I went today to one of my favourite testing areas , a very old site in a forest , low mineralized soil but infested with thousands of nails.
It is my first outing there with the Apex . I decided to use the Ripper (5X8)coil instead of the Viper ( 6X11 ) because of its smaller size which means better separation , and also because it is lighter than the Viper ( 330g instead of 400g ).
Up to now I had only done a few short outings with the Apex in less difficult areas , so I have some experience
of the machine and its settings . I already know that it works very well in iron trashed areas , but I am
wondering if it will do the job in todays "extreme" outing ...
Ok lets start the detector . First thing the Apex is very stable , almost silent on the nail bed.
There is no noise at all compared for example with the ML multifreqs like the Equinox or the Vanquish ,
which is a very good thing. My settings : Jewellery mode , freq MF , sens MAX. Apex soft. version : 1.28
I found my first coin only after 5 minutes . Very good news because it is difficult to find new targets
here. The Ripper coil has the perfect size for hunting (very) small roman coins . It is also very easy
to center the targets with that coil , no pinpointer required.
The MS3 wireless headphones are excellent and very reliable , it is a pleasure to use them.
An important thing , in case of a doubtful signal I always press the Iron Audio button to have more audio info.
This "Iron Audio" is just equivalent to the Equinox and Vanquish AM ( all metal ) function.
I dont know why Garrett did not simply call this button AM instead of "Iron Audio" ...
The signals on targets are sharp and clean , may be a little too sharp , I would have preferred
a little "softer" audio , but it works very well and this is the most important
Long story short , I found a total of 6 coins during 1 hour , which is a very good result.🙂
I am not sure that I would have found more coins with my Deus HF which is a reference in iron trashed areas.
So I confirm that the Apex is a very good detector in iron trash. It outperforms the ML multifreqs
in iron trash to my opinion. It is very good on tiny targets as it can be seen on the pics below. Compared to the XPs the Apex is probably quite close to the Deus in terms of separation , but the Deus has the edge concerning its weight ( 800g for the Deus instead of 1150g for the Apex/ripper ).
On the other hand the Apex is probably much better than the Deus at the beach, and could be a good choice for users looking for a detector performing very well on both inland and beach hunting ...
So conclusion of this test the Apex is a very good detector , both easy to use and very efficient in the field , especially with the excellent Ripper coil ...
GARRETT APEX + RIPPER COIL -- PLUS AND CONS :
THE PROS :
. excellent on iron trashed areas
. very good audio / excellent iron filtering
. sensitive to tiny targets as well as bigger ones ( multifrequency )
. fast and reactive/accurate on targets
. a light detector , weighting only 2.4lbs (1,1kg ) with the Ripper coil
. the thin control box
. the lithium/ion battery
. easy to use even by beginners
. the excellent MS3 wireless headphones
THE CONS :
. VDIs a little unstable
. the rod outdated compared to other brands
. the coil cable too short for tall persons ( above 6 feet/ 1,85m )
. no dedicated backlight button
. the running freq info ( 5k,10k ... , MF..) NOT displayed on the main detection screen
A few pics of todays outing below ...
1) First coin with the Apex/Ripper :
2) A bigger one ... :
3) Total 6 coins :
4) Back home , after cleaning , a nice roman coin : Constantinus , AD 360 , 1660 years old ! :
legend : CONSTANTINUS PF AUG
reverse legend : GLORIA EXERCITUS
5) The Viper 6X11 and the Ripper 5X8 :
By Steve Herschbach
This release brings your Apex up to date with all improvements made since its introduction. Some of these enhancements include:
Improved overall stability Faster and more accurate ground balance in saltwater More accurate pinpointing More distinctive tones to better differentiate good targets from iron Backlight powers on temporarily while making Menu changes https://garrett.com/apex-update-instructions
By Steve Herschbach
I figured I needed a smaller coil for the Apex, so ordered and it just showed up. Ground is thawing so should be able to use very soon. I like this detector and this coil makes it a real featherweight. 2 lbs 7.7 oz or 2.48 lbs with scuff cover. I like small coils and this is a sweetie, well made, and nice to buy a coil and a cover for reasonable price for once, $119 plus $10 for scuff cover. Garrett part# 2223800
Garrett 5" x 8" Ripper coil for Ace Apex
Ace Apex with Ripper coil
By Steve Herschbach
Jan 25, 2021 NQExplorers - In this video we explore the advanced features of the Garrett Apex metal detector in more depth and give some insights into how the machine works and ways you can use these features to maximise your success. Thanks for watching! Warren and Colleen.