Equinox 900 vs Equinox 800 – What’s Changed

Minelab has released their new Equinox models, the Equinox 900 (supersedes the Equinox 800) and the Equinox 700 (supersedes the Equinox 600). Below I’ll give a quick breakdown of the significant changes before going through the smaller ones.

Quick breakdown of major changes

  • Equinox 900 now has a telescopic carbon shaft that collapses to 61cm
  • Improved segmentation of target IDs (119 now vs 49 on the Equinox 800)
    • 99 are non-ferrous
    • 20 are ferrous
  • 5 single frequency option (4/5/10/15/20/40kHz
  • Increased sensitivity (28 on the 900 vs 25 on the 800)
  • Night mode functionality
  • RRP $1699 (Equinox 900) vs RRP $1399 (Equinox 800)
Equinox 900

Hardware/design changes

Going into what the changes above mean, Minelab’s ‘night mode’ functionality means this detector now includes a backlight and a vibration setting for haptic feedback. The flashlight is located on the underside of the control box. The vibration setting can change based on the discrimination pattern detected. This gives a sensory alert, so you don’t need to rely solely on auditory cues. The display on the Equinox 900 now has a red backlight mode that does less damage to your overall night vision.

The Equinox 900 is also lighter than the Equinox 800, coupled with a better collapsible design and the change to a carbon shaft, making this detector easier to transport and move with you. Another small but positive change is that the 900 is rated to a waterproof depth range of 5 meters, as opposed to the 800 being rated to only 3 meters.

 Software Changes

Most changes for this new model are on the hardware side of things. That said, there is a considerable increase in the range of ID segmentation on the Equinox 900. Going from 49 on the 800 to 119 on the Equinox 900. Simply put, your device is more precise. It’s not detecting ‘more’. You can add segment the metal better based on your target Ids.

Equinox 900

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Equinox 800 vs Equinox 900 – Full Specifications

Equinox 800 Equinox 900
Detect Modes Park Park
Beach Beach
Field Field
Gold Gold
All-Metal Shortcut No Yes
Custom Search Profiles 8 (2 per detect mode) 8 (2 per detect mode)
User Profile Button Yes Yes
Operating Frequencies (kHz) Multi, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40 Multi, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40
Noise Cancel Auto Auto
Manual (-9 to 9) Manual (-9 to 9)
Ground Balance Auto Auto
Manual Manual
Sensitivity 1-25 1 to 28
Target Volume 0-25 0 to 25
Threshold Level 0-25 0 to 25
Threshold Pitch 0-25 0 to 25
Target Identification 50-segment notch discrimination 119 segment notch discrimination
Ferrous: -9 – 0 Ferrous: -19 – 0
Non-ferrous: 1-40 Non-ferrous: 1-99
Target Tones 1,2,5,50 1,2, 5, All Tones (At), Depth (DP)
Tone Break Ferrous | Non-ferrous Ferrous, Non-ferrous (t1, t2, t3, t4)
Tone Pitch Ferrous | Non-ferrous All tones adjustable: 0 to 25
Tone Volume Ferrous | Non-ferrous All tones adjustable: 0 to 25
Depth indicator 5 levels 5 levels
Recovery Speed N/A 1 to 8
Iron Bis N/A 0 to 9
Length 1440 mm (56.7″) Collapsed: 61 cm (24 in) – Extended: 144 cm (56.7 in)
Weight 1.34 kgs (2.96 lbs) 1.27 kg (2.8 lbs)
Pinpoint Mode N/A Yes
Wireless Audio Yes Yes
Standard coil 11-inch Double-D Smart coil with skidplate (waterproof to 3m/10′) EQX11 11″ Double-D coil with skid plate, EQX06 6″ Coil with skid plate
Display Monochrome LCD with backlight Monochrome LCD with backlight
LCD Backlight Low | Medium | High | Off Low | Medium | High | Off
Flashlight No Yes
Display and Keypad Backlight (red) N/A Off, High, Medium, Low
Audio Output In-built loudspeaker, Wired 3.5 mm (1/8″) headphones, Wireless headphones, WM 08 Wi-Stream compatible. In-built loudspeaker, Wired 3.5 mm (1/8″) headphones, Wireless headphones
Headphones (included) Bluetooth and aptX™ Low Latency headphones (non-waterproof), WM-08 Minelab ML 85 Low Latency wireless headphones
Vibration N/A On, Off per Tone Region
Battery In-built rechargeable Lithium-ion battery 3.7V/5100 mAh Internal Lithium-lon battery
Battery Runtime Approx. 12 hours Approx. 12 hours
Waterproof Waterproof to 3m/10 feet 5m (16 ft) IP68
Key Technologies Multi-IQ, 5Fx8, Wi-Stream, Bluetooth, aptX Low Latency Multi-IQ
Other Accessories USB Charging Cable (1.5 A), Multi Language Screen protectors Getting Started Guide, Screen Protector (English), Charging Cable
Software Upgradeable Yes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX) Yes, via USB connection (Windows and OSX)
Operating Temperature Range -10 to +40 degrees Celcius (+14 to +104 degrees Fahrenheit) -10 to +40 degrees Celcius (+14 to +104 degrees Fahrenheit)
Storage Temperature Range -20 to +70 degrees Celcius (-40 to +158 degrees Fahrenheit) -20 to +70 degrees Celcius (-40 to +158 degrees Fahrenheit)
Warranty 3 years control box and coil 3 years control box and coil


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