"What is the BEST gold detector?" A common question. Here you can learn
Preface: Gold detectors are all-metal-detectors. They respond to all metals, be it gold, copper, lead, silver, nickel, iron etc. What qualifies them as 'gold' detectors is that gold generally is found in difficult ground-mineralization, so the metal detector must have the proper controls to deal with ground conditions that can be noisy, obscuring the detector's ability to 'see' gold nuggets in the ground. In order to neutralize this ground noise the gold detectors rely on ground balancing circuits, either auto tracking or manual ground balance.
The second important factor is the frequency of the circuit. VLF detectors optimize to sense gold nuggets (the average size in California is about match head or 2 to 3 grains). They tend to operate at a higher frequency than your traditional coin metal detector, about 10kHz to 72kHz. Pulse induction detectors, particularly Minelab's super detectors, multi-pulse, sensing under 3 kHz, but have been designed to see fairly small gold nuggets in addition to the larger gold nuggets. Their strongest advantage is in their ability to virtually ignore most hot rocks that will challenge a high end VLF detector and render the ground very quiet.
Top Gold Detectors
FISHER GOLD PROSPECTING METAL DETECTORS
These detectors are awesome and the target separation, sensitivity and iron see through is unrivaled. They balance all the way to salt are lightning fast and have V-Break the industries first adjustable audio break point and its not just for iron targets like the competitions unit imitating this exclusive feature. Combine this with features that have been offered on our detectors for years like: 40 points of iron resolution, 1-99 target ID in big easy to read numbers, lightning fast recovery speed, lightweight and superior ergonomics, Ground Grab-the industries best ground balancing system, DD coils and you have superior performing detectors with proven features other manufacturers are just now trying to imitate.
Powerful 71 kHz VLF operation for extreme sensitivity to small gold nuggets. Advanced ground rejection circuitry for increased depth on large, deep nuggets in highly mineralized soil. 'IRON DISC" mode for hot rocks and iron identification. Three auto-tune modes with two re-tune speeds for nugget hunting in almost any ground condition.
GARRETT GOLD PROSPECTING METAL DETECTORS
DeepSeeker package is also available for cache hunting. Fully collapsible for easy storage and carry.
The Garrett ATX Extreme is the ultimate multi-frequency detector for all terrains and extreme conditions (highly mineralized ground, saltwater, etc.). It features advanced pulse induction technology, a durable design that meets military specifications, and a new DD coil design for extreme and uniform sensitivity— from tiny gold pieces to larger gold nuggets. The ATX EXTREME is ideal for gold prospecting, relic hunting in highly mineralized soils, shallow water coin and jewelry hunting, and even for industrial applications. The Garrett ATX metal detector includes Motion and Non-Motion Modes, Advanced Ground Balance, LED signal strength indicator, Iron Check, and much more.
All terrain versatility. Designed for use in wet, humid and dusty environments. Can be immersed in water to 10 feet (3 meters). Ideal for shallow water prospecting in the fresh water streams where gold can often be found True All Metal Mode detection. The All Metal Mode is preferred for prospecting because it provides the greatest possible depth and sensitivity. It also provides a continuous audio response to allow the operator to hear the subtle detection signals produced by faint targets. Garrett Exclusive All Metal Iron Audio™ feature. This function allows the introduction of a Low-Tone response to audibly indicate ferrous targets and it is fully functional while remaining in a True All Metal Mode! With the AT Gold, it is no longer necessary to sacrifice depth and sensitivity by switching into a Discrim Mode to check iron targets. Iron Audio is also available in the two Discrim Modes. Garrett Exclusive Adjustable Ground Balance Window™ feature. This function allows the user to spread the ground balance setting in order to simultaneously ground balance to a range of values. This smooths out the audio by reducing subtle ground responses and allows the user to hear those faint targets. This feature can even be used to reduce the response to some hot rocks and terra cotta. Higher Frequency—The AT Gold’s 18 kHz frequency is optimized to detect tiny gold pieces. It is also very sensitive on gold jewelry, lead relics, and on small bronze, copper, silver and brass items.
MINELAB GOLD PROSPECTING METAL DETECTORS
6.4 kHz, 20 kHz and 60 kHz Auto tracking ground balance about as fast as the GMT by Whites. Two speeds of auto tune. Comes standard with 6x10 loop, no factory accessory loops made due to the complexity of being able to select between three different frequencies; 6 kHz for deepest/largest gold nuggets, 20 kHz (the preferred frequency, with impressive sharp response on match head sized nuggets and larger), and 60 kHz for sub-grain nuggets. Most impressive is the quietness of the circuit that Minelab is so famous for, which translates into less noise to better see and hear that small elusive gold nugget. Although not advertised as having the ability to coin shoot, you can use it for that, as it has a ferrous or iron discriminator. Big Valley recommends to hunt at 6.4 kHz with tracking off. You can also have fun looking for the coveted fine jewelry and chains using 20 or even 60 kHz around the tan bark. Predecessors included the American Gold Striker (first tracking detector at 32 kHz) and Minelab 18000 GT.
45 kHz VLF & 24-bit signal processor. This primary combination greatly boosts sensitivity to gold beyond that of other single frequency VLF detectors over a wide range of nugget sizes, without introducing excess noise and false signals. The GOLD MONSTER 1000 also has improved ferrous/non-ferrous discrimination and copes better with conductive (salty) soils than higher frequency detectors, making it the perfect choice to maximise your gold recovery.
The GPZ 7000 was Minelab's most eagerly anticipated GOLD detector. A quantum leap in gold performance with breakthrough new technology from Bruce Candy. ZVT technology goes to the NEXT LEVEL for all serious gold prospectors, providing substantially improved depth. No longer will you be limited to using either sine wave continuous VLF transmission detectors, that struggle in mineralised ground, or square wave PI transmission detectors, that can be insensitive to varying gold sizes and compositions.
The GPX 5000 sets the new benchmark in gold detecting technology. With an amazing range of features and functions, the GPX 5000 is not only superior to its predecessor, the GPX-4500, it is in a class of its own. Featuring Minelab's exclusive technologies, Multi Period Sensing (MPS), Dual Voltage Technology (DVT) and Smart Electronic Timing Alignment (SETA), the high performance GPX 5000 is capable of finding more gold than ever before. From sub-gram nuggets to the elusive 'retirement nugget' and everything in between, with the GPX 5000, you can find it. New improved electronics, new Soil/Timings and an amazing range of features combined with the legendary GPX ability to ‘see through ground’ mineralisation, gives you a significant Depth Advantage over other detectors.
The GPX-4500 is the ultimate gold finding detector with the new added features that makes it stronger and more versatile than ever before. Incorporating new SETA technology, it is quieter and more immune to interference, so that it is a real pleasure to use. No matter if you've never picked up a detector before, the GPX-4500 has automatic functions and pre-set Search Modes that make you an expert in a matters of moments. Quieter threshold, louder target signals, improved discrimination, and more versatile, the GPX-4500 is the gold detector that gives the best results.
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