Jul 15

Garrett ACE 200, ACE 300 and ACE 400 Review

Garrett ACE Series

Replace the old Garrett ACE 150, 250 and 350 metal detectors have come a new ACE 200, 300 and 400. The old line of metal detectors was so popular (Garrett ACE 250 is one of the most popular metal detectors on Amazon.com) that Garrett decided to update it. All metal detectors have new features but the main change that they have VDI target discriminations (against older metal detectors). But first things first…

Model Short Features Rating Price

Garrett ACE 200

Garrett ACE 200
Rank: For Beginners
Frequencies: 6.5 kHz
Coil: 6.5 х9" Concentric
Search Modes: 3
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Garrett ACE 300

Garrett ACE 300
Rank: For Beginners
Frequencies: 6.5 kHz
Coil: 6.5 х9" Concentric
Search Modes: 5
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Garrett ACE 400

Garrett ACE 400
Rank: Semi-Professional
Frequencies: 10 kHz
Coil: 8.5x11" DD
Search Modes: 5
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The Rod

The design of the metal detectors remains the same S-shaped rod, consisting of three sections. The upper section is attached to a comfortable armrest, repeating the shape of the hand. In addition, the armrest has special holes where you can insert the fixing strap. The strap is included with the device, so you will not need to purchase it separately. Also on the rod is the control unit. It should be noted that the manufacturer has not presented the possibility of its dismantling. But in principle, it is not necessary, since the disassembled ACE  takes up little space and can easily fit into any travel bag. On the bend, there is a polyurethane handle with a very ergonomic configuration. It is made in such a way that both as for professional detectorists, as for beginners. Amenities are provided in both cases. The middle rod performs the function of fitting the metal detector to the growth of the operator. To adjust the height, it has ten holes that allow you to smoothly change the length of the detector. Carbon fiber bottom rod provides reliable operation for several years. The upper rods are painted in matt black color by powder paint and made of aluminum. Each of the rods is connected with spring buttons, which facilitates the assembly or disassembly of the device. Each detail of the metal detector provides structural strength and a complete absence of backlash in the places of their connection.

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Garrett ACE Series Coils

Garrett ACE metal detectors have two types of the coils:

  • Concentric 6.5х9″ PROformance for Garrett ACE 200 & ACE 300
  • DD 8.5×11″ PROformance for Garrett ACE 400

The coils have an oval shape, which ensures accurate search on different soils with different degree of surface contamination. Thanks to it, you can easily produce search works even in places where there is a huge accumulation of iron debris. They are completely sealed, and therefore provides the opportunity to work on the beaches. But it is worth noting that the control unit is not sealed, and it cannot be immersed in water. Any penetration of moisture may cause the detector to malfunction.

The cable that connecting the coil with control box has elastic and durable braid, which cannot be exposed to high temperatures and mechanical wear. The plug is equipped with a washer with a fixing thread that protects it from unwanted pulling out due to clinging to bushes and tree branches.

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Control Box

  • All new Garrett ACE 200, 300 and 400 metal detectors have the new feature – VDI target discrimination.
  • 4 AA batteries allow the metal detector to work continuously for up to 40 hours. It should be noted that when you using the headphones operating time increases. The manufacturer advises using alkaline batteries for Garrett ACE Series, as only they provide the stability of the electrical pulse.
  • On the back control have the headphones output. In addition to saving energy consumption of the detector, they also give the operator many advantages – clear, strong or weak signals when detecting an object of different size and depth of its occurrence. External speaker does not give such results, so it is best to work with headphones.
  • The dynamic principle of the device says that to find a goal you need to constantly make the coil move from side to side. Once the detector identifies an object, it should be localized. To do this, reduce the strokes and make them in the cross direction.
  • The metal detectors have three audible alert tones identifying the target. This means that the sound when detected for each object (iron, non-ferrous metals, silver, etc.).

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Garrett ACE 200

200

Garrett ACE 200, which has already earned the respect of beginners and professionals opens the Garrett ACE series of metal detectors. The main difference from other manufacturers is that this detector has maximum functionality and excellent search capacity, so it can perform many tasks.

Garrett ACE 200 has a simple and clear display and control box. The liquid crystal display has only three touch buttons to adjust the detector. In the middle of the upper part of the LCD display there is an identification scale. During the search, it lights up and the cursor indicates the type of target. The pentagram is a little higher than the indication. At the time of object detection, the data obtained can be compared with the sound response from the detected target. On the left side of the screen is a table with preset search programs. ACE 200 can operate in three modes: all metals, coins and jewelry. The first is best suited for finding various relics in places of historical settlements. In particular, it is best to carry out search operations in areas where mass battles took place, as the coil informs the operator of any interesting finds. The remaining two modes allow you to exclude all iron objects and direct the search exclusively to non-ferrous metals. Switching modes is carried out by pressing the MODE button located under the scale.

Garrett ACE 200 created it for jewelry and coins, but still this device is universal. This detector can be useful for searching ancient and military relics. The vertical scale on the right side of the screen indicates the depth (in inches) of the object. There is also a mark that indicates how to dig when extracting the find.

In addition, the display has battery power pentagram. Thanks to it, you can monitor your power consumption at any time and determine when it time to replace the battery.

Garrett ACE 200 Features

Rank: Beginner
Detector Type: All-Purpose
Technology: VLF Single Frequency
Frequencies: 6.5 kHz
Number of Frequencies: 1
Coil: 6.5 х9" PROformance
Search Coil Type: Concentric
VDI: Yes
Search Modes: 3
Search Mode Types: All Metal / Coins / Jewelry
Depth Indication: Yes
Ground Balance:  Fixed
Pinpoint Mode: No
Audio Tones: 2
Display Type: LCD
Assembled Length (min-max): 42"-51"
Batteries: 4 AA batteries required
Item Weight: 1.27 kg

Garrett ACE 200 don’t have a pin-point mode against Garrett ACE 300  and 400.

Garrett ACE 300

Garrett Ace 300

Garrett ACE 300 metal detector is an excellent low-cost device. ACE 300 is worth the money spent on it.
This metal detector is an entry-level device with very good characteristics. ACE 300 completely took over from its predecessor, Garrett ACE 250.

Despite the affordable price, this metal detector can adequately search valuable finds and reward even beginners. It’s easy to use (against expensive metal detectors) because does not have a lot of unnecessary settings. Just take it and go!

Garrett ACE 300 Features

Product Description Rating Price/Reviews
Garrett ACE 300 Metal Detector with Waterproof Search Coil and Carry Bag
Garrett ACE 300 Metal Detector with Waterproof Search Coil and Carry Bag
★★★★★
Rank: Beginner
Detector Type: All-Purpose
Technology: VLF Single Frequency
Frequencies: 6.5 kHz
Number of Frequencies: 1
Coil: 6.5х9" PROformance
Search Coil Type: Concentric
VDI: Yes
Search Modes: 5
Search Mode Types: All Metal / Coins / Jewelry / Relics / Custom
Depth Indication: Yes
Ground Balance:  Fixed
Pinpoint Mode: Yes
Audio Tones: 3
Display Type: LCD
Assembled Length (min-max): 42"-51"
Batteries: 4 AA batteries required
Item Weight: 1.32 kg

Garrett ACE 400

400

Just want to say that this metal detector has many advantages. ACE 400 is the most powerful model in the ACE series, which have repeatedly been the leader of sales for several years, only occasionally giving the first place to their counterparts from the model range. Garrett ACE 400 is a symbiosis of reliability, excellent price and high performance.

Structurally, this model is all the tighter base as its predecessors: light weight, good balance, movable construction units, comfortable armrest. The design is durable and easy to transport.

Garrett ACE 400 has DD 8.5×11″ PROformance coil and Zero-Disk mode that makes it stand out against ACE 200 and 300.

Garrett ACE 400 Features

Product Description Rating Price/Reviews
Garrett ACE 400 Metal Detector with DD Waterproof Search Coil and Carry Bag
Garrett ACE 400 Metal Detector with DD Waterproof Search Coil and Carry Bag
★★★★★
Rank: Semi-Professional
Detector Type: All-Purpose
Technology: VLF Single Frequency
Frequencies: 10 kHz
Number of Frequencies: 1
Coil: 8.5×11" PROformance
Search Coil Type: DD
VDI: Yes
Search Modes: 5
Search Mode Types: Zero-Disk / Coins / Jewelry / Relics / Custom
Depth Indication: Yes
Ground Balance:  Fixed
Pinpoint Mode: Yes
Audio Tones: 3
Display Type: LCD
Assembled Length (min-max): 42"-51"
Batteries: 4 AA batteries required
Item Weight: 1.27 kg

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