Warning to Minelab Equinox 600-800 owners

If you think buying their machine is the only thing MD manufacturers want from you, you are mistaken. They want a long-lasting love from you so that you never stopped paying. And it’s a sure thing that no one will make a detector that will last for your entire life as there appear new technologies, new opportunities… The new Minelab Equinox owners complained about a small trouble. It’s a thing everyone willing to buy this unit should know about.

Warning to Minelab Equinox 600-800 owners

Minelab introduced their Minelab Equinox 600 and Minelab Equinox 800 supplied with the innovation – a charging cable with a magnetic connector. Maybe this kind of charger is really much better than the usual one. Let’s take, for instance… Hm, no advantages of a magnetic charger are coming to my mind at the moment. Please write your comments below if you know any.

An owner of the new Minelab Equinox unit faced the following problem – the contact area of the magnetic connector fell out. According to him, the detector was charged only 3 times.

Even if this case is recognized to be covered by warranty (I wonder what Minelab will say), what should the detector owner do right now? The connector is rather unique and it’s difficult to buy the similar one. The battery can’t be removed without losing warranty.

What do you think? Is the magnetic charger worth the comfort you sacrifice versatility for? Or have Minelab created this connector for the only purpose that you don’t use any other chargers?

And one more question. In your opinion, should the detector owner have free access to the battery, e.g., in order to replace it himself?


Warning to Minelab Equinox 600-800 owners

Warning to Minelab Equinox 600-800 owners

Warning to Minelab Equinox 600-800 owners

Warning to Minelab Equinox 600-800 owners

Warning to Minelab Equinox 600-800 owners

Warning to Minelab Equinox 600-800 owners

All about the Minelab Equinox 800 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 800. The experience of others will help you save your time and money. Happy hunting to everyone!

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15 Responses to Warning to Minelab Equinox 600-800 owners

  • Detector without the possibility of replacement batria is a defeat.

  • Sealed magnetic charging contacts mean one less point of entry on a water proof detector. Or would you prefer a micro USB socket with a protective plug which could be prone to leaks and corrosion, dependant on how well maintained the detector is by the user.

    That point also brings us to warranty issues with regards to water ingress, and issues with bent pins on alternative waterproof connections. The use of magnetic charging contacts should hypothetically mean less detectors returning to the manufacturer for warranty repairs than if a wired connection were provided.

    Likewise the Deus uses a similar method of charging its coils through sealed contacts and unique charging clip (non-magnetic), no complaints there so far other than the odd broken clip and corrosion on the earlier coil contacts (now rectified).

    As with any brand new product to the market, there will always be the prospect of some issues being encountered, and more than likely isolated examples – that what warranties are for.

    Waterproof detectors have not been immune from various issues in the past, leaking faceplates on the AT Pro, cracks and resultant leaking on the Whites MXS, compromised seals on the CTX 3030, and so on. In fact the previous issues with the CTX 3030 were probably the catalyst for a design change on how the Equinox was going to be charged by the user.

    The battery can be removed by the owner, though not really something you should have to worry about in the first few years of ownership. Once again, refer to the Deus use of lithium battery technology if you have any concerns about the use of internal batteries – bit of a storm in a teacup if you ask me.

    • I do not care about the full water resistance of the detector, I need a waterproof coil. For this I would like to be able to replace the battery (maybe some version of the detector for such as me?). Or maybe a detector with built-in two batteries. So as not to recharge the battery, just use the other and discharged top up at home. I’d like one detector for an idea :))

    • Yea, I think the magnetic connection is a great idea. Seems, if I see the plastic separating on the magnetic end, I will just coat the outside with super glue to ensure it stays together.

  • The photo seems to show the connector on the charging plug came off – not from the detector itself.
    Super glue it and move on finding gold chains no other will find.

  • I just purchased a 600 and it’s on it’s way. I wish I would have seen these comments and information before purchasing it. I don’t like that battery issue of not replacing and the contact points.

    I have an Xterra 705 and wanted an upgrade. Maybe I should have waited. We shall see.

    • John , your going to see that you made a GREAT choice !! I have the 800 , I sold my ATPro because it wasn’t in the same league as the equinoxs !! You are not going to be disappointed. Remember everybody has an opinion don’t rely on everything you read.. Happy Hunting . William N.J.

  • Magnetic charging was brought to market by Apple for charging its MacBook line. I think it’s a wonderful idea. It’s quicker, and less prone to damaging the machine due to broken pins, loosening socket, water leakage, or tripping over the cord taking the machine with it. The only problem I see is the adhesive on the connector head is not strong. If it separates, use a good adhesive and problem solved. I don’t think this was an effort to create a propriety money maker, although that may be a side effect.

  • Minelab now has a online form to register your Equinox. You can click here to register your metal detector.

  • The reason these are breaking is because the plug is meant to SLIDE out from the connection not PULLED directly off. My friend has the 600 and read the instructions.

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