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 2016. 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. A new coil has been announced that has serious implications for prospectors in particular. The new coil 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 More importantly, the new coil via the V4 software will enable operation at 15 kHz, 30 kHz, or 55 kHz. This would put the XP DEUS V4 squarely in the realm of high frequency gold prospecting detectors.
There will also be a 9" round version of this coil. Both coils are different than existing DEUS coils in that the battery is not built into the coil. Instead, a drop in battery will fit into the lower rod section and power the coil.
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 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. Still, 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.
Download The XP DEUS Color Brochure
Download The XP DEUS 3.0 Update Flyer
Download The XP DEUS Instruction Manual
|Internet Price||$875 - $1565, 9" Coil w/WS4 Phones, Remote $1520|
|Technology||Induction Balance (IB)|
|Frequency||4, 8, 12, 18 kHz or 15, 30, 55 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.