The Ace 150 and Ace 250 models have been Garrett’s most popular entry-level metal detectors on the market, particularly because of their very similar range of features that make them ideal for simple tasks such as coin shooting. With the Ace 150 priced only in the mid to upper $100s and the Ace 250 priced in the low to mid $200s, both metal detectors are affordable and extremely easy to operate, providing beginners with an interesting and very lucrative experience from the very first moments.
- 1 Simple, Easy to Operate Machines for All Beginners
- 2 Similar Priced Detectors to the ACE-250
- 3 Technical Details & Specs
- 4 Things to Watch Out For
- 5 Video Reviews
- 6 Summary
- 7 What Consumers are Saying
Simple, Easy to Operate Machines for All Beginners
Both the Garrett Ace 150 and Ace 250 are extremely easy to operate for beginner and intermediary detectorists, and they are powered by four AA batteries that are included in the package.
As for their performance, there are a couple of notable differences between these two machines. While the Ace 150 features only 5 Target ID segments, its newest counterpart, the Ace 250, has 12 segments instead, which makes it more suitable for those individuals who want a more challenging experience. However, beginners will find the 5 segments of the Garrett Ace 150 metal detector quite satisfactory, since they will be able to successfully locate specific items, ranging from nickels to ring pulls. Although both machines have Search Modes, the Ace 250 features two more as compared to the Ace150, plus pinpointing, which can make specific tasks, such as coin shooting, much simpler.
Unfortunately, the Garrett Ace 250 does not have Accept/Reject Discrimination to modify discrimination patterns (or search modes), which can be a big inconvenient for more advanced detectorists. Furthermore, the Ace 150 has only 4 levels of sensitivity/depth adjustments, as compared to Ace 250’s 8 levels, which are ideal if you want to make your metal detector more responsive to specific types of metals. Users will also find only one segment of iron discrimination in the Garrett Ace 150, which is quite similar to the Ace 250’s two segments.
Besides these differences, both machines have a frequency of 6.5Hz, 3 audio tone ID levels for easier target identification, an adjustable PROformance search coil of 6.5 x 9 inches, both weighing 2.7 pounds. Much to detectorists’ delight, the Garrett Ace 150 and Ace 250 are equipped with an arm cuff that will enhance comfort while detecting; a large LCD screen where the sensitivity, search modes, depth, target ID segments and other similar features are displayed; and a quarter-inch headphone jack that can be used with Garrett’s headphones.
Similar Priced Detectors to the ACE-250
Technical Details & Specs
Garrett Ace 150
- Size: 22 x 11 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Model Number: ACE 150
- Batteries: 4 x AA batteries
- Loaded, Sporty Outdoor Design
- Intuitive Controls
- Coin Depth Indicator
- Headphone Jack
- Rugged 3-Piece Travel/Storage Construction
Garrett Ace 250
The Garrett ACE 250 metal detector is all new, and features-loaded. Attractive outdoor design, full-range notch discrimination, pinpoint feature , graphic target ID with 12 element GTA notch discrimination for greater accuracy, and 5 pre-set hunting modes make this detector a “touch and go machine.”
- Size: 11.1 x 22.1 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
- Model Number: ACE 250
- Batteries: 4 x AA batteries
- Large 10″ Scan Area For Quick & Accurate Scanning
- Electronic Pinpoint Feature With Coin Depth Gauge For Quick Target Retrieval
- Graphic Target Id With 12 Element Notch Discrimination For Greater Accuracy
- Touch-N-Go Technology
- Headphone Jack
Things to Watch Out For
When it comes to the Garrett Ace 150, there are several aspects you should be aware of. One customer has reported that the discrimination feature of this metal detector is very poor, which can lead you to dig up plenty of ring pulls and trashy items instead of nickels, dimes or quarters. You need to be extremely realistic in regarding its overall performance: since it is an entry-level machine, it is not that ideal for coin shooting due to the lack of pinpointing search mode and very few target ID segments, sensitivity and iron discrimination. It will help you find several types of metals, but you will end up disappointed many times, and its accuracy will not be as good as expected.
The Ace 250 performs a little better since it has a few more features than its older counterpart, but its accuracy will not be significantly better either. There is no ground balance feature that comes with this machine, which can alter its operability, increasing sensitivity and transmitting false signals that will lead you to dig up for gold, silver or other items, only to find nothing.
To wrap up the above, both the Garrett Ace 150 and Ace 250 are two excellent metal detectors that will give beginners and hobbyists an enjoyable experience. With a couple of notable differences, these machines perform quite well in most situations, although there are obviously other entry-level models out there with a better performance and more features. Considering that you will be paying between $180 and $250, you should be happy with the features you will get, which will be enough to decide whether metal detecting is suitable for you or not.
What Consumers are Saying
The Ace 150
Both the Garrett Ace 150 and Ace 250 have been very positively responded to by most beginners and hobbyists. One customer has reported she has located an 1893 barber dime in a very good condition using her Ace 150, which was later followed by several other quarters and dimes. Most buyers were very happy with Ace 150’s ability to find several types of metals, including silver and copper, and one detectorist has said he managed to successfully dig up a couple of alloy coins on the beach. Apparently, the only drawback of this machine was its sensitivity to aluminum, which will result in frequent audio tones caused by its presence in the ground.
Can be purchased online for around $150.
The Ace 250
As for the Ace 250, most customers have named it reliable and dependable due to its many Target ID segments, search modes and accept/reject discrimination. One buyer has reported she was very pleased with the readability of the LCD screen, which enabled her to immediately locate nickels and quarters on the beach. Another customer reported that the adjustable length of the Ace 250 makes it an ideal machine for detectorists of all heights, including children. A couple of individuals were not that happy with the noisy sounds of this metal detector, which can make your experience less than optimal.
Can be purchased online for around $215.