XP Deus Metal Detector Review
Whether you are a new to the world of metal detecting or you have been indulging in this hobby for quite some time the potential is there to make a wide variety of finds. One moment you can be amazed by the piece of green patina on a Hadrian sestertius that you lucky just uncovered and the next minute you can be holding a penny from 1980 and wondering how it ended up in such a bad state. You may find yourself having just uncovered a hammered silver penny from the time of Edward I and the next thing you use is a .303 cartridge from the Second World War. The truth is you can never be sure of what you might find even when you have done a lot of research about the area you intend to scan.
Lost metallic items have occurred across the Britain and the rest of the UK for around 4,000 years so now, so this gives you some idea of the massive range of items you may encounter while out and about. A successful metal detecting outing is a combination of three things; research, technical equipment and lastly but by no means least, luck. Annoyingly enough luck is one of the biggest components in the search for old items, luck has no respects for boundaries and it adheres to no rules of logic either. An example of luck is this:
‘A field that had been detected upon regularly, probably for 20 years or more recently revealed an astounding hoard of gold and silver items from Roam times.’ When this hoard was found is was by pure luck as many detectorists had been over that land and not managed to find it before.
So just because an area has been detecting upon before doesn’t mean that there is nothing left to find. Especially if it is farmland as the seasonal ploughing of the land can turn up new finds even when there were none before. You will also find that many clubs or groups tend to have that one ‘lucky’ hunter that seem to find more than everyone else, regardless of the type of equipment they are using.
Of course, both research and equipment are important but spending huge amounts of money and time will not guarantee that you will have good finds; it takes luck and a great deal of patience to guide your search head over and over the ground until the target is found. You may well be missing a significant find by only a few inches, so remember that this is a game of patience and being totally methodical in your approach.
It is this element of chance that keeps people detecting even when they havne found anything worthwhile in some time, it is the thrill and excitement of not knowing what you may uncover that dives you on. It’s not the things you find that keep you going back it’s the thought of the things yet to discover that pushes you on each time.
In the UK there is a scheme known as the Portable Antiquities Scheme or as P.A.S. it is a voluntary recording scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public to help increase public awareness of the importance of such finds for understanding our past and heritage.
The local PAS Finds Liaison Officer will offer a wide range of services such as:
- Finds identification and recording, either personally, or after consulting a specialist if required.
- They can give you sound advice on conservation and storage of your find to ensure it remain in the best possible condition.
- They can also give over the phone advice on the treasure act while you are out and about.
- They can also help with some Information about the archaeological background of the place where a find has been discovered or advise on areas where finds have been made.
- They can also give you important information about your find for the understanding of our historical purposes.
You are not legally bound to report any of your finds as this scheme is entirely voluntary, although PAS hopes that all detectorists will decide to report their discoveries as it helps them to better understand and document what has been found, thus they can create a better understanding of what came before us. It is obligatory however to report any material that can be constituted as Treasure, or that which may be believed to be Treasure. You can obtain copies of the code of practice on the Treasure Act, as well as a leaflet that explains the definition of Treasure from PAS and this is free of charge.
A find is considered to be treasure when it meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Treasure can be any object that is at least 300 years old at the time of the find and is:
- One of at least two coins within the same find with a precious metal content of at least 10%
- if the precious metal content is less than 10%, is one of at least 10 coins in the same find
- is not a coin but has precious metal content of at least 10%
- is any object of any material found in the same place as another object that is deemed treasure
- Any group of two or more metallic objects of any composition of prehistoric date that come from the same find
- is an object substantially made from gold or silver but is less than 300 years old
XP Metal Detectors was the first French Metal Detector manufacturer in the country. They are based in Toulouse and was established in 1998. XP Metal Detectors develops and manufactures innovative and high-performance metal detector devices, these machines have since become a reference among enthusiasts over recent years. Conceived of by the team of engineers who work alongside a team of experienced detectorists, the XP’s range of metal detectors have been designed to respond to the users’ expectations. Thus, the products combine power, selectivity and ergonomics to ensure the perfect balance between performance characteristics are met each and every time.
They have 5 different models to choose from and the Deus is one of their best to date. The key features of this unit include the following:
- It has 4 frequencies (4kHz ; 8kHz ; 12kHz ; 18kHz) + shift plus/minus to enable greater control over your search.
- The power and recovery are adjustable and works 2 or 3 times faster/slower than the Gold Maxx Power model.
- It has audio response, iron level, multi tone, notch, discrimination.
- It also has ground balance: Tracking, Pumping, Manual, Beach modes.
- There are motion and 4 non-motion modes to choose from.
- It has an extended discrimination range, with even greater precision for iron
- It comes with pre-configured factory programmes (9 switch on and go programs) and memory of personal programmes as well.
- The headphones are weatherproof.
The model specification are as follows:
- Wireless digital link, multichannel automatic (36 channels)
- Ultra-light detector: 987g Full – 887g without wireless control box (hip-mountable).
- Remote Control pocket sized (hip mount case provided), held by clip support, graphic display with low power consumption backlight and intuitive screen.
- 9″ Carbon fibre impregnated 2D coil, both light and waterproof including coil cover
- Wireless Backphone, rain proof, light and foldable (Backphone removable), with its own operation controls and screen, with transport case
- It has USB standard protocol to recharge and download new software/update (via XP website)
- Lithium battery is very compact and only weighs 9g.
- Battery life of the coil is a maximum of 20h
- Battery life Remote Control and Backphone life of 27 hours
- It has fast and intelligent charging capabilities meaning simultaneously charging all 3 elements of the device in just 2 hours.
- There is an option of purchasing a larger coil 34cm/28cm (13″X11″) DD
- There is a mini emergency charger that can be used in your car.
- It comes with a 5 year warranty which covers both parts and labour.
Thanks to a number of innovations the XP Deus Metal Detector can be ready to go in just a few seconds, the new patented “S TELESCOPIC “stem can be stored away instantly and is much easier to handle than a straight stem with an integral handle. It is particularly comfortable to use because of its shaped rubber handle and improved operating angle. This also means that you can comfortably manage this unit for long periods of time without too much fatigue.
Features – Wireless digital link with multichannel automatic – Ultra light detector at 987g max – Remote Control – 9″ Carbon fibre impregnated 2D coil – Optional: Larger coil 34cm/28cm (13″X11″) DD – USB standard protocol – Wireless Backphone – rain proof – light and foldable -Lithium battery – Battery life Coil: max 20h – Battery life Remote Control and Backphone: 27 hours.
Pricing – High End – In excess of £1000
The DEUS marks a technological breakthrough and is a real innovation in metal detector design. All of the major parts, the coil, the remote control and the audio headphones are total unique this t model and in the way that they communicate with each other via the digital radio link. The is a super effective metal detector that is also very light weight and easy to use which makes it perfect for anyone looking to spend more time out in the field and less time resting their arms.