Score Card
  • Performance & Usability
  • Electrical/Digital Features
  • Depth Detection
  • Target Identification
  • Price Point
  • Battery Life
  • Weight and Balance
  • Warranty and Support
User Rating: 0.0 (141 votes)
Pros: A very good overall performer for the money. A recommended metal detector for the beginner.
Cons: Sensitivity adjustment could be more precise. The stabilizer/arm rest feels a little flimsy.

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The Minelab X-Terra 305 Metal Detector is a best in class bang for the buck entry level metal detector. A no frills get-r-done detector that is light, durable with good battery life. It has Minelab’s interesting VFLEX technology for changing frequencies and excellent features. It also has a short shaft option for youngsters.

  • Minelab’s proprietary "True Digital" VFLEX technology, then new class of single frequency detectors – you can change the operating frequency simply by changing coils.
  • Compatible with Medium Frequency (7kHz) and High Frequency (18.75kHz) coils – 6 accessory coil options offer increased versatility.
  • Accurate Ground Balance capability with manual adjustment of 0-20, allows the user to adjust to ground mineralization easily.
  • 2 preset patterns, that can also be customised, plus All-Metal mode.
  • Choice of 1,2 or 3 tone ID’s plus multi-tone Target ID (12) response. This allows greater flexibility in deciding how target signals are represented.
  • Threshold adjustment, with a range of -5 to 25 allowing the user to set threshold to levels where slight variations from either very small shallow, or very large deep, targets can be noticed.
  • Noise Cancel function with 3 manual settings allowing the user to pick the quietest channel for detecting.
  • Rapid recovery Pin-Point with variable tone and graphical indicator.
  • Target Volume adjust (0-10) allowing you to get more definitive audio information on each target.
  • Depth indicator, updates continuously, even in Pinpoint mode.
  • Positive reflective LCD display.
  • Runs on just 4 x AA batteries.
  • Ultra lightweight, balanced design (only 1.3kgs).

  Minelab X-Terra 305 Metal Detector Package Includes:

  • X-Terra Armrest Strap
  • 24" Lower Shaft Assembly (X-Terra Series)
  • X-Terra 9" Coil Cover

  • Application: Coin, Relic, Jewellery & Beach
  • Technology: VFLEX
  • Frequency/Transmission: 7.5 & 18.75kHz - change frequency by changing coils
  • Coil: (standard) 9" Concentric lightweight, waterproof 7.5kHz
  • Audio Output: Internal speaker & 6.35mm (1/4") headphone jack.
  • Headphones: Supplied Optional accessory.
  • Visual Display: Large monochrome 76mm x 37mm (3" x 1.75") positive reflective LCD.
  • Memory: Remembers user settings even if batteries are removed.
  • Depth Indication: 5 depth indication icons.
  • Detect Modes: (1) Coin & Treasure.
  • Discrimination: Two factory Discrimination patterns that can be personalised & All Metal. 12 segment
  • Discrimination scale.
  • Audio tone: 1, 2, 3 & Mutli.
  • Ground Balance: Manual adjustment 0 to 20.
  • Pinpoint: Audio & visual.
  • Sensitivity Adjust: Adjustable (1 to 10).
  • Tune / Noise Cancel: 3 Channels (-1, 0, 1).
  • Threshold: Adjustable (-5 to 25).
  • Target Volume Adjust: Adjustable (0 to 10).
  • Battery: 4xAA Alkaline/Carbon/Lithium or NiMH/NiCad (not included).
  • Low battery alert: Audio & visual alert.
  • Length: 1220mm - 1420mm (48" - 56").
  • Weight: 1.3kg (2.9lbs) (ex. battery).
  • Warranty: 3 years control box & coil.

Company Information:
Minelab Americas Inc
1938 University Lane, Ste. A
Lisle, IL 60532, USA

Customer Care:
1-877-SOS-MLAB (1-877-767-6522)
Toll Free: 1-888-949-6522
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