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FAQ:  What type of USB port should I use to charge my metal detector?

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

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....

Updated Fisher Gold Bug 2 - Coming Soon!

Updated Fisher Gold Bug 2 - Coming Soon!

America's favorite gold prospecting metal detector is about to get a facelift.  With an expected delivery date of July 2021, the popular Gold Bug 2 Metal Detector is being upgraded to include a digital backlit display.  It will feature the same quality features that makes it one of the most desired goldprospecting metal detectors on the market.  Here are the details....
FAQ:  How do I Choose a Metal Detector?

FAQ: How do I Choose a Metal Detector?

How to Choose a Metal Detector

Here at High Plains Prospectors we field the question, "How to I choose a metal detector?" daily.  We act as a metal detecting outfitter.  We never oversell someone on a detector and try our best not to undersell one.  Typically I start by asking a couple basic questions and try to point them in the right direction based on their needs.

The questions I ask someone before suggesting a metal detector are pretty standard...