The F22 From Fisher – Our Guide
Fisher are an American based brand that aim to cater for every metal detectorists needs. The metal detector we’ll review today is the Fisher F22.
The F22 model first hit the scene in 2015, it was preceded by the much loved Fisher F2, but we think Fisher Research Labs have come a long way since the F2 model.
What are the Main Features of the Fisher F22?
- Weatherproof – The Fisher F22 is quite impressive when it comes to bad weather conditions, it can withstand more than a light rain and the search coil is fully submersible in shallow depths.
- Fe-Tone Adjustable Iron Audio – Sorting out those rusty iron nails from the sparkling treasures has never been easier. With this indicator, you’ll never have to pick up any old iron ever again.
- 9 Segment Visual and Numerical TID – Whilst the visual helps the user sort out the rubbish from the treasure, the numerical Target ID‘s identify what sort of metals the user has found. Using the two digit range (1-99) the user can determine what metal group the object they’ve detected is from.
The Fisher F22 suits the needs of both experts and beginners who enjoy metal detecting.
It is designed to be lightweight and easy to use.
Two AA batteries are able to power the whole metal detector for up to thirty hours, this is impressive as many metal detectors have to be powered by four or more AA batteries or a rechargeable battery pack.
The Fisher F22 also boasts a 9” triangulated concentric elliptical search coil which is useful to scan not only large open areas but also those hard to reach areas.
Additionally, users are able to choose which search coil they can purchase, these include: a 7” concentric elliptical search coil, an 11” triangulated concentric elliptical search coil and an 11” DD elliptical open search coil.
A cushioned armrest ensures comfort whilst scanning for jewellery, artefacts and coins; and there are more accessories available to purchase including: an arm strap, a protective cover and a search coil cover.
The search coil and the body of the Fisher F22 is extremely well made and really reflects the quality of the item. To think it runs only on two AA batteries is rather magnificent. Fisher have really pushed the boat out for this F model.
What is the Fisher F22 built to detect?
If you’re new to the metal detector game then we should warn you that you will detect A LOT of iron but thanks to technology, the Fisher F22 can discriminate the junk from the riches.
The four main modes included are:
- Jewellery Mode – In this mode the metal detector will ignore objects made of iron.
- Coin Mode – This mode will reject the iron, aluminium and foil.
- Artefact Mode – In artefact mode the metal detector will reject nothing.
- Custom Mode – Custom mode enables the user to pick which settings they would like to utilise.
With the two digit number target ID, the metals can be refined in groups from 1-99, these are displayed along the top of the display from FE to 9. Below are the groups of metals:
FE (Iron Indicator), 1-19 – Iron objects, most likely nails but can be old relics.
2, 20-29 – Foil.
3, 30-39 – US Nickels, Gold also registers here.
4, 40-49 – Gold rings, screw caps from old bottles and vintage non US coins.
5, 50-59 – US zinc coins and non US coins.
6, 60-69 – Copper coins and small silver coins.
7, 70-79 – Medium sized silver coins.
8, 80-89 – Large silver coins.
9, 90-99 – Very large silver coins. Or in other countries, large metal items.
Having these modes and specific groups are so useful and are very easy to follow.
Of course, the item is made in America so that’s why the manual says US coins will show up, however, this shouldn’t be a problem as the types of metals will still register even if it’s not a US coin.
Control Panel and Display
The Fisher F22 has a simple display screen, the buttons on the control panel (from left to right) start with, two buttons to help select different settings, menu, PP (pinpoint), mode and power button. These are easy to use, but if these or elements of the display screen prove to be difficult then there is a manual included so you won’t get confused.
The control panel’s colour fades from red to black, the red really gives the detector a splash of colour rather than just being black, adding a sporty vibe to the metal detector.
The display screen isn’t over crowded but leaves little room for any more features.
At the top are the metal ranges FE to 9. To the left are volume, sensitivity and notch settings, as well as a battery and depth level indicator. In the middle are the main numbers that indicate the metal type and to the right are the four main search modes discussed earlier.
Overall, as soon as the user is familiar with how each setting functions, they will be able to pick up how it works quite easily.
We’re definitely impressed by the efficient simplicity of the Fisher F22 metal detector.
What are the Pros and Cons of the Fisher F22?
- Discrimination Setting – For a metal detector having a discrimination setting is unbelievably important, the Fisher F22 includes this useful setting which helps decipher which metals the users metal detector is picking up.
- Sensitivity Setting – A sensitivity setting is used to detect the specific type and size of the metallic object underneath where the user is scanning. The Fisher F22 has ten adjustable levels of sensitivity so you can identify and find the object swiftly.
- Notch Setting – If there is a metal the user doesn’t want to keep on finding with their Fisher F22 metal detector, then they can simply notch it out. Using the notch setting the user can stop the metal detector picking up the metal contaminants they don’t want to dig up.
- Pinpoint Button – Accurately pinpointing where the metallic object is has never been more easier with Fisher F22’s pinpoint button. Simply clicking this button when finding a hidden object will help the user pinpoint its exact location and depth.
- Memory – Fisher have included a non-volatile memory in their F22 model that saves the settings the user has utilised whilst using their metal detector.
- Lightweight – Weight is always an issue with metal detectors, no-one wants an aching arm after just a few minutes, but with the Fisher F22 you don’t have to worry anymore. The F22’s overall weight is just 2.3lbs, that’s like holding two tubs of butter, Fisher have really aimed to impress with this F model.
- Warranty – Fisher have also considered their customers by adding a 5 year warranty to their metal detectors. Having a warranty is useful just in case anything should malfunction whilst in the users care.
- Value – The Fisher F22 metal detector has been praised as great value for money, and rightfully so. Ranging from around the £250 mark upwards, the Fisher F22 is quite reasonably priced. The metal detector market has numerous low end and high end detectors, the low end aren’t so impressive and the high end ones are usually too expensive, yet, the Fisher F22 creates a league of its own not only by being affordable but being a quality made product.
- Interference – Unfortunately some types of soil and sand cause interference with the Fisher F22’s readings. Salt and high concentrations of minerals in the sand and water as well as soil with iron oxides in can bounce radio waves away from the desired target. The beach is one of the places the user is bound to head with their metal detector, so the thought that their Fisher F22 might get interference is certainly a disadvantage.
- Ground Balance – The Fisher F22 metal detector does not have a manual ground balance, this means that Fisher have probably pre-set the ground balance to an average ground condition for their users. This could be a turn off though as ground balancing helps the metal detector perform better as well as increasing the detectors accuracy. Without a manual ground balancing setting, the readings users get might not be completely accurate, and this has annoyed some customers.
Summary and Conclusion
Fisher have proved to be formidable players in the metal detector market, their new and thought provoking ideas never fail to impress.
The Fisher F22 is a great metal detector, it exudes quality and user friendliness. The way it functions praises the great manufacturing it took to create the F models.
As with all products, the Fisher F22 isn’t perfect, but for a decently priced metal detector it’s a no brainer when it comes to purchasing this product.