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Minelab CTX 3030 Beach Metal Detecting

Ultimate Minelab CTX 3030

Metal Detector Review and Accessories for 2021

Documented by Timothy Draper

Categories & Site Details: Field Research, Gold, Gold & Doubloons, Metal Detectors, Minelab Metal Detectors

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Minelab CTX 3030






The Best Minelab Metal Detector – Minelab CTX 3030

The Ultimate Minelab CTX 3030 Metal Detector


The Minelab CTX 3030 is without a doubt an excellent metal detector. While it is true that there are many great detectors on the market, the Minelab CTX 3030 happens to be my favorite detector hands down. When it comes to determining what makes a great metal detector in my opinion, I tend to focus on a few keys factors to help me rank them. First off, we always hear people say that we should never judge a book by its cover, but in this case, I do. Style, color, display, and the coil are one of the first things everyone sees when looking at a detector. Therefore, I too notice those things right away. The Minelab CTX 3030 is an incredibly good looking and stylish detector. I have found over the years that I tend to lean towards Minelab’s products when it comes to looks. I feel that they have done an excellent job with designing good looking detectors, coils, batteries, headphones, and more.

The next thing that I noticed about the Ultimate Minelab CTX 3030 was the way it feels in my hand. It’s like a handgun if it fits your hand good and is well-balanced, then often times you’ll find that gun to be a good fit for you. Well, the same goes for detectors, when I picked up the CTX for the first time, I did notice that it was a little on the heavy side but felt very well balanced in my arm. Because of the weight distribution, I was able to swing it comfortably and maintain a steady swing back and forth. It is true that it’s not the lightest detector you can buy, but for me, it fit and felt good to hold and I was wanting to see more.

A few more things that I noticed right away was the stock coil, shaft, and battery. All three matched my expectations. The stock coil is a great size; 11” search coil and has a great look to it. The battery is well mounted and has easy access to replace it as needed throughout my treasure hunt. The shaft is one of the coolest ones I have seen on a detector. It is a hollowed-out, light-weight shaft that the coil wire runs through. The shaft helps to hide the wire that gives it a clean look and finish.

Minelab CTX 3030 Metal Detector


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When I turned on the CTX for the first time, I was even more amazed by the little Minelab jingle that plays when it powers on. Even still today, I look forward to hearing that jingle because to me, it represents performance and adventure. The menu screen is easy to navigate through, and there are many different options and settings that you can simply change at any time. You can run the manufacturing settings, or you can get creative down the road and make it fully customizable. I particularly love the GPS locator function. The ground balance function is easy to use every time you turn it on, it’s just quick and easy. The target screen is amazing! Not only does it give you the easy to read target number, but it also gives you the depth of the target with nice big numbers so you can clearly see everything very well. I really like the trigger pinpoint mode as well, within seconds you can push the trigger with your index finger and pinpoint your target very quickly.

It comes with a backlight, locality, it’s wireless, and there are many more menu options to choose from at your fingertips without hassle.  The MODES options have great pre-loaded options like Coins, Beach, Jewelry, Silver, and much more. All in all, these are prime options for advanced detectorists and beginners too! Treasures in America has sold many CTX 3030’s to beginners; brand-new hobbyists that have never picked up a detector before. Many customers ask me what my favorite detector is, and I never hesitate to express my opinion of the CTX. I feel good about suggesting the CTX to beginners because it is so easy to use. It did not take me long to start swinging this detector without any problems. I was successful in finding treasures in my very first weekend of using it.

Minelab CTX 3030 Metal Detecting Beach

Two more things I want to bring up in this article to help paint the right picture for everyone is technology and performance. Minelab hit the nail on the head with this one! I have owned it for over 3 years and it still amazes me how the performance and technology of this detector have helped me to find artifacts, coins, jewelry, and caches. That’s right, caches! The CTX 3030 made it easy to find small caches buried in the ground. I have found targets that were well over 14” deep and the CTX 3030 had a great signal and alerted me of the target just as well as it does with 4” or 6” inches in the ground.  When you purchase the CTX, you get the detector, stock 11” coil with coil cover, headphones with a wireless transmitter, rechargeable battery pack with charging station, AA battery pack, and the owner’s manual. You are ready to go right away with everything you need to start.

Finally, there are many optional accessories you can purchase separately to increase the way the CTX 3030 works for you. Minelab offers the 17” DD coil, 6” DD Smart coil, and the CTX rechargeable battery, along with many other items for replacement, or in addition to your accessories. And don’t forget about Coiltek, they also make a couple of great aftermarket search coils for the CTX 3030 like the 10” x 5” coil. There are plenty of options to investigate once you’ve decided on the CTX 3030. Click on this link to see more.

Now that you have heard a little about the Minelab CTX 3030 and my opinion and knowledge of it, I am going to leave some more information below. Out of a 5-star review, I would give the CTX 4.75 stars. This detector is truly one for you to investigate, and if the price tag is a little pricey, Treasures in America has 2 easy financing options that will let you make monthly payments. Our goal is to provide everyone with an opportunity to purchase and own the detector they’ve always wanted.

I hope this article gives you enough information to start researching if the CTX 3030 is right for you. If you need any additional information or have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.

Minelab CTX 3030 Metal Detector

The Ultimate Treasure Hunting Metal Detector on The Market


Minelab CTX 3030

Retail Price of $2,499.00

The Ultimate Minelab CTX 3030 is Treasure in America owner Timothy’s favorite metal detector! This all-terrain, waterproof metal detector is a professional grade and high-performance detector for treasure hunting. It has the most accurate target identification on the market today, so treasure hunters can discover more historical treasures and hidden metals. The Minelab CTX 3030 Metal Detector is a serious metal detector for detectorists, treasure hunters, and more. This professional metal detector has multiple frequency transmissions, advanced targeting, and high sensitivity.


Additional Coils and Accessories


Minelab CTX 17" DD Smart Coil

Minelab CTX 17” DD Smart Coil

Minelab CTX 3030 LI-ION Rechargeable Battery Pack

Minelab CTX 3030 Battery and Sand Kit

Minelab CTX 06 Smart Coil

Minelab CTX 06 DD Smart Coil

Coiltek 10” X 5” Search Coil

Minelab Koss Headphones

Minelab Koss Waterproof Headphones


Treasures in America has taken pride in having great customer service and passion. We love treasure hunting and metal detecting; we are in the field hunting for treasures and have learned firsthand about the products we sell. Take it from the experts, we are here to offer the best equipment on the market. We have taken all the guesswork out of purchasing the right detector and accessories, and we have created an easy-to-use website for you! Buy from the fastest-growing metal detector company in the United States, Treasure in America.


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Minelab Xchange 2 Software and GPS Pinpointing Option

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