A Quick Guide To The Best Whites Metal Detectors You Could Buy

We review seven of White's metal detection products.

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White's Electronics has an interesting history. It started life as a Geiger counter manufacturer in the days when the US Government was interested in buying uranium from civilians. They began by making Geiger counters that did not require headphones to use, an asset when working in rattlesnake country. When the program stopped in 1958, they shifted to metal detectors, and years later, they still are one of America's best metal detector manufacturers. Their equipment is often top-of-the-line, and that is why we decided to take a closer look at them. There are seven of their metal detector products on this list.

We have been using White's metal detectors in our time as detectorists, and we believe that what they offer is of good quality. The metal detectors they have range from more generalist models with multiple target modes, to specific models for such things as coin hunting and beachside prospecting. They have a whole range of accessories for detectorists, including one which we will mention later that is most useful. We hope that you will find this information useful enough so that you can make an informed decision about which one of this metal detector company's products you may want to buy.

The White's Coinmaster is exactly what its name implies: a metal detector meant for searches of coins and other small objects. It has an adjustable sensitivity system to account for more accurate detection of junk, for instance. It has two modes: a pinpoint mode which offers a smaller detection range, and an all-metal mode that allows for detection of most non-junk items with greater accuracy. It runs on two 9V batteries for 20 hours, thus offering a longer metal detecting experience between battery changes. It offers a depth reading of the area as you go along, allowing you to figure out how deep to dig for an object and whether it is worth digging for given the depth. This feature is one reason we recommend this metal detector.

The target ID system is most helpful here, given what this device is calibrated to search for, and it allows you an accurate picture of what is available under the ground. What is most useful about this, given that feature, is that it is a silent search device, meaning that one does not have to rely upon audio cues to find an object. It allows one, in certain environments, to hear noises that may be associated with, for example, rattlesnakes and bears. This feature is also good for newcomers to metal detector work who may prefer to use a system based on target identification. We thank you for reading this list, and we hope that the information we provide you on White's metal detectors may prove most useful in your treasure hunting.


If you are looking for a device that allows you to hunt for treasure like a pro, choose the White's TreasurePro Metal Detector. The all-metal device has Automatic Ground Balance, a proprietary technology that adjusts the metal detector's detection system to the conditions on the ground. It has six preset modes for treasure hunting, including the following: a beach mode for searching along sandbanks and shorelines, and a pinpoint mode that allows for searches within a smaller radius than usual. The device has 49 target ID segments that make possible more precise and hopefully more accurate searches for particular objects such as rings, zinc, or gold. It also has eight audio tones that allow for users to identify particular objects by sound more accurately and easily.

The White's TreasurePro Metal Detector has 20 hours of battery life, generated by two AA batteries, which makes it a relatively low powered device and which allows one to carry fewer spare batteries than they otherwise would need to. In choosing metal detectors such as this one, another thing to consider would be comfort and weight. A device such as this has an adjustable armrest, but it is ultimately up to the user to see if a particular device allows one to pick up the device and use it comfortably and safely. It used to be the case that metal detectors were heavy things, but the lightweight ones now available allow for users to choose which one suits them best in terms of comfort and convenience.


The White's MX Sport Waterproof Metal Detector is for those looking for something in the manufacturer's MX series that is waterproof and fully featured. Among other things, it has six modes under which it can operate: a beach mode for beach searches, a coin and jewelry mode for those small item searches, pinpoint and prospecting modes, a relic mode for finding larger and older objects, and a salt and freshwater mode for operation beneath the surface of the water. These modes give the user of this metal detector the maximum flexibility needed for searches in whatever environment of whatever object they may desire to find. The metal detector has two audio outputs: the device's built-in speakers, or a pair of headphones which come with the device.

The device works on two modes for identifying objects: a target ID mode or a tone ID mode. Both modes have their advantages and disadvantages, but we will talk about the target ID mode here. The advantage of having a target ID system is that the device can easily identify an object for you in the ground, for instance a nickel or a quarter, while identifying potential junk objects such as pull tabs. It works very well in certain situations and certain places. The disadvantage is that some objects may not be picked up properly or mislabeled by the device, especially if the calibration is not that good. It is likely that if you rely upon target ID, you must choose whether to dig for an item or not.


Sometimes your metal detector needs an extra hand, especially after you've dug a hole and want to know exactly where a coin or a ring may be found. That is why White's manufactures the White's TRX Bullseye Waterproof Pin-Pointer, a device that is shaped like a wand, and is a tiny metal detector in itself. The device has an LED light which you can trigger with a push of a button, so that you can check if objects are in a hole even under low light conditions. You can measure the depth of the hole with the device's built-in inch markings, which makes it convenient for record-keeping. One reason we recommend this accessory is precisely because it gets the job done, pinpointing objects with reasonable accuracy within soil clods or holes.

The device has a dual battery system, meaning it can be run either on two AA batteries or one 9V battery. This prevents you from worrying which batteries to take along on a trip because you can use the same batteries for a metal detector (which are usually AA batteries or 9V) and your pinpointer device. The White's TRX Bullseye Waterproof Pin-Pointer has a two-year limited warranty, which is something else to consider in purchasing a metal detector. Some firms offer such limited warranties or even a lifetime warranty. Choosing a device with a good warranty may be helpful when you need to have your device repaired, but it is best to keep your device in good condition through proper use, thus minimizing the need for repairs.


If you are the kind of treasure hunter who needs to prospect in shallower waters, the White's Surfmaster DF Water Metal Detector is for you. The metal detector has a waterproof depth of up to 100 feet, which makes it useful for those who want to use it underwater to find relics and other valuables in, say, a shipwreck or a ruin. It makes use of pulse induction detection, which allows one to find coins and other valuables even in saltwater and mineralized ground. It promises 'turn on and go' ease in usage. This is useful both for beginners and experienced users who do not want the inconvenience of a learning curve with a relatively new device. The latter is one particular reason we recommend it.

Our test with the White's Surfmaster DF Water Metal Detector took place in a beach near where we were and which we knew had a few items of value that were left by passers-by. It did not take long for the detector to help us find a few artifacts that were left beneath the wet sand, including coins and a few pieces of jewelry. What we particularly appreciated too, as we went deeper into the water, was the headphones, which kept the piezoelectric mechanism waterproof. This allowed us to block off outside noise and keep our ears relatively dry. We believe our test was a success, but we decided not to risk bringing the device further into the water as we were concerned that the electronics would be damaged.


If you are looking for White's premiere model of metal detectors, you could do no wrong choosing the White's Spectra V3i HP Metal Detector. The metal detector has some features that may be useful to prospectors who are starting out, especially nine preset modes that detect the following, among others: coins, jewelry, relics, or gold nuggets. These modes also help you search in various terrains and conditions, allowing you the maximum flexibility of a 'turn on and go' metal detecting device. The large backlit display allows you to work with your metal detector even in conditions of low light. The display is an HD color one, which is quite handy especially if you are keen on using the onboard reference guide and want to see it in full color.

One feature which we appreciate about the White's Spectra V3i HP Metal Detector is that it has a pair of wireless headphones that comes with it. If you are in a crowded beach or in an area with heavy human traffic, having headphones is most useful, but the trouble is that most of them are wired and have cord lengths of up to six feet long. The risk of entanglement, which can result in accidents, would be quite high. Having wireless headphones avoids this problem by allowing you to connect them to the device without the need for wires, obviously, but it still gives you all the benefits of having headphones while treasure hunting. One of these is a reduction in the background noise you will get to hear.


One of those we have been using is the White's MX5 Metal Detector. Part of the MX series of metal detectors, this one is waterproof and can be used across freshwater and saltwater beaches without any difficulty. It has two built-in modes: a coin mode for searching for particular coins of different sizes, and a beach mode that allows for ground tracking even on wet sand. The benefit of having two modes is that it offers some flexibility for treasure hunters as to which mode to use in particular environments. The metal detector has a backlit display so that one can continue prospecting even when the light is low. We have tried using this at dusk on a beach and the device worked quite perfectly.

One consideration in getting the White's MX5 Metal Detector, or any other metal detector, would be the features. Some metal detectors are ready to use from the box, but others, including White's, have a whole number of them including target modes and modes for searches, as with the beach mode mentioned above. You may be daunted by all the features, but once you get used to them, you may find the experience to be as easy as when getting one that is ready to go from the second you unbox it. A word about using those features, though: read the instructions carefully because these may be most helpful in getting you started with the process of prospecting with those metal detectors. That is something worth remembering.


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