Garrett Infinium LS
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Some things are just too danged good!
September 28, 2008
I started reading all these reviews of the Infinium LS. Everyone who wrote
a review loved the one they had for this reason or that reason but no
specifics. At least not to many this did it better and that did it better.
Well folks here is a little bit different review.
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
This is fun folks. Good luck to all. I would not
trade mine. 73
August 23, 2008
I've always liked the VLF detectors for their pinpointing ability. But
there are many areas here in S. CA that you just can't hunt with a VLF due
to heavy concentrations of black sand. It is liked you are being locked out
of certain areas and that always bothered me. I've only been using the
Infinium for a few weeks now but can honestly say I don't feel locked out
of anywhere anymore. The tones and the pinpointing take some getting used
to but if you want to walk through heavy black sand areas like you own
them...then this detector gets the job done.
Garden Grove, CA
July 08, 2008
I have noticed a few people on other infinium forums and this one who say
that they get false signals while operating in water. I wonder if these
people are having some cable/coil shielding problems. My infinium is an
older model but I do not get false signals while operating in saltwater
beaches, that is,I do not get HI/LOs or LO/HI tones, I do get some very
weak wavering of the theshold as the water level moves up and down the
shaft which does not cause any problems, and I only have to re ground
balance two or three times in the day.
I am pretty happy with my machines performance at the beach; It
consistently locates Aussie 5 cent coins at better than 15 inches in the
wet sand while using the 10x14 DD. These coins weigh around 3 grams and are
about 0.05ins thick x 1/2ins diam.
One thing to be sure of when ground balancing the Infinium is that the
DISCRIMINATION IS AT ZERO, and AFTER GBing the disc control can be moved up
to around the 2 position if necessary to reduce the effects of the salt.If
it set higher than 3 you will loose sensativity to gold.
18 inch mono/ Phantom No voter?
June 24, 2008
I wonder how long it will be before we get an 18 inch mono for the
Infinium. Gold will be going up in value soon so we will need the best
chance possible of finding those deep nuggets.
I wonder who the gutless wonder is who keeps saying no to these reviews but
won't say what he/she doesn't agree with. Come forward turkey and say your
Garrett Infinium LS
May 20, 2008
I am not new to detecting, been doing it for over 20 years. Mostly on the
beaches of Florida. The Infinium so far has been a pain to setup. You need
to keep the coil wire wrapped tight to the rod or if worn on the waist
don't let it get above the coil or you will get false signals. You must
stay on top of the ground balancing and may have to do it multiple times
during your hunt.
I would not recommend this unit for a first time
user. If you are going to buy this machine join some forums and read read
Gold in Iron ore
April 27, 2008
I have had my Infinium for a while now and although I said that I felt it
was not as good as my Sovereign on saltwater beaches, I think I am
beginning to change my mind.
What I have found though is that this machine is a brain snapper in
highly iron mineralised ground, and no kidding folks, this thing can find
gold nuggets inside solid iron ore; Show me a VLF that can do that!
Sure the Infinium works great at the beach but there are plenty of PI
detectors that do that but only a couple that will find gold in iron
mineralised ground, so if it's gold you want and your ground is highly
mineralised then give the Infinium a go because you won't get anything
better for the price.
Gold Finder from
Great Pulse Detector!!!
February 01, 2008
I think the Infinium smokes!!! I use the machine in tough black sand on the
N. East coast without any issues. Where the Infinium shines is in the surf
and water! The disc and iron check do work and help to really reduce junk
found. This is a pro level machine and does have a learning curve. If you
read the posts online you can reduce that curve alot. I also use VLFs and
think they make a great pair working together as no one machine can do it
all! You will dig more trash with a pulse, but out in the water targets a
fewer and the good stuff is deep. The Infinium is so stable and deep
detecting when adjusted correctly, that not much could touch its
performance. Another trick is you can just dig the high-low signals while
using the reverse disc and Iron check to just get the gold (you can cover
alot of ground quick this way)! The detector is built like a tank and just
works great in the water with the 8" mono-coil! I'll grab it in areas that
have been pounded or are sanded in, as you'll probably walk away with
something good. I have all the extra coils and plan to do some relic and
nugget hunting with it too. It's a great detector to add to any serious
hunters collection of water machines!
N. East Coast , USA
Infinium L S Best All Rounder
January 26, 2008
The Infinium can't match my Soveriegn on salt water beaches, but in the
goldfields it's a killer.
It outperforms all but the best Minelab P I,s
and one or two high frequency VLF units that are designed to find tiny bits
of gold within a couple of inches of the surface. If you want to find gold
and can not afford the way over priced Minelabs, then get an Infinium, it
will work pretty much anywhere.
Gold Finder from
The Infinium....plusses & minusses!
January 22, 2008
Having owned one, had a friend who had one and then field tested a good
one, I can honestly say that there are very bad ones out there....quality
control must have really died at Garrett!! My unit and my friends unit were
very poor. Crap sensitivity (.22 bullet was about as good as it got) and
false signals when in hot ground. Both myself and my friend sold ours ASAP.
Have now seen a really good one and I am impressed! Can hear a .2 gram bit
of gold at 3" with the stock coil and matches a Minelab SD2200 for depth on
most targets with similar coils. Much better response on hot ground too.
Very poor design for the stem as it wobbles like a 1970's machine, the
stock coil is made for diving and is far too heavy, no decent range of
accessory coils are available and the headphone system is completely stupid
as you cannot use your own, you must use a Garrett set with a dumb ring
connector only! Overall, a very poor design but when you put up with the
flaws and find a good one that works as promised, it performs. The Iron
discrimination is quite good and reliable on solid Fe items, even at full
depth. For the price, it is a good first timers unit and great for ladies
who want to hipmount the control box to save weight on your arm....make
sure you get a 10X5" DD coil though!
Best all-rounder and a top contender.
October 31, 2007
Well I may only have had the Infinium LS for a short while and I am well
pleased with this unit. I have used many types of detector in my 14yrs of
metal detecting,both vlf,and pulse induction units. I can honestly say that
the more I use it the more I like it. After using the SD2100 for years on
the gold fields of Australia, the Infinium is a treat to use. It is
extremely quiet, with a threshold that purrs along. The depth on the gold
fields and on the beach and in the salt water is fantastic, I have found
two 50c pieces at a measured depth of 18" 5c pieces in the surf came in at
over a foot deep, it is comfortable to use and I am only 5'3" and 65kg,
with the unit mounted under the cuff, it is well balanced. It is half the
price of a minelab unit and a dedicated all rounder. It will find .3 of a
gram, I recommend learning how to use it properly, before bagging it.