Garrett ATX Metal Detector Accessories
The Garrett ATX is a new model just introduced by Garrett Electronics
for 2013. This page lists options and accessories for the detector and
supplements the main
Information Page. The ATX comes standard with the items shown above
- detector, instruction manual, soft carry bag, dry land headphones
(waterproof headphones optional), support sling, 8 each AA batteries in
two holders (in detector in photo), 8 each NiMH batteries in two
holders, and smart charger with 110V and 12V adapters.
The Garrett ATX comes standard with a 12" x 10" DD search coil.
Optional 8" round and 20" x 15" mono coils with integrated lower rods
are also available.
Garrett ATX Search Coils
How To Disassemble and Clean the ATX Coil Shaft & Camlocks
I have issues with the weight of the ATX and the stock coil for
certain nugget hunting tasks, like gully hunting as in my
Gold Nugget Detecting with the Garrett ATX story. I had visions of
hip mounting the ATX with a smaller DD coil. If you look at the first
photo in my
Infinium beach hunting story you will see where I got the idea. An inquiry with Garrett
about the possibility of running
coils on the ATX received this answer:
"The ATX can be operated with Infinium DD coils. Performance with
Infinium DD coils should be normal but is not guaranteed. The ATX cannot
be operated with Infinium mono coils or any other Garrett coil other
than ATX coils and Infinium DD coils. Recon Pro coils will not work on
the ATX. The Recon Pro is not the same machine electronically, even
though it looks similar. Use of any coil other
than ATX coils and Infinium DD coils, including the use of 3rd party
coils, will void the warranty."
Well ok then! I purchased two Infinium DD accessory coils, the 3" x
7" DD, part number 2216600 and 5" x 10" DD, part number 2216700). The DD
coils work fine. I suspect the ATX has been optimized to run with DD coils
and that the mono coils therefore had to be tweaked to work with
it. The Infinium mono coils therefore will not work. The Infinium DD
coils however are good to go but as the note above say there are no
promises about how they will perform. I hope to be able to clear that up
after I get a chance to use mine in the field.
The ATX with lower rod and coil assembly plus arm cup removed only
weighs 3 lbs 5 oz, basically half the weight of the entire detector. I
envisioned slinging it either under my arm or on my back, with only
the coil and rod assembly on my arm. An Infinium rod assembly could be
purchased as separate part numbers, but I already had a couple White's
Space Saver Rod Kits for use with other detectors. These can be ordered
as one part number, P/N 802-5236 and are only $39.95, far cheaper than
other rod assemblies I have priced out. The White's bolt fit the Infinium coils
but was a tad short, and I had to add an extra rubber washer to snug up
the narrow White's rod end, but it actually works just fine. A Garrett
lower rod may fit the White's upper (not swearing to that) and would
mate up better.
Garrett ATX Hip Mount Kit
The 5" x 10" DD coil bench tests great. It is hot down the middle
like one expects of a DD coil, and slightly more sensitive than the
inner coil ring area of the stock DD coil. The advantage is it elongates
the hot small gold area to nearly the full 10" length of the coil and
eliminates the extraneous less sensitive outer coil area of the stock
coil. This is the coil for hunting in tight locations like in bedrock
pockets and crevices and in brush. There are no gaps to get caught and
hang up, and the coil appears impervious to false signals when knocked
about. Home run!
The 3" x 7" coil is no more sensitive to small gold than the 5" x 10"
and gives up some depth, so the only reason to use it is for extremely
tight areas. Pulse induction detectors do not get more sensitive to
small gold past a certain point, unlike VLF detectors, so ultra small
coils like the 3" x 7" get no extra boost in sensitivity. But for
extreme crevice work or even for use as a pinpointer the little coil has
The Infinium mono coils people had best avoid. I am not sure what
might happen but you do not want to void your warranty!
Anyway, here is a picture to give you the idea. I
have started an official question and answer thread on this experiment
new forum here. Post there if you have comments and questions. It is
the only place I will discuss the project.
Garrett ATX Makeshift Rod Kit in Progress
There are some people modifying the ATX lower rod system to work with
Infinium coils. See the excellent thread at the
Detector Prospector Forum. NEW 1/9/14 - I went with a backpack
design, see it at
Garrett ATX Backpack Modification.
The Garrett ATX does have a built in waterproof speaker and so
does not require headphones. It does come with dry land headphones that use a
waterproof connector Garrett uses on the Infinium and AT Pro/AT Gold
models. The same waterproof headphones available for those models work
on the ATX and are required if it is desired to put the headphones
underwater. The included headphones have a waterproof cable that can be
submerged but the headphones themselves must be kept dry. A short
adapter dongle is also available to convert the ATX waterproof headphone
connector to the standard 1/4" female receptacle so standard metal
detector headphones may be used.
Garrett ATX Optional Underwater Headphones and Headphone Adapter Dongle
Garrett ATX Optional Submersible Headphones PN: 2202100. This is the
same set used on the Garrett Infinium, Sea Hunter, AT Pro, and AT Gold models.
1/4" Headphone Adapter PN: 1626000. Allows land-use headphones with a
1/4” male jack to be used with the Garrett ATX, AT Gold, AT Pro,
Infinium and Sea Hunter models. (Not intended for submerged use.)
OPERATION NOTES: Inserting the headphone plug into the connector will
provide sound from the headphones only and will automatically disable
the detector's speaker. This automatic speaker-disable feature requires
the input impedance of the headphones to be 10,000 ohms or less. Note
that some non-Garrett headphones may not meet this requirement and will
require the addition of a 10,000 ohm termination resistor inside the
connector to disable the speaker.
Another headphone option is available from DetectorPro - the
DetectorPro Gray Ghost Amphibian headphone.
DetectorPro Gray Ghost Amphibian Headphone
The nice thing about the Amphibian headphone is like the name
implies, it can be used both above and below water. It is unique in
underwater headphones in having a volume control making it easy to
increase volume when entering the water and decrease volume when leaving
the water. This also eliminates having to switch out headphone sets. The
fewer times the o-ring connection has to be broken and reset, the
better. The DetectorPro Gray Ghost Amphibian headphones can stay
permanently attached to the ATX both above and below water. These work
on the ATX, Infinium, AT Pro, AT Gold and Sea Hunter detectors. Check
them out at the
Finally, the ATX runs off eight standard AA batteries, eliminating
any shipping or airline issues that can be a problem with some PI
detectors. The detector comes complete with both alkaline and NiMH
rechargeable batteries plus a 110V and 12V smart charger system. The detector
runs approximately 10-12 hours on a charge when using headphones, less
if running off the speaker. The best method is to use the rechargeable
batteries and carry the alkaline set as backup.