Nokta Makro have taken the metal detector market by storm over recent years so, like many others, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of their new Simplex+. The machine was initially due to be launched in August this year, but was delayed, not due to technical issues, but due to the addition of features that were not originally planned for the machine. However, Nokta Makro had listened to the market and made these extra changes prior to the launch. Having heard that the machine was going to be at Detectival this year, I wanted to make sure I had a real close-up look and play prior to the launch to see what all the fuss was about. Promising an easy to use machine with high-end performance for under £300 already sounded too good to be true, but hang on, there is more…. much much more!
• Single frequency VLF 12 kHz
• Pinpoint mode
• IP68 water resistant up to 3 metres
• Powered by Lithium-Polymer battery (2300mAh, built-in, rechargeable)
• Wireless headphones option
• Vibration mode
• Collapsible shaft (25-52 inches)
• Compact and lightweight – 2.8 lbs
• 11 inch DD coil
• Updateable software via online
• Backlit screen + LED flashlight
• 4 search modes
• Automatic or manual ground balance
• 0-99 target ID + notch discrimination option
• Iron volume
• 3 audio tones with volume control
• Depth indicator
• Adjustable sensitivity (6 levels)
• Frequency shift
• 2 years warranty
• Price: £299 or £399 with wireless headphone pack
After spending a day on the fields at Detectival in the baking heat, aching all over and sunburnt, the only thing I was really looking forward to back in the main arena was a pint of beer and a burger. Then one of the Treasure Hunting team reminded me that we had the opportunity to take a look at the Simplex+ machine on the Nokta Makro stand – I suddenly forgot about my aching muscles, sunburn and burger (although not my beer) and we quickly made our way over to Dilek of Nokta Makro to have a play with the new machine.
My first impressions on holding the machine was that it was well made and lightweight with a great grip. Dilek then rolled off all the features of the machine, which to be honest made me wonder if I had picked up the right machine considering the RRP of £299 for the Simplex. “This is the Simplex?” I asked. “Yes, of course,” said a confused looking Dilek. I then turned on the Simplex to check out all the features and threw a few coins and my wedding ring on the floor to see how the machine sounded along with the reaction speed. If you are already a Nokta Makro user you will be pleased to hear that the tones have not changed and the Simplex still carries the ‘unique’ sound with three tones.
The reaction speed seemed good but I was only playing with surface finds so couldn’t gauge the sensitivity at depth. I didn’t want to get too excited as this was a pre-production model – I would need to take it out into the field to see its true colours.
I carried on asking a few more questions, then thanked Dilek for the demo and looked forward to getting my hands on one when launched. “Don’t forget our amazing launch shortly,” said Dilek. “Sure, I’m looking forward to it,” I replied.
I will be brief on this, but hats off to Nokta Makro for managing to gather a very large crowd to see a mermaid (yes, a mermaid!), detecting with the Simplex in a huge fish tank, surround by pirates on hoverboard ships. What a way to showcase a fully waterproof machine in front of such a very eager audience.
A couple of weeks later, I was eagerly awaiting the delivery of my Simplex direct from Turkey where the machine is manufactured. Whilst at work, my phone pinged with a message from one of my screenagers saying “Dad, your thing’s here.” I rushed home that night, looking forward to getting my hands on the machine to see if it was exactly the same as the one I had tried at Detectival. To my delight, all was the same, along with a set of the wireless headphones which come as part of the Simplex+ WHP (Wireless Headphone Package). The machine was well-made and very simple to set up by following an excellent informative instruction manual that any new beginner would understand. This is something that I feel has been lacking with both some low-end and higher priced detectors recently. Old hands might take their knowledge of detecting for granted, but if you are new you need to understand your machine – if you don’t you will be missing out on all the features.
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