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  1. Your assertion is contrary to my experience of the last five years using only RNB lithium battery packs in my Etrac. I would never go back to NiMH and have to charge batteries the night before every hunt.
  2. I'm looking to be bullet proof, not just OK. I'd rather spend $60 and never have to worry about batteries again. I use an RNB battery pack in my Etrac and keep a fully charged RNB pack in the trunk (boot) of my car as a spare. I would never go back to conventional batteries for the Etrac again. The convenience of lithium is just too great, total reliability and more hunting time between charges. That spare RNB pack might only get used once or twice a year; but, it never fails to hold a full charge even with months between uses. It's in my car trunk during freezing winters and hot summers yet it still never fails. The Vanquish is going to stay in my car all the time too. I'll only be using it on the rare occasion that I see a promising site and don't happen to have my Etrac or Equinox in the car. Unless somebody has experienced a problem with the RNB pack for the Vanquish, I intend to buy one soon.
  3. The RNB battery replaces the battery cover on the Vanquish, and it is rechargeable. There are a couple of Youtube videos on the battery, and it appears to be widely available for sale with U.S. dealers. The manufacturer is RNB Innovations.
  4. I notice that RNB now has a lithium battery pack for the Vanquish priced around $60. I have been using RNB battery packs in my Etrac for years and probably will buy one of these Vanquish batteries, if there are no bugs needing to be worked out. I intend to keep the Vanquish in my car trunk and will only use it sporadically. Regular rechargeables don't seem to hold a charge if they are not used for a long time. In contrast, the RNB batteries seem to hold a charge indefinitely. I want to be confident that the detector is going to work even if it has been sitting unused in the car trunk for months.
  5. That's an interesting modification, pretty much what I want, although I don't need the folding feature. It looks like your S rod is the middle rod. Are you using a White's upper rod and a White's middle S rod, or, is the upper rod the original Minelab upper rod? Are you using a White's lower rod, or, does the Minelab lower rod fit? What exactly did you need to shim? Thank you in advance.
  6. I have had a 600 for over a year now. There is much to like about the detector; however, the ergonomics are something of a problem. Unlike all my other detectors, I must use the Equinox arm strap, otherwise my arm will not stay within the arm cuff while swinging the detector. My original plan was to try to turn the middle rod into an S rod. I wasn't sure I could do this with just bending, or, if it would be smarter to attach a separate S section either mechanically, via welding, or even via epoxy. Since then, I have acquired two additional middle rods, one for each coil. This would now mean three times the work if I alter the middle rod. The other day I was looking at my AKA Signum MFD. It has the older style plastic housing. Rather than being a straight rod, or an S rod, it is more of a V setup. This got me thinking that if I bend the upper rod of the Equinox so that the arm cuff is higher, (similar to a hockey stick) this may solve the ergonomic problem, or, at least let me get rid of the arm strap. Has anyone tried bending their Equinox shaft? Will a simple conduit bender be sufficient to do the job?
  7. I returned to site 2 today, hoping nearly six months of experience with the Equinox would give me enough skill to make some additional finds. Park 2 allowed me to find three additional wheats cents, plus my first ever Barber half. It's a worn 1904, and it wasn't particularly deep.
  8. I believe the most I've ever found was a stack of seven clad quarters.
  9. I don't often find a teens Mercury dime in this kind of condition.
  10. I visited a site today where my Etrac has found a worn Mercury dime and some wheat cents in the past; but, it struggled with the trashy ground. I thought this might be a site where my Equinox could make some additional finds. I got a 1917 Mercury dime in outstanding condition, probably dropped close to 100 years ago, and two additional wheat cents from the 1930s.
  11. The Etrac is still my primary coin hunting machine, largely because of the highly accurate depth meter. My Equinox is used as a followup machine at sites where the Etrac has found silver coins. It is also my airline travel machine.
  12. I've had the Equinox for five months now. I think I'm up to eight silver coins with it so far, plus multiple Buffalo nickels. This has been a slow silver year for me, only 23 total, haven't been able to find any promising new sites plus the weather has been too hot to hunt much. Yesterday I ran the Equinox over a small 30' by 30' patch that I have previously pounded with the Etrac. Within minutes the Equinox found an eight inch deep wheat cent and a 1947 nickel at about the same depth. The eight inch deep wheat cent was a clear signal, albeit with reduced volume, and I was impressed with the find. The nickel was a strong signal. This machine loves nickels in Park 2.
  13. The mentality of such people is approximately: "Garrett is the best." Have you tried any other brand of metal detector and compared it to your Garrett? "No." Why not? "Because Garrett is the best."
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