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  1. I recently unearthed a large 18K gold ring with a substantial / quality diamond embedded into it. My TDIBH with the 14.8v battery pack just managed a tiny break in the super smooth threshold to let me know something’s there..........the ring was lodged in the limestone layer of an old beach at an exact depth of 19”. The stock 12v battery pack will get this ring at about 16”. The ring is appraised at $7500 and would probably fetch about $4000 if sold.........enough to buy 3 TDIBH’s should my unit blow up on me. I estimate that I have over 500 hours run time on my detector with the 14.8v pack 👌
  2. I don’t need to drop the detector in the water.....I hold onto it. i never said it doesn’t float....I said the buoyancy has never bothered me.
  3. I use mine underwater and to be honest, I don’t notice the positive buoyancy.
  4. I don’t normally revive old threads but I thought I’d chime in with my recently purchased MX7. Pros: Consistent Target ID, especially with the 6” concentric coil. Lovely crisp audio that White’s does so well. For me, really well balanced. Great menu layout and sharp display. Solid build with no creaks or wobbles. Strong performance in different ground types. Cons: Nothing so far. The MX7 is a killer unit on our Australian $1 and $2 coins with a TID of 69 and 65 respectively. Most screw caps were 70/71 (which are our nemesis down here). Yes I could have purchased the Equinox (which I have tried) but the MX7 just felt like it suited me better. I will report back if I discover anything I don’t like. How does White’s make detectors sound so good! For me, this is one of the most important aspects to any detector purchase. Tony
  5. Plus Whites state that the hardwired coil gets more sensitivity.........They may well be right on this one.
  6. Hello Mark Gain at max and delay at 10us......plus the extra voltage of course. This is where the extra 1 to 2 inches comes from over the standard pack. I leave the frequency at the 12 position. Stock coil. Turn the threshold down low.....a fraction below where it is heard AND increase the volume. Tony
  7. Yep....the included bag is a complete waste of time.....☹️ The only useful bits are the plastic buckles !! They really should abandon the included bag and discount the detector by the same value.........5c But the included detector is what counts.....?.....and it is totally awesome. Tony
  8. TDI Beach Hunter is next level performance.....I would estimate the TDI has a 20% depth increase (using the 14.8v battery pack) over the Garrett (which I did own some years ago). There is still much to like about the Garrett, especially the battery compartment and swap-able coils and headphones. If you are after outright depth performance then the TDI is a clear winner. Incidentally, I found the depth advantage using the larger coil on the Garrett was only slightly ahead of the 8" Garrett coil (which I much preferred in the shallow water and surf). Tony
  9. Looks like the detector and "Rods" are both "no longer available".......... My BS/scam detector was screaming like a GPX on a manhole cover. Tony
  10. Surely you can by Lithium 18650 cells in Canada ?......correct, they can't be shipped by air from overseas.
  11. Good job Dale.....this is the way to go if you wish to use the standard battery trays and your DIY extra voltage packs. I like to run max power all the time (in the water and on the beach).....I got a second 16.8v pack and will swap out after 6 hours but by then I am pretty much done !
  12. All of the part details and assembly is at the beginning of this thread. The brass terminals are from the electrical section of most hardware stores and the wire and 2.1mm DC "Barrel" connector from electronic stores. I am in Australia but the parts needed should be readily available just about anywhere. Very simple build and soldering. Tony
  13. Here is the battery......https://www.batteriesdirect.com.au/shop/product/27361/licb-18650-4s1p-hc-f.html Here is the charger.....https://www.batteriesdirect.com.au/shop/product/27405/fy1701000-2.1mm.html I hope this helps, Tony
  14. This is good for a 3 cell setup but not 4 cells......need the extra 3.7v cell.
  15. Hello Mark, I have done "in ground" tests with the TDIBH and my results show a 15% performance jump when comparing the stock battery pack to the 14.4V (Nominal but comes off the charger at about 16.8V) pack. The pack I use is a 3.35Ah and I get a comfortable 7-8 hours before needing to recharge (the inbuilt BMS will automatically shutdown the detector if the voltage gets too low). When water hunting in 5 to 6 feet of water, I really struggle to dig the deep targets over 15" even with 30 pounds of lead ! Tony
  16. Hopefully I can post related links....if not then sorry Steve ! https://www.batteriesdirect.com.au/shop/product/27361/licb-18650-4s1p-hc-f.html Chargers to suit are there as well. Just pick a 1A charger....much cheaper than the 3A-5A chargers and the 1A chargers are easier on the battery as well. All you need is a 4S1P pack (laid out side by side). Tony
  17. I am loving this unit........it has found me some very deep gold ! Tony
  18. The pack came with a dedicated charger.......simple and cheap around $20.
  19. Tom, I have a brand new (3 spoke centre mount) 10" coil hand built by Eric Foster that I would like to have installed onto my TDI Beach Hunter. Is this something I could have White's do for me to maintain warranty? If so, could you PM me on cost and anything else I should consider. I find the 12" Dual Field just a bit too big for water hunting. Thanks for any help, Tony
  20. Yep, it's about 400 miles East of Perth to get where you want to go. I go from late April to late October with the middle months nice and cool. My next trip will be for about 3 weeks....probably during May / June / July. There's a big piece out there somewhere with my name on it........just need to sweep over it.....simple really. Forget the summer months....the flies and heat are unbearable even with plenty of water. Tony
  21. Damn....it's King Neptune himself !!!! Looks like he has downed his Trident in favor of the White's......and I don't blame him one bit. This must be King Neptune when he's not using his TDI BEACH HUNTER....?
  22. I operate with GB off........better depth. Also no gold "blind spots" when using GB For example, with GB on at the half way setting, my gold ring is only detectable to about 6 inches.....? I run my threshold where it just cuts out but you can still hear something and then turn the volume up.
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