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FAQ: Can you replace the batteries on a Minelab Equinox Metal Detector? - YES!

FAQ: Can you replace the batteries on a Minelab Equinox Metal Detector? - YES!

Yes!  You can replace the rechargeable batteries in your Minelab Equinox Metal Detector!

I know I kind of gave away the answer to this FAQ in the heading but there is more to it than that.  For years, when a customer had a battery issue with their Minelab Equinox 600 or Equinox 800 metal detectors, the response was to contact the manufacturer.  When your metal detector is under warranty, this is sometimes the smarter route.  With Minelab's 3-year warranty, any issues during that period are typically, and usually promptly, taken care of.  But, what if your metal detector is out of its warranty period?

Sure, Minelab's support definitely extends beyond 3 years.  But, repairs after the warranty ends will often incur a charge.  Plus, there is that valuable detecting time that you might miss by having to ship your detector off for repair.  Now, that has all changed....

Why a Pinpointer is Such a Crucial Part of Your Metal Detecting Gear

Why a Pinpointer is Such a Crucial Part of Your Metal Detecting Gear

When I first started metal detecting, it was a lot like other people.  I bought a cheap metal detector (Bounty Hunter Model) from a local sporting good store.  I grabbed a shovel from my garage and a small hand held gardening trowel.  I wasn't interested in spending a lot on my gear as I was new to it and wanted to see if it was something I would stick to.

Suffice to say, 12 years later, I am still at it.  I became addicted once I dug up my first interesting and valuable item...a silver Roosevelt dime.  Once that happened, my metal detecting arsenal gradually grew.  At first, I bought a cheap Whites Bullseye II pinpointer.  It was a game changer.  Instead of having to spend time hunched over or down on my knees sifting through soil to find an elusive target, I could quickly and easily pinpoint exactly where the target was either in the hole or in the plug I dug out of the ground.  

I quickly realized that I had been doing it wrong the whole time....

FAQ:  Where is the best place to metal detect?

FAQ: Where is the best place to metal detect?

People who are new to the sport of metal detecting often find themselves in a position where they have done the time to research the types of metal detector that suites them best.  They have invested the time and money in order to have all the weapons they need in their arsenal to detect.  They are all geared up and ready to hit the field to find some treasure.  Then it hits them.  Where do they go to metal detect?
FAQ:  What does gold come up as on a metal detector?

FAQ: What does gold come up as on a metal detector?

Once again, I figured I would do a quick blog on a question that we get quite often:  Where does gold ring up on a metal detector?

This is a tricky answer.  The reason is because gold objects, whether naturally occurring nuggets, or the various man made gold objects, range across the board on a metal detector much like you find with aluminum and other metals.  It comes in all shapes and sizes just like aluminum.  Gold, however, throws another curve ball at metal detectorists....