What is a PinPointer and Should You Get One?

The term “PinPointer” refers to a tool for detecting metals, precisely for locating metal objects hidden under the ground. It is also referred to as a Probe at times. The tool can be used for saving time while looking for valuable hidden metallic objects. It is a small detector that has to be inserted into the ground after making a hole. The tool exactly detects the spot where the treasure is hidden, and you do not need to dig a large crater.

How Does a PinPointer Work?

Garrett Pro Pointer

This tool works in a simple way. Your probe can find objects within 1 inch of the ground and help you to scan the bottom and the sides of a hole. The PinPointer scans the ground in which you have sensed the presence of metal objects. When the pointer detects anything, you can be sure that it is present just under the ground surface. Then, you can begin to dig. It is best that you make 3 rectangular cuts into the grass or ground, in order to take out the sod and flip the object to the uncut, 4th side. With the PinPointer, you can exactly locate the hole and know where your treasure is located.

When Do You Need a PinPointer?

A PinPointer can be useful at any time, although it can be more important in the beginning stages. As a beginner, it is common to waste a lot of time in locating objects and getting over the learning curve. You can cut down your prospecting time by half or even more with such a tool. It is also useful when you wish to avoid digging up an area, due to various factors – such as restrictions from a property owner, lack of enough time or energy, or when you are trying to prospect in heavily rooted or rocky areas. PinPointers work like miniaturized metal detectors and can fit easily into your hand. These can be as small as a mobile phone, and consist of a smaller version of the metal detector coil. When the device is taken too close to a metal object, it emits a vibration or sounds an alert similar to a normal metal detector.

You have to dig a hole and insert the detector into it. While the bigger metal detector carries out its operations, as usual, the PinPointer narrows down the “find” and then target it to a precise location. Many metal detector devices can be switched to a ‘PinPointer mode’ with a single button push. They work similar to a hand-held PinPointer and are very sensitive to the exact location of metallic items. The devices emit a constant tone, which gets louder when the search coil of the detector pans over a specific target.

Types of PinPointers

Jeemak Pinpointer

There are two major types of PinPointers:

  1. Standard PinPointer tool – These are tiny and can fit easily into your hands, having the shape of a mobile and having a thick aerial for metal detection. The tool point comprises of the small coil for metal detection. When the device is too close to metals, it sounds an alert through vibration or sound.
  2. Built-in metal detector PinPointer – Most modern detectors come with this capability. With a single button click, you can transform the detector to a pinpoint mode. When it is too close to any metal object, it makes a continuous tone that gets increasingly louder as the device is taken closer to the target. The audio is at its clearest when it is directly over the target. You can mark this spot and start digging the spot.

Both types of pinpointing tools can be extremely useful for you in saving your time and energy while looking for metal objects, and you can avoid lots of frustration and labor.

How Can a PinPointer Help You?

Using a PinPointer can have many benefits. On top of that, some of them come with different features that you might want to have. Here are some of the best benefits and features (according to me).

Saves Time

It can help you to find targets sooner, and finish your prospecting faster. It is not much fun to get your hands dirty in looking for objects embedded deep inside the ground. The search can also take more time for you.

Saves Energy

When you find your target in a hole, you have to expand it and make it deeper before you can extract your “find”. A PinPointer can make it more convenient to find hidden objects and dig them out.

Night Detection

You can even go detecting at night. Advanced PinPointers usually come fitted with an exterior LED. After sundown, you just need to turn on the flashlight to detect your “find” in the darkness. The light can also help you while looking for objects in a dark, abandoned building. A built-in LED flashlight can let you see in darkness, and not miss precious finds that you might have missed otherwise. With a PinPointer, there is no need to sit near holes for a long time or dig craters unnecessarily.

Sensitivity Adjustment

White’s Bullseye II

Most of the top of the line PinPointers come with an option for sensitivity level adjustment. Although this can make the device less stable, you can get deeper detection. This can be extremely useful when you have to localize “finds” in the wall of your freshly dug hole. High-quality pointers also have good detection range, which can benefit you while looking for “finds” in an old building.


Many PinPointer models are made waterproof and can let you dive and prospect under water. Keep in mind that some models have only “water-resistant” written on them. You cannot use these beneath water or even in rain. These devices are simply built to withstand light drizzles or high humidity. PinPointers that are completely airtight let you detect even in shallow water. You can be at great risk of drowning your machine in case it is just water-resistant.


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