Minelab Excalibur IIPrice: $1200
Based on 24 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.00
Avg. Ease of use: 3.38
Pleased So Far
I read a lot a great reviews and some bad reviews about this detector and I was afraid I may have made the wrong pruchase.
I do not understand the battery problems many are having. I have flown RC since a kid (17) and have a lot of experience in the care of rechargeable batteries so I immediately cycled the batteries and don't anticipate any NiMH battery problems.
Anyway, our (me and my 10 yr old son) first two days out at the beach (S. Florida)were pretty productive. We were able to discern the different tones for the different materials and amoung the things we found (lots of coins) was a melted titanium glob (assumed to be from the Challenger disaster) at about 6", and a fragment from a silver spoon from the 1715 fleet (Colored Beach Site) at about 10". We also found a fish hook at about a foot and I presume the nickel plate was the only thing that triggered the detector since we were discriminating other iron objects.
So far so good
Jerry in S FL from Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Loose knobs? EASY FIX!!!
Again, want the best? forget the rest and buy an Excalibur II.
Gerry from Florence, OR.
Excalibur II goes to Hawaii
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.
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