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Everything posted by mh9162013

  1. In that case, avoid lithiums. They are more delicate, less forgiving to abuse and have a lower lifespan than a high quality NiMH cell.
  2. Was there no NDA or other legal agreement preventing you from doing that?
  3. Ahhh, that makes sense. But if someone had an old Ace and wanted to upgrade, I still think the Apex could be a reasonable recommendation (depending on their specific needs, of course).
  4. I don't understand. You say you want the best, but then you got a Vanquish 540 when you already had an Equinox 800. From a form factor perspective, I agree that Vanquish > Equinox, but from a technical capability perspective the Vanquish is inferior to the Equinox, right? I concur 100% with you that the Apex isn't that big of a jump from the old Ace line. But that doesn't mean it doesn't serve a particular group of detectorists. There are so many reasons why someone would want to buy the Apex. I'm a believer in that one should avoid the "muddle in the middle" as much as possible.
  5. Says the advanced metal detector user who purchased a Vanquish! Granted, you got a 540... But seriously, going from an old Ace to the Apex is a prett big jump, is it not? Even if Garrett's SMF tech works only have as well as Minelab's, it's still a nice upgrade. I guess for someone who wants to really push their metal detecting limits, in terms of areas to hunt and skills to develop, it may not be a big jump. But someone who wants to keep things casual and doesn't expect to go underwater, it's a nice upgrade.
  6. Great finds and thanks for sharing. I'm thinking my next machine will be the 340...
  7. I have to give Garrett credit for actually producing and shipping a product they announced just a few months earlier. None of this announce/tease, then make people wait for years. And even if there were delays, it would be understandable, given this virus thing going around.
  8. My Pro-Find 35, when I still had it, was particular about the 9V batteries it could use, i.e. alkaline only. Heavy duty batteries caused glitching.
  9. Those are good choices, as they're PI devices and use AA batteries and have good sensitivity (from what I've heard and seen online). Another option is the Minelab Pro-Find 35.
  10. I have multiple, and always carry one in my car. I also have a specialized first aid kit/survival kit combo in my metal detecting equipment bag. It's more like a first aid kit with a few survival gadgets inside. As for choice of equipment, I'd stick with name brand gear and avoid the no-name knock offs. I mean, if money was that tight where you had to choose between a low quality piece of equipment and nothing at all, I'll take the low quality stuff. But if you're going to do something you'll rely on with your life, buy some reasonably decent gear. For flashlights, I'm thinking of co
  11. The lanyard I use looks exactly like that one.
  12. Never mind. I saw one of your posts which makes my response moot. Sorry about that.
  13. Rusting shouldn't be a problem as long as you use stainless steel.The problem is that if they penetrate the OEM endcap from the top, that could potentially lead to water intrusion. Also, if they stick past the endcap too far, they might interfere with the 9V battery inside. Screwing into the sides of the endcap might work, though. You have far more plastic to work with.
  14. How would you bond the "T" to the endcap? Is there a solvent that would work? I think, given the forces needed to twist off the endcap, a solvent would be needed, not just an adhesive or glue. Or maybe some kind of mechanical way of attaching it. Another idea is to attach a thick, round disc to the endcap. I'm thinking this disc can be 6 to 10 mm thick. Then in the middle you can cut/etch a line so you can use a coin to twist off the endcap, kind of like what the F-Pulse has. I dunno how durable this would be. You'd need a very durable material if you wanted to keep the round disc as
  15. If I had to do that, yes, I'd use some sort of insert/spacer. As for the end-cap being slick, I hear you. The endcap on the Pro-Find 35 was a little bit better, but it was still a bit of a hassle. I noticed that adding some silicone grease (which is a necessary part of maintenance) to the o-ring can help a little bit with the difficult endcap removal.
  16. I'm trying to stick with cells I already have. I have more than a hundred of LSD AA and AAA cells (mostly Eneloop) for all my devices (flashlights, controllers, homemade battery banks, radios, etc.), so I try to stick with my standardization of choice.
  17. I just finished the next iteration of my 9V to AAA battery adapter for my Pro-Pointer AT (Carrot). You can read about it in my blog post that will be uploaded soon (see my profile for the link, if you're that curious), but most of the "juice" is in the pictures. In case you're wondering (or you don't recall my prior blog posts about this building process😞 1. Yes, waterproof integrity is maintained.2. Yes, the performance when using this adapter is identical to using a regular 9V battery.3. Yes, this can still use a regular 9V battery.4. Yes, runtime is less than with a regular 9V bat
  18. I find it hard to believe anyone would disagree with this. So you're digging a hole, the Pro-Find 35 signals that your target is likely iron and you what, stop searching your hole and just move on? Yeah, ok... I suppose it's a feature to determine the composition of something you already found. But then again, wouldn't a plain old fridge magnet accomplish the same task? I assume so, but I'm no expert is magnetic properties.
  19. That would be a neat addition, but FTP is trying to sell more products, not less.
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