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#1 Jennifer Bond

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 06:41 PM

Hi gang... out of the coils in the attached photo, is the Platypus the only FULLY waterproof one? Can any of the others be used in 1 or 2 foot of water provided you are careful or are they all (other than the Platy) to be kept dry?

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#2 grubstake

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 06:50 PM

The Playtpus is the only real waterproof coil, you can put it in up to the control box, the rest are resistant, I fried a stock 11 in minelab coil in tall wet grass, that was only wet fron dew. Grubstake, And I can't see your picture, says no permission. Grubstake
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#3 Jennifer Bond

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 06:58 PM

That's weird, it says I can't view it either, no permission.... hmmm

I'll throw it on my server and link it... stand by...

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#4 Jennifer Bond

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 06:59 PM

Here we go... thx Grub...

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#5 grubstake

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 07:06 PM

Yep I can see it now, still the only water proof coil is the Platy. all the others are water resistant. Some more than others, but I would not full submerg any but the Platy. Grubstake
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#6 Jennifer Bond

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 07:14 PM

That's what I figured the answer would be... thanks Grub.. much appreciate you taking the time to respond....

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 08:55 PM

Your Welcome, Jen. Grubstake
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#8 Rob Allison

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 08:19 PM

Hey Jen,

The only coil you have in your collection (in the picture you attached) is the Coiltek Platypus, which is 100% waterproof. Coiltek also makes the UFO and Mini UFO that are also 100% waterproof, but only make you monoloops. The Coiltek Playpus can be purchased in Mono or DD Pro.

Coiltek also make the 15-inch WOT DD for the Eureka Gold, XT series, E-Trac, Sovereign, Explorer series, Excal & now for the X-Terra series that is also 100% waterproof.

Hope this helps,

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#9 Jennifer Bond

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 08:21 PM

Thank you Rob and thank you for providing the forum to us all...

Much appreciated.
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#10 FlakMagnet

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 08:55 AM

I have a question Rob,

What does it take to make coils waterproof?
Would it be that much more expensive?

Just wondering...

#11 grubstake

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 01:42 PM

Hey, David, the waterproof coils from Whites, Tesoro, and other brands, have a cable connectorer on the coil, that is potted with an O ring in the bottom of the plastic connector, and also one on the top part that unscrews, around the cable, Its a little differt type of connector, but looks almost the same as the ones minelab use's. And of coarse, where the mounting bolts go, it has to have a complete seal also. I've taken several coils of differnt brands apart in the past, and they all have had dubble O rings, bottom where it goe's into the coil, and one where the flex part of the connector screws onto the cable. Grubstake
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#12 Rob Allison

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 09:04 PM

Hey Flak,

The waterproof Coiltek coils I mentioned in the above post are Epoxy sealed. The coil is a bit heavier, but 100% sealed with Epoxy to make sure no water can get into the windings. Other coils are using a "O" ring, but what happens when the "O" ring wears out like all "O" rings do.

I have heard of others just using silicon and sealing the coil connector and calling it good.

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#13 FlakMagnet

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:00 PM

I understand the "O" ring solution for waterproofing and it's probably fairly good
but potting the windings in epoxy is the way to go for sure.
I always loved my Platypus coil and I so rarely have the chance to use it
in a situation that it's really suited for...damp areas or in the water, so I sold it.
I miss it already ha ha

Oh and did I mention it is a very hot coil?
It is...




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