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  • Warranty : 1 Year Limited
  • Total Weight : 5.1 lbs (2.31 kgs)
  • Frequencies : 1.5 kHz - 25.5 kHz
  • Waterproof : Up to 200 Feet (66 m) of Water
  • Ground Rejection : Automatic Ground Rejection
  • Sensitivity Control : Control for Optimum Depth for All Conditions
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Product Description

Minelab Excalibur II Metal Detector
with 10" Search Coil Plus FREE Metal Detecting & Treasure Hunting Accessories.

Often Called The World’s Best Underwater And Beach Detector...The Excalibur Series features Minelab’s unique BBS multiple frequency technology, giving you the performance to find more targets, more often. The unique design of the new Minelab Excalibur allows you to use it effectively in or out of the water. Whether working the beach, wading at any depth or diving on a wreck, the Excalibur will perform every time.

Minelab’s unique easy to use Multi-Frequency technology with Automatic Ground rejection makes the New Excalibur II the ideal machine to work in difficult beach, land and underwater conditions. Excalibur II advanced technology provides for seamless transition from dry to wet sand. The Excalibur II series is fully submersible to depths of 200 feet, and it features a staggering 17 frequencies to find more coins, rings, and treasures buried deeper than ever!

  • Manufacturer Minelab
  • Manuals

    Instruction Manuals

  • Quick Look 17 frequency Minelab Excalibur II metal detector with 10" search coil. Submersible, rugged hunting tool for small & mid-sized treasures
  • SKU 237-33030106
  • Product Dimensions 34.00x12.25x5.25
  • Manufacturer SKU 3303-0124
  • Product Type Metal Detectors
  • Best for Advanced, Beach, Coin, Relic
  • Factory Included Accessories
    • Finds Pouch
    • 10" Coil Cover
    • 10" Search Coil
    • Short Dive Shaft
    • Recharge Adapter
    • 110V Wall Charger (Excalibur)
    • Koss Headphones (Hardwired)
    • NiMH Battery Pod Complete (Excalibur)
  • Warranty Yes
  • Detector Type Beach & Water
  • Interchangeable Search Coil No
  • Technology VLF Multiple Frequency
  • Arm Rest Adjustable
  • Arm Rest Strap Yes
  • Adjustable Shaft Yes
  • Assembled Length Max (in) 48
  • Assembled Length Min (in) 45
  • Apps None
  • GPS No
  • Audio Tones Yes
  • Depth Indication No
  • Control Box Mount Convertible
  • Frequencies 1.5kHz to 25.5kHz
  • Number of Frequencies 17
  • Programmable Target Id No
  • Target Id No
  • Threshold Adjustable
  • Discrimination Adjustable
  • Pinpoint Mode Yes
  • Ground Balance Automatic Ground Tracking
  • Vibration Mode No
  • Search Modes 3
  • Search Mode Types All Metal, Discrimination, Pinpoint
  • Search Flashlight No
  • Display Type N/A
  • Backlit Display No
  • Volume Control Yes
  • Headphone Jack Hard Wire
  • Bluetooth Compatible No
  • Interchangeable Headphones No
  • Battery Type AA
  • Battery Quantity 8
  • Battery Life (hr) 20 to 25 Hours
  • Rechargeable System Yes
  • Exclusive Features Broad Band Spectrum (BBS), Iron Mask Discrimination
More Information

Minelab Excalibur II Metal Detector

The World's Best Beach, Wading, and Diving Metal Detector

The Excalibur II series is fully submersible to depths of 200 feet, and it features a staggering 17 frequencies to find more coins, rings, and treasures buried deeper than ever!

Bill Myers

Bill Myers has been metal detecting for 35 years. Well known as one of the most experienced beach hunters and host-instructor on a series of new DVD's on Metal Detecting Florida (or any) beaches; he says:

"If you are on an unlimited budget and want the ultimate beach water detector,the choice would be the Minelab Excalibur II. The Excalibur II is one of the most desired water-proof detectors in the market. It is water proof to a depth of 250ft and works well with dry sand, wet sand, and water. It works well in salt and fresh water as well. The Excalibur II is higly rated and preferred by many professional metal hunters. I use an Excalibur detector just about everyday and its definitely my favorite detector."

The first metal detectors were produced by manufactures to use the best frequency for detecting. These single frequency detectors were, and are, very successful! Detector manufacturers were recently able to produce dual frequency detectors to allow users to cover twice the frequency range and find more coins and treasure than they could with a single frequency detector. Since single frequency detectors are good, and dual frequency detectors are better, a detector series with a broad band spectrum of 17 frequencies most certainly offers the very best opportunities for detector users to recover far more coins, rings, jewelry, relics, and treasures.

What Is Minelab's Exclusive Iron Mask Feature?

The Iron Mask Feature is exclusive to Minelab detectors and makes signals from iron trash non-existent! Only signals from good targets are strong and clear, at depths that are almost beyond belief. Recognizing a valuable target that is near a piece of iron can be a problem for all conventional metal detectors. If the detector is set to reject the iron under a variety of mineralized ground conditions, then it is likely to reject the target also. For example: A coin buried near a nail will be passed over by many detectors. Because of its 17 frequencies, the Excalibur II is exceptional at distinguishing between nonferrous, good targets and the ferrous, iron trash. In the discrimination mode the iron mask feature allows you to locate good targets among ferrous junk.

Multiple Frequency Detectors are Simple to Use and Operate

Multiple Frequency detectors like the Excalibur II series are simple to operate - as easy, if not easier, to use than single frequency detectors. Turn it on, set the controls, and start searching for coins and treasures. The Excalibur II Metal Detectors do ALL the work! A microprocessor translates target signals and removes interference caused by ground mineralization (which ordinarily limits the depth at which targets can be found) and often results in inaccurate target identification. The remaining signal is then analyzed to determine the actual composition of the targets even if the ground is heavily mineralized. This gives the detector user the very best opportunity to recover more coins, rings, relics, treasure, etc. Why settle for coming home with 10, 20, or 30 coins when you can just as easily recover 100, 200, or 300 coins in the same amount of time!

Searching with the Excalibur II is like having 17 detectors in one control housing, transmitting over a range of 1.5 kHz to 25.5 kHz in 1.5 kHz steps. All frequencies are transmitted together at one time. Imagine being able to find gold or silver rings, necklaces, bracelets, medals and medallions, in addition to the thousands of deep coins that have eluded all single and dual frequency detectors. The Minelab Excalibur II with its Multiple Frequency technology gives you the edge to slash through difficult soils and high salt concentrations. Designed with an Iron Mask which gives you the edge for hunting in areas littered with trash and nails and still pick up gold and coin targets. Excalibur II is the first underwater detector with 17 separate frequencies to operate simultaneously and have multiple tone response to help you recover many more coins, rings, and treasures than any other similar detector! Detectors with only one or two frequencies miss a lot of great targets - leaving them for you to pick up with your Multiple Frequency Excalibur II detector. You will find MORE valuables, and find them DEEPER! At the end of the day, compared to other detectorists, you will be the one coming back with the majority of coins, rings, and jewelry!

  • Powerful Discrimination
    The Excalibur II enables you to choose the types of objects which you want to find and ignore the rest (discrimination). Just set the DISC (discriminator) control to the desired position then collect the goodies and ignore the junk. This makes finding rings and coins a breeze in areas littered with ferrous metals.

  • Tone Identification
    Each type of object will produce a different signal tone. With a bit of practice you’ll know every time exactly what you’ve found before you dig it up. The tone for a gold coin will be distinctly different from that of a silver ring.

  • New Improved NiMH Rechargeable Battery Pack
    The Excalibur II's rechargeable battery pack is in a compartment separate from the electronics. Using a state-of-the-art NiMH rechargeable battery you can hunt longer and not have to worry about a recharge memory because you can recharge at any time when needed. When the battery needs recharging, just clip the pack off the shaft and plug it straight into the charger. It's quick, simple, and best of all, you don't have to touch a single seal, so there are no worries about leaks.

  • Greatly Improved Slimline Excalibur II Search Coil
    All Excalibur II's feature Minelab's Improved lighter weight Slimline Series fully submersible encapsulated DD search coil. Hunt longer with less fatigue and less turbulence with using in the water because of the lower Slimline profile. Heavy-duty cabling and a new solid build for long term reliability.

  • Use it Underwater, on the Beach, or on Land
    The unique design and electronics of the Excalibur II enable you to use it just as effectively in or out of the water. Whether it's down 200 feet in the ocean, on the beach, in the park, or in a river of gold, the Excalibur II will perform superbly every time.

Technical Specifications:

  • 1 Year Warranty
  • 10" Search Coil
  • Weight : 5.1 lbs (2.31 kgs)
  • Frequencies : 17 Frequencies Ranging from 1.5 kHz - 25.5 kHz
  • Adjustable Volume
  • Adjustable Threshold
  • Measures 45 - 48" in Length
  • NiMH Battery Pack : 13V, 1000 mAh
  • Technology : Broad Band Spectrum (BBS)
  • Ground Rejection : Automatic Ground Rejection
  • Sensitivity Control for Optimum Depth for All Conditions
  • Configuration : Shaftmount - Standard & Dive (hipmount optional)


  • Low Battery Alert
  • Waterproof to 200' (66 m)
  • Dive Shaft Supplied Standard
  • No Interference from Salt Water
  • Detector Stand Supplied as Part of Arm Rest
  • High Visibility Fluorescent Decal and Coil Cover
  • Includes High Impedance Koss Waterproof Headphones
  • Excellent Depth with Accurate Discrimination, Because of BBS

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    • ★★★★★ Excalibur

    Review by Robert on May 22, 2022

    I bought my first Excalibur in 1993 while living on Long Island and would go out when I could. I hit beaches in the cold of winter and during the summer. I found some coins and junk. Finally, one afternoon on a small tucked away beach on the North Shore I got my first gold ring, it was small, but it was gold. I took an early retirement, and we went to the Finger Lakes Region of NY. I didn't detect much because I started a business. In the winter we would fly to FLA and California, and I would detect several beaches in the Los Angeles area. I found two nice gold rings and a religious pendant from Paterson NJ dated 1954. In 2010 I moved to FLA only 4 miles from the beaches and I go out 3-4 times a week and I finally learned the Excalibur very well. I currently own 5 Excaliburs. Two are the old with the lightning bolts and 2 are the blue model and the latest is the green one. I have done very well with them and have $2,000.00 worth of coins with over 300 rings, plus bracelets, watches, medallions, necklaces, 20 lbs. fishing sinkers, misc. items and 3 gold grills.
    I use a lightweight straight shaft because the standard stock shaft is very uncomfortable after using it for 20 minutes. It is worth noting the Excal is heavy compared to the newer models. I have tried different Minelab detectors, I feel very comfortable using the Excal for many of the newer models have to many buttons to push and settings. Getting the Excal repaired can be costly but there are individuals who will repair and modify them for you. I find it to be a great machine for the beach. Three of my gold and diamond rings have been highlighted in magazine articles.
    • ★★★★★ Takes some time

    Review by Pete on June 29, 2021

    I have been out on around 10 trips with the Excalibur II. The first few trips all I found was junk, lots of pull tabs, bottle caps and random aluminum. We went to Florida for a few weeks and have been hitting the beaches here. Again First few trips mostly junk. I have been learning the tones and where to dig. It just takes practice. Found a dime in wet sand at 20 inches! Yesterday found my first sterling silver ring, it was around 18 inches deep. The Excalibur is a great machine.
    • ★★★★★ High maintenance cost over time

    Review by Danno on October 31, 2020

    Just wait till you need the cables replaced (and you will). Be ready to spend $450 plus shipping. There is no way to self maintain this detector. Works good but over the long run I would choose something different. Service is just too expensive.
    • ★★★★★ Excalibur Ii

    Review by BillRuff on November 12, 2019

    I had an Excalibur I for many years. Wife upgraded me to a better unit. I have used it in the water and on land. Takes some trial and error but once you figure it out, WOW. Highly recommend this unit. Found rings, money and other items on the beach and other places other brand detectors miss.
    • ★★★★★ Awesome water machine!

    Review by Troyoz-Ohio on August 29, 2019

    I love my Excalibur for water hunting! I've located many rings at various beaches that are hunted regularly!
    • ★★★★★ Its a Beast in the salt water

    Review by Bo Huncus on August 23, 2019

    Excal is awesome for salt water hunting, goes deeper than the rest, long battery life. The caps "will" come off your knobs and there is no charge indicator for the battery, that said it is the best for salt water.
    • ★★★★★ my go-to detector for water gigs

    Review by ed weibe on August 20, 2019

    I use it in streams. The knobs gave out and I needed to replace them but it was easily done. When I say knobs, I mean just the plastic caps and not the control itself.
    • ★★★★★ Just tested it on the Treasure Coast of Florida.... awesome!!!

    Review by JamzByMoonlight on August 5, 2019

    Just spent a day testing out my new Excalibur 2 on the beaches of Florida’s Treasure Coast, site of the 1715 Spanish Fleet wrecks. Although I didn’t find any Spanish Treasure yet on these heavily detected beaches, the quality of my Excalibur was exceptional!!! I could work in surf, wet sand and into dry sands transitioning flawlessly with the Excalibur’s multi signal technology. It worked perfectly where other detectors would have gone crazy with the mineralization changes. Salt water waves over the coil was no problem. It nulled out iron in discrimination mode so I knew it was there by the sudden quiet of my threshold. The coil head is very sensitive as I found out a few times I accidentally swept my coil within two feet of my sand scoop! I found pocket change on my trips back and forth on the beach access pathway. Love my new Excalibur!!! Only downsides of the detector is the front end weight, a little heavy can wear you out faster than desired. I’m going to buy an Anderson carbon fiber shaft to fix this. Also will need to buy a $50 knob guard to protect the knobs from being broken off like others have warned about. I’ve been worried about the knobs after reading other reviews. So far, no broken knobs. Miffed a knob guard is not included in the $1500 detector price! But still happy with my purchase. Also, Kellyco was awesome to do business with!!! Fed Ex screwed up delivering my expensive package to another address in my neighborhood!!! The driver didn’t read the address correctly and left my $1500 detector in a neighbors garage!!! Idiot!!! So I got a delivery notice with no detector! Called Fed Ex and we tracked it down after hours of worry!!! I told Fedex they didn’t deliver my package in the two days I paid extra for and wanted my $50 shipping back since I missed taking my detector with me on my trip out of town next day. They told me I’d have to get it from Kellyco. I called Kellyco and told them what happened and they immediately took care of me and reimbursed my $50 shipping to me!!! Now that’s service!!! My wife eventually got my detector down to me and I had fun with my new treasure hunting tool!!! I will definitely do business with Kellyco again for stepping up and helping me through a rough start getting my equipment through fedex. It wasn’t Kellyco’s fault but they made things right where Fed Ex passed the buck!!! Thank you Kellyco for delivering excellent customer service even when things went bad with the shipping that was out of your control. You didn’t have to but I appreciate that you did!!! Thank you!!! Looking forward to putting my Excalibur through more testing and hunting land, beaches and underwater as I’m also a Master Scuba Diver! I recommend buying some of Gary Drayton’s books and visiting his You Tube Channel for helpful tips on getting the most out of your Excalibur 2. It’s worth it. Not impressed with Fed Ex!!! Excellent product from Minelab!!! Excellent service from Kellyco!!!
    • ★★★★★ Excalibur II

    Review by BillRuff on April 3, 2019

    I started w/ a Fisher from a friend and quickly moved to a Excalibur I. After using this for 10 or more years my wife bought me an Excalibur II. It is a very fine instrument that I love to use. I usually walk 4-10 miles when doing the beach. Love it for private lake and shallow stream swimming areas. Fantastic ground change electronics. Takes a little time to get accustom to but worth the effort.
    • ★★★★★ Great Detector

    Review by Robert on November 25, 2017

    I bought my first Excalibur in 1994 and I still use it today along with 4 others I own. I am now retired and am on the beaches of Florida detecting with my Excaliburs four to five days week. So far this month (NOV 2017) I have found 580 coins, a working watch, small gold ring, matching his and hers tungsten wedding bands, costume ring, 9 fishing sinkers, 3 sunglasses, 6 keys, 9 fishing sinkers, 4 earrings, and assorted odds and ends. The Excalibur is a rugged well built detector with a couple of minor faults that can be corrected by the owner of the machine. I have used my detectors on the beaches of Long Island NY, Myrtle Beach SC, Galveston TX, Venice and Santa Monica beach CA and a dozen Florida beaches. Also in Mexico, Dominican Republic, St Lucia, and Jamaica. Every beach where I used the Excalibur it worked great. My monthly finds are equal too or better than finds members of my club display at our monthly meetings using more expensive detectors. With 25 years of using the Excalibur I have to look back at the great finds I have made on the beaches that are locked up in a safe deposit box to realize that this is the greatest hobby one could have. As a note my wife is very happy wearing many of the finds I have brought home. I gave up fishing to use my Excaliburs and my wife doesn't yell at me any more for storing worms in the refrigerator and having bloody bait and fish smelling clothes in the hamper.
    • ★★★★★ Great Machine

    Review by Gary on January 27, 2017

    I used the Excalibur I to death. The II is just as good. It is a great machine, perfect for the beach and shallow water hunting I do. I do, however, have two complaints. First is the knobs. I was hoping Minelab would rework these in this version. They did not and the knobs are an issue. They stick out and can break easily. They also loosen up and fall off so make sure you keep them tight. The second complaint is trying to get into the battery case. After my battery went dead on my Excalibur I, I replaced it with a setup that allowed you to use replaceable AA batteries. The problem is trying to get the lid off the battery case to change batteries as needed. With all that said it is a great working machine and should give you many many years of fun hunting.
    • ★★★★★ Just Buy It

    Review by NUMIS33 on April 4, 2016

    I've had my Excalibur for about 5 years now so this review may inform you a bit better than most on what to expect from your new machine. First and foremost, this is a very high quality machine, both in materials used and quality of build. After a fairly simple assembly and a quick read of the owners manual you should be able to start hunting with moderate success. The only reason I say moderate is because there is a small learning curve for those who had been using a detector with one of those silly info. screens that (supposedly) tells you exactly what you've found and how deep it is. Having said all that, this is not a good choice for beginners. All of the info. on your target is determined by sound alone. It can take a considerable amount of time to get good at this and I strongly advise you to buy the CD available through Kellyco on sound interpretation made specifically for the Excalibur 2. The CD was produced by a music / sound and tone expert and will save you from doing a lot of useless digging. As far as performance is concerned you can expect it to do everything it is advertised to do. There are two inexpensive upgrades you should buy at the time of purchase. The first is an Anderson straight shaft to replace the awkward factory shaft and the second is a full set of Anderson control Knobs. You`ll most likely have problems with the factory knobs right off the bat (most people do). If you live on or near any body of water, as I do, (The Treasure Coast of Florida) and you want to do some wet detecting, either wading , snorkeling or diving this is the machine you need to be using. It`s worth every penny you pay for it and when you throw in the freebees from Kellyco it`s a downright bargain. On a scale of 1-5 stars I rate it a 6.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Daniel D.

    Review by Daniel D on July 9, 2012

    I bought my first metal detector from Kellyco in 1979. It was a Bounty Hunter. I used this detector for many years. I went on a treasure hunt back in the 70's with Kellyco to the Dade massacre. I found a lot of musket balls on that trip. Since then I have bought a Garrett Master Hunter treasure talk. I have found numerous coins and relics, and recently I bought a Minelab Excalibur II. This is by far the best detector I have ever owned. I thought it would be fun to start detecting the beach. Most of the people I see detecting are on dry sand. Well let me tell you the Minelab Excalibur is the ultimate metal detector, since I can now detect in the water. I have found jewelry and relics in the surf. The surf has covered me and my detector.

    The detector works excellent, never had any problems. I have a four year warranty on the unit but I don't think I will ever use it. After detecting for the day I brought it home and hosed it off with the garden hose. By far the Minelab Excalibur is the best detector for the money. I really did not want to spend the money for the detector but you get what you pay for. I am extremely pleased with my purchase. I would not buy from any other dealer, because simply put: Kellyco is the best. I have always bought my supplies from Kellyco; they always have everything you need. I had an indicator cap for a knob fall off of my detector in the surf. I went to Kellyco but they did not have anymore in stock. The sales rep took one off the display model and gave it to me, did not cost me a dime.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Robert .

    Review by Robert on July 9, 2012

    Hi, I recently purchased my Excalibur II and I have to say that it is truly a perfect machine for the beach and water hunting that I do. It took me about a week to begin to distinguish the different signature tones for the Excalibur, but in about 2 ½ weeks I have already found a nice gold ring and an assortment of .925% silver jewelry. I really like the ease of the turn on and go nature of the Excalibur. I simply tune the threshold and leave my other dials set from my last successful hunt and I'm off.

    I do wish however that this machine had some sort of battery gauge, as it is hard as a new detectorist to know just how much of the battery I have used up. I have just taken to charging the battery overnight before a big hunting day and that seems to work fine. I bought a second detector shortly after this one so that I could have an extra for friends to go with me (Ace 250) and even though the Ace is a great machine, I'll never give up the Excalibur II. Once you learn to "hear" what it's telling you, it is all to easy to determine your targets.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Tim M.

    Review by Tim M on August 2, 2010

    The Excalibur machine is a great machine. You will find lots of great things. The only cons I have about the machine are knobs, and Minelab customer service. The knobs if you are not careful will strip off and you have to replace them. As far as customer service, MineLab needs to keep up with demand. I waited about 5 months on my machine, because they were back ordered. The Excalibur is probably the best water machine out there. As soon as I got mine, I found some old silver dollars and about 5 rings. If you purchase this machine, be mindful of the delicate knobs.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Doug G.

    Review by Doug G on July 12, 2010

    I received my new Excalibur 1000 and new stainless steel scope from Kellyco, and was excited to be able to use it the following weekend. I found it easy to set the control knobs after reading the booklet that was supplied with the machine. My friend and I who also uses an Excalibur 1000 traveled to a local lake and hunted two swim beaches, which normally get a lot of traffic from other water hunters. Between the two of us, we found two 10K and one 14K rings along with approx. $6 in coins. The discrimination that Minelab offers kept me from digging any nails or iron. Gold has a unique sound that tells you, you have something special. My Garrett 250 has a special sound for coins that I really like, but there is nothing like gold to make your heart race. I would recommend the Excalibur 1000 to anyone wants to take their treasure hunting to the next level. I give the Excalibur 5 gold stars!
    • ★★★★★ Review by Steve T.

    Review by Steve T on March 1, 2010

    I have owned two Minelab Excaliburs. My first was the Excalibur 800 with the blue headphones. That machine paid for itself the first week of ownership with three gold rings found at state park swimming areas. My second is the Excalibur II 1000. I really love the Excalibur as it is very much like the Sovereign which is an excellent land machine. I love the beaches and the Sovereign, although a great machine, it would be damaged for sure by getting dunked in salt water. So the Excalibur fits the bill for me as far as not having to worry about it getting wet.

    The Excalibur 800 is ideal for water hunting as it swings through the water easily with the small coil. I do recommend getting a straight shaft for the Excalibur as the factory shaft can be uncomfortable for some people. The straight shaft will put the control pod behind you and balance the Excalibur so you can swing it all day without getting tired. Some people prefer the hip mount but you must be careful when hip mounting as the wires have a habit of coming loose. Salt water is a problem for most single frequency detectors and you will get all kinds of noises when hitting the water. Not with the Excalibur. With 17 frequencies, the Excalibur works perfect in almost all conditions. The only time it does not work as well as a PI machine is when in black sand.

    My detectors are tools to make money and I have been very successful in finding jewelry in the water and wet sand. Coins are fun to find but they do not pay as well as jewelry especially when gold is over $1000 an ounce. My Excalibur 800 was stolen out of my car and so I went and bought the Excalibur II 1000. With the 1000, which has the 10 inch coil, I can cover more area with it than the 800. It is also a bit deeper. But in very trashy areas it has a tendency to null too much because it covers so much area. The Excalibur II seems to be a bit more stable than the older Excaliburs. Not sure if they are deeper but I love the new NIMH batteries.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Michael T.

    Review by Michael T on January 31, 2010

    I have been detecting since I was 13 years old. I have used at least 15 different brands of detectors. I use a DFX on land and an Excalibur for the water. I have also used other water detectors. By far, the Excalibur has been the best in the water. In 3 years time, I have found over 300 rings, silver, gold, junk metal, platinum, and seven diamond rings. I have also found coins and numerous amounts of other jewelry. I have used the detector in fresh and salt water and it has worked perfect. There is a slight learning curve but you will have it down in a day. I’m not a tech geek. I’m just an average guy so don’t worry about the learning process. I’m a firefighter and get out when I can. I don’t work for any detector company. I just love the hobby. Maybe some day I will get to England to detect, which is my dream. In case you cant tell, I love my Minelab Excalibur and have never had to repair it once, except for some rubber washers. Thanks and best of luck to all of you. Be safe!
    • ★★★★★ Review by Robert F.

    Review by Robert F on May 21, 2009

    I just recently purchased the Excalibur II. I am stationed in Japan and I have found many items already. I found 8 rings, one 18k gold ring, 300.00 in Yen (Japanese Money) a silver necklace, and an early 1800 Japanese coin. I would recommend this detector to anyone. It is very easy to use and began finding coins instantly. I also found the slower I sweep the more it detects. I rate it 5 stars!
    • ★★★★★ Review by James K.

    Review by James K on April 8, 2009

    I've been detecting on land for 15 years and for 3 years in the water. Last year, I gave my Fisher 1280X to my wife and I got a Minelab Excalibur II and I'm amazed. The best I did in a season with my 1280X was 22 rings. My first summer with the Excalibur II produced 76 rings from the same beaches I hunted before! Best of all, I found my first Morgan dollar! The "iron mask" feature rocks! Just in case some of you are thinking I short changed my wife, the 1280X is a very good machine too. She is very happy with it and the new diamond rings I found for her with the Excalibur. It doesn't get any better than this!!
    • ★★★★★ Review by Mike K.

    Review by Mike K on January 23, 2009

    Hi. I got hooked on metal detecting about 30 years ago. It took a back seat for some years due to family and new kids. Now that pressure has eased I moved to Florida and the bug hit me again. I bought two White's Beach Hunters. My wife wanted one also. They performed great but I wanted a little more. I spoke to Wanda at Kellyco and she suggested a Minelab Excalibur. It was a little more expensive but I figured what the heck. I got it home, put it together, charged it and then hit the beach. I got out there and got a surprise. I couldn’t find a thing. I wanted to return it but then I thought is it me or the detector. After using it for a little while longer, I got a signal and started to dig. A couple minutes later I found a 1k white gold diamond ring which my wife relieved me of almost as fast as I found it. Now, we have two Excaliburs. In my opinion, Minelab hit the bull's eye with this unit. I took them with me last summer to Massachusetts, my home state, and I cleaned up. I found so many goodies. In my opinion, Minelab's Excalibur is the BEST YOU CAN GET. You just set it and forget it. Thank You to everyone at Kellyco.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Stephen D.

    Review by Stephen D on December 19, 2008

    I have a home in Cedar Key that I visit regularly. From there, I go to various beaches throughout Florida. I got the Minelab Excalibur II based on reviews, and feedback from other detectors. At first, it took a good while to get used to distinguishing the different sounds, but I eventually got the hang of it. Later, I had to get 2 extra battery packs as the one that came with it did not last nearly long enough. I like the detectors performance, but it leaves a lot to be desired as far as user friendliness. I'm also sad that it didn't come with what used to be free options as incentives such as the hip-mount, etc. This is a lot of money to spend to have to spend hundreds more on accessories.

    I've gotten a couple of good years out of this detector so far. Hopefully, it'll last a couple of more. Some of the accessories do seem a little cheaply built for my taste, but they have performed better than I'd initially feared, so I can't say they are truly cheaply made yet. I do dive with it. It's done fairly well. I'd like to see a model come out with at least a battery indicator of some kind. That would be very helpful. All this being said, I'll give this detector a 3 (actually I'd give it a 3 1/2 star if one were available) star rating instead of a that 5 simply because I see significant room for improvement, and I would never give a 5 to any because there is no such thing as perfect. I do recommend this product.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Diane T.

    Review by Diane T on April 20, 2008

    I have been detecting for 16 years now. I don't know what drew me to metal detecting other than seeing a detector displayed in a store near my home. I lived near the river at the time and thought that would be a fun thing to do. While I was in the store, I met a man who said there is a detecting club in your hometown and I decided to join the club. I met a guy there that had an Excalibur and he said it was a great machine and let me try his at the beaches here in N.J. I liked the way it performed and how it went very deep for targets. It sure out-shined all the detectors that I have ever used and so far have ever used. I like the way the tones are different to let you know what you are digging before you even dig the target. The main thing that I like about this machine is its ease of use.

    I also love the way it glides through the water during my surf hunts. I have found many coins from shipwrecked coins to the common clad coins, and have made some exceptional jewelry finds. This machine has paid for itself over and over again. I actually own 3 Excaliburs. I have one as a back up and my son uses the other one. So you can see that we are a Minelab family! In my opinion, their technology is by far the best out there. This detector is the only one that I would recommend for beach and surf hunting. So grab yourself a Minelab Excalibur and get out there and find your own treasures!
    • ★★★★★ Review by Lorrie S.

    Review by Lorrie S on April 12, 2008

    I have been metal detecting off and on for 40 years and have used a number of different detectors during that time. Six months ago, I decided to get a Minelab Excalibur for ocean beach and water hunting. Most detectors use only one or two frequencies in the circuitry where the Excalibur uses 17 frequencies to better determine target identity, help eliminate reaction to wet sand and salt water and get better depth. Many of the detectors that I have used have had a metering system of some sort which gave information on target identity and depth. The Excalibur does not have a meter and relies on audio tones for target identification. It takes a good amount of practice to be able to recognize the sounds of good targets as opposed to sounds of trash and I have not mastered this yet.

    The controls are simple and straightforward to use. There are five knobs and once they are initially set for use, only two have to be used for most hunting situations. The first knob is for switching from discrimination mode to all-metal mode for pin pointing or relic hunting. The second knob is the on - off switch and audio threshold control. The third is to set the audio volume of the target signal. Knob four sets the sensitivity of the detector, which in most cases can be left in the Auto mode but can be turned to manually reduce sensitivity. The last knob is used to set the discrimination level. In most beach hunting, the lowest setting will be needed to blank out iron objects and still give signals for non-ferrous targets.

    Once the detector is set up, you only need to turn it on, set the threshold with one knob and hunt. When a target is located then the pinpoint knob is used if needed to locate the object. In the short time that I have used the Excalibur over the past six months, I do not have much more than a good number of modern coins to show for my time. I have not had an opportunity to get into the surf where all the "good stuff” is.

    • ★★★★★ Review by Greg L.

    Review by Greg L on April 11, 2008

    I like the Excalibur model for several reasons. First, I am a diver and I needed one to go underwater. Second, I like the option of wading in the surf at the beach or snorkeling with it. Third, I like the multiple frequency technology. My dislikes are that it is just audio with no display. I suppose that is difficult to do with an underwater detector. I also use it a lot on land, and there it really needs a display to assist the operator in depth and possibly other information. I have been using an older White's model Eagle 2 SL. It's old but can hang with this new machine surprisingly well.

    The White's seems to be easier to pinpoint and dig relic items. I expect to become more proficient with the Minelab and I am thinking about another detector soon. Not sure of what model. I do like what I have read about the White's DFX. I also like what I read about the Minelab Explorer 2. The Garrett GTI 2500 has an option I like where you can attach loops to use this machine for large deep objects. So I am undecided as to what my next detector might be. I do plan on getting another one fairly soon. I am somewhat disheartened by my finds this year, but I am in a rural area with no beaches close by. I am trying to find some Civil War camps nearby but have not had success at getting the landowner to allow me to search.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Ernesto M.

    Review by Ernesto M on April 11, 2008

    The proof that the Minelab Excalibur series is the best underwater/submersible detector is that it is still being made and sold; in fact it is sold at a higher price than originally. It takes some time to get used to the different sounds linked to different targets but once you are used to it you can't go back to a visual-only type of detector. I use my Minelab for all types of hunting; relics, coins, parks, ponds, rivers, beaches. When hunting on dry land it gives me the assurance that if it starts raining I don't have to worry, well except myself getting soaked, but since when do you stop metal detecting because is raining? I have actually been chased away from a beach in the middle of a storm because the lightning was getting too close and the life guards thought the detector might act as a lightening rod.

    I've own my detector for about 10 years but because of my work schedule and commute time (about 2 hours each way every day) I don't have the equivalent experience. I consider myself intermediate with about 4 years of experience. In all this time I had to buy 1 battery and had to change the cable from the battery to the unit once. It was probably my fault for packing it in my luggage for trips whenever I get a chance. I am now on the lookout for another unit to always have as backup. I do own other detectors (White's, Bounty Hunter, Garrett) but my favorite, and the workhorse, is my Minelab.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Christine B.

    Review by Christine B on April 9, 2008

    I thoroughly enjoy my Minelab Excalibur. It is simple and easy to use. It’s completely waterproof down to 200 ft. of fresh or salt water. So you don't have to worry about dropping it in the surf at the beach (which I had done with a previous detector that was NOT completely waterproof!). It is highly sensitive and very reliable. It is a bit heavy for those used to the lighter weight detectors, but I purchased the counter-balance accessory which disperses the weight evenly thus allowing the user to detect with it for a longer length of time and an easier, more fluid motion. Being a woman, I appreciate the less strain on my upper body.

    There aren't any complicated displays to read and squint at in the bright sunlight. The comfortable KOSS headphones (that are permanently attached) alert you to different tones that signal metal objects buried beneath the sand or ground. Just a few short practice hunts ought to be enough for you to recognize a tone that signals trash or treasure and how deep the object may be buried. I've snorkeled with the Excalibur and it's almost weightless in the water, but heavy enough to stay submerged without floating to the surface. An all around surf and turf machine that will delight the serious Treasure Hunter and amaze the newbie! This is a serious machine for the serious detector.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Raymond B.

    Review by Raymond B on April 8, 2008

    I used to just search for coins at local parks. I started with a cheap detector and found very little. Then I bought an Explorer and I was hooked for life. Those hunted out parks were loaded with great finds including old coins, rings, and buttons. So one year I was going to Florida on vacation and decided since I had hunted with the Explorer the last couple years I would try the Excalibur. I was criticized for spending so much money on another detector, but 10 minutes on the beach and I found a gold bracelet, then a 14k ring an hour later. I finished the week with three gold rings, the bracelet, two silver rings and $26.00 in change.

    Within a year this machine paid for itself. These are hands down the best detectors on the market. For three years, it worked flawlessly but wearing it hip mounted I did have to send it back to Minelab to get new wires put on. Their service was fast and a lot cheaper than expected. In my mind, Minelab’s products are the top of the line. I now have three Minelab detectors including the Minelab Explorer, Explorer II, and Excalibur II. My coin and jewelry collections grow every time I use them. I just wanted to say thanks to Minelab for their products and service and all the finds they brought me.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Don G.

    Review by Don G on April 8, 2008

    All I can say is "WOW!" In the first few outings I've found silver jewelry, gold jewelry, coins, a watch and even a .35 carat diamond solitaire valued at $1200! I can hardly wait for the warm weather so I can get back to the beaches again! I've booked a 2 week beach vacation and you can bet I will be out at all hours of the day and night. Last year, I was out during the early morning hours, came back to the cottage, had breakfast, took a nap and was back on the beach in the evening. I couldn't wait to see what the tourists had left behind each day! I think I'm addicted.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Michael M.

    Review by Michael M on April 8, 2008

    Hi there, I hunt with my Minelab Excalibur 1000. I hunt on land with mine but will eventually get into underwater hunting. I like to hunt for almost anything, even if I have to dig up some rusty iron most of the time to get the odd old relic. It took me awhile to get good at using and learning how the controls perform, a little bit frustrating at first but I’m really getting the hang of it now. I really like being able to go out and metal detect anytime I want, even when it rains out with my Minelab Excalibur 1000. I love this machine. Thanks.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Joel M.

    Review by Joel M on April 8, 2008

    The Excalibur is still one of the best beach / water detectors I have used. It has found over $1000.00 in coin and about $1900.00 in gold over its 5 year life span. The detector has functioned well and has only required one maintenance repair. It is best used with a "hip" mount which reduces its cross section in the water and its weight on the arm on the shore. The smaller coil provides the user with less resistance in the water and less weight on the shore. The difference between the larger coil and the smaller coil is slight. So pick the one you thing you will be able to live with.

    The standard rechargeable battery pack is good, but does not hold charge very well and a few years of use. You can have it "re-celled" with metal hybrid cells at a battery service center such as battery plus. The metal hybrid cells do not develop a memory and will hold a charge two to three times longer than the standard rechargeable cells. Also, the increased power will allow better detecting levels. I classically go for finding coins on the beach but also when temps allow I will go into the water. This seems to be where more gold and jewelry is lost.
    • ★★★★★ Review by John P.

    Review by John P on April 3, 2008

    I purchased the Minelab Excalibur detector from Kellyco last spring, the representative was very helpful. I was considering the 800 model, but after a few questions, he suggested that I get the 1000 so I could cover more area with the larger coil. I'm glad I did. I have been detecting a number of years with my Eagle Spectrum with much success, I started looking at water detectors because I was putting a lot of wear on my knee's. The Excalibur was my first choice after doing research and hearing what other people had to say about this machine.

    If I were to go on vacation, I wanted a machine that I wouldn't be disappointed with. Some of the less expensive models couldn't guarantee me that. Searching for jewelry is my primary goal. Nothing gets the blood pumping more than finding your first gold ring with your new detector. Mine was a 14k white gold man's ring. The detector was quite easy to use, with very few adjustments needed after initial setup, I did purchase the balancing shaft which I found helpful and easier to use. I liked the masking effect this machine has, even though the machine would tell me the target was bad I would still have to see what it was, most of the time it was usually hairpins, so it's accuracy was right on.

    This is a machine that I would recommend to everyone, it's still a little cold here in Minnesota for water hunting, so I'll start detecting with my Eagle Spectrum first, Happy Hunting.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Brenda M.

    Review by Brenda M on March 27, 2008

    When I first started metal detecting thirty years ago, metal detectors were in what I like to refer as their “Model T” stage of technology. They were heavy, unbalanced, and they didn't come with a spare battery. Yet, they could still find coins and jewelry. Some of these old machines didn't even have a meter. I own a Minelab Excalibur II now, and its great!

    A metal detector of the twenty first century finds coins, shows you how deep they are and even what kind of coin you have found before you even dig it up. All this with a machine that weighs less than three pounds. It doesn't take long before an experienced operator using a new machine can tell if they have just found trash or coins. About fifty years ago or so manufacturers of cans started to put quick open tabs on their cans or what we call pull tabs today. I have found so many silver coins and lost jewelry in the last thirty years I have had to put them in the bank. Most of the rings that I have found were only novelty items but I have found some that my wife and daughter claimed as soon as they saw them if that tells you anything. My wife wears a large silver brooch I found in her grandparents back yard about ten inches deep.

    When I was younger if I wasn't home or at work; I was out metal detecting. I have found most of the silver coins made, even the rare ones. I still however haven't found my dream coin, a twenty dollar gold piece. I found a three dollar Stella gold coin out in Illinois, and a five dollar gold in Columbus, Ohio. That is all the gold coins that I have ever found. Thank you Kellyco!
    • ★★★★★ Review by Jimmy D.

    Review by Jimmy D on March 22, 2008

    The Minelab Excalibur II is the best metal detector I have ever used. I have been out with it six times and found my first gold ring. It was a beautiful 9 ct. Irish Family Crest Seal Ring. For my first gold find I couldn't have asked for a nicer ring, especially since I am Irish myself. I will have to hang on that ring as it is my good luck charm each time I go into the water. I was about 50 yards off shore in waist deep water when I found it. You pretty much just turn it on and go.

    I have other detectors that I use on land but a friend of mine allowed me to use his Excalibur and I was hooked on the how easy it was to use. When I got home that night I signed onto Kellyco and started looking at them. They next day I ordered it off your toll free number and I received it in less then a week. I am completely satisfied with Kellyco from the order to the product.

    It's truly amazing on all the things sitting in the ocean for you to discover. If you have been a land lover such as me, go find out how easy it is to get hooked on the water with an Excalibur. Besides finding many coins, I have also found a pistol, two pocket knives and many other marks that keep me busy digging. I can't wait to get out there today to start my vacation. I am heading to Nags Head, NC in the morning and planning to be in the water the whole time. I have used it on land a couple of times and I have had great success with it there as well. If you love going to the beaches then the Excalibur is the metal detector for you.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Steven H.

    Review by Steven H on March 18, 2008

    About one year ago, I purchased the Minelab Excalibur 1000 from Kellyco. I detected the local swimming areas near my home. I did not keep track of the coins found, however at the end of the summer I sent most, but not all the gold and silver jewelry I found to one of the refineries. In turn, I received a check for just fewer than eighteen hundred dollars! This easily paid for the machine. I was sharing these swimming areas with three other detectorists and out performed all of them. Two were using Fishers and one was using a White's. One of the folks using a Fisher scoffed at my purchase at first, however he ordered an Excalibur within three weeks of seeing my results. The clincher for him was a small gold stud earring I found in about six or seven inches of sand and clay. He asked to see how his machine read the earring. The results were that he could not get a reading at all from the earring.

    Also, the other detectorists were always digging up hair clips and bottle caps that I passed right over and did not dig because I knew what they were. I have been detecting for forty two years and this was my first underwater machine. I feel I am still learning the Excalibur and yet I was able to out perform all of the other detectorists. I am planning a trip this summer to Costa Rica and cannot wait to see what those wonderful beaches provide. I will have ten days to two weeks to find out. Thank you!
    • ★★★★★ Review by Gary D.

    Review by Gary D on March 18, 2008

    I started hunting the treasure coast beaches of Florida after 2 major hurricanes in 2004. It didn’t take me long to figure out that the Minelab Excalibur II was the machine of choice. It is almost always used by the serious beach treasure hunters. I bought an Excalibur 1000 from Kellyco in early 2005 because of its ability to cancel out the effects of the heavily mineralized black sand, which can drive other machines crazy. Also, it has the reputation for finding gold and silver jewelry. A couple of trial runs under my belt I soon found out just what an awesome machine I had bought.

    I found three 1715 fleet silver reels on only my 3rd trip to the treasure coast using my new machine. Little did I know that was just the start of things to come, as that summer I found a fabulous 1715 fleet gold treasure ring. The ring had nine flawless Colombian emeralds set in 22 1/2 carat Inca gold and over fifty pieces of 1715 fleet silver. The next year I started shallow water hunting for modern jewelry in South Florida, in the water as well as the land. The Excalibur delivers! Having the iron mask gives the advantage of not having to dig iron. That makes detecting in trashy areas such as Miami Beach a breeze.

    The more time digging non ferrous targets, means more good jewelry finds. When the Excalibur tones two different targets, you soon begin to guess what the target is before you dig it up. The Excalibur has easy to use twist knob controls, and the manual is very informative and easy to read. The Excalibur is basically a turn on and go machine. I recently decided to buy a back up water hunting machine, with a smaller coil, to get in between the rocks. After a lot of research, I decided that the only detector for the job was an Excalibur II 800. After finding hundreds of gold/ silver rings and chains; I would have to be crazy to use anything else but a Minelab Excalibur. I highly recommend the Minelab Excalibur for its quality, ease of operation, and a
    • ★★★★★ Review by Jerry P.

    Review by Jerry P on March 17, 2008

    I like the water so the Excalibur series and Fisher's CZ20 are my favorite detectors. I am just getting used to the Excalibur but the Fisher products have found most of my finds. I scuba dive, so I have to have a submersible detector. Diving for coins and rings is what I like to do best, but I'm thinking about Garrett's Infinium LS and also slide nugget hunting into my fortes. I like what works and gets results, so I'm not manufacturer specific, but a good name brand with good statistics and results helps decide my choice for purchases.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Matt H.

    Review by Matt H on March 17, 2008

    I live on Long Island New York, and have water on 3 sides, the ocean on 2 and the Long Island sound on the other. I needed a detector that was good on the beach as well as in the water, plus it had to be easy to use. Also I needed a detector that I can use around old school houses and parks, again it has to be easy to use and set. Well, the detector that goes from sea to shore and VERY easy to use is the Minelab Excalibur. I have the rings and coins to back that statement up with.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Douglas H.

    Review by Douglas H on March 17, 2008

    I started metal detecting in Sept, 2003. My favorite type of metal detecting is coin & jewelry hunting, but I do relic hunting also. It didn't take me long to figure out that you have to dig everything if you want to find the gold jewelry. I was using dual frequency low end machine at the time & needed a better machine to help me weed out the bad signals. I had heard about the Minelab series of detectors & had a friend that was using one. I knew that this machine with 28 frequencies had to be better than my dual frequency machine. I finally bought the Explorer II from Kellyco.

    It took awhile to get used to all those frequencies but the results are fantastic. I've found over 126 rings, many of them gold with diamonds, 3 platinum rings & all sorts of silver rings. I've also found an assortment of other jewelry, (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc). I've found over 15,000 coins for a value of $1400. Some of these coins were silver, wheat pennies, Indian heads, V nickles, etc. I've also found a few relics: Civil war buttons, bullets, 1 US box plate, etc.

    The discrimination abilities & 28 frequencies of this machine are AWESOME. I am sooo glad I finally decided to upgrade to this machine. It has been very durable, too. My other machine lacked good construction & I had to to repair it several times. My Minelab Explorer II goes through the same paces & has never been repaired for anything. I was sooo fascinated by the durability & discrimination ability of the Minelab Metal Detectors that I finally bought an Excalibur for beach hunting. Again, I found this detector to be an AWESOME addition to my arsenal of detectors. I have since purchased a series of different coils for my Explorer II & the results of having the BEST detector on the market & all the accessories to go with it have allowed me to be the best that I can be in the field of metal detecting.

    Thank you, Kellyco, for offering sooo many choices at the best prices available.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Clayton J.

    Review by Clayton J on March 17, 2008

    I have had several detectors over the years, going back as far as 1982 and of them all I find that the Excalibur has been my most productive and easiest to use. The fact that it is waterproof, even at 200 feet below the surface, has been a saving grace for me on several occasions. My early detectors were not waterproof and I have damaged a couple older detectors by working the beach and trying to get in the shallow surf. My Minelab has been serving me as a beach combing and coin shooting detector for over five years now and it is a used detector that I purchased on Ebay.

    The thing that used to cause me the most problems was getting the ground balance set where the mineralization was high or the ground was wet. This detector is so easy to set up and operate that I have drastically increased my finds both on the beach and in general detecting. I am getting close to retirement and I have always wanted to try prospecting and considering the luck that I have had with this detector I am saving my money for a top of the line gold detector to go along with my Excalibur. I don't think I will ever have to replace this workhorse detector but if the time ever does come I will replace it without hesitation because it has been such a pleasure to use and any additional detectors that I add to my arsenal for gold prospecting will surely have the name Minelab on the side. It took me a long time and a handful of different detectors, both used and new, but I have found my comfort zone with Minelab.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Robert M.

    Review by Robert M on March 17, 2008

    The Minelab Excalibur is a great machine. My brother and I try get out to the beach as often as we can. We like to catch it at low tide as much as possible. Some days we have a good day and other days not as good. I go out by myself when he's at work. I'm retired so I can go out almost any time. I have found toy cars that have been lost, and lots of small change, I found two mercury dimes, three wedding bands, and one nice diamond ring!
    • ★★★★★ Review by Al C.

    Review by Al C on March 17, 2008

    I got my Excalibur at Kellyco about 5 years ago and have not wanted another detector.

    It works just as well on land as it does in the water. The first time I took it out to the beach I found a woman's wedding band that had two diamonds in it. The next time I used it at the same beach I found a 14k men's ring with a 1/4 ct diamond in it. It paid for the detector. I have found thousands of coins and a lot of gold jewelry. On land I have hunted a lot of early sites and have found quite a collection of coins and artifacts. The depth is really good on land and in the water. No problems with the ground being iron or salt or fresh water. I recommend it for someone that is either just getting into treasure hunting or someone who has been in it a long time.

    The only complaint, if you would call it that, is that the Excalibur goes too deep. I have dug holes in the bottom that are about 3 ft deep and about 2 ft deep and came up with a 50 cal shell from the second world war that the beach was used for straffing practice. It is simple to operate and easy to learn the tones that the good stuff gives off. It will find the smallest earring back or a diamond stud just as easy. I did have to send it back for a repair on the headset wire but it was a real quick turnaround and the people are super to work with. Again, I recommend the Excalibur 800 completely.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Jason B.

    Review by Jason B on March 17, 2008

    The Minelab Excalibur II is an excellent water detector. Easy to tune, does no require constant adjustment. Works just as good on land.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Richard B.

    Review by Richard B on December 1, -1

    I have been detecting for 20 years. I detected in school yards, around old farm homes, in older residential neighborhoods and for Civil War relics. About eight years ago, I had the opportunity to buy a used Minelab Excalibur II water detector. At that time, I owned the Sovereign XS and was impressed with the performance of the BBS 17 frequency and tone ID technology, and now I had a chance to buy a water detector with the same electronics. I had never before thought about a water detector, and wasn't sure what to do with this one. After a season of experimenting with water scoops, I made a scoop that worked well for me. The water detector opened up a new adventure in detecting. The learning curve for the Excalibur was short. The iron mask eliminated most iron, yet I could find pocket knives and car keys. The tone ID had a different tone for different metals; my favorite tone was the low “waaa” most of the time that would be gold. The sensitivity is either automatic or adjustable, and the ground balance was automatic.

    My operating setup was discriminate at 0 or 1, sensitivity at automatic, volume at max, and the threshold at just audible. Then I am ready to hit the swimming hole. When I first got the Excalibur, I read the manual and it stated the best place to hunt gold rings is where there are a lot of pull tabs. Prior to this detector I had never found a gold ring. I did not know that pull tabs, nickels and gold ranged near the same. So by setting the discriminate to 0 or 1 I cleaned out the trash from many a swimming hole. I have 1000's of pull tabs that I hope to turn into a dialysis redemption center. I have found 100's of gold, diamond and silver rings, and 1000's of coins. I have been able to recover and return several rings, some sets of keys and a partial denture plate. If you are looking for a detector that will put a little profit with the pleasure, then I would recommend the Excalibur.
Questions and Answers
  • Posted On: 9/10/2021 By: nelson moore

    Q: I have a Minelabs, Excallibur II purchased from you folks. Is there an add on battery indicator to indicate charge level remaining.. ? Very happy with machine, just wondering.

  • Posted On: 7/21/2021 By: Stanley R Meyer

    Q: Would this detector be appropriate for finding an anchor and chain in a foot thick silt at the bottom of a harbor?

    A: With a target of that size, I would say yes and it should do very well.
  • Posted On: 5/4/2021 By: Francis Jauw

    Q: I am a total newbie at metal detecting. I am really considering buying an Excalibur 11. I am looking to search for antiques (ranging from gold to Chinese porcelain) on both land and underwater. Would the Minelab Excalibur II be a suitable for this purpose? Is the Minelab Excalibur II or other detectors capable to detect porcelain pieces? Thank you for your time.

    A: The Excalibur II is an excellent detector, but there are no metal detectors that can detect non-metallic objects.
  • Posted On: 8/14/2020 By: Larry Samples

    Q: I am really considering buying an Excalibur 11. I will be using it for hunting yards, fields, mountain areas, streams and so forth. I go to the beach once a year. Would the Excalibur work for me or would you recommend another brand. I want a good detector that will do a good job. I had a White’s a long time ago but just slowly got away from it, want to start detecting again.


    The Excalibur II is an excellent machine that is most commonly used for detecting underwater at deeps of up to 200 feet. It will work for the type of detecting you are doing but it probably would not be one we would recommend. Based on what you want to do, I would look into the Minelab Equinox 800 or the Minelab CTX 3030. Both are excellent machines, have wireless headphones and are waterproof up to 10 feet. Please check them out and let us know if you have any additional questions. 

  • Posted On: 8/1/2020 By: george vasilakis

    Q: How good of a detector is this for land as I am hoping that I can use it there as well. I currently own a Garrett AT Pro (which I like very much) and a Whites Beach Hunter both purchased from Kellyco.


    The Excalibur II is a great machine and is designed to be a beach machine. I know some people do use it on land but that is not common. It will find targets for sure but this is mostly used as a beach machine. Do you plan to use it a lot inland? If so check out the Minelab CTX 3030 Standard Metal Detector with Wireless Headphones as a possible alternative that will perform excellent on both the beach and inland as well. 

  • Posted On: 7/1/2020 By: Don Drake

    Q: I live 5 miles from the beach near Jacksonville, FL. I am looking for recommendations on a beach detector. I have looked at the Mine Lab, Excalibur II. Is there any other detector I should consider? I could go to a $3,000.00 detector. I don’t have a brand preference.


    The Minelab Excalibur is an excellent detector. This is one of our top sellers for beach and underwater detecting. It is completely waterproof so you do not have to worry about ruining it in the water. It performs exceptionally well in the salt water will meet your needs for a beach detector. It uses BBS multi frequency technology which makes it stable in salt water, allows better target separation and finds more targets. 

  • Posted On: 6/24/2020 By: Johnny Jackson

    Q: any update on knobs?


    I do not have an update on the knobs. However, based on feedback from our customers, they do like swapping out the Minelab knobs for the Anderson knobs because they tend to hold up a little more. You can see view the Anderson knobs here: Anderson Detector Shafts Detector Knobs (Excalibur) 

  • Posted On: 6/18/2020 By: Jeremy Floyd

    Q: Is this safe to use underwater?

    A: Yes! The Excalibur II series is fully submersible to depths of 200 feet

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