Minelab Excalibur IIPrice: $1200
Avg. Score: 4.05
Based on 22 reviews
Based on 22 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.00
Avg. Ease of use: 3.50
Excalibur II goes to Hawaii
October 05, 2008I did alot of homework before deciding to buy the Excalibur II. I first was leaning towards a Whites PI or the new PI Dual Field, but after trying to pinch pennys and buy a used one on ebay...and ending up with two dead machines, I went all in and bought the Excalibur II. I found a bunch of good reviews on Kellyco's website, where I eventually bought mine from.
The detector arrived about 3 weeks before I went on my trip, and setup was a snap. After charging the NiMH pack overnight I tested the machine on several coins and a couple different types of jewlery. The Excal II has a tone differential for different types of targets. For example a penny will sound different than a quarter or a gold ring. Or a pull tab to a quarter etc.
Upon arriving in Kauai, I hit a couple of snorkling sites and due to not having an air supply and a weight belt, I was limited to about 5 feet of water. However I did find a cell phone sim card in about 1 inch of underwater sand. I left the water and hit the beaches, and thats where this thing really started to shine.
I was soon finding qurters, dimes and nickels anywhere from a few inches to over a foot in the sand.
My crowning glory however came at Poipu beach one morning when I got a signal that sounded like a quarter (nice solid and loud!) I dug down until I had a hole around a foot deep, when I no longer had a signal in the hole. I then took handfulls of sand and passed it under the coil, and soon had that monster tone. To my amazement, there staring back at me was a real heavy mens wedding band! It was solid 14K white/yellow gold. First gold ring I have ever found! I was totally stoked. I never found another piece of jewlery the entire trip, however the Excalibur II did net me an additional $5 in change. Not bad for 5 hrs of detecting over the course of a week and a half.
The Only complaint I have with this machine is that after going in and out of the water several times I did have the "Disc/Pinpoint" knob slip on the knob shaft. Apparently this is a common issue, albeit minor I wish with a detector in this price range Minelab would get their act together and fix the problem. There is a fix that an owner can do (and I will likely do), kind of lame that after spending that kind of money you have a mickey mouse issue like that pop up.
Another thing I had read about that many new owners didnt like was the fact that there is no charging indicator light on the charger or the machine to alert you to a fully charged battery pack. Big whoop! I charged mine when I initially got it, and never had to charge it the entire trip. In fact, the manual says that one charge is good for 14-19 hrs of detecting. I dont know about you, but not many guys I know detect for more than about 5-6 hrs at a stretch, so the charge light is not an issue for me. Charge it overnight and youre good to go.
If considering an underwater/beach machine, I would definetely recommend the Excalibur II. If youre going to spend $900 on a new machine anyway, why not spend a few hundred more and buy the best. Read the reviews, when your ready to buy, give Kellyco a call. You'll be glad you did, I know I am!
Gerry from Florence, OR.
June 23, 2008Well my first time out with My Excal II (other than my yard) on the beach and was very pleased with the results. I knew before hand about a concern and was able to handle that situation.
On dry sand and in the shallow surf all went well. Set it up with a slight threshold hum. On iron, threshold nulled, telling me it was iron, and when it came back(SOMETIMES)would buzz (above concern)until I swing past my scoop to return it to a normal threshold. (this is the thing I knew about before purchase that I was told these units are famous for, which did not bother me a bit, threshold can be turned down and avoid this also). As for hitting targets, on clad (which other than junk was all I found this trip)it sounded out nice and loud. No trouble telling the difference after awhile in clad and was picking them up well and deep.
So I give it a 5 star rating and am so far very happy with it results. Joe
Joe L. from North East USA