Whether your metal detector has a built in pinpointer feature or not, we highly advise you to carry a hand held, electronic pinpointer with you on all of your metal detecting excursions as well. Here’s why –
1. Hand held pinpointers are easier to use than the pinpointer on your metal detector while you’re actively digging up a target.
2. They also zero in on a more direct target area than your machine even when using the smallest search coil to help decrease your target retrieval time.
3. An electronic pinpointer will decrease your digging time too; something every metal detectorist is always hoping for!
4. Using a hand held pinpointer helps make unearthing your treasures safer. The more you know about where the treasure is, the less likely you are to nick, scratch or otherwise damage it.
5. And, metal detecting is less taxing to the land you’re metal detecting when you use an electronic pinpointer. The more precise you can be the less you have to dig.
There are a variety of different types of metal detecting pinpointers to choose from. To find the best hand held pinpointer, consider where you do most of your metal detecting. If you like to go near the water, you’ll want a water resistant device, if you’re out hunting for gold you may want a more rugged pinpointer. From here, you’ll want to consider size, depth rating, and other more specialized features like these. For more on how to find the right pinpointer to meet your needs, please read our article “What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers” as well as these other related articles: