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  1. This most definitely was misinformation. I have had my fully paid preorder in since mid November. My wife actually did this for me as a Christmas gift that slid to a birthday gift after a no-show at Christmas. When she called at the end of February to cancel the order, she was guaranteed delivery prior to our vacation to the Bahamas and Key West in March. As of last week, I still have not received the detector and after much prying was told I was number 42 on the preorder list out of more than 300. They also told me that mid-April would be the time frame in which I can expect my detector. They fully blame the shortage on Minelab. In my opinion, as a retailer of their magnitude, they should have had some sort of agreement in the number of units being delivered or at the very least limited the rampant preorders that they just assumed would be filled. It really is a failure on both companies. I initially defended Minelab when people where complaining in January about not receiving their detectors but since I'm going on my 6th month with nothing to show but empty promises, I'm no longer cordial when it comes to people asking my opinion on either the manufacturer or the distributor.
  2. A quick update, I finally found out I am number 42 on the pre-order list for Kellyco. They had over 300 pre-orders. Looks like mid to late April at the earliest for me.
  3. I preordered and paid for mine mid November. I still haven't heard a word, or received any email. Calling them is fruitless. I leave for the Bahamas in a week. Looks like I won't be detecting there after all.
  4. PrePaid early November from Kellyco. No word, no email, no response. This will legitimately be the only time they get my money. The only reason they even got an order from me is because my wife ordered it for me for Christmas after being told it would be shipped in time. At this point I don't feel like cancelling my order would do me any good and would put me further back in the que. It does frustrate me to see all these people ordering from Cabellas and receiving their detectors after I have paid in full for almost 5 months now.
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    Iron Bias - What It Is

    Gotta hate that PDG. I had 22 years with it. Don't miss it one bit...
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    They’re Here!

    When I first tried hunting with my White's XLT, I apparently changed as many settings as I could to make detecting as frustrating and non-productive as possible. After reverting to the stock programs, and reading about each and every function and how they interacted with one another, I finally got it tweaked and working well. Essentially the only things I really changed were the Tone ID, Threshold, and other little things to personalize the sounds more than anything else. Detector manufacturers aren't typically in the habit of making default programs perform poorly just so that you have to manually correct things. Yes, they are generalized for typical environments but by that definition, you should be able to turn on and go. This is what I would recommend to anyone, with any new detector.
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    Maybe Today Is The Day

    Not directed to you at all. I've just been seeing complaining all over the place. Especially on the Facebook group I'm in. They never said it would be in anyone's hands Jan 31st. People are assuming that and bitching because it didn't happen.
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    Maybe Today Is The Day

    ML Never committed to a firm date. They (smartly) gave a generalized idea of when it would happen. Everyone, me included, is on edge and eager to have it in their own hands and read the multitudes of reviews that are going to come flooding in once the detector is officially released. To be pissy and have an attitude about their distribution process is self imposed. They haven't broken ANY deadline, messed up any shipping schedule; all they did was generate enough interest to drive people to the point of insanity about the Equinox's release. This effectively drives some people's anxiety through the roof and they pop off about it. I think it would be in the best interest to most to take a step back, inhale deeply, and appreciate life knowing that its coming soon. On a side note, the most recent Hawaii beach detecting video was done with a production unit and production release software, not a tester. So know that things are in fact, finalized.
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    Dr Tones At The Beach - Video

    Alexander, While I can't speak for the Equinox, I can speak to my XLT and I will say that I can typically discriminate out the PLAIN bottle caps at the beach. Occasionally I will get a zinc penny signal (low grade coin) from a crusty corroded bottle cap but I can typically tell by the tone when that's what it is. A foil wrapped bottle cap always, always gives me a tone I will dig. Even at perfect discrimination, to my detector, its an aluminum coin shaped object and it will sound too good to pass up.
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    Equinox Battery Mah?

    Sorry to break it to you....that ship has sailed!
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    Equinox Battery Mah?

    As Steve said, it really comes down to capability. The chances that I will ever detect more than 12 hours in a row is minute. The chances that I will forget to charge are quite high! I do go hunting in Montana and I'm away from power for about 3-4 days. The battery packs I normally carry are to charge my phone. It's just a convenience thing for me. If it has a side benefit of balancing the detector out for a more comfortable experience, then all the better. If your're going to do it, might as well do it with some style or add some additional perks. My pack for my phone charger was a generic tubular item until I 3d printed a housing that made it look like a fusioncore from Fallout 4. It wasn't necessary but every time someone sees it, they want one or at the least ask me about it.
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    Equinox Internal Photos

    I'm almost positive they would hash something to prevent the cards just from being swapped. That's not to say it couldn't be done. Plus, once that case is cracked, the waterproof rating is shot. I can definitely see down the road a bit and someone getting a broken 800 and doing a card swap regardless of the waterproofing because they couldn't care less about it. They may just be doing it for inexpensive internal memory purposes and servicing might not even be an option at the factory.
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    Equinox Battery Mah?

    I take the kids out and we do some detecting in the dry sand. They find it fascinating. We've not really found very much and stay out of the wet because my XLT can't handle it. When I was stationed in England and South Carolina, I found tons of stuff from Roman coins to musket balls and Civil War relics. I appreciate the history of it all. The Equinox will let me get in the surf and be a nice, worthy upgrade to my trusty White's. The kids got a couple of Teknetics Digiteks and they are itching to use them. I'll wait and see what kind of battery and capacity vs weight would be suitable as an addon to the Equinox. I would want it to be readily available and inexpensive so everyone could afford a pack. I would probably never ask for more than my cost for the printed parts. I would rather get people out detecting than turn a meager profit. As far as the beach goes, it's absolutely stunning here and white as sugar, but it swallows anything you drop and it SINKS deep. I just bought a SeaHunt Gamefish 30 and it's going to be insanely difficult this spring and summer to figure out if I want to fish or detect! Hit me up if you are back this way and maybe we can do a little of both.
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    Equinox Battery Mah?

    With the tubular design of the handle, being able to slide or adjust the pack front to rear should be easy. Integrate some legs for resting it on the ground, make it so the battery pack can be exchanged easily for those legendary marathon detecting trips where there may not be a power outlet handy. Shouldn't be difficult and I'm positive I can print up something that will meet all those standards. Something like this may be a good starting point for a pack. https://www.amazon.com/Poweradd-Slim-Ultra-compact-Portable-External/dp/B00MWU1GGI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515092225&sr=8-1&keywords=round+battery+pack