Before reviewing Garrett Ace 150, I would like to stress that though this metal detector is a budget solution and is not placed as a winning model on the market of metal detecting devices, it features an optimum compromise of price and features.
The Garrett Ace 150 metal detector features all necessary options to search and find the same pieces of treasures which are commonly found with ten times as expensive metal detectors as this one.
It is a curious fact that most customers get alarmed with the price of the metal detector and consider it to be a sign of low quality of the device and decide to buy a more expensive tool. This is a wrong consideration even because your luck during treasure hunting means much more than a device. Your luck does not depend on your sound knowledge of where to hunt treasures and how to hunt them.
Garrett Ace 150 review
By the start of 2006 the Garrett company introduced a budget, but worthy device to the market. Garrett Ace 150 became a starting point of production of cheap, but high quality metal detectors by Garrett. The company produces two budget Ace models which are 150 and 250. By now these metal detectors have met the recognition of users as in the United States so all over the world.
Turning Garrett Ace 150 on you will intuitively understand its setting. The front control panel features three buttons:
LCD display provides enough data. Target identifier points to one of five segments, identifying the targets according prototypes which are preset in the metal detector: ferrous metals, plugs, coins and others. Depth identifier indicates approximate depth to a detected target: 2,4 or 6 inches. The displays presents a battery state indicator thus you will see when the battery goes very low.
The ground mineralization offset is automatic. The display does not have illumination. The operational frequency is 6,5Khz. The device features audio discriminator.
Mode indicator shows which program is set by the moment. The Ace 150 has three preset programs: Coins, Jewelry and All-Metal search.
The discriminator features 5 segments. The device is powered with 4 AA type batteries which will last for about 40 hours. You can use more powerful accumulators of the same type. The metal detector has a headphone output. If you do not want to embarrass everybody around with annoying sound and increase battery life, use headphones.
Disadvantages of Garrett Ace 150
As usual an absence of any feature is equaled to a disadvantage of a device. Surely, Garrett Ace 150 does not have Pinpoint, but the 250 model has this option.
Pinpoint is an option of an accurate detection of target. It is a quite usable option for a huge coil, however I found this option useless for small and middle size coils. For 13 years of treasure hunting I used the pinpoint option for 10 times approximately.
As it is already clear, the absence of pinpoint feature in Garrett Ace 150 metal detector is not a disadvantage. However this is not a benefit as well as you can localize a target with simple moves of coil.
Among evident disadvantages I can indicate very poor target identification as the detector identifies iron as base metals. Usually this happens when a big piece or an oxidized metal is detected.
The benefits of Garrett Ace 150
This is a metal detector for every occasion. It is cheap, durable and is made of high quality plastic. It is a perfect solution for beginners as well as a good alternative for professional treasure hunters.
Traditionally I tried Ace 150 on a testing field checking its reaction to good and so called bad targets. Expectedly Ace 150 performed well, it detected targets very accurately and cut off the same well. The performance on preset programs was not noticeable, but I am not a fan of using factory preset programs. However it was interesting to try them.
I tried Garrett Ace 150 on the beach, the performance was nothing of note as it was expected. The detector fails to distinguish gold and aluminum as all metal detectors do.
The ergonomics of the device is rather high. The weight of the device is only 1,2kg and does not burden your arm.
The display is quite small, 5 segments of discriminator are not enough. Everything is made simple, but all necessary indicators are within view. The target depth indicator lacks power (as in many devices of the kind).
Ace 150 was my first metal detector after hand made devices. Probably it was only my luck but I managed to repay its cost immediately having detected an interesting object on the third day of usage.
For many years of treasure hunting I tried many metal detecting devices, but I still use Garrett Ace 150 as an alternative device with many fond memories and good findings belonging to this detector. By the way, I found my first treasure with Ace 150.