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Minelab Vanquish 540

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Steve Herschbach
  • Price: $ 369 Freq: Multi Weight: 2.9 lbs Waterproof?: No Current?: Yes

The Minelab Vanquish 540 is a new metal detector announced by Minelab and with product shipping in 2020. The Vanquish 540 is a multifrequency VLF detector with a unique collapsible rod system and 12" x 9" DD coil. Follow Minelab Vanquish threads on the Minelab Metal Detector Forum for the latest news.

Minelab Vanquish 540 metal detector

Search Modes - Coin, Relic, Jewelry, Custom, All Metal
Custom User Search Profile - Yes
Operating Frequencies (kHz) - Multi-IQ
Noise Cancel - Auto (19 Channels)
Bluetooth Audio - Yes
Iron Bias - High (default), Low
Sensitivity - 10 levels
Volume - 10 levels
Target Tones - 5 tones
Discrimination Segments - 25 segments
Target ID's - -9 to 40
Depth Indicator - 5 levels
Length - Extended: 1450 mm (57") Collapsed: 760 mm (30")
Weight (incl. batteries) - 2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)
Standard Coil - V12 12" x 9" Double-D
Audio Output - In-built loudspeaker, 3.5 mm (1/8") jack, Bluetooth wireless
Supplied Headphones - Wired 3.5 mm (1/8") headphones
Display - Monochrome LCD with red backlight
Supplied Batteries - 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable
Waterproof - Coil to 1 meter/3 feet
Operating Temperature Range -  -10°C to +40°C (+14°F to +104°F)
Storage Temperature Range -  -20°C to +70°C (-4°F to +158°F)
Key Technologies - Multi-IQ, Bluetooth, aptx™ Low Latency

Minelab Vanquish 540 Instruction Manual

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Minelab Vanquish 540 display and controls


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It was very tempting to give the Vanquish a 5 star rating, not because it's the best metal detector available, but it certainly seems the best available in it's price range.  It's a powerful high performance detector in a price range you would not until recently expect such a good detector.  It's very similar in performance to the much higher priced Equinox, it just lacks the advanced features of the Equinox such as adjustable iron bias, 50 tones, water proofing and so on.  The 540 has Iron bias but it's only got two options which are low and high.

For someone new to detecting it's the perfect choice, it's simple to use, and it has exceptionally reliable target ID's which makes finding coins a breeze.  For someone more advanced it's an enjoyable powerful detector that you can just turn on and go and have a lazy fun day detecting.  It's simplified, just how I like it, but just because it's simple doesn't mean it doesn't do the job well.

It is no doubt the best beach detector in it's price range on wet and dry sand and better than many of the competitions far higher priced detectors for the purpose due to having Multi Frequency operation (Multi-IQ).  The same proven technology in the Equinox and the secret sauce behind the success of the Equinox.

The Vanquish can easily take on detectors from other manufacturers that are at a much higher price point and I suspect in the coming months the other manufacturers will have to significantly drop their pricing to stay in the game.  Although it's cut back on features compared to the Equinox it still has features that rival or are better than higher priced detectors from some of the competition.   It has volume control, pinpoint, a back light on it's screen which is a red light, I find it better than the back light on the Equinox.  It shrinks down in size to put in your backpack with it's expandable shaft.  I again prefer the Vanquish expanding shaft over the Equinox shaft.    It has various modes which include Coin, Relic, Jewellery, Custom, All Metal.  Runs of 4 AA batteries and easily lasts a few days off them prior to charging.  It auto noise cancels when you turn it on and handles EMI very well.   It has 25 discrimination segments and like it's big brother the Equinox it has 50 target ID numbers and a 5 level depth indicator that seems very accurate on coin sized targets.   The 1.3 Kg weight to me feels light and comfortable to swing all day.

The Pro Pack which I purchased comes with two coils, the V8 8" x 5" Double-D and V12 12" x 9" Double-D coils.  The best two coils out of the three coils available for the Vanquish in my opinion and the only coils you would need.  The elliptical shape of the Vanquish coils I prefer over the Equinox coils, I very much wish they were available for the Equinox.

With the V8 coil in jewellery/ All metal mode it's a respectable gold nugget prospecting machine, able to compete with the 19khz machines from other manufacturers in performance.

For the price you can't go wrong, a real winner and I have no doubt it's going to shake the industry to it's core for the new standard of low priced high performance VLF detectors.  👍

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