasma cut, without wasting time switching to your protective goggles. The elite encompasses ClearLight™ Lens Technology which provides realistic color perception and clarity. These are really helpful if you don’t have the best eyes, or you’re getting older and your eyes aren’t working like they used to.
Welding mode is your automatic auto-darkening weld mode that dims when you light an ARC, cut mode is a darkening shade, used when you’re using an active fuel torch or plasma cutter, grind mode is a passive mode, which has a clear tint imbued letting you cut and grind without changing to a face shield. X-mode will auto adjust the shade and sensitivity from the incoming light source, designed for a sunny day and you hit an arc! Perfect for the avid MIG, TIG or Stick welder.
Uses Lithium Batteries With A Solar Backup
The helmet comes with batteries so you can use it right out of the box but charging will be required for the solar cell to work, which can hold up to 3000 hours of power. Weld with peace of mind knowing that your helmet will always work when you need it to. It uses 2 batteries.
Four Premium Arc Sensors
Four sensors mean the helmet will auto darken no matter the situation, even in tight spaces. And with a reaction speed of .00005 seconds, it’s among the quickest in the welding world.
The Miller Digital Elite meets ANSI Z87.-2003 High Impact Standards so you can weld without worry. Made of high-grade industrial plastic this helmet can withstand a beating and it’s actually rated as one of the most rugged in the industry.
Intuitive Digital Controls
The controls on the Miller Digital Elite are simple, glove-friendly and easy to master. There is a single button to switch between modes so you can adapt to any job. You’ll never go back to an analog controlled helmet again after using this panel.
Extra Cover Lenses and Magnifying Glass Included
Everyone loves extra stuff. With this helmet you get a carrying bag and 7 extra lens covers, 5 outside 2 inside, so your hood will last a long time. The magnifying glass feature allows a zoom to be added to the lense.
Not Designed For Overhead Welding
Although this helmet is superior is almost every category it’s unfortunately not designed for overhead welding.
Smaller Viewing Area
The lens is a bit small when compared to other helmets within the same price range but performs just as well.
We choose the Miller Digital Elite auto-darkening welding helmet as the most value for the money. It has all the features of a premium helmet for a reasonable price including the much-touted X-Mode feature. As far as comfort goes you won’t beat this helmet, Miller is well known for having some of the most comfortable helmets out there and this one continues the trend. Overall we think the Miller Digital Elite is a fantastic helmet.
Specs and Features
Auto Darkening: Yes
Viewing Field: Width 3.85″ x 2.38 Height
Shade Range: DIN 3, 5 – 8/ 8 – 13
Reaction Time: .00005 seconds
Weight: 18 oz (482g)
Power source: Lithium batteries with solar power back up
Warranty: 3 years