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First Gold With The Gpz (and Drowned My Xcoil)

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So took the gpz out for couple days were I hunt managed to find out that my extra waterproofing didn't work after 20 mins of first day with xcoil so was back to std 14 on day to all and all we had good trip pulled 5 grams for 2 days and 3 nice bits including this one 

It was all creek hunting and was defanitly impressed the the zeds depth 

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Just hoping with few days sun in a bag rice the xcoil will work normaly again.. Guess I will have to wait for nf coils to be realesed for water ones as the std 14 took on water to even tho they ment to be submersible to 1 mtr 

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That's a pain both coils drowned for you, the X-coil isn't wateproof so that's understandable but a let down the Minelab 14" drowned too.  JW did say to me he never put his 14" in the water as he knew of someone who drowned one of them.

Fingered crossed drying them out works out.

You got a good chunk of gold there, and a lot of bits. Champion effort. 🙂 I am jealous of your creeks up that way.

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1 hour ago, nugget hunter nz said:

 std 14 took on water to even tho they ment to be submersible to 1 mtr 

Wow really? Good to know. Anybody knows why this happened? 

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the "Gore" valve, "Air equalization valve" maybe some work better than others, I don't even go detecting in the rain, letalone dunk the coils in water, no matter what brand of coil, anyhow if the valve is unscrewed and let the coils dry out in the sun for however long it takes I imagine they should be ok again.

cheers dave 

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5 hours ago, Gold Catcher said:

Wow really? Good to know. Anybody knows why this happened? 

Yes....they are not waterproof.:rolleyes:  I did make mention of this as a warning to nugget hunter nz (Craig) on his post on making his own adapter for the X coil/Zed. I repeat it here.  "On a personal note....I will never be putting my Zed coils in water, but the areas where I mostly detect there is no water up in the hills any way. I even hate using my detector out in the rain, of which the other day out with Simon it was raining most of the time. I shouldn't have gone. I wouldn't have normally but knew that Simon was eager to try his "new" set up. After a few hours & 4 bits of recovered gold & two lost ones I had had enough & called it quits as I reckoned the detector was starting to act a bit weird. I didn't know at the time that Simon had text me to say his back was giving him grief & he had had enough to. I didn't take my phone with me but must have timed it right when I caught up with him. I put it down to the coil getting drowned as I have a good cover on the actual detector control box & the handle pod. I honestly don't know how the coil can be waterproof with that pressure vent valve.  The guy I got my Zed off is from the West (wet) Coast & he killed his ML 14" coil detecting in West Coast creeks. It was warranted as being waterproof so Minelab replaced it under warranty. The West Coast & its weather is not very detector friendly. I am not prepared to risk it. My thoughts always were that the ML or any 14" size coil of that type construction & design ( foam filled) is a beast of a coil to try to subject to using underwater with fighting the buoyancy & water flow." End of quote.

But what would I know?? Hopefully Craigs coils will dry out with no ill effects. He now knows not to put them in water. Learnt the hard way. Warning for others so thanks Craig for bringing it to peoples attention.👍

Good luck out there

JW 🤠

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Minelab website clearly states the 14” coil is meant be waterproof, bit rough being a smart ass and telling him told you so for something the machine is meant to do.

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6 hours ago, nugget hunter nz said:

Just hoping with few days sun in a bag rice the xcoil will work normaly again..

I found that some electronics will dry out better using instant oats instead of rice.

I purchase a large container of them just for that reason, and after they dry out what they are on I will allow them to dry in the oven for an hour for reuse.

Hope this helps.

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I won't even put my SDC under water. It's like one of those Samsung phones some years back that were advertised to be the first ones to be water proof. Well, on day 2 I took the phone in the pool only to never be usable again.

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10 minutes ago, Trent King said:

Minelab website clearly states the 14” coil is meant be waterproof, bit rough being a smart ass and telling him told you so for something the machine is meant to do.

Not trying to be a smart ass Trent but just trying to be helpful to others with what I have come to learn over the years with my own experiences using coils under water & what happened to the guy I purchased my Zed off. He was lucky that it was still under warranty & that because minelab state it as being waterproof they replaced it under warranty. Now Craig (nugget hunter nz) drowning his ML 14" coil. He too lives & detects on the West Coast as does the guy I got my Zed off. Not sure if Craigs is still under warranty. So what the machine is meant to do & what it actually does do are two different things...can be an expensive "mistake"  for someone who drowns their coil when it is out of warranty. Hopefully Simon (Phrunt) will learn & not put his coil under water like I have warned not to do. So thanks for your concern. Appreciated. 

JW 🤭

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22 minutes ago, Gold Catcher said:

I won't even put my SDC under water. It's like one of those Samsung phones some years back that were advertised to be the first ones to be water proof. Well, on day 2 I took the phone in the pool only to never be usable again.

Yep...prevention is better than cure. Especially when out of warranty. I had the same samsung phone. Even had it in a "lifeproof case" for added water proof. Went jet boating. Forgot I had it in my pocket. Went out in the lake over my waste. Suddenly remembered the phone was in my pocket. Wouldn't have been 30 seconds. It was toast. 🤬 Luck it was insured. Didn't save my data though. lost all my photos etc.

JW 🤠 

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