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What is the difference between the Garrett VX5, VX7 and VX9?

What is the difference between the Garrett VX5, VX7 and VX9?

The world’s first fully upgradeable waterproof detector series! As your skills increase, you can opt to convert your VX-5 to a VX-7 or VX-9 model with software updates. Each Vortex model upgrade includes additional operating frequencies, more advanced features, and more power!

Garrett’s Multi-Dimensional Multi-Frequency (MD-MF) Technology provides deeper and more accurate target analysis and identification. Targets are detected and analyzed using simultaneous multiple frequencies as well as utilizing multiple dimensions of conductivity and ferrous (iron) content.

This advanced MD-MF analysis takes places within all three Vortex models. It is most visible on the VX-9 model, whose LCD includes a multi-axis Target ID with three distinct scales.


The entry Vortex model is loaded with features and provides fast, fixed Recovery Speed on adjacent targets. Fully waterproof to 16 feet (5m). Single and Multi-Frequency options. Single-tier MD-MF Target ID scale. Three audio tones.


More advanced. Includes more frequency and mode options than VX5, including the powerful Multi-Frequency Salt mode for wet sand and saltwater surf use. Two-tiered MD-MF Target ID display (with separate ferrous and non-ferrous target scales). Additional audio tones plus adjustable Recovery Speed.


The Professional’s model. Full three-tiered MD-MF Target ID display (including two ferrous scales to help identify unwanted iron trash). Includes Multi-Salt and additional frequency choices. Additional Recovery Speed controls. FAST Mode for competition hunts and high-trash search areas. THIN COINS Mode for detecting fine, lower conductive coins such as hammered silver and thin gold coins.

Vortex VX5 Vortex VX7 Vortex VX9
Target ID Scale(s) One 0-99 2-tier 3-tier
Frequencies Multi, 13 kHz Multi, 5, 13 kHz, Multi Salt Multi, Multi Salt, 5, 9, 13, 18, 25 kHz
Search Modes 4 5 7
Variable Recovery Speed No Yes Yes
Waterproof Depth 16 Ft 16 Ft 16 Ft
Z-Lynk Enabled No Yes Yes
Increased Sentivity/Depth No Yes Yes
ID Tones 3 5 5
Iron Volume Yes Yes Yes
Pinpoint Mode Yes Yes Yes
Iron Audio Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Dim / Multi-Freq. Yes Yes Yes
Ground Balance Yes Yes Yes
Frequency Shift Yes Yes Yes
Volume Control Yes Yes Yes
LCD Backlight Yes Yes Yes
Detector Length 24.75"-56.75" 24.75"-56.75" 24.75"-56.75"
Weight 2.9 lbs 2.9 lbs 2.9 lbs
Search Coil Included 8.5"x11" DD Raider 8.5"x11" DD Raider 8.5"x11" DD Raider
Updateable? Yes Yes Yes
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