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Options Whites Beach Hunter 300 Minelab Excalibur 1000
Detector Type VLF Beach Detector VLF Beach Detector
Price $1000 $1000
Manufactured in 2008 1998
Battery Type 8 AA Sealed
Weight (Lbs.) 5.7 4
Operating frequency 3, 15 kHz. 1.5 - 25.5 kHz.
Display None None
Backlight No No
Target ID Audio+3 LED Lights Audio
Tone ID 3 Tones Multi Tone
Search Modes
  • Disc.
  • All Metal
  • Discriminate
  • Pinpoint
Ability to change coils No No
Ground balance Manual Auto
Waterproof 25 feet 200 feet
Warranty 2 Years 1 Year
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Avg. User Rating 4.00 3.90
Avg. Durability Rating 4.71 1.00
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 4.00 1.50
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Most helpful review for Whites Beach Hunter 300

Works great when they work...
Bought four of these and within 6 months all four had to be returned. TWO were DOA right out of the box. I can't believe the quality control there.
Bob from New Port Richey,FL

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Most helpful review for Minelab Excalibur 1000

A flawed masterpiece
I've been diving using U/W metal detectors for 35 years, and as concerns sensitivity and general detection ability, I like the Excalibur best. But having said that it is far from being a perfect machine, and strangely, Minelab doesn't seem interested in taking the steps necessary to improve its design - the 2008 model carries on the same problems as the previous generation. (I know numerous users have written to them on the following problems, as I have - this was confirmed to me during phone calls to MInelab some 4 years ago!). The major problems relate to the ergonomics of its design.

Basically the Excalibur it is a land use device that is waterproof. The balance and design is fine on land but but not a good U/W design. Even when using the short shaft underwater the weight becomes tiring on your arm. (just try lying on your stomach on the floor, hold the Excalibur in front of you with an outstretched arm and try sweeping the unit back and forth, then imagine trying to do that for an hour or more - this is basically what a diver has to do).
The problem is that the bulk of weight is too far forward of your hand. A better design would have been to have the battery pack and instrument pod positioned further back over your forearm.(I've actually done this modification to my unit and it is a BIG improvement).

The other point that Minelab don't understand is that the mounting of the battery pack and instrument pack either side of the tubing arm in a vertical plan actually creates a noticable drag when sweeping horizontally underwater. Again a layout of these two packs in a horizontal plane corrects this and makes the unit easier to handle underwater.

Finally as regards design flaws is the type of knob/shaft combination used on the controls. After some time the controls seem to become a little stiff and the knobs spin on the metal shaft. Especially underwater, when it is harder to feel the knobs slipping on the shaft, this can mean your detector is not actually set on the indicted setting.

As far as the electronics go I have nothing but praise except for one area. The battery charging system is something from the 1960's. NO battery charge indicator to let you know you are actually charging the unit whenever it's plugged in, and NO battery charge status indication. And the battery charger connection plugs for any underwater device released in 2008 is simply sub standard - basically they've just gone with the cheapest solution. (As an example of what they could have done my sealed unit electric toothbrush charges without any metal to metal contact - to charge just place the indentation in the base of the unit over a plastic knob on the charger - no chance of corrosion or bad connection and a seemingly ideal solution for any device that has to work underwater).

So in summary, a great unit as regards its detection ability, sensitivity and screening befitting a $1,000+ unit as long as you want to use it on the beach or wading in the water. But if you're working a wreck site it's a tiring unit for a diver to use underwater for extended periods. And the battery charge system is junk.
O. Barnes from Madagascar

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