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Options Whites Spectra V3 and V3i Minelab Explorer SE
Detector Type Coin and Relic Detector Coin and Relic Detector
Price $1500 $1200
Manufactured in 2009 2006
Battery Type 8 AA 8 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 4.4 4.1
Operating frequency 2.5, 7.5, 22.5 kHz. 1.5 - 100 kHz.
Display Yes Yes
Backlight Yes Yes
Target ID 191 Segment Numeric+Icons Audio+Numeric
Tone ID 255 Tones Multi Tone
Search Modes
  • Coins/Jewelry
  • Salt Beach
  • Relic
  • Prospecting
  • Deep Silver
  • High Trash
  • Meteorite
  • Hi Pro
  • Mixed Mode Pro
  • Custom
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance Auto, Manual, Custom Auto
Waterproof Coil only Coil only
Warranty 2 Years 2 Years
Number of Reviews graph 28
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Avg. User Rating 4.42 4.44
Avg. Durability Rating 4.83 5.00
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 4.50 4.00
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Most helpful review for Whites Spectra V3 and V3i

Jer from Ks
I have only had this for 2 weeks but I like it better than the DFX. For those people that are good with the DFX it may be a good call. I don't recomend it for one just starting out. If simple is what is desired then this is not ideal. It is the only detector that I ever used that shows what every frequency is doing in color (lots of info at once on screen). It does find deep targets and id them well once ya learn how to interpret all the info on screen. Like the DFX it will be a useless noise maker if one doesn't know what they are adjusting.

I HIGHLY recomend reading the manual cover to cover. I found lots of things this can do that I wouldn't have found exploring the menus. The menu system is not bad. most changes can be made and auto saved without entering menu mode. I like it complex and this is turning out to be my favorite detector. I also like the wireless headphones even though the price seems a bit high at $250 if not purchased with the detector.
Jerry from Wichita, Ks.

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Most helpful review for Minelab Explorer SE

It does what it does very well..learn it and it will reward
I have own the Explorer SE now for slightly over a year.I paid $600 for it. Found a great deal and pounced on it.

Here is what I think about the Explorer SE.

If you are new to metal detecting, then go to another machine. Stay away from this one at first.

I have found that there is no one great overall machine. Each detector has its advantages in certain situations. It seems that the complaints about this machine are a direct result of too high expectations because they paid so much for it. I see too many people with the thought that if I paid over $1,200 for a machine, then it should be the best machine ever. It should do this or that.
Advertising is to blame for that.

I own 6 detectors.....
And each one has its advantages and I make sure I don't think that any one detector is the answer to all my needs. They don't make a detector that does that and probably never will.

I have found that the Explorer SE does exactly what it was designed for. It is a very accurate, deep seeking although slow recovery detector that is probably the best at identifying what is in the ground. Good for trashy areas with lots of Iron. You will need a smaller coil.

It has a lot of bells and whistles that allow me to decide to dig or not to dig. It is the best machine in my opinion for highly mineralized ground. It works best when you work slow and easy.

I cannot say the Explorer is the deepest machine available. Any machine can go deep if conditions are right. I have used the Explorer SE after a rain storm and have found silver dimes at almost 15 inches. If I go out during a dry spell, I have a hard time finding anything below 7 inches. But I have had problems with other machines in the same situations. So to say it is the deepest is really stretching things a bit. I think every manufacturer of metal detectors have said that they have the deepest machines.

I see comparisons to the White's machines quite often . I own a Spectrum and I will say that the Spectrum has advantages in certain circumstances. It is faster in recovery and so I can cover more ground with it, especially with a Bigfoot coil. I do have a problem with the White in that it is not as good on silver as the Explorer SE.

Yes the White's are easier to use. The Explorer requires learning it to bring out the best it can be. Don't sell the Explorer SE short. If you learn it, the finds will come.

To spend a couple of hours on a weekend with it every other week will not cut it. If you don't plan on making metal detecting your passion, then find a less expensive machine. The Explorer SE is meant to be used by people who are serious about metal detecting. I can't for the life of me figure out why people spend over a grand for a detector, use it once or twice and then put it in their closet, never to be used again.

To sum it up, the Explorer SE is meant for those who want a very accurate multi frequency detector and use it. It is great for highly mineralized ground. It is a bit slow on recovery. It can in many instances go deeper when other machines do not even register the targets. The multi frequency advantage is the real deciding factor for having this machine. If you cannot figure out how to use the Explorer SE, then get some advice from the people who sold it to you. If they can't or won't help you, then you shouldn't have bought it from them in the first place.


Steve from Cleveland, OH

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