Lincoln Viking 3350 Welding Helmet Review
This is actually one of the few welding helmets that I've been excited to talk about. It's by far my go-to welding helmet for just about any job, big or small. In this Lincoln Viking 3350 welding helmet review, I'll go over what makes this the "Cadillacs" of welding helmets.
Lincoln Viking 3350 Review
Clarity & Viewing Area
I wanted to start off by saying I have a pretty big collection of welding helmets. From the Sentinel A50 to the Miller Digital Elite, and much more. However, compared to all of those popular welding helmets, none of them have ever come close to the Viking 3350's view and clarity.
With the perfect optical clarity and Lincoln's 4C Lens Technology, my weld puddles were so easy to see. I was so accustomed to the typical green tint but ended up being really surprised by how much more I liked the Viking 3350's unique blue tint. Even everything around the weld puddle was clear too, including the arc which becomes a blueish/white color.
It got even better when I realized how big the viewing area was. Measuring at 12.5 sq. in., the big viewing area of the Viking 3350 lets you take full advantage of its great clarity. Plus I didn't realize until using the helmet a couple of times that the viewing area helped lessen the strain on my neck. I wasn't moving my head around as much since I could pretty much see everything.
Neck strain brings me to another feature that made the Viking 3350 stand out, which is comfort. With Lincoln's own unique X6 Headgear, the comfort of the Viking 3350 made me not want to even wear another helmet. The X6 Headgear was pretty new to me as well since the only other Viking series helmet I owned was the Viking 1840.
What makes the X6 Headgear so great is the six different functions. Which Include:
- Easy To Adjust
- Innovative Form Fit
- Flexible & Cushioned Backpad
- Rotatable & Padded Headband
- Adjustable Resting Position
- Vertical Position Clear Line Of Sight
I honestly didn't think I needed all of that in headgear but I was wrong.
As most of my friends know, the comfort of a welding helmet has always been extremely important to me. Any time I'm trying out a new welding helmet, and I wake up the next day with any neck pain, I get immediately turned off from that welding helmet. It was really surprising to find a helmet that takes comfort so important.
Versatility & Other Features
When it comes to versatility, the Lincoln Viking 3350 outperforms most other helmets. It's basically perfect for MIG or TIG welding. Plus it also has a grind function so its available for grinding as well. Although I don't have much experience using it for just grinding. I mostly do a lot of overhead MIG welding and the low profile of the helmet was perfect for it.
With almost perfect clarity, amazing comfort, and great versatility, this would be a welding helmet you'd regret passing on. Lincoln built this with every type of welder in mind and they built it to last. It's not meant to be the typical type of helmet that you'd have to replace after a year or so. It's meant to be the welding helmet that'll last you years.
Viking 3350 Video Review
By popular demand, I've decided to list my thoughts on the Viking 3350 compared to other popular helmets requested by our followers.
Lincoln Viking 3350 vs Miller Digital Elite
In terms of the viewing area, the Viking 3350 is a good bit bigger, with the Digital Elite being 9.2 sq. in. and the Viking 3350 at 12.5 sq. in. When it comes to clarity, in my opinion, Lincoln's 4C Lens Technology gave the Viking 3350 the edge of the Digital Elite's clarity. Although the Digital Elite is still one of the better helmets on the market today.
The Viking 33500 was also a lot more comfortable and not as bulky as the Digital Elite. Besides the clarity and comfort, the two helmets have pretty similar features.
As you can tell, the Viking 3350 outperforms the Digital Elite. Plus you can usually find it at a cheaper price.
What kind of batteries does it take?
The Viking 3350 takes CR2450 batteries.
Can you use a Cheater Lens for this?
Yes, you can. Lincoln sells them on their website.
What size is the lens?
Outside Cover Lens is 114 x 133 x 1.0 mm (4.5 x 5.25 x .04 in.)
Inside Cover Lens is 94.7 x 89.7 x 1.0 mm (3.73 x 3.53 x .04 in.)