I’ll start off by saying that the Minelab CTX 3030 is a great metal detector. It is at the top of the range for a reason, and that reason is just how easy it is to use and how well it can find items of value. The only complaint I have about the CTX 3030 is that it weighs more than what I was expecting, but it is well balanced and so it just takes a little while to get used to. The other things I really like about this is that it is waterproof to 10 ft. (3 m), which is something that minelab have copped a lot of flack over in the past, and that it has a GPS locator.
Minelab CTX 3030 Appearance
The Minelab CTX 3030 is primarily grey with black and sports the minelab logo. The detector itself is reasonably heavy, but doesn’t feel overly cumbersome. The stock coil is great, but the real benefit to owning a minelab is in the large range of different coils that are easily interchangeable.
The display is easy to read, but is very different from the X-Terra 305, so don’t expect to just pick it up and know what is going on straight away. The display is also great for showing iron and conductivity readings, plus it adds the GPS coordinates to any finds.
The screen comes as a full color LCD, which shows heaps of target identification information, which helps immensely with discrimination.
Dimensions & Warranty
One of the best things about buying a Minelab metal detector is that they offer a 3 year manufacturers warranty.
- Length: Minimum – 37″ (940 mm). Maximum – 55.3″ (1405 mm)
- Weight: 5.20 lbs (2.36 kg) including the battery pack
- Warranty: 3 year manufacturer warranty
CTX 3030 Price
The Minelab CTX 3030 can be bought for around $2,500
- Headphones KOSS UR30 (100 ohm) – not waterproof
- 1 x Lithium ion battery
I like to look at Amazon ratings to determine what everyone else thinks of a metal detector to give a fair comparison to my own thoughts and opinions. I find that people on Amazon generally give some really insightful comments/feedback and they tend to rate detectors fairly accurately.
Minelab CTX 3030 Amazon Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Minelab CTX 3030 Top Features
In this price range you want to be sure you are getting all the bells and whistles, and in my opinion the CTX 3030 easily delivers.
- Standard Coil (CTX 11) 11-inch waterproof Double-D smart coil
- GPS Tracking
- Full Color LCD Display
- Waterproof to 10 ft (3 m)
- Wireless Audio
- FBS 2 Technology – This uses multiple frequency transmission and coil-to-detector data communication to find more targets in variable ground conditions
- Enhanced FeCo discrimination
- 10 fully customizable search modes
- 2 Pinpoint options
- 20 fully customizable discrimination patterns
Videos of the Minelab CTX 3030
There are LOTS of videos on the Minelab CTX 3030, which isn’t really a very big surprise considering just how popular it is. The following video is probably the best intro to the device that I have found – if you find a better one, please let me know in the comments below.
CTX 3030 Final Verdict
There is a reason why the minelab CTX 3030 got number 1 in our expert category of our best metal detector list. And that is because it is in another league when compared to most other metal detectors out there. The only others that I would ever purchase ahead of this detector are the Garrett ATX or the Minelab GPX5000. The ATX is in a similar price range and to be honest is probably a better buy, but the GPX5000 is about double as expensive as this, so this makes an obvious choice for those people wanting to stay with minelab.
Overall the price is probably the main barrier to entry with this detector, and so it certainly isn’t for first timers. It does have a great LCD display and the waterproofing and GPS tracking capabilities make this a detector to be reckoned with. I haven’t ever met a treasure hunter who didn’t like his CTX 3030, but most people will tell you that it takes a little while to get used to before you really understand just how great a detector it can be. I recommend this metal detector for pretty much anyone that likes minelab devices, or who have a lot of minelab coils they want to use, otherwise I would go for the Garrett ATX in the similar price range.