MineLab F3Ci offers the best low metal IED component/mine, wire, and carbon rod detection performance in an ultra-compact, lightweight form factor

Best in Class Detection

The MineLab F3Ci Continuous Wave (CW) metal detector provides the highest detection rates for minimum-metal IED components; poorly conductive materials (i.e. carbon rods); and minimum metal mines. The F3Ci was specifically developed in response to a shift from the use of high metal content IED components to low metal IED components and carbon rods in the Afghan Theater of Operations (ATO). This change in enemy tactics was intended to reduce the effectiveness of Pulse Induction (PI) metal detectors predominantly used by U.S. and Coalition Forces to detect IEDs. The F3Ci was independently assessed and deemed to offer the best performing metal detector against the most difficult IED components. MineLab’s industry leading Ground Balance technology also eliminates false alarms caused by mineralized soil – without reducing performance. In summary, the F3Ci provides users with the best performing CW metal detector that can find the IED components PI mine detectors can miss.

Key Features

  • Highly Effective High Metal and Low Metal IED Component/Mine, and UXO Detection
  • Industry Leading Carbon Rod and Wire Detection Capability
  • Variable Sensitivity Through Seven Combined Audio and Sensitivity Configurations
  • Preconfigured Sensitivity Profile to Assist in the Detection of Carbon Rods
  • Renowned Ground Balance Eliminates False Alarms Caused by Mineralized Soils
  • Unique Detection Alert Differentiates Metals Commonly Found in Munitions/IEDs (Ferrous Metal) From “Battlefield Trash” (Non-Ferrous Metal) to Reduce Search Time
  • Dual Operating Modes to Improve Target Identification
  • Fast and Accurate Target Pinpoint Mode
  • Simple-To-Use Interface and Operation
  • Ergonomic, Balanced Form Factor
  • Ruggedized to Military Standards
  • Simplified Repair and Maintenance Process Using Line Replacement Units (LRUs)
  • Minimal Training Required


MineLab understands military organizations routinely need to respond quickly to fulfill urgent requirements for U.S. Forces, Coalition partners, and partner nation capacity building. MineLab’s goal is to meet the customer’s schedule rather than ask customers to accommodate a prolonged production schedule. MineLab generally maintains an F3Ci inventory to meet smaller, urgent requests; and will rapidly increase production rates, in weeks, not months, to fulfill larger quantity requests.

Ruggedization & Maintenance

The F3Ci is designed and manufactured to meet the most stringent military ruggedization standards. The F3Ci is IP68 rated, meets MIL-STD 810 G requirements, and is designed to be used in extreme temperature ranges often encountered in certain parts of the world. The F3Ci also consists of Line Replaceable Units (LRU) to allow more repairs to be conducted in the field, and significantly reduce costly and time consuming depot level repairs.

Competitive Pricing

MineLab offers metals detectors at extremely competitive prices without sacrificing performance and quality. 

F3Ci Specifications

  • Operating Length: 1490mm / 59ins – 950mm / 37ins
  • Packed Length: 380mm / 15ins
  • Coil: 200mm Double-D Coil
  • Operating Weight: 2.6kg / 5.7lbs
  • Technology: Continuous Wave Metal Detector – V-FLEX
  • Alerts: Audio, LED, and Tactile
  • Audio Output: Internal Speaker or Headset
  • Battery: 4 x C Cell (Alkaline or Rechargeable)
  • Warranty: 15 Months

F3Ci Kit Contents

  • F3Ci Detector
  • Soft Carry Bag
  • Test Piece
  • 4 x C Cell Batteries (Alkaline or Rechargeable)
  • Headset
  • Operations Manual and Field Guide
  • Hard Transport Case (Optional)