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Detech Chaser: the challenge goes on…


Time is finally arrived to talk about Detech’s latest metal detector: the Chaser!

After becoming worldwide famous for their high performance coils and EDS Plus, Winner, Reacher, Gold Catcher and Relic Striker VLF analog models, the bulgarian company ran by Eng. Rumen Kanev entered the market competition of display based, digitally controlled detectors.

We were happy to receive one of the last Chaser release with firmware 1.107 (Note: when you will read this article a newest release should be installed on the machine) together with three coils: a Ultimate 9” DD, a SEF 12”x10” and the little 6”x6” sniper coil.

This is the first part of our complete review of the Detech Chaser. You will soon read a follow-on, with beach and mountain test, led by other AMD Tech Team members.

Are you curious to know more about the machine? Let’s keep reading…

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TEST: Detech Ultimate 13” for Garrett AT PRO: more power!


by Leonardo Ciocca © 2016 AMD Tech Team

People who use the Garrett AT PRO since a long time know very well its potential. With the stock coil, a DD “Smudged” 8.5”x11”, you have very good performances on different soil conditions. Obviously you cannot expect “spectacular” results from a coil that, even if very well designed, is made for general purpose treasure hunting, and fits well to beginner and expert users at the same time. It has a good depth, good target separation and, after all, it is not so heavy.

But what could we do if we want some more?

Here they come some third party manufacturers, especially from East Europe, that started making some alternative coils that could be mounted on the Garrett’s hi-end VLF machine. We, at AMD Tech Team, have already tested and reviewied a couple of them with very nice results. Now is the time to test the Detech Ultimate 13” DD, flagship coil of the Bulgarian company run by Eng. Rumen Kanev

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XP ADX 150: Lots of power, simplicity and lightweight… for everyone!


Spring has finally come and rainy days seem to have gave us a little peace. I was impatient to go back on the field because, as you may have read in the blog, during this period the AMD Tech Team was literally “loaded” of metal detectors to be tested and reviewed.

In between all those machines that were kindly sent to us, we had the XP ADX 150, distributed in Italy by Detector Center of Cervia. It’s the entry-level machine from the French manufacturer XP that, till now, was somehow a little bit neglected in comparison to its “major brothers” GoldMaxx, Mito, G-Maxx and, obviously, top of the line DEUS machine.

As we speak, XP brand is usually tied to its medium-high and hi-end models and it’s easy to forget their lower end products, especially the “little one” ADX 150…

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1st XP EUROPEAN GOLD RALLY!


Riceviamo una fantastica notizia per tutti gli appassionati possessori di metal detector XP!

“1st XP EUROPEAN GOLD RALLY”

Il 17 e 18 Settembre 2016, in Inghilterra e precisamente in North Oxfordshire, nel cuore del Cotswolds, si avranno a disposizione ben 1400 acri di terreno da spazzolare (seguendo la normativa Inglese!).

Si tratta del Primo XP GOLD RALLY EUROPEO, con la collaborazione diretta della XP Metal Detector, aperto ai soli possessori di macchine XP.

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DETECH RELIC STRIKER.. Code Words: EXTREME DEPTH!


Finally I had the chance to complete my tests of the last Detech machine, the RELIC STRIKER.

Even though a new, top of the line model has been announced, the Detech CHASER, Relic Striker is still on top of the list of Detech’s “deep-seeking” catalog. This two word expression, in the treasure hunting jargon is related to specialized metal detectors, for hunting not so small and very deep targets, usually larger than a coin. In othedetech-relic-strikerr words, these machines are biased toward big targets (e.g. militaria and caches) at great depth.

Detech  Relic Striker is a single-frequency VLF/IB running at 4,8 kHz with a “monster” SEF (Symmetric Electromagnetic Field) 18”x15” coil. These simple informations, read by an experienced hunter, will be immediately recognized as a evident clue of a deep-seeking detector, high conductivity target oriented (copper, bronze, silver etc), great for not-so-tiny, very deep buried things and especially in highly mineralized soils.

 

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AMDTT sponsorizza il CWPPO


CWPPOCome annunciato qualche giorno fa, AMDTT non solo ha avuto il piacere di dare notizia dell’iniziativa promossa dalla nostra amica Sam Waters, il Civil War Preservation Project of Ohio (CWPPO – vedi LINK) ma ha voluto dare un fattivo contributo al progetto.

AMDTT ha infatti deciso di donare un Makro Pointer che verrà messo all’asta per aiutare a finanziare il bellissimo progetto ideato dalla nostra amica Sam.

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AMDTT supporta il Civil War Preservation Project of Ohio


E’ con grande piacere che vogliamo comunicare ai nostri lettori che AMD darà pieno supporto all’iniziativa intrapresa dalla nostra amica statunitense Sam Waters, fondatrice della BackYard Diggers e ideatrice del progetto Civil War Preservation Project of Ohio (CWPPO).

Sam, con la collaborazione di esperti storici, archeologi, detectoristi, esperti in relic della Guerra Civile Americana e moltissimi volontari, ha come obbiettivo quello di trovare prove concrete della battaglia che si è combattuta più a nord degli USA durante la Guerra Civile. Conosciuta come Battaglia di Salineville, si svolse in Carroll County, Ohio, tra le truppe a cavallo del Generale Confederato John Hunt Morgan e elementi dell’Esercito dell’Unione insieme alle truppe miliziane dell’Ohio che inseguirono le forze del generale Morgan per più di 40 giorni.
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Garrett Pro-Pointer AT: A.mazing T.echnology!


As announced last week, Securitaly (one of the official Italian Garrett’s distributors), kindly sent us a sample of the new  pinpointer made by Garrett Metal Detectors: the Pro-Pointer AT.

Compared to its predecessor, named Pro-Pointer, that had an incredible best-selling success, this new model is not only different in color, with an ultravisible orange, but it also introduced new exciting features that, in my humble opinion, could not be missed in a top of the line device like this.

Being lucky enough to own, with great satisfaction, the old Pro-Pointer too, I had the chance to test the “Old” vs. the “New”.

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INTERNATIONAL TEST: Nexus CREDO DDM – Pure Power!


credoddmdisplayFor a long time I’ve desired to put my hands on a Nexus metal detector. This English brand, on the market since 2004, was always tied to high power products. Previous generation of Nexus detectors’ users always confirmed this axiom, with special highlight on their detection depth capabilities. Alas, the same customers were sometimes disappointed about difficulty to control stability of those machines, especially on the field. We could indicate the Nexus detectors as “Throughbred Stallions” that need to be tamed with patience and perseverance. Mr. Georgi Chaushev, chief designer and Nexus CEO, that we will soon interview, ante up with a new generation of even more poweful metal detectors with innovative and very interesting features. Continue Reading

INTERNATIONAL-MODS: E^5BOOSTER, enhance your pinpointer performances with a simple click!


Foreword by Leonardo/”Bodhi3″

As announced some days ago (LINK) , Sergio/”Xergix”, AMDTT senior member and electronic expert, just sent me his article on the E^5Booster (read it ‘E to the 5th Power’ Booster) project. I’m so happy Sergio decided to share his intelligent idea with all the blog readers who, I have no doubts, will really appreciate his work. I want to thank Sergio again for his excellent work and also I would like to thank Mauro/”Mauroki” for the extra photos and bench and field tests of the prototypes Have a nice reading!

Leonardo/”Bodhi3″
AMD Tech Team Director
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MODS: Project E^5Booster to enhance handheld pinpointer performance.
Project and Article by Sergio/”Xergix”. (c) 2014 for AMDTT
Extra photos and tests by Mauro/”Mauroki”

1. Introduction

E5BOOSTER

The official E^5Booster Logo

Its a well known “trick”, in the detecting scene, that moving a small coin or any other small metal object closer to the base of the probe (Note by Bodhi3: the probe is something like an antenna, and it’s the sensitive part of the pinpointer) of any handheld pinpointer, you will have a sort of performance boost, in detecting distance/depth, on inspected buried targets. You will easily find some videos on Youtube about this trick and I will give you some links in the ending appendix to this article.

From the electronics point of view, the explanation is quite easy: the little coin just “tunes” the probe that fundamentally is a coil with a ferrite core inside. As well as with old radios that could be tuned by manipulating a coil with a ferromagnetic core (ferrite), the pinpointer probe can be “tuned” by placing a piece of metal at the coils end, gaining sensitivity.

Leonardo/”Bodhi3” Tech Note

By placing a ferromagnetic core inside a coil, the emitted electromagnetic field will be amplified. This is due to the increased electric inductance, since it is proportional not only to the coil windings number but also to the ferrite core magnetic permeability that is much greater than the one measured with air core.

Schermata 03-2456743 alle 15.29.22In this formula we can see how inductance “L” is proportional to the windings number “N”, to the nucleus area “A”, to its length “l” and the forementioned core magnetic permeability (greek letter Mu). In simple words, the iron core increases the electric inductance that will produce a more intense electromagnetic field.

2. How E^5Booster works?

The E^5Booster essentially is a virtual small coin but, compared to this one, has the great advantage it can be “activated” by just pressing a small button without the need of moving it. This will allow to easily fix it on the pinpointer in a stable way without any mechanical moving parts. Fundamentally the E^5Booster is just a coil and a mini button that closes the circuit when pressed. Let’s try to explain the technical difference between the “coin-trick” and the “coil-with-a-button” booster. From an electronics point of view, a coin is essentially comparable to a closed coil and could strongly interfere with a LC circuit (L=Inductance, C=Capacitance) as the pinpointer probe, in the same way a ring could do. You can use a common ring instead of a coin and the result will be the same: if the coil is “open” (read “interrupted”) won’t interfere with the probe, but if we shortcircuit it with a switch button, we will transform the coil in a sort of ring that could be compared to a coin. Easy, isn’t it?

3. Let’s do it!

Everything we need to produce an E^5Booster is a coil and a switch button: the more convenient coil shape is the planar one, since it can be easily adapted to any surface, rounded as Garrett’s Propointer, Minelab’s ProFinder, White’s TRX or flat ones as with DTS Sherlock or White’s Bullseye II. The switch button should be as small as possible and I suggest to use a 0,25 mm electric wire to produce the coil. It could be varnished or insulated. The coil I’ve made has 5 windings but the number is not critical. In the first prototypes (see photos) I used a small matrix board but it wasn’t flexible enough to be applied to the pinpointer in the right way.

So I had the idea to use something flexible and I’ve placed the coil and the switch button on a floppy plastic strip taken from a blister envelope. But I wasn’t satisfied enough. So I’ve transfered the circuit on a self-adhesive neoprene strip and the result is a flexible E^5Booster that could be easily applied on any pinpointer.

4. Let’s take a look at it

pulsante

This is a magnified pic of the swich button: you can buy even smaller ones but I had a lot of them at home… so I saved some money…

Primo prototipo fatto su scheda millefori

The first prototybe on a small matrix board

 

5. How to apply the E^Booster to your pinpointer

Applying the Booster is very easy: you just need to place it on the base of the probe when the pinpointer is turned on. Then you slowly move it along the probe (toward its tip) keeping the switch button pressed until the pinpointer will start to beep. Then you just slightly move it back until the pinpointer beep won’t stop. That is the correct position!

You can now fix it with an adhesive tape (just the coil area, leave the miniswitch uncovered).

The E^5Booster, when the switch button is pressed, will almost allow to double the pinpointer sensitivity. I’ve, together with many friends, have done many tests on different models having really brilliant performances. Obviously, if you have a cheap pinpointer that can only detect things that are very very close (some cannot detect coins over 1 cm away!) the E^5Booster will maybe allow you to extend the sensitivity to 2 cm, but on good models that are able to detect a coin 3-4 cm away, the results will be amazing!

And think about it… No batteries…No special electronics…and soooo cheap and easy to be made!

 

Addendum by Mauro/”Mauroki”

Mauroki/"Mauroki"

Mauroki/”Mauroki”

Yesterday, during a hunt with my Spectra V3i, I had the chance to test the E^5Booster on the field on my Propointer. Its intuitive and easy use will enhance the already great performance of the Garrett pinpointer. You just need to press the mini-switch to detect targets at greater depths well over the original capability.

 

PRO: E^5Booster will almost double your pinpointer performance

CONS: If not correcty fixed or protected from moisture and mud, this tiny circuit could be easily lost or have some malfunctions.

I think the perfect solutions could be, and I know that Sergio is already working at it, to have the E^5Booster in a neoprene ring that could be fitted around the Propointer, with a well protected and waterproofed mini-switch. Mmmm… I think manufacturers should work on it. Don’t you agree?

APPENDIX

Some international videos on the pinpointer “trick”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0tpCEEcNHE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NwKFql01Wg

BOOK: Andy Sabisch’s “The Deus Handbook” (INTERNATIONAL EDITION)


Foreword
by Leonardo/”Bodhi3”

Before leaving you to the very interesting article written, in cooperation, by Gianni and Sergio, (once again, I’d like to thank them for their precious work), please allow me to add a brief personal note. I would like to give my personal gratitude, and also from the entire AMD Tech Team, to the XP Detectors and its owner and chief designer, Alain Loubet, that I was happy to interview some weeks ago, who kindly sent us two copies of the handbook.

Andy Sabisch is truly a “celebrity” in the international metal detecting scene. With so many years spent on the fields and on the beaches of the entire Planet, gaining an incredible hunting experience and, obviously, quite a lot of buried treasures, Andy is one of the greatest metal detecting experts and, without any doubt, between the best popularizers of this wonderful hobby. I already had the pleasure to read one of his most famous books “The Minelab E-TRAC and Explorer Handbook” where he explained, with simple words, how to get the most out of those two awesome machines. With a simple and plain language Andy is able to introduce complex concepts helping the readers to deeply understand the detectors’ dynamics in order to obtain the best performances for any kind of field of application.
After the Minelab machines, Andy “fell in love” with the XP’s jewel: the Deus. With a rigorous detail level, Mr. Sabisch presented us a truly valuable handbook so rich in information, so incredibly useful for the beginners and the experts too. I would like to highlight the manual is very updated too, since it talks about even 3.x software realease features  but never forgetting 2.x ones.

In short, a very useful book, written in a simple and flowing english that any Deus owner, who wants to push its performance to the limits, should have on his library.

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BOOK: Andy Sabisch’s “The Deus Handbook”

by Gianni/”Linux-Ubuntu” and Sergio/”Xergix”

The Andy Sabisch’s book arrived in a classic package envelope.  As soon I pulled it out, I was surprised by its size: I was expecting a tiny booklet with some “easy tricks from the detecting guru” but I was amazed to have a true 188-pages full-size-full-quality manual. The book is A4 size with a very nice and thick color cover, while inside images and graphs are in B&W. The print quality is superb, the font is perfectly readable and the image quality is really good. In short, even if it’s not printed on the best paper quality and is in B&W, it looks great and it’s very pleasant to read.

The book is written in English but it is very easy to understand even for foreign readers with enough technical English language skills. Its structure follows the one of any other Sabisch’s books, following a precise track, allowing the reader to “meet the manufacturers”, i.e. talking about the XP Detectors history, leading him to learn the detector parts, its first use and describing its advanced uses and search techniques.

In the first pages, there’s a special memorial dedication to Jogn Burke, a very famous british detectorist died in 2011, very well know as “John Lynn-The Norfolk Wolf” that probably most of your will remember for his website or his famous videotests.
In the following pages you will find a complete index and Andy’s personal thanks to several treasure hunters who gave a contribution to the book. So you will easily understand that all these contributions, together with Andy’s experiences, will have a very important and organic function in this rich and well organized book.

Andy Sabisch

Andy Sabisch

After the first introductory section, you’ll read a technical description of the XP Deus, its technology, the updating features and some very interesting paragraphs about its different operating frequencies put in relation with different targets. Those are basic and fundamental informations to start seriously learning how to use the machine at its best.
A complete description of each Deus software menu will follow. An absent-minded reader could think these page are a useless duplicate of the user guide that comes with the machine. Wrong! Each single menu item is extremely detailed and there are tons of intelligent tips. And it’s such a pleasant surprise to notice that the book is so updated, since it also contains the differences between 2.x and 3.x software release. Great job Andy!

We’ve really appreciated the section about the most interesting parameters, so difficult do be understood by beginners: Reactivity, Iron Volume, TX Power, Silencer etc.. All that stuff you MUST understand very well in order to push the detector to the limits. A very in-depth analysis of the “hidden menus” is also present (Sergio already published a very interesting article in Italian for our blog… here), with over 5 pages and several images.

Then Andy gives us some technical notions about concentric and DD coils, talks about the correct use of the pinpointer and finally bring us to the “Test Garden” and gives us very good informations on discrimination.

A very comprehensive space is dedicated to this last issue. Every issue, every parameter that is tied to discrimination is examined to fully explore audio and visual discrimination including Reactivity and Silencer.

As you’ve already got, the book follows a very precise organization, trying to unveil all the Deus’ secrets, from ABC to its most advanced features. Andy will go along with you from the beginning, helping you to discover the most proper techniques to have a succesful hunting in a variety of situation: from learning how to set the machine on “trashy” fields to how to recognize a hot rock, a iron object or any other “trash” target. A very wide number of pages are dedicated to discrimination techniques, very useful in place like parks and beaches.

Gianni/"Linux-Ubuntu"

Gianni/”Linux-Ubuntu”

In the book you will find several “tuned” programs for coin hunting. Be aware that Andy talks about USA coins, so you may need to tweak them a little to adapt the settings to your Country’s coinage. Andy and his friends also dedicated a lot of time to beach and fresh water hunting, to relics, and gold prospecting too!

Each technique will be illustrated with tips, specific settings, technical explanations and every other possible useful information. Obviously we recommend to think to these settings as a “building block” to create your own personal ones that will fit to your needings.

The handbook also includes sections about incredible  findings, Deus accessories, links and other useful resources.

Andy’s book is the ideal complementary manual to the XP user guide; Some times manufacturers’ user guides are not so clear or pleasant to read. This one will give you a great help to understand the XP one too!!!

Sergio/"Xergix"

Sergio/”Xergix”

A tip from us… Read Andy’s book several times and you will be aware that those “dark concepts”, slowly and easily, will become clearer and clearer and you will be able to master the detector at its best!

In conclusion, we really enjoyed ourself reading this handbook! It was a real pleasure because there’s always something to be learned from other people’s experience. Its a book for everyone, from beginners to experts. Reading will easily flow and will be very fun since Sabisch’s ability to melt his experience to other people’s contribution is legendary. It’s a truly useful help for anyone who wants to learn how to use the machine and it could also be used as a reference guide to refresh some difficult aspects and issues from time to time..

For more information or to buy the book:
http://www.sabischbooks.com/books/xp/

 (Translation from Italian: Leonardo/”Bodhi3″)

INTERNATIONAL: AMDTT goes… Scottish!!!


Schermata 09-2456541 alle 10.34.16Con  un po’ si sincera ed autentica emozione, vorrei condividere con tutti voi la soddisfazione di vedere il mio primo articolo pubblicato in una rivista straniera.

La rivista scozzese “Up Yer Kilt“, dedicata al metal detecting, che vanta un vastissimo pubblico, ha pubblicato il mio articolo sui “10 Miti del Metal Detecting“.

L’articolo, scritto prima in italiano e poi tradotto in inglese, è stato inserito nel numero 12 (Agosto 2013) ed è scaricabile gratuitamente nel loro sito:

http://www.upyerkiltmagazine.co.uk/

Ringrazio ovviamente l’Editore Mr. Shug e tutto lo staff.

Leonardo/”Bodhi3″
AMD Tech Team

Exclusive interview with Alain Loubet (CEO and Chief Designer XP Metal Detectors)


Alain and Nathalie Loubet

Alain and Nathalie Loubet

After some unsuccesful attempts, I’ve finally had the chanche to interview one of the most important personality of the metal detecting world, Monsieur Alain Loubet, founder and chief designer of XP Metal Detectors, french manufacturer of some of the most worldwide well respected detectors as their GoldMaxx Power or the famous DEUS.

Making himself available, Alain replied to all my questions, even the “spicy” ones, and also replied to the ones sent to AMDTT email by our readers. Our guest have clearly demonstrated a very pragmatic and straightforward attitude, showing a true and bold passion for his job and for the wonderful hobby of treasure hunting.

Thanking Alain for his generosity, I also would like to thank Massimo/”Gladiatore”, our Field Search Expert (but he’s also gaining a lot of experience on Beach Hunting) for the precious help by translating from French.

Have a nice reading!

Leonardo/”Bodhi3″
Director AMD Tech Team

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LC: Hello Alain! We’re so happy to meet you and ask some questions that, I hope, will fulfil our readers’ curiousity. From this perspective, I’ve collected some of their most desired questions and some from our team members. Before going on with the interview, I’d like to thank you for your kindness and for your precious time. Just to begin, as I’ve done with the other people who I have talked to, could I ask you about your academic and professional background and why you’ve had the idea to create the XP Detectors?

The XP facility

The XP facility

AL: After working in the audiovisual market, I’ve created XP in 1998. As a metal detecting enthusiast since I was 13 years old, I’ve intensely used a variety of models and I’ve felt the wish to propose different machines to perfectly fit hunters needs.

LC: XP is worldwide famous as producer of metal detectors especially focused on reactivity, depth, lightness and ease of use. How much is important, in your creative process, to be a “European” company, inspired from very different hunting environment compared to American and Australian ones?

AL: As you perfectly know, European hunting sites are often very peculiar and very difficult to detect, this is specially due to the ancient geological activity of our continent that lead to a massive soil’s iron mineralisation and such. As a passionate detectorist and also very close to our customers, this gave us some hints to develop succesful machines.

LC: Our XP & Electronics expert, Sergio, has sent you asking to add the VDI value in your latest X-Y Screen (the one with the polar tracing), introduced in DEUS’ firmware release 2.0. XP has added this requested feature in firmware 3.0! Sergio’s so happy you’ve accepted his tip and gratefully thank you a lot. A part from this single case, how much you care about customer’s requests?

AL: As I’ve said before, we’re very close to our customers since we share the same passion for treasure hunting. We receive suggestion on a daily basis and, if possibile, we try to implement them.

LC: Almost every reader of our blog is wondering if XP will produce a underwater detector or, at least, that could be used in saltwater with a good performance. Up to day, you are the only one, between other major manufacturer, that doesn’t have a true underwater machine in the catalog. Why?

AL: I’m sure XP will produce a model that will be able to operate in saltwater, anyway DEUS is already good when used in fresh water and, thanks to its wireless miniaturised chassis, it’s so practical to be used underwater. A simple coaxial cable (that could be used to drive the signal) allows to use the machine in fresh water. You just need to place one end of a shielded coaxial cable on the coil, near the LED, and the other end close to the remote control. A waterproof sealed case, used to protect common smartphones, could be sufficient to protect the remote control. You can already find this accessory, including an audio output and a headphone, on the market. XP will introduce one of them in Fall 2013 that will also feature a clip for the signal driver.

David e Loic, XP designers

After placing the earbuds under your wet suit’s cap, and the remote control inside the suit itself, you will just have the detector rod in your hand. The screen will still be visible under water and also the remote control’s keyboard could be operated through the soft PVC cover. You can find further information here:

La custodia Waterproof per il telecomando del DEUS

The waterproof PVC cover

http://www.xpmetaldetectors.com/xpforumfr/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=785&sid=8305c3250ee637e96d52800cece95f6b

LC: One of the features that made your fan so happy was the DEUS capability to be upgrated for free through a PC and a simple USB connection. Anyway they were less happy (read: lots were very disappointed) when you’ve told them to use a cutter to rip the coil to change an exhausted battery pack. Do next generation coils will use a less invasive system?

AL: After evaluating different solutions during design to allow an easy access to the battery, we’ve discovered they were all bulky and they failed to be waterproof if the customer didn’t close the casing the right way. As you know, coils are utilized in extreme conditions: underwater, with bumps and hits, on difficult soils; they are not as mobile phones, they are very often treated in a rough way. Our locking system is miniaturized (thus making it very light) and very reliable thanks to a ultrasonic welding method. Our customers won’t have to worry about it for many years. You can actually change the coil’s battery yourself but it is not compulsory! Our customers can ask their dealers or to the XP to operate the change: cost is fixed to 45 Euro (Included VAT) for the battery and the labor costs.

But I want to say it again, it’s not like a smartphone that you use every day. The battery has a longer lasting life if correctly used. We use them on the WS1 and WS3 wireless headphones since 2004, so we have lots of feedbacks that assure us they have a lifetime longer than 5 years in the majority of the cases.

It should be noted that, compared to other detectors that use conventional battieries, our system allow the user to save hundreds of Euros after 5 year and also we’re proud to say that we’re the only factory that, for our lithium battery, has a two years full guarantee (covering the battery itself and the labor costs) 

The XP Engineering Team: Alain, Jean, Louis, Germain, Cedric and Julien

LC: In my latest interviews, I’ve asked the engineers if they think that VLF/IB technology has almost reached its theoretical limit. Do you think you can further enhance your detectors’ performances in a significant way or will you soon be forced to enter different path? I was always wandering why XP never had a Time Domain machine in its catalog, since engineers assured us that Pulse Induction has still a lot to say…

AL: If you focun on DEUS’ ability to separate targets, enhanced in the latest 3.1 firmware release, you will notice that VLF are not “at the end of the road” yet. DEUS digital signal processing (with a special enphasis on DAC sampling) has allowed us and will surely allow further enhancements.

Talking about the Pulse Induction units, they can be interesting only on highly mineralised soils and, above all, with not too much iron trash, because Time Domain doesn’t really allow a “true” discrimination. Gold prospecting does fit PI in a perfect way because those soils are very minerlised and iron trash is scarcely present. But bringing the competition on iron infested soils, VLF units have better performance with also a 10 times less battery consumption, less weight and, above all, a “true” discrimination.

LC: Will XP introduce a VLF Multifrequency machine in its catalog? Are you working on that?

AL: Our Development Team is always working to give you the best…But I cannot reveal our plans…

LC: Just another little curiousity, again coming from our XP and Electronics Expert, Sergio. He would like to ask you if DEUS factory settings have some “hidden” parameters, that cannot be modified, that could allow to push the performance to the limit. Here’s an example: if I modify the BEACH factory setting for my own purposes: changing tones, reactivity, gain etc, I will anyway have a “relaxed” and stable setting that could never be neither extreme nor unstable. If I want an extreme setting, I’ll be force di to start from something like BASIC1 or DEUS FAST or MITO setting, because I will never reach the same perfomance with the BEACH factory setting. Can you tell us more about it?

AL: No, there are not any “hidden” menu that can enhance performance. There are only some hidden calibration menu (that should not be touched by final users) and for secondary features.

Talking about available settings (not the hidden ones), I think it’s quite reasonable that they could push the DEUS performance on your specific soils; they are there for that specific purpose.

Leonardo/"Bodhi3", the interviewer

Leonardo/”Bodhi3″, the interviewer

LC: One last little question before saying goodbye to our great guest… Will we see a colour display XP? And what about some new DEUS coils? What we should expect from your company in the near future?

AL: Up to day, color displays bring us more CONS than PROS; that’s why we have chosen not to use them in our products. Main problems are tied to more battery consumption and less readability when used outdoor that will force us to a powerful and energy wasting backlighting.

In addition they imply the needing of great computing power. Needed microprocessors to perform all that are litelally energy greedy. We prefer to focus on light weight and compact size as you see on DEUS, that’s only 900 grams. A normal color LCD screen takes, just by itself, 2 times the battery needed from the whole DEUS.

This will also need a specific new software, a larger battery, a new dedicated mainboard and bigger case and the weight will probably raise to 1,5/2,5kg. Do you really want this? I don’t believe so, and neither DEUS owners do, as we can see from its success.

Talking about the new accessories, we will soon have a 28 cm (11″) coil, available from september/october 2013,  a shock absorbing, waterproof silicone remote control cover and also a watertight cover with headphones that will allow to use it underwater. All these at the end of the year.

From the technological evolution perspective, we cannot forecast the new discoveries we will make. A new discovery, as you know, can completely overturn previsions. But we’re sure that “totally digital” DEUS technology will help us with research, developing and evaluation of new strategies.

LC: Thanks a lot Alain! We were honored to have you as guest on the AMDTT blog!

AL: You’re welcome!