Honest review about Minelab Equinox 800 (+ warning)

Here’s a warning to all Minelab Equinox 600 / 800 owners: do not try to open the detector control box. Having spent 15 minutes attempting to uncover my machine, I completely destroyed the housing. It’s a good thing that I bought 2 units at once, otherwise it would be rather ridiculous: sort of you paid your money but never went out detecting with that device.

Honest review about Minelab Equinox 800 (+ warning)

The Minelab Equinox 800 is surely mostly similar to the XP Deus. But what makes these two machines completely related is absence of aftermarket coils for them. In my personal opinion, one of these detectors which will have alternative coils available for sale first (at a considerably less price than the original) shall certainly carry all before one. Until then, we are where we are.

The Minelab Equinox has the best quality assembly among modern brand name detectors in the market. By the way, which is the most awesome machine with supercool plastic and assembly you know? No, it’s not an XP Deus. That is especially evident now when its quality has fallen to true customer returns. So, not many folks know that before the Minelab Equinox’s time the most awesome units in terms of their external appearance were the Quest ones. Well, the Minelab Equinox is more awesome.

There have been nearly 30 pieces of screen protectors piled up in my Minelab Equinox 800 packages (in each box). These ones serve as different language labels for the settings. But first and foremost it’s a protective film for your detector screen. That amount will be enough and to spare, you surely won’t need a rain cover at all.

The Minelab Equinox 800 comes supplied with two USB charging cables with magnetic connectors whereas the Minelab Equinox 600 has one. This information is not accurate – it’s just as resellers said. The magnetic connector is a nice item indeed. Of course, I understand that its value lies exclusively in the convenience and unusualness. But still, I’ve liked it.

The machine is of convenient hand holding and at first I didn’t feel anything uncomfortable. After spending an hour hunting with it, however, my arm got tired. I felt a strong desire to put the detector into another hand. And it’s not because of the armrest. It’s all okay with the latter actually, I could not even ask for better. The issue is about the balance in the detector’s build.

It seems like Minelab have changed their technology. At least the EQX coils have become a bit more lightweight – sealed in a different way + lighter coil cover. Not a great weight loss, of course, but at any rate they started the ball rolling. Seemingly it’s the coil on a straight-as-a-rod shaft (and it’s neither more nor less than a rod) that gives an imbalance. Plus, the grip tilt angle can’t be adjusted at all.

Let’s move on to how the machine works. The first thing that comes to mind when you start trying the detector – it’s the Minelab X-Terra interbred with the Minelab E-Trac. The second, after two days of going out detecting – there is nothing outstanding about this device. There isn’t any feature in terms of which I could say that Minelab performed a miracle. Depth, discrimination, accuracy, speed, comfort. It’s just an ordinary metal detector. Moreover, I can say with confidence that if I have an X-Terra 705 with a proper coil at my disposal, I will certainly be on a level in regards to finds. The Minelab Equinox in its turn is the unit for those who have a desire to spend more than the average budget. And it will work that way as the machine is operational after all and can see finds.

Regarding the teardown. If you try to disassemble the control box, you won’t be able to assemble it back. The detector housing is 100% non-demountable. Maybe I should try to saw it? Besides, while opening the housing I heard a hiss of air – apparently it was pumped out before sealing the control box. I mean have you ever seen any other detector out of which the air was pumped before assembly? I definitely haven’t.

All about the Minelab Equinox is collected here (news, tests, comparisons with other devices, different reviews and opinions). Plus, on Knowledgebase pages there is additional information you should know before buying the Minelab Equinox. The experience of others will help you save your time and money. Happy hunting to everyone!

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12 Responses to Honest review about Minelab Equinox 800 (+ warning)

  • Thanks for the report. This is exactly why I am holding on to my Sovereign GT.
    It will be, and has always been, my go-to beach and pasture machine. I understand what my GT is saying so well, that I can differentiate between a zinc and a copper just by the sound alone. I can not replace the understanding I have developed with my GT. I will hold off on the Equinox 800, as I am learning by the videos and audio tests of the Equinox, that my GT is still a very capable machine that can hold it’s own against whatever other machine it is sharing a site with.
    Yes, the Equinox is great, but not great enough to convince me that I need to drop my current go-to machine. However, it is good to know that the Equinox has a great build quality.

    • I have a GT and an equinox, I love my GT but havent used it once since I got the nox. The GT just doesnt have the recovery speed that the nox does and the GT cannot handle the mineralised sand as well (the black iron sand). What happens with the GT is it nulls out on the iron sand whereby the equinox you can easily just turn off all metal mode and no nulling at all, it detects perfectly in areas I couldnt ever detect with my GT or excal.

      • Thank You.
        I appreciate the feedback, especially being a GT owner yourself. I’ll be honest, the NOX speed and iron performance reports are growing on me. I may indeed may need to rethink my position.
        Thanks James.

  • you are right jason , maybe it get improved when the equinox 1000 will come out =)

  • yo soy propietario de un equinox 800 un gt y deus
    mi experiencia con el equinox son ,
    es una maquina liviana no pesa nada al igual que el deus, el equinox es alfo mas profundo que el deus con platos similares
    la diferencia que el equinox identifica mejor que el deus a alta profundidad y mejor,al equinox una pieza a 40cm la pilla a la primera a el deus hay que ayudar a decirle donde esta exactamente la pieza para que empiece a cojerla y aun así la identifica peor hay que quitarle tierra para corroborar lo que es (cuando hablo del deus es a lo maximo que puede dar )
    respecto al cable magnético que dice el compañero el 800 trae dos cables por que uno es para el detector y otro para el modulo

    esto es mi umilde opinion

  • I own an equinox 800 gt and deus my experience with the equinox are, it is a light machine weighs nothing like the deus, the equinox is alfo deeper than the deus with similar dishes the difference that the equinox identifies best that the deus at high depth and better, to the equinox a piece to 40cm the pilla at the first to the deus must help tell you where exactly the piece is so that it begins to take it and even then identifies it worse you have to remove land to corroborate what it is (when I speak of the deus is to the maximum that it can give) regarding the magnetic cable that says the companion the 800 brings two cables because one is for the detector and another for the module this is my umilde opinion

  • The machine is not balanced for swinging. There is a problem with the mount and rod. Must have been designed by a youngster. I can’t swing it.

    • Yes, that’s true! The youngster name is Philip Shane Wahrlich
      and his speciality is astrophysics. This is the first metal detector
      in his life that he made. This first try is not very successful,
      may be the second try will be better? (May be not?)

  • I HAVE A NOX 800 FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS IT WAS WORKING FINE UNTIL LATELY WHEN I AM ON BEACH I GET A TARGET AND WHEN I START DIGGING IT LOOSES THE TARGET NO MORE TARGET TONE OR VDI, LIKE NOTHING IS THERE. ONLY THE PIN POINTER KEEPS WORKING.

    I KEEP DIGGING AND AFTER A GET THE TARGET OUT NOW START WORKING AGAIN.

    DOES ANY BODY HAS THIS ISSUE?

    THANKS

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