White's V3i, V3, Spectra Metal Detector
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White's first came out with the Vision metal detector the first part of 2009. The Vision had a terrible audio problem. It was so loud you could not stand to wear headphones. Version 1.1 fixed this problem. White's had their customers send the Vision/V3 with headphones to White's Electronics Attn: Todd Marshall 1011 Pleasant Valley Rd. Sweet Home OR 97330.

Owners were instructed to send the battery, coil, and S-rod as White's only needed the main body and the headphones.

The White's Spectra V3i with wireless headphone option.
Purchase the V3i at Kellyco.


The Vision name was short lived and was soon changed to V3. The White's Spectra V3i with wireless headphone option. The wireless headphones did have a couple of problems. First, the two AA batteries would only last 20 hours (plus or minus 4 hours). Second, the padding was not deep enough to fit your ear. It pressed the ear against your head and after a few hours of this, it became very uncomfortable. The headphones have no delay of the signal from detector to headphone...none! I could even walk 50 feet away from the detector and still hear the threshold. It is nice to detect without a headphone being tethered to the detector.

After another major upgrade it is now known as the V3i.

Spectra V3i Update

UPDATE: White's replaced the headphone earmuffs with a type that you can wear comfortably all day long.

NOTE: YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CUSTOM PROGRAMS AND PROGRAM CHANGES. Write the settings down using the Vision Spreadsheet available from the menu above - Downloads - V3i Spreadsheet.

I sent my Vision detector with headphones for the V3i update to White's in Sweet Home, Oregon. They received it on September 9th and I received it back on September 27th. Not sure why it took White's so long to perform the update. I also asked to have the switch replaced as it would stick in the depressed position. It was not repaired.

The earmuffs on the headphones have been replaced with new thicker material. Your ears are no longer pressed against your head causing discomfort. To me, this was a big deal. When I wore the original headphones in Virginia for four days both of my ears were bruised. I had to stop using them and switch to a more deeply padded pair. Looks like they took care of this problem for good.

The suggested Rx gain is now gone. White's felt that you could run higher gain than what was suggested. A new feature that I really like is you can now select which coil you are using (provided it is a White's coil). I am hoping this is to maintain an accurate depth reading. You can also choose between Polar Plot and the more familiar Spectragraph. I set mine for the new Polar Plot to see if it will help further identify targets (since then I have reverted back to the Spectragraph).

Other updates include Support for Foreign languages, On-board Quick Reference System, Stereo mix-mode audio, Prospecting analysis scan, and Single frequency salt tracking. I have seen on the forums that everyone is pleased with the new updates.

On one of the forums there is a video about a relic hunter from down south talking about his settings for the V3i. He mentions that turning down the Rx gain does not really effect the depth. I just want to confirm that I believe he is correct. He uses a bullet found at 9 inches with an Rx gain of 7 as an example. I have done the same thing in Virginia with the Rx gain at 4 and 5. The target sound may be softer, but you will not miss the target. Also, turning down the Rx gain can virtually eliminate EMI. For depth, you should be experimenting with the Discrimination and All Metal settings found under the Sensitivity controls.

One problem I have encountered: Before the "i" update I was relic hunting in Virginia on my uncles property. I had no problems with the Auto Track ground balance. It would auto track with no problems. After the "i" update (and a long winter) I went back to my uncles and hunting the exact ground, the V3i would no longer keep the detector ground balanced using Auto Track. I would have to re-ground balance after every find. I finally figured out that I should switch to Lock Track and this solved the problem of having to re-ground balance after every find or dig. I called White's at the end of the day and spoke to Todd Marshall. He informed me that White's "had slowed the tracking down to help identify targets better". This was an embedded change in the software. If users encounter the problem I ran into, the solution is to switch to Lock Track.

White's Deep Silver Program: This is a really good program. It takes a little getting used to BUT it will find deep silver and it will find it mixed in with junk. I was using a program from one of the forums and it finds deep coins. After hunting an area I switched to the Deep Silver program because I knew there were silver coins present. Within 5 minutes my detector locked onto a target of 66VDI with a depth reading of 7.5 inches. It was a Roosevelt dime. Continuing to hunt the same area I came up with two silver war nickels at 6 inches. Keep in mind that this program accepts signals (high tone) on +65 and above and rejects +64 (low tone) and below. A deeper dime, say 9 or 10 inches could be detected but it would most likely produce a low tone (and lower VDI number)...in the area I was hunting.

White's Relic Program: This program also uses a high tone to alert to good targets. I used it on my last trip to Virginia because I was hunting in some high trash areas. It will produce a high tone on bullets to about 6 inches. Anything deeper and it reverts to a low tone. This was in an extreme mineralized ground situation. In your area it may produce deeper finds with a high tone. By default it uses Auto Track so you may want to switch to Lock Track.

For up to date information and trouble shooting on the White's Spectra V3i visit the White's Electronics, Inc. Forum for the V3i.

So far I have used it at churches and schools that I (and others) have hit hard over the years. On the first two hunts I found a couple of wheat's and new coins. The third hunt got much better (probably because I was getting used to the Vision). Hunting an old church that has been pounded hard by just about everyone in the county that has a detector, I managed to pull up a 1914 Barber dime at 6 inches. The target volume on the Barber was just as loud as if it was on top of the ground. Hunting an old high school that has also been pounded hard, I found a 1941 Mercury dime also at 6 inches. I think the Mercury was on edge because the pinpoint signal was weak. The discriminate signal was loud and clear.

Two silver dimes thanks to the new Vision metal detector.

1898-S Barber half dollar.

Hunting the same church as above with the Vision produced this nice 1898-S Barber half dollar. It was located next to a huge tree, 8" deep. The VDI indicated 83 so I was pleasantly surprised when this half popped up.

I think the best way to describe the White's V3i is it's a DFX on steroids. It has a navigation menu system, 10 preset programs, active search screen, pinpoint screen, a new active/analyze screen (with target size), live controls (for on the fly adjustments to program settings), sensitivity (with Tx Boost), audio, discrimination, frequency (three, search with one or all three), ground balance/tracking with ground probe, information/configure, help balloons, and a restore factory programs.

Since I have been using an XLT and DFX for over 10 years, I was surprised that you have to do a manual ground balance after first turning on the detector and setting it up. Hold in the trigger switch while pressing Enter and pump the detector up and down on the ground a few times to get a steady threshold and you are ready.

The depth scale now goes to 13 inches. It also displays 1/4 inch depths. Target icons are more realistic. The foil icon looks real and there is a bullet and button icon for the relic mode.

I ran the detector in the Coins and the Coins & Jewelry modes. In these modes by default, the detector runs in three frequencies at the same time. I ran in Coins at 2.5 Khz which is more sensitive to silver and copper. I would not recommend it in a trashy area. The active/analyzer screen works great. It saved me from digging a lot of trash (even though the target registered in the coin range). I also dug up nickels...something I haven't done in quite a while. The V3i is hot on nickels!

When the Vision first came out I could not purchase the Vision from Kellyco. They were instructed to sell the Vision to walk in customers only. I called White's and they shipped one to a local dealer in my area. It did not come with a manual or instructional DVD. Owners were instructed to fill out a post card and one would be sent when the manual was completed.

Build your own battery pack with higher mAh batteries.

My Relic Hunting Program:

Copy the default Relic program and save under a different name and then make the following changes:
Rx Gain can be left at 8 or as ground conditions permit. I usually have mine set at 4 or 5 most of the time but, occasionally can go higher if EMI permits.
Discrimination N/A (Discrimination sensitivity will not effect the All Metal mode, unless you use the mixed mode option, then it will).
All Metal 70 to 88 as ground conditions permit.
Ground Filter 10Hz High (adjust to your ground conditions).
AutoTrack OFF.
LockTrack ON.
Offset +1.
Three Frequencies OFF.
7.5 kHz ON.
S.A.T. 20.
All Metal ON.
Mixed Mode OFF.
Modulation OFF.
Pinpoint Audio VCO OFF.

When the EMI quiets down where I go relic hunting at I can run the settings much higher. All Metal to 88 and Rx Gain at 10. I dig all signals/targets that indicate a "green bar" or flip-flop back and forth from red to green. I primarily hunt Fauquier County, Virginia which is high mineralized soil with high EMI...lots of antenna farms and large high power electrical towers. Your field conditions may allow you to run hotter.

Be sure to read Civil war relic hunting in Remington, Virginia with the White's V3i and 10x12 SEF Coil.

V3i Information and Programs:

pdf White's Spectra V3i Manual (4.46mb)

pdf EMI Explained(74.0kb)

pdf V3i Sensitivity (161.0kb)

pdf How to Select the Correct Filter Setting (40.0kb)

pdf Fast Track (40.8kb)

pdf SAT Filter (39.1kb)

pdf Compensating for EMI (49.9kb)

pdf Explanation of Recovery Delay (40.9kb)

pdf Zero Tones (38.3kb)

pdf Ground Balance (44.0kb)

pdf Falsing (42.1kb)

pdf The Ground Probe (40.1kb)

pdf Ground Tracking (39.2kb)

pdf Reducing the Effects of EMI (48.2kb)

pdf Magic's Program (31.1kb)

pdf Neil In NJ Program (53.3kb)

pdf Bob Canaday's Hunting in Mineralized Ground with the V3i (83.8kb)

pdf V3i Shortcuts (96.0kb)

pdf Karl's Advanced V3i Users Guide 43 pages (910kb)

pdf Advanced Posts Book A collection of information from the Finds Forum (65 pages)(2.72mb)

pdf Possible VDI Target Ranges (41.6kb)

pdf V3i Gold VDI & Frequency (38.1kb)

pdf The White 10x12 SEF Coil (297kb)

pdf White's Spectra Coils (55.4kb)

pdf How Metal Detectors Work (from White's) (224kb)

pdf V3i Field Report from Lost Treasure Magazine (Andy Sabisch) (630kb)

pdf White's TRX Pinpointer Menus (53kb)

pdf White's TRX Manual (701kb)

pdf V3i Expert Menu (48.5kb)