XP DEUS V4.0 Software and the High Frequency Coil

Subtle Changes Make a Difference in the Field!

By Andy Sabisch

Author Andy Sabisch pictured with the DEUS equipped with the new 9" Round DD High Frequency coil, Version 4 software and the long awaited XP MI-6 Wireless PInpointer.

Author Andy Sabisch pictured with the DEUS equipped with the new 9″ Round DD High Frequency coil, Version 4 software and the long awaited XP MI-6 Wireless PInpointer.

The long-awaited DEUS V4.0 software update was released in March 2017 and while some might have expected more features thanks to rumors that were rampant on the Internet, it truly takes the DEUS to the next level in terms of cutting-edge performance. If you think about it, how many detector manufacturers, or manufacturers of any electronic equipment for that matter, offer updates that improve functionality at no cost! Rather than simply releasing a DEUS II and forcing people to buy the newest detector in the series, XP provides the upgrade through a simple download that takes minutes to perform.

XP has released a spec sheet showing what was added to V4.0, so rather than repeating all of them here, I wanted to touch on the key features that will interest U.S. hunters. Obviously the one thing that V4.0 offers users is the ability to connect with the new wireless waterproof pinpointer (the MI-6) as well as the two new High Frequency (HF) search coils. I will touch on the HF coil in this review but the MI-6 will receive a separate review due to the myriad of features it offers. Other features added to V4.0 include a new Reactivity setting of 2.5, improved ground tracking, expanded audio tone range, a much more usable X-Y screen to help identify iron before you dig it and improved non-motion modes which can be used for searching as well as pinpointing. Other features such as the 2 new preset modes, the Smartphone app integration, an increased discrimination span which drops into the negative range and faster “touch-pad response” on the remote control will be of use to some but are not features that really put more in one’s pouch at the end of the day for most U.S. hunters.

Well what about the new HF coils? Like most, I felt that they were primarily designed for prospecting applications and since there are not a lot of gold nuggets being found in the Eastern U.S., I was not overly excited when I looked at them as possible additions to my DEUS arsenal. Fortunately – if you can say that – I had a severe allergic reaction to some prescribed medication that landed me in the hospital and kept me out of the field for a few weeks. During that time, I contacted several people that I knew in Europe and the U.K. that were trying out the new HF coil and they were quite excited about how it performed on coins and smaller relics. After getting some pointers from them, I had the opportunity to get one and start putting it through its paces.

The backyard of our house is the perfect testing ground for detectors. The house was built in 1843 and the relatively small grassy area is littered with 100’s of square nails along with rusted junk that has collected in the ground over the past 175 years. My wife and I have hunted it countless times but are usually able to find something of note. Rather than taking a new detector to a new site and then touting coins and other items recovered without checking to see if other detectors would have found them provides little truly objective evidence as to how it actually performs. Taking the DEUS with V4.0 loaded onto it and switching out the stock coil for the 9” HF coil, I headed out into the backyard. I wanted to hear the iron so I set the DISCRIMINATION at “10” and the IRON VOLUME at “2”. Opting for 4-Tones, I had to test targets to get the breakpoints dialed in but that took less than 10 minutes. I changed the REACTIVITY to “2.5” to see if this would help pick out good targets from the iron and after making a few more tweaks, saved two programs – one using 14.4 kHz and the other using 28.8 kHz. I worked one small section which I knew was infested with iron and marked 5 potential targets. I had the advantage of having another DEUS with V3.2 to check the targets before digging them – which is the only true way to see if the new features really make a difference in the field… comparing targets BEFORE recovering them.

An 1885 Indian Head Penny hidden amongst several nails including the one shown was recovered from a depth of 8 inches.

An 1885 Indian Head Penny hidden amongst several nails including the one shown was recovered from a depth of 8 inches.

The first one turned out to be an old ball of tinfoil at 7” which the HF coil / V4.0 combo hit with a solid target ID (although a low #) ; however, the V3.2 / LF coil struggled to get a consistent response. The next signal was so clear and consistent with the V4.0 / HF coil in both frequencies that I questioned how we could have missed it previously. Well, the V3.2 / LF coil would produce a response occasionally and even then, with audio and visual indication bouncing all over. Not a target I would have recovered unless time was not an issue. From a solid 8” I recovered a crusty coin and a large rusted spike. Cleaning revealed the coin was an 1885 Indian Head that had been holed years ago to wear as a necklace. The next two targets turned out to be foil and as I found with the first target, the response from the V4.0 / HF coil DEUS was much sharper and repeatable than the V3.2 / LF coil DEUS with similar settings (Reactivity was set at “2” on the V3.2 DEUS). The last one was iffy but clearly there was a high tone amongst the low iron tones on the V4.0 / HF coil unit. The V3.2 / LF coil unit as well as another high-end detector considered to be on-par with the DEUS did not see anything but iron in the area. There was iron and I pulled out three rusted nails yet the pinpointer kept saying there was more in the hole. The next item recovered was a rusted piece of pipe about 1” long and finally I found a brass 1800’s suspender clip in the edge of the hole at better than 8”! I was quite surprised at the target separation afforded by V4.0 and the detection depth provided by the HF coil in a non-prospecting application. As they say a picture says a 1,000 words and the two keepers shown here along with the trash that was in the same hole is a testament to how well the new V4.0 DEUS performs in the field and when coupled with the HF coil, offers flexibility that is unmatched.

Nails and a rusted piece of iron pipe had masked this suspender clip from the 1800’s despite searching the area countless times before with a number of high-end machines.

Nails and a rusted piece of iron pipe had masked this suspender clip from the 1800’s despite searching the area countless times before with a number of high-end machines.

In summary, I was pleasantly surprised at how the HF coil performed in a challenging environment. It does like low-conductive targets such as tin foil but beach hunters will love its sensitivity to small gold jewelry. Coin and relic hunters will find that having the option to switch between the LF and HF coils combined with V4.0 will allow finds to be made in areas that are un-huntable with other detectors due to the amount of ferrous trash present. The software (4.0) is available as a no-cost download from XP Metal Detectors and the HF coils, while not cheap, will help you find more in sites you and others have written off. Don’t forget, you can mount the HF coil on a spare shaft and in essence have two detectors for the price of the coil alone. XP continues to raise the bar with their flagship detector and they are not content… more features and functionality will be developed that all of us can benefit for in the field.

DEUS V4 Update Available!

XP is proud to announce the release of the new DEUS version 4 update, which is now available to download free from our web site. We welcome DEUS users to try this new version and discover the innovative features it has to offer.

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We would also like to announce the release of the new 22.5cm (9”) High Frequency coil which will be available to purchase from your dealer in a few days. The new XP MI-6 Waterproof Pinpointer will be available during April.

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Please find below the latest information regarding the new version 4 High Frequency coil, and the XP MI-6 Waterproof Pinpointer:

DEUS V4 Advertisement (click image to download)

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DEUS V4 User Manual (click image to download)

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DEUS V4 Summary Manual (click image to download)

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MI-6 Waterproof Pinpointer User Advertisement (click image to download)

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XP MI-6 Waterproof Pinpointer User Manual (click image to download)

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DEUS: Product information and News

We are proud to announce some new accessories and software for XP DEUS which will be available on the market in a few months. They will be demonstrated at the XP European Rally in the UK which takes place on 17-18th of September, and also at the Exhibition for Metal Detection which will take place in Paris on the 8-9th of October 2016.

  • New! PINPOINTER XP MI-6
  • New! Optional 22.5cm (9inch) search coil operating at high frequencies
  • New! Optional ELLIPTICAL search coil operating at high frequencies
  • New! V4.0 software FREE to download
  • New! Software application Go Detect

 

The MI-6 PINPOINTER

The new XP Pinpointer known as the MI-6 features: Rechargeable battery , Submersible up to 20 feet, Connection via radio link to the DEUS and more!.

The new XP Pinpointer known as the MI-6 features: Rechargeable battery, Submersible up to 20 feet, Connection via radio link to the DEUS and more!.

The new XP Pinpointer known as the MI-6, will have the following innovative features:

– Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery

– Submersible up to 20 feet

– Connection via radio link to the DEUS with the following advantages (patents pending):

  • The audio signal from the pin pointer is transmitted directly to the DEUS remote control and headphones.
  • Anti -Interference system between the MI-6 and the DEUS: The Deus switches to Standby mode when MI-6 is activated and comes back to ON when the MI-6 is switched off.
  • The Deus display will automatically switch to the MI-6 display when the MI-6 is switched on.
  • The MI-6 has a very long battery life – Up to 90 hours.
  • Research mode is accessed from the DEUS V4 menu it recovers a lost MI-6.
  • If you lose your MI-6, you can locate it even if it is switched off….even after several weeks the alarm will sound.

The Deus menu will have a full range of MI-6 adjustments giving the operator full control such as :

  • · 50 levels of Sensitivity
  • · Sound mode : Pitch or Bleep
  • · Audio Tone Adjustments.
  • · Pinpointing – target zoom graph
  • · Research Mode to locate a lost MI-6
  • · On screen Battery Level indication
The Deus 4.0 menu will have a full range of MI-6 adjustments giving the operator full control!

The DEUS 4.0 menu will have a full range of MI-6 adjustments giving the operator full control!

New optional search coils: 22.5 high frequency & Elliptical HF

 Adding to the current coil range, these 2 new optional coils are specialized for hunting small targets in mineralized ground.

Adding to the current coil range, these 2 new optional coils are specialized for hunting small targets in mineralized ground.
  • These 2 new optional coils are specialized for hunting small targets in mineralized ground, they will expand the DEUS search coil range.
  • They will operate on 3 higher frequencies 15 KHZ, 30 KHZ or 55 KHZ far more efficient when searching for gold.
  • All coils will be supplied with a lithium battery with a higher capacity. The new battery is integrated into the lower stem tube and offer a longer battery life, which is especially useful when searching remote area’s with no available charging facilities.

 

SOFTWARE V.4.0

These latest additions can be found in the V 4.0 software:

  • Compatibility with MI-6 Pinpointer.
  • Compatibility with the 2 new optional high frequency search coils (15, 30 or 55 kHz).
  • Improved mineralization rejection.
  • Reactivity level 3 is more efficient.
  • A more versatile Reactivity level of 2.5.
  • Advanced Reactivity levels for program N°10 GOLDFIELD.
  • Improved identification on large iron targets.
  • Better ground tracking, now independent to the current Reactivity level.
  • Tones can be adjusted to reach 1000 Hz.
  • Target ID Normalization feature is now incorporated into the headphones.
  • Go Detect app for smartphones is now compatible with the DEUS, featuring a tracking display, user target information and their GPS coordinates.

As you know the DEUS uses highly advanced technology, which in turn offers high levels of performance. These new accessories and software updates will once again take the DEUS to a new level.

The DEUS technology is very different to many other products available on today’s market. However due to the technical aspects involved, time is needed to research and develop our products in order to maintain our very high standards.

A test phase will take place in October and November 2016, and then, we will be able to announce a launch date.

We would like to say thank you for your patience and for supporting XP!

FAQ:

Q: Should I wait for the new version 4.0 to be released before I buy a DEUS? I have been told there are changes to the electronic components. Will my current DEUS – coil-remote control-headphones be compatible with this next version or do I need to change them?

A : No the product hardware will be the same, the new V4.0 update is software only and will be downloadable for free, it will work with all previous DEUS! The original coils, headphones and remote control will work with the new version 4.0 update, although some new menu features will not be accessible unless the new accessories are connected.

Q: Will I have to move my DEUS to V4.0?

A: It is your choice, you can stay in version 2.0 or 3.2 if you want, but the Version 4.0 will be necessary to connect and run the new HF optional coil and Pinpointer.

Q : Can I use the XP MI-6 Pinpointer even if don’t own a DEUS?

A: Yes of course, the MI-6 can work alone like a traditional Pinpointer thanks to its speaker, vibrator, LED, 6 programs, 3 sensitivity levels, 2 audio modes.

Q: How do I make the Pinpointer communicate wirelessly with the DEUS ?

A: This is a simple process – Choose program number 7 on the Pinpointer, the speaker will then be disabled and the sound will be send automatically to the DEUS Remote or headphones. Also the pin pointer has a dedicated menu which appears instantaneously on the DEUS remote display when it is in operation.

The operator can make a full range of adjustments to the pin pointers sound and operation from the DEUS remote.

Q: Are there any other XP accessories to be released soon?

A: Nothing else is planned at the moment.

The optional Hoard Hunter 2 box system for the DEUS is currently delayed.

Enter XP Metal Detectors Americas Sweepstakes for Chance to Win XP Metal Detector Hard Transport Case

XP Metal Detector Hard Transport Case

Submit your XP DEUS metal detector finds story for a Chance to Win XP Metal Detector Hard Transport Case. The XP Metal Detectors Americas Sweepstakes runs from January 1, 2015 at Midnight Eastern Standard Time and ends on March 31, 2015.

Enter your XP DEUS Real Finds story anytime between January 1, 2015 at Midnight Eastern Standard Time and March 31, 2015 for a chance to win a XP Metal Detector Hard Transport Case.

When you enter your metal detecting finds story made with the DEUS metal detector, be sure to include any photos and/or videos with your submission.

Many of the stories submitted will be featured on the Real Finds section of the XP Metal Detectors Americas website. Take a read of the stories already submitted and get an idea of what the DEUS metal detector is capable of finding.

See the official rules on the Real Finds page for complete details. As you read the metal detecting finds stories, be sure to cast a vote for your favorite XP DEUS Real Finds treasure story!

About the prize:

Designed for use with the XP DEUS metal detector and all models that features the XP ‘S’ telescopic stems.

Features:

  • Inside foam is cut precisely to fit your XP detector and accessories
  • Parts are perfectly secured
  • The foam is shaped to hold up to 3 search coils
  • Padlock compatible (padlock not included)
  • Double security lock
  • Wide handle for a comfortable grip
  • Size: 28.74 x 11.41 x 6.69 Inches (73 x 47 x17 cm)
  • Weight: 7.3 Pounds (3.3kg)

Announcing the XP DEUS Silicone Wristband for the WS4

The XP DEUS Silicone Wristband for the WS4

The XP DEUS Silicone Wristband for the WS4 control pod is now available through Authorized XP dealers in the United States and Canada.

This optional silicone wristband for the DEUS WS4 is now available. Unclip the headset control pod from the WS4 backphone and insert the pod into the wristband. With this convenient accessory you can now have easy access to the digital display of the WS4 headphone. With the optional WS4 Headphone Adapter (not included) you can also connect your own headphone.

At a glance you can see the target ID on your wrist and access all settings:

- The WS4 control pod alone can control the DEUS
- Display the Target ID on your wrist
- Connect your own headphone
- Ultra-light portable configuration
- Adjustable wristband, even over a coat
- Rainproof

The WS4 control pod allows you to access all of these features:

- Adjust Discrimination
- Adjust Sensitivity
- Select from 4 Frequencies
- Set Ground Balance
- Adjust from 2 to 5 Tones
- Adjust Pitch
- Select Full Tones
- Choose from 10 factory Preset Programs
- Choose from 8 empty slots for you to save
- Indicates the target’s Identification
- Adjust Volume
- Select your choice of Search Coil
- Battery condition displayed

A product flyer detailing the XP DEUS Silicone Wristband for the WS4 is available for download at this link. For complete details on the XP DEUS Silicone Wristband, contact your authorized XP Metal Detector Dealer today!

MSRP: $40.00
Introductory Price: $36.00
Part Number: D090

Announcing the XP DEUS Under Water Kit

Take The DEUS Plunge!

Real Performance. Underwater.

One Kit. Any Environment. The underwater kit from XP Metal Detectors includes everything you need for shallow water metal detecting with the DEUS metal detector.

This XP certified underwater kit includes everything you need to take your DEUS metal detector into the water. Submersible and rated to 5 Meters – 16 feet for wading, snorkeling or diving. The kit may be used with either the DEUS LCD remote or the WS-4 control pod.

Take The DEUS Plunge! The XP DEUS Underwater Kit Includes everything you need for shallow water metal detecting.

The XP DEUS Underwater Kit Includes everything you need for shallow water metal detecting. Take The DEUS Plunge!

The XP DEUS Underwater Kit Includes:

1) 8 Foot Aerial Antenna (waveguide)
2) Waterproof Armband Case with XP Logo
3) Waterproof Headphones
4) Volume Control

The waterproof armband case is submersible to 5 meters – 16 feet and will protect your DEUS remote control or WS4 control pod during immersion in water. The 8 foot aerial antenna cable (waveguide) provides a perfect radio link between the DEUS search coil and the remote control underwater.

All of the items above come complete with the XP DEUS Under Water Kit. Other items included in the kit are three (3) plastic supports and three (3) pieces of the clip. Use these items to easily attach the antenna onto the search coil and also the pole.

Take the DEUS Plunge for Real Performance

The DEUS is a true all around metal detector for Coins, Jewelry, Relics, Gold Nuggets and now waterproofed for Shallow Water and Diving. A product flyer detailing the under water kit is available for download at this link. For complete details on the XP DEUS Under Water Kit, visit the product page or contact your authorized XP Dealer today!

The DEUS HANDBOOK by Andy Sabisch

Author Andy Sabisch has produced an authoritative book on the XP DEUS entitled "The DEUS Handbook". This book is a must read for any DEUS user that wants to get the most out of their machine.

Author Andy Sabisch has produced an authoritative book on the XP DEUS entitled “The DEUS Handbook”. This book is a must read for any DEUS user that wants to get the most out of their machine.

“The Deus has truly taken the metal detecting world by storm and treasure hunters in all corners of the globe have recognized the power and versatility provided by XP’s flagship detector.” Andy Sabisch

During the past 30+ years Andy Sabisch has published more than 3,000 articles in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world along with more than a dozen books on treasure hunting. He has worked with many of the major manufacturers in the design and field testing of new detectors and has been one of the primary field test writers for the US magazine Lost Treasure for more than 20 years.

Now Andy Sabisch introduces The DEUS handbook!

“This handbook contains the information that will help you quickly master XP’s flagship detector – the DEUS – and includes input provided by experienced detectorists from around the world as well as the XP team itself.” Andy Sabisch

Author Andy Sabisch has logged many hours testing and providing feedback on the DEUS. He has recently completed "The DEUS Handbook" which has quickly caught on around the world as the go-to guide for DEUS users.

Author Andy Sabisch has logged many hours testing and providing feedback on the DEUS. He has recently completed “The DEUS Handbook” which has quickly caught on around the world as the go-to guide for DEUS users.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Learn what each control or feature does and how to adjust them for any condition you might come across and for virtually any application.
  • Proven tips and techniques provided by veteran detectorists for various types of hunting.
  • Accessories that can improve your success, protect your equipment and maximize the performance of your Deus.
  • Innovative ways to use the Deus in shallow water to find gold jewellery, old coins and relics.
  • Boost your detector’s performance with the right adjustments.

All the XP team would like to thank Mr Andy Sabisch for this book!

Find more information on the “DEUS Handbook” on the Andy Sabisch Website.

XP DEUS Metal Detector Software Update Version 3.2 Released

Software version 3.2 for the DEUS metal detector is now available for download. This revision fixes some points of the 3.1 update.

You can simply download and install the DEUS Update. There is no cost to download or install this software update.

V3.2 will correct slow mineralization strength reading and also battery charge level issues that were seen on some V3.1 units. In addition the Notch Ground function is now off by default.

Information: From V3 onwards the program DEUS FAST (or when REACTIVITY is adjusted to 3, 4 or 5)  has the SILENCER set at -1,  so the target separation is greatly improved. V3 software offers a huge advantage for those searching in iron infested areas to get more targets. But If you prefer the cleaner iron rejection of V2 software, you can simply increase your silencer setting to around 2.

XP DEUS 11″ Round Waterproof DD Search Coil Field Test

by Andy Sabisch

After locating this 1915 Gold Indian Head coin while testing the new 11" Deus Coil, Author Andy Sabisch said "My fingers were shaking as I saw a $2 1/2 Indian Head gold piece laying in my palm."

After locating this 1915 Gold Indian Head coin while testing the new 11″ Deus Coil, Author Andy Sabisch said “My fingers were shaking as I saw a $2 1/2 Indian Head gold piece laying in my palm.”

The XP team under the direction of Alain Loubet has never been one to rest on their laurels once a first-rate product has been designed and released.  They seem to thrive on challenges and finding new products or functionality that can be added to existing products.  This has been the driving force for what keeps XP pushing the bounds of metal detection technology and raising the bar against which other detectors are gauged.  The recent release of V3.X – which took more than a year to develop – added new features and performance to the Deus.  During this period, XP was also working on developing a new search coil which would produce increased detection depth and ground coverage while minimizing any increase in weight.  Being active hunters themselves, the XP team has always looked at the end-user’s experience as being an essential part of the design of any product and this approach was maintained during the development of the new 11-inch round search coil for the Deus with weight, balance and performance all being key factors in the project.

Author Andy Sabisch carefully retrieves a target while field testing the new XP DEUS 11" round waterproof DD search coil.

Author Andy Sabisch carefully retrieves a target while field testing the new XP DEUS 11″ round waterproof DD search coil.

Since 2009, the stock 9-inch search coil has proven to provide users with excellent target separation and detection depth on sites around the world.  The optional 11″x13″ coil has also been well accepted by users looking for more ground coverage and in less-trashy or target-filled sites, has done a first-rate job in “bringing home the goodies” although some felt that the additional weight and the balance point were factors that deserved consideration when opting to add one to their collection of accessories.  Based on requests from Deus owners as well as the desire to expand the versatility of their flagship detector, XP started to work on a new coil which would bridge the gap between the two that were already available.  What might have seemed like a simple project that just involved fabricating a new shell became much more involved.  Alain and his team wanted to boost performance and reduce weight in the new coil.  After countless hours and field trials, the 11-inch round coil was unveiled and the initial reports from the field have indicated that it was well worth the wait.

So what is different about this new accessory for the Deus other than being a little larger and why should you give serious consideration to adding one to your metal detecting arsenal?  Well let’s take a look at what XP has done and see what it does in the field which is all that really matters in the end isn’t it?

As I mentioned in the introduction section above, Alain and his team spent a great deal of time designing this accessory and it is not simply a different sized coil; a good deal of effort went into the design both internally as well as in the construction itself.  The first thing that becomes evident when picking one up is the weight of the coil.  Unlike the 11″x13″ coil which weighs just over half a pound more than the stock 9-inch coil, the new 11-inch coil weighs just a few ounces more thanks to some innovative design in the coil molding and changes in the “ingredients.”  Now the concern of increased weight when opting for a larger coil has been virtually eliminated.

Located in a hole that was deeper than his ProPointer, Andy Sabisch located a boxing medal engraved with the date "9-9-30" and the words "2nd place" marked on it.

Located in a hole that was deeper than his ProPointer, Andy Sabisch located a boxing medal engraved with the date “9-9-30″ and the words “2nd place” marked on it.

Another feature of the new coil is that there have been changes internally in terms of the design of the coil’s circuitry and windings which produce increased detection depth even on coin-sized targets and, as one knows, if you are in a site where depth is king, even an additional inch of detecting depth can often reopen sites others (including yourself) have written off as being worked out.

So enough of the technical details, I’m sure everyone is ready to ask the million-dollar question which is “So how does it perform in the field?”  Well, after spending a good deal of time running it through its paces on a wide range of sites in the mid-West, Florida and Pennsylvania as well as lending the test coil to a fellow Deus user, I am hoping that the remainder of this report will answer that question.

As I have said countless times before, air tests are great to help learn what targets sound like and see what impact specific adjustments have on detection depth or response; however, the true measure of how a detector or new coil performs is to test it on actual in-ground targets.  With that, my initial tests were conducted in my test garden.  The fact that the 11-inch coil comes complete with a lower shaft made alternating between the stock coil and the new 11-inch a snap . . . one can’t beat true wireless technology!  With settings unchanged between the two coils, the 11-inch was clearly hitting my test items harder than the stock coil.  On the deepest targets, the TID values appeared with the 11-inch while the stock coil only produced a good audio and a sliver of black on the horseshoe icon.

The first site I opted to visit was a vacant lot just outside of town due to the lack of rain the area had been experiencing.  Even with careful recovery techniques, I knew that parks and schools would have brown spots within a week if I tried to hunt them.  The home had been demolished more than two decades ago and the site was littered with trash from the structure – nails, pieces of wire, bits of metal from the roof, etc.  Despite the larger diameter, the 11-inch coil was able to easily separate signals and several keepers including 4 Wheat cents, a 1944 Mercury dime and a “Good for 10c” token from a long-closed local business were recovered.  By increasing the REACTIVITY to “2″ and slowing the sweep speed a little, I was able to pick out every target that the 9-inch coil had on the first pass through the trashiest sections of the property.  I have always found that by marking targets and then comparing detectors or even different coils before disturbing the soil, one can get a much better picture of how the equipment is actually functioning and what the differences in performance actually are.  A no-date Buffalo nickel and a 1901 Indian Head that was resting at a measured 9″+ at the edge of the remains of the path provided a great end to this hunt.  The Indian Head had produced a solid signal with the 11-inch coil; however, the 9-inch at similar settings gave a marginal signal that might have been passed by had I not marked it with the larger coil which showed the increased performance offered by the new coil.

During a trip to Florida with my daughter, I tried the coil with a modified saltwater beach program that I’ve used with good results in areas where black sand and salt co-exist.  The 11-inch coil performed flawlessly and several coins were recovered from depths that made me think I was running a multi-frequency or pulse-type detector.  Unfortunately I only had a hand scoop along and near the water’s edge, the hole would fill in faster than I could remove the slurry which resulted in the deeper targets being left for the next beach hunter that was better equipped.  The added coverage provided by the 11-inch coil along with the minimal weight difference as compared to the stock coil makes the new coil ideally suited for beach hunters where depth and coverage are key factors in determining one’s success.

My time to hunt with the Deus on a trip to Pennsylvania was limited but I opted to hit two sites that I have searched whenever I am in the area for close to 20 years.  Signals were few and far between as expected but 6 coins dating back to the 1890′s and a few little trinkets that are always welcome additions to my collection were recovered.  One of the sites was trashy and several other high-end detectors I had used here had been really challenged requiring a very slow sweep speed and a smaller coil to even hope to find targets.  The Deus with a REACTIVITY setting of “3″ and the 11-inch coil handled these conditions with ease.

Returning home, I was getting ready to put the equipment away when I glanced over at the side yard of my house which dates back to 1915 and wondered if there might be one last keeper yet to find . . . and maybe the 11-inch coil could find it.  I have hunted every inch of the yard – or so I thought – so was not expecting much – but as they say “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

This boxing medal was located in a well hunted area that had been picked clean. Before retrieval the signal was tested with two other top detectors with 11" coils and neither could locate this item.

This boxing medal was located in a well hunted area that had been picked clean. Before retrieval the signal was tested with two other top detectors with 11″ coils and neither could locate this item.

Less than 5 feet into the yard I got an “82″ that sounded surface yet showed a quarter black . . . and pulled a 1905 Indian Head penny from the ground.  Stunned I continued and got a “90″ with the same black showing and a 1906 Barber dime appeared . . . now I was scratching my head . . . this coil was clearly doing something different based on what was turning up!

But the last signal was the winner . . . 2 feet from a tree I know I have gone past 100 times, I received a clear, repeatable signal that was reading in the low to mid 90′s. Only a sliver of black was showing on the horseshoe. I checked the area with a pair of other detectors – both with 11″ coils – and nothing. The yard has iron throughout it – both small and large – and that may be the factor; however, the Deus hit the target cleanly.

Going into the garage I came out with a spade and pulled out a deep plug – and checking the hole saw that the target was still in the hole. Still sounding good, I began to wonder if it was a large piece of iron that was reading in the upper region in terms of TID values. After all, I had hunted this area countless times and the signal was simply too clear to have been missed before, right? I pulled some more dirt out and checked it with the pinpointer. It was still in the bottom of the hole and as you can see [pictured above], it was down 3 inches past the depth of the ProPointer . . . a good 12″+!

The engraving on the reverse of this boxing medal during this field test shows that this target was a special memento. It will be an interesting item to research and is really what makes this hobby so enjoyable. What a superb find to show off the capabilities of the Deus equipped with the new 11" coil!

The engraving on the reverse of this boxing medal during this field test shows that this target was a special memento. It will be an interesting item to research and is really what makes this hobby so enjoyable. What a superb find to show off the capabilities of the Deus equipped with the new 11″ coil!

I pulled out a medal and, after cleaning it up, saw that it was a boxing medal with the date 9-9-30 engraved on the back and 2nd place stamped into it.  Those are the priceless finds I love to find . . . coins are great but this is truly a one of a kind find . . . a 2nd place medal from September 9, 1930! Now the research begins to see what I can find out about the medal and possibly even the person that received it.

Before wrapping up this report, I loaned the test coil to a fellow Deus user, Terry Stinebeck from southern Michigan.  Without stealing any of his thunder and describing in detail what he found in over 50 hours of focused use with the 11-inch coil, I will close with what he had to say about the coil which was ” Bottom line on the 11″ coil is this is a deeper coil on coin-sized targets, approx. 3/4″ deeper in my bone dry soil (others may find more gains depending on ground conditions).  It is very light for its size, and I was able to swing this coil for 8+ hrs on two separate occasions which is not something I can accomplish with other brands.  It is very durable, and will easily run with the big dogs (or out-gun them).  Once I get my hands on my own 11″, it will be my personal go-to coil and the 9″ will be reserved for the heavy iron!   This coil is the real deal and I believe folks are going to love it.”  Be sure to check out some of the coins and other items that Terry recovered while testing the new coil in his local area on the Real Finds section of the XP Metal Detectors Americas website.

So as additional reports come in on the new coil, I think the consensus will be that XP has “hit another one out of the park” with the 11″ coil design both in terms of weight and performance.

 

Editor’s note:  Andy Sabisch also found a US gold coin while field testing the DEUS 11″ search coil. While the coin is not mentioned in this field test, you can see the gold coin and read the story behind it’s discovery here.

DEUS Version 3.1 Update Now Available

The version 3.1 is now available. This revision fixes some points of the 3.0 update. If you already have installed the V3.0 recently, you do not need to reinstall the DEUS UPDATE software on your PC. The software that you have already downloaded will automatically search for the newest update on our XP server when you launch it.

If you are currently using V2.0, then you should simply download and install the DEUS UPDATE from here:

 

Download 3.1 Button

 

 

The fixes are:

  • The ground balance adjustment in non-motion mode is faster (the increment or decrement of the setting was a little slow).
  • The display of the mineralization strength from the main menu has been adjusted. The scale is now more representative of the mineralization level.
  • The display of the frequencies (4/8/12/18 kHz) on the headphone has been fixed. (Previously, in some cases the headphone could display a different frequency while the real frequency was 4 kHz)
  • The audio volume of the headphone is now saved when you turn the unit off.
  • The beach mode (GB > BEACH YES) had a malfunction when changing the GB value, it is now fixed.
  • The SILENCER (REACTIVITY > EXPERT) is adjusted so as to follow the value of the version 2.0 in the factory programs using REACTIVITY 0, 1 or 2.

 

Remember that:

For the program DEUS FAST as well as with REACTIVITY 3, 4 and 5, the target separation after an iron is greatly improved. The SILENCER is adjusted at -1, because at similar SILENCER LEVEL (-1 and 0), the discrimination is better with the version 3 than with version 2. At the same time the target separation effect is greatly improved. This is a big advantage of the V3 for those searching in nail or trash infested areas. In either case you can always increase the SILENCER setting to about 2 like before to reach an even better iron rejection.