Fisher F22 metal detector review
In this Fisher F22 review, we’ll cover the features of this popular metal detecting model that we think is one of the best entry-level detectors on the market.
About the Fisher F22 metal detector
The F22 was first released in 2015 replaces the older F2 model. The F22 is still one of the best entry-level metal detectors available. You get real bang for your buck with the F22.
The F22 v F2
When looking at the features of the F22 vs F2, you’ll find the newer F22 has:
- extra search modes
- volume adjustment
- a new and improved type of searchcoil design
Features of the F22
The F22 searchcoil
The Fisher F22 has a weatherproof control box and a 9-Inch triangulated concentric elliptical waterproof searchcoil. This just means that it can get into tighter places now and is much better at sorting the trash from treasure. The F2’s searchcoil was 8-inches, so you’ll get more ground coverage with the new 9-inch coil.
Note that the control box is only weatherproof, not waterproof – the electrics will be fine if you’re caught out in a rain shower, but the control box is not submersible. You can hunt in shallow water.
Friends report they get good depth beyond the stated 9-inches. They’ve found targets as deep as 3 feet. It will depend on the soil mineralization.
The F22 has five modes of operation:
- all metal
It has 20 levels of adjustable sensitivity and 20 levels of adjustable volume.
The adjustable iron audio Fe-Tone® is a bonus on this machine. It lets you amplify iron signals to avoid digging up unwanted targets. We could all do with digging up less unwanted targets, so this is a great feature on this entry-level machine.
The large LCD has a backlight for low-light conditions. You’ll see the 9 segment visual target category across the top of the LCD and numeric target IDs from 1-99 underneath, helping you better target your finds. Anything under 30 will likely be a junk find.
We recommended the F22 for
- hunting in wet weather
- beach hunting
- coin shooting
- jewelry and relic hunting
- gold prospecting
|$$ Click for today’s low price
|Type of detector
|VLF 7.69 Khz
|Suitable for salt water
|Sort of, but you’re better off with an underwater metal detector
|Suitable for fresh water
|Yes, waterproof search coil
|Suitable for SCUBA diving
|No, the control is weatherproof, not waterproof
|Fisher F22 depth
|Up to 9 inches
|2.3 pounds with batteries installed
|9- inch waterproof search coil
|25-30 hours on 2 x AA batteries
|No, but it has a standard 1/4 inch headphone jack
|Ground Grab® computerized ground balancing and manual ground balancing
|Yes, the shaft is adjustable
|USA by FisherLabs
How to use the F22 metal detector
Fisher F22 user manual
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Last modified: October 2, 2019