Monday, March 24, 2014

Garrett Searcher Newsletter Winter/Spring Issue

The Garrett newsletter is available on-line and is worth a look. Click on the link below to get a PDF version to browse.

Batteries for Metal Detectors

It has been said that you can use any brand of battery in any metal detector.  However, it is probably much more effective to use a good quality battery versus the cheap ones you get at the dollar store, which last longer and are more powerful than the imported specials.
The good folks atpublished the results of their recent tests on AA batteries. The top three Alkaline batteries were the Duracell Quantum, Duracell Ultra Power and Kirkland Signature Alkaline (sold at Costco stores). Scoring slightly below that was the Duracell Coppertop and further below that was the Energizer Max and near the bottom was the Eveready Gold. Drug store brands like CVS Max, Walgreens Supercell and Toys R Us scored in the lower half of the test scale.
Lithium batteries are the best but are not cheap and may not be worth the added expense over the long haul.
We also know that the rechargeable batteries may not last as long in a metal detector as a good quality Alkaline battery. Rechargeable's have got to be kept charged, so you have check them before going out metal detecting  
In general batteries should be kept in a cool, dry place and contrary to what some people believe batteries should not be kept in the freezer. However you can store them in a refrigerator, but to prevent condensation you should keep in them a sealed plastic bag. You should not store them in a warm places as this will affect their life span. I've read where manufacturers suggest keeping the batteries in their original packaging if at all possible.
I keep my old and newer batteries separated and do not mix them together. 
Most important is that If you are not going to use your detector for a month or more, you should remove the batteries and store them away until you are ready to head out hunting again.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Know the law before you go out on State or Federal land

Ignorantia juris non excusat ("ignorance of the law excuses no one") Latin + Translation

Keegan Sukup and his wife Ecco thought using a metal detector at the receding Folsom Lake in California would be a fun adventure. Instead, the Citrus Heights couple ended up with a ticket, a date in court, and the possibility of jail time.
Keegan was walking with his wife on the lake bed on Jan. 13, holding the device over his shoulder, unaware it was not allowed in the park, when he was approached by a park ranger who proceeded to write a citation.
Listed on the ticket are the words “posted order” and “posession of a metal detector.”    Keegan  appeared in court on March 4. However even the judge didn’t even have an idea what to really charge me on, other than to tell Keegan that there might be jail time with this.
He is choosing to fight the citation, and is due back in court in April with a public defender. Metal detectors are not uncommon at the lake, however, at one entrance, there is a sign reading “you are responsible to know park rules and regulations.”
And nearby, posted on a bulletin board that you can read there is a sheet of paper listing the Federal code prohibiting metal detectors.
In part, the notice reads: ”No person shall possess a metal detector or other geophysical discovery device, or use a metal detector or other geophysical discovery techniques to locate or recover subsurface objects or features on Reclamation lands.” – The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 43, Part 423, Section 423.29.
Keegan said he looked for a sign while he was out at the lake, but found no such notice.  He wishes the whole matter had been solved with a simple warning, not costly court appearances and a threat of jail time over a metal detector.
“We didn’t understand how so many people could be out there doing this,” he explained.  “And then the one time I go out there, I’m going to get a ticket for doing something that everyone else is doing.”


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Shovels You Can Use On The Beach ?

A few of these shovels might be worth having in your tool box especially if you do a lot of digging in the sand. Offered by Mid-West Rake Co. Warsaw IN.

More Upcoming Open Treasure Hunts

Lancaster Research & Recovery Club Open Hunt

                  April 13th, 2014
Lancaster County Kiawans 22
Two Main hunts, one morning and one afternoon. Both are all silver hunts. Between the two hunts there will be a kids hunt (up to 12 Yrs. old.); a Free fun hunt; and an optional gold hunt with U.S. 1/10oz gold coins and silver eagle dollars.
(717) 355-0691 or
For registration forms and information visit

The Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
extends an invitation to in the Spring of 2014 in Orlando, Florida  April 5, 2014

                        Early registration = $99.00/ hunter.
                        After March 25, 2014 = $125.00/hunter.

   For registration forms and information visit