XP DEUS V4 Metal Detector
The XP Metal Detectors company of France has been making waves with its new metal detector, the XP DEUS. So much has already been written about the XP DEUS that this page is going to focus on the upcoming Version 4 software release scheduled for 2017. This new version of the software combined with new hardware has the potential to make the DEUS into a totally different detector. For that reason this website will be referring to XP DEUS V4 specifically as opposed to earlier versions of the detector.
I purchased a new XP DEUS in 2014 to evaluate it as a gold prospecting detector. The DEUS was originally designed for coin and relic hunting in Europe but quickly found a following in the United States also. As a prospector I was not much interested in the detector, until the version 3.0 software update added a program specifically for prospecting, the Goldfield program. According to Andy Sabisch at Findmall the program was originally developed as a dedicated prospecting detector for the African market. It worked and was subsequently added to the 3.0 software update for the DEUS.
According to XP "The GOLD FIELD program uses a different detection strategy designed to handle highly mineralized ground containing targets such as gold nuggets. In these ground conditions, small, low-conductive targets are often seen as ground noise or iron, especially when they are deeply buried. To go deeper in these difficult conditions, the GOLD FIELD program uses a true All Metal mode allowing you to accept a whole zone of ground that is usually rejected (Full Range). Rather than rejecting all the ground values below the setting (as on conventional detectors), this new program rejects only the current value of the ground which you have to adjust exactly."
The short story is I found the XP DEUS and its new Goldfield program to be perfectly adequate for gold prospecting, but that was about it. The innovative wireless design non-withstanding, there just seemed to me to be nothing particularly compelling about the DEUS for gold prospecting. It is the kind of machine that if a person owned it anyway, then they would have a capable gold prospecting detector in addition to all its other uses. Given the price however to buy it specifically for gold prospecting just did not make much sense to me when detectors costing half as much did every bit as well or better. Further, a well respected person on my forum reported that he also ran into issues with the DEUS in its current form when it comes to gold prospecting. You can find my detailed review and his report both at Using The XP DEUS For Gold Prospecting at the Detector Prospector Forum. I went ahead and sold my new DEUS at that time.
Fast forward to the fall of 2015. Early information about the upcoming version 4.0 software release immediately caught my interest. New coils were announced that has serious implications for gold prospectors. The new coils will be 12cm x 24cm or approximately 4.7" x 9.5" which is very close to the standard established for VLF gold prospecting detectors. There will also be a new round 9" coil. More importantly, the new coils via the V4 software will enable operation much higher operating frequencies. The 9" round coil will operate at 14 kHz, 30 kHz, or 59 kHz and the elliptical coil at 14 kHz, 30 kHz, and an amazing 81 kHz!. This would put the XP DEUS V4 squarely in the realm of high frequency gold prospecting detectors. Currently the Fisher Gold Bug 2 at 71 kHz has the highest operating frequency of the popular prospecting detectors.
These extremely sensitive coils operate on a wide range of 21 frequencies, ranging from 13 to 81 kHz depending on coil choice. The search coils three base frequencies are 14kHz - 30kHz and 59 kHz for the 22.5cm (9”) Round DD coil. The elliptical DD coil has a slightly different base frequency set of 14kHz - 30kHz and 81 kHz. Each coil has a further 7 higher or lower sub frequencies to choose from, allowing a much wider adjustment range (Previous Deus has 3 sub frequencies). The lower frequencies are intended for general use, they provide good sensitivity to a wide range of targets, the higher frequencies will take the Deus to another level. You will instantly notice the enhanced sensitivity and the ability to find small targets that have previously been difficult or impossible to locate when searching mineralized ground with competing devices. Apart from the ability to detect through mineralized soil, the HF coils will enhance the signature from weak - low conductive targets or even highly conductive targets, that due to their shape or construction (thin or wired) are beyond the reach of conventional detectors, for example: open rings such as earrings or fine bracelets, wire framed artifacts, gold nuggets, intricate fibula’s, small coins, thin coins, etc. The new HF coils only weigh 350g and are equipped with the latest higher capacity lithium battery (850mA). The new battery is situated in the lower stem; this is a bonus especially if you are working in a remote area far from a power source as optional replacement batteries will be available. Battery life: 20 hours at 15kHz, 27 hours at 30khz and 28 hours at 59 & 81 kHz.
In my opinion the version 4.0 software upgrade combined with this new coil means the DEUS is worth another look as a gold prospecting detector. The smaller footprint of the elliptical coil will "see" less ground and better separate small gold nuggets from difficult ground conditions. The boost in frequency will also make the detector hotter on small nuggets. The only downside at this time is the update is slated for the first half of 2017. The 9" coil is to be available in March 2017 and the elliptical coil in May 2017. I have acquired another XP DEUS for my personal use to get back up to speed with the machine before the V4 update. This page will be updated as new information is available. See this thread on the DP Forum for more details on the V4 update and new coils.
XP DEUS Versions/Update History
Download The XP DEUS Color Brochure
Download The V4 Update Color Brochure
Download The XP DEUS V4 Update Flyer
Download The XP DEUS V4 Instruction Manual
|Internet Price||$875 - $1565, 9" Coil w/WS4 Phones, Remote $1520|
|Technology||Induction Balance (IB)|
|Frequency||4, 8, 12, 18 kHz or 14, 30, 55, 80 kHz|
|Autotune Mode(s)||Multiple "Reactivity" Settings|
|Ground Rejection||Grab, Manual, Tracking|
|Soil Adjust||Beach Mode|
|Discrimination||Variable, Visual ID, Tone ID, Notch|
|Audio Output||1/8" headphone socket & speaker, wireless headphones|
|Standard Search Coil(s)||9" DD or 11" DD|
|Optional Search Coils||13" x 11" DD, soon to be released 9.5" x 4.7" DD|
|Battery||Built In Rechargeable|
|Operating Time||20 hours|
|Additional Technology||Wireless coils, control box, headphones; firmware updates via internet|
|Notes||Perhaps the most popular detector sold in Europe|
*Notes on Technical Specifications - Detailed notes about the specifications listed in this chart.