Minelab Equinox 900

In this review, we have two Minelab metal detectors – Equinox 700 and Equinox 900. Here you will learn how they differ from previous models, if they are worth the money and whether you want your metal detector to have a spotlight.

Conclusion

As I wrote below, this device has been restyled, renewed, and improved, but this is in no way a new metal detector. If XP designed Deus 2, despite all its visual similarities with Deus 1, this is a completely new metal detector. And vice versa. If Minelab designed a new Equinox 900, despite its visual discrepancies with Equinox 800 – this is an old metal detector.

Minelab has done its best and even more to get higher sales than Nokta Makro Legend. But just because Nokta Makro Legend offers the same, but for a lower price, the sales drop. Minelab should renew the product line, get their customers interested, and, this way, make them share their money.

Should I switch my Equinox 800 to a new 900? If it meets all your needs, then definitely no. If not, I suggest considering Minelab Manticore as an option. Minelab Manticore at least offers new approaches, and it is an upgraded version of 800. If you are looking for a completely new experience, then I suggest reading Deus 2 review. This device is really worth the money.

Last update on 2023-01-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

History of the Metal Detector

In December 2022, Minelab announced a new metal detector expected to appear simultaneously with Minelab Manticore. And rather unexpectedly, these were Minelab Equinox 700 and Minelab Equinox 900. New Minelab Equinox 700 and Minelab Equinox 900 continue the product line with a basic technology Multi-IQ (multifrequency metal detectors). The market launch of the new Equinox version is expected in the first half of 2023.

Metal Detector Purpose

Minelab Equinox 900 is a multipurpose and multifrequency ground and underwater metal detector. Due to a special mode and two high operation frequencies, it also perfectly works for gold nuggets metal detecting. It offers not only simultaneous usage of operation frequencies but also selecting one frequency (Multi – IQ).

Review

For those who don’t like longreads: Equinox 700 is the same Minelab Equinox 600, and Equinox 900 is Minelab Equinox 800 with some additions. If you’d like to read a detailed review, I recommend reading Equinox 800 review. The thing is that these metal detectors have such insignificant discrepancies (I’d say it’s rather minor) that there is no point in writing a review.

The shaft

The device has a carbon fiber shaft with a new armrest. This is the only essential improvement, I must say. However, the old one wasn’t that bad; the new shaft is definitely better. Besides, now it is made of carbon fiber which makes it light weighted and more reliable.

Now Equinox 900 shaft is not built up from the components, and it is foldable. It reminds me of Nokta and Deus 2 a bit (however, its shaft has a different design).

Also, the armrest was changed. It rolls along the bearing slide to the length the user needs. This is convenient and looks nice. Usually, the length is set when you buy the device and then adjusted by the owner.

The search coil

Search coils weren’t changed. They have remained the same. Minelab Equinox 900 is supplied with two search coils 11 and 6 inches.

Headset

Wireless Minelab ML 85 headset is exactly the same as the one Equinox 800 has. However, while Equinox 600 had wired headphones in its package set, Equinox 700 is equipped with a wireless Minelab ML 85 headset.

Battery

The device has a Li-Ion battery that provides an autonomous running time of 8 hours. It is the same that previous versions had.

Waterproofness

Equinox 800 and 600 had issues with leak integrity (many of them had leaks that disaffected users who like beach metal detecting). Considering the fact that Equinox 900 submerging depth has increased by 2 meters (from 3 m to 5 m), the issue was resolved.

Control unit

A red backlit for the display and keyboard was added (as it is in Minelab Vanquish 540) with three adjustment levels. I don’t consider this change important since it won’t influence the metal detector performance and its capability of detecting targets in any way.

Minelab Equinox 700 Metal Detector with EQX 11” Double-D Coil
  • MULTI-IQ TECHNOLOGY: Minelab’s revolutionary technology combines the power of...
  • ACCURATE TARGET IDs: Identify your targets quickly and confidently to...
  • TARGET SEPARATION: Recovery Speed and Iron Bias help you discriminate between...
  • WATERPROOF: Go anywhere, even below the surface. The EQUINOX 700 is waterproof...
  • ALL-TERRAIN: Outperform other detectors and dominate detection in any condition.

Last update on 2023-01-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Search modes

The device search modes number hasn’t changed. The older model still has more search modes. However, some characteristics have changed. VDI scale is now from -19 to 99. This is quite convenient but not that essential. Basically, all targets with negative VDI are ferrous.

The device has an improved target differentiation – iron bias setting and target detection speed ensure the successful distinguishing of ferrous rubbish and valuable finds.

The metal detector has an embedded flashlight and vibration response. This is really funny. The idea was definitely borrowed from another company, and I was using it with Nokta Impact. Vibration response is good for beach metal detecting, and its value is rather doubtful for ground treasure hunting. As for the flashlight, it’s good if the device has it, and it’s ok if not. You can use your smartphone as a flashlight.

Minelab Equinox 900 Metal Detector with EQX 11” Double-D Coil and EQX 6” Double-D Coil
  • MULTI-IQ TECHNOLOGY: Minelab’s revolutionary technology combines the power of...
  • ACCURATE TARGET IDs: Identify your targets quickly and confidently to...
  • TARGET SEPARATION: Recovery Speed and Iron Bias help you discriminate between...
  • WATERPROOF: Go anywhere, even below the surface. The EQUINOX 900 is waterproof...
  • ALL-TERRAIN: Outperform other detectors and dominate detection in any condition....

Last update on 2023-01-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Minelab Equinox 700 vs Equinox 900 comparison table

ModelEQUINOX 900EQUINOX 700
ApplicationCoin, Relic, Jewellery & BeachCoin, Relic, Jewellery & Beach
TechnologyMulti-IQMulti-IQ
All-Metal ShortcutYesYes
Custom Search Profiles86
User Profile ButtonYesNo
Waterproof5m (16 ft) IP685m (16 ft) IP68
Operating Temperature Range-10 to +40 degrees celcius (+14 to +104 degrees fahrenheit)-10 to +40 degrees celcius (+14 to +104 degrees fahrenheit)
Storage Temperature Range-20 to +70 degrees celcius (-40 to +158 degrees fahrenheit)-20 to +70 degrees celcius (-40 to +158 degrees fahrenheit)
FrequencyMulti, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40Multi, 4, 5, 10, 15
Coil (standard)EQX11 11″ Double-D coil with skid plate, EQX06 6″ Coil with skid plateEQX11 11″ Double-D coil with skid plate
Audio OutputIn-built loudspeaker, Wired 3.5 mm (1/8″) headphones, Wireless headphonesIn-built loudspeaker, Wired 3.5 mm (1/8″) headphones, Wireless headphones
Headphones SuppliedMinelab ML 85 Low Latency wireless headphonesMinelab ML 85 Low Latency wireless headphones
Visual DisplayMonochrome LCDMonochrome LCD
Display and Keypad Backlight (red)Off, High, Medium, LowOff, High, Low
FlashlightOn, OffOn, Off
VibrationOn, Off per Tone RegionOn, Off with separate Ferrous Control
USB ConnectivityYesYes
MemoryYesYes
Detect ModesPark, Field, Beach, GoldPark, Field, Beach
Discrimination119 segments119 segments
Ground BalanceAuto, Manual, TrackingAuto, Manual, Tracking
PinpointYesYes
Sensitivity1 to 281 to 25
Noise CancelAuto (19 Channels), ManualAuto (19 Channels)
Threshold level0 to 250 to 25
Threshold pitch0 to 250 to 25
Target Volume Adjust0 to 250 to 25
Target Identification (TID)119 segment notch discrimination: Ferrous: -19 to 0 I Non-ferrous: 1 to 99119 segment notch discrimination: Ferrous: -19 to 0 I Non-ferrous: 1 to 99
Target Tones1,2, 5, All Tones (At), Depth (dP)1,2, 5, All Tones (At), Depth (dP)
Tone BreakFerrous, Non-ferrous (t1, t2, t3, t4)Ferrous (T1)
Tone PitchAll tones adjustable: 0 to 25Tone 1 adjustable: 0 to 25
Tone VolumeAll tones adjustable: 0 to 25Tone 1 adjustable: 0 to 25
Recovery Speed1 to 81 to 3
Iron Bias0 to 90 to 3
Depth Indicator5 levels5 levels
Battery3.7V/5100 mAh Internal Lithium-lon battery3.7V/5100 mAh Internal Lithium-lon battery
LengthCollapsed: 61 cm (24 in) – Extended: 144 cm (56.7 in)Collapsed: 61 cm (24 in) – Extended: 144 cm (56.7 in)
Weight1.27 kg (2.8 lbs)1.27 kg (2.8 lbs)
Warranty3 years control box and coil3 years control box and coil

Minelab Equinox 800 vs Minelab Equinox 900

ModelEQUINOX 900EQUINOX 800
ApplicationCoin, Relic, Jewellery & BeachCoin, Relic, Jewellery & Beach
TechnologyMulti-IQMulti-IQ, 5F×8, Wi-Stream, Bluetooth, aptX™ Low Latency
Custom Search Profiles88
User Profile ButtonYesYes
Waterproof5m (16 ft) IP683m (10-feet)
Operating Temperature Range-10 to +40 degrees celcius (+14 to +104 degrees fahrenheit)-10 to +40 degrees celcius (+14 to +104 degrees fahrenheit)
Storage Temperature Range-20 to +70 degrees celcius (-40 to +158 degrees fahrenheit)-20 to +70 degrees celcius (-40 to +158 degrees fahrenheit)
FrequencyMulti, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40Multi, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40
Coil (standard)EQX11 11″ Double-D coil with skid plate, EQX06 6″ Coil with skid plate11-inch Double-D Smart coil with skidplate
Audio OutputIn-built loudspeaker, Wired 3.5 mm (1/8″) headphones, Wireless headphonesIn-built loudspeaker, 3.5mm (1/8″) headphones (included)
Headphones SuppliedMinelab ML 85 Low Latency wireless headphonesBluetooth and aptX™ Low Latency headphones (non waterproof)
Visual DisplayMonochrome LCD (red)Monochrome LCD with backlight
Display and Keypad BacklightOff, High, Medium, LowLow, Medium, High, Off
FlashlightOn, OffNo
VibrationOn, Off per Tone RegionNo
USB ConnectivityYes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX)Yes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX)
MemoryYesYes
Detect ModesPark, Field, Beach, GoldPark, Beach, Field, Gold
Discrimination119 segments50 segment (Ferrous: -9 – 0, Non-ferrous: 1 – 40)
Ground BalanceAuto, Manual, TrackingAuto | Manual
PinpointYesYes
Sensitivity1-281–25
Noise CancelAuto (19 Channels), ManualAuto, Manual (-9 to 9)
Threshold level0 to 250 to 25
Threshold pitch0 to 250 to 25
Target Volume Adjust0 to 250 to 25
Target Tones1,2, 5, All Tones (At), Depth (dP)1, 2, 5, 50
Tone BreakFerrous, Non-ferrous (t1, t2, t3, t4)Ferrous | Non-ferrous
Tone PitchAll tones adjustable: 0 to 25Ferrous | Non-ferrous
Tone VolumeAll tones adjustable: 0 to 25Ferrous | Non-ferrous
Depth Indicator5 levels5 levels
Battery3.7V/5100 mAh Internal Lithium-lon batteryIn-built rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
LengthCollapsed: 61 cm (24 in) – Extended: 144 cm (56.7 in)1440 mm (56.7″)
Weight1.27 kg (2.8 lbs)1.34 kg (2.96 lbs)
Warranty3 years control box and coil3 years control box and coil

Minelab Equinox 900 vs Minelab Manticore

ModelMinelab ManticoreMinelab Equinox 900
Detect Modes (Customisable)All-Terrain (5), Beach (4), Goldfield (1)Park, Field, Beach, Gold
Operating FrequenciesMulti-IQ+, 5 kHz, 10 kHz, 15 kHz, 20 kHz, 40 kHzMulti, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40
Noise CancelAuto, Continuous Auto, Manual (-9 to +9)Auto (19 Channels), Manual
Ground BalanceAuto, Manual, TrackingAuto, Manual, Tracking
Sensitivity1 to 351 to 28
Target IdentificationConductive: 0-99 with ferrous indication119 segment notch discrimination: Ferrous: -19 to 0 I Non-ferrous: 1 to 99
2D ID MapTwo-Dimensional ID Map System with Target TraceNo
Target Tones1, 2, 5 – Tone | 1, 2, 5 – Region All Tones1,2, 5, All Tones (At), Depth (dP)
Target Volume0 to 250 to 25
Target Pitch1 to 500 to 25
Ferrous Volume0 to 25No
Ferrous Pitch1 to 50No
Audio ThemesNormal, Enhanced, Continuous PitchNo
Volume ProfilesSimple, Medium, RichNo
Threshold Level0 to 250 to 25
Threshold Pitch1 to 500 to 25
Recovery Speed0 to 81 to 8
Ferrous LimitsUpper: 0 to 14 | Lower: 0 to 9No
Ferrous Limits Custom1 to 4No
ShortcutsSoft Keys: 2 (Action Bar), 1 (User Button)All-Metal Shortcut
Depth Indicator5 levels5 levels
Shaft System3-piece highly collapsible carbon-fibre3-piece highly collapsible carbon-fibre
Extended Length1440 mm / 56.7 inch1440 mm / 56.7 inch
Collapsed Length630 mm / 24.8 inch630 mm / 24.8 inch
Weight1.3 kg / 2.9 lb1.27 kg (2.8 lbs)
Standard Coil (M11)11-inch round Double-D coil with skidplate (waterproof to 5 m / 16 ft)EQX11 11″ Double-D coil with skid plate, EQX06 6″ Coil with skid plate
Audio OutputSpeaker | 3.5 mm (1/8″) headphones | Wireless low latency headphonesIn-built loudspeaker, Wired 3.5 mm (1/8″) headphones, Wireless headphones
Headphones (Included)Minelab ML-105 wireless low latency headphones (non waterproof)Minelab ML 85 Low Latency wireless headphones
DisplayColour LCDMonochrome LCD
Display BacklightManual (1 to 10), Auto AdjustOff, High, Medium, Low
Keypad BacklightOn, OffOff, High, Medium, Low
FlashlightLow, Medium, High, OffOn, Off
Handgrip VibrationOn, OffOn, Off per Tone Region
BatteryInternal rechargeable Lithium-ion battery3.7V/5100 mAh Internal Lithium-lon battery
Battery RuntimeApprox. 9 hoursApprox. 9 hours
Battery Charge TimeApprox. 7 hoursApprox. 7 hours
WaterproofWaterproof to 5 m / 16 ft, IP68Waterproof to 5 m / 16 ft, IP68
Key TechnologiesMulti-IQ+ (High Power Simultaneous Multi-Frequency)Multi-IQ
Included AccessoriesUSB Charging Cable, 5x Screen Protectors, 3.5 mm Headphone Audio Cable, Headphone CaseGetting Started Guide, Screen Protector (English), Charging Cable
Software UpgradableYes, via USB connection (Windows or Mac OS compatible)Yes, via USB connection (Windows or Mac OS compatible)
Warranty3 years3 years

Minelab Equinox 900 vs Deus 2

ModelMinelab Equinox 900XP Deus 2
CompanyMinelabXP
Year20222021
ApplicationCoin, Relic, Jewellery, BeachCoin, Relic, Jewellery, Beach, Underwater
TechnologyMulti-IQ, 5Fx8, Wi-Stream, Bluetooth, aptX™ Low Latency, Iron BiasFMF
FrequencyMulti, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40Simultaneous Multi Frequency or between the 49 single frequencies from 4 to 45 kHz
Detect ModesPark, Field, Beach, Gold12 preset (12 custom)
Discrimination119 segmentsHodograph XY
VDI-19 – 100 (iron -19- 0)0-99 (10 iron)
PinpointYesYes
Ground BalanceAuto, Manual, TrackingTracking, Grab, Manual
ThresholdYesYes
Iron volumeYes0-6
Tones1,2, 5, All Tones (At), Depth (dP)1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Pitch and Full Tones 1 and 2 + EXPERT modes
SilencerNo0-7
Target Volume Adjust0-250-10
Sensitivity1-281-99
Depth Indicator5 levelsYes
Reactivity1-89 levels (0/0.5/1/1.5/2/2.5/3/4/5)
Backlight0-220 levels adjustable
FlashlightYesNo
Headphones SuppliedMinelab ML 85 Low Latency wireless headphonesYes
BluetoothYesNo
VibrationOn, Off per Tone RegionNo
USB ConnectivityYesYes
ClockNoYes
Waterproof5 m (16 ft) IP6820 m (66 ft) IP68
LengthCollapsed: 61 cm (24 in) – Extended: 144 cm (56.7 in)Collapsed: 58 cm (23 in) – Extended: 130 cm (51.18 in)
Weight1.27 kg (2.8 lbs)750-815 g
Battery3.7V/5100 mAh Internal Lithium-lon batteryRemote/Coil: 700 mAh – Headphones: 320 mAh
Coil (standard)Minelab EQX 11 DDXP 22.5 FMF