News for 2011

Updates from Minelab Zimbabwe

16 Dec 2011

Minelab Zimbabwe Stand

Minelab Zimbabwe has been closely engaged with the artisanal small scale mining sector for many years introducing technology where none previously existed. The team in Zimbabwe are passionate about customer successes in the field and about the development of metal detecting as a whole.

With a base in Bulawayo and new dealerships in both Harare and Kwekwe, the team is well placed to cover the region for the supply of Genuine Minelab product. What’s more, Zimbabwe has a newly established repair, service and training facility for Minelab equipment.

Customers can now reference instruction manuals in the Ndebele language. For further information visit www.minelab-zimbabwe.com.

Field Test: Minelab X-TERRA 305

01 Dec 2011

Treasure Hunting: Field Test - Minelab X-TERRA 305

Author: Julian Evan-Hart

Source: Treasure Hunting (Dec 2011)

I always enjoy field testing metal detectors from the Minelab stable. The X-TERRA range – using the sophisticated VFLEX technology – is a tried, trusted and well-established series of detectors, so when an updated or new model arrives it is truly exciting. On this occasion I also had the added bonus of examining an additional product manufactured by Coiltek for the X-TERRA range... Download PDF

New iPhone apps

22 Nov 2011

Epic Find screen shot

Minelab has entered the world of iPhone apps! The new free game Minelab Epic Find enables players to unearth incredible virtual treasure with the flick of a finger.

Using Epic Find you can now discover treasure anywhere with your pocket metal detector. It’s the next best thing to owning a real Minelab detector! Minelab Epic Find uses your iPhone camera to...

New DVD: Become a Gold Pro-Spector

27 Oct 2011


Are you interested in learning how to get the most out of your GPX 5000 or GPX 4800 detector? Are you struggling to master the Ground Balance procedure, or have questions about search coil selection? Would you like to know more about each of the settings and how they affect overall performance? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then check out Minelab's newest training video, Become a Gold Pro-Spector.

Hosted by experienced prospector Chris Gholson, this 95-minute production was filmed in picturesque central Arizona; some of the most productive and mineralised gold country in the United States. Chris is a recognised authority in the industry...

Minelab Americas – 2011 Partner Conference Award Winners

26 Oct 2011

Winner Business Growth Award % 2011

In September 2011 Minelab held the 2nd Annual Minelab Americas Partner Conference in Chicago. This conference was not only a great opportunity for Minelab Americas Partners to learn more about Minelab products but also a chance for Minelab to recognise some of the outstanding performances from our authorised Minelab dealers from fiscal year 2011.

The winners of the Partner Excellence awards are…

Treasure Hunting with Minelab – by Clive Clynick

10 Oct 2011

finds by Clive Clynick

Presented by Minelab Canada

Minelab Canada is proud to present “world famous detectorist and famed author” Clive Clynick at the Great Outdoors and DIY Weekend being held at the International Centre, Mississauga, ON., November 25th – 27th, 2011. Clive will be providing FREE on stage seminars unlocking the mystery in finding treasure!

Clive has been detecting for some 30 plus years and is the author of over a dozen books and numerous articles on the detecting hobby. He plans to talk about the treasure detecting hobby as a family adventure and a great way to become acquainted with the history of your area! As well, Clive will answer questions, talk about Minelab products and provide a “Show and Tell” recent Treasure Finds with his trusted Minelab metal Detector!

Fields Of Study

01 Oct 2011

Minerva: Fields of Study

Author: Trevor Austin
Source: Minerva Volume 22, Number 5 (Sept - Oct 2011)

At this time of year in Britain, it is not unusual to see a lone figure weaving through the bales of straw in a roadside field, following a determined pattern and swinging a metal detector back and forth. Even on windswept beaches in the depths of winter, resolute individuals can be seen steadily walking while waving their electronic wands before them. These metal detector users... Download PDF

New Minelab Catalogue!

23 Sep 2011

Trying to choose which metal detector will be the best to meet your needs and wants can be a little confusing. In an effort to try and make this process a little simpler Minelab have been working on an all new product catalogue. All of our detectors are grouped into three categories - ADVENTURE, TREASURE and GOLD – just like they are now appearing on the metal detector pages of our website. There is also plenty of additional information to help you understand the basics of how a metal detector works, common detecting terms and more about our superior technologies. You’ll also find plenty of Success Stories from real detectorists talking about their finds to get you even more excited about the fantastic hobby of metal detecting.

The catalogue is available to download, or if you would like a printed version you can request a free catalogue to be mailed to your door. Get your copy today!

Updates From Minelab Canada

22 Sep 2011

Minelab Canada

News from the Minelab Canada blog:

This past Friday (September 16, 2011) I was pleased to meet with Clive Clynick (Canada’s famed detectorist and author) and Rob Freeman of Minelab Americas and Tim Pacan, Sales Manager at Radioworld in Toronto, ON. We met for several hours talking about Minelab Detectors, future plans for Minelab in Canada and story upon story about Clive’s detecting accomplishments and his publications.

I was glad to see Clive again! He is a great fellow and always has an interesting story or two. Clive is the author of several metal detecting books which are considered “must haves” in the metal detecting community. They are chock full of techniques, tips and tricks to operating your metal detector and finding more treasure! Clive’s most recent finds are a sight to behold and listening to the story behind them never gets old. You can find out more information on Clive’s finds by visiting his website.

Minelab Americas and Minelab Canada have been working hard on some very exciting changes that have already started. ...

To read the full story visit the Minelab Canada blog.

One of the Biggest Nuggets in Existence!

19 Sep 2011

Eureka Echo Cover-Winter 2011

The Ausrox gold nugget, which weighs 23.26kg (748 troy ounces), was found by a very lucky prospector detecting in the eastern goldfields of Western Australia in April 2010.

The nugget will be on display at the Melbourne Museum until October 2011 as part of the gold section within the long term ‘Dynamic Earth’ exhibition.

Don’t miss this chance to see one of the biggest nuggets in existence.

The nugget’s display was facilitated by Ausrox Gold and is on loan from the Pinnacle collection.

Article courtesy of the Eureka Echo.

Gold Fever Gripping the Australian Outback

17 Aug 2011

As the price of gold soars on concerns about the health of the global economy, more and more people are giving up lucrative day jobs for a chance at the quick riches and adventure offered by old-fashioned prospecting reports the New York Times.

"Gold prices are up 23 percent since the beginning of this year alone. As a result, more and more people are giving up lucrative jobs in cities in Australia for a chance at the quick riches and adventure offered by old-fashioned prospecting. ...

... 'People have never been really game enough to let go of their security of having their job and their home," Ms. Ellis said. "But what I'm seeing is lifestyle change and that this is something where you can actually make money. It can be a life-changing event. All you need is a nugget, and it's a life-changing event.' ...

... One defining feature of the current gold rush, many say, is the age of those joining up. Whereas prospecting for gold has traditionally been a hobby associated with the elderly, many of those moving out to the country are well below retirement age."

Read the full article at the New York Times website.

Video Success Stories Now Accepted!

15 Aug 2011

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Great news for all Minelab users!

Throughout the years we have heard lots of amazing stories about all kinds of exciting discoveries made by Minelab users around the world. Many of them are available for you to read on our Success Stories page.

Earlier this year we introduced great new prizes for our Find of the Month competition in which we award the winner with a US$250* Minelab voucher! We are now very pleased to announce that, in addition to this ongoing competition, Minelab will be accepting short videos as part of Success Story submissions.

BONUS short shaft now included with X-TERRA 305

02 Aug 2011

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The Minelab X-TERRA 305 has been popular for its ease of use and suitability for the whole family. To make this great detector even more family friendly the X-TERRA 305 will now come with a BONUS short shaft, free of charge, in addition to the standard shaft. This shaft allows greater adjustment over the operating length of the detector making it suitable for even the smallest members of the family to detect comfortably. Visit the Where to Buy page to find your local authorised Minelab dealer and find out more about the X-TERRA 305 today.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your regional Minelab office.

NEW 15” All-Terrain 7.5kHz X-TERRA Coil by Coiltek Manufacturing

18 Jul 2011

Coiltek Manufacturing X-TERRA coil

Minelab is delighted to announce that as a result of collaboration with Coiltek Manufacturing, Coiltek has developed a great NEW 15” ALL TERRAIN 7.5kHz accessory coil to supplement the accessory range currently available for the ever-popular X-TERRA Series.

This waterproof ALL TERRAIN coil is compatible with Minelab’s VFLEX technology and is designed to give improved depth and ground coverage for larger targets. This new coil will be a great addition to the current range of Minelab manufactured X-TERRA Series coils. During testing it has already produced a number of significant finds at varying depths. Offering increased flexibility for X-TERRA users to customise their detector to suit their individual detecting needs this coil would be a great addition to your X-TERRA detecting kit.

Warranty Now Transferable

01 Jul 2011

Warranty Card

Minelab, an ISO9001 quality accredited company, currently provides a comprehensive three-year warranty for the majority of our products*. In an ongoing effort to improve our services to our valued customers, this warranty will also be transferable for new products originally purchased from an authorised Minelab dealer from July 1st, 2011. This means that any remaining warranty period can be transferred to a legitimate subsequent owner within the original country of purchase. (For complete details please refer to our full Limited Product Warranty Conditions).

This transferability will provide you with the added reasurance that we stand behind the high level of quality Minelab products have come to be known for.

Also, don’t forget when you purchase a new Minelab detector you can complete your warranty registration online at www.minelab.com/warranty-registration. If you have purchased a second-hand Minelab detector you are also encouraged to register your details with Minelab. To do so please provide your serial number directly to your regional Minelab office as the online warranty registration is only able to accept the initial purchase details.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your regional Minelab office.

* This includes electronic control boxes with the exception of the Excalibur (which is warranted for 12 months from the Date of Purchase), Minelab branded search coils, handles, shafts, headphones, bags and battery chargers are under warranty for a period of 3 years (36 months) from the date of retail purchase as set out in the Warranty Registration Card ("Date of Purchase").

Bruce Candy wins ATSE Clunies Ross Award

24 Jun 2011


On Thursday 19th May 2011, Minelab’s Dr Bruce Halcro Candy was awarded the 2011 Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Award for Leadership in Technology.

Since its establishment in 1991 by the Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Foundation, the ATSE Clunies Ross Award has become one of the pre-eminent awards for scientists, technologists and innovators across Australia.The Awards focus on the application of Australian technological science and engineering for the benefit of the community.  They highlight ATSE’s commitment to fostering innovation and commercialisation and honouring the work of those taking the nation’s leading technologies to the market place.

Bruce is one of the world’s leading experts for the development of high performance, affordable and practical hand held metal detectors and has been the key innovator and technologist at Minelab for 25 years. His theoretical and practical understanding of the metal detecting in highly mineralised soils and other difficult conditions is unmatched anywhere in the world. This award is a well deserved recognition of the key contributions Bruce has made to the advancement of hand held detection technology and the success of Minelab.

Bruce is an inspirational technologist and his work will benefit the industry for decades to come, including the deminers who are lessening the landmine menace worldwide, the gold prospectors who have generated wealth both here in Australia and worldwide and the archaeological community who benefit from the many finds by detectorists who search for old coins, treasure and relic antiquities using his technologies.

Minelab congratulates Bruce on this award and his many outstanding achievements over the last 25 years – Congratulations Bruce!

Minelab International Has Moved

16 Jun 2011

Minelab International Office - Harbour Point

Minelab International is proud to announce the opening of its new European Headquarters at Harbour Point Business Park in Little Island, Co. Cork, Ireland, commencing Monday 13th June, 2011.

Our new contact details are:

Minelab International Ltd
Unit 207, Harbour Point Business Park
Little Island, Co. Cork

Tel: +353 (0)21 423 2352

Fax: +353 (0)21 423 2353
Email: minelab@minelab.ie (unchanged)

This is a very exciting time for our business and we look forward to supporting our Europe, Middle East and Africa customers into the future through our teams dedicated to Sales & Marketing, Customer Service, Finance/Administration and Warehouse/Distribution.

For more information on Cork, please view http://www.cometocork.com/

Please Contact Us if you have any queries. We look forward to welcoming you here!

Free X-TERRA eBook - Available Now!

02 Jun 2011

Understanding your X-TERRA front cover and pages

Want to learn more about the Minelab X-TERRA series and how to get the most out of these detectors? If so, then the new eBook ‘Understanding your X-TERRA’ is just what you have been waiting for! Written by Randy Horton, or Digger as some of you may know him better, and published by Minelab this eBook is a comprehensive guide to better ‘Understanding your X-TERRA’.

Digger has been metal detecting in the Central US for nearly 40 years and has a passion for finding old coins at old sites. In addition to performing field tests for several manufacturers (including the Minelab X-TERRA series), he also serves as Moderator on the X-TERRA forum at Find’s Treasure Forums. Digger has written several articles, and enjoys sharing his thoughts and tips on various aspects of the hobby. His detectors of choice include the X-TERRA, E-TRAC and Musketeer Advantage. The team here at Minelab are all very appreciative that Digger has taken the time to share his knowledge of the X-TERRA series with the detecting community by writing this eBook. We have enjoyed working with Randy to make this eBook come to life and we hope that you enjoy reading it!

There is a preview you can view below. The complete eBook is available to download in PDF format in the www.minelab.com members section. If you are not a member yet don’t worry – registering is quick, easy and free – all you need to do is complete the members registration form and activate your membership. And for those that prefer to read ink on paper over pixels on the screen, we have made the download available in both A4 and US letter size paper, so be sure to choose the best format for your printer.

You’ll never know for sure... unless you read it!
Download your copy of Understanding your X-TERRA now.

Diggin’ In Virginia Makes History Come Alive with the GPX 5000

29 Apr 2011

diggin in virginia finds

The Diggin’ in Virginia XVII Hunt was held on March 31 to April 2 this year and was attended by hundreds of relic hunting enthusiasts. Here are a few highlights of the event from Minelab’s Rob Freeman and fellow attendees:

Thank you to everyone who participated at DIV’s (Diggin’ In Virginia) 3000+ acre hunt this Spring and for stopping by the Minelab booth to say hello at the dinner that Wednesday evening. The caliber of people I had a chance to meet there was impressive. I met expert detectorists and Civil War historians alike. These guys meant serious business. I was personally intrigued with this event especially since April 12th marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Wedderburn gold Festival

31 Mar 2011

Wedderburn gold festival

The annual Wedderburn Gold Festival, held on 12th March 2011, was another fabulous success this year with lovely blue skies and warm days in the low 20’s (Celsius).

The prospect of winning a brand new Minelab GPX 5000 had contestants coming from all parts of Victoria and interstate. About 160 took part on Saturday and a further 20 odd added to their ranks on Sunday totalling about 180 contestants all up.

The contest was a good natured affair, relying a lot on good fortune, with the winner having to find the lucky token in amongst about 200 tokens hidden in the area. A large area of forest was used so there was plenty of room for everyone, and being a well known goldfield, there was always the chance of gold nuggets coming up as well! The contestants did very well, recovering about 172 tokens of the 200 hidden.

The lucky winner this year was Mr Travis Jackson, a local prospector who is absolutely thrilled with his new GPX 5000 first prize.

In addition to the detecting championship, Wedderburn locals turned on a full festival in the street with stalls and displays. On Saturday night everyone was entertained with music and a dance.

Come one and come all … and let’s see you next year.

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