Metal detecting is an exciting hobby for children. It gets them outdoors, away from the screens and inculcates tracking, organization, and other skills!
Buying a metal detector for a kid is very different from the same for an adult as kids cannot carry heavy things, have an excitable mind and would require something simple.
Now, your little Indiana Jones wants a metal detector, and you have no clue which one you should buy? Yes, we have ample choices of products, and that is what makes us overwhelmed.
Luckily there are enough lightweight and inexpensive options online for children which I will discuss here! Fortunately, kids are not too concerned with special features, sensitive discrimination!
All they need is a detector that will help them discover treasures, for example, coins, relics, and jewelry! Any purchase for your kid is always something that would require a lot of research and checking as it needs to be safe and secure.
In this article, I will go through our top 10 picks and the pros and cons of every product.
This particular one will always be a top recommendation when talking about the most suitable metal detector for kids.
The National Geographic PRO series by Minelab is the king of metal detecting! If you are ready to spend a bit more to buy a high-quality detector for your kid, then this one should be your choice. Let’s start with the search coil. The 10 inches square coil can reach 12 inches beneath the ground.
The crafters carefully kept the weight down for tiny hands. The total weight is only 2.3 lbs. Kids can easily wrap the arm strap and carry it wherever they want.
1. National Geographic PRO Series is a telescopic metal detector that can range between 22 to 51 inches. It is easy to fold and can be carried in a backpack. The best thing about National Geographic PRO series detector is, kids will not get confused since it has only a limited number of buttons with an easy to use control panel.
The toddlers can easily watch the buttons with the help of the backlit LCD screen. The screen also lets the kids know the depth and battery life.
Isn’t it cool! The find icon of this detector helps the tiny hunters understand what they are going to find and help them save time from digging up trash.
There is another thing worth mentioning about Pro Series detector, its pinpointer. It is hard to get this feature on a cheaper metal detector.
The pinpointer lets the kids’ pinpoint a particular area by making a loud noise as they get close to the target. The detector also comprises three predefined searching modes, and each of the modes has four levels of sensitivity. You need 6 x AA batteries to get this machine running.
- Created by a reputed brand
- Ideal for beginners.
- Lightweight and easy to carry.
- It is waterproof
- LCD screen.
- Enough features to filter out the trash.
- It does not work correctly in damp or mineralized soil and sand.
The URCERI GC-1028 is a decent kid’s metal detector that doesn’t cost a fortune. First of all, it does not have any complicated interface, so you do not have to scratch your head while explaining the how-to parts to your kid. With a large LCD screen with backlight, the parameters are easily accessible.
The two separate discrimination modes help to filter out the trash and even the coke cans. Kids can get really frustrated after digging a hole and end up getting a scrap.
A pinpoint feature is not readily available in a detector of this cost. But this one has an accurate pinpoint feature by which kids can identify the exact location of the target by pressing the ‘PP’ button. And then they just need to dig up the depth according to the detector.
There’s modifiable sensitivity as well. If the target object is large enough, then the metal detector can sense it from 3 feet above.
The sensitivity feature can be used to identify large buried metals. Since it comes with headphones and an audio jack, you might have to teach your children the tone with a corresponding metal.
The URCERI GC-1028 metal detector has a waterproof coil. So it can be used inside a water body. But the control box is not water-resistant. I like that it comes with a portable shovel which is convenient and likely to be loved by children!
- Affordable yet great features.
- Sensitivity Mode to detect deeper.
- Comes as a set with a metal detector, shovel, headphones, and a bag
- Is good to search for gold, silver, coins, and relics
- It’s not lightweight. It is almost over 6 lbs.
- Two discrimination modes can be limiting for a bit older kids.
This kid’s metal detector is excellent for explorers who are just starting out. It is the super affordable and hassle-free option for you and your kid.
This detector has quite a number of plus points besides the comparatively reasonable price. It weighs less than 2.5lbs, which is suitable for growing arms.
Its telescopic feature is suitable for toddlers’ growing reach. This detector has 2 modes of general sweeping and pinpoint mode The first mode flashes different light corresponding to the metal found.
While the Pinpoint mode narrows down the location of the object. The detector also features an adjustable buzzer to indicate what kind of metal you have found.
Dr. Otek’s metal detector’s coil is waterproof, ideal for ponds and rivers. Inexpensive detectors don’t typically have this feature. But you need to prevent water from getting into the control box. The LCD display is perfect for little hunters.
A tiny bull’s-eye icon appears as the coil is held or placed over a metal target. To make it easier to differentiate on the kind of metal found, the screen flashes a different color.
For example, the red color corresponds to iron while blue means silver! The coil can detect a quarter at two inches. So, yes, the depth range is not that great.
If your kid is searching for a dropped coin, then it is good enough to serve that purpose. The metal detector comprises a unique automatic ground balancing feature that helps to avoid annoying minerals.
The adjustable sensitivity levels is also a helpful feature to let the hunt go on. It’s durable and can withstand some childish smashing (Yeah, they are going to bang it on the ground sometime.)
- Easy to access and use.
- Lightweight design which makes it easy to carry around
- LED flashes light to determine which metal is found
- Adjustable stem makes it easy to use for kids of all ages
- Only the coil is water-resistant.
- Will detect everything, including rubbish
Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector is a reasonably priced metal detector for kids with a simple and easily accessible control panel.
The Bounty Hunter BHJS comprises a 6.5-inch weather-proof and rust-proof coil. Unfortunately, they are not waterproof!
This is probably the finest metal detector for kids and particularly for toddlers, as it only has a single mode. When it detects a target, it starts beeping.
The length of the detector is adjustable from 19 to 31 inches so you won’t have to buy one every year as your kid grows. The power dial can be used to change the sensitivity.
So if your hunter wants to dig deep into the ground, they just need to turn the mode up. If the object is large, then the metal detector can sense it from 3 feet away.
And if it’s a coin then 5 inches will be detecting distance. The closer your kid gets to the object, the louder the signal beep-beeps become.
This locates the target without any hassle. Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector has certain discrimination control as well.
The discrimination can be controlled via the turn dial. It can discriminate between metals, irons, and trash. This is a good coin hunting detector on the dry sand.
- Easy to use.
- Lightweight Design.
- Helps eliminate junk with its discrimination Mode
- Can detect small objects made of gold, silver, brass, aluminum, iron, and steel up to 5 inches depth and large objects up to 2 feet
- Not waterproof
- Your child might outgrow this detector as it has simple features.
Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV can be regarded as one of the most affordable metal detectors for kids. If your kid is interested in digging up a treasure even in tough ground conditions, then this metal detector can do wonders.
It can detect large targets from 3 feet distance and coin-sized targets from 8 inches away. The metal detector can detect silver, gold, brass, steel, and aluminum.
The discrimination mode can easily identify the metal target among the trash. If the kid is detecting something in a ground that has mineral content, then the pre-set ground balance feature neutralizes the detector’s response.
This metal detector for kids has two different tones of audio discrimination and three modes of operation. Another cool feature that is worth mentioning about this metal detector is its headphone jack.
While a headphone is not provided with this product, you can use earphones with its 1/4” jack. If you don’t want to use discrimination, your child can use the ‘All-Metal mode.
This is great for beginners and will help them find relics as well as other jewels/coins. They can then use science to figure out what the item found is.
The Tone mode is recommended as this will offer some level of discrimination and reject iron. And if the discrimination knob seems confusing to your child, this one is the way to go.
The knob control panel helps the kids to switch between different modes and tones. It maximizes the depth of detection through its sensitivity control.
The detector also comprises a battery life indicator and target strength meter. What else do you need in a metal detector for kids!
The 8-inch search coil of the Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV is fully waterproof and can be used in shallow water without any trouble. Two 9V batteries are included and should run for 20-25 hours on a full charge.
- It only weighs 3 lbs. so kids can carry it with ease.
- It is reasonably priced
- Easily accessible interface
- It does not have any pinpointer
- Does not have volume control
Guide To Buying A Kid Metal Detector
Buying a metal detector for babies is a different ballgame than adults! A professional adult would want a sturdier built, lots of features, a great degree of discrimination and long run-time.
No doubt a detector for adults is likely to be more expensive than one for kids! We’ve discussed above that a simple, uncomplicated and light metal detector one should do. But let us see which features or pros you should consider in-depth before buying a metal detector for kids
Weight of the Detector
The metal detector for kids should always be a lightweight one. Otherwise, their tiny hands will get tired really soon. But it should be flimsy and break off.
Metal detectors with an adjustable shaft are the best options because you can adjust the length as your kid gets older and taller.
You cannot choose a metal detector that can cost you a fortune. There should be a balance between features and price. Kids are always curious, and you should encourage them in their treasure hunting endeavor.
But that does not mean that you have to spend your hard-earned money to buy a low-quality metal detector. You do not need to pick a costly one, and you just need the most suitable one for the child.
Kids have a shorter attention span than adults which is why most parents hesitate to introduce them to a new hobby! There is a chance that they can quit the hobby rendering the equipment useless. So don’t go overboard with a really expensive metal detector if your kid tends to jump from activity to activity.
Julie comes from a long line of metal detectors. Her family has been in the hobby for over 45 years and has recovered large amounts of civil war artifacts as well as a fair number of bottle caps. Lately she has been focusing on metal detecting in the Rocky Mountains.