Hobby: Metal Detecting – Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries will save time, cause less waste, and over time are much more affordable than non-rechargeable batteries. Most metal detectorists use rechargeable batteries and you should too! It just makes sense. Use them for your pinpointer too! Let’s look at some of our options below.

The Garrett rechargeable battery kit comes in at under $30 online. It offers a wall charger and comes with 2 9V Ni-MH batteries. This charger can be used with any Garrett metal detector that uses 9V batteries. This also works for other metal detectors that make use of the 9V batteries. The wall charger has an LED indicator light to let the user know when the unit is fully charging. Charging generally takes 8-10 hours for a full charge.

Hobby: Metal Detecting – Carrying Case

Metal detectors can be expensive. Some detectors cost upwards of $10,000! Regardless if you’re metal detecting for the first time or you’re a veteran, Finding the correct bag for your detector is very important.

While out metal detecting its common to come across trash. Paper, plastic, and or scrap metal. It is always courteous and responsible to pick up and dispose of any trash you find. Finding the correct carrying case can be very important. Let’s take a look at some options.

Let’s first look at the Winbest Metal Detector Carrying Case. BARSKA manufactures great metal detectors already. Let’s see what their carrying bag has to offer.

The Winbest Metal Detector carrying case comes in at 45″ x 11″ and will fit most metal detectors. It’s been crafted in a soft but durable material. This reduces weight and protects your detector from scratches. It offers two zippered pouches and an adjustable shoulder strap. Two handles at the center if you’d prefer to carry it. Coming in at around $30 online, it’s a great and affordable purchase.

Let’s next take a look at the Garrett Soft Case,Universal Detector bag. It comes in at 50″ x 11″x so it too will fit most metal detectors. It’s material is lightweight and has been padded for extra protection. It offers a carrying handle and the option to use backpack straps. It also has 5 velcro pockets large enough to hold recovery tools, pin pointers , or even search coils. Coming at $85 online it is a bit more expensive but also offers more storage options.

Next up we’ll look at our options for rechargeable batteries.

Hobby: Metal Detecting – Sand Scoops

Metal detectorists hunting beaches or in other sandy areas definitely need to have a sand scoop. It is vital for this environment as it allows to user to easily sift through sand to find their item. Whether you’re hunting the dry sand, the surf at low tide or ankle deep in salt water you will need a sand scoop.

A major thing to consider when buying a sand scoop is will your equipment resist the harsh elements. Sand scoops generally come in plastic , aluminum , or steel. Let’s take a look at a few options.

First off we’ll look at the Garrett Metal Sand Scoop. It comes in at 10 x 8 x 6 and weighs about 2 pounds. While 2 pounds might not sound like much; do keep in mind that you’ll be lugging it around the entire hunting trip. It comes with a short handle and is incredibly durable. The shorter handle allows the user to easily sift through sand to find their item. The shovel blade itself is very sharp and cuts through the sand with ease. It comes in at under $40 and if you’re hunting the beach or any other sandy environment it is an ideal tool.

Next up we’ll check out a plastic sand scoop option. Pro Hand Held Plastic Sand scoop comes in at a very affordable $13. It measures 14 x 3 x 5.5 and weighs only 11.8 ounces. The sifting holes are specifically designed to be smaller diameter than most coins. It does not offer sifting holes on the sides though. For being made of plastic it is surprisingly durable. I would recommend this scoop if you’re only an occasional beach hunter.

Finally, let’s look at an aluminum option. Whites Aluminum Sand Scoop weighs only 1 pound and it 12.6 x 9.8 x 7.9 inches. It offers a rubber grip and a reversible handle. The reversible handle is a really great feature as it gives users to option to dig in any direction. It works well in dry or wet sand and offers sifting holes on the bottom and sides. While the aluminum lessens the weight of the tool it isn’t quite as strong as steel. Avoid rocks are other materials other than sand or risk denting the shovel scoop.

Having the proper tool for the job is ever apparent with sand scoops. Be sure to find the right job for you and your environment. Next up we’ll take a look at protective gear for your metal detector.

Hobby: Metal Detecting – Pinpointers

Most brand-new metal detectorists buy a metal detector, something to dig with, and maybe a pair of headphones. While these are the bare essentials of metal detecting one may want to consider buying a pinpointer.

A pinpointer allows the user to do exactly that. Pinpoint smaller items that a metal detector finds in a broad sweep. It allows the user to dig more precisely where the item is hidden. This also allows the user to fill in a smaller hole rather than one dug without the use of a pinpointer. In all, it will save you a lot of time and energy.

When choosing a pinpointer to be sure to take into account the area you’ll be hunting. Are you going to be metal detecting in poorly lighted areas or even at night? How deep do you think the items will generally be? Are you hunting in a public area? Maybe a pinpointer that has a vibration alert may be the best choice. Let’s take a look at a few options.

The newest pinpointer by Garrett is the Garrett Pro Pointer AT. The AT stands for all-terrain. This pinpointer can be used in up to 10 feet of water. Making it the perfect pinpointer for hunting creeks, rivers, lakes, ocean surf hunting, and even mud puddles in woods. The Garrett Pro Pointer AT provides three sensitivity modes. It also offers to ability to “retune” itself. Returning shrinks the detection signal for even more precise detection. It comes in at 6.5oz, has a 30-hour battery life and comes with a two-year warranty.


Next up is the Deteknix XPointer. Much smaller in size compared to the Garrett Pro Pointer AT. The price reflects this coming in at only $89. The strongest feature it offers is its ability to never give false positives. Not even when you apply pressure to the tip. It also offers an LED light that is much brighter than the Garrett. It comes in a variety of colors including black, orange, camo, or gray. The XPointer weights 4.7oz and comes with a one year warranty.

Pinpointers save time and energy. They’re generally inexpensive and will pay for themselves. Next up we’ll look at our options for diggers and trowels!