I have a Simplex+ and am thinking seriously of thinking selling the Simplex and buying the Vanquish 440.
I have nothing really negative to say about the Simplex. I have the Nox 800 and think that the TID on the Vanquish will be similar to the Nox 800 for the same targets? Am I right?
With the Simplex and the Nox 800 I have two sets of numbers to remember. Don't need that.
Plus I like the tones on the 800 better than the Simplex. How do the tones on the V 440 compare to the 800?
Plus I like the Multi-frequency aspect of the Vanquish.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Yes I confirm the Vanquish is an excellent detector . I received my Vanquish 540 pro pack 10 days ago. For info I am an official tester for 2 shops in France and I have a very stict testing procedure, combining static tests and field tests. I have spent around 4 hours on the field with it up to now . I will give more details and pics in another post later but I already have a good idea of the machine and you will find below a comparison between the Vanquish 540 V12 coil and the Equinox 800 11inches coil.
Important I on only detect inland , I am not a beachcomber , this test only applies for inland detecting .
1 ) The Vanquish plus :
- Static depth test on a big copper coin 10g , 3cm diameter at 12inches depth in moderated mineralized ground:
The Vanquish 540 V12 is better than the Equinox 800 11coil. The sound is definitely sharper . There is not an enormous difference, say 1inch depth difference , but there is definitely a difference. I use the Jewellery mode.
- the Vanquish telescopic shaft is far better than the Nox shaft , you can adjust it very accurately on the field. It is much more compact in a rucksack. Also the S Vanquis shape is more ergonomic and it feels lighter than the Nox on the field, although the weight of the machines are similar.
- The Vanquish is much easier to use than the Nox , just a few buttons thats all. I find the Nox too complex and I do not like the side buttons of the nox which tend to auto activate when the Nox is in a rucksak. On the Vanquish I simply swich on the Jewellry mode , sensiitivity to max , thats all. Also the noise cancel is automatic. On the nox you must go in the menu for noise cancel too complex ….
- The Vanquish V12 elliptical coil is much easier to pinpoint than the 11equinox coil , I very rarely use a pinpointer with it.
2 ) The vanquish cons :
- a fear I have with the Vanquish is that the electronic card is not protected against humidity , no IP protection , this could be a pb during wet atmospheric conditions . I will test this as soon as I can .
- no lithium battery , just basic AAs batteries for power. A lithium battery would have been lighter and more reliable then the AAs.
3 ) Conclusion :
An entry level machines better than their top level ones , only Minelab can do that … :-)
More seriously I think that Minelab has learnt a lot with the Nox and they improved a lot of things that can now be found on the Vanquish.
I understand now why Simon ( Phrunt ) is so happy with his Vanquish in NZ… :-)
Again I will send an other post with pics and a more details as soon as possible
Apart from this everybody is at home over here in France with the corona , so I have to stop the tests for the moment , I hope it will go better in a few weeks ...
I had my first real hunt for the season today. I still have frozen ground 2” down in some of my spots.
The small public boat landing in my town has a grass “infield” area. I first hunted it last season. Several quick 30 minute hunts.
Very full of trash! Lots of people like to park and look across at the town.
Also great view of the fireworks when the Bay festival shoots them off every year.
I don’t know how I missed so many coins. I still have only concentrated on the fringe areas beside the pavement. I literally hit the same spots as last fall. Probably a dozen coins in 20 minutes. Very easy to pinpoint with the small coil. Targets were a solid lock on everything I dug. The few pieces of canslaw I dug were solid at 17.
I got a 17-18 number very shallow. Of course I needed to get the trash out, so I dug it up. Very damaged zippo lighter. My second ever. It will get sent in to be repaired.
I am not sure I will use my other machines this season. This thing is very fun and light. Very much worth the under 200 I spent on it.
btw, I didn’t plan on my gloves matching the machine....just a happy coincidence.
Starting to see some different results from the relic mode on the 540 than I would expect according to the manual and suggested use of the mode. Maybe some other 540 users can confirm or deny what I'm seeing. First off in my soil it's not the deepest mode because of the mineralization, it's actually quite choppy on deep targets. However, what I'm starting to see, and I've tested this a few times and even confirmed it on Monte's nail board. Relic mode appears to have better separation in iron than either the coin or jewelry modes. This is contrary to what the manual says but I'm seeing this more every time I take it out. I'd say it performs about 20% better and I'm taking about surface trash not deep stuff with the V8 coil. Anybody else seeing this same thing?