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What Is The Difference Between The Popular Speedglas 9100 FX Air And The NEW And Improved Speedglas G5-01?

What Is The Difference Between The Popular Speedglas 9100 FX Air And The NEW And Improved Speedglas G5-01?

Speedglas 9100 FX Air And Speedglas G5-01 Comparison

Which One Best Suits Your Requirements?

The 3M Speedglas 9100 FX Air with the award winning Adflo PAPR launched in 2011 and was commonly known as the Welding Helmet PAPR of popular choice.

This helmet has the highest possible global Respiratory rating, APF 1000.

Over the last 9 years, the Speedglas 9100 FX Air has helped shape and build Australia and New Zealand, being used within thousands of Australian and New Zealand businesses.

If you are one of the tens of thousands of Aussie or Kiwi welders who own a Speedglas 9100 FX Air you may be questioning what the differences are between your current kit and the new Speedglas G5-01.

Variable Colour Technology

  • Both welding helmets feature Speedglas TrueView technology, however, the Speedglas G5-01 takes colour technology to the next level by giving you control over the colour tone of your dark state.
  • The G5-01 provides better control of your weld puddle, with a view that appears brighter and more realistic.
  • The G5-01 focuses on your welding set-up, welding technique and inspection of just-completed welds.
  • The G5-01 provides a clearer view of coloured welding machine controls, even with your helmet in the safe, down position. 

Colour Technology: Selection of Natural (A), Cool (B) or Warm (C) tones for your dark state.


You can now determine which colour tone provides the best viewing contrast for your welds, and the most comfort for your eyes!
Click here to watch the Speedglas G5-01 Feature Focus: Variable Colour Technology video from 3M!

Larger Welding Lens And Clear Grinding Visor     

The Speedglas FX Air has the largest viewing area available on the market. The Speedglas G5-01 lifts the bar even more with the largest Speedglas welding lens viewing area ever.

The clear grinding visor is also over 15% larger than the FX Air Grinding Visor.    

Benefits Of The G5-01 Improved Lens & Visor

  • New shade 14 for high amps
  • Arc detection to 1 amp
  • 4 sensors
  • 1/1/1 optical classification
  • Australian & NZ Compliant
  • TrueView light state
  • Variable colour dark state
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • MMAW (Electrode)
  • TIG > 1 Amp
  • Plasma welding & cutting
  • Hidden arc
  • Tack welding
  • Grinding
  • Memory modes

Airflow Climate Control

Based on welders feedback, they get dry mouth, dry eyes or a runny nose from the constant flow of clean air provided by your powered air protection. The G5-01 now allows you to control where the air flow is directed in the welding helmet with complete airflow control.

All airflow adjustments can be made while wearing the helmet, maintaining your face, eye and respiratory protection.

Slimmer Profile Design

The Speedglas G5-01 has taken the FX Air profile and improved it by offering greater coverage and protection while decreasing the helmets width.
The Speedglas G5-01 offers welders a more narrow profile suitable for tight spaces.

Removable Flip Up Component

A new advanced feature allows you to quickly and easily remove the flip-up auto-darkening component of the Speedglas G5-01, leaving you with the clear visor for continuous powered air respiratory protection.

For welders who undertake extended non-welding work this function allows you to minimize the weight of the helmet by over 35%.

The Flip-up component allows you to easily change between welding and grinding tasks.
Easily set-up, inspect and move around the workplace with perfect clear vision while maintaining your eye, face and respiratory protection.

Mobile Connectivity

You can now securely pair your smartphone to your G5-01 welding lens through the 3M Connected Equipment App

Mobile Connectivity Features Include

  • Control all your welding lens settings directly from your smart phone
  • Program up to ten memory modes (settings for dark shades, sensitivity and delay)
  • Review when your ADL was first activated
  • Hours on
  • Hours in the dark state
  • Hours in the light state
  • Number of on/off cycles
  • Have instant access to User Manuals and Parts List

For more Technical information on the G5-01 Welding Helmet, click here!
Watch the Speedglas G5-01 Video from 3M here!

If you require any further information regarding respiratory protection please contact us.

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