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Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:36 pm
by HazzaB
Hi All! I'm looking for a very basic, but decent quality model suitable for my 7 year old to try his hand at detecting, but don't really want to spend more than about £70 ideally.
Can anyone suggest anything suitable?
I liked the look of the Joan Allen Coin Shooter Junior (nice simple analogue display) but it's out of stock. Other options I've been looking at are one on Amazon for £59 by 'Meterk' (Chinese?) or perhaps the 'National Geographic' Junior one, also on Amazon.
Appreciate most people on here are a bit more pro and have more serious kit, but does anyone have any knowledge of any of these?

Re: Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:03 pm
by LloydF
You might be able to get a Garrett ace 150 second hand for around that price! Or maybe one of the Gofind models

Re: Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:12 pm
by mrcheeky
Hiya i was watching a video on youtube about someone who bought there child a metal detector from lidls i looked it up and had some awsome reviews i think the price was £49.99 check it out . and good luck to you and your child enjoy it

Re: Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:57 pm
by crldnll
My 5 year old has been asking for one - and after a good chunk of research, I went with the Bounty Hunter Junior. My little lads tiny so the weight was a big thing - the Bounty Hunter is one of the lightest out there at just over half a kilo and simple to use. I also wanted something that would actually be able to find things out in a field in hope that he wouldn't lose interest based on boredom if using a toy detector.

£80 on Amazon - just be careful on the E Bay - plenty of fakes out there!

Hope this helps!

Carl ::g

Re: Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:01 pm
by Blackadder43
Try not to buy the maplins type or chinese type machines
They will frustrate you and your lad massively and would potentially put your lad off the hobby
As mentioned look into the second hand market
Give all the shops a ring and see what they have in stock
Also take a look in our shop as we have a childs detector in there somewhere
Childs detector

I know mrix did a review of this one


Re: Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:55 pm
by HazzaB
LloydF wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:03 pm
You might be able to get a Garrett ace 150 second hand for around that price! Or maybe one of the Gofind models
Thanks for the advice - can you recommend a resale website for one of these?

Re: Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:11 pm
by sweepstick47
I personally I would not recommend buying a metal detector from an internet site, new or old.
As said above, contact recognised dealers where you'll get unbiased advice, get the chance to see their s/h range which will also be covered by a guarantee period for peace of mind. ::g
Good Luck - ss47

Re: Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:09 am
by PinkFloyd
You are free to borrow an ace250, it's sat doing nothing after my kids lost interest after 15 mins., pay the postages and try it for a week or so .
Offer is there for anyone on mdf ::g

Re: Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:57 pm
by Rayc
I was recently asked to recommend a metal detector as a birthday present for an 8 year old.
After looking around I opted for a Minelab Go Find 11.
When it arrived I fired it up and did an air test.
My thoughts:
A thoughtful, careful 8-10 year old should be able to set it up after instruction but a hasty, physical kid (or adult!) could easily damage it (all plastic construction; the arm shaft being a push and click is vulnerable).
It is light, balance is ok, and the shafts adjust down for smaller kids.
I think the two find modes are adequate for younger users. Previous experience with children using Minelab 305's (which are too heavy even with a shorter shaft fitted) tells me that absolute beginners delight in finding anything metallic!
It beeped away at silver, copper alloy, and small rusty nails with the icons making a guess at object id.
The beep tone is the same for ferrous and non ferrous.
Sand on the plastic shafts when beach detecting would need to be carefully cleaned off.
This is not a recommendation nor a thumbs down...just my initial impression on first handling.

Re: Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:22 pm
by Davidthomas
Just making the same decision. Had decided on the garret 200i . Any input would also be appreciated 👍

Re: Best first detector for a child?

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:36 pm
by HazzaB
PinkFloyd wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:09 am
You are free to borrow an ace250, it's sat doing nothing after my kids lost interest after 15 mins., pay the postages and try it for a week or so .
Offer is there for anyone on mdf ::g
Wow thanks for the offer PinkFloyd - sounds great but unfortunately I just clicked 'buy' on Blackadder43's suggestion which looked perfect for our boy. If I catch the bug from him though I might take you up on your offer and give the Ace250 a go, if someone else hasn't snapped it up first!