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Just How Rainproof Is The GPZ 7000?

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According to the Minelab website, the GPZ 7000 is "weather proof" meaning you can use it in the rain.

The GPZ 14 coil is waterproof and submersible to a depth of 1 m (3 ft). You can easily detect rivers and shorelines with no fuss! The weatherproof design of the GPZ 7000 allows you to go detecting in rainy or wet conditions.

This seems reasonable, it looks that way except the headphone socket on the back of it, in the worst possible location to fill up with water as your coil is on the ground pointing that socket straight up to the rain.  The other day JW and I were detecting in the rain and I couldn't help but notice the rain drops landed on the back of the GPZ and the water drops run down into the socket.  They just kept dripping down into that 6.35mm socket and it had me worried.  Over time I could see quite a lot of water getting in there, eventually it would fill up.

I ordered a cover for my GPZ, while it's great for protecting the screen it doesn't cover up the back of the GPZ, leaving that same socket exposed to the rain.

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The designers of the cover did a good job on the screen and control box but the back is wide open.

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You can see the exposed socket there, no protection at all from the cover.  I'm never in my life going to use that socket so I went on the hunt for some covers for it and found these things

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They just push into the socket and have a little lug to be able to pull them out when needed.

Has anyone bothered with this sort of thing? Is there a need to? I ordered a lot of 10 as they were cheap anyway and I can put them on all of my detectors with the 1/4" sockets as I never use headphones and it's such a big hole for water and dirt to get in.

You can get them at Amazon and various other auction sites and electronic stores.

https://www.amazon.com/uxcell-Rubber-6-35mm-Microphone-Socket/dp/B00X7C1548/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=6.35mm+Audio+Jack+PC+DVD+Microphone+Socket+Dust+Cover&qid=1582528192&sr=8-1

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Black-Rubber-6-35mm-Audio-Jack-PC-DVD-Microphone-Socket-Dust-Cover-10PCS-/400985786548

 

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Hi Simon, The Zed does come with a plug in that headphone socket. Your one was obviously missing.

JW 🤠 

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Thanks, bugger, It was probably thrown away with the packaging then, I should have just asked you 🙂

Well that's where to get them if anyone has lost theirs 😀

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My Zed just came with it in there. So I assumed it had been there since new. 🤠

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must be a Kiwi thing, neither of ours came with one, I just use the foam ear plugs in ours 

cheers dave

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Then they must think it's rain proof without it, it just didn't feel right.  The covers were cheap anyway so I've ordered the 10 pack.  They'll also stop dirt/dust so that can't be bad.

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It’s located on the inside where you plug the headphone adapter box in.  It looks like a plastic screw.  I would assume they think you are plugging headphones in so don’t initially put it on.  You don’t need the adapter to use the wireless.

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Water getting into the hole does not have much chance of doing serious damage since it just lets water into the headphone module, a dummy pass through adapter. The GPZ is based on the CTX design, and by removing the module you can attach CTX waterproof headphones directly to the actual headphone connection on the GPZ, which is exposed when you remove the module. There is a plug hidden inside the module, but it’s a plug designed for the inner connection, in theory to be used when the waterproof headphones are removed.

The GPZ is extremely water resistant, and in theory can handle being fully submerged, though I’d not recommend it.

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I use the thick plastic bag approach. It cheap and easy and has worked in the rain on every detector I've ever owned. That being said the 7000 seems pretty water tight although I wouldn't submerge the coil in water. 

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9 hours ago, davsgold said:

must be a Kiwi thing, neither of ours came with one, I just use the foam ear plugs in ours 

cheers dave

I got my Zed 2nd hand & it had a plug in the headphone socket so I just assumed it came like that. The plug isn't like the one being shown.  The WM12 by passes the use of headphones & the previous owner never used headphones so he must have used an alternative plug.

JW 🤠 

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