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First time out with new V3I
Posted by: Trance
Date: February 19, 2017 08:13PM
Just purchased a V3i and took it out today for about 3 hours. I was really impressed. The 3 frequencies and all the info it gives you is great. Here are my finds. The smaller ring is silver and the larger one is Titanium.


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Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: Wayfarer
Date: February 19, 2017 09:13PM
Very nice! Looks like you figured out your new V3i. It's really not as complicated as many people say, just take it easy with all the settings until you get them figured out over time. It's a vert powerful detector. Like you said, the 3 frequency pinpoint is awesome.



Current detectors: White's V3i, MXT, XL Pro, Fisher Gold Bug Pro
Past: White's XLT, 6000D Series 3, Coinmaster 2DB, Minelab CTX 3030
Location: Western Idaho

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: coinjumper
Date: February 19, 2017 09:52PM
First outing with mine also today, sooo much easier to operate and set up than the dfx I had, really a pleasure to use can't wait to get out again!

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: MackDog
Date: February 20, 2017 12:06AM
Wait to see pictures of your finds when you get the hang of it. They'll be early silver, IHP's Barbers and seated

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: Trance
Date: February 20, 2017 07:24AM
I haven't messed with the settings yet. Everything I found was using the factory coin and jewelry program. I do like all of the features it has that tell you about the target and the id seems to be really accurate. I think I'll stick with the factory programs for a while and then start making small changes to improve depth. My other detector is an XP so the weight will take some getting used to. Thinking about purchasing a battery pack from RNB Innovations. From what I've read they last much longer than the factory rechargeable and might knock a little bit of weight off. Does anyone have one of these they can comment on and are they worth the $150?

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: coinjumper
Date: February 20, 2017 08:28AM
Used my factory orange one, it stayed at 9.6 volts for the last 2 hrs of my hunt. Ran it for 4hrs, guessing i could've gotten 6hrs out of it, don't know how fast the voltage drops.

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: coinjumper
Date: February 20, 2017 08:28AM
Used my factory orange one, it stayed at 9.6 volts for the last 2 hrs of my hunt. Ran it for 4hrs, guessing i could've gotten 6hrs out of it, don't know how fast the voltage drops.

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: Trance
Date: February 25, 2017 11:28AM
Thinking about getting the RNB HP-3100 battery and a Detech 13" Ultimate Coil. From what I've read it sounds like the coil is an upgrade over the factory D2 and will knock a little weight off while being better balanced. The battery will last longer and shave a little weight off of the other end. Sounds like a win win combination. Any thoughts before I pull the trigger? We just got snow here in Colorado and the temps dropped 20-30 degrees so probably won't be able to get out detecting for at least another week. Crossing my finger it warms up soon.

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Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: Wayfarer
Date: February 25, 2017 02:38PM
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Trance
Thinking about getting the RNB HP-3100 battery and a Detech 13" Ultimate Coil. From what I've read it sounds like the coil is an upgrade over the factory D2 and will knock a little weight off while being better balanced. The battery will last longer and shave a little weight off of the other end. Sounds like a win win combination. Any thoughts before I pull the trigger? We just got snow here in Colorado and the temps dropped 20-30 degrees so probably won't be able to get out detecting for at least another week. Crossing my finger it warms up soon.

Depends on what you want to do. The Ultimate 13" is a great coil, but it is still big and hangs up on stuff other than manicured grass. For deep coins in parks and yards when there isn't a ton if trash, it's perfect. That's what I use on my V3i when I'm looking for the deep stuff.

Can't say about the battery. I use the 8x AA holder and Eneloop rechargeable and that works for me.

I know the cabin feever feeling! It's been a heckuva winter up here in Idaho too. But the snow is finally melting off enough at the low elevations to start doing a little bit of detecting. Can't wait for spring!



Current detectors: White's V3i, MXT, XL Pro, Fisher Gold Bug Pro
Past: White's XLT, 6000D Series 3, Coinmaster 2DB, Minelab CTX 3030
Location: Western Idaho

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Can't comment on the battery...can on the Ultimate 13
Posted by: therover
Date: February 25, 2017 03:38PM
GET IT !

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: Trance
Date: February 26, 2017 09:50AM
Most of the detecting I do is in parks so I'm definitely going to get the coil. Just having a hard time spending $150 on a battery. I'm going to think about it for another day and probably pull the trigger tomorrow. It looks like it's going to warm up next week and be in the 60's by the weekend. Can't wait.

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: 5900_XL-1
Date: February 26, 2017 10:02AM
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Trance
Most of the detecting I do is in parks so I'm definitely going to get the coil. Just having a hard time spending $150 on a battery. I'm going to think about it for another day and probably pull the trigger tomorrow. It looks like it's going to warm up next week and be in the 60's by the weekend. Can't wait.

I bought a custom Lithium pack,made in the Easter block of Europe, takes 3 18650 batteries, for $27 shipped. Total after getting the batteries around $50. It gives me 20 hours. I could get more run time if I'd elected to get 3.4V batts. Mine are 3.0V. Fantastic pack for the money!

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: UncleTom
Date: February 26, 2017 10:45AM
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Trance
Most of the detecting I do is in parks so I'm definitely going to get the coil. Just having a hard time spending $150 on a battery. I'm going to think about it for another day and probably pull the trigger tomorrow. It looks like it's going to warm up next week and be in the 60's by the weekend. Can't wait.

I bought a custom Lithium pack,made in the Easter block of Europe, takes 3 18650 batteries, for $27 shipped. Total after getting the batteries around $50. It gives me 20 hours. I could get more run time if I'd elected to get 3.4V batts. Mine are 3.0V. Fantastic pack for the money!
What charger do you use?

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: coinjumper
Date: February 26, 2017 03:19PM
I tried my Panasonic eneloop aa rechargeables, I don't use backlight or TX boost, voltage barely dropped after 4 hrs of use.

Re: First time out with new V3I
Posted by: HEBEGB
Date: February 26, 2017 05:22PM
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Trance
Most of the detecting I do is in parks so I'm definitely going to get the coil. Just having a hard time spending $150 on a battery. I'm going to think about it for another day and probably pull the trigger tomorrow. It looks like it's going to warm up next week and be in the 60's by the weekend. Can't wait.

Trance, I have an RNB-3100 pack with charger that only has a couple of cycles on it that I would sell for $100 Paypaled and shipped in the lower 48 if you're interested. I don't know if you can send PMs yet, if you can't, you can send me an email at gregbelkpta@gmail.com and let me know.

Thanks,
Greg

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