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    Jun 2010
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    FYI Equinox Users

    So I was curious, noticed the difference in the headphone pin jack connector provided by Minelab and the one provided by the Grey Ghost headphones for the Equinox. Go ahead, take a look and compare. What you will notice is that the the pin connector on the GG headphones has a watertight compression connection, the one's provided by Minelab don't? So, I went the additional step and searched for the IP rating for the Minelab pin connector as this is what I discovered....they are only rated at IP67.

    "Water and dust proof connectivity products are defined by their Ingress Protection (IP) numbers. ... IP67 equipment is most commonly found in the connectivity market. It is 100% protected against solid objects like dust and sand, and it has been tested to work for at least 30 minutes while under 15cm to 1m of water."

    What's this mean? What it means is that if you were to lose grip on your machine and it were to sink to say, 4 feet of water, then the provided connector isn't rated for that much additional water pressure and that it could very well leak. It's also quite possible that keeping the unit/connector submerged for much longer durations might also result in leakage. So keep an eye on this, as there's good reason why GG incorporated that compression fitting into their Equinox headphone cable.
    "Treasure is wherever it can be found."

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    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    I love my Grey Ghost products.
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    Jun 2010
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    A quote from the Minelab page, "EQUINOX is fully submersible, ideal for detecting at the beach and in rivers, streams and lakes. (3m / 10-feet)." So then, if the IP rating for the supplied headphone cable is only rated at IP67 then this must not be considered as part of the machine. Just don't anyone to be confused about the quote above in regards to the 3mm/10 feet statement. "If" I have the IP rating correct for the supplied headphone cable connector pin then when the supplied cable is plugged in then the IP rating "for that machine as it is setup" drops to 15cm or 1m for thirty minutes. Rather deceptive, be it intentional or not.
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    Bill B

    Sep 2010
    Upstate NY
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    I also Love the GGA h/phones
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    us
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
    Equinox 800, Fisher Impulse AQ, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's GM3 V-sat. White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
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    I use the Tony Eisenhower waterproof headphones. They work great and He uses the good connectors too.
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    Jun 2010
    Wherever there be treasure!
    Older blue Excal with full mods, Equinox 800.
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    For all of the technology Minelab packs into their machines they sure are terrible with their headphones.
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    "Treasure is wherever it can be found."

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    you can dunk your nox underwater without the dust cap. it is sealed internally.
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    Jun 2010
    Wherever there be treasure!
    Older blue Excal with full mods, Equinox 800.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 'Tectin View Post
    you can dunk your nox underwater without the dust cap. it is sealed internally.
    The male and female connector are rated at IP67. So water can possibly invade the connection itself which can disrupt the connection, this already being a known issue, and....how is the female portion of the connector sealed internally? I don't know the answer to that but would like to.
    "Treasure is wherever it can be found."

  9. #9
    us
    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" DD coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil, Equinox 800 w 11" and 15" coils, Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil, Pointers; Garrett Carrot, Pro Find 35, Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil
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    In second yr w 800 and it drowned the other day (total of about 6 months water use). Sent to Minelab and they're sending me a new 800 Pod and will arrive Saturday - about a week after I sent it in!!! Hurry for Minelab. Nothing to do w headphones...
    After warranty expires (good for 3 yrs), I will not dunk the 800 in water much like my CTX 3030 that has drowned twice now and is now more or less a land machine. But while warranty is good go for it!
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    Now that Wife is happy with large diamond ring found last year, I search for happiness and find it every time I go metal detecting.

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    Jun 2010
    Wherever there be treasure!
    Older blue Excal with full mods, Equinox 800.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LawrencetheMDer View Post
    In second yr w 800 and it drowned the other day (total of about 6 months water use). Sent to Minelab and they're sending me a new 800 Pod and will arrive Saturday - about a week after I sent it in!!! Hurry for Minelab. Nothing to do w headphones...
    After warranty expires (good for 3 yrs), I will not dunk the 800 in water much like my CTX 3030 that has drowned twice now and is now more or less a land machine. But while warranty is good go for it!
    Where did it leak at?
    "Treasure is wherever it can be found."

  11. #11
    us
    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" DD coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil, Equinox 800 w 11" and 15" coils, Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil, Pointers; Garrett Carrot, Pro Find 35, Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigscoop View Post
    Where did it leak at?
    It leaked at Clear water beach... Just kidding. Don't know how water got in and they didn't tell me. Not much pressure given the control unit/pod was under about 2 ft of water. Koss waterproof headphones. The detector worked well the first season (about 6 months use) and the pod was regularly down at 2 - 4ft deep (snorkel). BUT, drowned second time out this season, recently, in 1-2 ft water. Suggests something changed with waterproof ability in past 9 months or so.
    Now that Wife is happy with large diamond ring found last year, I search for happiness and find it every time I go metal detecting.

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    Jul 2013
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    Minelab has changed the name apparently they’re calling it the “Leakquinox” now.

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    FYI Equinox Users

    Just make a hybrid already Minelab! The Nox and Excal in one machine...the ExNox! The submerge depth ability of the Excal, the VDI and adjustability of the Nox.
    Last edited by Irishgoldhound; Apr 11, 2021 at 01:04 PM.
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    Bill B

    Sep 2010
    Upstate NY
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    I hope ML can release a new detector soon where the water leaks topic can be corrected..has anyone heard anything coming down the pipeline
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  15. #15
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    Jun 2010
    Wherever there be treasure!
    Older blue Excal with full mods, Equinox 800.
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    Minelab is in a difficult position given that they have to be careful not to compete with themselves. In other words, they don't want to produce a machine that kills the sales on all of their other popular models.
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    "Treasure is wherever it can be found."

 

 
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