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Old 06-20-2017, 09:09 PM
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Default Guide to selecting a Salt-beach / Salt-water Detector

Having trouble using your detector at the beach? Read this...

Since the 1960's, enthusiasts have learned to make adjustments to single-frequency VLF detectors to find targets at salt water beaches. Newer machines may even have special software programs to help compensate for salt water, but often times these adjustments lose depth and/or sensitivity to small targets, give random erroneous signals, and eminate noisy chatter. For those of you plagued with these results, a great alternative is upgrading to a multi-frequency or pulse induction machine.

Multi-frequency detectors will compensate for the conductive salt and mineralization, and usually without losing depth and sensitivity. Further benefits of M/F detecdtors include typically running quiet and giving an honest signal, e.g., if it beeps, there is a real target. M/F detectors consequently cost more than most S/F detector and that price increases if you want them waterproof. Perhaps the key benefit of a M/F detector is it can discriminate unwanted targets like iron. This means you can cherry pick targets and make the most use of limited time.

PI or pulse induction detectors are the cost efficient alternative to MF detectors. They work great in salt water, but the caveat is they do not discriminate (well).

The following chart provides a list of the major manufactures of MF and PI detectors. You can use this list to narrow your selection of a competent salt-water detector. Also be sure to contact our forum sponsors (dealers) for the best price and availability!

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Old 06-20-2017, 09:44 PM
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Old 06-20-2017, 10:33 PM
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David, for what it is worth, the CZ-20 does have led lights that glow when you are over a target that isn't discriminated out.

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Old 06-21-2017, 12:26 AM
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That's some really excellent info! Thanks for creating this! I ended up making something similar for my personal use when I was researching potential upgrades.

How about including DetectorPro's Underwater and Pirate/PiratePro detectors. I think they are the models DetectorPro is currently selling, and they are VLFs. I saw a couple detector comparison videos of the Underwater model being used it salt water conditions and it seemed quite good for it.

Also, perhaps adding a data field for price range would be good? Most of the time when one is looking for this sort of info one is interested in first-time-buying or upgrading and in either case price range is a pretty important factor.

Anyhow, thanks for posting this! I'd say once you've perfected it you should probably get it stickyed up at the top. That way when this section gets the inevitable- 'looking for a salt water machine- what should I get?' questions, they can refer to your chart easily.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by ScubaDetector View post
David, for what it is worth, the CZ-20 does have led lights that glow when you are over a target that isn't discriminated out. Nice chart
10-4, I made the revisions.... now some more cartoons...
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10-4, I made the revisions.... keep 'em coming
LOL David, the CZ-21 does NOT have lights!! Glad to help!

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Too many discontinued detectors on that list, but really good effort!

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Too many discontinued detectors on that list, but really good effort!
I agree! Manufactures have discontinued some really great salt water beach machines!!

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Look at those rig prices! Huge financial 'Barrier of Entry' into Beach/Water Hunting! Add a scoop and other gear, and Man!...The ROI potential is miniscule! Add tanks and a compressor like Scubadee? Oh boy! He will be in debt for years to come!

Great chart there Dave! Hopefully others will take note of the financials and not even bother to attempt this!!!

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Originally Posted by TK-421 View post
How about including DetectorPro's Underwater and Pirate/PiratePro detectors.
These are not included because they are single frequency VLF detectors. As such, they work great on dry sand, but on wet sand or submergered they have excessive chatter, false, and require diminished sensitivity in order to cope with the conditions. FYI - these were first hand results from myself and two forum members that used a tuned-diver, stock wader, and (2) new PP w/ NEL coil machines.




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..perhaps adding a data field for price range ...
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