Minelab Explorer IIPrice: $1200
Based on 97 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.40
Avg. Ease of use: 4.00
RE-Explorer SE is a piece of junk
The reason that this a a piece of junk because, my ace 250 works better is more accurate and goes deeper. I regret spending moneyof Explorer SE. i could have bought 6 ace 250s instead for entire family. SE is a very slow machine does not work on all soil condition and it is only ok for beach that is it, do NOT buy it I REGRET OVERPRICED
You obviously didn't have the mental capacity to figure this great machine out..Its not just a turn and go machine like the ace 250, I would put a yrs wages on a contest between your ace and my explorer in any ground conditions on coin finds, jewelry finds or any finds...
Anonymous from US
The Perks and My Problem
Greg from Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Explorer ll exceeds my expectations.
Ron From Michigan from Oxford Michigan
I think pretty much all the Pro's and Con's have been discussed here so I'm not going to go over them again..
What I will do is post up a link to an Explorer II simulator where you can play with all the settings and get used to what does what.. It is a very good simulator but the downloaded version is much better and can be downloaded from MLO http://www.minelabowners.com
I spent quite a bit of time on these before going to the field and gives you a good idea of what does what.. If you are considering buying one of these you can have a go on the simulator to see if you like it.. For those of you who already own one it's a great tool to play with on rainy days..
There is also I believe an SE version on MLO as well in a downloaded version..
I have no connection to French guy who programmed the simulators but am a recent member of MLO and just thought I'd share the information about the simulators because I believe that they are a great tool which all Explorer users could benefit from using..
Beej from Alicante, Spain
My take on the Explorer II
Easy to get depth
(not as easy to screw up like with the DFX)
Good target ID (quite easy to understand)
Good Tone ID
Easy to use
fairly cheap now on i.e. ebay
Hits well on silver/ copper and other high
FUN to use
It excels in "hunted-out-sites", beach hunting and looking for none ferrous(/iron) relics.
Takes time to get used to
cam lock can be bad after a lot of use, quite cheap to buy though.
It is very sensitive to small targets which is great, both small copper and silver and nickel and...
I think those who complain about the weight never tried a GTI 2500 from Garrett, those are heavy!
The Explorer isn't to bad.
Good depth and a lot of extra coils make this machine a winner.
The tone ID is very informative and you can base your choice on digging mainly on that, it works and it works well.
Only thing I can say is that getting a smaller coil is a must if your hunting trashy sites!
Use coils to adapt the machine to the given situation.
Eu_citzen from Sweden
For me the best hands down!
I think there are other machines out there that may go as deep but the ID part is incredible once you learn it something the others cant touch!
It is heavy and is not for the meek but for finding deep relics and 80% of the time knowing what your digging made up for the extra weight.
I tried to use several others just about every brand but I always come back to the explorer!
For the Relic Recovery PRO'S. Oh and one more thing once you learn the 99 different tones and flutes you will not even have to look at the ID screen you will just know whats under your coil!
Smaller coils than the stock 10" give better separation for those that are use to swinging fast. The 8" is the best all around coil to have and a must for the cane fields we hunt time to time.
If I loose my Minelab I might as well hang it up and start a new hobby..........LOL
Good Luck and Happy hunting may the Relic Gods be with you!
John Relic$hunter from Louisiana
Just an OK detector
WILL from NC
Made me look like I knew what I was doing
I just watched the conductivity meter and listened to the tones. Hard to believe I was that good, but I wasn't! It was this Explorer 2! What a difference in its abilities even with a novice behind the wheel. All I can say is that this dectector has made me a detecting animal and the folks that come to watch me dig think I'm a pro.
I have to laugh. The guys at Minelab have made in my limited opinion a excellent device. I now have about 3 weeks under my belt with this new hobby and man it doesn't get any better than this.
I have found bullets, silver rings, and enough coins to pay for my batteries and extra coil. I was like allot of folks just getting into metal detecting not knowing what machine to purchase. Well the Explorer 2 made me look and feel good about my choice for a new hobby. Don't be afraid of the so called learning curve. Things are ususally made more complex than they really are and this device is no different.
I have used the factory settings and turned up the sensitivity a little (22) and the threshold down (13). With these settings I have found items down 10+ inches. One more thing its really not that heavy because of the internal battery pack it balances rather well and I can hunt as long with it as I can my 50. From one novice to another get one of these and call it a day.
Rick from Northern, VA
Super duper machine.
Eddie from BEAVER,PA
Explorer II, a great machine !!!!
I found a shield nickel 1868 at 12 inches down. Today in one hole I found a silver war nickel, a 1935 buffalo nickel, 1892 indian cent and a 4 wheaties from the 30's.
It's a little heavy, but stick with it. Once you learn the curve, you know what you have before you dig. The audio never lies, the 2 dimensional display varies by depth, but close and confirms your audio response.
JJ McCOY from OHIO