Minelab Equinox 800 Metal Detector Review

This Minelab Equinox 800 review is based on research and other peoples reviews. I haven’t been lucky enough to get my hands on one yet but I will update the moment I do.

I’ve contacted Minelab to see if we can get one for testing here at Detector Reviews.

The Equinox 800 is the latest Minelab Metal detector that has everyone talking and is receiving very mixed reviews. Some are swearing by it and some are not impressed.

It seems to me though like you have two teams the die-hard Minelab fans and then you have the die-hard XP Deus fans. The Deus fans are the ones that seem to be not receiving the detector well.

It features brand new tech that allows multifrequency.

Minelab have not scrimped when it comes to the build of the Equinox with it’s sleek and innovative design. This is sure to be a metal detector you will be proud of and are going to want to show off.

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For the price of this machine, you’re going to get a whole lot of power, features, and performance! There are rumours of this machine dominating the market.

There is of course also the baby brother of the Minelab Equinox 800 available, the Minelab Equinox 600. Details of the difference between the two can be seen further down this page.

There’s huge anticipation and excitement about the Minelab Equinox 800. Many are even selling up their detecting gear just to raise the funds for one!

I’ve recently spoken to a Minelab Equinox 800 owner and Mark has told me that it’s the best metal detector he’s ever had with it already finding him countless artefacts and coins.

He explained that once you get the hang of it (read the manual thoroughly he said) it really is a very powerful and well-performing machine and has outperformed the XP Deus on many initial tests.

Minelab Equinox 800 Appearance.

Equinox 800 Appearance

Upon opening the box you’ll be presented with 2 parts of the shaft, the lower and upper, the coil, the armrest and the control box.

Assembly is very simple.

You connect the lower shaft to the coil using the wing nut and rubber washers provided, loosen the switch locks and attach the upper shaft to the lower shaft, connect the armrest to the upper shaft, wrap the coil wire and attach the coil to the control box. That’s it. You’re assembled and ready to feel the power of the Minelab Equinox 800.

It has an internal rechargeable battery powered by a USB connection. You can plug this into any standard USB port, attach the magnetic charger connector to the rear of the detector and the LED status will flash steadily. Charging is complete when the LED stays on.

The control box has a very large LCD screen and just 8 buttons.

For comfort, the forearm cup has a layer of sponge padding and the grip on the shaft also has padding where you hold it.

The weight of the Minelab Equinox 800 is approximately 1.34 kg.

Minelab Equinox 800 Buttons & Modes.

Minelab Equinox 800 Control Box

The power button is located to the side of the LCD screen at the top left. Below that is the brightness button for adjusting the backlight on the LCD screen. To the right-hand side of the LCD, you have the wireless symbol which allows you to pair devices like wireless headphones wirelessly and below you have the user profile button for setting up custom detect modes.

On to the main buttons, located bottom center of the control box. Detect mode illustrated with a detector icon. This button allows you to toggle through different preset detector modes, park, field, beach, and gold. Below that is the horseshoe icon this is for putting the Minelab Equinox into the all-metal mode.

In the dead centre of the control box is the button to enter the settings, and the plus and minus symbols either side will allow you to customise the settings. Inside the settings menu the following options can be found. Noise cancel, Ground Balance, Volume, Threshold, Tones, Accept or reject, Recovery speed, Tone Volume, Threshold pitch, Tone pitch and Tone break.

Below the settings is the pinpoint mode button, to the right the frequency settings, and above you have accept or reject which is used in conjunction with notch discrimination.

The LCD screen is very large allowing the Minelab Equinox 800 to display numerous indicators and data which is very very handy. Battery status, sensitivity, Target ID, Wireless status, Bluetooth status, Depth indicator, Tracking, The current mode you are in, Frequency, and much more!

Park Mode

Preset mode that has been set up and optimised for use in conditions with a high trash content.

Field Mode

Perfect fine-tuned preset mode for searching for fine jewellery items and relics.

Beach Mode

For underwater use and dry and wet sand.

Gold Mode

Best used for gold prospecting.

Custom Mode

Using the user profile button you can set up your detector to exactly how you like it and then save the profile.

Minelab Equinox 800 Features.

The Minelab Equinox 800 is literally packed with features.

Simultaneous multi-frequency at 5khz, 10khz, 15khz, 20khz, 40khz.

You don’t even have to change between the frequencies as the detector simultaneously changes between them all as you are detecting.

If you aren’t sure about what the frequencies do or mean in a nutshell the lower the frequency the larger the object and higher the conductivity of the metal and the higher is for smaller items with lower conductivity.

This feature literally increases your performance and productivity in huge amounts.

Waterproof up to 3 meters. The Equinox 800 is fully submersible so it’s perfect for streams, rivers and lakes.

High-speed wireless audio for the use of wireless headphones, meaning no more tripping over cables and missing signals.

Minelab Equinox 800 Reviews.

So far so good and everything looks good on paper, but what are people actually saying about the Equinox 800?

This machine excels in highly mineralised, trashy areas. One user reports going back to a field that was littered with hot rocks and iron that had been searched to death the previous month and having a very productive day. Recovering numerous targets that were missed previously by many other metal detectors.

First gold was struck with the Equinox on UK soil, over in Scotland. Again in a very contaminated field. They found a 22ct Victorian Gold sovereign around 6 – 8 inches in the ground.

No real solid reviews on the depth capabilities as of yet with the detector being so new to the market but a lot of rumours of a very good depth range. They also speak of the unbelievable recovery of the machine.

So far this is all we can tell you about the Minelab Equinox but we will be sure to continue updating this review once we get our hands on it and once we know more.

Minelab Equinox Release Date

Update: The Minelab Equinox 800 is now available to buy without the preorder.

It’s finally here to buy and we’ve found you the perfect place to grab your Minelab Equinox 800 from at a great price from Minelabs official Amazon store! Be quick they don’t have many in stock.

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Minelab Equinox 800 Packed and Ready to Ship
Minelab Equinox all Packed and Ready to Ship!!


Minelab Equinox 800 Tests

All I have seen is controversy surrounding this machine.

Largely because of the time it has taken Minelab to catch up with manufacture & shipping. It seems that the Minelab Equinox is largely becoming the Marmite of the detecting world. It’s a love-hate thing.

I’ve got to say they have created a huge buzz and a lot of excitement but as you know many people had started to get frustrated and annoyed by late January 2018.

There has been many disputes and arguments on Facebook too with some mocking the new machine, could this be partly jealousy perhaps? To be honest, it’s mainly coming from the XP Deus users, they are a very defensive bunch *tongue in cheek*

There have also been fake pictures made of it bursting into flames and a rumour of a recall. None of which is true.

Minelab Equinox 800 Coke Test

The first I have seen is a “coke” test. Coke has a high carbon content and for some reasons plays hell with signals on most detectors.

After somebody decided to start a rumour on Facebook stating that because of how it discriminates against this coke it will also discriminate against small cut hammered coins. They decided to disprove this theory.

So how does the Equinox 800 behave? In the following video, you will see how the machine totally rejects the coke, but when a small cut hammered silver is placed between two pieces of coke. She simply sings!


Minelab Equinox 800 UK Price and Buyers guide

The Minelab Equinox is only available for purchase at the moment at prices of between £800 – £920

Buy The Minelab Equinox 800

The Minelab Equinox is now available to buy from many reputable high street stores, via eBay and even on Amazon with a 48 hour delivery time for those of you who are impatient.

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Minelab Equinox 600 vs the 800


Minelab Equinox 600

The baby brother of the 800 is, of course, the Minelab Equinox 600. So what are the differences between the two?

Let’s have a look. (click the photo to enlarge)

I’m just going to touch on this subject as I intend to write a Minelab Equinox 600 Review soon enough.

So what does the 800 have that the 600 doesn’t?

  • The 600 does not include the “Gold mode” (doesn’t run in 20 / 40 khz as the 800 does)
  • No user profiles.
  • The Equinox 600 has no manual over-ride for noise cancellation. Only runs in auto whereas the 800 has a manual option.
  • The threshold pitch is fixed
  • No wireless headphones included.
  • On off on the backlight as opposed to Low, medium, high on the 800

To summarise there is not much of a difference between the 600 and the 800. It’s my belief that it’s pretty much going to be just as powerful as its big brother.

Minelab Equinox 800 Pro’s & Con’s

LightweightNo waterproof headphones
Multi FrequencyNo wireless coil
Great Value
Wireless headphones

Minelab Equinox 800 Product Specifications.

Detecting ModesPark, Beach, Field, Gold & Custom modes (2 per preset mode)
Operating FrequencyMulti, simultaneously, 5 ,10, 15, 20, 40 khz
Noise CancelAuto/Manual
Ground BalanceAuto/Manual
SensitivityNotch 1 - 25
Threshold0 - 25
Target ID50 segment
Target Tones1,2,5,50
Tone BreakFerrous/Non ferrous
Tone PitchFerrous/Non ferrous
Depth indicator5 levels
Stock Coil11 inch Double D smart coil (waterproof)
Audio outputBuilt in loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphones, bluetooth compatible, Wi-Stream compatible
Headphonesincluded Bluetooth Low latency headphones
DisplayMonochrome LCD Backlit
BatteriesBuilt in rechargeable
Battery Life12 hours
Waterproofup to 3 meters
TechMulti IQ, Wi-Stream, Bluetooth, aptX Low latency
Software upgradeableYes via USB Window and OSX
Warranty3 years control and coil

Minelab Equinox 800 Video’s


Minelab Equinox 800 Depth Tests.

Minelab Equinox 800 Manual

You can download a PDF copy of the Minelab Equinox 800 User Manual here – User Guide Manual

Update Full English Minelab Equinox User manual is now available for download – Full English Manual

Useful links & resources for the Minelab Equinox 800

Minelab Equinox 800 Forum – Finds Treasure Forum

Minelab Facebook Page for Updates and latest news – Facebook

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Gavin Bowler

Keen history and blogging enthusiast. I love metal detecting.

2 thoughts on “Minelab Equinox 800 Metal Detector Review

  • March 24, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Equinox 800 is waterproof The wireless controller and the headphones are not that’s the downfall of this great detector they should make it like the Garrett AT Max

    • March 24, 2018 at 5:49 am

      Thanks for that John! I really don’t understand why they would not make the rest of it waterproof surely it’s in their best interest. Unless an upsell will be due in the future when they release waterproof wireless controller and headphones lol


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