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The Apex detector is available with and without MS-3 wireless headphones

Product Description

Fifteen years after Garrett Metal Detectors launched their first ACE detector, they announced the new Garrett ACE Apex Metal Detector. The Apex, the pinnacle of the ACE line, is a huge part of Garrett’s Sport Line and promises to be a game changer.

  • Total Weight : 2.5 Lbs (1.13kg)
  • Frequencies: 5, 10, 15, 20 Khz, Multifrequency, Multisalt
  • Search Coil : 6"x11" Viper Search Coil; Ships With Coil Cover
  • Construction : Rainproof Control Box, Waterproof Search Coil
  • Battery Type : Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery; Ships With Mini-USB Charging Cable
  • Targeting: 5-tone Audio Target Id System
  • Display : Large, edge-to-edge LCD Display
  • Audio Output : Available With Or Without Z-Lynk Headphones, Internal Speaker, ⅛” Headphone Jack

What is the Garrett ACE Apex Metal Detector?

The Garrett ACE Apex is the newest metal detector from the Garrett ACE metal detector line.

When can I buy it?

Weighing in at a light 2.5 pounds (1.13kg), the Garrett Apex detector comes with multifrequency Multi-Flex technology, hybrid audio system and high-resolution ground balance which makes identifying valuable targets a snap. It also sports a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. 

Marc Hoover, from Adventures in History, thinks this Garrett ACE Apex Metal Detector will be a good fit for most hobbyists. “It will give you a machine to grow into. The nice thing about Garrett machines is that they are usually very easy to use right out of the box. The multi frequency on this machine will be huge for using it on the beach or mineralized soil.”

MultiFrequency Technology

The detector features four single frequencies (5, 10, 15 and 20khz) and two multi-frequency options: one standard and one specifically for saltwater beaches. And with international and United States coin modes, you can take your detector anywhere in the globe to find treasure.

Garrett’s new technology will give users flexibility to switch between single and multifrequency within the same machine. With the addition of high-resolution ground balance, the ACE Apex can be used in various mineralization conditions, enabling detectorists to find nearly every target on their list.

The Garrett ACE Apex Metal Detector has adjustable:

  • Overall target volume
  • Volume of undesired iron objects
  • Detector sensitivity
  • Search modes
  • Target notch discriminations
  • Frequency adjustments to account for electrical interference

Viper Search Coil

The Apex metal detector comes with a waterproof Viper 6" x 11" Double-D coil. This new search coil is completely waterproof!

Existing ACE coils are not compatible with the Apex metal detector, due to the multi-frequency technology. And the new Viper coil cannot be used with existing ACE machines.

Z-Lynk Wireless Headphone Technology

The Apex features wireless Z-Lynk technology and will be available both with and without MS-3 wireless headphones. The detector also has a 1/8" headphone jack for connecting your favorite wired headphones. Z-Lynk technology is up to 6 times faster than Bluetooth, which means you will hear your target the moment you swing over it.

New Design for ACE Apex

The Garrett ACE Apex was specifically designed to create zero rotational torque at the ends of your swings. The machine was designed to be well balanced from search coil to arm rest. 

The detector is rain-proof and features a large, nearly edge-to-edge LCD display on its sleek control box. Apex’s intuitive design and simple-to-use tactile buttons make it easy for you to adjust settings no matter the conditions.

  • Manufacturer Garrett Metal Detectors & Accessories
  • Manuals
  • Quick Look Be among the first to own this vastly improved 2020 Garrett ACE Apex detector! Ships with a savage 6"x11" Viper search coil and optional MS-3 wireless headphones.
  • Product Type Metal Detectors
  • Warranty Yes
  • Detector Type All-Purpose Metal Detectors
  • Interchangeable Search Coil Yes
  • Technology Multi-Frequency
  • Arm Rest Adjustable
  • Arm Rest Strap No
  • Adjustable Shaft No
  • GPS No
  • Audio Tones No
  • Depth Indication No
  • Frequencies 5, 10, 15 and 20khz Single Frequency, plus Simultaneous Multi-Frequency and Multi-Salt
  • Number of Frequencies 6
  • Programmable Target Id Yes
  • Target Id Yes
  • Threshold Adjustable
  • Discrimination Adjustable
  • Pinpoint Mode Yes
  • Ground Balance Automatic, Manual
  • Vibration Mode No
  • Search Mode Types Iron Discrimination, Salt Mode
  • Search Flashlight No
  • Backlit Display Yes
  • Volume Control Yes
  • Headphone Jack 1/8"
  • Bluetooth Compatible No
  • Interchangeable Headphones No
  • Battery Type Lithium-Ion
  • Battery Quantity 1
  • Rechargeable System No
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    • ★★★★★ I bought the new Garrett Ace Apex

    Review by Jon on October 13, 2020

    I went out with the new Garrett Ace Apex and found a 1893 Seated Liberty Dime O mint .Then about a couple weeks ago I went with a friend metal detecting, and I had the Apex with me and found over $2.00 in clad quarters . I just love my new metal detector more than my bounty hunter 3300. But I bought it well worth the money. Thanks again Kellyco for the chance to get the Garrett Ace Apex.
    • ★★★★★ Great detector

    Review by Pete on October 5, 2020

    I pre-ordered my Apex in the Spring and waited a long time for it. When it finally arrived at the end of August I have to admit, I had a bit of buyer remorse, $500 is a lot of money to me. My first few attempts weren't very successful, but since then, I bought a couple of books on metal detecting and also a digging tool and a Garrett pin pointer. I've learned quite a bit about metal detecting and I have spent quite a few enjoyable hours detecting. Although I haven't found much my main interest is relic hunting and I don't harbor dreams of finding great treasures, the Apex has impressed me with the depth it can detect objects and also I found it interesting how much metal is in the ground anywhere I go. Yesterday I found my first coins ever, just 2 Lincoln pennies one a 1974 and 1919 wheat back and after that a ring which was pretty mangled all in a 10 sqft. area. It kept me occupied for 2 hours. So that being said I no longer have buyers remorse and am quite impressed with my Ace Apex.

    Thank you Kellyco.
    • ★★★★★ Top notch service

    Review by Mike S. on September 9, 2020

    My experience with Kellyco customer service has been supreme. I have ordered the Apex detector as well as another detector from Kellyco. I was well informed of my order as they could be with the manufacture. Once they knew they were getting a shipment of the new detector they notified me via email and a phone call. The communication with Kellyco and the shipping with all items I have ordered has including the new Garrett Apex detector has been a wonderful experience. The store I will get all my metal detecting needs for several reasons will be Kellyco. Thanks!!
Questions and Answers
  • Posted On: 10/7/2020 By: Lawrie Cooper

    Q: Does the free shipping include sending to New Zealand?

    A: We cannot ship outside the US due to the restrictions set by the manufactures.
  • Posted On: 10/1/2020 By: Wayne Ordille

    Q: If used near each other will the MS-3 interfere with the Minelab ML-80 wireless headphones?

    A: The MS-3 use Zlynk technology so they will not interfere with the ML-80.
  • Posted On: 8/30/2020 By: Marcelo Bruna

    Q: Cuanto cuesta el envío a Chile del Apex?

    A: No podemos enviar Garrett Apex fuera de los EE. UU. Debido a las restricciones establecidas por el fabricante.
  • Posted On: 8/26/2020 By: Pete Bot

    Q: What items will Kellyco adding to the Apex??


    The Apex does not include any additional items at this time. 

  • Posted On: 8/22/2020 By: DONM

    Q: can i use the head phones from the at max


    Yes , you can! The MS-3 headphones are compatible with the Apex!

  • Posted On: 8/21/2020 By: Daniel H Donovan

    Q: There's no price on the much is it???


    There are two different prices. You can see the price with headphones and without headphones when you select the option with the dropdown. 

  • Posted On: 8/18/2020 By: John Spence

    Q: Don't know if I missed it but does the Apex have backlighting?


    The Apex does have a backlight!

  • Posted On: 8/12/2020 By: Mike G.

    Q: Has anyone done a depth test, even its an air test, on the Apex? If so, what were the results.


    We have not finished all the air tests at this time.Since air tests are not always accurate, we prefer to do the field tests. We were focusing on the beach testing first to see if it is stable in the salt water, which it does great! As we do more testing, we will keep everyone updated. 

  • Posted On: 8/11/2020 By: Barry Henninger

    Q: I ordered this unit with the headphones, are they the wireless or corded? Because I'm not sure.


    The Apex headphones are wireless! You will love the flexibility of the wireless headphones when out detecting!

  • Posted On: 8/8/2020 By: Graham K

    Q: Since the Apex is recommended for salt-water beach searching how water-proof is it for the surf in wet sand? Is there a phone app to connect to bluetooth with it similar to Minelab?


    The Apex is water resistant and not water proof so you have to be careful not to get the box wet when hunting in the surf. It does work really well in the wet sand. There is not an app feature for the Garrett Apex. 

  • Posted On: 8/7/2020 By: Paul Giese

    Q: Do they plan to make a car charger adapter for this machine? I typically travel & camp far from home and after a couple of days using the detector would encounter low battery charge.


    This detector uses a USB charger. So you can plug this into a car charger that has a USB port. 

  • Posted On: 8/7/2020 By: Greg Royer

    Q: any idea as to when these apex machines will be available? Thanks


    We are still awaiting the exact ship date from Garrett as soon as we have an update, we will let everyone know. 

  • Posted On: 8/6/2020 By: Robert McCord

    Q: When can I buy the apex?


    Currently we are accepting pre-orders. Garrett has not announced the official ship date yet. 

  • Posted On: 8/3/2020 By: Joe C

    Q: I have never used the wireless technology so I have this question: I also have the Pro Pointer AT with Z-LYNK, after I pair the APEX to the headphones and then pair the Pro Pointer, can I power on the Pin Pointer while detecting and the APEX is on nearby or do you have to power off the APEX when you power on the Pin Pointer when detecting???

    A: The Apex and Pro-Pointer can both be connected to the headphones at once. They will automatically connect when powered on. There's no need to power off the Apex when you use the pinpointer.
  • Posted On: 8/2/2020 By: THOMAS F RUGGIERO

    Q: when will a water proof one be coming out. I Only water hunt salt and fresh. My MAX is great in fresh water but in salt water???? not really


    We have not heard anything about a water proof version coming out. 

  • Posted On: 8/2/2020 By: Paul G.

    Q: Does this have manual or automatic ground balance?


    Yes, this detector does have the automatic ground balance feature. 

  • Posted On: 8/1/2020 By: James

    Q: Are the coils interchangeable between the AT Max and ACE Apex?


    The coils are not interchangeable between the AT Max and the Ace Apex. The Apex uses new technology, meaning multi-frequency, so the other coils are not compatible. 

  • Posted On: 8/1/2020 By: Orven Morelock

    Q: So now that you have an Apex, does that mean you'll be shipping pre-orders soon?


    As stated on Koffee with Kellyco, this is just a test machine.We are waiting for an update from Garrett about when they will be shipping and as soon as we have an update, we will let everyone know.

  • Posted On: 7/31/2020 By: Mark

    Q: Has anyone there contacted Garrett about a new date for shipment? It's the end of the month and getting antsy......LOL. Also can you send it fully charged I need to get out and try this thing feels like Christmas in July isn't happening.


    As soon as we have an update, we will let everyone know! 

  • Posted On: 7/30/2020 By: Richard O'Gara

    Q: Does the Ace Apex have the z-lynk built into the detector so all you have to do is pair a set headphone to it, or do you still need the receiver attached to the shaft like on the AT Pro?


    The Apex is set up for the MS-3 wireless headphones. All you would need to do is pair the headphones. 

  • Posted On: 7/29/2020 By: Larry Pluhar

    Q: What is the word on the Apex and detecting natural gold? Followup is if it does Gold how small of a nugget does it detect?


    I have not seen any test with the Garrett Apex with finding gold nuggets. However being that it is a mutli frequency and does have the 20khz, it should be able to find gold nuggets. 

  • Posted On: 7/28/2020 By: Kevin

    Q: Is the version with or without the headphones likely to ship earlier


    There are two versions, when you add the Garrett Apex to your cart, it will give you the option to choose with or without headphones. 

  • Posted On: 7/27/2020 By: Orven Morelock

    Q: Just curious, any update on Apex shipping? Thx


    We do not have an exact ship date yet. We are waiting on another update from Garrett and as soon we have an update, we will let everyone know. 

  • Posted On: 7/15/2020 By: Carlos

    Q: Any recent updates in when will the Ace Apex be available? (In stock)


    They last update that we had from Garrett was that they would ship the Apex's to us at the end of the month. As soon as we have a date, we will be contacting you to let you know that it is on the way.

  • Posted On: 7/9/2020 By: Carlos Carmona

    Q: Any updates on when is the Ace Apex will be on the market and ready for delivery?


    We are still waiting on the official update from Garrett, as soon as we get the official word, we will send out an email to update all the customers who have placed a pre-order. 

  • Posted On: 7/7/2020 By: Paul Kelly

    Q: I live in az and wonder how the Apex will work in black sand and ghost town hunting Thx


    The Garrett Ace Apex is a multi frequency machine so it should be able to handle the black sand in Arizona without an issue. The Multi Frequency technology should also work very well when hunting ghost towns because it will have better target separation. 

  • Posted On: 7/5/2020 By: Norman labutay

    Q: How long does the lion battery last and is it replaceable?????


    Typically the battery life of a Li ON battery is 3-5 years. The battery is bulit into the machine and Garrett has not announced the replacement policy for the battery at this time. However, Garrett has excellent customer service and they should have a great policy in place for battery replacement.

  • Posted On: 7/4/2020 By: J. Blanchard

    Q: Are you shipping in Canada ?


    Due to restrictions that Garrett has set, we are unable to ship the Garrett Ace Apex to Canada. You would need to reach out to a local dealer in Canada.

  • Posted On: 7/3/2020 By: Scott Ritchie

    Q: Do the units that sell without headphones Still have zlynk? so I can get the Headphones separately. The model with headphones seems to be sold out already.


    The Apex does have the Z-lynk headphones and they can be purchased separately. We have to different options available for the Garrett Ace Apex, with or without headphones. We do still have pre-orders available with the headphones. 

  • Posted On: 6/27/2020 By: Matt hayslett

    Q: Hello I have a question about the garret apex. Considering this has multiple frequency's not just for avoiding interference as on the atpro and atmax, would you say the apex would be better at beaches? Lastly the control box said rainproof, so it's not submersible or splash/Wade proof? like if you were wading water and the control box was just at the surface.

    A: Hello! The multi frequency technology is a big upgrade for the Apex. It will make the detector more stable in Salt water and mineralized soil. The Apex also has a multi frequency salt water mode that is specific for salt water. This machine should be really good at the beach. It is weatherproof and not waterproof. So you cannot put the box under the water and have to be careful when going in the water. If you got caught it the rain, it should be fine but I would not suggest putting the box in the water at the beach because it will ruin the detector. If you have any other questions, please let me know!
  • Posted On: 6/26/2020 By: Greg Piecek

    Q: Wondering if the new apex will have a option to get a accessories kit with it like some of Garrett's other models? I feel this would make it even more appealing for beginners like me who like tools.


    We will have some additional items that we will include, similar to out other Garrett models. However, at this time, we do not know exactly what will be included with the detector. Our kits do vary and what is included depends on when we receive the detectors and what particular items we are including at the time. 

  • Posted On: 6/24/2020 By: mike herman

    Q: Second Time Asking. Can you please give me a price point for APEX with Wireless Headphones and the Approximate Delivery Date PLEASE?????????????/

    A: We have two different packages for the Apex. The one for the Apex without the wireless headphones is about $425 and the one with the wireless headphones is about $492. We do not have an exact ship date at this time. Our last update from Garrett was the end of July or beginning of August.
  • Posted On: 6/24/2020 By: Martin Collins

    Q: How does the new Apex compare to the AT Pro?


    The AT Pro is an excellent machine and is waterproof to 10 feet. Is is great to use for relic hunting, coin shooting and in freshwater. The Apex uses different technology which is newer than what is being used in the AT Pro. The Apex uses 4 frequencies at one time which makes the machine a bit more stable in salt water and mineralized soil. 

  • Posted On: 6/23/2020 By: mike herman

    Q: How Can I preorder W?O PArt Number, Price Point and Apprx delivery dates???????...You guys are loosing it! I want APEX With Remote Link Earphones... Thanx Mike


    We are taking pre-orders for the new Ace Apex at this time. To pre-order, go to the following link to complete your pre-order. 

    Garrett ACE Apex Metal Detector - Preorder

  • Posted On: 6/21/2020 By: Thiago Cury

    Q: Can any wireless/Bluetooth headphone be used with the Garrett metal detectors or do I need to buy the Garrett brand? I have a 3M Worktunes wireless headphones. I never had a metal detector and am thinking about buying the ACE Apex or the AT Pro


    Garrett uses Z-Lynk technology which is different than Bluetooth and you have to use the Garrett brand for it to be compatible. 

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