Garrett Ace 250 Review – Closer Look At The Garrett Ace 250 And Buyers Guide
The Garrett Ace 250 metal detector has been described regularly as a great beginners metal detector, durable, lightweight, very simple to use and very affordable. It’s a great model to start with when you plan on trying out metal detecting hobby.
It has also been advertised as the worlds best selling metal detector, due to it’s combination of great features, and simplicity it’s not hard to understand why this would be the case and many people opt to buy the garrett ace 250.
As far as looks and design go the machine the machine still looks very similar to the Garrett Ace 150, with the addition of a few extra buttons, they have opted to keep the simplicity.
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The buttons are all within easy thumb reach for quick adjustment.It can still be broken down in to three pieces, the brains (control panel), the coil and the pole which makes it very easy to transport or pack away neatly.
The coil is interchangeable, so it can be upgraded. An internal speaker is included, but there is also a headphone jack to insert your headphones into. The top of the control panel slides of with ease, to change the 4 AA batteries.
Even with the price of this machine it seems Garrett have not cut corners with comfort, the padding and grip is very comfortable.
There are 6 buttons on the Garrett Ace 250, Power, Discrimination, Mode, Sensitivity, Pinpoint, and Elim (Short for eliminate) and it features the simple LED display.
The LED displays the following features, battery level, depth of target, mode selected, and sensitivity.
The Power button, is a simple one touch operation and the machine powers up.
The Mode button navigates through the modes, which is kind of obvious.
Garrett ace 250 metal detector modes are:
- All metal :- Detects all metals including Iron.
- Jewelery :- Ignores items such as bottle caps, and nails.
- Custom :- Set standard as the same as coin mode, but the user can programme custom settings using the elimination, and discrimination to select individual specifications.
- Relics :- Eliminates trash targets, but keeps good targets in the lower conductivity end for example brass and lead
- Coins :- Eliminates all trash targets such as bottle caps, iron and pull tabs. However some digging of junk can be expected for example soft drinks cans.
The sensitivity button increases or decreases the sensitivity of the machine.
PinPoint button determines the exact location of a target.
The Discrimination button is used in conjunction with the Elimination button, used to eliminate specific items while out hunting.
From what people have said in their Garrett Ace 250 reviews, the modes are one of the biggest selling points of the Garrett 250, many people stated that the features are so simple to use, with “one touch” hunting, basically meaning you press a button and your set to go. Which makes it great for us men who don’t like to read manuals! (you know you are one of them)
The depth indicator has advanced since the 150 model, now adding an extra 2 inches on to the display. Displaying depth of up to 8 inches, although reports of deeper finds have been made on other metal detector websites.
As with the 150 model great reports of the battery life being very efficient, and the machine it self being very lightweight, the machine weighs 1.2Kg so you will be manage to be on all day hunts without becoming to tired or achy. The machine size is adjustable from 42″ to 51″
Is the Garrett Ace 250 waterproof?
Yes to a degree the coil is waterproof but you need to know the brains (control panel) is not. You can purchase waterproof housing for this at a low cost. With it being a beginners metal detector for the smaller budget it would also be fair to say that other people have mentioned how the machine can become a little temperamental in highly mineralised conditions, giving of an increased amount of false signals.
The Garrett machine comes with a 2 year warranty, and again they have created a great budget machine that seems to compete with metal detectors twice the price.
It would be worth watching the following couple of videos, one is showcasing the features of the ACE 250 and the second is displaying it in use making finds.
To summarise, I will have to come back to the price again.
The Garrett ACE 250 price is incredible taking in to consideration the features you are offered, It gives the beginner or newcomer a chance to have professional features at half the price. With everything I have researched, these features also perform just as good.
Most importantly, you only have to read the Garrett Ace 250 reviews below to confirm that it does what is most important….it finds stuff!
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