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Ready for the Hunt: Learn More About Metal Detectors

Technology can give your treasure hunt an edge: Shop state-of-the-art metal detectors, and make your next find a big one.

Metal detectors transmit an electric signal that lets you know where to start digging. Today's metal detectors come with simple-to-use digital controls that make the hunt easier than ever.

For versatility, look for devices that deliver universal functionality for gold prospecting, coin-shooting and relic hunting alike. Look for a lightweight device with high sensitivity. Manual and automatic ground balance provide you with optimal utility. From novices to those experienced at the hunt, find metal detectors from leading brands, including Bounty Hunter®, Fisher Labs® and Teknetics®.

Buying Tips

The mostly widely used form of metal detector technology is Very Low Frequency or VLF. This frequency is also called an induction balance because it uses both a transmitter and receiver coil that work to analyze signals.

Consider coil size when selecting your metal detector. Smaller coils tend to make the detector more sensitive to smaller, trinket-sized objects by concentrating a signal on a narrow area. Detectors with larger coils search deeper.

Expert Advice

Discrimination is a feature available in many units. This technology enables users to filter out undesirable options. Because you may target a particular type of metal on your hunt, the ability to adjust the level of discrimination is important.

Choose a metal detector with a flattened S shaft design, which positions that controls and meters for easy viewing. Adjustable shafts are ideal for reaching a comfortable distance based on your height and arm strength.

Look for user-friendly features that let you make the most of your device. Many detectors now feature vibrant LCD screen readouts.