FAQ: What type of USB port should I use to charge my metal detector?
Several metal detector brands now offer internal, rechargeable batteries. There are pros and cons to this. Pro - you are not spending a ton of money on batteries each year. Con - if this battery goes kaput, you have to send it into the manufacturer to get it replaced...and it will eventually go bad.
One of the most frequent calls we get goes something like this: "There was not charging port with my metal detector." This is especially true with the higher volume selling metal detectors like the Minelab Equinox series or Nokta Makro Series metal detectors. The reason they did not get one is because most metal detector manufacturers sell in multiple different countries. In the past, with Minelab for example, the would send the part of the charger that plugs into the wall (we will call it the charging block) with several different adapters for each type of wall outlet for each country they sold in. Obviously this was an added expense. So, many of the metal detector manufacturers went to simply providing the metal detector charger with the specific detector's charging cable on one end and a simple USB (universal serial bus) plug in on the other end. Since USB ports are, as is stated in their name, "universal" they are can be found all across the globe. Their output, and safety standards are what varies....
Why a Pinpointer is Such a Crucial Part of Your Metal Detecting Gear
When I first started metal detecting, it was a lot like other people. I bought a cheap metal detector (Bounty Hunter Model) from a local sporting good store. I grabbed a shovel from my garage and a small hand held gardening trowel. I wasn't interested in spending a lot on my gear as I was new to it and wanted to see if it was something I would stick to.
Suffice to say, 12 years later, I am still at it. I became addicted once I dug up my first interesting and valuable item...a silver Roosevelt dime. Once that happened, my metal detecting arsenal gradually grew. At first, I bought a cheap Whites Bullseye II pinpointer. It was a game changer. Instead of having to spend time hunched over or down on my knees sifting through soil to find an elusive target, I could quickly and easily pinpoint exactly where the target was either in the hole or in the plug I dug out of the ground.
I quickly realized that I had been doing it wrong the whole time....
FAQ: Where is the best place to metal detect?People who are new to the sport of metal detecting often find themselves in a position where they have done the time to research the types of metal detector that suites them best. They have invested the time and money in order to have all the weapons they need in their arsenal to detect. They are all geared up and ready to hit the field to find some treasure. Then it hits them. Where do they go to metal detect?
Metal Detecting Missouri State Parks Rules and Regulations
Metal detecting local and state parks is allows in many regions. Different rules and regulations apply based upon where the park is located. These regulations may be set by the different municipalities and will vary widely in what is allowed and what is prohibited.
We have begun compiling a list of rules and regulations of various parks in our area and around the country to assist you in learning these rules in particular areas.
Remember, these regulations change from time to time and are subject to change. It is always important to visit that park's website or call them to verify no changes have taken place. This article is specific to metal detecting in Missouri state parks.