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"The differences in the Explorer series models including useful tips and information"
Posted by: MikeO
Date: January 29, 2014 02:03PM
I keep see many people asking what are the differences between the XS-II and the SE-Pro and etc.

I decided to put up a post that explains the differences. Granted, I copied and pasted several of my previous older posts so, it will save people time trying to search.

First lets cover the "Generations" of the line as far as Processors:

The XS and XS-S was the First Generation Processor.
The Explorer II was the Second Generation Processor.
The SE/SE-Pro is the Third Generation Processor.

This correlates to how fast it will process information and relay it to the Smart Find screen.

Next since the SE Pro was the last model to be made in the series lets answer a common question. The most notable differences between the XS, XS-S & XS-II versus the SE-Pro are:

1. "VCO Pinpoint" (tone increases as you get over the target) Only available on the SE series.

2. Target ID in Pin Point mode. Only available on the SE series.

3 Larger option in Iron-Mask settings. IM was wide open at -16 on the XS XS-S and XS-II meaning no Discrimination. On the SE and SE-Pro it is wide open (no Disc.) at -32.

4. "Pitch Hold" The Threshold retains the pitch of the last detected target until the next signal is located. Only available on the SE series

5. Compared to the XS,XS-S and XS-II the SE Pro has the Pro coil VS the standard 10". NOTE: The SE is an SE-Pro without the Pro Coil . Keep in mind the stock coil that came on the earlier XS (prior to the SE model) models is great coil.

6. SE-Pro has 3rd Generation processor (for quicker target response ID on the screen). Use your ears to determine what you dig then the screen as a reference.

7. The SE is Black and does not show the dirt as bad. Only available on the SE series :rofl:

Next, I will put up links to the Manuals for the guys/gals that are purchasing a used models in the Explorer line that are lacking one.
Study your manual for your model and learn it. Scroll through the options and try them and get used to where they are located within the menu it will help you tremendously when your out in the field hunting.

Look to the right in the red area and click on "Product Manuals" the simply scroll down to where it says "Product Archives" then click on the manual you want and download it.

http://www.minelab.com/usa/consumer/knowledge-base

The last topic to cover real quick will be using the "Search" feature here at Finds Treasure Forums.

I cannot stress enough how much knowledge has been shared by all the many users here over the years. Its all availably to you all you must do is search.

Simply look near the top of the screen above where in bold letters it says what forum your logged into and looking at. Right below where it says "Equipment Reviews by FindMall Users" is the word "Search"
Click on it.
Then type in the word that best describes your search. If your wanting to learn about Iron Mask the type in Iron Mask in the "Search Messages" box.
Many and most questions are in the "Explorer Classroom" or have been moved there and is a wealth of information so, scroll down to the "Forums" box and scroll to the "Minelab Explorer Classroom Forum" and click on it.
Next scroll down to "Options" box and select on "All Dates" this will give the best chance on finding a thread related to your search.

Not sure if I missed anything (sure I did) but, I thought I would quickly compile some answers to common questions from some of the newer members and folk just getting a Explorer. :cheers:



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872


Re: This will answer many questions regarding the differences of the Explorer series.
Posted by: cypearl
Date: January 30, 2014 07:58AM
Something I have noticed is that on the digital screen of the explorers II, XS target id is not showing the ferrous - conductive digital screen could this be changed to be the same with explorers II?

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Re: This will answer many questions regarding the differences of the Explorer series.
Posted by: MikeO
Date: January 30, 2014 09:18AM
If you are in the Smartfind screen and wish to change to Digital ( FE/CO numbers) screen hit the Detect keypad one time to access that option. Then if you wish to go back to the Smartfind screen hit Detect until you toggle back to it.
As I mentioned this is why downloading the manual as I described is so beneficial. I would download it and save then print it. It is paramount to get accustomed to the menu layout for use in the field.



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/30/2014 09:27AM by MikeO.


Re: This will answer many questions regarding the differences of the Explorer series.
Posted by: cypearl
Date: January 30, 2014 01:30PM
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MikeO
If you are in the Smartfind screen and wish to change to Digital ( FE/CO numbers) screen hit the Detect keypad one time to access that option. Then if you wish to go back to the Smartfind screen hit Detect until you toggle back to it.
As I mentioned this is why downloading the manual as I described is so beneficial. I would download it and save then print it. It is paramount to get accustomed to the menu layout for use in the field.

Forgive I am keep asking but I saw in the manual that in the digital screen XS shows only a single number for target id and not the fer - cond screen as explorer II. So probably that how it is. Thanks Mike for answers.

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Re: This will answer many questions regarding the differences of the Explorer series.
Posted by: MikeO
Date: January 30, 2014 01:50PM
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Something I have noticed is that on the digital screen of the explorers II, XS target id is not showing the ferrous - conductive digital screen could this be changed to be the same with explorers II?
Yes, I miss understood what you where asking as you mentioned "explorer II" twice. You answered your own question and yes the software is different.

First and for most listen to the tones. With that said I will throw out my opinion here and mention my hunting partner and I both use the Smartfind Screen. The reason is there are patterns of cursor flutter/bounce or movement which can really help one discern a deep coin. This has been covered over and over again and if you do a search you will find a wealth of information on it. My experience has been the Smartfind screen is going to offer you the best information as bouncing numbers are to varying. I guess i am trying to say a better pattern emerges with cursor bounce versus jumping numbers in my opinion. Just remember what works for one person might not work for another so, experiment and find what works best for you.

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Thanks Mike for answers
Your welcome.



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/30/2014 02:13PM by MikeO.


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Re: This will answer many questions regarding the differences of the Explorer series.
Posted by: GateKeeper
Date: January 31, 2014 01:07AM
Great job of explaining Mike.



I take great pleasure knowing that every morning I wake up, and my feet hit the floor, the devil says "Oh No, He's awake!

Re: This will answer many questions regarding the differences of the Explorer series.
Posted by: Nes (south Coast-CA)
Date: January 31, 2014 09:59PM
Thanks for the excellent rundown. Question... will the XS coils work with the later machines. Reason I ask is that I have a 15" WOT coil I use with the XS. Will it work on an SE model... nes

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Re: This will answer many questions regarding the differences of the Explorer series.
Posted by: MikeO
Date: January 31, 2014 10:07PM
Yes, all the coils (OEM or aftermarket) within the Explorer series which includes the XS, XS-S, XS-II, SE and the SE-Pro interchange.



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872


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Re: This will answer many questions regarding the differences of the Explorer series.
Posted by: park pirate
Date: February 03, 2014 05:34AM
Yup, that about covers it all, Awesome job Mike...:beers:

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Here is a link to Minelabs contact information for people needing parts or service.
Posted by: MikeO
Date: February 04, 2014 02:44PM
http://www.minelab.com/usa/corporate/contact-us-2



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872


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Many people wonder what's is the difference between hunting in Ferrous versus Conductive tones. Below is a link that explains it.
Posted by: MikeO
Date: February 12, 2014 05:31PM
I did this post almost a year ago and I thought it might be beneficial to some new too the Explorer line.
Look down five posts in this below thread.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?10,1879361,1880167#msg-1880167



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872


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Here is a link that explains cursor flutter/bounce with pictures.
Posted by: MikeO
Date: February 12, 2014 05:44PM
This post was done a decade or so ago by Mike Moutray and then appears its was posted by a member here by the name of Jim Vokes.
It will really help new users get an understanding when people refer to as cursor flutter/bounce on the Smartfind Screen.
Its also shows a general idea of bounce per coins with photos.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~jvokes/exscreens.htm



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872


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Here is a fantastic link that explains Microprocessor and especially what Noise Cancel does on your Explorer.
Posted by: MikeO
Date: February 12, 2014 05:56PM
This is a great post so, I thought it might help some new users that are just getting a Explorer.
The post was done by Cody a long time Findmall member here.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?10,49165,49165#msg-49165



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872


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Here is a link to Ferrous and Conductive numbers for many coins, jewelry and buttons and bullets..
Posted by: MikeO
Date: February 12, 2014 06:15PM
This is for the people that prefer to hunt in the Digital screen versus the SmartFind screen.
The one below for coins etc. was done by long time member here Jim.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?63,820520
In the next thread you will see a listing of many numbers for gokd and silver jewelry.
I think this was done by Critterhunter.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?10,922673,1856826#msg-1856826



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 02/12/2014 06:35PM by MikeO.


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Many ask what is Iron Mask. I wrote this to help new users get a better understanding.
Posted by: MikeO
Date: February 13, 2014 10:10AM
Iron Mask is basically a straight line discrimination.
On the XS XS-S and XS-II the Iron Mask setting can be set all the way too -16 (no discrimination) or anywhere in between. On the SE and SE-Pro the setting can go too -32 (no discrimination) or any where in between.
That is one thing Minelab did on the SE models is broaden the range at which a user can incrementally set Iron Mask. Therefore allowing for better fine tuning to suite ones personal preference.
Iron Mask is especially useful when hunting old home etc. sites littered with Iron. Many use it to simply knock out a small portion of Iron that falls to the far left of the Smart Find screen.
Keep in mind Iron Mask is discrimination just like say a preset program although it allows it to be set in incremental numbers.



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 02/13/2014 10:27AM by MikeO.


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