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Sealing the Equinox 800

jayhop

Active member
I know I'm beating a dead horse but...
Minelab and some others say that there WERE a few Equinox detectors early on that leaked.
And that it was a small percentage of the machines that were sold.
Now the small percentage part may be right, but only because a small percentage of the machines actually go into the water over the control pod. (My assumption)
Search, Sealing the Equinox 800 on YouTube. Video posted today.
I'm pretty sure the person in the video and two other YouTubers I watch have had 2 machines each flood.
I plan on Sealing my first Equinox after water season this year if it doesn't flood first or if I don't sell it. My warranty runs out in November.
But anyway the videos may be useful to some.
I really wish Minelab would extend the warranty at least for flooding since there have been so many problems. But I'm pretty sure that ain't going to happen.
 

Hddeuce03

Member
I hear you. I had about a dozen or so trips with my 800 fully submerged...no issues. Then one day I took it out to go land hunting and noticed water inside the pod/screen....and got a CD error. Had to return it and wait 4 weeks to get it back...but I did by my "backup" detector...er...a detector for my wife, yeah that's it...my wife's detector to use while waiting ;) It is the Vanquish 540, very nice backup detector!
 

fastdraw

Well-known member
I hear you. I had about a dozen or so trips with my 800 fully submerged...no issues. Then one day I took it out to go land hunting and noticed water inside the pod/screen....and got a CD error. Had to return it and wait 4 weeks to get it back...but I did by my "backup" detector...er...a detector for my wife, yeah that's it...my wife's detector to use while waiting ;) It is the Vanquish 540, very nice backup detector!
Yeah my wife doesn't know, it but if anything happens to my Equinox, her Vanquish 540 is my backup.😆
 

Mkus

Well-known member
I would test it underwater before the warranty ends stick in the bathtub if it leaks send it back..
Mark
 

bootyhoundpa

Well-known member
I have had mine in water many times so far.. no issues yet BUT one day I was in my house getting ready for a water hunt when my wife asked me , what is that little round thing on your chair? Turns out the o-ring fell out of my coil connector ..fortunately I figured out what it was and just stuck it back in..when I think of all the times I’ve changed coils out in the field it was just dumb that it fell out on my hair and we even noticed it...every time I go water hunting now I double check to make sure it’s in there...it would be interesting to know where these units failed..
 

kschae4

Well-known member
For the folks who have submerged their Noxs', have they identified if the leakage had been exclusive to salt, brackish or freshwater hunting? Wondering what the data shows.
I have about 1.5 years to go on my warranty and have been reluctant to submerge my Nox completely in the ocean.
 

LawrencetheMDer

Active member
Had my 800 in surf about 150 - 200 hrs over 23 months before it drowned. Got replacement in 1 week! [About 1 month ago.]
Second unit has been in surf for about 20 hrs so far and fine. But once 3 yr warranty is up it will become a dry sand and land machine and I'll buy another one before the battery is recharged. Fantastic machine for the beach, as long as pod is above water. Splashing and rain are fine. I'm VERY interested in finding a way to further water proof machine.
 
I have gone to Hawaii many times over the last 20 years and only a few times have I taken a land only machine. 1280x and Infinium have been my main detectors and have proven their worth. I have been looking at the Nox 800 but won't pull the trigger until the problem is fixed. Right now, I am waiting for the WATERPROOF Nokta Macro multifrequency machine to see how it rates compared to Minelab's machines. If it performs as a waterproof detector should, the 800 won't be among my arsenal.
 

jayhop

Active member
I have gone to Hawaii many times over the last 20 years and only a few times have I taken a land only machine. 1280x and Infinium have been my main detectors and have proven their worth. I have been looking at the Nox 800 but won't pull the trigger until the problem is fixed. Right now, I am waiting for the WATERPROOF Nokta Macro multifrequency machine to see how it rates compared to Minelab's machines. If it performs as a waterproof detector should, the 800 won't be among my arsenal.
I don't blame you, I'm looking forward to the Nokta machine myself. Hoping it will be a replacement for the equinox. I know that's what their intentions are. I just hope they deliver it free of major flaws and with similar technology.
 

Mkus

Well-known member
I have gone to Hawaii many times over the last 20 years and only a few times have I taken a land only machine. 1280x and Infinium have been my main detectors and have proven their worth. I have been looking at the Nox 800 but won't pull the trigger until the problem is fixed. Right now, I am waiting for the WATERPROOF Nokta Macro multifrequency machine to see how it rates compared to Minelab's machines. If it performs as a waterproof detector should, the 800 won't be among my arsenal.
Same here..
 

tomtowns

Member
I’m a little troubled after reading about the leak problem.... the main reason for me picking up a brand new NOX 800 last month was for working the bedrock on the shallow creeks in the Ca. Foothills for nuggets....
 

jayhop

Active member
I’m a little troubled after reading about the leak problem.... the main reason for me picking up a brand new NOX 800 last month was for working the bedrock on the shallow creeks in the Ca. Foothills for nuggets....
You may be lucky and not have a problem, plus you have a 3 Year warranty.
But there are several people that have had 2 or 3 units leak. And of course there are some that hadn't had a problem.
I've only submerged mine maybe 3 times. And I was shallow water hunting. So far no problems. But when the warranty runs out I will seal it the best I can.
And hopefully the new Nokta makro machine will replace the equinox.
In my opinion minelab should have solved the problem and replaced all units.
 

tomtowns

Member
The upside (for me) is that I’ve been running ideas through my head on how to float a gold bug 2 in a creek ... having a “supposedly” waterproof base to build around, will make things easier.... my thoughts are to maybe run pontoon like floats on either side .... backpack straps for easy carry into the canyons....
 
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