Garrett ACE Apex Minelab Vanquish 540 Nokta Makro Simplex+ Comparison

garrett 153 aceapex 132 apex 255
minelab 132 vanquish 237 vanquish 232
noktamakro 232 simplex 202 simplex 1
Detector Type
aceapex 92 All-Purpose
vanquish 152 All-Purpose
Nokta 144 All-Terrain
aceapex 92 Multi-Flex
vanquish 152 Multi-IQ
Nokta 144 VLF
Number of Frequencies
aceapex 92 4
vanquish 152 5
Nokta 144 1
aceapex 92 5, 10, 15, 20 kHz
vanquish 152 Simultaneous Multi-Frequency VLF
Nokta 144 12 kHz
Search Coil
aceapex 92 6"x11"
vanquish 152 12"
Nokta 144 11"
Search Coil Type
aceapex 92 DD
vanquish 152 DD
Nokta 144 DD
Updatable Software
aceapex 92 No
vanquish 152 Not Confirmed
Nokta 144 Yes
aceapex 92 Yes
vanquish 152 Yes
Nokta 144 Yes
Number of Search Modes
aceapex 92 6
vanquish 152 5
Nokta 144 5
Search Modes Types
aceapex 92 5 Factory + 1 Custom
vanquish 152 All Metal, Coins, Jewelry, Relics + Custom
Nokta 144 All Metal, Park 1, Park 2, Field, Beach
Depth Indication
aceapex 92 5 Levels
vanquish 152 5 Levels
Nokta 144 7 Levels
Ground Balance
aceapex 92 Adjustable (Automatic)
vanquish 152 Yes
Nokta 144 Adjustable (Automatic/Manual)
Pinpoint Mode
aceapex 92 Yes
vanquish 152 Fixed
Nokta 144 Yes
Audio Tones
aceapex 92 5
vanquish 152 5
Nokta 144 3
Battery Type
aceapex 92 Lithium Polymer (USB Charging)
vanquish 152 4xAA Battaries
Nokta 144 Lithium Polymer (USB Charging)
aceapex 92
  • Multi-Salt frequency
  • Frequency Shift
  • Iron Audio
  • Notch Discrimination
  • Wireless Headphones
vanquish 152
  • Audio Control
  • Iron Bias
  • Notch Discrimination
  • Wired Headphones
  • Wireless Headphones
Nokta 144
  • Audio Control
  • Frequency Shift
  • Iron Audio Levels
  • Notch Discrimination
  • Vibration Mode
  • Wireless Headphones

First and foremost, we have to admit that each of the machines is worth the money, and it will be unfair to underline a particular product as “the best”. So, check out the comparison and choose the most convenient option particularly for you.

ACE Apex vs Vanquish 540

Apex has more technologies applied compared to Vanquish 540 – the first one boasts Multi-Flex, Iron Volume, Multi-Salt, Z-Lynk, Apex Hybrid Audio, while the second one has Multi IQ and Iron Bias. Vanquish does not allow single frequency use, while the Apex does. Vanquish has a wider graphic scale, although the number of iron segments is smaller, which makes both detectors similar in the end. Vanquish has no ground balance feature. Both machines offer frequency shifts, but Apex has an impressively wider range of those. Vanquish is a bit heavier than Apex, and the last but not the least – Vanquish is powered with AA batteries, while Apex is rechargeable.


ACE Apex vs Simplex+

Nokta Makro Simplex metal detector is the new black in the niche of beginner level and middle level detectorists, but Apex seems to be close on their heels. Simplex is underwater machine, while Apex is not even close (waterproof search coil doesn’t count). The frequency technologies are different – multi frequency vs VLF (this just can’t be compared, this can only be preferred). Simplex has additional features like vibration mode, adjustable backlight and updatable software, while Apex has neither. In other aspects, the two machines are pretty much similar, but Apex’s price is way higher.

  • All information in this comparison is based on our own experience and knowledge.
  • We totally recommend to double-check all features before buying those metal detectors.
  • Some metal detectors are shipped in various kits.
  • Price may differ depending on your country and local dealer.
  • Some features may vary due to new information about Garrett Apex and Nokta Makro Simplex’s firmware updates since May 26, 2020.
*MSRP - Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price.