Metal Detecting Accessories for Beginners, Tips from MetalDetector.com
Was there a shiny new metal detector under your Christmas tree this year? If so, you’ve probably already powered it on and at least started hunting in your own backyard. Now, it’s time to hit the local parks and trails in search of buried treasure. In case you’re wondering what other metal detecting equipment you’ll need, we’ve put together a quick list of essentials. Most hobbyists categorize accessories as “must haves,” or “nice to have.” Example: if you have a probe and digging tool, a finds pouch is really helpful. They come with pockets for trash and treasure, a pocket for tools and either a belt hook or waist belt. When you’re hunting for longer periods of time, it’s important to lighten your load.
“Must Have” Metal Detecting Accessories
Digging Tools: You will need something to dig your finds up. A hand-held trowel and either a probe or screwdriver are necessities. For more information, see: Digging Trowels and Shovels for Metal Detecting. For a digging Kit with pouch & trowel, see: Garrett Treasure Digger Kit and Bounty Hunter Finds and Digger Kit
Tool Belt or Finds Pouch: It’s best to wear a tool belt with at least 3 pockets so you can keep coins in one pocket, tools in another and other items in the third pocket. You may want to consider a belt with a large pocket in the back to put things like towels and knee pads. Top-Selling Finds Pouches include the Pro Series Deluxe Finds and Tool Pouch Black Cordura and the Garrett Camo Diggers Pouch.
Gloves and Knee Pads: Gloves protect your hands from sharp objects buried near you treasure. Knee pads are necessary when digging for extended periods.
Compass or GPS: You never know when you’ll get lost in the woods. A compass or GPS should be part of any basic survival kit.
Towel for Dirt: There will be times when your target is buried deep and you need to put all of the dirt back neatly.
Headphones like the DepthMaster Audiophone pictured above will help you to hear the faint deeper signals of the older items better.
Headphones: Most detectorists use a good headphone set. They help cancel outside noises and distinguish the tones and signals given off by your detector. A headphone should be the very next item you grab after the metal detector itself. There headphones made just for metal detecting such as the DepthMaster Audiophone II Metal Detector Headphones.
Metal Detecting Accessories that are “Nice to Have”
Support Strap: Heavier metal detectors get hard to carry; support straps take off some of the extra weight such as the DetectorPro Detecting Pal Bungee Harnesses.
Metal Detector Carry Bag or Case: Good for protecting your detector as well as offering added storage space. There are soft-cover and some hard-cover cases for travel. See: Pro Series Metal Detector Carry Bag.
Coil Cover and Display Cover: Protect your search coil from getting all scratched up. It is always a good idea to try to keep your electronics dry.
Pinpointer: Hand-held units are often more accurate than a detector’s “pinpoint mode.” Learn more: What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers
Many days of excitement and adventure await you with your brand new metal detector. As you get more acclimated to the hobby, you will see for yourself which tools and accessories you will need for the type of metal detecting you are embarking upon.