Minelab Equinox 800 Metal Detector Review

You’re here because you want to know if the Minelab Equinox 800 is any good and if you should buy it.

The answer, like it is in most cases, is “it depends”.

If you’re wanting a super sleek machine that operates straight out of the box with minimal setup that can hit coins, jewellery, relics and gold from parks, beaches, fields and farms or mineralised zones, then absolutely YES you should buy the Equinox 800.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for more of a recreational machine (i.e. that doesn’t do gold nuggets) then the Equinox 600 might be more for you.

Both machines are equipped with Minelab’s revolutionary Multi-IQ technology that allows the metal detector to detect at a range of frequencies simultaneously. This allows you to pick up different metals in different soils without having to adjust the frequency yourself – this stand-out feature is a game changer.

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 (massive win for those of you who, like me, aren’t a fan of running through batteries).

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 on 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!

  1. Park Mode: Preset mode that has been set up and optimised for use in conditions with a high trash content.
  2. Field Mode: Perfect fine-tuned preset mode for searching for fine jewellery items and relics.
  3. Beach Mode: For underwater use and dry and wet sand.
  4. Gold Mode: Best used for gold prospecting.
  5. 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 by 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

*2021 UPDATE* The Minelab Equinox 800 is in stock and available for purchase from Amazon and other trusted detectorist stores

*2019 UPDATE*After what seems like a lifetime and much controversy, Minelab have now started shipping the Equinox 800 to their suppliers in the UK. Once the suppliers receive the Minelab Equinox they will be shipping to customers who have pre-ordered. You can expect your Minelab metal detector to arrive…..soon. Sorry guys that’s all I have got. I wouldn’t like to speculate.

2018: At present nobody is 100% sure of an exact release date for the Minelab Equinox 800, Minelab has been very vague but we will be sure to add it and let you know when Minelab announces officially.

Through research, though we have found that the estimated release date for the Minelab Equinox 800 is late January 2018.

Minelab Equinox 800 Packed and Ready to Ship

Minelab Equinox all Packed and Ready to Ship!!

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!

Where to buy the Minelab Equinox 800

It’s a popular machine and available from all good detectorist stores. You can even order here from Amazon to get it delivered straight to your door.

Minelab Equinox 600 vs the Equinox 800

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

Let’s have a look.

 Equinox 600Equinox 800
Detect ModesPark | Beach | FieldPark | Beach | Field | Gold
Custom Search Profiles6 (2 per Detect Mode)8 (2 per Detect Mode)
User Profile ButtonNoYes
Operating Frequencies (kHz)Multi, 5, 10, 15Multi, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40
Noise CancelAutoAuto | Manual (-9 to 9)
Ground BalanceAuto | ManualAuto | Manual
Sensitivity1–251–25
Target Volume0–250–25
Threshold Level0–250–25
Target Identification50 segment notch discrimination | Ferrous: -9 – 0 | Non-ferrous: 1 – 4050 segment notch discrimination | Ferrous: -9 – 0 | Non-ferrous: 1 – 40
Threshold PitchFixed0–25
Target Tones1, 2, 5, 501, 2, 5, 50
Tone BreakFerrousFerrous | Non-ferrous
Tone PitchFerrousFerrous | Non-ferrous
Tone VolumeFerrousFerrous | Non-ferrous
Depth Indicator5 levels5 levels
Length1440 mm (56.7")1440 mm (56.7")
Weight1.34 kg (2.96 lbs)1.34 kg (2.96 lbs)
Standard Coil11-inch Double-D Smart coil with skidplate (waterproof to 3m/10')11-inch Double-D Smart coil with skidplate (waterproof to 3m/10')
Audio Output• In-built loudspeaker • 3.5mm (1/8") headphones (included) • Bluetooth compatible • WM 08 Wi-Stream compatible• In-built loudspeaker • 3.5mm (1/8") headphones (included) • Bluetooth compatible • WM 08 Wi-Stream compatible
Headphones (included)Wired 3.5mm (1/8") headphones (non waterproof)Bluetooth and aptX™ Low Latency headphones (non waterproof)
WM 08 (included)NoYes
DisplayMonochrome LCD with backlightMonochrome LCD with backlight
LCD BacklightOn, OffLow | Medium | High | Off
BatteryIn-built rechargeable Lithium-ion batteryIn-built rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Battery RuntimeApprox. 12 hoursApprox. 12 hours
WaterproofWaterproof to 3m/10-feetWaterproof to 3m/10-feet
Key TechnologiesMulti-IQ | 3F×3 | Wi-Stream | Bluetooth | aptX™ Low LatencyMulti-IQ | 5F×8 | Wi-Stream | Bluetooth | aptX™ Low Latency
Other AccessoriesUSB Charging cable (1.5A), Multi Language Screen protectorsUSB Charging cable (1.5A), Multi Language Screen protectors
Software UpgradeableYes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX)Yes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX)
Warranty3 years control box and coil3 years control box and coil

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 with the Equinox 600
  • On-off on the backlight of the Equinox 600 as opposed to Low, medium, high on the Equinox 800

To summarise there is not much of a difference between the Equinox 600 and the Equinox 800 with the main difference being the range of frequencies of the Multi-IQ technology.

It’s my belief that it’s just as powerful as its big brother in every other way.

Minelab Equinox 800 Pro’s & Con’s

Pro'sCon's
LightweightNo waterproof headphones
Multi FrequencyNo wireless coil
Great Value
Wireless headphones

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



Written by Gavin Bowler

Keen history and blogging enthusiast. I love metal detecting. Read more of Gavin's articles.