The Nokta Makro Simplex+

For the past few months I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Nokta Simplex+ from people I respect and when the company came on board as an advertiser they asked if I would consider doing a review.  I agreed with the understanding that (1) there was no deadline, (2) it wouldn’t be lengthy nor technical and (3) that I can be brutally honest in my evaluation.

 THE NOKTA SIMPLEX+ 

Understand it has been years since I’ve reviewed a detector and this will not be your typical field test. I’m older now and don’t have the stamina, nor the patience to deal with complicated and confusing procedures. Even worse, at the moment I don’t have that many decent places to hunt…

I will hit you with the bad news upfront. There’s no video of me unboxing and assembling the detector. If that sort of thing excites you Google it! Also I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on all the various functions, settings, features. The Simplex+ has been out long enough now that there’s any number of reviews, field tests and YouTube videos, plus you can find the owner’s manual online. The other upfront news is that this detector has a helluva lot going for it!

Here goes…

When the Simplex+ was delivered the box it was in was small (12″ x 22″ x 5″) and I wondered if there was really a metal detector inside or if this was going to be an Ikea kind of project?  I opened it and much to my surprise there was indeed a detector in there as well as wireless headphones, a manual and a Nokta cap to boot.

Good things come in small packages

The Simplex+ comes standard with an 11 inch DD coil was a snap to assemble. The straight, rectangular shaft was easy to adjust thanks to two “levered latches” (why all the manufacturers haven’t gone this route is beyond me) and using the telescopic feature the detector can be shortened to 25″ for easy transport or packing. I was extremely impressed with the overall quality of construction and once assembled the Simplex felt very comfortable, as in balanced and lightweight (2.9 lbs).

The Simplex+ comes with an eleven inch DD coil

Latch stem adjustments

After assembling the detector I decided it was best that I charge the detector (built in lithium battery) as well as the wireless headphones. Out of the box the detector indicated a nearly full charge and headphones apparently weren’t bad either but I charged them both anyway. The headphones, which according to the manual typically take 3 hours for a full charge, only took fifteen minutes and the detector 30 minutes to “show” a full charge.

Still not sure how I feel about lithium batteries but willing to wait before passing judgement. I understand the reason for them and appreciate the efforts at making our toys lighter and easier to use. Just always liked that feeling knowing I had backup batteries when I was in the field.

The Nokta wireless headphones

To pair the headphones to the detector I held down the white dot (see above) on one ear pad and turned the on/off switch (other pad) to the “on” position until I heard a beep. Next I held both the plus and minus buttons the on detector until I heard a high pitched beep and the wireless icon appeared on the display. At that point the headphones and detector were good buddies. Best part? No need to pair the headphones to the detector again.

The Display

I turned the Simplex on and was impressed with the layout of the display. Numerical scale on top, five search modes below, then a sensitivity barometer on the left and a depth indicator on the right. The very bottom of screen looked somewhat daunting but after reading the manual the icons were easily understood and at my age that’s saying something.

The Simplex display

Back of detector features speaker, LED flashlight and input for charging the built in lithium battery.

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Pretty sure I got a little too industrious with the following diagrams since many of you are already familiar with the Simplex and it’s features.  Nonetheless…..

BASIC SUMMARY – FIVE SEARCH MODES (left to right)

FIELD MODE –  Best for relic hunting

PARK I MODE – Relatively deeper but a bit slower than Park 2 mode. Low tone for ferrous targets with 0-15 IDs, a medium tone for gold and non-ferrous metals with IDs 16-69 and a high tone for non-ferrous metals with IDs 70-99 such as silver, brass and copper.

PARK II  MODE In this mode, the device produces a low tone for ferrous targets with 0-15 IDs, a medium tone for gold and non-ferrous metals with IDs 16-42 and a high tone for non-ferrous metals with IDs 43-99 such as silver, brass and copper

BEACH MODE –  Special mode developed for conductive grounds (salty wet sand beach, grounds with alkali soil etc.).

ALL METAL MODE – Ground balance a must. Threshold tone and no disc. Same tone for all targets, audio increases as you get closer to target (VCO)

BASIC SUMMARY – CENTER DISPLAY 

LEFT BAROMETER – 6 Sensitivity Levels

RIGHT BAROMETER – Target depth

CENTER – Target ID (Numerical)

BOTTOM TWO BAROMETERS – Left/Mineralization, Right/Battery Strength

BASIC SUMMARY – SETTINGS AT BOTTOM OF DISPLAY (left to right)

Volume, Ground balance, Iron Volume, Notch, Frequency Shift, Wireless Connection, Vibration, LED Flashlight and Pinpoint

BASIC SUMMARY – CONTROLS (buttons)

BOTTOM LEFT – Pinpoint and Confirm

BOTTOM MIDDLE – Down Arrow/On Off/Hard Reset and Sensitivity decrease

BOTTOM RIGHT – Access to all settings

TOP LEFT – Arrow/left side navigation in notch and will change value in any setting.

TOP CENTER – Up arrow/sensitivity increase

TOP RIGHT – Right arrow, right side navigation in notch and mode selection – will change the value of any setting.

Initially….

…I took the Simplex out into the side yard where four years ago I had planted a few coins. Back then I neglected to write anything down and I honestly had no idea of what I had buried, where I buried it or how deep. Anyway I set the detector to “Park 1″, sensitivity to 3 notches and started scanning. I quickly got four or five consistent and very crisp signals, two or three with good numbers and a couple mid range. I dug three, one an Indian head at about 6″ (readout 60), a Liberty nickel at 5″ (readout 29) and a Mercury dime at maybe 8” (79 readout). Pinpointing was amazingly accurate with the sweet spot on the coil being directly under the Nokta/Makro label (cool icon of concentric circles  on display that narrows down to one when directly over the target).

Next using a tape measure I performed air tests on a few coins and was impressed – good consistent and repeatable responses at 8 to 10 inches on average and maybe a little more in the “Field” mode (and yes I know this is not a good barometer of how deep a detector will go).

In the Field

I was anxious to see what the Simplex would do in the field and headed across the lake to the small park where I recently found a silver dime (yup, big deal right now). Fortunately for me it was deserted when I got there. It was also in the nineties with a heat index of over 100 so a break or two was going to be in order.

I set the Simplex to “Park II”, sensitivity at 4 and started scanning near where I had found the dime. I dug the first ten or so responses to get an idea of what the machine was seeing and wound up with a few modern coins, a key, a tab or two and a crushed can.  All were maybe five or six inches deep. Using the tabs and a coin I played around some and was surprised at the detector’s ability to separate the good from the bad and with an 11 inch coil at that. Had me wondering just how good the smaller coils must be…

After a while I gave the “field” mode a whirl and found myself liking the two tone audio responses. It also seemed to be a little deeper than the “park” mode though I couldn’t be sure. I had a few weak and repeatable signals but didn’t attempt to recover them because of how dry things were.

Few of the goodies minus the trash

Without a blow by blow I spent maybe a total of two hours at this site and came home with a good handful of change (all clad with three or four wheaties thrown in) and the usual trash suspects. I was tired, my back ached but I was starting to fall in love with the Simplex. Easy to swing, wireless headphones and believe it or not I was getting comfortable navigating the various functions. Oh and that pinpoint function? C‘est magnifique!!

Corner Lot

The next morning I took an Aleve and headed just down the road to a wooded parcel of land that once held two homes. I had hunted it before with my grandson Lucas and knew it had the potential for silver. It was however a trashy area thanks to a middle school being 100 yards away. On the plus side thanks to the shade the ground wasn’t quite so dry.

I decided to start hunting in the “field” mode but that lasted all of maybe 20 minutes. The site was a smorgasbord of trash and despite lessening the sensitivity and notching out a few items I had to switch back to the “Park II” mode. I gave this site about an hour and recovered six pennies (one wheat) and two clad dimes. I also came home with an apron full of trash and so my back wouldn’t feel lonely, two very stiff knees.

Back to school

After two days of moaning and more backyard experimenting with the Simplex I headed back to the middle school I just mentioned. In back was a very large open field that neighborhood kids have been using for everything – football, soccer, track, biking, frisbee, you name it. Close enough too that if needed I could crawl home. This time the “field” mode worked well and I settled into the two tone responses. I dug a few of of the lower numbers/audio responses to see what I was missing but unfortunately nothing good was disguising itself as bad.  After a few shallow clad coins I gave the all metal mode a shot, found a few more shekels, nothing earth shattering, and headed home.

Summary

It would have been great to have found a piece or two of silver, a ring, something worth bragging about but I did not. I have no doubt however that the Simplex would have found them if they were there. I visited the park twice more and recovered a few more clad coins but more important the Simplex and I became real good friends. It’s easy to swing and I love the crisp audio responses, target separation, precise pinpointing, wireless headphones and the notching function was easy and straight forward. The Simplex also “seems” to have excellent depth though I didn’t really have the chance to find out. Hopefully with cooler weather and a little rain I will. Finally as much as I hate push pads the button sequencing on the Simplex was user friendly and navigating the various features didn’t take long at all.

In my opinion the Nokta Simplex is a damn good detector and far from being an entry level machine. Its waterproof, submersible to ten feet (same for headphones). It offers notch discrimination, frequency shift (3 levels), Iron volume control, “vibration” mode, back lit screen, LED flashlight, six levels of sensitivity, online updates and a two year warranty. That’s a lot of detector for $299!! It’s also now my “go to” machine.

Looking forward now to cooler weather, better ground conditions and having enough shekels saved up for the either the 8.5 or 6 x 9 coil. Will keep you posted…

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You can find more information on the Simplex at Nokta Makro or American Detector Distributors (authorized US distributor)

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35 responses to “The Nokta Makro Simplex+

  1. Randy Dee

    A good report Dick but most of all I am pleased for you to get out detecting again but be careful with those knees and your back.
    Keep at it and good hunting .

    • You know Randy it wasn’t easy. If it wasn’t for the Simplex I wouldn’t have been out. Likewise I can’t hunt long periods like I used to. Hopefully this detector will be an incentive. Be safe…103 degrees today with heat index near 110.

  2. David

    Aliens have abducted Dick Stout and replaced him with a look alike who says something positive about a new machine.

    • You have to remember Dave this is 2020!!

      • David

        I read and appreciate each and every post, regardless of the content. Keep on posting whatever comes into your mind, but do it quick before you forget what it was. Stay safe and enjoy whatever your body lets you do. Even 2 hours of detecting and just being outside (when it is comfortable) is a treat.

      • “but do it quick before you forget what it was….” Now that cracks me up. Sounds like something my wife would say (or has said).

        Thanks for the kind words Dave appreciate it.

  3. James Wdzenczny

    How long did the battery last?

  4. Roy R

    Good report on the simplex . I have one on order and reading your report makes me a little more enthusiastic on receiving mine. I also watched a lot of videos and have read a lot of other reviews. If it is as good as it sounds then it is a winner. I do need something a little lighter than what I have been using.I use a Fisher F75 and I also have the AT Pro and. AT Max.

    Old shoulders need some relief.

  5. Bob Sickler

    Hurray Dick, you’re outdoors! If you had gotten out a little sooner, I think you would have found most new detectors have this feature set… Lightweight, wireless, visual and tonal ID, and a bigger coil! I’m amazed you found (or allowed yourself to find) as much as you did given your knees! Nothing like a new toy to get folks off the couch! Metal detecting is the original social distance activity! Now keep it up, you don’t have any excuses now! 🙂

    • Bob if you only knew how difficult it was to dig those coins. Seriously.

      Oh, and I’m well aware of what today’s detectors offer. Just don’t have disposable money to buy them.

      • Bob Sickler

        Dick… I know it’s not easy for you and I applaud you doing what you just did. Fact is I’m on a new med and the side effect is agonizing pain in my hands and fingers, so I do know a little of what you are going through. So next time I see the doc it’s change the med. I’ll be damned if I give up what I like doing. Fact is the more I use what hurts, it gets a little better.

        I see great things for you beyond your usual modes of self-deprevation! 🙂 You can use any brand of today’s detector to make great finds as you very well know. If I’m not motivated on any given day, I can’t find a pull-tab lying on the ground, doesn’t matter what detector I’m using! When you find a detector you like, keep using it and don’t look back. I’ll soon get my new toy and I’ll be getting my arse off the couch in short order! 🙂

      • I’m always motivated bob, just need to find a way to send that info, that data, to my body….

  6. Kenny Stevens

    I laughed as I read your review. As I age, I can identify with the back, knees, and the need to be close enough to crawl home. I was on the waiting list for the first Simplex + sold in the USA. Ordered in Aug. 2019. Arrived Nov. 5. I was nervous about sinking money into an unproven machine. I took the risk and glad I did. The things you say about it is what I would say. I too am waiting for that first silver coin. No doubt that is coming. Thanks for an honest review with levity. It made my day. Blessings, Pastor Kenny

    • Kenny if I wake up and don’t feel too bad I start to worry. Thanks for taking the time to comment and for the kind words. Don’t be a stranger here….

  7. Tony

    Dick, nothing like a new toy to get you motivated and you enjoyed a few good hunts that’s terrific. Great review! I know it wasn’t easy for you. After reading your review and write up, I feel I could just turn it on and go even without reading the manual because your explanation was very informative. I have a Nokta Impact and the straight shaft is a big plus, very sturdy too.

    • The coins in the photo were from 4 trips. Probably could have found a few more but it’s just not as easy as it once was. I like the Simplex a great deal and hope to get out more in the fall. Right now I don’t even want to take the garbage out. Much too hot.

  8. Hi Dick I detect with Randy over in England and I like you were impressed by the simplex not just by the Utube vids. I managed to get a demo off a detecting buddy on a recent club dig, so much so one arrived on my doorstep exactly one week ago, plus I ordered the 8.5 inch coil. The machine I borrowed had one on and it really cut through our barley stubble. I’ve only managed a few hrs on a dig last Wednesday. The land was well detected plus the ground was baked dry so good signals were few and far between. Hopefully I’ll get out in the next few days and give it a good workout.

    • Peter sounds like we’re both new to this detector. We’ll have to compare notes though somehow I think you will find the older coin or two, LOL. I want to get the 8.5 coil too. Just need to save up. Happy hunting…

  9. Tony

    Dick, I don’t blame you – too hot and too humid here in NJ – I can’t wait for fall, it’s good for detecting

  10. john taylor

    simplex for a simple guy!..match made in heaven! the turks are a “force” to be sure! detector could be “lights out” with a proper small “trash” concentric coil…i’m just sayin’

    (h.h.!)
    j.t.

  11. john taylor

    you two guys outta get married! reverend! he was “cock a doodle dooing”before he hit the field! “buzzed” on red! ehe! he! heh! ..i’m just sayin’

    (h.h.!)
    j.t.

  12. john taylor

    john!!..he was tasting the “red” (wine with the “rooster” on the bottle!) before he went hunting.
    he was “feeling good” whilst scanning! no meds involved! ..just sayin’

    (h.h.!)
    j.t.

  13. of everything i’ve read about the Simplex+ and of word of mouth from pals who own one, I completely enjoyed your no frills review. it told me exactly what i wanted to know. I’ve been wanting a new machine for many years. I’m a youngin’ compared to many, only 48. but have been detecting since i caught the bug when i was 14yrs old back then i had a radio shack micronta p.o.s. which i never could get to work right. eventually a couple old timers i had met at a campground took me under their wings and introduced me to a life long friendship and how to fall in love with the hobby. The guys wife sold me her used “backup” a Tesoro Silver Sabre Plus. I loved that thing and used it until it finally died in 2002. I read all your books i could get from library and every dollar from lawn mowing jobs i bought subscriptions to W&E and Lost treasure magazines. I eventually bought a new White’s Prizm IV in 2004 and actually been using it as often as I can here in S.E. Michigan. while my now 16yr old Whites Prizm still works, I took up beach hunting two years ago, and have always wanted a more water resistant machine. I had been saving for either a MX Sport or an Equinox 600, but my money went away when i blew out my knee. I’m still recovering from complex knee surgery. Sorry for my novella, but to suffice it to say I’m, hoping to buy the Simplex+, now because of your well written review. Thanks again, Mr. Stout. I hope the arthritis eases up and the heat abates. I remember North Texas heat as my grandparents lived in Lubbock for 30+yrs and grandpa was a professor at Texas Tech. Blessings, Luke. R.

    • Luke thanks for the kind words. Truth be told I couldn’t do a complicated review of anything at this stage. Just don’t want to have to think that much, and the simpler the better. Had a couple of close friends who used the Silver Sabre for years and they were never hurting for good finds. Sad they had to close their doors. Let me know how you like the Simplex. Just got the 8 inch coil and I’m anxious to give it a go.

      Luke take care and hope the knee gets better real soon.

      • Luke R.

        i truly still miss my SS+ it was awesome for every style of detecting, although I love computers, build them, refurbish them, when i’m out detecting i don’t want to have to remember complex adjustments. I used to love relic hunting and detecting permission homesites in mid and northern Michigan. my Whites Prizm4 was my first digital detector but still been easy to use, but it’s showing its age after 16yrs.

        Not sure when I’ll be able to buy a Simplex. I wonder if it only works with their specific wireless headphones or if I could use with another brand? (I have a wired pair of grey ghosts which work well with my Z-link wireless kit)… But your review was the kicker for me. Yes i agree getting a smaller coil as well is a good idea (with my Prizm4 i use the 9.5″ open coil & the 8″ stock coil).

        The knee surgery was late June of this year. I am moving better, walking more, but have issues trying to kneel on one knee or both and be able to get up without assistance, hence the beach hunting with a long handled scoop.

      • “I am moving better, walking more, but have issues trying to kneel on one knee or both and be able to get up without assistance, hence the beach hunting with a long handled scoop….” YUP, know it all to well and it’s no fun.

        Unfortunately I’m about five hours from the beach and need to be very careful with the sun.

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