Pin-Pointers: Do I Need One?

What is a Pin-Pointer

A pinpointer is a small handheld electronic device designed to help metal detectorists locate buried targets more precisely. While metal detectors are effective for scanning large areas, they often lack the precision to pinpoint the exact location of a target. This is where pinpointers become essential.
Unlike full-size metal detectors, pinpointers are compact and highly sensitive. They typically operate with a single button and emit audio or vibration signals upon detecting metal. High-quality pinpointers also increase signal intensity as you get closer to the target, narrowing the search area. This feature significantly reduces the time and effort needed to recover buried items.

What are the benefits of a Pin-Pointer?

Versatility: Pinpointers are lightweight and portable, making them easy to carry and handle when detecting. They can be used in conjunction with any type of metal detector, regardless of the brand or model. Some even interact with your detector, allowing only you to hear the sound through your wireless headphones and turning off the detector's coil to avoid interference between the detector and probe. With their compact size, you can easily store a pinpointer in your pocket or pouch without adding significant bulk. Most probes come with a convenient pouch.

Enhanced Target Recovery: You only need to use the pinpoint probe if the target is still in the hole. It could be deeper or on the edge of the hole, both situations that could cause you to dig either not enough or to one side of the true location.

Improving Efficiency:  Increase your efficiency at recovering targets. Less time spent chasing elusive targets means more time detecting the next one.

Increased Precision: One of the primary reasons to invest in a pinpointer is its ability to provide precise target location. Once your metal detector alerts you to a target, you can use the onboard pinpoint feature to narrow down where to dig the initial hole. After you have removed a plug, you can then use the pinpoint probe to hone in on a specific spot, allowing for more accurate digging. This precision saves time and minimizes the risk of damaging valuable items during the uncovering process.

Features: A pinpointer offers several features that aid in the retrieval of buried targets. Many models are equipped with a built-in LED light, enabling you to see clearly in dimly lit areas. The LED also confirms the probe is switched on if it’s in silent mode of operation; some models allow silent use but still vibrate in the hand. Additionally, some pinpointers are waterproof, allowing you to search in shallow water or wet environments such as wet grass, which is especially important in the British climate. Some probes are rechargeable, while others run off a single PP3 9V battery with months of battery life. Lastly, you can adjust sensitivity while down the hole with some better probes, which is very useful when you have a large target to pinpoint.Whether you’re on the lookout for artifacts, coins, or precious metals, having the right gear can make a big difference. One game-changer in the metal detecting world is the pin-pointer. Shop all of our Pin-Pointers HERE