Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Metal Detector

Finding buried treasure or lost car keys is a cinch with the right device.

man metal detecting on the beach
Modern metal detectors are lightweight and energy-efficient which makes it easier to cover more ground.Ulrike Mai

Hand-held metal detectors range widely in price. For someone who’s just starting out learning how to use a metal detector, it makes sense to buy an inexpensive one so that you can learn what features work best in the areas where you’ll be doing most of your hunting. Even starter-level metal detectors have differences, so use this guide to learn more about metal detectors and determine which type is best for you.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Junior Metal Detector –Adjustable Metal Detector for Kids with 7.5" Waterproof Dual Coil, Lightweight Design Great for Treasure Hunting Beginners, Black
Three AA batteries power this model.NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Many metal detectors rely on two 9-volt batteries for power, but some entry-level units power up using less expensive AA batteries. If the metal detector will be used to entertain children or is a gift for a child, consider getting a unit powered by AA batteries so the kids can use it all they want without worrying about pricey batteries.

RM RICOMAX Professional Metal Detector GC-1037 [Disc & Notch & Pinpoint Modes] Metal Detector Waterproof IP68 with High Accuracy [Advanced DSP Chip] Metal Detectors for Adults with Headphones
This model only weighs 2.31 pounds.RM RICOMAX

Metal detectors are lightweight, but of course, you’ll be carrying yours around—both during the hunt and to and from the hunting area, and if you get tired of carrying it, you’ll end your hunt early. Look for a lightweight metal detector if you think that carrying a heavy one for a long time may be an issue for you.

Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector
A discrimination control on this device allows you to eliminate undesirable targets.Bounty Hunter

If you’re looking for a lost gold ring on a beach, say, you want to be able to tell the difference between the myriad bottle caps and coins scattered throughout the sand, so you don’t waste time stopping and digging. A unit that can discriminate between valuable and non-valuable metals can be a very big help in such situations.