When looking for metal detectors for kids, the task at hand may falsely appear simple when in actual sense is a bit nerve-wrecking and confusing. There are very many devices out there and as you may have noticed, you do need guidance too.
Among the many, there are a few that are a safe bet. They have very good features and are worth your money.
It is important for you, as a buyer, to find a device rather than a toy for $100 after all!
- Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV
- Brand: Bounty Hunter
- Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 10 x 6.2 inches
- Item model number: TK4-PL
- Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Bounty Hunter Gold Digger
- Brand: Bounty Hunter
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 20.5 inches
- Item model number: GOLD-PL
- Weight: 0.2 ounces
- Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior
- Brand: Bounty Hunter
- Product Dimensions: 22 x 6 x 5 inches
- Item model number: BHJS
- Weight: 5.6 ounces
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1. Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV
This rugged machine is built with a solid finish for harsh soil conditions such as high mineral content. It also has preset ground balance that neutralizes in response to the minerals in the ground thereby allowing it to eliminate unwanted metals. It has disc or notch control for discrimination of metals by their signal strength and sensitivity can be adjusted to reduce electromagnetic interference.
It has an 8-inch concentric coil that is submersible hence can be used in shallow waters and damp grass. It can search up to 8” deep for coins and similar-sized objects and 3 for larger objects. It has three operation modes: motion all-metal mode, discrimination mode and Tracker IV that uses two-different tones to distinguish between different metals. The motion all metal mode functions to sweep over an area and give feedback on the concentration of metals in an area. Once the search coil stabilizes, the metals are discriminated against to only give favorable signals a beep. The discrimination mode eliminates unwanted metals. It has a headphone jack for private hunting and for use in noisy areas such as parks. It requires two 9V alkaline batteries to start up and this, along with the headphones, are not included in the purchase.
It also has target identification on a meter which displays the signal strength on a dynamic chart. It also has a low-battery indicator for convenience of the user. You would want to realize there’s no juice after you’d gone out to hunt now would you?
It is very light at 3.7lbs allowing ease of use and prolonged service without tiring its user. Its ergonomics also have the user’s comfort in mind and allow for easy handling. Its shaft length can be adjusted and it has a padded arm rest. It also has a detector stand.
At $90, having a five-year warranty is an amazing bargain especially since it is on goods and service.
2. Bounty Hunter Gold Digger
This stylish device is suitable for sweeps in the beach, at the park or in your own backyard. It can be used to detect coin-sized objects as deep as 6” and larger ones to 2’. It has an 8” closed concentric search coil that can be submerged in shallow waters such as in beaches. It has automatic tuning and ground balance to adjust the device to any soils mineral content. It also has a treasure meter and its sensitivity levels can be adjusted by use of knobs on the control box. There is a trash eliminator for discrimination against unwanted metals by the virtue of signal strength. A motion all-metal mode functionality is at play when sweeping so that the user can tell the concentration of metals in a particular area before zeroing in on a particular zone.
It comes with headphones and a 1/8 headphone jack. It uses two 9V alkaline batteries which are not included in the purchase.
The product is well-packaged and therefore easy to set up and use. In fact, its packaging is certified and frustration-free.
It only costs $55. The drawback with this device is the lacking display which would prove rather useful in hunting as it would identify targets easily and their strengths. It is still ideal for children though as they will not have enough time to look into such detail.
3. Bounty Hunter Junior BJHS
The Bounty Hunter Junior is super light to allow use for hours without the user tiring and its ergonomics feature an adjustable shaft whose limit is 2.25” which can fit any height changes in one child or exchanging and sharing among kids. It has one-tone audio indicator which gets louder as one nears the target. This can be described as a beep that gets louder and more intense almost levelling that of your child as they discover metals under the surface.
It can discriminate to leave out iron and other unwanted objects but can also be altered accordingly to detect every single metal it finds. The device also has a preset ground balance that makes it possible to be used in various soil types and mineral content. It also has an all-metal mode which detects all metals based on their being metals only. This is regardless of their type and therefore their signal strength. The feature works only when the search coil is in motion. It can detect coin-sized objects as deep as 5” and 2’ for larger objects.
The 6.5-inch coil can brace the weather and rise above the abuse and neglect that comes along with being owned and played with by a child.
The control panel has an intensity-meter and a visual target system and low battery indicator. It requires two 9V alkaline batteries which must be purchased separately.
- Ground EFX MC1 Youth
- Brand: Ground EFX by WGI Innovations
- Product Dimensions: 26 x 5 x 8.8 inches
- Item model number: MC1
- Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Bounty Hunter Educational Junior
- Brand: Bounty Hunter
- Product Dimensions: 22 x 6.1 x 4.6 inches
- Item model number: BHJSCC-PL
- Weight: 2.8 pounds
- American Hawks Explorer II
- Brand: Gold Century
- Product Dimensions: 34 x 6 x 10 inches
- Item model number: AH3Y6Y20
- Weight: 6.4 pounds shipping weight
4. Ground EFX MC1 Youth
It can be used in the water or on land and has enhanced durability to match the harshness of being toyed around by kids. It is very affordable at $50 – $60. It uses a simple eliminator for detection of metals and a visual target indicator which makes it easy to identify a target. It has a battery ok test shows how long you have left before the device drops dead. It can detect coins up to a depth of 5” and up to 24’ for larger pieces of metal. The coil can be submersed up to 24” deep implying use in shallow waters like at the beach. The audio variability depends on signal strength hence getting louder beeps in higher frequencies. The shaft can be adjusted up to 26” to increase scope. It uses two 9V alkaline batteries which are not part of the package. This device weighs 3.2lbs only so every child can comfortably carry it around all day long without tiring. It is made up of a 6.5” concentric coil.
5. Bounty Hunter Educational Junior MD and Coin Collection Kit
At $73, the 3lbs device comes packaged with a user friendly manual and a coin guide along with a 12-coin wallet and a coin folder. The shaft can be extended to 2.25 feet in length to accommodate children of all heights. It is also pretty light to accommodate use for prolonged hours and also for the child to be able to work around with it. It also has discrimination control to eliminate unwanted items like cans and bottles.
It has 2 search modes and works at a transmitted frequency of 6.6 kHz. The control box has knobs for analogue control of sensitivity and discrimination. It has an LCD screen display to alert the hunter of increased signal strength as well as audio speakers for the same. It also has a 2-in-1 magnifier for close inspection of treasure and a trowel for digging which has a pouch. The device just as many other BH models, comes without the two 9v batteries it needs so purchasing them in advance is advisable.
This device can be used for collecting coins and basic coin shooting. This is the best device to teach a child the different coins and their worth. It can serve not only as a pastime but also as a teaching aid or tool.
6. American Hawks explorer II LCD
This is a mid-range level device that is suitable for beginners and children. It comes with a one year warranty. The package included a carry bag and headphones which are pretty neat for the price. It costs $119 on Amazon.com. The explorer operates in three modes: All metal which gives varying tones for ferrous and non-ferrous compounds, motion discrimination for the emission of differing tones even as the coil is moved about and auto-notch filter to assist in hunting for metals and telling you exactly what they are. It has an LED screen for avoiding unnecessary digging and hunting. It shows the depth of the object and goes further to identify it.
It is controlled by a micro-processor which displays the type of object found on an LED display. It has a waterproof coil for submersion in water. It also has an arm support which makes it without a doubt very comfortable and one can work for a couple hours using it with no qualms. It also has an automatic ground balance which is handy for high mineral content areas. It comes also with a free battery to kick-start your use of the machine. Its stem is made up of an aluminum form that is adjustable and light for any child to be able to carry.
Metal Detector Buying Guide for Kids
While many people advice against buying brands because brands are seldom cheap, well, cheap is expensive. Good brands offer good returns in case of warranties of service or faulty devices and such mishaps should you happen to meet them. Another thing about brands is that because many users have purchased and used them, finding advice online on maintenance and related-issues will not be a problem. They are also readily available and offer better shipping services.
When it gets down to business, you need a coil that can actually detect. This is usually provided by those ones ranging anywhere above 4” in diameter. Aside from this, the handles should be comfortable for gripping and small enough to fit your child’s wrists or arm. The shaft should be able to allow for adjustments. This is especially important since aside from how fast kids tend to grow, they pretty much share toys while playing together. The body or build of the device should be tough and durable in order to keep up with the energy that children have. It should be light enough though otherwise the children will not be able to lift them let alone sweep them around.
The durability should be balanced with aesthetics and padding for comfort and for them to be appealing enough to be used. As for the control box, it would really be nice if there was an LCD display on it showing the discrimination and sensitivity levels, battery level and target identification and/or the signal strength. These would ideally be useful for easy hunting, precision and convenience. The location of batteries would also be important. Are they safely inserted in a position that they will not cause harm to your child?
In order to have a good quality product, you need to thoroughly weigh your options. There are non-compromise ones and others which you can cut some slack. One example is the discrimination and sensitivity. Most of these devices at sold at $100 and below or there about. Finding these features defines the Very Low Frequency (VLF) technology which is what you would expect for that price. Anything less should not be worth your time. Ground balance is another. Be it preset or manual, it should feature somewhere.
Another thing with MDs is that most search coils are advertised as waterproof when they are not fully so. Take time and get to know the depth at which they can actually reach before you buy one. While others are semi-waterproof and are used in beaches and shallow waters, others can be used by divers and surfers.
At this point, you have the framework to work on then you’ll realize that the different companies try to appeal to you on many sell points. Others will make their search coils waterproof. Others will include headphones. All these are good things really. The rule of the thumb would be to be realistic and think along needs instead of bargain. If you live around a beach for instance, a waterproof coil is an absolute indication whereas integrated GPS systems might be of no use to you.