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metal detectors for dad on Father's Day

Give your husband, son, grandfather or any dad on your list a metal detector for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day 2017 is coming! Do you need a GREAT gift for Dad or Grandpa to show them how much they’re appreciated? MetalDetector.com has you covered—on any budget, large or small. A new metal detector is a gift ANY Dad would love (and brag about!) Decent entry-level models start at around $150; and mid-range units start at around $400. If Dad (or Grandpa) already has a metal detector, accessories are ALWAYS appreciated! We have listed popular metal detecting accessories below. Gift certificates are also among Dad’s favorites! MetalDetector.com gift cards range from $25–$1,000, so Dad can pick out what he really wants, and YOU can spend the amount you’re comfortable with.

Metal Detecting Accessory Gifts

Pinpointers and digging tools are probably the best-selling detecting accessories, followed by beach scoops and “finds” pouches. If Dad needs a pinpointer, this is an affordable Father’s Day gift he’ll love.

  • Check out our best-selling Pinpointers.  *100% Best Price Guarantee!
  • MetalDetector.com Gift Certificates are a GREAT last-minute gift idea because they are emailed to your recipient with a gift message or emailed to you, for in person gift giving!

Best-Selling Entry- and Mid-Level Metal Detectors:

Celebrate Father’s Day in style and wish him the best from all of us at MetalDetector.com!

Protect Your Investment with a Metal Detector Bag or Case

Pro Series Universal Standard Metal Detector Carry Bag

Pro Series Universal Standard Metal Detector Carry Bag. Top quality carry bag from www.MetalDetector.com

It’s exciting when your new metal detector arrives — especially when you have it assembled and ready to go! After spending a few hundred dollars, investing more money in a carrying bag or case may not seem high on your list. However, without a case, your detector is subject to scratches, wear & tear and other damage. Pet owners should be aware that cats and dogs will chew on wires and coils when accessible. Flooding and moisture is known to damage detection equipment. And traveling with your detector requires a storage case—specifically airplane travel. Also, if your detector is in your car, keep it out of plain sight. A bag or carrying case will easily solve all of these problems!

Luckily, there are dozens of soft and hard-shell carrying cases available at affordable prices. For instance, MetalDetector.com’s Pro Series Universal Standard Metal Detector Carry Bag fits all brands of detectors and costs under $40. This is a strong padded Cordura nylon bag with reinforced handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. Extra width at the front of the bag allows it to fit a large search coil. Metal detector bags protect your investment and offer convenience; many have pockets to keep your tools and other accessories organized.

Below are desirable features when choosing a detector carrying bag or case:

  • Padded, Durable Material
  • Large interior Space
  • Lightweight Design
  • Zippered Pockets
  • Carrying Handles
  • Adjustable Carrying Strap

Check out MetalDetector.com’s Carry Case and Covers Selection to Find Your Best Options! Tip: Be sure to view our New Video we filmed just last month “Pro Series Metal Detector Carry Bag – Store, Protect and Transport”

 

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How the Shape of Your Metal Detector’s Search Coil Effects Your Treasure Hunting Success

Search Coils

Owning the right type of search coil that matches your metal detector will make it easier when searching for treasure.

The shape of the search coil you use on any of your metal detectors will change the capabilities of your machine and, as a result, having several different types on hand will really enhance your treasure hunting experience. In fact, many metal detectorists feel that you can transform your metal detector into an entirely new machine simply by selecting different size and shape search coils as opposed to actually buying a whole new machine! There are two parts of a search coil to talk about when discussing their shapes. First is the shape of the search coil itself. The search coil itself will be either round or elliptical – most will be round. More important than this though is the internal construction. The way the wires are attached to the coil internally will take one of the three following forms – Concentric, Double D, or Coaxial – each giving your metal detector different capabilities. Let’s discuss each of these search coil designs, their benefits, drawbacks, and more.

Concentric

Concentric circle search coils are probably the most popular design of search coil for metal detectors today. Most commonly used for finding smaller targets like gold, jewelry, coins, and relics that are generally found near the surface concentric coils are also excellent at target discrimination and pinpointing. They’re drawback? Concentric coils are easily compromised in heavily mineralized soils.

Double D

A Double D search coil is designed in the shape of two capitol letter “Ds” hence it’s name! Double D metal detecting search coils are reliable in heavily mineralized soils, like what you run into at the beach for example, and cover more ground in one sweep than other types of coils. They’re not as good at pinpointing nor as adept at target discrimination; although many of the newer DD coils being made today are.

Coaxial

Coaxial coils are probably the least popular search coil design type and are rarely found on metal detectors made today. While it’s detection depth is usually lower, the coaxial search coils are the best type of coil to use when you need to minimize interference from utility wires or other metal detectors. Coaxical coils are also great at pinpointing and discrimination even in areas with very heavy trash.

All shapes are generally available in all sizes (extra small/mini, small, medium, and large) and vice versa. Whatever size and shape search coil you buy for your metal detector though, be sure you’re purchasing quality search coils that are compatible with your metal detector in order to avoid violating any warranties or, worse, causing your machine to malfunction. You’ll also need to consider the type of metal detector you’re using, the frequency it operates on, and, as we mentioned, where you’re working, and what you’re hunting for. From there though you’ll easily be able to buy all the right shapes and sizes of search coils to find treasure wherever you’re metal detecting.

Metal Detecting Diggers, Pinpointers and Headphones

Having that extra accessory item to go along with your new metal detector can make a big difference in your overall success.

Having that extra accessory item to go along with your new metal detector can make a big difference in your overall success.

If you’ve just purchased or received your first metal detector during the holiday season: Congratulations! You are about to embark upon the most exciting hobby of your life! The first order of business is to read over your owner’s manual and detect a little bit in your own yard. Secondly, you should consider what other equipment you may need to make your detecting adventures easier and more successful.

Although most accessories are optional, there are definitely tools that make this hobby more enjoyable. Among them, you will need some kind of digger to retrieve your finds. Some detectorists use diggers as simple as a screwdriver or small gardening tool, but when you are recovering deep treasures in rough turf, you may need a full-sized detecting shovel. Hand-held pinpointers make finding coins and relics a lot faster. Most detectors have a pinpoint mode, but the hand-held units fit easily inside the hole as you dig, making for speedy target retrieval. Headphones not only save on your battery power, but they allow you to  hear faint signals—which is really important!

Metal Detecting Pinpointers

A small pinpointing probe is one of the most useful pieces of  equipment that you can carry. Pinpointers are little detectors in themselves; and their job is  to check the inside of your hole to precisely locate the target you are digging. Metal detecting pinpointers save you time and  frustration, along with objects that you would otherwise lose. You’ll hear stories from other detectorists about targets they couldn’t find after extensive searching and why they never leave home without a pinpointer. The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer II and Garrett Pro-Pointer AT are excellent models as well as the Makro Pointer and White’s Bullseye TRX.

Hand-Held Diggers and Shovels

You really can’t do without some type of a digger when metal detecting. Remember—holes need to be dug conspicuously and thoroughly covered up afterwards. This is especially true when digging on private property! Detectorists are always worried about fellow hobbyists ruining the future of detecting by leaving messes and holes behind. Diggers come in many shapes and sizes, from  small hand trowels to industrial garden spades. They are normally made of stainless steel, either with the head welded to the shaft or made all in one. It’s important to use a sharp implement that will do the job and will not leave you with an unwieldy hole…The ideal size for the blade is about 4 inches across, and about 5-6 inches high. Among the most popular diggers is the Lesche digger with a serrated edge—it is designed to easily cut through roots and tough ground conditions.

metal detecting headphones

hobbyists and professional metal detectorists alike choose to have a quality pair of metal detecting headphones.

Detecting Headphones

Headphones should always be used as they enable you  to hear the faint signals; not just the obvious loud ones. Detecting without headphones in public areas may disturb other people and draw attention to yourself. There are many high-quality detecting headphones on the market, and they are very affordable. Experts recommend buying the best pair you can afford without  breaking the bank. You’ll find a variety of metal detecting headphones at all different price points.

Belt Pouches and Kneepads

A pouch that has a few different compartments is very handy as you don’t want your good finds mixed up with junk targets. Hobbyists often say they keep coins in one pocket, relics and other items in the other and tools in the third pocket.  Also, a few small plastic bags are useful for smaller, valuable finds. Many detectorists recommend kneepads for kneeling down on rocky or rough ground. It really depends on your digging style, and you’ll discover what works best for you as you get into the hobby!

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7 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Metal Detecting Man in Your Life

Garrett's Gravity Trap Gold Pan series offers patented, 90 degree riffled design that ensures rapid gold recovery in wet or dry conditions.

Garrett’s Gravity Trap Gold Pan series offers patented, 90 degree riffled design that ensures rapid gold recovery in wet or dry conditions.

If your man is REALLY into metal detecting, you know he wants detecting-themed gifts for the holiday, but what do you get when he already seems to have it all? Luckily, there are practical, useful and thoughtful gifts for avid detectorists that he may not have thought of! Here are a few ideas:

  1. Does he already have a Pinpointer? This is a handheld device that is used in a large hole or dirt mound to zero in on the target. If the man on your holiday list has an old pinpointer, maybe it’s time for a new one! Garrett has a new model available, the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT, that has many new advancements. See our video on selecting a metal detecting pinpointer.
  2. A new search coil. Even if he already has a few different search coil sizes, chances are he has his eye on a new coil. A “DD” search coil is designed to go deeper than standard search coils.
  3. A gold panning kit. When you give him a gold pan kit, you can tell him to “go for the gold” and really mean it!
  4. Metal detecting books or videos. You can help him build his library of metal detecting material. Here is a large selection: Books and Videos
  5. A sand scoop for beach detecting. Have a tropical winter vacation planned? He will look forward to upcoming beach hunting.
  6. Other creative gifts include: framing one of his coin collections or relic collections, framing one of his best detecting photos or creating a “digging day pass”—giving him permission to go treasure hunting for an entire day of his choice.
  7. If he’s due for a new metal detector, this is a great time to purchase the model he has his eye on. MetalDetector.com’s HUGE holiday sale features low sale prices on some of our most popular models!

Why Women are Joining Ranks with Male Detectorists

Believe it or not, a considerable amount of the metal detecting population is female. In one Arizona metal detecting club, 30% of the members are women—and this demographic is growing! Metal detecting is often depicted as a male hobby, but this is just not the case anymore. There are many reasons why women are gravitating to metal detecting. For one thing, wives and partners detect together. And women seem to pick up detecting techniques easily, including how to tune their detector. One seasoned detectorist says, “I find that women have more patience and tenacity than men. If I am ready to give up after an unproductive stretch, it is often one of the women in the group who encourages me.”

Garrett Ace 350 Metal Detector

The Garrett Ace 350 packs a lot of easy to use features into an affordable metal detector.

Recovering finds is no problem… Many women are excellent gardeners, already experienced at digging up rough, brambly terrain. Also, today’s women are into fitness (i.e. cycling, running marathons) who enjoy nature and outdoor activities. Another compelling reason— the detectors that are currently on the market. You’ll see a great selection of advanced, yet affordable  “pick up and go” models. Metal detectors are much lighter than those of the past; they don’t take lots of strength to swing and operate. If you have an outdoors-type woman on your holiday gift list, she would love a metal detector!

Below are some popular metal detectors well-suited for women:

Entry-Level Metal Detectors

Mid-Level Metal Detectors

High-End Metal Detectors

 

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3 Professional Tips for Meteorite Hunting with a Metal Detector

Garrett AT Gold Metal Detector

Meteorites are best found with gold nugget prospecting detectors such as the Garrett AT Gold Metal Detector pictured above.

Metal detectors can find a lot of different things, including meteorites! Many meteorites that fall to earth are made up of iron and nickel. As a result, metal detectors are adept at helping unearth them. If you’d like to go meteorite hunting with your metal detector here are three professional tips to help get you started:

Head for the Desert

Although meteorites fall everywhere around the earth, because of their structure, meteorites are better preserved in drier climates. So, while you may find a meteorite near you, if you head for the desert or other arid area the likelihood of finding a meteorite is much higher.

Bring the Right Accessories

Given the composition of meteorites, metal detectors can help you find the majority of them. Look to gold prospecting metal detectors since the feature set you’ll need for meteorite hunting is similar.

In addition to your metal detector you’ll also want to bring along metal detecting headphones, a good digging tool, and a GPS. If you have a good carrying case for your finds this is helpful too so as to not damage any meteorites or other treasures you might find.

Get Your Meteorite Documented

After you find a meteorite, having a professional review and document of its finding will add knowledge and value to your specimen.

For more information on meteorite hunting with a metal detector, please enjoy these related articles from our learning library.

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Treasure Products Vibra Phone 280 Review

Treasure Products Vibra Phone 280

The Vibra Phone 280 can be easily attached to your metal detector and will help make it easier for you to find buried treasures by turning those beeps into vibrations.

When you’re out in the field metal detecting, sometimes, the audio of your metal detector can’t be heard for one reason or another.  Possibly your hearing is diminished and it is challenging to hear the sounds. Or maybe you are working a site where the background sounds are loud; or you just don’t want to make a lot of noise. Whatever the reason, the Vibra Phone 280 is the answer.

Easy to Use Metal Detecting Accessory

Made in the USA, the Vibra Phone 280 is a separate device, only 7 inches in length and weighing in at just 8 oz, that works with your current metal detector to transform it’s beeps and buzzes into vibrations.  It’s easy to use (simply plug into the headphone jack on your metal detector) and comes with clips that allow the Vibra Phone to mount right onto your machine with a convenient snap on/off mechanism; no tools or modifications to your metal detector required.

The Vibra Phone also features manual sensitivity and pulse width adjustments to make the device highly customizable and allow it to work seamlessly with nearly all hobby metal detectors; except those made by Fisher and Minelab.

Vibra Phone 280 Reviews:

Big Red shares – I bought the Vibra Phone 280 for my wife who is deaf so she could come along metal detecting with me sometimes.  It’s worked really well for her and I can see if you were somewhere where you need to not make any noise, this product would be the perfect choice!

L. Mike reports – The Vibra Phone 280 works great! 5 Stars all around.

As you can see there are a variety of ways the Vibra Phone 280 can be helpful to metal detector users of all kinds.  To learn more about this fantastic little metal detector tool and decide if it’s something you too might find helpful in your metal detecting work, visit the Vibra Phone 280 product page.  Here you’ll find the instruction manual and product catalog, along with a video overview of the Vibra Phone, as well as product specs, and more.  The Vibra Phone 280 is a unique metal detecting accessory, and one you and your fellow hobbyists might find incredibly useful in your field work.  Change those beeps to vibrations today with the Vibra Phone and enjoy metal detecting on a whole new level.

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Metal Detector Accessories List for Beginners

Metal detector accessories are an essential piece of successful treasure hunting. But where should beginners start? Usually, there isn’t much money left after most purchase their beginners metal detector. Here’s a list of metal detector accessories every detectorist should have on hand no matter how long they’ve been metal detecting.

1. Metal detecting headphones.
2. Heavy-duty digging trowel for unearthing your finds safely. Or a sand scoop if you’ll be at the beach.
3. Coil cover for your metal detectors search coil, to protect it when in use.
4. Environmental screen or control box cover to protect the electronics of your detector from dust, drizzle and dirt while detecting.

An environmental screen cover will help protect the electronics of your metal detector as seen here on a Garrett Ace Series metal detector.

An environmental screen cover will help protect the electronics of your metal detector as seen here on a Garrett Ace Series metal detector.

Most metal detector accessories lists would also include a hand held pinpointer. However, this is one beginners metal detector accessory that can wait until you have a bit more money on hand. If you can afford it though, a hand held pinpointer will pay off greatly by speeding up your recovery rate.

For more information on metal detector accessories and beginner metal detectors in general, please review these related articles from our learning library:

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Hot Holiday Gifts Under $50 For Metal Detector Users

Do you have a metal detecting hobbyist on your gift list this year? If so, we have a brilliant gift idea for you… and it’s under $50! Headphones for metal detecting make the perfect gift idea for any treasure hunter on your list!

They’re a sure bet as a holiday gift, because most serious detectorists use them each time they go out. It’s also one of those items considered more of a splurge, so a detectorist may not buy them for her or himself—even though they want a new set! Headphones help cancel outside noises and distinguish the tones and signals given off by the detector. People that use headphones while detecting are much more successful than those that do not us a pair.

Metal Detecting and Metal Detector Headphones

When digging alone, some hobbyists remove their headphones. But, if you are in close proximity to another digger or in a noisy place—they’re a must. The crucial benefit that metal detecting headphones offer: they permit the detectorist to hear the signals of smaller, deeper and usually older targets. Imagine what a shame it would be to miss out on a silver coin from the 17th century (buried 5 inches underground) or a gold ring dropped during the colonial days. Headphones such as DepthMaster Audiophone II Metal Detector Headphones (now $40 off regular price) will make these targets audible and are made especialy for use with a metal detector. To read about headphones’ features and benefits, read: Metal Detecting Accessories & Necessities. Also, be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Center for this year’s holiday specials and sale on metal detectors and accessories!