Design and Appearance of the Minelab Safari
I’ve always felt just by looking at the Minelab you instantly can see why they are one of the leading manufacturers in the metal detecting niche.
Everything about their products make a statement of quality, and professionalism.
The Minelab Safari looks sleek and feels sturdy.
Assembly of the machine when it arrives does not take a degree and can be done in just a matter of minutes, the Safari comes in just a few parts. The coil, the lower shaft, upper shaft & control box and then the arm-strap. You simply attach them all together and your about ready to go, the arm-strap at the top is adjustable for your extra comfort also. Not only this but you can move the arm-rest if it is in the wrong position for you. I have arms like a T-Rex so this would be perfect for me. The shaft length is something you can also alter, again for me this is a much appreciated design feature, as I’m rather short.
The control panel has an LCD display, and not to many buttons keeping it less complicated to navigate. They are also positioned really well, which gives another nice touch to the design, letting you operate without having to spend to much time looking at the panel.
Buttons and Modes of the Minelab Safari
There are just 11 buttons on the Safari, which as I have said previously makes it less complicated to understand and operate. Along with a LCD display that is also easy to operate and read. The buttons are as follows.
- Power, which of course switches on and off. Or by holding resets the detector.
- Coin & Jewelery which puts the detector into the coin & jewelery mode.
- Coin which activates the coin mode.
- Pinpoint which turns the pinpoint feature on & off, allowing you to locate the exact position of a target.
- Minus & Plus buttons, these are used in conjunction with the menu button, letting you navigate through the options and change settings.
- Menu which accesses different stages and options of the Safari.
- Relic activates the relic hunting mode.
- All Metal which activates the all metal mode.
- Noise cancel, searches for the quietest operating frequency.
- Accept & Reject, if pressed while in detecting mode, accepts or rejects the located target.
The Minelab Safari’s LCD screen displays a depth Gauge, allowing you to view the approximate depth location of the target. A Target ID number which gives us a better clue of the identification of the target, It’s displayed with numbers from -10 through to +40 different targets will bring up different numbers, and you can use this to discriminate against certain metal compositions.
There is a mode indication symbol which tells us which mode we are in, and if we have modified a mode, and saved it. Battery life icons. Target Icons which indicates which lets us know what it is we are likely to have located, I have to say the reviews from around the internet are mixed on this, with some saying it works well but others not so impressed and finally a graphic indication bar used for discrimination patterns.
Features and Performance of the Minelab Safari
What I liked most about the Safari, was the fact it is a professional powerful machine that has also included features that a beginner could operate the machine with. So it appeals to all levels of detectorists across the board. You have your preset modes that are simply selected and away you go, but then you have the option to modify and customize.
The machine features an 11 inch, Ultra Lightweight Double-D waterproof coil (machine is not fully waterproof however)
FBS Multiple frequency technology which stands for Full Band Spectrum the safari simultaneously transmits, receives and analyses a full band of 28 frequencies. This provides the Minelab Safari with even more information about a target and the surrounding environment than is possible with other single frequency or BBS metal detectors.
The Minelab Safari allows us to adjust sensitivity, threshold, target volume, discrimination and much more giving us a more accurate hunt according to our terrain. You can create custom modes and save them also which is really handy. There are the standard preset modes which are already set up for different items also.
Pinpoint with audio and visual indicators for a more accurate detecting experience press the pinpoint button and the Safari will zone-in on the precise location of that precious target, allowing you to spend less time at each hole, and increasing your find rate throughout the day.
Around the world there have been so many amazing reviews for the Safari, it’s hard to pick out what aspect of the machine people are most happy with. I have to say the power of this machine and depth capabilities for the price are astounding. This is something you will read in many places in many Minelab Safari reviews owners of the detector. Accuracy is also something else that people praise the machine for.
Pros and Cons of the Minelab Safari
- Amazing depth capability, reports of up to around 14″
- Very accurate machine with good to trash ratios
- Simple enough for beginners, good enough for pro’s
- Lightweight and robust, allowing a very comfortable day of detecting.
- Not fully waterproof although Minelab mention it being OK in light rain.
- Eats batteries (rechargeable are a must have unless you want to remortgage your house)
Videos of the Minelab Safari
For the price this machine truly can’t be beaten in my opinion, the power and accuracy are equally as good as machines twice it’s price. I wish they would have made it fully waterproof, they do state it’s OK in light rain but it’s not something you should really risk. I feel like the Safari is one of the best machines on the market, just looking at reviews from around the internet and speaking to people who have used and still use the machine, there is so much praise and recommendation for the Minelab Safari. If you can afford it, Buy it.