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That all makes sense and sounds good but I waited about two years to sell my whites MXT pro to get a waterproof model to do freshwater detecting second time out my 600 drowned salesman was nice enough to send me out right away and 800 haven’t dumped it yet actually scared to but the warranty doesn’t make you feel any better when you spend that much money minelab you really need to reinvent

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Took the kids to the lake for a couple days to hunt some gold. Equinox flooded in chest deep water after a few hours. This my second! Minelab is sending me another one customer service is great. I hav

Unfortunately Minelab some time ago got into the habit of not communicating directly with their customer base on issues of concern. They advertise, or put out promo videos, news releases, and maybe an

That sucks. The vast majority of Equinox probably never get submerged, so the number of units where this might occur is probably much higher than actually is occurring. I’d be leery down the road of b

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I've have used detectors with long cords like the Lobo ST, CZ5, 1236x2, Sovereign XS2 and other detectors water hunting with the box in a real small backpack and I could get out to chest deep and didn't worry about leaking. Unless I fell in or stepped in a hole  but that never happened. I have also used the XP Orx in a waterproof holder inside my waders. It is certified to 16' though. 

Right now I'm using the Equinox 800 in the water and am not worrying a bit. It has a 3 year warranty. After the warranty I might do something to seal it more or maybe something better will be out. I'm using a wet suit suit now and getting out to my chin in the water.

So don't worry about it when it's under warranty.

 

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57 minutes ago, Fresh water said:

That all makes sense and sounds good but I waited about two years to sell my whites MXT pro to get a waterproof model to do freshwater detecting second time out my 600 drowned salesman was nice enough to send me out right away and 800 haven’t dumped it yet actually scared to but the warranty doesn’t make you feel any better when you spend that much money minelab you really need to reinvent

Despite what it sounds like I’m not defending Minelab, and agree they need to improve the situation. I guess I’ve just been around too long to have all the expectations people seem to have. The honest truth is any detector designed for use to ten feet has an IP rating that if you investigate means they are basically wading detectors. The coil and headphone fittings used on all these 10 foot detectors are at best IP68 rated, which means certified and tested good for 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. That’s it. So they are all going out on a limb with warranties covering ten feet. If you buy these 10 foot rated detectors and use them submerged for hours every day, it’s more a matter of when they will leak, not if they will leak.

If you genuinely want a detector with a halfway reasonable chance of not leaking, do not buy one rated for anything less than 100 feet. That still does not mean they will not leak... just far less chance. 

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 I think having a 3 year  warranty is a good thing and not to  worry. I do  worry about my GMX in water.I have had the least   amount of problems with  minelab.The most with my Garrett infinium.I  think after  the the warranty it is  180$ for  a new control box  that is not bad also.

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The nox sinks like a   stone if  you let it go changing the  pressure all the time when you pick it up.Put a pool noodle between cuff and pod and it will be  near surface mostly and easy  to grab if you let go. 2years in h20 and no leaks. Every bit helps.

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Thanks for the replies my 600 was probably only under the water about 6 inches for an hour max Rick I’m also in Michigan thanks for the reply I’m going to put the 800 underwater soon we’ll see what happens I’ll keep you posted

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12 minutes ago, Fresh water said:

Curious will be $180 for a new control box will that be warranty for three years as well

If it is an out of warranty repair it will most likely have some ridiculously short replacement parts warranty, like 30 or 90 days.

I have three Equinox, of those, one for water use. It was in the water this morning as a matter of fact. The others stay dry but give me backups in case I need them. With my warranty near expiring I will sell one soon and buy a new one. I’d rather take a hit every few years selling a used unit and getting another new detector. That difference I am paying between the used one and the new one is for three more years warranty. At this point given the history I would personally never be using an out of warranty Equinox in the water. Three years is good coverage, and worth a few bucks.

It may seem silly or expensive having two or three of one detector, but I have less into three Equinox than I had into one CTX 3030.

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I think the real issue is the amount of time it takes Minelab to return the detectors that have had water problems. I think some if it is this Covid-19 thing.  I also think the being submerged upto 30 minutes is the key to all the discussion.

When I had two different detectors fail with bad control boxes I was antsy waiting and I got both back in less than a week. I had Whites repair the same detector twice because it never worked after the 1st repair and I was without it for over a month and in the meantime switched to a Minelab Etrac

I don't use mine in water and would never stay submerged for over 30 minutes if I did.

In my eyes Minelab  is the best overall brand on the market. The Equinox is the best all around detector I have ever owned. It has so many pluses I have no interest in another detector. 

I am no different than many of the users I would be frustrated and probably start bashing Minelab if I had what I thought was a waterproof detector and it leaked and then it took over a month for minelab to repair or replace it. I also know customer service and contact with a customer heals a lot of wounds. 

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3 hours ago, Norm S said:

I also think the being submerged upto 30 minutes is the key to all the discussion.

Norm, all I did was shower mine off in a beach shower that I could Pi$$ harder. And my 800 got water inside!! [I'm 58!] 

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