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Keeping Your Work Space Safe With a Gas Detection Monitor

Keeping Your Work Space Safe With a Gas Detection Monitor 0

Welding is a powerful fabrication method, but it can pose a number of hazards to any metalworker who lacks experience or caution. But one critical hazard that can be overlooked is indeed one you can’t see: toxic gases that can fill up a room without adequate ventilation. Since these gases can be hard to detect with human senses alone, a safe welding environment should make use of a gas detection monitor.
  • Andrew Blatner
The TIG Brush: The Best Way to Clean Your Welds

The TIG Brush: The Best Way to Clean Your Welds 0

Stainless steel is so versatile and durable that it’s not surprising it is so frequently used across numerous industries. It accepts weld readily and can be formed into a near endless array of shapes and serves as a sturdy foundation for structures large and small. Its surface can also be used as an aesthetic choice, so when it is exposed it’s critical that welds are cleaned up for a smooth, visually appealing, and corrosion-resistant finish. While there are a number of common weld cleaning methods, one is the superior choice for most applications: the TIG brush.
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Official Online Partner for Fronius USA

Official Online Partner for Fronius USA 0 has become the official online store for Fronius welding machines within the United States through our partnership with Fronius USA. We work hard to partner with companies that we believe in, and take pride in offering you the very best in welding technology. If you haven't heard of Fronius yet, let us introduce you. Fronius, while new to the US, is an Austrian company that has been a leader in welding machines and technologies for many years in Europe. Fronius welding machines can do amazing things; They even have a battery-powered stick welder called the AccuPocket, and we carry them in-stock everyday. We carry a lot of great brands on our website, but we exclusively stock Fronius welders because we believe they're the best. You'll find brands like Miller and Lincoln all over the internet, but come to us for your Fronius equipment. You won't be disappointed. If you're serious about welding, Fronius is about to become part of your vocabulary. 
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How long does the battery last on a Fronius AccuPocket 150?

How long does the battery last on a Fronius AccuPocket 150? 0

This question has been asked more times than I can count; How long does the battery last on a Fronius AccuPocket 150.  WHICH MEANS...Time to get the answer!

I decided it was time to do some research.  First, I went around to our customer service team to see what their answers were.  The answers I received were “it depends on how much force (push) you use while welding”, to “depends on the diameter”, to “call Fronius tech support and see what they say” and then my very favorite “well depends on how hard you want to work”.  Since this obviously did not answer my question, it was time to grab my jacket, helmet and gloves and strike an arc. 

I took a fully charged Accupocket and 7018 1/8” rod.  I set the machine to 125 amps and struck my first arc.  I had a little too much heat (power) for my comfortability so I backed down to 115 amps.  Here was the first variable I noticed- not everyone was going to be welding at the same amperage, thus depleting the battery at different rates.  I was able to completely burn down to nothing 9-7018 1/8” rods. This is when I noticed the second variable, what is a used/complete rod?

I plugged the charger in and charged the machine completely in about 30 minutes.  I did take a coffee break and texted my wife back (not a good idea to not respond to her…..) so maybe a little longer.  (note I was using a 20-amp breaker on 110/120v) put the machine back in the case and back into our demo area.

So in conclusion, how long does a battery last on the Fronius Accupocket 150?  Well my answer is going to be 9-7018 1/8” electrodes.  Is this really the right answer, well I put the electricity to the metal and for me it is. 

*The views and opinions within this article are that of the author. This article has not been sponsored by Fronius. 

  • Andrew Blatner