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  1. Sometimes odd Bluetooth pairing issues go away if you repeat the pairing process with the two devices just inches apart (rather than feet).
  2. Let us know how it compares to the 24k.
  3. Does anyone worry about Lipo batteries exploding? I know some store them in fireproof containers when not in use.
  4. Should sell like hot cakes, so long as it works and is reasonably durable.
  5. If Whites seized and destroyed the counterfeit detector without legal process, the kiwi guy could probably get a money judgment against Whites.
  6. I've recently picked up the 15" coil, and have used it a few times in parks, hoping for an extra inch in certain locations. Not sure about the depth question, yet; but I was pleased to find that it handles EMI reasonably well.
  7. My feeling is still that the Etrac has advantages over the Nox for deep coins in most park-type settings (in some very junky places where the Etrac is virtually useless, the Nox can still function and separate out coins). I've more recently picked up a CTX as well, but it's more like the Etrac than otherwise (I do like target trace) so doesn't change my opinion. I would say the Nox is at least as deep, though; and admit that as I get more familiar with the nuances of the Nox, I "upgrade" its capabilities with respect to coins. One area, though, in which the Etrac has both the Nox and CTX beat is in the availability of coils. Yes, their stock coils are good, but I would really like to try a few others that aren't presently available (and probably never will be), such as the 6x8 SEF...
  8. In parks, I usually use Park 2 these days, but probably should be using Park 1 for maybe a little extra depth on coins. After all, most coins are sufficiently not vertical to register, and it generally makes sense to play the odds. The coin on edge issue is another reason I wish Minelab would open up its machines to the coil makers. There are coils like the Tornado with reputations for doing a better job hitting coins on edge, and it would be nice to have them for the Nox.
  9. Any success with this project? I almost went the V3i route some years back, but ended up with the Etrac, instead. The V3/i still intrigues me, but I'll probably wait until Whites comes out with the next version with faster hardware. Too bad the V3 user base is so small. If it were a popular computer or even Android phone, we'd probably have a variety of cracked and maybe even rewritten open source versions of the software floating around. As it is, it probably requires a very determined individual with the right skill set and a lot of free time to disassemble and reverse engineer the code. I like Steve's idea of Whites being forthcoming and opening up the detector and its software to hobbyists, but that is probably even less likely to happen, alas.
  10. I also like the mini Samsung, but am shy about taking it to parks--certainly looks less offensive than a long handled shovel, though. In parks, I try for the low key and non-dangerous look. In many places, it is actually a crime to carry a large knife, so I try to use tools that suggest gardening rather than weapons.
  11. Great idea for those who use hearing aids--eliminate the middleman and turn a negative into a positive! It may also mean that you are now a cyborg 🙂
  12. 11-14 is about right. Because of differences in ground and whatever else is nearby, impossible to count on exact numbers for any nickel, at least where I am. Also, while I agree the Nox is good for seeing nickels, it is even better at finding pulltabs--and none of the tricks used have helped much with that...
  13. For parks, Raptor Model 31. Less intimidating than a shovel, and easier to carry.
  14. KevinKing, the machine you sent in for repair still belongs to you, so you should be able to get it back, even if Tesoro files for bankruptcy. Of course, when companies cease operating (and I don't know that Tesoro has ceased operating completely), there can be confusion and things can go into black holes, which would leave you with a claim against Tesoro--probably not what you want. I have two Tesoro's, which have never needed repair, knock on wood. If I did need to send one to Tesoro for repair, and it was still in this limbo mode, I might do so, but would definitely want to communicate with someone there first, to receive at least some assurances that its repair operation was still operating. If you can't raise any response from Tesoro, you might try contacting Tesoro dealers. It's very likely some of them have been looking into the repair issue and have answers, since they are selling machines with warranties for which they could be on the hook. I understand your frustration, but for many years Tesoro was actually considered one of the better companies for customer service.
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