Like many of you, I watched the live feed where Garrett came out and told us about the Apex Metal Detector. Like most I was pretty surprised to find out it was part of the ACE series, somehow, I wasn’t nearly as excited.
Don’t misunderstand me, the line-up that makes the ACE series are great detectors but the ACE name has become synonymous with entry-level to mid-range metal detectors and I think everyone was expecting something more at the higher end range.
After I made it through the entire live feed though I really started to think about it. Simultaneous multiple frequencies, rechargeable battery, able to be updated through your computer, lightweight, large LCD… wait for a second, this metal detector checks all the boxes for me and has features you would expect on the high-end detectors.
It wasn’t long and Gypsy was giving me feedback on a regular basis and getting me more and more excited. Gypsy has been metal detecting a lot of years, using a lot of different metal detectors and I’ve detected with her, she’s someone’s opinion I trust and each call she was more and more excited with the Apex.
We were finally able to get out together for a day to detect and I spent the afternoon following her around, listening to the Apex Metal Detector and seeing what it was capable of. We were detecting in an iron-infested site and the Apex Metal Detector was handling it like a champ. As a matter of fact better than most metal detectors could! It wasn’t falsing on iron and she was pulling good targets out with ease surrounded by iron, iron in the same hole, and even iron above the good target! Below is an interview I did with Gypsy on the Apex!
As of this interview, roughly how many hours do you have on the Apex Metal Detector?
I would say I have roughly a little over 100 hours.
What were your initial impressions of the Apex Metal Detector?
When I first took it out of the box and put it together with ease…I noticed how lightweight it felt in my hands and how sleek the LCD screen looked. When turning it on for the first time I noticed the large LCD numbers. So easy to see! This is especially good for me because I don’t like to detect with my glasses on. The metal detector felt so light and well-balanced, I could not wait to get it out and test it. I quickly plugged it in to make sure it would be charged and ready to go. The charging cable looks just like your phone charging cable for an android and you can use the same cord to charge your headphones if you like. I charged it for about 4 hours and took it out for the first time.
Was the Apex Detector easy to learn?
I found the Apex super easy to learn. I was able to figure out the settings and how to change the frequency settings and programs with the touch of a button and was able to scroll through the settings and choose with great ease without using instructions. As a test unit the instructions were not available yet. I found the detector so easy to use and understand that
in no time I was digging targets. I didn’t air test my detector at first, I just threw some targets on the ground…a few modern coins and silver coins and a gold ring to see where they were hitting on the VDI readings and to get an idea of what type of numbers I would want to look for. This detector definitely has the simplicity of the Garrett ACE series that we have come to know and love, but the technology of a high-end detector. I have used a lot of detectors over the years and I must admit that I was impressed with the Apex right out of the box and from the first time I turned it on to use it. The first place I tested it was super trashy. I wanted to get a feel for how the detector would behave in a trashy area. Then I took
it to test at an old cabin. The area was pretty thick in iron but my 3rd target was a very pleasant surprise! I got a Civil War Eagle cuff button! Then boom! I got my very first coin with the Apex and pulled an iron nail out with it. My first coin was an 1897 Indian head penny. I was so happy! We don’t get too many of those here in Texas.
How accurate has the VDI been on the Apex?
The VDI seems to be very accurate, however, most of the areas I’ve been using it in high trash and iron infested areas. When detecting in some of these areas the VDI numbers will jump around from time to time when there are numerous targets beneath the ground in the same radius of the coil and mainly when using Zero Discrimination. When using the other modes like coin mode, relic, jewelry. The VDI is Incredibly accurate.
Does Apex have programs? How customizable is it?
The ACE Apex is very customizable. It comes with 6 different search modes (zero, coins, US coins, jewelry, relics, & custom) along with 20 selectable notch Discrimination settings, plus you can select different single frequency settings or choose Multi-Frequency options like Simultaneously Multi-Freq. and Multi-Salt. There are also 8 different iron notch segments if
you choose to customize and “notch” out meaning, discriminate out.
What are some of your favorite features of the Apex Detector?
I would have to say that one of my favorite features is the iron audio volume control. This feature is incredible when detecting the old homesteads that are high iron areas. One of my other favorite features is that it has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery which provides up to approximately 15 hours of use, depending on the settings. Micro –
USB charging cable included.
Another favorite feature is the Hybrid audio system that includes 5 tones that allows one to hear the benefits of subtle proportional audio for those fainter targets such as small or deep ones.
I have come to love this technology on my AT Max and having the option to use the Z-Lynk wireless headphones and Z-Lynk Pro-Pinpointer sets the Apex apart from other more expensive detectors on the market. This technology has 17 MS (Milliseconds) Near-Zero delay from your detector to your wireless headphones. This is 6 times faster than Bluetooth
and up to 4 times faster than other wireless headphones. Plus, with the Z-Lynk ProPinpointer, you can hear your pinpointer in your headphones. This is a big plus for people that might have hearing issues as well. The apex also has a high-resolution ground balance. 175 points of ground balance resolution ranging from ferrous ground to saltwater.
The Apex Metal Detector also offers volume control both on the control box as well as on the headphones.
Do you feel the Simultaneous, multi-frequency offers an advantage?
I personally feel that it offers an advantage. Although I may not understand all of the technology behind it, there seems to be an advantage. In my opinion, the Simultaneous, Multi-Frequency helps one achieve optimal detection on all targets in all types of soil. For example, I took it to a property that I’ve detected along with others that have hunted there with different detectors over about a 15 year or more span of time. This area is highly mineralized soil and heavily littered with iron. A lot of detectors can’t handle the mineralization in the soil and with that said, the Apex performed very well in these soil 39 conditions. So well that it pulled a button and a nice little buckle in areas that not only the ground is hot, but in thick iron patches. I feel that these targets were more likely found because of the combination of using the Simultaneous Multi- Frequency and by turning the iron volume down enough to help quiet the iron so you could hear the good targets.
How do you like the Iron audio feature?
Yes! Again…One of my personal favorite features! Being able to turn the volume down in areas with heavy concentrations of iron really lets the good targets jump out at you and saves your ears from having to hear that iron at full volume.
How has Apex Metal Detector performed in trash?
Most of the areas I have been testing it in are high trash areas. I must say I am super impressed with its ability to separate the good targets in these areas. The narrowness of the new Viper coil, in my opinion, helps with the separation. The size of the Viper coil proved to be especially perfect recently when detecting a field that had soybeans planted and we were
allowed to detect the narrow portion between the rows of the plants. The narrowness of the coil made it easy to swing between and around the beans and because of the length of the coil, to still be able to cover a large area of detection. While testing it out in a high trash and iron area in the soybean field I was able to pluck out my very first tiny watch winding key!
How has it performed in areas with a heavy concentration of iron?
The performance in the heavy iron concentrated areas has been one of Apex Metal Detector’s strengths in my opinion. Having the iron volume control set low I’ve been able to pick through these types of areas and dig some really cool items including areas I’ve detected with other detectors in the past. There are 8 different iron volume adjustments that give you even more flexibility and make it even more customizable to fit your metal detecting preference. The Apex metal detector has continued to impress me in the heavy iron Concentrated areas.
How does it compare to other metal detectors you’ve used in the past?
In my 21 plus years of detecting, I had the privilege of being able to try out many different types of metal detectors. Including a few Multi-Frequency. The Apex is by far the easiest to use for a beginner or a novice and that coupled with its ability to work exceptionally well under extreme soil and iron concentrated areas puts this detector at the top of its class in my opinion. Hence the name of the detector “Apex” is defined as being the top or highest part of something.
I have not tested it on the beach as of yet, but I plan on it very soon. With the salt Multi-40 Frequency Mode, I’m expecting it to do well. Be on the lookout for my testing videos on the beach coming soon.
Tell us about some of your most impressive moments with the Apex Metal Detector
Well, I have to say that the more I use this detector the more frequent the impressive moments come. The moment that sticks out the most to me was when I was metal detecting in an iron patch and was able to pull out my first silver coin with the Apex. A 1907 Barber Dime. Although I have found many Barber dimes over the years, this really impressed me.
The way the metal detector was able to give great separation and in combination with the iron volume control being set on two I was able to hear the high tone amongst the iron. I have since then had many other impressive moments that have been recorded on video and will be available in the near future to watch on my YouTube channel Zero Discrimination.