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    Thinking about submerging my Nox 800

    So I know I'm coming up on my 1 year warranty. I haven't taken my Nox out to the water. Honestly, I've been scared to do it. But I also don't want to figure out (after warranty) that my Nox isn't water proof. It seems like I remember some people had this issue.

    My question... I'm planning on submerging it in the bathtub. What should I be doing to make sure "I" don't do something stupid? Do you have any suggestions to keep me from making any rookie mistakes (that potentially void my warranty)? I assume I need to have the plug for the audio jack nice and snug. I guess where the battery connects should just remain open?

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    OO

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    BTW The warranty is 3 years...

    https://www.minelab.com/usa/customer...oduct-warranty

    So just submerge it in a normal detecting situation and relax (in the tub) in the meantime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owassokie View Post
    So I know I'm coming up on my 1 year warranty. I haven't taken my Nox out to the water. Honestly, I've been scared to do it. But I also don't want to figure out (after warranty) that my Nox isn't water proof. It seems like I remember some people had this issue.

    My question... I'm planning on submerging it in the bathtub. What should I be doing to make sure "I" don't do something stupid? Do you have any suggestions to keep me from making any rookie mistakes (that potentially void my warranty)? I assume I need to have the plug for the audio jack nice and snug. I guess where the battery connects should just remain open?

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    OO
    Of course. You want to be safe while performing such a dangerous feat...Wear a diving mask and use a snorkel, but if your tub is really deep, you might want to use a scuba tank Good Luck.

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    What are you hoping to find in your bathtub? If it is porcelain over metal it will not ground balance. If it is a fiberglass bathtub you might be able to find your wife's earring below the suds. whatever your reasons, I would suggest draining the tub is a lot easier

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    I think he just wants to see if it will leak. While some of the control heads have failed the dunk test (there will always be a small percentage that have quality issues with the cover seal or battery orings), it is not something where you should "be afraid" to use it as it was designed, especially under warranty.
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    Yes, do all of the above. And wear a wetsuit to get in the proper mood. Preferably have someone take your picture and put it on your facebook page. But seriously, it has a warranty for a reason.
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    I am a little confused - which is not unusual

    These units are suppose to be waterproof.

    However, in another thread on this Forum, someone said:
    By the way, if you happen to have a food vacuum sealer such as a Food Saver or another, you can easily build a transparent control box cover to protect the screen and control buttons. Take your time and wrap the clearer/thinner side of the bag over the entire screen and buttons (set the seam at the bottom of the control box). Just don't make it too tight around the control box since you will have to make some cuts for the cable.

    Why would you do this - or need to?

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    You don't need to. I've used a few various water machines over the years and what I've concluded is that they will either leak, or not leak. You really don't have a lot of control over it lol. Most machines will be built to spec but there is always the chance of failure since they're made of mass manufactured parts.

    To the original poster I say dunk test it now. It's winter and you're probably not going to miss it as much now as you would in the summer should you need to send it in for repairs. Just an FYI, dunking it a few inches in your tub won't be the same as having it 10 feet under water as you snorkel due to water pressure at depth. Still, it's better than nothing.

    Giv'r

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    Some people like additional protection to their control boxes and screens, to keep them looking new. Some companies make their own covers. There are also aftermarket covers, and there are even DIY covers like the person you mentioned above. You don't need a cover, its just added protection from scratches and dirt. Also some metal detectors are not water proof so a cover will help if you're out in the rain.
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    Caution : If you submerge it in SALT water make sure you rinse it off with fresh water afterwards . Salt water is very corrosive
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    I'm more concerned about sharks, eels, maybe a rubber duckie
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    I say go ahead and dunk it into the tub and see if it’s waterproof. If it leaks or not you’ll have your answer.
    I’m filling up my tub with cold water as I type this.
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    Sounds good. Slam dunk that dude. Wait................... don't.
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    Love the awesome humor here, but the easiest way is to find a local stream or golf course, or even the local marina with boat ramp. You can just wade in or go to waist deep if that's as far as you think you'll ever get to. Usually, if you're snorkeling, you won't be more than about 3-5 feet down so that should be fine. Let us know how you fare in the experiment.

 

 
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