Minelab Gold Detectors: 2018 Buyer Guide

Minelab has proven itself worldwide as a leader in the industry of gold detector technology. Most professional gold hunters are using Minelab detectors today, and successfully finding gold nuggets all around the world.

Minelab currently has several models of metal detectors on the market that are specifically designed for finding gold nuggets. These are some of the best gold detectors currently available on the market.

These are the top models that are currently available for gold prospecting. The prices and features vary on each of these detectors, but each model is very capable of finding gold nuggets if you are in gold country.

Minelab GPX 4500

The GPX 4500 is still one of the most popular detectors being used in the goldfields, and most consider it the most considerable improvement over the earlier models. With a wide variety of adjustments and settings, the user can set the detector up to hand the different ground conditions that they will encounter in the field.

Minelab GPX 5000

The Minelab GPX 5000 is the next in the GPX series of Minelab’s pulse induction detectors. It is quite similar to the earlier GPX 4500 model, with some improvements to threshold stability and sensitivity to smaller gold.

While the price is quite a bit higher than earlier made models, most users consider it to be a good upgrade. Of particular interest is the ‘Fine Gold’ setting, which has been getting rave reviews from experienced gold hunters for its ability to find small nuggets in very mineralized ground conditions.

Minelab SDC 2300

The Minelab SDC 2300 is a unique detector that marks a significant change to the past offerings from Minelab. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the detector is the way that it can be folded up into a compact unit, allowing it to be packed up and easily transported. The user can easily stuff it into a backpack and take it into remote gold country with ease.

This is also different from all other Minelab detectors because it is waterproof. It can be submerged in shallow water, making it a detector that can be used where no other detectors have gone before. While there have been other waterproof detectors already on the market, none have been specifically designed for finding gold nuggets the way that the SDC 2300 is.

The Minelab SDC 2300 has become a favorite of many gold hunters in a variety of locations and situations. It’s small 8” round coil and sensitivity to small gold makes it a great choice for hunting cracks in bedrock. It can locate very small gold nuggets, rivaling some of the most sensitive gold detectors on the market.

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Minelab GPZ 7000

The Minelab GPZ 7000 is the latest high-end offering from Minelab, and it may be the most revolutionary detector to hit the market in the past 20 years. It uses completely different technology from the earlier Minelab gold detectors, which has been proving itself as an exceptional detector for detecting both small and large gold nuggets at great depths.

The GPZ 7000 may be the first detector since the introduction of pulse induction technology to truly re-open the old nugget patches that have been hammered for decades now by every detector on the market.

A good example of this is the success that many prospectors have been having using the GPZ 7000 at Rye Patch, Nevada. This is an area that has been absolutely hammered for decades now with every other detector on the market, but reports of significant gold finds with the GPZ 7000 are showing that this detector does a great job of finding nuggets like no other detectors before it.

The downside of the GPZ 7000 is its price tag of $7,999. It will take a lot of gold finds to pay for a detector of this price, but if you are a serious gold hunter, this may be the detector for you.


Minelab Gold Monster 1000

The Gold Monster 1000 is long overdue. It is a high-frequency VLF machine that is designed for hunting small gold nuggets. As most prospectors know, there is a point where traditional pulse inductions have trouble finding small and porous gold specimens, and a VLF detector is needed.

The Gold Monster 1000 uses new technology not seen in other detectors of this type. It has quickly become a favorite of gold hunters for its accurate discrimination abilities and good detection of small gold in mineralized ground.

Read More: Nugget Hunting with the Minelab Gold Monster 1000