Feb 12

Selecting A Travel Case For Your Metal Detector

Traveling abroad with your treasure hunting gear is a topic we’re revisiting. While we’ve previously touched on packing your metal detectors for travel overseas, we’re focusing on your choice of container or carrier this time around.

While many metal detectors come with their own carry bags, and others with a package that includes accessories as well as a choice of a backpack or a carrier that resembles a golf bag, other brands make a special hard shell case designed to protect your expensive metal detectors from the rigors of travel.

Some metal detecting forums have advised that you can pack you metal detectors as part of your hand-carried luggage, the TSA however, advises that you check it in; to be safe, the best bet would be to call your airlines and inquire with them. While you might be able to easily disassemble your metal detector an pack it in you hand carry, it’s a major hassle if you find out you have to transfer it to your check-in luggage at the airport.

Essential to packing your metal detector securely is ensuring it doesn’t move around inside the bag and get its sensitive parts and components damaged during transit. Another is to make sure that whatever you pack inside, remain inside—even after passing through security checks and numerous openings and closings; a dependable way to lock the case is a must. Your choices basically are to use a soft or hard shell case; and both have their pros and cons.

A soft shell case is your typical bag. If it has soft, padded sides, that’s a good plus. These are generally a lighter, and more affordable packing option for your metal detecting gear if you don’t have one yet and are loath to invest in anything more expensive. Check if they come with hook and loop fasteners (Velcro) that can hold individual items steadily in place; if not, foam cut-outs are a great way to keep everything organized and secure.

If you’d like better protection and peace of mind, perhaps a hard shell case is for you. It’s pretty self-explanatory, these containers have hard, molded outer shells to make sure that the contents inside are protected. They are usually packed with a thick layer of foam where you can lay down your metal detectors and close with either a tight fit or an air-tight fit (some of these cases will actually float). They usually come with multiple latches and can have a built-in lock or a hoop for a lock.

Now, these cases are quite pricey but if you’re interested in a similar solution, using an old hard shell suitcase and padding the insides with foam—you can even lay out your own metal detector’s parts and make your own cut out compartments. Not only is it a great, pocket-friendly alternative, it’ll help your gear travel incognito as well, making them less of a target to thieves.

On a last note, don’t forget to throw in your metal detector’s manual, even a downloaded printout will do. A metal detector’s parts might not look suspicious or strange to you or to your fellow metal detectorists but a non-hobbyist might not know what to think.

Sep 09

Tips on Buying a Headphone for Metal Detecting

Buying a headphone for metal detecting can be challenging as well.  For one, not all headphones are best for metal detecting.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Here are some guide questions that will help you shorten and weed out the best headphone from the ordinary headphones:

  • Does your headphone have a volume control on each ear?

Most metal detectors does not have volume control, having one on your headphone will help you control the volume, you do not want a blasted eardums.

  • Does your headphone have moisture resistant mylar speakers?

Paper cone speakers deteriorate from moisture and eventually mute soft signals.  It is necessary to check if the headphone you are thinking of buying has moisture resistant mylar speakers.

  • Do you know if your detector has a stereo jack?

Having a stereo type headphone with a mono jack will mean you only get sound from one ear.  Ofcourse although you wanted to concentrate on every sound within the hearth, you also would want to hear and bear from awareness from your surroundings–  for upcoming cars, wild animals, or even your wife calling.
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Sep 09

Are Headphones Necessary in Metal Detecting?



Metal detecting can be hard and grueling. As a hunter, you needed to be conscientious and observant of your very surroundings. It is a fact that all metal detectors, especially the land based ones to produce audio signals when they pass over metal targets. This sounds can be loud or even faint. With the external speakers built into metal detectors, these sounds can be misleading due to alot of factors. For one, if the target is small you will hear faint and deep signals.

With a headphone, you will hear even the faintest of sounds. This means additional find for you! Not only that, environmental factors can be blocked out. Howling wind, crushing waves and children laughing for example will be muted, leaving you out there “alone” with your metal detector.

In addition, with a headphone, you will be saving the life of your metal detector’s batteries. This is because the speaker in the detector is turned off when the headphone is plugged in to it and so, no energy is required to drive the detector’s external speaker.

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