Hours of fun with this cheap kids metal detector, and see it in action!
It was great fun and we will certainly be back when its warmer.
I have reviewed a few metal detectors for kids and this review focuses on the Ferrous / non-ferrous metal detector. It’s small enough to be used by children of all sizes and can be adjusted. It’s lightweight, can be used for long periods of time and has a set of simple, effective controls and functionality. Above all, it actually works as a functioning metal detector (see it in action below) that can pick up metal objects to a reasonable depth. A great choice as a kids metal detector and one that will offer hours of fun.
A video review of this cheap, but effective metal detector for kids
The main metal detector control unit
As you would expect from a kids metal detector in this price range, the main unit which holds the controls is made of lightweight but durable plastic. It has three main controls! with one being the on / off volume control dial. The second is the discrimination dial and the third is the tune dial. It also has a small switch for testing the batteries you place in the unit are strong enough to run the metal detector. It also has a small red button on the handle, which you use along with the tune button to tune the metal detector for the ground conditions you are detecting on.
There is also a needle display that will display basic information on the metal object. The needle going left means iron and the needle going right mean an objects worth digging. It also helps tune the metal detector, with the needle on the display moving to the ‘0’ position, letting you know it’s good to start metal detecting.
The handle on the main unit is sturdy, comfortable to use and is part of the main unit, so will take some bangs and knocks from the kids.
There is a headphone socket at the back of the main unit, which is a bonus as lots of kids metal detectors don’t have this function. It’s a good thing this children’s metal detector has this socket, as the volumn can be very loud and when using headphones helps to notice the fainter signals.
On the back of the main unit is where the 6 x AA bateries are stored and depending on detector use, can last for a fair amount of time.
The main metal detector shaft
This is made of a lightweight metal and can be extended For various heights. A real bonus for this metal detector, as adjusting the height makes the metal detector easier to use. Something to consider if you are spending a few hours beach metal detecting.
The metal detector coil
The main detector coin is waterproof and about 180mm across. A small search head but more than effective for the young budding metal detectorist.
Good points about this fun kids metal detector
- Good functionality
- Lightweight and adjustable
- Easy to use and transport
- Can be used with headphones
- Runs off of 6 AA batteries (batteries do last for a fair amount of time)
- You will have to constantly drive the kids to the metal detecting site once they get their hands on it
- Main control unit is not water proof
See this kids metal detector in action
Below we see this kids metal detector in action as my son tries it out on the local beach. It was a windy day but we wanted to show you that the Ferrous / non-ferrous metal detector (likewise, with the other kids metal detectors I review) do work and pick up meat objects to a depth of about five inches and more, depending on the size of the metal object. Our trip to the beach resulted in a pound coin, two one pence pieces and an assortment of junk items, a kids metal detector that works.
A kids metal detector with a thumbs up from me and my son
If you looking for a kids metal detector that will not break the bank, is easy to use and transport, has a simple but effective set of functions, then the ferrous / non-ferrous metal detector is a great choice. Our trip to the beach on a windy afternoon resulted in a couple of pound coins, some junk metal and two one pence pieces found at a depth of 5 inches, not bad for a kids meta detector.