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Metal Detector Accessories Under $50

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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).

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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.

PRO HAND HELD PLASTIC SAND SCOOP #450
  • 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.

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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?
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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 Amazon.com. (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.

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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.
Metal Detecting Advice

Best Places To Go Metal Detecting This Summer

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So you’ve got your detector and you’re ready to treasure hunt this summer. There’s good hope; the British Museum reported roughly 67,000 finds of archaeological interest in a single year, with 78% of them found by people using metal detectors (a tool, interestingly enough, originally developed for detecting landmines).

In fact, according to the BBC over 90% of all treasures found in the ground across Britain alone are unearthed by amateur metal detector treasure hunters. Still, there’s no use in having the capability without proper direction. So here’s your guide to finding where best to metal detect in the sunshine – I’ve sorted locations into one of two main categories: relics and recent valuables.

Best locations for metal detecting relics

Woodlands, footpaths and reserves – look for picnic groves

With research you can pinpoint historically popular stretches of woodland and walking paths. During the 1800s in the US, for example, forest reserves were used as picnic sites. People would take their horse and carriages up to these woods and spend the day picnicking.

In the 19th and 20th century people would picnic under trees at these sites en masse. You’ll want to look for the old picnic groves, which in some cases should still be easily recognizable – these often contain a lot of great potential finds. Many people also frequented footpaths to walk their dogs and to hunt.

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Ploughed fields – particularly the large ones

If you live in a rural area a ploughed field may seem like an unlikely candidate for good finds. For example, a 50-acre field with only one house in the vicinity looks dismal in the sense that it’s devoid of human traffic. However, YouTube blogger ‘ChicagoRon’ – an experienced metal detector – advises that, before ploughed areas like these were settled, a single farmer would have probably been able to farm only one acre of field, using a plough and mule:

“When the farms all got bought up by bigger farms, all those houses got ploughed over, burned down, removed… on that 50 acre farm, there may have been 5 houses out there somewhere over the last 180 years.”

The use of machinery to harvest crops is a relatively new way of farming – before that, crops were picked by hand. So over the years, many people may have lost jewelry and coins on these farms. From time to time, modern farming machinery lift objects buried under the earth, bringing them closer to the surface (but hopefully without damaging these very same artifacts in the process!).

fieldsChurches – underneath trees and church backyards

If you have your eye on some of your country’s oldest treasures, including precious coins, churches may be a great bet – as they’re often among the oldest buildings in any area (partly thanks to churches being subject to more protection against new civil construction).

Worshippers would have visited these churches with coins to hand as offering each week. An ideal place to discover old coins is underneath trees – this was often where people and families would relax and have leisure. Church backyards are another suitable location.

Extra tip – do research

Research is a good way to make sure you mine areas that people have been using for a very long time – potentially allow you to find relics, gold nuggets and other trinkets from past eras. Your local library will have a ton of information about your local area, town or state’s history. This can save you from travelling further then you need to.

Check local town plans, mining reports, and talk to people who have lived in the area a long time. Older folk may have invaluable knowledge about specific places with long-standing history used by many residents before redevelopments happened, such as swimming holes, hunting areas, private inns and playing grounds – giving you the edge of where best to go metal detecting.

Just knock on doors and verbally ask if it is okay to metal detect, which usually is enough to get permission.

Best locations for metal detecting recent valuables Beaches – before the crowds or after a storm

The reason why beaches make such good locations for metal detecting in the summer is the sheer number of people who have used them over the years. People playing beach sports, swimming or even just lazing around have dropped personal items: coins, chains, rings and so on.

You want to time it well when it comes the busy summer holidays – ideally arrive before sunset or right after the main beach crowd has disappeared, towards the end of the day. You may find even more luck after a storm has occurred; sometimes objects that have been wedged under the water dislodge nearer the surface or on the shoreline.

Public beaches usually allow metal detector use along the beachfront or water, however you should try to get permission beforehand, and you may need to get a permit for offshore metal detecting. You can sometimes also get permission to

use private beaches. Inland lakes are another good bet but you’re often only allowed to metal detect before or after swimming hours.

Parks and commons – the greener version of the beach

Parks have a similar potential as beaches, as summertime is a good excuse for lots of people to lounge around in more natural environments. So in a park you may find many coincidental discoveries. Again, seek permission, in case the park requires a permit for metal detecting.

Some parks also have a fantastic legacy of high public use over previous decades such as during fairs, concerts and circuses. A bit of research may come in handy if you’re looking to find relics, as you’ll want to pinpoint locations where historic activities happened.

To conclude, you have two main options for metal detecting this summer. The first is to search for historically high-use places including: woodlands, ploughed fields and churches. In order to find recent items, you generally want to choose high-use public areas ideally used recently by thousands of people: beaches, parks and commons are your best bet for finding treasures ranging from begotten jewelry, coins and even rings that might otherwise go undiscovered.

Garrett Metal Detectors

Garrett Ace 400 Review

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The Garrett Ace 400 should be considered the bigger brother to the 150, 250 and 350. It’s very similar with a few more features that you shouldn’t expect on the previous models.

This is the detector I’m currently using, read below why I’m recommending this over anything else.

The great feature about the 400 is the Iron Audio option, this helps the detector define the difference between iron and other metals. I will go into more detail about how that can be used below.

I have a personal connection whilst reviewing this model, I actually own and use this on almost a daily basis. This is my personal choice from any of the other models.

Although this is targeted more to the intermediate detectorist’s out there, I feel confident that if I was to go back I would have just gone for this straight away, the extra power and functionality isn’t confusing it’s helpful.

Key Features Of The Garrett Ace 400

  • Garrett Ace 400New Iron Audio – This allows users to accurately find out which metal it is they have found, this can be especially useful when searching for particular things such as bottle caps or coins.
  • New Digital Target ID: 0 to 99 scale offers target information
  • New higher frequency (10 kHz) provides better sensitivity on low and medium-conductivity targets (i.e. gold, lead)
  • New Adjustable Frequency to help eliminate interference
  • New Camlocks for better stem stability
  • New Includes Pulse-Width Modulation audio: sharper, more responsive audio
  • 8.5″ x 11″ PROformance™ submersible DD search coil offers excellent coverage, depth
  • Enhanced Iron Resolution: twice the iron resolution of an ACE 250, to help separate good targets from adjacent junk iron
  • Includes Electronic Pinpointing: precisely locates targets and speeds recovery
  • Notch Discrimination: Modify discrimination patterns based on what you are seeking.
  • Five Search Modes (plus Pinpoint)
  • Eight (8) Sensitivity/Depth adjustments
  • Coin Depth Indicator determines target depth
  • Expanded Target ID legend: includes indication of U.S. coin denominations

Features Explained:

New Iron Audio:

This is my personal favourite feature of this model, a big reason why I’m still using it today. It took some getting used to, sometimes it would give me a false reading, but it was more my not understanding of how it works. For example, a rusted fence would give a reading on a normal detector, however with the iron audio you can make sure the settings are allowing for such things, which is a big time saver.

If you are searching for iron or not you can turn it on or off depending on your goals. Below you will find a video explaining the iron audio function, turn your speakers down as it can be quite loud!

 

Digital Target ID:

This will help you differentiate between less and more conductive metals ie silver for example. It gives you a number from 1 – 99 on the LCD screen (Which you can see below), 1, for example, might be a rusted nail or something which has lost its conductivity, and a 99 could be silver. It’s not quite as simple as that, but that’s the most simple way to explain it that I could find.

Higher Frequency:

Not only does this come with a higher frequency (10kHz) but you are also able to adjust it. I personally like to use a lower frequency, but that’s more as I’m less and less willing to dig down deeper, however, if you’re struggling to find anything you would turn it up.

When you turn it up sometimes you can get interference, it’s just the detector finding too much, or finding things too far away. This is why I personally run it on 5-8kHz but that is just my preference.

New Camlocks:

These are just locks that essentially make the machine more stable, making it easier to use. All of Garretts models will soon have these.

PROformance™ submersible DD search coil:

From a design standpoint alone, you can see the difference between this and the 150, and 250 models. They’ve designed it so not only is it more accurate but also submersible. This makes it ideal if you are looking to do some detecting in shallow streams, it is still not ideal for underwater detecting, we have a whole section specifically for those.

I’ve personally used it in a couple of instances, my friend managed to drop her necklace into a garden pond, which it was perfect for that as it was only about 12 inches deep.

Pros Of The Ace 400:

  1. Simplicity – Although we recommend this machine for somebody that has been detecting for a while to really get the most use out of all the function, it still remains simple to use for anybody. With all Garrett models, there are clearly marked buttons which are easy to understand.
  2. Sensitivity – The 10kHz frequency delivers a great response, it is very accurate so you can be sure you are not wasting time digging in the wrong location. Along with its depth detector, you can weigh up the time spent digging.
  3. Bang for buck – The 400 offers a great value, out powering the 150, 250 and 350 from Garrett whilst keeping a similar price range. Especially with the kits available for this model, you can get some great deals out there. I will post the best at the bottom.
  4. Guarantee – Garrett is a company that very much stand by their products, it is still run by the same family that started it and are a pleasure to deal with. I personally had a couple of problems outside of my guarantee and they were more than willing to help. Great customer service!
  5. Weight – Coming in at 5.8 pounds it’s easy to manoeuvre and carry for long sessions.

Cons Of The Ace 400:

  1. The only con I can think of is as it’s not as popular it’s harder to get hold of, but it’s not really.

What Makes It Different From Other Detectors

The 400 comes with the Iron audio setting that is something that comes specifically with this Garrett model, it isn’t something that is standard with all metal detectors. What this allows you to do is distinguish between certain metals from another, for example, if you’re trying to find coins as opposed to trash. It’s ideal for anybody at any level, although this is aimed at the intermediate’s this can also be used by any beginner who is willing to read the instructions.

This model comes with the enhanced iron resolution, this is exclusive to the 400 and will help you to separate any junk that is located near your target. It’s quite common to get false readings when you’re out detecting, this can be from less experienced people not using the detector properly, or more likely if you’ve read my guide, some junk. If you are having problems where you keep digging up nothing, perhaps you’re in an area where junk is common. This would be the perfect detector in that situation.

This comes with a higher frequency than the 350 coming in at 10kHz, this is to be expected. Not only the name gives it away but it is slightly more expensive than the 250 and 350. The best thing about the 400’s frequency is it is adjustable, you’re no longer walking around detecting fillings in everybody’s mouths (I exaggerate of course), you can turn it down or up depending on what you’re looking for, if you’re looking for smaller items a higher frequency will have to be used.

I’ve really struggled to think of any cons of this product, it’s a well balanced, full metal detecting kit. I advise anybody who is considering buying one to go ahead. It’s a very sturdy product that comes with very little flaws as far as I could find.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed having a go on the 400, it was light, easy to use and gave me a lot of information. Sometimes for me personally it gave me a little too much information, I’m very much at the stage where I just find anything and dig it up, I’m sure for somebody more experienced it would be absolutely fantastic. That being said after getting used to it I have found it very useful, however, you certainly need more patience to get used to the software compared to most other beginner/ intermediate detector. Which is a good thing, it allows you more room to grow into this piece of kit.

I would recommend it absolutely, I have yet to see any negative review on this particular model, which makes me wonder why it isn’t as popular as the other models. It seems to me that this is a middle ranged detector. More advanced than a 250, but not quite at the level of the ATX or the Fisher F2.

I will be using it more and more as I move on from my basic detector, hopefully, it will improve my skill at the same time, I’m confident it will do.

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Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector Review

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My first ever metal detecting trip was with the Garrett Ace 250, I was actually allowed to borrow it from a friend. I’ve been hooked ever since I placed my order within the week of trying it and I still use it today 6 years later. It really is a great piece of kit. It’s not my main detector but sometimes I still bring it out just because it’s so light and user-friendly.

For the beginner treasure hunter looking to find gold, jewellery, relics and more while treasure hunting; the Garrett 250 metal detector is a good entry-level choice.

It’s budget friendly, fairly straightforward and easy to use. Today, we’ll be reviewing and examining the features that have made it one of the top-selling metal detectors out there. And what you should expect should you decide to get one.

Garrett Ace 250 Breakdown:

The Garrett Ace 250 is engineered, manufactured and assembled by the largest metal detection company in the U.S.A; Garrett Metal Detectors. It is an affordable detector and is mainly advertised for beginners and home utility.

It is lightweight (weighs less than three pounds), and very comfortable for you to use. And while it is targeted at people who are new to the hobby, it also has enough features to keep experienced treasure hunters happy. Some of these features include; adjustable sensitivity and depth settings, pinpointing, custom notch discrimination, 6.5×9″ ACE coil, etc!

Bear in mind; learning to use this detector effectively will take some time and practice because it isn’t an ordinary entry-level metal detector as it comes loaded with features normally reserved for mid-entry level metal detectors.

Garrett Ace 250
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Having highlighted the above, let’s now discuss the features.

Features:

The Ace 250 has a long list of features, I’ve gone ahead and summarized the most important below.

Push-button controls

The Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector comes with 6 push-buttons; Power, Discrimination, Mode, Sensitivity, Pinpoint, and Elim (short for eliminating). The Power button is a simple one-touch operation and the machine powers up.

The Discrimination button is used in conjunction with the Elimination button and is used to eliminate specific items while out hunting. The sensitivity button increases or decreases the sensitivity of the machine, while the pinpoint button determines the exact location of a target.

The Mode button navigates through the modes, these modes are:

  • All metal: Detects all metals including Iron.
  • Jewelry: Ignores items such as bottle caps, and nails.
  • Custom: The custom settings can be programmed using the elimination and discrimination to select individual specifications.
  • Relics: Keeps good targets in the lower conductivity end, while eliminating trash targets

All the buttons are big and clearly labelled; making it easy when setting it up, but not so big as to crowd the feedback part of the display.

Large LCD display

It comes with a 10” simple LED display for easy functionality and sweeping accuracy. The display bears advanced sensitivity functions and an electronic pinpoint feature and is easier to read and interact with than a lot of the competition.

Garrett ace 250 Screen

The LED display features the following:

  • Target ID
  • Detecting mode
  • Coin Depth Indicator
  • Battery monitor

And just by looking at the screen, you can tell what is going on with minimal configuration required:

The graphics target ID appears at the top of the screen with easily identifiable hash marks that are ideal for quick glances.

The depth indicator appears to the right; numbered and providing permanent feedback about how deep (up to 8 inches down) a target is.

The display also has a standard battery indicator and not just the low battery warning that pops up with most other detectors.

Garrett Search coils

The Garrett ACE 250 comes with plenty of different compatible search coils; which are:

  • Standard Search coil
  • 5 x 9 Search Coil
  • 5 x 11 ACE DD Search Coil
  • 9 x 12 Search Coil
  • 5 x 8 DD submersible Search coil
  • 5 ACE Sniper Search Coil

Most beginners should find the 250’s standard coil adequate.

The search coil is able to fake out trash metals; it’s also waterproof for movement in shallow waters and is useful should the sensitivity settings be further increased.

Bear in mind; the control panel is not waterproof but you can purchase waterproof housing for this at a low cost.

Some Other Notable Features

Battery Life: The Garrett Ace 250 metal detector has up to 30 hours battery life. This ensures that you can be on the field for long hours without having to worry about low battery as is the case when using other metal detectors.

This is good for a number of reasons, aside from the obvious but it is able to run 30 hours from 4 x AA batteries, I can’t even get a torch to run an hour on that! There are detectors out there that will have built-in batteries that can be recharged. It’s up to you whether you take that as a positive, but it’s a big reason why Garrett is able to offer this machine at such a low price.

Fourth Bell Tone: In addition to the three basic audio beeps that sound when the Ace 250 is moved over targets; the Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector has a fourth

bell tone that allows coin shooters collect coins. And while this may not be useful if you’re relic hunting; coin shooters will welcome hearing that additional confirmation.

Target ID: A very useful visual guide on how far down what you’re detecting is beneath you. As you can see from looking at the LCD screen above, there is a bar that shows the sensitivity, the more full the bar gets the closer/more detection there is.

If it is something large or close it will give a higher reading than not. This is a good way to decide whether something is too deep for you to dig it up or not.

What Is It Actually Like?

Sometimes when reading reviews online I get a good list of the features, the pros, and cons but you don’t find out what the product is actually like? Or is it just me?

Having used this detector for over 4 years I think I’ve got a good grasp of what this machine is like when it’s actually being used.

Watch the video below, it’s an instructional video of how to get the best out of the model.

So How Much Does It Cost?

The all important question, I mean it could be the best machine in the world but if it costs too much what is the point? Well, you’ll be glad to know the Ace 250 comes in around $250, a bargain when you think of the technology involved with this machine.

There are packages available that range from $250-$350, which depending on the use you’re getting out of it will determine what package is good for you, to look at the whole range click here to go through.

Warranty & Support

The Garrett machine comes with a 2-year warranty. And while this short two-year limited warranty may not be on the high side, they adequately make up for it with their outstanding customer support, online instructional videos, and well-detailed FAQs.

250 Screen coverWhat else you should know

You may want to note that other people have mentioned how the Ace 250 can become a little temperamental in highly mineralized conditions, giving off an increased amount of false signals.

Also, there is no volume control on the actual detector; however, you can purchase a good pair of headphones that have a built-in volume control.

Conclusion

The Garrett Ace 250 is a good metal detector; it’s easy to use and has lots must-have features which, once mastered, will allow you to find a lot of coins, jewellery and other cool relics of the past. It is a treasure magnet and simply one of the best metal detectors for beginners that you can find!

Metal Detecting Advice

Best Metal Detecting Locations

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The opportunities for locating treasures using your metal detector are endless and limited only by your imagination.

The key element is using it in the right places! Because, while there tons of places to find coins, gold, relics, and buried or hidden treasures; some sites are more productive than others. Hence, you need to know the best type of places to go detecting.

And when you’re going detecting, one simple thing you want to keep in mind is that; to locate treasure, you must go where people have been, where they lived, where they worked and played(from way back to present times).

And the reason is simple…

People lose coins, gold, relics all the time. Many valuable treasures are also buried and, for unknown and sometimes circumstantial reasons, they are never retrieved. All these present countless opportunities for you! So, you want to go to these places and be the one to find the spoils!

To make your search more effective, you should determine what you are searching for and then conduct a little bit of research to identify the most promising and productive treasure hunting sites(based on where people have been, where they lived, where they worked and played) to detect. This little research would help streamline your efforts; and you’ll be able to ascertain where to focus your hunt on, depending on what you are searching for.

In this article, I’ve created a list of the best metal detecting locations that are generally more productive for treasure hunting:

A Crowded Beach:

The beach has consistently proven to be one of the best metal detecting locations due to numerous human activities that have taken place over the years.

So, that favorite beach of yours can be a real gold mine.

Timing is of the essence however, as the best time to go there is immediately the crowd has left for the day or going in the morning before everyone shows up. And the good thing is, digging on the beach sand is simple and easy, especially with a beach metal detecting sand scoop.

And if you’re using a metal detector like the Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector; which can be used underwater or in shallow water, you can schedule your visit for when there is a low tide, so as to locate items that sometimes get lodged near rocks as the tide disappears. However, if you are detecting in or near the water, ensure to play safe by knowing your tide tables, as you don’t want to get caught in an incoming tide.

Also metal detecting after a storm portends a lot of opportunity, as there is the high likelihood that objects which had been stuck underwater are now brought to the shore.

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Churches

Another place that has consistently proven to be one of the best metal detecting locations; especially when it comes to coin-shooting are churches. They hold the oldest coins as they are often times the oldest buildings in the community.

Every Sunday (from time immemorial), churches have been hosts to a large number of congregants who gather weekly.

This constant visits and activities over such long periods of time means an opportunity to locate treasures that people have lost overtime; making the church a very viable place for metal detecting.

Deserted and Abandoned Towns

There’s a caveat here: most deserted and abandoned towns have been hunted to death with not much left to find. The key to effectively exploiting deserted or abandoned towns is finding the ones NOT well documented.

Once you can do that, deserted and abandoned towns can be one of the best places to go metal detecting. They hold hoards of treasure (especially old mining or transportation towns). With the trading activities that used to happen, it is possible to find old coins. And not only would you find old coins but other items of a bygone era.

As stated earlier, the key is to find the ones NOT well documented. And to do this, you’ve got to ditch Google maps and instead use other methods like talking to locals, the elderly or driving around yourself.

Bear in mind however, that might have been turned into protected areas by the government with some restrictions. So, be careful not to trespass.

Parks & Campgrounds

Parks & campgrounds in older areas are usually productive places to detect. These places have been utilized for various activities over the past years. And like most highly productive areas for metal detecting have had tons of people throng to and from them, hence giving you a chance to locate valuables that may have been lost as a result.

Beware of local authorities policies in some places though. You want to make sure you follow their laid down rules or you risk confiscation of the metal detector.

Schools

Older school yards, especially activity areas such as baseball, soccer, football fields, etc can be ‘HOT’ areas for metal detecting.  Be sure to check not only the action spots but also around the field as the audience can leave behind plenty valuables as well.

Also, modern school grounds are a great place to find modern coins. The key is to go when class is not in session and look for activity centers or large areas where students like to sit on the grass.

Bear in mind however, that permission is important. And if you leave gaping holes in any field, you will be asked to leave.

Your Backyard

If you live on a property that is older than 1965, then your backyard is a great place to metal detect. You have a chance to find some valuable US silver coins lost by previous owners.

Also, your backyard offers you an opportunity to practice, especially if you’re new to metal detecting.

There you have them; the best metal detecting locations. And while this list is by no means exhaustive; they give you a good head start on your metal detecting journey.

Don’t forget to record your finds so you know what areas are producing more than others.

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How Does A Metal Detector Work?

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Metal detector technology is a huge part of our lives as it provides millions of people around the world an opportunity to discover hidden treasures; while also ensuring safety in airports, office buildings, schools, government agencies, and prisons by helping to ensure no one brings weapons onto such premises.

So, you’ve probably been wondering… How exactly does this stuff work?

Well, the internal working of metal detectors is based on the science of electromagnetism. It works by using technology to harness the unique relationship that exists between electricity and magnetism.

In this article, I would be explaining in details the basic working principle of a metal detector and the technologies that make different types work.

Bear in mind that it’s not necessary to know how a metal detector works in order to use it. However, it’s quite possible that knowing how it works can help you use it more effectively in the future.

The Basic Working Principle of Metal Detectors

The basic working principles of metal detectors are based on electromagnetic induction.

Basic Controls of metal detectors

Metal detectors work by interacting with metallic elements on the ground through one or more inductor coils that are attached to them. They work by electromagnetic field transmission from the search coil attached into the ground. As a result of this electromagnetic transmission, any metal objects (targets) within the electromagnetic field range will then become energized and transmit an electromagnetic field of their own in return. The detector’s search coil then receives the re-transmitted field and alerts the user by producing a target response.

Most metal detectors are designed with a discrimination feature; which is the metal detector’s ability to identify underground targets based on its ferrous and/or conductive properties. This feature allows metal detectors discriminate between different types of targets and can be set to ignore unwanted targets.

Having had a basic understanding of how metal detectors work, let’s now talk about the technologies that power this principle.

The Technology

  • Very Low Frequency
  • Pulse Induction
  • Beat-Frequency Oscillation

Here’s a brief look at each of these technologies in detail to see how they work.

Very Low Frequency (VLF)

Very Low Frequency is the most popular metal detector technology in use today. And it employs the use of 2 distinct coils; namely the transmitter & receiver coil.

The transmitter coil is the outer coil loop. It contains a coil of wire through which electric current flows up and down (up to about 1000 times per second).

The electric current flowing up and down through this transmitter coil generates an electromagnetic field which interacts with any conductive substance it encounters and causes these substances to generate their own weak magnetic fields.

The receiver coil, on the other hand, is the inner coil that’s also made up of another wire coil. Again this wire coil works like an antenna to detect the frequencies of targets underground and amplify their signals.

To differentiate between different metals, the VFL relies on a phenomenon called “phase shifting”. Phase shift provides VLF-based metal detectors with a capability called discrimination; which is a metal detector’s ability to identify underground targets based on its ferrous and/or conductive properties.

And since the resistance and inductance in most metals vary, the amount of phase shift is examined by a VLF metal detector, using phase demodulates (which is a pair of electronic circuits), and compares it with the average for a particular type of metal. You then get notified with a visual indicator or audible tone indicating the range of metals the object is likely to be in.

PI Technology

PI Technology differs from Very Low Frequency (VLF), because it uses 1 coil as both a transmitter and receiver. Some, however, are known to use multiple coils (two or even three) working together at once.

Powerful pulses travel along the wire coil that creates small magnetic fields. When these run out, the polarity gets reversed by the magnetic fields then collapses to make an electric spike. In microseconds, the spike runs out after it generates another current to move through the search coil.

PI detectors are able to pick up metals buried far deeper than other metal detecting technologies.

Beat-Frequency Oscillation- BFO Technology

Beat-Frequency Oscillation (BFO) is the most basic form of metal detecting technology. In a BFO system, there are two coils of wire. The larger coil is put in the search head while the smaller one is placed inside the detector’s control box.

An oscillator connects each coil and generates thousands of pulses of current per second.

The coil generates radio waves as pulses travel through each coil. The radio wave is picked up within the control box by a tiny receiver and creates an audible series of tones depending on the difference between the frequencies.

When a metal object is passed over by the coil, the magnetic field caused by the current flowing through the coil generates a magnetic field around the object. The magnetic field of the object interferes with the radio wave frequency generated by the search-head coil.

As the frequency in the control box deviates from the frequency of the coil, the audible beats change in tone and duration.

The Beat-Frequency Oscillation, however, doesn’t offer the same degree of accuracy and control put forward by the other 2 technologies. And metal detectors that use the BFO technology are sold at a lower price because of its simple design.

Factors that can interfere with how a Metal Detector Works

The detection depth of a metal detector depends upon which of the above technology it employs and a number of environmental factors listed below…

  • Ground Mineralization
  • The Size of the Target
  • The Shape of the Target
  • The Orientation of the Target
  • The Material of the Target

So, there you have it. You now have a basic understanding of how your metal detector works.

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Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector Review

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E-Trac Metal Detector is a significant technological advancement when it comes to metal detecting and treasure hunting. Its intuitive menus, innovative control panel, comprehensive targeting options and sturdy design, sets it apart from other metal detectors.

It is designed to cater for advanced treasure hunters who can afford detectors above the $1000 mark. Its innovative functionalities and adjustment options allow so many customizations that refines the detection process, and makes metal detecting a lot more enjoyable and convenient.

And if you’ve been looking for an advanced treasure hunting detector to help you refine your detecting campaign, then make sure to read this unbiased E-Trac Metal Detector Review. In this review, I would be delving into the core features and functionalities that set the E-Trac apart from the rest of the pack.

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E-Trac Product Quick Facts

The E-Trac Metal Detector is manufactured by one of the most popular brand names when it comes to metal detectors; Minelab.

Minelab manufactures and sells a wide variety of metal detectors for hunters with different amounts of hunting experience; some of which include Minelab E-Trac, the Minelab GPX, the Minelab Quattro, the Minelab Excalibur and the Minelab Safari.

The E-Trac Metal Detector is apparently the “most technologically advanced” among the Minelab series of metal detectors.

It is specifically made for experienced treasure hunters (incorporating Minelab’s Full Band Spectrum technology and Smartfind discrimination); with the sole aim of providing them with a detector that can enhance their hunting experience, and make it more comforting and rewarding.

Now, let’s delve into the core features that set the E-Trac apart from the rest of the pack.

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Features: Here’s what you get

The Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector has the following features:

  1. Advanced Signal Processing Using Minelab Full Band Spectrum Technology

The E-Trac Metal Detector uses Minelab’s proprietary Full Band Spectrum technology that outperforms typical detection technologies, by transmitting broader range of frequencies between 1.5 KHz 71galnzyzul-_sl1200_– 100 KHz simultaneously. The wide range of frequencies transmission allows the operating system of the E-Trac Metal Detector to instantly analyze responses from the signals received from the coil and then interpret them to provide users with enhanced accuracy.

This technology results in a greater operational depth range, higher sensitivity over a wide range of targets, less electromagnetic source interference and more accurate target identification.

  1. QuickMask And SmartFind Technology

The E-Trac Metal Detector also features Minelab’s proprietary QuickMask and SmartFind technology. The SmartFind technology feature is a two-dimensional graphing display that graphically shows the user the ferrous properties as well as the conductivity of the metal found at the same time. This allows you to easily identify targets before digging.

The QuickMask feature on the other hand, allows you to instantly adjust the conductivity and ferrous rejection levels based on conductivity and ferrous

levels, allowing you to accept and reject based on these 2 indicators; thereby making your search much more effective.

  1. Lightweight Waterproof 11 Inch Double D Coil

The E-Trac Metal Detector features a lightweight and waterproof 11” Double D Coil. The lightweight and the waterproof feature of the coil make it possible for you to search a variety of challenging locations, such as the sea, river, beaches, etc; locations other detectors dare not thread.

And even in instances where some other detectors have claimed usability at these challenging locations, the result is not at par with the performance of the E-Trac Metal Detector, as hunters rarely find valuable targets at these locations, using other detectors.

However, E-TRAC delivers astounding results at these challenging locations.

  1. Four Preset Detecting Settings

The E-Trac Metal Detector features four preset detecting settings that’s usually the common types of detecting that experienced hunters do namely; Coins, High trash, Beach, and Relics!

Coins: For searching coins.

High trash: For searching in trashy areas.

Beach: For searching on beaches.

Relics: To search for valuable targets.

With these preset settings feature for the most common types of detecting; you can simply turn on the detector, choose a setting, and start hunting without spending any time on adjusting the settings. Amazing time saver!

It additionally features a Pin Point Mode that lets you pin point accurately your find and the size of it before you start digging down into the ground.

  1. Clear Resolution “72mm x 48mm ” LCD Display Panel

The E-Trac Metal Detector has a “72mm x 48mm” LCD Display Panel that provides clearer on-screen graphics and improved target identification.

The display is neat, with buttons nicely placed on the display to make it easier for you to access the menu and make adjustments easily; thereby making detecting with E-Trac much easier.

The display is backlit; meaning you can use the E-Trac Metal Detector late in the evenings and even at night.

  1. E-TRAC USB functionality

One prominent feature of the E-Trac Metal Detector is the USB functionality that allows you connect the detector to the computer for you to better manage settings, modes, as well as discrimination patterns and build a resource you can continually refer to.

The detector comes with a cable with which you can easily connect it to a PC or laptop.

This advanced feature is also designed to allow for quick configuration of the E-TRAC at the touch of a button to specific detecting areas and preferred targets; thereby allowing you spend little time, adjusting settings, but instead more time out in the field , detecting.

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What Else You Should Know

You may want to know that the E-Trac Metal Detector is much better at finding silver than it is at finding gold. A number of users have reported that low quality gold has been mistaken for trash by the detector.

Also, the programming is a little different from what some more experienced users are familiar with. So, you may want to bear in mind that the learning curve can take some time, before getting used to. But once you get a hang of it. The money spent is well worth it.

Irrespective of the above however, the Minelab metal detector still comes highly recommended to those that want to explore further and increase their treasure finding capabilities.

Conclusion

The Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector is without a doubt, one of the best deals you can find in the market. It has set a significant technological advancement with all its features highlighted above and its quality performance. I highly recommend it for the experienced hunters who want to substantially improve their metal hunting experience.

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Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Review

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The Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV is one of the most popular entry level metal detectors available on the market; partly because of its awesome features that allow beginners to operate it easily without any form of complications, but more so because of its affordable price(around $100).

It is streamlined in appearance; with only two operating controls and a mode. And all users need to do is set the discrimination and sensitivity levels and they are ready to start treasure hunting.

So, if you’re an entry level user, the Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV offers a great way to get started in metal detecting and treasure hunting without breaking your budget. In this article, I’ll be reviewing and examining its features, so as to help you get an unbiased view of what it offers.

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Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Quick Facts

The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is one of the products in the range of Bounty hunter devices (metal detectors and accessories) from the First Texas Company. Bounty hunter devices have been selling on the market since 1988 and they are highly reputed for their affordability and top-quality products that are easy to use.

It’s an all black, sleek looking detector and has an adjustable height design that simplifies its usage, irrespective of whether the user is tall or short. It is lightweight; thereby allowing for prolonged usage without tiring its user and its ergonomics allow for easy handling. Additionally, it has a detector stand that enables you keep it out of the mud while retrieving your target.

The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is particularly right for you if:

  • You want a user friendly detector that offers tremendous value for your money.
  • You want a detector that doesn’t require you spending lots of time reading a manual or watching a DVD to know how to use it
  • You want a detector that introduces you to the world of metal detecting and treasure hunting.

Having highlighted the above, let’s now discuss the features and what you get from Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV.

Features: Here’s what you get

  1. Three modes of operation

The Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV features three detecting modes which can be conveniently controlled via a toggle switch dial. The modes make it easier for you to eliminate targets that you do not want to find, while at the same time setting the sensors towards specific items that you want detected.bounty hunter screen

The modes are:

All-Metals mode: This allows the detector react to any metal swept over.

2-Tone Audio mode: Enables the detector to emit one or two pitches or tones for the different metals passed over.

Discrimination mode: Enables the detector to reject certain metals, such as iron.

  1. 8” Concentric Coil

The Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV features an 8” concentric waterproof coil that can be submersed in wet grass and shallow waters. This submersible feature enables the detector search up to 8-inch deep for coins and similar-sized objects, and 3″ for larger objects; thereby ensuring detection in moisture laden grass and shallow water. The coil is interchangeable.

This feature makes the Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV an ideal choice when pitched up against other devices of a similar range.

  1. Centrally Positioned Target Indicator

Unlike other metal detectors that feature a built-in LCD display, the Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV instead, comes with a large, centrally positioned target indicator, which gives a visual indication of when you’re closing in on a target, a sensitivity meter to limit electromagnetic interference, and a disc/notch control which eliminates the poor quality metals from detection.

  1. Preset Ground Balance

Built in Automatic Ground Trac allows the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV to balance for mineralization while you detect. With this feature; this detector neutralizes response to mineral content in the ground; making it able to detect in highly mineralized sites and beaches; without requiring any adjustments from the operator to the circuitry and with no loss of sensitivity.

  1. Rugged & Designed to Detect In Extreme Ground Conditions

The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is lightweight and sturdily built to work in extreme and hard ground conditions. The lightweight feature is very important, as even three pounds can get heavy after several hours of use.

Some Other Notable Features

  • A padded armrest that stops plastic rubbing on the arm.
  • Adjustable height design that makes it simple to use for both tall and short persons.
  • ¼-inch headphone jack compatible with most headphones
  • A detector stand that enables you keep it out of the mud while retrieving your target.
  • Low battery indicator to let you know the device battery status at all times
  • Five year limited warranty

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An early version of the Tracker IV.
An early version of the Tracker IV.

Some Things to Consider

Although it comes with a built-in headphone jack, which is compatible with most models, the detector does not have a headphone integrated. This would be quite useful in case you end up digging for metal in a crowded place and you had not prevented it before you leave the house.

The headphone is to be bought independently as an accessory!

Also, the Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV does not feature a built-in LCD display.  It just comes with a large, centrally positioned target indicator gives a visual indication of when you’re closing in on a target.

Conclusion

Excellently priced; the TK4 Tracker is perfect for several applications; including relic hunting, coin shooting, cache hunting, and jewelry to general searches for lost property.

It has quite a number of user friendly features that offers tremendous value for your money. It comes highly recommended as one of the best metal detectors for beginners that you can find!

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Metal Detecting Advice

What Is The Best Metal Detector For Children?

So if you’ve ever done metal detecting around your children, your grandchildren or even just children from friends, they always want to have a go. This is great and I love getting children involved and they really enjoy it, in fact now when I see my grandchildren I hide money around the garden so when they find it they can keep it. Small tip, if you’re going to do that make sure they don’t need to go digging! It won’t leave the garden very nice and your wife might not like it, mine didn’t.

What are they key points you need to remember when looking for a child metal detector:

Size – This is the most important, depending on how old the children are will mean they need to have a detector that can be adjusted. If they are using one that is too big they will create an angle on the coil and will be detecting in front rather than underneath, which will mean the detector needs a bigger depth and will, of course, cost more money.

Weight – Sort of covered in the size of the detector, make sure to get something that isn’t too heavy, it will just make it more troublesome. My back starts to hurt if I’m carrying too much let alone a small child.

Simplicity – This is one of the only times I’m not looking for as many gizmos and gadgets as possible, normally I’m trying to get everything possible even though let’s face it, I don’t use most of it! You have to remember what they’re, and that is children. Keep things as simple as they possibly can be.

I don’t think many children are worried about which type of metal it is they’re finding, they just want to dig something up out of the ground! Side note: This will also save money!

Price – I don’t know about you, but my children and grandchildren haven’t had the longest attention spans, so I didn’t want to go spending a great deal of money on something they would rarely use. Luckily my grandchildren quite enjoy it when it’s nice, it’s something we can do together whilst we’re waiting for food to cook. Even still I wouldn’t want to spend too much on it.

With all that in mind the metal detector I would choose time and time again for any child is the bounty hunter metal detector.

Bounty hunter metal detectorIt really is good value, it does exactly what you need and it costs less than $100. It is the perfect present for any budding metal detector. With the above kit, you also headphones included, you can use any you like, even their own personal headphones.

Where can you take them?

When I first went out I went to parks, beaches anywhere I could to be honest. However taking a child out is rather risky, you don’t want to be digging big holes with them, or rather they don’t want to be. Like I mentioned earlier I found they enjoyed it the most when I planted change around the garden.

I hope you enjoy sharing your hobby with them, as always I hope you enjoyed reading my metal detecting blog.