Metal Detecting FAQ's

In our metal detecting FAQ's we answer a number of common and frequently asked questions. Read our blog to learn more about metal detecting.
Why Multi-Frequency Metal Detectors Are Not The End All and Be All - For now
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Why Multi-Frequency Metal Detectors Are Not The End All and Be All - For now

In this blog, I look at multi-frequency detectors comparing them to single-frequency detectors and offer my humble opinion of why the hype over multi-frequency detectors is overrated. For now.

A multi-frequency metal detector typically outputs 3 - 5 different frequencies simultaneously. In simple terms, the advantage means a target that is missed by a certain frequency might be picked up by the other remaining frequencies, thus increasing your chances of a find. However, when the detector sends multiple simultaneous frequencies, it requires a lot of processing, which comes at a performance cost, negatively impacting depth and reactivity.

Multi-frequency metal detectors are very good for beach detecting and use in saltwater. They tend to be more stable when compared to most single frequency detectors.

A good example of a multi-frequency metal detector is the popular Minelab Equinox 800, featuring a range of 5 frequencies: 5kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz,

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See The Most Valuable Finds with a Metal Detector!
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See The Most Valuable Finds with a Metal Detector!

Metal detector finds can hold huge historical significance and be worth millions of dollars. So its no wonder that detectorists are out there trying to find valuable items with their metal detectors. Here are some of the most valuable metal detector finds of all time.

Michelle Vall was metal detecting in January 2019 in Scotland when she found a 17th-century rind believed to have once belonged to a courtier of King James II. In September 2020 it went up for auction and sold for $18.000. Val also found a rare gold coin and it sold for $52.800 at an auction.

One lucky metal detector struck gold while gold prospecting in Australia, the gold nugget was found in May 2019 and weighed 1.4kgs. Such a large gold nugget is rare to find and this valuable item was valued at $100.000.

In November 2019 a metal detectorist in England found a very rare coin; it was an iron age caractacus coin. This coin is approximately 2000

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Metal Detecting after a Storm
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Metal Detecting after a Storm

After any heavy storms, you are bound to see a metal detectorist out sweeping the beaches for freshly uncovered valuable finds.

Layers of sand are added to beaches every day and valuable items are buried underneath the sand, but when a storm comes the sand gets pulled off the each, revealing all the lost valuable items that have not been found in decades. Storms can also find lost treasures that were inside the ocean floors onto the beach sand.

Storms toss and turn everything, bringing what’s at the bottom up to the shoreline. This helps you find gold coins, and jewels that have been lost for centuries.

We have some great metal detecting gear that is perfect for beach hunting after a storm. Beach scoops make sifting through sand much easier for you. And waterproof earphones will help you metal detecting after a big storm.

The 

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The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Gold Prospecting
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The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Gold Prospecting

There are plenty of uncertainties when it comes to gold hunting here we take a deep dive into the world of gold prospecting.

VLF - Very low-frequency Metal detectors are a single or multi-frequency machine that consists of a continuous sine wave. The Sinewave goes under the ground to find a target and once it finds a target, the machine charges a target, releases an eddy current and sends a signal back through the machine.

A common misconception for these types of metal detectors is that you cannot get depth out of a VLF metal detector. This is not true, as long as a VLF metal detector is correctly set up and you are using the right metal detector in the right conditions with the right coil on your machine, you can get depth with this type of machine.

As long as you

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Top Metal Detecting Tips: Best Places to Metal Detect
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Top Metal Detecting Tips: Best Places to Metal Detect

Choosing a place to metal detect with your metal detector is especially important. It will determine what you find and how you are going to find. If you detect on the beach you are more likely to find lost jewellery, coins and watches. If you visit war sites, you are more likely to find war relics like buttons and shell castings.

Metal detectors have a rule of thumb to hunt where many people have walked or congregated. Many popular sites include beaches, parks, schoolyards, playgrounds, sports fields, bike or hiking trails, picnic areas and outdoor play theatres.

Start with the history of your town. Most cities keep historical information on file at your local library. This information will help you find treasures. When you visit your local library take a look at the section on local history. Ask the Liberian to help you. Research stories about celebrations, local

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Do I need an additional coil for my metal detector?
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Do I need an additional coil for my metal detector?

Some detectorists go their entire lives hunting with the same coil, but many others will invest in an additional search coil that helps their hunting style in one way or another.

A search coil that you invest in has great potential to improve your metal detectors performance in a big way. Often metal detectorists will look for a DD search coil that offers you greater depth or higher sensitivity, and this greatly improves the detectors ability to find small targets at much deeper depths. This is very important as many tiny objects such as gold nuggets and small relics can be too deep that a normal average coil could not pick up.

Another interesting reason that metal detectorists invest in an additional search coil is that they can help them hunt either more of the ground or hunt for a longer period. To hunt more of the ground, metal detecting enthusiasts go for a large DD search coil, this kind

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Can a Metal Detector Detect Diamonds?
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Can a Metal Detector Detect Diamonds?

Can a Metal Detector Detect Diamonds?

No.

Quite simply: diamonds have no metallic properties. Diamonds contain no metal. A metal detector can only detect objects that contain metal.

The same applies to Gemstones and Pearls. We also get asked quite often if we sell Gemstone Detectors or if our metal detectors can be used to find pearls. Again, gemstones and pearls are not metallic and contain no metal so they will not be detectable with a metal detector.

However, you can detect Diamond Rings. Rings are usually made of gold, silver or some other metal, all of which can be detected using a metal detector.

What makes metal detecting such a popular hobby is hunting for rings on the beach in the hope of finding a valuable gold or diamond ring. If you are looking to find diamond and gold rings then yes, a metal detector is definitely capable of doing so.

Take a look at our various

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Do I Need a Licence to Metal Detect?
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Do I Need a Licence to Metal Detect?

Do I Need a Licence to Metal Detect?

No, not in South Africa. However, this does not mean you may detect just anywhere. You may typically detect on all beaches without permission. You will need to seek permission from your local municipality when detecting on private property.

Detecting on historical sites and heritage sites is off-limits.

Remember the golden rule when detecting, leave the site in a better condition than you found it. That means taking the time to fill all your holes leaving no sign that you were there. Remove any and all junk you detect.

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Are There Any Good Places Left To Metal Detect?
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Are There Any Good Places Left To Metal Detect?

A question we often get asked: Are there any good places left to hunt?

As the metal detecting hobby has grown in South Africa many of the obvious places to detect have been over-hunted. But don't despair there are still many places that have yet to be hunted and the latest metal detectors make it possible to find objects missed by older detectors.

Latest Metal Detecting Technology
Newer and better metal detectors are coming onto the market, replacing previous outdated models. They bring better metal detecting capabilities and features that make finding previously undetectable items now easier to find. This means you can now hunt in an area that would otherwise seem to have been hunted out and still find many hidden treasures.

Some examples of new metal detectors that are finding targets in already hunted out areas are the

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The Best Places to Metal Detect in South Africa
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The Best Places to Metal Detect in South Africa

Every avid detectorist is always on the lookout for new spots to go detecting. As the metal detecting hobby is becoming more popular in South Africa there are fewer and fewer virgin places left.

Fellow detectorists are very hesitant and cagey about sharing new detecting spots especially those where they get good finds. Therefore finding out where the best places are to metal detect in South Africa is not that obvious. With a bit of research, applying some common knowledge and with a bit of luck, you can find your own virgin detecting spot rich in finds.

Beach Detecting in South Africa

If you live close to the beach then you will definitely do well to go metal detecting on the beach and in the surf.

We are lucky in South Africa with our warm summer weather and many long sandy beaches which attract thousands of beachgoers a day. This makes for the perfect place to go metal detecting.

As beachgoers unpack and pack up their

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