Metal Detectors Best-Suited for Kids!
As a parent, I am always looking for ways to encourage my kids to spend more time outside. Thanks to today’s technological advancements, many new lightweight metal detectors for a child have come on the market and it’s a great time to get involved in this rewarding hobby.
Metal detecting as a pastime for families is becoming more commonplace, especially during holidays, weekends and family time. My kids like beachcombing and treasure hunting and so it’s a logical move to explore metal detecting.
What is the best metal detector for kids? One that is easy to read and easy to understand will help your child to be more independant and keep interest levels up! Metal detectors best-suited to kids are lightweight, easy to use and maintain, and also highly sensitive.
If your child is shorter than 150cm then they will suit them very well. These metal detectors are shorter than a full-llength detector and a lot lighter, making them easier to use for smaller arms and hands.
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In the following table, I’ll provide you with an overview of some of the best metal detectors for kids (most suitable for petite women too) on the Australian market.
Best Bounty Hunter Detectors for Kids 4-9 (under 150 cm tall)
We love the National Geographic PRO Series Metal Detector!
The product has more than 690 Amazon reviews with 63% of customers giving it 5/5 stars.
Summary: Easy To Use, Perfect for Children, Older Kids and Adults
Underwater Diving Pinpointer for Kids or Teens:
A great, cost-effective bit of gear for you or the kids to hunt the shallows and waterlines of beaches etc for lost treasure. Well worth a look at if you’re interested in starting a new hobby in treasure hunting, or subsiding your income finding lost valuables.
You don’t need to dive, you can simply crawl along the shallow edge of the waterline and scan for valuables as you go. Or, you can wade out to where everyone is standing around in the water and scan the bottom with your search coil using a snorkel, it’s only usually waist-deep.
Either way, this is a great hand-held detector perfect for chasing lost treasure. Watch the video: https://www.facebook.com/detectedgear/videos/279407216352905/
Find it on ebay for $290
Best detectors for 10-15 year olds (over 150 cm tall)
Bounty Hunter TID & Junior models
These detectors are shorter than a full-length detector and a lot lighter, making them easier to use for smaller arms and hands. Ideal for a 4-9 year old.
It has simple controls which are easy to use. They are very good at detecting metal objects so you should have no problems at all finding lots of interesting things at the park, the beach or outside sporting grounds or take on your camping adventures.
Bounty Hunter TID model has a tonne of positive reviews and is a steal at $110. The emoticons have scored well during product testing with children.
If your child enjoys the hobby, then you can consider upgrading to a better detector once they are tall enough (and older).
Bounty Hunter Junior BHJS
Bargain under $100 on Amazon Australia
Bounty Hunter Tracker IV
- Rugged metal detector ideal for detecting treasure in extreme ground conditions
- Motion All-Metal mode, Discrimination mode, and 2-Tone audio mode.Larger objects up to 3 feet
- Preset ground balance neutralizes response to mineral content in the ground
- Disc/notch control distinguishes between targets and unwanted metals
- 6.7 kHz operating frequency
Bounty Hunter Pioneer EX
Bounty Hunter’s Fast Tracker metal detector offers the excitement and profit of metal detecting with easy use and at an accessible price, making it ideal for those just getting started. It has 4 search modes, weighs 1.2kg and the control panel shows just how deep the item is! One of the best things about Bounty Hunter’s newest range is that the coil is waterproof! That means even if you’re on the beach, just because you’re close to the water, doesn’t mean you have to stop searching.
- Quality product – Made in the USA. The seller offers Australian warranty.
- Automated, easy-to-use for the beginning user
- Easy view LCD display with visual LCD status indicators
- Push button discrimination eliminates unwanted objects
- One-touch depth control
- Three-tone audio feedback identifies various targets allowing to focus on certain objects
- Automatic ground balancing to “see through” ground minerals
- Detects large objects up to 2 ft deep and coins over 6 ft deep
- Does not include HeadPhone jack. All audio comes from speaker.
You can order it on ebay Australia or Catch for $269 with free shipping. Watch the review here
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A low-end model from industry heavyweights Fisher, the F22 is an ideal entry-level/intermediary model. It’s designed to help newbies ramp up their expertise. And since it weighs only 2.3 pounds, women can easily carry it around for hours on end to really immerse themselves in the art of treasure hunting.
It also comes with a good value-to-price ratio, providing a decent assortment of features at an affordable rate. When used properly, these features allow for thorough sweeps down at least 9-inches below the surface to unearth relics, jewellery, and coins.
You’ll find the 10 adjustable sensitivity levels highly expedient for sifting through trash and junk finds. There’s also a pinpoint mode, but it seems like an afterthought to me, because its sensitivity pales when compared to those of hand-held pin-pointers. There’s also a 2-digit (1-99) numeric target identification integrated to also help in tracing out targets.
But all these features shouldn’t get your hopes high about stumbling on a pot of gold. The machine operates on a low frequency which isn’t high enough to spot gold nuggets easily. It’s the most affordable option. Read on for more models.
Watch the review here
Link to the manual here: http://www.fisherlab.com/hobby/manuals.htm
Nokta Macro Midi Hoard
The Midi Hoard made by Nokta | Makro is the world’s first fully waterproof metal detector designed entirely for kids. Super tough and simple to use yet with the basic and powerful features you need to discriminate and ignore iron targets and other junk metals.
Fully collapsible for transport, extendable for adults up to 6 feet tall and waterproof for playing in creeks and washing off after a day of detecting. the Midi Hoard is a fantastic All-Terrain detector made to go anywhere for only $220, which includes a 7″ Search Coil.
The Midi has 3 sections of discrimination meaning you can choose which targets you want to ignore and which targets you want to dig, a must have feature for those places with lots of nails and bottle caps in the ground!
Minelab Detectors on eBay & Amazon Australia
Lucky Strike are a reputable seller of Minelab Detectors in Victoria. Their ebay store offers a multitude of detectors and accessories with Australian warranty and support.
Miner’s Den have recently opened a Minelab store on Amazon and provide excellent value for money and outstanding service, support, training and more. You can find their store here.
Garrett ACE 400
Many models in the Garrett ACE series have won the hearts of many treasure hunters, chief among them the ACE 400. This model outclasses other members of the series in many aspects, including a superior operating frequency which makes it much more sensitive. It’s also an excellent lightweight option, weighing just 2.9lbs. The stem is adjustable to allow to you carry it even more conveniently.
Another feature that enhances convenience is the three-tone audio feedback, which produces sound prompts to alert you to the proximity of targets. The audio signals complement a Digital Target ID display that also helps you identify targets more easily.
The model also comes with a pre-set ground balance to give you much less to worry about, though this also prevents you from adjusting the ground balance manually in mineralized grounds. You’ll also have 5 pre-set search modes to work with, as well as 10 discrimination settings to easily streamline your search.
All the features are accessible through a crisp, intuitive user interface.
Garrett AT Pro
This Garrett metal detector performs excellently across all terrains. Its first-rate waterproof search coil can stand up to use 10 feet underwater, so you don’t have to limit your search area to dry ground only. It can capture signals from targets buried 10 inches underground. And with its superb sensitivity, you might find yourself digging up dirt to unearth valuables at every turn.
And with the impressive iron discrimination feature, you can avoid digging up junk. You’ll find this feature highly expedient especially when searching for coins. But note that the higher the sensitivity of the iron discriminator, the lower its depth of penetration.
There are also audio signals and a target ID display to help you zero in quickly on targets.
Review video: https://youtu.be/TXdjuv1wCpY
Read the reviews here: http://www.thedetectorist.co.uk/garrett-ace-400i-review/
With a collection of state-of-the-features, the T2 is an excellent model under $500 for intermediate/expert detectorists. And since it eases the search for coins, relics, and precious metals through easy-to-use features like the target identification display on the LCD screen, excellent lightweightness and a double filter discrimination mode, it’s an excellent choice for anyone.
With its waterproof, 11-inch bi-axial search coil, you get a highly sensitive signal reception, you’ll hardly miss any important find during your search. The T2 is powered by 4 AA batteries, which can keep you going for 40 hours nonstop, to further eliminate any excuse for not succeeding in your hunt.
But as a beginner, you may find the continuous ground monitoring and manual balance control a little too geeky, but you can go with the automatic balance control.
Overall, the T2 can serve as a bona fide go-to metal detector for people who want to delve deeper into the world of treasure hunting.
Watch the review here from KellyCo.
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Ready to Take the Plunge?
The above metal detectors can be a great investment for kids and teens. You can pick any of them, and most likely recover your money back in no time while honing your treasure-hunting expertise.
Want to organise your own activity? Check out our Metal Detecting Challenge for Kids
Guide to Buying and Selling Metal Detectors online in Australia.
Are you thinking of buying or selling a secondhand metal detector? This guide will help you if are looking for one detector or several. In this guide, I will teach you everything you need to know about good practice when buying or selling online in Australia, plus some information about flipping metal detectors for profit. I will cover where to find good deals on metal detectors, how to spot a good deal, and where to sell them for the best price. I also include a pricing guide and list of authorised dealers around Australia as these businesses will be invaluable in this process.
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