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Updating Your Minelab Equinox 600 & 800 Metal Detectors


Minelab Metal Detectors has rolled out a new software update for Equinox 600 and Equinox 800 metal detectors as of July 2020. This new update has enabled a new Single Frequency of 4 kHz. Kellyco understands this new frequency improves your ability to find silver targets deep in the ground. YouTuber Iffy Signals has provided a helpful comparison between the last update and this most recent 3.0 update. You can watch that video below.

How To Update your Equinox 600 and Equinox 800:

  1. Connect the Equinox to the computer via the USB port.
  2. Turn on the Equinox. Only one Equinox can be connected to your computer at a time during the software update.
  3. When the Equinox is discovered by your computer. the MUU will “talk” to your detector and determine which update your machine currently has.
  4. If an update is available for your Equinox metal detector, your computer will display “Update are available for your detector.”
  5. Click the yellow INSTALL button to begin the installation process. (If your Equinox is already up to date, your computer will display “Your detector is up to date” and prompt you to close the application.)
  6. During the installation process, the screen on your Equinox 600 and 800 will go blank and a greed LED light will blink rapidly at the top left of the control box.
  7. Installation should take one minute to complete.
  8. Once the software installation is complete, your Equinox will restart itself and the application will ask you to disconnect the machine’s USB cord and close the application.
  9. To update another Equinox metal detector, disconnect all machines, restart the application, and begin the process again.

Equinox 800

The Minelab Equinox 800 brings a new perspective to the detecting world through implementation of what Minelab calls Multi-IQ technology. The Equinox 800 can simultaneously operate on up to five VLF and LF frequencies (5Khz, 10Khz, 15Khz, 20Khz, 40Khz), designed to enable detection of small and large targets, both ferrous and non-ferrous. Or, each individual frequency (except for 20Khz and 40Mhz) can be selected separately, allowing the Equinox to operate like a traditional single frequency VLF detector.

There are a series of factory-preset detect modes: Park, Field, Beach, and Gold. These allow you to jump to different situations with slightly varying levels of discrimination, sensitivity, recovery speed/separation, number and type of tones, and so on. Each mode has two levels, the second of which is generally more finely tuned for that environment. 

The Equinox 800 was operated primarily in Field 2, however Field 1, Beach 2, and Gold 2 were also tested. In all modes Multi-Frequency was used in order to thoroughly vet the detector’s Multi-IQ technology in the heavily mineralized environment. All metal mode was utilized frequently to assess the detector’s target separation fidelity and recovery speed. Tracking ground balance was unable to be used, however, because of the highly volatile, scattered soil conditions.

  • The Equinox 800 has a noise cancelling feature that enables the machine to deconflict with interfering nearby detectors, power lines, or other forms of electromagnetic interference, and automatically select the optimal operating frequencies.
  • This is in addition to the ground balance capability, which optimizes the detector based on soil conditions.
  • Ground balancing the Equinox 800 can be done manually, as traditionally done with most detectors, or it can be set to automatic/tracking ground balance for more highly mineralized conditions or changing conditions.
  • Field 2 seemed to provide the most consistency once the recovery speed slowed down to 5, and with constant ground balancing.
  • The Equinox is also able to easily receive factory software updates by connecting the detector to a computer and following a few simple steps.
  • The Equinox 800 struggled throughout the day to consistently maintain lock on targets, or in several cases even detect the target.
  • The Equinox 800 can take some time to learn. It has a lot of detailed advanced and custom setting options that allow you to fine-tune the machine, such as threshold, threshold pitch, number of target tones from 2-50, tone pitch, and tone break.
  • However, good results can be obtained with the Equinox straight out of the box using one of the standard factory-preset modes.
  • Checks of the Field 1, Beach 2, and Gold 2 did not provide any increase in detection capability or consistency, although out of those three modes, Gold 2 did the best.
The Bottom Line

For this evaluation, the machine was operated first with the factory-installed v1.75 software, and then upgraded to the v2.1.12 update and tested again.

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Minelab Equinox 600

This detector is multi-frequency, and also has a wide range of single frequencies. These frequencies have a high level of accuracy. One customer reported that he was detecting at the beach and fine-tuned his frequency settings. It beeped in the dime range, and sure enough, he found a dime. It’s good at filtering out the junk and does well in freshwater or saltwater.

  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
  • Frequency: 5, 10 and 15 kHz; multi
  • Waterproof: Up to 10 feet
  • Warranty: Three-year limited detector; one-year battery
Our Rating
Ease of Use
Weight and Balance
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Waterproof up to 10 feet
  • Does not come with wireless headphones, but you can use bluetooth
  • It does not have the ability to switch to single frequency for gold modes
  • It does not have a backlight
What Our Customers Say
  • I am a newbie to metal detecting and bought this detector. Out of the box, it was super simple to use since it has presets of beach, beach water, park and field. I have used it about seven times on the beach and have found two necklace pendants and lots of quarters and dimes. I have nothing to compare it with, but feel it is very good and solid as I rarely get alerted to junk metal and it gives you a minus number when it is garbage. The coil is large, perfect for trying to detect in large areas like a beach. I am hooked and my young adult daughter and I have had a blast. I can totally recommend the Equinox 600. - Avana
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About The Author
Maggie Kornahrens
Maggie is new to metal detecting but has started taking her two young boys out through the rivers and hills near the Smoky Mountains. She is Florida born, South Carolina raised, and now home in Tennessee.