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Metal Detecting Advice

How To Choose The Best Metal Detecting Gear

Although being a very fun activity that almost anyone can do, metal detecting also requires specific equipment and special attention to a few details. So, either if you’re a beginner trying to figure out what you need, or you’re just looking to update your equipment and method, here are some simple tips that can help you choose new equipment and/or decide what equipment you should use. 

What Essential Metal Detecting Kit Do You Need?

For any successful metal detecting expedition, whether long or short, there are always essential things you need to have with you. Let’s look at the most essential gear you need.

  • Metal detector

Seems obvious, right? Metal detecting without an actual metal detector might be a very hard task. However, choosing the most appropriate detector for you might be a challenge, if you don’t know what you should be looking for.

Before considering buying any, there are a few questions you should answer:

  • Where do you intend to go metal detecting, and how frequently?
  • Do you want to search for specific materials or items?
  • What is your budget?
  • What is your level of experience?

The answers to these questions are crucial, because they determine what type of metal detector will best fit your needs.

For example, if you live near water, or intend to do most of your hunting in beaches, lakes, and so on, you will need a waterproof equipment that won’t stop working as soon as it gets wet. If you need to find objects that are buried deep, either in water or land, your best option is to acquire a detector with high power. Also, if you intend to go metal detecting very frequently, and will probably carry the metal detector around or bring it with you to travel abroad, make sure it’s as light as possible, shock resistant, and that can be separated into easy-to-carry parts.

Finally, consider the two last questions. If you’re highly experienced, you can purchase a more complex equipment with tons of different functionalities, but if you’re a beginner you’ll probably be better off buying a simpler equipment with a friendly learning curve.

Finally, buy the equipment which best suits your needs within your own budget. Take your time to read reviews, specifications, ask questions and get unbiased and comprehensive answers. You won’t regret it.

  • Protective case for your metal detector

Even if you’re not going hunting very far away or for a long time, an appropriate case to carry your metal detector is essential.

Besides making it easier to carry the detector, it protects against shocks or other physical aggression. It’s a good option to invest in a resistant, waterproof, and easy to carry case.

  • Batteries

Having extra batteries for your metal detector is important. Choose rechargeable batteries, which prevent you from having to keep buying new ones.

  • Digging and/or scooping tool

If you’re planning to hunt on land, you’ll most definitely need a shovel. Choose one that’s light and not very large (so it’s easy to carry, or drag), but at the same time strong, resistant, and relatively long. It may help if you know exactly which type of soil you’ll be digging in, but still these are basic characteristics you need to look for.

Also, choose one with a small head; it’s not advisable to dig huge holes on the ground. For small areas, consider having a trowel.

For metal detecting on the beach, bring a scooping tool with you. They’re generally smaller than a shovel, don’t need to be as strong or resistant, but you should choose a material that is resistant to salt water.

  • Backpack/pouch/bag

There are two items here:

  • Choose a pouch to store your findings, but first consider what type of objects you’re looking for. You can have a small pouch if you’re searching for, say, gold or coins, but you’ll need a bigger bag for larger items.
  • Have a backpack/bag to carry the rest of your equipment. Consider the size and shape of your equipment. Also, pay attention to whether the bag material is resistant (water resistant even, if you’re planning to hunt in beaches or near-water sites), and how light it is; remember, you’ll have to carry it along with the rest of the gear.
  • Appropriate clothing and accessories

Choosing the appropriate clothing and accessories is also essential. Safety first!

  • Look for a nice, resistant, comfortable pair of gloves, to keep your hands clean and safe. Also, if you’re planning to visit a rocky region, tunnels or caves, consider taking a protective helmet.
  • Remember to have resistant and comfortable shoes that will allow you to walk for hours on all types of terrain, step on the shovel to dig if necessary, and, as a golden rule, that don’t have any metal on them.
  • For near-water hunting, take appropriate shoes (rubber boots are always a good choice, since they’re waterproof and tall, but don’t forget they have to be comfortable) and waterproof clothes, if possible.
  • If you’re going to spend a lot of time in very dusty or windy places, protective goggles can also be useful. And if you’re planning to stay under the sun for a long time, a hat and sunglasses can be helpful and make your journey more comfortable and safer.
  • Also, if you want to keep small things at hand (like batteries, a first-aid kit, GPS, pinpointer, or just a small pouch), consider buying a nice utility belt that serves your needs.

Optional equipment

If you have the budget, the means, and want to bring your metal detecting activities to the next level, there are a few additional pieces of equipment that can make your life easier and your hunts more efficient.

  • Pinpointer

Although not essential, a pinpointer is always a very useful piece of equipment to complement your gear. It works as a precision tool, to help locate smaller items or simply just pinpoint an item’s exact location.

Since it’s usually small and light (two very important features you should be looking for), make sure it has distinctive identifying features like, for example, a shocking color and/or a mode that emits sound if not handled for some time while on ON mode, so it can be easily located if you drop it in the water or any other place where it’s difficult to see.

Also, when choosing a pinpointer, it’s always best to choose one that is waterproof. Especially if you intend to hunt at high depths, make sure you choose an equipment that is appropriately submersible, and not one that just slightly resists being dropped on water.

If you have some experience in the field or are planning to hunt in different kinds of terrain, having different sensitivity modes that can be manually adjusted is also very helpful.

Moreover, some pinpointers also have nice features like a built-in scrapping tool and/or a flashlight (you may also consider buying these items in separate, since they’re useful) to help you locate and dig items with more precision.

  • Headphones

Having an appropriate and comfortable headphone set allows you to keep the sounds to yourself, not bothering anyone that is around you, but also allowing you to easily hear more subtle sounds coming from the detector.

The main features to look for in a good set of headphones are comfort (usually translated in extra ear cushioning, that fits your ear shape well) and a considerable cord length (around 6ft or more), so you can move freely and still connect to the detector. Also, choose a set that allows you to manually control the sound volume.

One better option, if you have the means, is to buy a metal detector with headphones included (ideally, wireless), or one with a Bluetooth function that allows you to purchase a set of wireless headphones to use in your hunts.

  • Cutting tool

Imagine finding an item buried among tree roots. In this scenario, among others, having some kind of cutting tool with you is essential. Usually, a serrated knife works best; make sure it’s a resistant and sturdy material, but not very big, so you can use it in small holes and objects.

On the other hand, if you know you’re going to need a bigger tool, you can opt for a small axe. Don’t forget to make sure it’s portable and easy to carry around.

Although these are the most important pieces of equipment you can have in a metal detecting expedition, it’s important to always choose what best fits your needs. You don’t necessarily have to have all of them, but when you decide to choose, it’s best to be well-informed and take your time to review and compare your options. Consider reading other users’ reviews, ask more experienced hunters for advice, ask plenty of questions to the sellers before you buy anything. A good and appropriate choice will save you lots of time and make your life easier, so it’s better to take your time and choose wisely.

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Metal detecting in 2019: basic advice and places to go


Whether metal detecting is a steady income source, or just a hobby you love (or intend to explore), there are always a few basic things to have in mind. Here we present some basic advice for those who want to start, or continue, metal detecting activities in 2019.

The basics

First, let’s start with the basics. For those of you who’ve been doing metal detecting for some time, this is basic info you need to remember, and for everyone who’s beginning, these basic advices may help you a lot:

  • Choose your equipment well and familiarize yourself with it before you start hunting for treasure. This is will make the task easier and more enjoyable.
  • Leave each place (more or less) how you found it. Fill the holes you dug, don’t leave trash behind and don’t destroy or deteriorate property.
  • Go where the people are. Or better yet, go where people have been at for a very long time. There are plenty of places, ranging from historical sites to gardens, parks and beaches, where many people usually spend or have spent a lot of time, and that are likely to be filled with all kinds of treasures lost over the years.
  • Besides knowing where to go, it’s also very important to know how to do it. And we’re not referring to the equipment or methods used, but to knowing if, where, and when, you’re allowed to do it. For example, for most historical or archaeological sites, it’s usually prohibited to use metal detectors. Same goes for private properties without the owners’ consent, or certain state parks without a license. Make sure you know the law. Only after securing everything you need can you start selecting where to go.

Best place choices for 2019

First, make you sure you have a license if one is needed, or the owner’s permission if you’re looking at a private site. Also, if you’re not in the U.S., make sure you know the laws of the country/region you’re in. Once you know all the basics, time to explore! Here a few good choices for metal detecting in 2019:

  • Yours or nearby properties. This is a basic one. Before thinking about digging anywhere else, make sure you know what’s in your backyard. If you can get your neighbor’s permission, checking theirs is also a good option. You don’t have to travel far, and chances are you may find more than you were initially expecting.
  • Beaches. This is also a basic choice. Beaches are the places where many people pass by, practice sports or just relax, so chances are there are plenty of things dropped, posteriorly hidden away by the sand and wind, or even brought in by the tides. You can search near the places where towels are usually placed, but also in sand dunes, low-tide places or activity areas (like beach football, volleyball, or jogging).

Also, make sure you find a balance. Overcrowded beaches are likely to be visited by too many metal detecting aficionados and people may feel bothered; on the other hand, secluded beaches are not visited by that many people, so there probably won’t be many hidden treasures. Also, unless you have explicit authorization from the owners, avoid private beaches.

  • Popular parks, gardens, trails, forests and camping sites are also good basic choices. Many people pass by, doing various activities like jogging or dog walking, and items are often dropped or lost. In this case, you also need to be aware of the existing laws regarding metal detecting in such places.
  • River banks or shallow ponds. If you don’t mind getting a little wet, near-water sites are great for treasure hunting. People often drop things in the water, or items are dragged by the currents, so you might find some interesting things.

The same goes for coastal regions; in this case, make sure to go in low-tide periods. Always remember to check how deep the water is, and if the water is clean enough! Health and safety first.

  • Post-storm or natural disaster sites. Although this one is not for the faint-hearted and may seem like it’s a bit creepy, it’s a good option. After violent weather, various items are spread all over the region or even dug up from below, so you may find interesting things.

Just make sure you can manage going past a site that has seen hurricanes, floods, major storms or other natural disasters without feeling discouraged or sad.

  • Abroad vacation sites. If you’re planning vacations abroad and you would like to include some metal detecting in your schedule, there are a few places in the world which usually don’t have any restrictions whatsoever when it comes to this activity.

Visit places like the Canary or Caribbean Islands, Maldives, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya or Thailand, where metal detection is generally allowed by law.

  • Sports sites, concert halls, or other places where mass events occur. Major sports events are probably where the highest amount of people gather on a consistent basis. Therefore, stadiums and surrounding areas are very good places to explore. Familiarize yourself with the most popular sports in the region you’re planning to explore, and the scheduled activities.

According to the estimates, in 2019 the most popular sports in the U.S. will be American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey, so check the areas where these events are usually held. If you’re in Europe, soccer (also known as football) is by far the most popular sport. If the laws of each country or region allow, explore football stadiums and surrounding areas, ideally after each game (but before the area is completely cleaned). If you’re in Asia or Australia, try the places where soccer, cricket, motor-sport, martial arts, or tennis competitions usually occur.

You can also explore other places for popular mass activities, like concert sites, athletic competitions or others. Chat with the locals, inform yourself about the most popular activities/sites and schedules of that region or country.

Happy hunting!

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The 5 Best Metal Detectors For Children


If your child is into adventure walks and looking for treasure on the beach, you might want to invest in a metal detector for them. Metal detectors are a great tool to add intrigue and excitement to any walk or hike and can be fun even in your own backyard. While there are real metal detectors and toy metal detectors, this article will focus on showcasing the top 5 real metal detectors for children, looking at the features of the top metal detectors, why these are are good for children (specifically), and finally, we’ll look at accessories for each model reviewed.

bounty hunter detectorBounty Hunter GOLD-PL Gold Digger Metal Detector


  • Extendable handle

  • Weighs only 2.2lbs

  • Has a weather resistant coil to detect metal in the ground

  • 5-year limited warranty against defects and workmanship

  • Targets up to 2 feet deep depending on metals in the area


The Bounty Hunter Gold-PL Gold Metal Detector comes with headphones, which makes finding treasure even easier for children. It also comes with a battery life indicator, so you don’t miss out on opportunities to find metal with your children.

Why it’s Good for Children:

This metal detector has an extendable handle that allows children of varying heights to use it while combing the beach for coins and other treasures. Because it’s lightweight, even smaller children can carry this metal detector around the beach and streets looking for gold coins or other metal objects. It requires 2 batteries, but they are easily found in any department store, or you can even buy them online when you purchase the metal detector. This device offers an easy to use and easy to read knob-style control interface that is attached to the handle of the detector, and it has a speaker in the interface so you can hear whether or not you have found metal in the ground.

Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Metal Detector
  • The Gold Digger can be used anywhere to search for all kinds of valuable metal from gold coins to iron relics
  • Motion all-metal mode and trash elimination control help you find only the treasure you want
  • Identifies coin-size objects up to 6 inches deep underground, and senses larger items up to 2 feet deep
  • Includes headphones for private searches in crowded places
  • Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

Bounty Hunter TK4-PL Tracker IV Metal Detector


  • Weighs less than 5lbs

  • Adjustable rod for varying heights of children

  • Waterproof coil

  • Made in the USA

  • 5-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects

  • 3 operation modes

  • Target range from 8 inches to 2 feet deep


This metal detector doesn’t come with extra accessories, but the quality of the detector itself is worth considering when making your purchase. Most children have a pair of headphones at home anyway, so it’s not a showstopper that this metal detector doesn’t come with headphones.

Why it’s Good for Children:

The ergonomic handle on this metal detector makes it easy for children to hold and support while they search for metal. A deeper range of detection means more opportunity for children to find metal and be excited by the activity. With the ability to discern between metal and trash, the Bounty Hunter TK4-PL Tracker IV Metal Detector provides more opportunity for children to have successful metal hunting trips. A built-in speaker means children have the option to wear headphones or listen through the knob-style control panel.

Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector
  • Rugged metal detector ideal for detecting treasure in extreme ground conditions
  • Motion All-Metal mode, Discrimination mode, and 2-Tone audio mode.Larger objects up to 3 feet
  • Preset ground balance neutralizes response to mineral content in the ground
  • Disc/notch control distinguishes between targets and unwanted metals
  • 6.7 kHz operating frequency

INTEY Metal Detector


  • Easy to read control panel

  • Weighs about 5 lbs

  • 4 operating modes

  • Detects up to 8 inches below the surface

  • Waterproof coil for streams and shallow pool detection

  • Bonus shovel for digging when your detector goes off!

  • 2-year warranty


The INTEY metal detector comes with a convenient shovel and carrying case for easy portability. The case fits snuggly around the metal detector to protect it when in transport.

Why it’s Good for Children:

This lightweight metal detector provides an easy to read control panel that means even little children without developed reading skills can follow. It uses arrows to point to indications of metal detection. The shovel makes it fun for children to dig once they find something in the ground based on the detection signals from the control panel. This is a good entry-level metal detector for children because it comes with four operation modes and children can play around with it to try to get readings from different materials. There is also a bright LCD screen for easy readability for older children.

INTEY Classic Metal Detector - Lightweight Gold Digger with Pinpoint Function/Waterproof Search Coil -High Accuracy Metal Detectors Plus Folding Shovel/Rucksack (Min Length: 30In; Max Length: 40In)
  • There're two modes for choosing, all metal mode and disc mode.
  • Metal can be detected once coil approach it, and there's beep sound to remind you.
  • Press the red button of pinpoint, move kit slowly, and release button when it beeps.
  • Both the adjustable stem and the coil at the end are waterproof, so you can search for lost metal items at the bottom of a shallow pool or stream.
  • There's an audio jack provides you a chance to search treasury in noisy street or beach, free of being disturbed and the volume can be modulated.

Garrett ACE 200 Metal Detector


  • Large waterproof coil
  • 2-year warranty
  • Digital target information on large LCD screen
  • Weighs about 5 lbs
  • Internal speaker and headphone jack
  • Adjustable handle


This metal detector comes with batteries, an instruction manual, and adjustable headphones from the manufacturer.

Why it’s Good for Children:

The Garrett ACE 200 metal detector is great for children because it comes ready to use straight out of the box: it comes with batteries! Children can set the handle height for themselves, and it is lightweight for easy portability. Headphones make it easy to explore and hear the detection sounds and children will enjoy the bright color of the metal detector itself. A bright LCD display with large format numbers provides quick access to information when a child is on the hunt.

Garrett ACE 200 Metal Detector with Waterproof Search Coil and Treasure Sound Headphone
  • Garrett ACE 200 Metal Detector with 6.5" x 9" Waterproof Coil, Garrett Treasure Sound Headphones, Instruction Manual, Batteries, and a Two-Year Warranty
  • New Digital Target ID: 0 to 99 scale offers target information
  • New Camlocks for increased stem stability
  • New Includes Pulse-Width Modulation audio: sharper, more responsive audio
  • Light weight with big performance at a small price

National Geographic PRO Series Metal Detector


  • Collapsible handle

  • Lightweight – only 2.3 lbs!

  • Large detection coil

  • No assembly required

  • Easy to read LCD display

  • Reach up to 10 inches in depth


The National Geographic Pro Series detector doesn’t come with any accessories; however, it does come with an instructional manual.

Why it’s Good For Children:

Backed by a brand parents trust to be educational, this metal detector comes ready to use right out of the box because it does not require any assembly. This metal detector has the largest coil detection head of the five metal detectors reviewed. The lightweight aluminum structure makes it easy for children to move around quickly, and the collapsible nature of the product means it can fit in a suitcase or in the car with ease.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRO Series Metal Detector - Ultimate Treasure Hunter with Pinpointer, Large Waterproof 10" Coil - Lightweight and Collapsible for easy travel
  • FIND BURIED TREASURE and feel the thrill of discovery when you locate cool artifacts like Gold, Coins, Jewelry, Tools and more!
  • EASY TO USE for all ages, sizes and skill levels from beginner to advanced. Just unfold and go.
  • COMPACT, LARGE WATERPROOF 10" COIL, LIGHTWEIGHT and collapses to just 22 inches and 2 lbs. Great for travel!
  • PACKED WITH PRO FEATURES including 3 detection modes, 4 sensitivity levels and a pinpoint location feature to help you distinguish trash from treasure as deep as 12 inches
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - National Geographic stands behind this Pro Series Metal Detector with a TWO-YEAR warranty.

Choosing the Right Metal Detector for Your Child

All of these metal detectors are good introductory products for children interested in searching for coins or other precious metals. Their price range makes purchasing them for children easy, and the warranties give parents a sense of relief when investing in a product like these. The standards are the same for all of them: adjustable handles, easy to read screens, multiple sounds and price points are close. If we have to pick a clear winner, it would be the Garrett ACE 200 Metal Detector because of all the extra accessories it comes with including batteries, so children to start using it right away, the color of it and the sturdiness of the product, making it more interactive for children.

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Six Ways Children Can Benefit From Metal Detecting


There’s no way to know what will be found, as who knows what’s buried below your feet? This is what’s fun about treasure hunting

Every expedition is a surprise and, if you recall yourself as a child on Christmas morning, anticipation is something they love.

In this article, I’ll highlight six remarkable benefits to children who metal detect–all to do with health.

#1 Physical – Exercise is essential for all children.

The first and foremost benefit… Metal detecting gets the child up and about out of the chair and their heads, and into their body, nature and the living breathing world.

There’ll be lots of surprises and opportunities to dig into dirt. It’s also an excuse to spend time disconnected from technology, where you can talk about many things in your surroundings and how you are connected to it and the past.

An excuse to banter–an excuse to bond–as you explore new territories together. This is something any child likes to do, boy or girl… At that age, the world is full of marvels and wonders–possibilities. Metal detecting simply increases the dimension of investigation and exploration of the world, down into that hidden beneath his or her feet.

It’s however, a good idea to think about ways of combining activities. For example, maybe you could go to the beach, the park, a lake and combine metal detecting into the experience–with a swim, picnic or adventure walk. So, if your location isn’t rich with targets, you have other things to do (public places are also more likely to contain targets).

#2 Contextual problem-solving!

‘…there is nothing more surreal and nothing more abstract than reality’—Giorgio Morandi

Prompt curiosity and independent investigation, as well as creativity, through exposure to the environment. A geology lesson of sorts… Children learn to pay attention to different kinds of soil and rock and how they differ by location and the kinds of objects they discover.

This is a hands-on form of self-education. For example, digging for targets teaches children about the link between now and the past in a direct way. Finding an old coin or penny or ring offers the child a type of context that is fast becoming uncommon in the age of cloud connectivity.

There are many psychological reasons why it’s important children understand their place in history. One, is it raises questions in the child’s mind of life throughout time. What better way is there to build a genuine curiosity about the world that will blossom throughout the child’s life, than by a hands-on discovery of old worlds?

There’s a game adults play with babies, called peekaboo. That baby has no concept of what a hand is. When her parent covers his face with this unknown object, for her, this is an existential shift in reality. The disappearance of her safety figure; then a sudden re-emergence… Before the baby cries in shock, the parent reveals his face and the baby cries out in laughter.

What better way to prompt investigation into the ancient Romans or rural life in your city 200 years ago, once that baby grows older? As adults, we can forget the thrill that comes with discovering unknown worlds. For you, an old coin might be a gold you could sell. For the child, they are Indiana Jones discovering ancient scrolls, precious stones and long-lost trinkets from a not-yet-discovered time in history.

Finding your target also requires some level of ingenuity. You probably couldn’t train a dog to metal detect; there are too many nuances. The child needs to use creative imagination. In order to improve at being able to detect specific objects, the child needs to imagine the object they are looking for and then to associate the correct strategy for finding that object.

For example, the chances of finding a gold nugget in thick grass is very low, however the chances of finding a ring or ear-ring in a public place of relaxation is much higher.

#3 Long-term Happiness

Items hidden in the belly of the ground, discovered by the child, raises her sense of ability to discover the unknown through perseverance, patience and tact.

You might say that this is a naïve sort of reward. However, as books like Deep Work by Cal Newport suggest, such stoic characteristics are becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time that they’re becoming increasingly in-demand (for e.g. in terms of employment).

Training your child to spend long stretches of time scanning for treasures trains them to focus on one task and to see it through, even when there is no immediate payoff. The reverse of this is obviously social media and mobile phone apps.

These apps have become so dangerous in terms of spiking dopamine that Silicon Valley programmers have switched to using flip phones, which have no ability to run sophisticated apps–even though these programmers are the people creating these apps!

The reason for this switch could be summarized by pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, from his 2017 interview with evolutionary behavioral scientist Gad Saad, as a misunderstanding between pleasure and happiness. In his own words:

‘I believe that we have as a society misconstrued and conflated these two positive emotions–pleasure and happiness… in fact they are not the same… Pleasure is dopamine and happiness is serotonin.

Now, this may mean nothing to non-biochemists, but there are two different pathways in the brain and they are overlapping, but they are clearly distinct, and they have different regulatory mechanisms….The more pleasure you seek the more unhappy.’

Essentially, this is the difference between a bottle of Coca-Cola and a glass of water. One issues a spike in energy, pleasure and non-satiation. The other (water) lowers your chances of headaches and gives you the energy you need to focus steadily.

#4 Practice in Learning New Skills

Even a basic metal detector will have options on it that can be twiddled–in which the child can adjust if they want to improve their outcome.

In more complex detectors, there are advanced options like the “ground balance” function to eliminate feedback from mineralization from salty earth, for e.g. sand. The child will also practice paying attention to small details like distance of the scanner from the ground, listening attentively for any signal of detection.

Or using the “pinpoint function” to hone in on a potential target… Many of these skills also raise questions, particularly for precocious children. For instance: what does mineralization mean and why is it relevant? Why does a coil have the ability to detect something several inches away?

These are the questions that spark life-long obsessions and great achievements that benefit wider society–though you may need to do scrubbing up on basic science principles (they always have the option of questioning their science teacher).

You can help to teach your child how to discern between good targets and bad targets by creating a test garden. If your detector doesn’t have “discrimination” abilities, clear away junk targets in the test area, and insert coins into the ground at varying depths.

Get your child to swing the coil over targets and to listen to the tone the detector makes and what the screen registers. This will give them the basis for future strategies, for estimating how deep targets are and will remove some guesswork.

A fun game you can play is to throw a few coins into a small area, such as tall grass. Challenge your child–see if he can retrieve each coin. If he does, he will have a feeling of accomplishment.

Robin Williams, a writer of describes how his son reacts when he finds coins buried in the dirt:

‘When I watch my son to go coin out of the dirt, his excitement is contagious. Something as simple as finding a penny with his metal detector gives them a sense of accomplishment and joy and I love being there to see those moments.’

NB. It’s a good idea to look for lightweight, professional grade metal detectors with adjustable handles that can be shortened to fit the kid. Also, something high functioning, but easy to use, will let the child get started straight away.

Professional detectors will give the child room to learn proper technique and attention to detail. This is why it’s not a good idea to buy from a toy store, because those machines will be unlikely to the produce reliable results, which will just lead to frustration and boredom.

#5 Connection to the Environment

The difference between watching YouTube videos about flora, fauna, fish and sediment and actually investigating these wonders physically…

This kind of exploration was the norm for children of earlier generations – those periods captured by poets, of a time when rural life was the most common experience. Sounds clichéd but what you pay close attention to becomes realer.

Basic practice in metal detecting is to dispose of junk, rather than throwing it back where you found it (one of the reasons many private lands, open to the public, allow metal detectorists). This is a good lesson to teach to the next generation–that small things add up and don’t disappear by magic.

There’s no better way to learn this then picking up that which has been disposed of negligently. No great ethical speech required, as the act of disposing of junk properly will become automatic. Then watch as that child proceeds to take this awareness–of the small things–to other areas of her life, such as personal relationships.

#6 The hero uncovers the known from the unknown

This might seem like a strange reason to advocate for children metal detecting, but for reasons of psychology/the subconscious it’s an incredibly powerful reason…

What unites heroic fictional/non-fictional characters, from Indiana Jones to Steve Jobs to Amelia Earhart, is tenacity, patience and dare enough to pursue something not yet realized. Another way of describing this trait is stepping into uncertainty rather than running away from it.

Psychologically, you are teaching your child that there are many things that lie await in potentia, and which are waiting specifically for your child to have the forthrightness to investigate. This contrasts with passivity–following life rules with predictable outcomes from predictable actions.

Instead, you are teaching your child that there are of course, good modes of behavior, but there will always be an element of uncertainty involved in pursuing anything complex. The thrill of not having a guarantee of success but taking the risk anyway is the essence of what it means to be a hero, what it means to be human, and especially what it means to have the spirit of youth.

As summarized by clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, who lectures at the University of Toronto:

‘The big hero is the person who goes out and slays the dragon and gets the gold, brings it back to the community, and distributes it. He’s also the person most likely to go up in the dominance hierarchy.’

So assuming you have a machine up to the job, your child now has an ability to uncover the known from the unknown.

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Best Metal Detectors For Gold


Perhaps you’re dizzy from the number of different gold metal detectors available (as well as their dizzying price tags). Here I’ll discuss your best options – cutting to the heart of the matter. This article will help you to make a decision, whether you’re going for value or functionality, whether beginner or pro. After reading this you will have a clear idea of the best metal detectors for gold to buy in 2018.

When it comes to gold prospecting it’s important to note that cheap metal detectors will be next to useless. Unless gold nuggets happen to be lying about at your local park, hidden by blades of grass, you’ll need something much more well-attuned to your goals. The reason for this boils down to 2 things:

  1. Gold nuggets are found in very mineralized earth
  2. Gold nuggets are often very small (large nuggets are less common)

Most gold nuggets are under a gram in weight – incredibly small and for this reason, the sensitivity of your metal detector is critical if you’re to have a chance of picking them up. And almost all are found in the ground that’s highly mineralized (within soils composed of high amounts of iron).

For a non-specialized metal detector, even the ones with discrimination features, finding gold in high-mineral ground is like walking blindly through a minefield hoping to not misstep (only reversed!). But modern detectors used for gold prospecting can detect gold the size of half a grain – and the bigger the nugget the more success a detector will have found it at increased depths. For example, a gold prospecting detector could detect a nugget the size of:

  • a single grain lying at a depth of 1-2 inches.
  • a match head at 3-5 inches
  • a $0.50 coin at 9-11 inches
  • pulse induction detectors can detect nuggets that are larger at over foot depth
Fisher Gold Bug Metal Detector
Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ Metal Detector
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What should you be looking out for?

Keep and eye out on the transmitter coil (aka search coil) size and type. There are two types: wide scan and concentric. Widescan coils show more resistance to feedback from the highly mineralized ground. Concentric coils have more sensitive discrimination abilities.

The size of the coils also matters; the larger it is the more depth/area you can search when it comes to finding larger-sized nuggets. With greater size, however comes reduced sensitivity to smaller-sized nuggets, but smaller coils excel in discriminating small flakes – particularly when dealing with polluted ground.

For gold prospecting you’ll also want to focus on one of two main types of gold detectors:

A. Very Low Frequency (VLF) circuits are especially sensitive to gold (as well as soil minerals – however many detectors can be programmed to exclude mineral frequencies using the “ground balance” feature)

B. Pulse Induction (PI) circuits excel in resistance to soil mineral interference and are therefore often chosen to detect larger nuggets at great depths

Both PI and VLF detectors should have a ground balance feature, which can be used to discriminate against iron. Automatically adjusting ground balance detectors, however, are perhaps superior in terms of their discrimination accuracy compared to manually adjustable ones.

With that said, here are the top metal detectors to consider – all are renowned for their gold-detecting abilities and most are extremely popular in today’s prospecting world.

What Are The Best Gold Detectors?

Best entry–mid level gold detectors

#1 Fisher Gold Bug Pro

The most recent from manufacturer Fisher Labs, this detector delivers the goods. It’s easy and fun to use. Because of its simple design, a complete novice to gold prospecting could have this up and running quickly. Strengths include quality of discrimination and its ability to tolerate “hot ground” (high iron content ground) exceptionally well.

This extends to if you’re searching around trash-filled areas. In that situation, this detector is good at overlooking any present iron among the trash (flashing you an identification of iron on the LCD screen, even when you have it set to non- discriminate mode). It’s not however, suited for serious depths – you’ll need a pulse detector for that.

You can purchase this with an optional 5” x 10 “ coil, which I’d recommend as it’s a snug stable fit. Overall – a detector with exceptional sensitivity and especially useful when scanning around loose rock and soil areas, as well as around trees and undergrowth.

Fisher Gold Bug Metal Detector
  • Threshold and gain adjustments - 1/4 and 1/8 inch headphone jacks - lightest weight / best ergonomics in the industry
  • 2 search modes: all-metal and discriminate - large lcd screen with 0-99 numeric target identification display - large target alert - depth readout and running signal strength indicator
  • No-motion pinpoint - computer assisted ground grab and ground balance - continious ground phase and ground mineralization readout
  • 2 Tone VCO - Super Sensitive
  • Recommended for gold nugget / prospecting

#2 Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ

This is a reliable veteran of gold detectors, also considered entry-level due to its simplicity. As a VLF metal detector up this is very suited to detecting the tiniest of gold nuggets, but may not be ideal when dealing with interference from highest mineralized ground (it does, however, use automatic ground balance adjustment which is generally quite accurate at offsetting this noise).

Largely this detector is less used nowadays, partly because of its age; for example, it lacks an LCD screen and also has a significantly lower sensitivity (17.8 kHz) than some of its competitors (e.g. the Gold Bug 2 works on 72 kHz). However I’ve added it on the list as I think you can consider this a good gold detector most suitable for entry-level prospectors looking for a simple machine that can do the job and is very lightweight.

Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ Metal Detector
  • The pinnacle of electronic gold prospecting technology.
  • Made in USA - Lifetime Warranty! (For Real)
  • Frequency: 17.5 kHz - Search Coil Size: 10 Inch
  • Search Coil Type: Elliptical Widescan
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds - Batteries: 8AA - Battery Life: 20-30 hours

#3 Garrett AT Gold

A well-known brand that emerged in the mid-60s. It really took advantage of the re-emergence of interest in gold prospecting about a decade ago when gold prices boomed. This model, the AT gold, is the latest in their line and has been in popular demand since. It’s a sophisticated machine and highly customizable/adaptable for your needs – including very accurate iron discrimination and automatic ground balancing.

It’s completely waterproof, which is not very common at all when it comes to gold detectors – so this is your choice for searching at the bottom of streams and rivers. One standout aspect of this product is that comes with several choices of coils, which is excellent value. AT Golds also tend to be fantastic deals when it comes to accessories.

Garrett AT Gold Waterproof Metal Detector with Headphones and ProPointer AT PinPointer
  • This package includes a Garrett AT Gold Waterproof Metal Detector with 5x8 DD Search Coil, Mastersound Headphones, Garrett ProPointer AT Pinpointer and AA Batteries
  • Highly Recommended - Prospecting, Coin, Jewelry, Cache Hunting, Relic Hunting, Organized Hunts and Shallow Fresh Water Hunting
  • Target ID Cursor Segments 20 | Iron Discrimination Segments 44 | Search Modes 3 | Sensitivity/Depth Adjustments 8
  • Electronic Pinpointing Yes | Frequency 18 kHz | Audio Tone ID Levels 3 | Standard Searchcoil 5" x 8" ( 14x20cm) DD PROformanceTM
  • Length (Adjustable) 42" to 51" (1.06m - 1.29m) | Total Weight 3.03 lbs. (1.4 kgs.) | Batteries 4 AA (included) | Warranty 2 Year, Limited Parts/Labor

#4 Fisher Goldbug-2

This may be the reigning champ of detectors, at least in terms of popularity, in the gold hunting world. As a VFL it’s specialized to finding the smallest of nuggets down to the size of a small grain – we’re talking incredible sensitivity. Which, as it were, is also its weakness; when it comes to very mineralized ground it can be thrown off by interference.

There are however, customizable settings you can use to ring out specific tones for hot rocks being detected (as opposed to gold). You can choose between three mineralization options: low, medium and high, in order to customize to the type of ground you are searching (ground balance is manually adjustable).

In many ways this is all you need in a solid gold detector (unless you’re looking to search for larger gold bullion stores at greater depths). It has a proven track record of finding gold, particularly along bedrock containing cracks of about a few inches in depth (small nuggets of gold can sometimes sit in these grooves). You will have less success for anything at greater depth.

Standout features of the gold bug includes its very lightweight, large 10-inch coil and high frequency – allowing you to search across large areas easily, as well as to detect the smallest pieces of gold.

Fisher Gold Bug Metal Detector
  • Threshold and gain adjustments - 1/4 and 1/8 inch headphone jacks - lightest weight / best ergonomics in the industry
  • 2 search modes: all-metal and discriminate - large lcd screen with 0-99 numeric target identification display - large target alert - depth readout and running signal strength indicator
  • No-motion pinpoint - computer assisted ground grab and ground balance - continious ground phase and ground mineralization readout
  • 2 Tone VCO - Super Sensitive
  • Recommended for gold nugget / prospecting

#5 White’s Goldmaster GMT

Another well-known brand. The GMT is a bestseller and potential rival to Goldbug in the gold prospecting world. Despite being around for many years now it easily competes with and in many cases beats newer gold metal detectors being released even now (although lacking the latest additional features that some of these have). It doesn’t lack the LCD display however, having been an innovator at the time of its release, which can give you a better feel for exactly where to dig and what you are look looking at.

Like the Goldbug, it’s a VFL detector so can sniff out the smallest of gold crumbs. It features automatic ground control to deal with specific mineralization conditions of your location. Despite it having a slightly lower frequency of 48 kHZ it makes up for this with an iron target analyzer and its elliptical coil also helps to filter out extraneous metals.

White's Goldmaster GMT Metal Detector - 800-0294
  • Auto Ground Balance
  • Optional Audio
  • Iron ID - bar graph
  • Displays the amount of magnetic minerals in ground
  • Model Number: 800-0294

Pro-Level Metal Detectors For Gold

#1 Garrett ATX

ATXThis one looks to me a bit like a military sub machine gun/watering hose. The ATX was Garrett’s first gold detector that worked exclusively by pulse induction. Completely waterproof, you can take this down to the depths of up to 10 feet. On a pragmatic level if it rains you have no need to close up shop. It’s a high-level machine for professionals. It’s PI capabilities lets the hunter seek at extreme depths for large gold nugget stores – a useful machine to have particularly in areas with a track record for bestowing large gold stores.

It’s foldable, so you can pack it into a bag and it comes with different options of coils – the DeepSeeker mono coil is the most suited for large gold nugget collections buried deep. But its weight might detract some users – swiping this for hours may be challenging. Which is not surprising considering the machine was based on a Garret design line of landmine detectors and contains a 20” DD coil.

Garrett ATX Pulse Induction Military Grade Metal Detector
  • ATX with 12" DD coil
  • Land headphones (waterproof headphones sold separately)
  • Soft storage/travel case
  • Garrett Detector Sling
  • AA alkaline, rechargeable batteries and charger

#2 Minelab GPX 5000

The GPX 5000 is Minelab’s most recent in the GP/GPX series. It’s considered by many to be the standard for PI detectors when looking for large gold nuggets at massive depths. It has a reputation for being uncannily good at this task – specifically designed to pinpoint gold in ground with a high percentage of iron (and has gained a reputation in Australia, which happens to have very high iron levels in its gold-carrying areas).

You’ll also get an enormous range of coils to choose from – small coils can work a charm with this detector and let you reach incredible depths with the right adjustments.

Minelab GPX 5000 Metal Detector with 2 coils - 11" Round DD and 15x12 Mono Search Coil
  • Minelab GPX 5000 Metal Detector with Commander Series 11″ Round Double D Coil, 15″ x 12″ Monoloop Coil, Coil Covers, Metal Detecting Harness, Lithium Ion Battery, Koss Headphones, Battery Charging System and Minelab Finds and Rubbish Bag.
  • MPS, DVT & SETA Technology- delivers to you the most technologically advanced detector yet, making small hard to hear nuggets more obvious. New Timings- make the GPX 5000 the most versatile ever. It's like having 8 detectors in 1. In addition to five of the Timings found on the previous model the GPX 5000 introduces three new Timings: Coin/Relic, Salt/Gold and Fine Gold.
  • Fine Gold Timing- gives even more depth and sensitivity than Enhance bring home more nuggets even from ground thought to be completely worked out! Salt/Gold Timing- is great for all nugget sizes in salty ground outstanding at the beach! Coin/Relic Timing- is the deepest ever for benign ground conditions. Improved Enhance Timing- for more depth Improved electronics- for increased target sensitivity and ground balance performance
  • Six preset Search Modes- gives you easy switch on and go detecting. In addition to General and Deep search are: Hi-Mineral, Patch, Hi-Trash and Pinpoint. All six Search Modes can be modified to your personal favourite settings. Menu accessible Search Modes can also be renamed. Increased Rx Gain adjustment- allows you more precise sensitivity control for optimum performance.
  • Automatic Ground balance- options make it easy to adjust the detector to suit all ground conditions. e.g. (Fixed, Tracking, Tracking speed, Ground Balance Type, Quick-Trac button). Audio adjustments- to maximize target signals for your personal hearing ability e.g. (Threshold, Tone, Audio Type, Signal Peak, Response, Target Volume, Volume limit, Stabilizer). Iron Reject adjustable- to suit the iron trash level where you are detecting.

#3 Minelab SDC 2300

The SDC is a great choice for gold hunters looking for a rugged tough detector that can also search in water – and its lightweight and comfortable design that makes it a pleasure to use. The unusual thing about this detector is that it is fills a niche missed by both PIs and VFLS – if you’re looking to search for the smallest pieces of gold nugget that are scattered in highly mineralized ground this is your weapon of choice.

It uses PI technology but is fitted with a small coil, so while this detector is resistant to interference from minerals it is extremely sensitive to small pieces of gold, which can often lead a trail to even bigger deposits. This device may lead to a new not-before-seized opportunity in gold hunting. Also foldable for easy transportation in a backpack.

Minelab SDC 2300 Special Bundle with Free Minelab Gloves, Carrybag, Headphones and Smart Charger
  • Free Minelab Gloves and Carrybag, Headphones and Smart Charger
  • Ni-Cd & Ni-MH Computer Controlled Smart Charger
  • Compact - 16 inch (40.64cm)
  • Waterproof - 10ft (3m)
  • Audio and Visual Target Response

#4 Minelab GPZ 7000

Minelab’s latest baby – and a beast of a detector that appears to have an unparalleled ability to discover gold nuggets even in areas previously drained by hunters, which is of course partly why it costs a whopping $10K. So if you’re willing to put up some initial capital and go for a long slog you will have a dangerous weapon at your hands that can see things other detectors pass by. Perhaps the best gold detector available right now.


Having the exact gold prospecting detector you’ve been looking for doesn’t remove the essentialness of ensuring your site has a proven track record for gold harvesting. It’s more than worth the extra time doing your homework as gold is valued for a reason – it’s rare, which means you won’t come across it accidentally in most cases. Strategy beats coincidence here.


I’ve covered some very solid gold detectors, some of which have been around for while. But with the likes of brand-new models such as Minelab’s GPZ 7000 we are seeing some of the best yet to have ever been made. Nevertheless, all of the machines listed are proficient gold detectors and at a point it comes down to being proactive and doing the work.

  • Looking for a very good value for money all-around detector? You may want the official Goldbug Pro – it’s powerful and is affordable an ideal for beginners.
  • If you want the best out there – then the GPZ 7000 will give you a serious edge over the competition.
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NHI ForagerGo Waterproof Metal Detector Review


If you are already an enthusiastic metal treasure hunter, you may know the frustration of spending hours of extra time, building up a sweat while digging up what turns out to be worthless garbage in the form of scrap iron when what you were hoping for (or dreaming of) is precious metals.

If you’ve experienced the confusion of sorting out what areas of ground are providing false readings and which area is actually hiding the treasure you are searching for, then you’ve found your answer.

In addition to reliability, there is also an enormous demand for quality, inexpensive metal detectors. If you are just getting into this fascinating hobby, you may not realize yet just how expensive it can get.

To make your entrance into this exciting world even more manageable, we’ve taken the time to test several different models for you. After evaluating a number of models and compared their assets to cost of purchase, we invite you to try the best metal detector for the money on the market today, the NHI ForagerGO.

Each item of this set is aimed to provide as much comfort and convenience as possible. From the metal shaft that is fully adjustable to the arm-supporting comfort handle, this metal detector is easy for people of all sizes, ages, and levels of experience to utilize in the hunt for secret treasure lost over time.

We’ve put together this review so you will have all the information you need at your disposal to make an educated decision. Then when you are ready, you’ll know that you are gaining an exciting, yet frugal purchase for yourself or a loved one who is eager to enter the world of metal treasure detection.

NHI ForagerGo Waterproof Metal Detector Key Features

There are a number of the key features that make this particular detector distinctive. The NHI ForagerGO has a lot to like.

• A lightweight design that makes it easy for all users, even younger children.
• Easy assembly and disassembly to make transport and storage very convenient.
• Simple to use – there won’t be any need to read complicated assembly or use manuals.
• Includes a 5-in-1 folding shovel
• Beginner’s guide to assist the newbie in getting up to speed faster.
• The ergonomic adjustable shaft design makes it easy for anyone to handle.
• Comfort grip handle allows for excellent control as you hunt. Also prevents your hand from becoming fatigued too quickly, a primary concern of many new hunters as they get accustomed to the equipment.
• An easily adjustable one-touch auto-tune setting for quick configuration.
• Both digital visual and audio feedback displays to make detection for accurate and eliminate excessive guesswork. This dual feedback also helps negate the extra work of digging needlessly.
• Pinpoint design guarantees that you’ll be able to quickly uncover objects as soon as you are able to detect them
• Earphone jack.
• Adjustable volume and sensitivity settings.
• 7.5″ waterproof search coil.
• Water resistant aluminium housing.
• Requires 2 x 9v Batteries that are not included.
• 1-year warranty provides peace of mind just in case you have issues or need any replacements.

Who Is the NHI ForagerGo Waterproof Metal Detector Designed For?

The short answer? Everyone. With all of its astounding design features the ForagerGO waterproof metal detector is an excellent option for all levels of skill and interest. It not only has a price that will appeal to the budget conscious but its light weight makes it a great choice for any size person. Young or old, big or small, the NHI ForagerGo waterproof metal detector is a great universal tool for any treasure hunter.

Pros of the ForagerGo

• The inexpensive price tag makes it within reach of anyone’s budget.
• Lightweight Design
• Ergonomic Design
• Auto-tune prevents excessive adjustments and configurations.
• Waterproof feature allows use near water, like at the beach
• A 72-page beginners guide.
• Folding digging tool included.
• Great for all ages and skill levels.

Cons of the ForagerGo

• The waterproof feature does not equal underwater use. Use only on land.
• Batteries are not included.
• The beginner’s guide is just that, for beginners. If you’ve been treasure hunting for more than a month or two, you probably won’t learn anything new.

Final Thoughts

Until recently, it could be very difficult to find a high-quality metal detector that was lightweight and easy to manoeuvre and didn’t cost the earth.

Not anymore.

We like the ForagerGo Waterproof Metal Detector because of its high-quality features, the versatility it offers, and of course, its value. By far it’s one of the easiest to use detectors on the market, making it a snap for any treasure hunter to get started.

Its affordability makes it a clear choice for a fantastic metal detector under $200, or even over $200!

The product comes complete with everything you could need, and its fine-tuning capabilities will allow you to tune out false signals even if you are working over an area of land that’s dense with natural minerals and other types of untouchable metal.

You will be able to configure your ForagerGo waterproof metal detector to direct you to items that other detectors have people wandering around in circles.

For more information or to buy the ForagerGo please go here.

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Where Is The Best Place To Go Metal Detecting In Winter?


Spring, summer, autumn – wait what happened to metal detecting during winter? To be honest, you can expect it to be more difficult. The ground, well, it’s a lot tougher – and hard as cement in some cases! Many of your usual spots will be far too frozen to have any fortune and loosening a few inches of soil will feel more like chipping away at marble with a Crayola. Getting something out of these months, therefore, requires grit and expectation of scattered finds (depending on just how cold your location is – any Siberian locals currently reading please take this article with a pinch of salt…)

But while you can’t beat the hop a palooza of busy summer there are ways and means to get the best out of those dead winter months between December to February – and they largely involve strategy. So fear not! (Also, if you bought a metal detector for your child during the Christmas holidays you can get them out and using it right away – giving you the added advantage of having the rank of experienced captain of adventure/modern day hunter gatherer proficienado … bringing back that bacon no matter what time of year.)

Just as a warning, you may, however, notice that your metal detector has a slight increase in false readings, which perhaps has something to do with the interaction with the frosty ground. And generally, some people report serious cold messing with their machine’s control box.

Here are my recommended places:

1. Thick woods

Due to the insulation from chilly winds, thick woods can have ground that isn’t quite as frozen during cold spells. But also, heading for higher ground, as opposed to low-lying ground, can further reduce the amount of moisture that has managed to settle down into hard layers. This is partly the case because higher grounds may have improved exposure to sunlight, and therefore have more evaporation action. As the golden rule, hunting in winter season is something like less frost, less time lost digging – resultantly, the subtleties even of altitudes on surface hardness is a useful consideration to make during the research phase. Climb my friend…

2. Winter ‘hotspots’

Well… not literally, but it’s key to choose a hotspot area during the winter, i.e. one where lots of people coalesce together such as winter parks, outdoor hockey and ice skating rinks, ice fishing ponds, and snow sledging points. This follows the general philosophy regarding hunting (for non-relic items). While summer is more inviting for holidayers, winter is ironically often a time for outdoor play and leisure. So even if the ground is frozen you can often catch an array of valuables that have slipped out of pockets in these ‘hotspots’, including coins and pieces of jewellery – the whole season can provide happy surprises at the easily dig-able soft snow level.

If you happen to be at or near a ski resort you wouldn’t believe the stories of people dropping items while getting off the lifts. This can also especially be the case in the spots where people commonly take breaks for rest and recovery. The removal of gloves during this period often arises in dislodged rings that become covered in snow, to otherwise be lost forever.

Another interesting hotspot location may be gravel parking areas, for example next to sports fields or gyms. Gravel, during winter conditions, often doesn’t need to be dug into deeply in order to discover fallen items caught within it.

3. Beaches/beach shorelines

The cool thing about detecting off-season is that there are less passerby’s interrupting your hunting – so you can get a lot more actual hunting work done and become fully absorbed in the process. Saltwater sandy beaches are especially suitable for metal detection during the winter if the metal detector used is suitable for water conditions. The movement of water tides helps to disperse the formation of snow and ice, and as a result, sand doesn’t tend to freeze beyond the ‘high tide’ area (although the dry sand further back will absolutely freeze in the colder periods).

Regardless, if the ground is still tough, choosing a moderately sunny day will often do the trick and make the sand dig-able. Venturing into shorelines after rough weather is a good idea – often winds and bigger crashing waves will have churned sand up, revealing items that were before hidden deeper down. Many metal detectors have waterproof search coils (as a side note, I wouldn’t recommend carrying non-fully waterproof metal detectors across a body of water as it takes very little for a slip of the hand or feet to happen).

4. Non-frozen water

This is only for the daring. If there’s a non-frozen area of water you can throw on a wetsuit or waders that have insulation and explore across shallow strips of water. Again, you will absolutely want to have a fully waterproof metal detector for this one as it’s easy to drop your detector in a moment of inattention, which will completely ruin its control box. Overall, choosing streams or other water bodies to hunt in is a fun way of making discoveries even in the winter – hunting through water can also be easier in some ways than ground. You’re less likely to have to contend with trash, for example, and digging is usually at a minimum.

As always you want to keep your eye on research – this is the key to successful metal detecting, whatever the season. The most successful hunters do the best research – whether this is looking for areas with historical significance or choosing areas where large numbers of people gather during that particular part of the year.

Research should also involve dynamic strategy; going out after a gale or big storm that involved big swells of waves can generate unusually frequent discoveries, and thick woods on high altitudes may have softer grounds. The key, of course, is to be persistent – keep trying and you will eventually find something!

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Best Beginner Metal Detector


Like Indiana Jones trying to discover The Lost Ark, the metal detector game can get pretty complex. Finding the right one for you depends on precisely what and where you are looking to hunt. It sometimes requires Indiana’s degree of patience, problem-solving aptitude and willingness to explore the environment.

And it involves searching for metals hidden under the ground, from coins and jewelry to relics – whether that be materials made from silver, nickel, iron, copper or even gold. (Please note that if you’re hunting for gold an entry-level detector will not sophisticated enough to have any luck. That requires detectors specialized for gold hunting such as the Fisher Gold Bug Pro.)

If you aren’t looking for gold an entry-level detector will get you in the game. You want to make sure that the detector you choose is comfortable to use, as you may be swiping across environments for hours at a time. Repetitive motions can cause injury over time, so generally lightweight is good for a beginner who is still learning the ropes.

Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal Detector with Submersible Search Coil
Garrett Ace 300 Spring Special with Free Garrett Sport Daypack
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Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal Detector with Submersible Search Coil
Garrett Ace 300 Spring Special with Free Garrett Sport Daypack
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Another caveat you need to consider is whether you intend to hunt in areas with high mineralization (also known as “hot ground”). These terms mean that there are high percentage levels of iron in the soil (this is the case in specific regions such as in the Pacific North West and Virginia). Highly mineralized ground may cause a false signal – essentially having a masking effect against the detection of valuable metal objects that are hidden just inches within the ground. Generally, entry-level detectors don’t do well with these environments.

Beginner detectives also struggle with being with salt water. So if you are searching around beaches, on wet sand say, the salt may confuse the detector in a similar way to iron. These environments require mid-level metal detectors that have automatic ground balancing features – countervailing false feedback coming from minerals. Those models generally start from about $500. (Please also note that it’s usually a bad idea to take a beginner detector into wet areas. Although the coils are waterproof the control box isn’t – and if you lose grip in a moment you will destroy the detector.)

Toy detectors VS real detectors
Most detectors have roughly similar designs – they are made up of:

  1. a round coil at the base (which is what detects metal – using electromagnetic waves)
  2. the control box (this allows you to adjust settings)
  3. and the shaft (a long neck that connects the control box to the coil)

However, you may come across cheap versions that are sold in toy shops or your local Wal-Mart. Note however, that a rough price marker for a true detector should be around $150 – detectors priced below this are toys rather than

professional instruments and cannot be used for serious metal hunting (they will have very unreliable weak signaling and you will end up simply wasting your time).

What you’ll need is an entry-level professional detector designed for beginners, but packing the punch to sniff out metal accurately and get you reliable results. In this article I’ll go through a selection of the best, most popular general- purpose beginner metal detectors so that you can begin your journey.

1. Fisher F-22

This may be the best metal detector for beginners. The F22 is Fisher’s replacement of their previous model the F2, which was very popular for beginners. One of the coolest features of this detector is that it’s rainproof (although the control box cannot be submerged in water) – so the Fisher-22 is your best friend in dry or wet conditions.

Another cool feature is something called iron-audio (which happens to be an uncommon feature for entry-level metal detectors) – this is simply a secondary tone that sounds, separate to the regular metal detection tone. That lets you know on the fly if your target has iron composition, saving you precious time from constantly checking your LCD screen.

The control box gives you 4 detection modes (discrimination modes): jewelry, coins, artifacts and custom mode, with 4 separate tones to indicate target identification. Very importantly (to your shoulders) this is an especially light detector at only 2.3 ibs. The large 9-inch concentric coil lets you target large areas with each swipe. There are also 10 levels of sensitivity. Comes with a noticeably long 5-year warranty.

Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal Detector with Submersible Search Coil
  • For detecting coins, jewelry, and artifacts
  • Features pinpoint mode
  • 10 adjustable sensitivity levels
  • Weather resistant
  • Detects metals up to 9 in. deep

2. Garrett ACE 300

The successor in the ACE line – the 300 is an upgrade to the ACE 250 with: extensions to its targeting ID database (now includes US coin denominations), a larger coil (10” – giving you superior coverage per swipe), better maneuverability, and improved audio functions. A cool added feature is that the frequency being searched for can be adjusted – you can eliminate particularly big interferences (such as from other detectors during group hunts). An overall higher frequency of 8 kHz means improved sensitivity to metal targets.

Features 5 search modes plus the pinpoint feature, which lets you narrow down on the exact area where your target is by only registering a sound when the base spot, a small specific part of the coil’ directly below the handle in some cases, is directly over the target (saving you from doing more damage/sifting/digging than necessary). Also has 8 sensitivity levels. Comes with a 2-year warranty.

3. Tesoro Compadre

Minimalist US-made design – instead of a digital LCD screen on the control box there’s has one super-simple central knob. It’s got a lot of good ratings and this may partly be down to its intuitive ease of use. The only setting you need to think about is the discrimination level. For example, when hunting a site with lots of rubbish just twist a single knob once to increase discrimination.

This detector excels at discovering coins and can do well with relics. In terms of weight it scores a 10/10 – it’s extremely lightweight. So if you want to go easy on your shoulders you’ve got your pick. It even comes with a lifetime warranty (including free repair free of charge if you have any issues with it 8-years after initial purchase).

MyM Pinpointer Metal Detector | Water Resistant, Pro-Sensitive Pinpointing Probe Metal Detector, Pinpoints with Probe tip Within 1.5” | Handheld Metal Detector, Holster Black
  • METAL DETECTING WITH TRUST: Our electric pinpointer, metal detecting device helps hobbyists, collectors, bounty hunters locate the exact position of target identified by regular metal detectors with highly-responsive sensory components without discriminating any metals. Powered by one 9-Volt battery, MYM Pinpointer Metal Detector saves you both time and cost while fulfilling either your hobby or your duty. Please note that battery is NOT INCLUDED in the package.
  • METAL DETECTING WITH GREAT PRICE: Our pinpointer helps you do the job at a reasonable price. Compared to big brands as Garrett Pinpointer, our device delivers you full package of functions at lowest cost possible. Simplifying your job today by using our pinpointer!
  • METAL DETECTING WITH VERSATILITY: MYM Pinpointer, handheld metal detector's sensitivity is completely ADJUSTABLE to increase the likeliness of locating exact positions of target. Our metal detecting device's sound system is also ADJUSTABLE, set the sound as your individual preference. 

  • METAL DETECTING WITH CONVENIENCE: Weighing at 5.1 ounces, MYM Pinpointer is super lightweight, convenient and mobile. Carry anywhere in your bag, backpack or tool box. This small, lightweight device employs precision tracking for speed recovery of location. It is ideal for recovery of small items in a wide variety of hunting conditions, ranging from highly mineralized ground to saltwater-saturated sand.

  • METAL DETECTING WITH NO WORRY: We try to provide customers with best product at reasonable prices. Customer satisfaction is our utmost priority. If you are unhappy with our products, do contact us and we will give you an immediate replacement or a full refund. Try the product risk-free!


So that’s it – 3 super reliable and popular choices for entry-level metal detecting. If you want a weatherproof metal detector with lots of great features (including iron-audio), and great reviews, you really can’t go wrong with the Fisher-22. That would be my select pick for a beginner. But if you have other specific needs (such as even lighter weight, which the Compadre may win at) then perhaps one of the others may suit you better. Wishing you good returns on your hunting journey!

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Metal Detector Accessories Under $50


As there are so many different metal detectors to choose from this article will not focus on specific accessories for specific brands/models. Rather this is a list of the top general accessories that any metal hunter could do with. Each accessory is under $50 but packs a bang for the buck. Let’s jump into it:

1. SE GP2-14 Stackable Sifting Pan Mesh

This sifting pan mesh has terrific reviews – it’s patented with the SE (Sona Enterprises) logo, which lets you know it’s genuinely sourced. You can use it to filter out the large and worthless debris while sorting through your find, leaving the smaller pieces for classification. If you’re hunting for gold this pan will help you to filter material methodically – also filter based on the size of gold you’re expecting to come across in your location.

This should be a quite rugged sifting pan as it’s made of tough plastic – it’s lightweight and stackable. Choose a selection of individual meshes and stack them in a sequence (widest meshing in the top – they range in size from 1⁄2 inch to 1/100 inches). SE also sells a paired bucket, which you can pour the material you’ve harvested into over the meshes that fit over it in sequence like stackable bin lids.

Next, twist the lids, loosening the collected materials – you’ll see them fall down onto lower levels. The mesh will automatically screen out the materials in size phases (classifications), which you can analyze one by one if you also have something like a grated bowl (reviewed next product down – #2) that you swirl water into (gold is heavier and so will fall to the bottom of the bowl). This really can be considered an essential accessory for professional gold hunters – allowing for routine speed and efficiency, and maximizing success during the many hours spent on the search.

SE GP2-5 SET 5-Piece Set of Patented Stackable 13-¼” Sifting Pans
  • Top diameter of each pan: 13-1/4"
  • Mesh screen sizes: 1/2", 1/4", 1/8", 1/12", 1/20"
  • Wire thickness: 1.4 mm, 0.95 mm, 0.6 mm, 0.45 mm, 0.35 mm
  • Stackable design that sits nicely in a 5-gallon bucket
  • U.S. Patent Number: D666086
2. SE GP1014G14 – 14″ Green Plastic Gold Pan with Two Types of Riffles

Gold is often found in tiny quantities perhaps of only a gram in weight, which can make it pretty tricky to see it once you’ve found it. Trying to differentiate between rocks, soil and gold with your fingers is an experiment in intense

frustration. This pan however, has two types of riffles, or ridges, along its inside that allow you to trap gold. All you need to do is swirl water and tip out gradually, which will separate finer bits of collected earth and debris from any gold contained (as gold is denser than soil/typical debris). Gold that you trap will appear underneath the bottommost ridge of the pan.

Overall – it’s an extremely rugged design. Expect this to last a long time, even with water use, as of course plastic does not rust or corrode. Another advantage of plastic is that it’s lightweight – SE also say the color will not fade, allowing you to easily see the color gold against the deep green pan (also comes in deep blue or black).

SE GP1014G14 14" Green Plastic Gold Pan with Two Types of Riffles
  • Diameter: 14"
  • Material: plastic
  • Color: green
  • 1/8" deep round base to better trap gold
  • Two different types of riffles: shallow and deep


3. Stansport Snuffer Bottle, 4-Ounce

Very simple product and works well with a gold pan or sluice. I happen to think it’s a cool name – “snuffer” – think of this product as like an anteater sucking up little flakes of gold. Using it will make extracting the very fine pieces of gold, caught by your bowl, just part of the routine. 4-ounce capacity.

Stansport Snuffer Bottle, 4-Ounce
  • Gold panning snuffer bottle
  • Suction even the finest gold particles from pan or sluice
  • Fine spout targets individual flakes
  • Durable plastic body
  • 4 ounce capacity

4. High Sensitivity Metal Detector Earbuds – Universal Replacement In-Ear Headphones (With Bonus Case & 3 Bud Sets For Secure Fit)


Headphones can do well in blocking out external sounds but can become sweaty and uncomfortable in hot conditions, particularly when you’ve been out for several hours on difficult terrain. These in-ear earbuds bridge the gap between the freedom of earphones and the noise-cancelling ability of closed-cup headphones, so that only your own detector is what you hear.

A cool additional benefit is that smaller earphones tend to produce less Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) that might otherwise have an affect your detector’s findings (as detectors use electromagnetic waves to detect metal). Comes with a 1⁄4 to 1/8 input adapter.

High Sensitivity Metal Detector Earbuds- Universal Replacement Earbuds for Treasure Hunters’ White's, Fishers, Garrett & More- Compact, In-Ear Headphones With Bonus Case & 3 Bud Sets For Secure Fit
  • No more Heat, Sweat, and Discomfort on your long days in the field!
  • Full in ear to block external noise including wind, traffic and other detectors.
  • Smaller heaphones will produce less EMI (Electromagnetic interference)
  • Frequency Response: 5-23,000Hz, 10mm Neodymium driver units deliver ultimate sound104 Db Response! Included is a hard case, 1/8 (3.5mm) ends, ¼ Adapter (6.3mm), 4 foot cable, and custom molded cushions for in ear comfort
  • Free 1/4" to 1/8" Adapter for Full Compatibility with any detector that uses standard headphones


5. Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunting Tool Kit (Sand Scoop, Hand Trowel, Super Scooper, and Brass Probe)

A collection of digging and investigation tools for groundwork and sand – comes with a metal spade, a plastic spade and a plastic scooper. Also included is a brass probe, giving you finer access without doing damage. There may be some issues with durability – the plastic tools are perhaps on the flimsy side, but it should be okay with soft sand.

SE (Sonar Enterprises) or National Geographic scoopers seem to be better build quality. Nevertheless, this product has good reviews overall and offers a good range of instruments to investigate findings.

  • For use with all hobby metal detectors! Top Seller.
  • Locate your finds - Easily sift through sand
  • Rugged yellow plastic construction
  • Locate your target
  • Coins & Rings will not slip through the holes!


6. Digger’s Pouch Camo by Garrett

This pouch has a “camo” design and can be strapped around your waist (it’s adjustable, able to fit a child size, and can fit up to a 48” waist). Overall, a simple lightweight design and it’s got a bunch of pockets to let you separate objects, as well as an inner treasure pocket. It’s not waterproof but is water-resistant, so no need to be overly concerned with getting splashed or rained on with it on.

Carry your water bottle, hand sanitizers, extra batteries, etc in this, as well as recoveries. Rather than storing dirtied metal in your pockets just stuff it in your pouch and move on. A 10” depth.

Digger's Pouch Camo
  • Digger's Pouch Camo


7. White’s DigMaster Digger

When dealing with harder ground you’ll need a hard blade to shift its surface; this is your tool for that. It’s like a combination of a spade and a knife, with a

durable metal serrated edge that’s self-draining. A pretty indespensible tool for a metal hunter working with hard ground.

White's DigMaster Digger - 601-0073
  • The self-draining sheath has a slot for optional lanyard capabilities
  • Our Digger comes with heat-treated steel
  • The orange Comfort-Grip handle with thumb guides for durability

There are the best metal detector accessories that we could find that came in under $50, most are under $20. Whilst you do not need any of these, they will make your experience far more enjoyable and rewarding (monetry wise).

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National Geographic Metal Detector Review

Family using the National Geographic detector

Whether young or old, metal detecting can connect you to your outside environment in an investigative, exploratory way – with the potential for financial reward. From trinkets like coins and jewelry, to relics and gold nuggets, there’s a horde of treasures waiting to be rediscovered.

How Does The National Geographic Metal Detector Stack Up?

When choosing a detector it’s important to know what your objective is – some will suit your needs better than others. And having the right identifier may save time and increase your odds of finding something worthwhile. A few things you might want to look out for when choosing:

  • Discrimination features – can it discern and filter between metal types, which can help to discriminate between what’s valuable and what’s junk. If you’re mostly combing freshwater areas then depth discrimination becomes especially important as there’s often lots of rubbish accumulated on the bottoms of lakes and streams
  • Weight – you generally want to go for lighter-weight detectors for portability reasons and to avoid muscle aches when sweeping for extended periods and carrying it around. Detecting can be particularly physically challenging around underwater areas
  • Waterproof – can it handle adverse weather conditions without breaking down on you and do you need a detector that can handle the unique challenges of sand and salt water? (The higher levels of mineralization in sand and salty water can be a problem for some detectors)
  • Materials and build quality – will it last or fall apart with moderate use?
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRO Series Metal Detector - Ultimate Treasure Hunter with Pinpointer, Large Waterproof 10" Coil - Lightweight and Collapsible for easy travel
  • FIND BURIED TREASURE and feel the thrill of discovery when you locate cool artifacts like Gold, Coins, Jewelry, Tools and more!
  • EASY TO USE for all ages, sizes and skill levels from beginner to advanced. Just unfold and go.
  • COMPACT, LARGE WATERPROOF 10" COIL, LIGHTWEIGHT and collapses to just 22 inches and 2 lbs. Great for travel!
  • PACKED WITH PRO FEATURES including 3 detection modes, 4 sensitivity levels and a pinpoint location feature to help you distinguish trash from treasure as deep as 12 inches
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - National Geographic stands behind this Pro Series Metal Detector with a TWO-YEAR warranty.

National Geographic PRO Series

The National Geographic PRO Series metal detector seems to hit the above criteria – in particular on measures of portability and ease-of-use. Its manufactured by a company called Minelab and is generally considered an excellent budget professional metal detector, with high-quality functionality and lots of good reviews at average 4.5 stars on (You can grab it for around $160).

This Minelab metal detector was made for both first-time newbies – as well as pros who will appreciate its more advanced features. It comes with an illustrated learning guide pamphlet written by teachers, which takes you through: the history of metal detectors, how metal detectors work and the different types of detectors.

It features a collapsible design that makes it highly portable – with a durable yet very lightweight build at only 2.3 lbs. The design’s surprisingly good for the price – wield it using a rugged arm strap and handle, for support and comfort. Also, the length of the detector fully extended is 51’ but this can be collapsed to less than half that size at 22’.

national geographic packageDiscrimination and range

With over a 1-foot depth range of detection, the PRO Series features a waterproof 10-inch coil (7.8kHz frequency) and can withstand a lot of moisture. There are 3 different detection modes available (all illustrated by separate LED icons):

  1. All metal
  2. All metals other than iron
  3. Or all metals other than iron and aluminum

It has a range of 4 sensitivity levels to choose from, however, the LED screen will flash the relevant icons depending on what it has detected:

  1. Iron e.g. nails, horseshoes
  2. Aluminum and lesser value coins
  3. Rings, pull tabs and lower value coins
  4. High-value coins and bottle screw caps

What’s really cool is that the tone pitch will vary dependent on the general value of metal being detected – high pitch tones are best!

Pinpoint feature

One of the standout things about this detector, and something which Amazon customer reviews point to (no pun intended) is its very precise pinpoint feature. You can use the pinpoint location function to accurately hone in on the location of an object once you detect something, which saves you from dispersing more earth than need be.

You’ll experience the pinpoint feature in real-time as a fun, squealing sound. You’ll lose this sound when the metal is not directly under the handle, towards the back of the coil, and it will reappear when you’re back on bulls-eye. Note: you can’t change the detection mode to ignore iron or aluminum when you’re using the precision mode.

Read more reviews of the National Geographic detector here.

General highlights

  • Super portability and adjustability – super light detector at just 2.3 lbs weight and able to collapse to just 22’ for transportation in a rucksack (extending to 51”)
  • A clear and simple LED display with backlighting
  • A headphone jack volume adjustment for audio alert when detectionshappen
  • Filter out unwanted metals with the 3 detection modes
  • Pinpoint feature for very precise location discernment
  • Adjust the sensitivity with 4 different modes that can detect as deep as 10-inches
  • 2-year warranty

(Please note that the detector requires 4 AA batteries, which are not included)

beach detecting with national geographicThis one’s for the kids and the professionals – with terrific adjustability and ease of use. You essentially just unlock and relock 2 latches: one to lift up the control panel and the other to expand the arm. Though it’s extremely light, the strap, which you wrap around your forearm, takes the pressure off your wrist.

No assembly is required. The detector as a whole seems a little plastic in the feel of sliding the identifier open and closed, but that’s a minor point. Older kids may have no issues assembling and learning how to use this metal detector all by themselves. The battery house is under the top panel. Children can easily adjust the length. Because it’s so light kids will generally find it easy to use.

If you’re in a noisy area plug your earphones into the earphones jack at the side of the panel. If you find you keep getting false positives or interference turn down the sensitivity. Such built-in advanced technologies and powerful capabilities make this portable metal detector any professional’s companion.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRO Series Metal Detector - Ultimate Treasure Hunter with Pinpointer, Large Waterproof 10" Coil - Lightweight and Collapsible for easy travel
  • FIND BURIED TREASURE and feel the thrill of discovery when you locate cool artifacts like Gold, Coins, Jewelry, Tools and more!
  • EASY TO USE for all ages, sizes and skill levels from beginner to advanced. Just unfold and go.
  • COMPACT, LARGE WATERPROOF 10" COIL, LIGHTWEIGHT and collapses to just 22 inches and 2 lbs. Great for travel!
  • PACKED WITH PRO FEATURES including 3 detection modes, 4 sensitivity levels and a pinpoint location feature to help you distinguish trash from treasure as deep as 12 inches
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - National Geographic stands behind this Pro Series Metal Detector with a TWO-YEAR warranty.