Garrett Infinium LSPrice: $1200
Based on 40 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.33
Avg. Ease of use: 3.67
Infinium L/S Great Detector
I do a lot of relic hunting in Northern Virginia where the soil is like powered rust and this machine is amazing. The factory shaft is junk, it wobbles and drove me crazy. I Bought a straight shaft from a guy named Reid Bridges, see the video on youtube under Infinium Straight Shaft by SC Digger. Also if you do alot of hunting by the waterproof headphones for this, it is worth it. I went to Cabelas and purchased a neoprene range finder cover I use for a chest harness and it is more stable then the stock harness. This is a great beach machine also. You can't go wrong if you take the time and learn this machine.
Steve Fitzpatrick from Pittsburgh, Pa.
Infinium a great salt water detector
I purchased the 10x14 mono coil for it since it was the recommended coil for beach use.
On my first trip out, wanting to dig everything, I found the unit very smooth on the wet sand. In the suds, the threshold did rise and fall as the waves went over the coil, but nothing that would make one not hear a target.
Setting up the detector was easy. After finding the quietest frequency to hunt in, I ground balanced in Slow then Fast mode, and once the unit leveled off, put in in Lock and that was it. Most times I could hunt in 0 discriminate setting, but if the salt water was causing the unit to run a little unstable, I raised it to 1 and every thing was fine.
First time out I found a 14K heart pendant...first gold in a while so I was happy. After an hour or so, I began to hear the differences in the shallow iron like nails vs non-iron targets. The Infinium hits hard on nickels, tabs and aluminum in the wet sand...a very good sign ! All those targets hit as a hi/lo signal, even a depths of 14-16 inches. Elongated nails and shallow wire most times give a double hit signal as well as a drawn out one. Good targets like nickels and gold give a solid, sharp, narrow hi/lo. Quarters and clad along with some iron give a lo/hi tone. Kinda cool and once you get the hang of it, you can learn what the machine is telling you. And...it DON"T MISS MUCH !
The second time out, on the first beach I hunted, I found a big 14K earring. On the next beach I hunted that day, I found my best find ever in my 25+ years of hunting. A 14K gold ring with a 1 carat, super clean princess cut diamond in it that was appraised at 6K-7K.
Awesome machine in my book ! The only negative I have is that the stock configuration is not that well balanced so I had to buy an after market straight shaft. That and the fact that you can only use Garrett headphones due to the propriatory headphone connector. I still give it a 5 and would give it a 10 if I could.
John Cipriano from NJ
Water, Land, Prospecting, Relics, Coins, Gold...FUN!!!
Deep seeking at 730 pluses per second on 32 separate channels, read the specs, this machine makes detecting in mineralized soils child's play. If you want to find it all including necklaces in the water get one, talk to the Minelab boys and you will find out the Excal can't come close to the Infinium. Do your homework before getting on here or a forum telling folks lies about something that works for a change. $5300 ring?
Turnhimloosebill from Iowa
Infinium is designed for GOLD PROSPECTING!
I have paid for my Infinium with gold nuggets in its first three months of use in the goldfields of California. It ignors all the nasty mineralization that a VLF detectors might go crazy on. The smallest nugget I have found is at .4 grams using the 8" mono coil.
It is not as sensitive as a $5000 Minelab machine but I wouldnt have paid for the Minelab in 3 months either. Very happy with my Infinium and hope they add some updates to it soon for more sensitivity to smaller gold.
Bearkat from Medford, Oregon
Mis named, Not L&S , it is not for the Sea
Mike from Hawaii
Infinium LS finds the gold and silver!
Sandmagnet from USA
New up date
Scrooge from Florida
The gold in my safe says it all.
I dig everything, forget hi/low or low/high. Don't try to test for Iron unless you want to leave the gold for someone else to find. As nails and other metalic objects work there way down a stream they fall into the same cracks in the bedrock as the gold. Three out of six nuggets I found were shareing the same crack with a nail. The 12 gram nugget was in a large crack next to a quarter pound nut from a bridge. The rust on the nut stained my nugget. I got a signal 3 feet away and it was screeming low/hi. I found the nut first and tested the hole again and got a hi/lo. I pulled out the 12 gram nugget and let out a little hi/low of my own. If I used a discriminator I would only have found two nuggets last summer. My smallest nugget was without a nail and weighed a half gram, found at two inches. Any smaller than that and I can't pick them up. Anyway, great machine I highly recommend.
Terry from Nor Cal
Infinium Handy Hints
Here are some handy hints by Adrian SS from the Garrett Infinium Prospector Network Forum.
MAKE SURE THE DISCRIMINATION CONTROL IS AT ZERO BEFORE YOU GROUND BALANCE.
Adjusting the disc control above zero may help quiet some ground noise in the gold fields, but setting it above position 3 will reduce response to gold by about 50% at a rough guess which will all but kill your chances of finding small gold between 0.3 and 1 or 2gms.
When you start getting some ground noise, re balance over that spot (MAKE SURE DISC IS AT ZERO BEFORE GB,ing) as best you can and also, switch to slow or fast track settings as necessary.
The discrimination control is normally used to get a rough idea of what type of metal you may have detected when searching the beaches or parks etc; When you get a signal, keep scanning the target and gradually turn the disc control up until the signal goes quiet or just changes from HI/LO to LO/HI or visa versa and note the position of the disc control at this point. By experimenting with various targets both in the ground and as a bench test and by learning the signal drop out or tone change point of your favorite target types you can now use the disc control to help identify these targets.
The best way to identify natural gold from iron in gold field conditions is to DIG ALL SIGNALS that are HI/LO or LO/HI in normal mode that REMAIN OR CHANGE TO HI/LO in Rev Disc at a REDUCED signal level or that disappear completely.
You will find that the signal from most small nuggets and large deep nuggets will disappear in rev disc; It is when you are getting close to them that the signal in REV DISC from gold will be heard as a HI/LO tone which is why you have to dig these reduced level tones; They may not always be gold but it is better to be sure than to leave a nice nugget in the ground.
You will find that the signal from rusty tin lids and some rusty nails will disappear in REV DISC but when you get close, the signal from these items will be LO/Hi....YOU WILL NOT GET A LO/HI FROM NATURAL GOLD IN REV DISC.
Gold finder from Australia
Some things are just too danged good!
The first thing I found in the first hole Was a Large metal Clip. It was down maybe only an inch. It had been a while since I detected anything so I almost forgot to double check my self. I just took a second swipe and still had a small sound to the hole so I started my double check. I scooped everything into my plastic scoop. Gee it was in there. I figured it must be a small nail or maybe a screw from the clip. Well it turned out to be a rock. I spit on it. Sorry I do not stick lawn dirt in my mouth as I have several dogs and cats. The rock felt a little heavy and it started to show some white quartz. OK this is different. So later on it turns out to have a fine very fine line of color thru it. I am saving it for now.
Next day out I found a large chunk of what later turned out to be lead. It had a funny white coating on it though. OK it was big weighed at least an oz. It was about 1 in x.5in.x.25in it did start to show some shiny surface after I scrubbed off one end of it. Yep lead. must have been from a bullet. I had not searched more than a couple of feet from where I was until it screamed at me again. I search and dumped it on the ground twice. I then started using from hand to hand. It got down to the size of a number 6 bird shot. Yes that is exactly what it was. I have even found some areas of black sand and maybe a few flakes. Still no big nuggies but what the heck it has only been three weeks.
This is fun folks. Good luck to all. I would not trade mine. 73
Drayegon from Northern California