5 Mistakes While Maintaining Your Metal Detector 

Maintaining your metal detector is essential to ensure it continues to perform well and last for years. However, there are 5 common mistakes while maintaining your metal detector that can hinder the device’s functionality.

In this blog, we’ll explore five of these maintenance blunders and provide straightforward solutions to help you avoid them.

Mistakes while maintaining your metal detector

Here are 5 common mistakes while maintaining your metal detector

  1. Neglecting regular cleaning
  2. Forgetting to check batteries
  3. Ignoring loose collection
  4. Mishandling the coil
  5. Storing incorrectly

1. Neglecting Regular Cleaning

Solution: Keep it clean.

  • Dust and Dirt: After each use, wipe down your metal detector with a clean, dry cloth. Dust and dirt can accumulate and affect its performance over time.
  • No Chemicals: Avoid using harsh chemicals for cleaning, as these harsh chemicals may damage the detector. Stick to mild soapy water when necessary.

2. Forgetting to Check Batteries

Solution: Stay powered up.

  • Battery Life: Regularly check the battery status. Running out of power during a hunt can be frustrating.
  • Carry Spares: Always have spare batteries with you, just in case.

You can also read the article Battery Settings in Metal Detectors for more information.

3. Ignoring Loose Connections

Solution: Tighten up.

  • Cables and Plugs: Check all the cables and plugs for loose connections. Loose wires can lead to signal problems.
  • Use Tools Carefully: If you need to tighten something, use appropriate tools carefully to avoid damaging the connections.

4. Mishandling the Coil

Solution: Handle with care.

  • Avoid Bumps and Drops: Dropping or bumping the coil can damage it. Be cautious when setting your detector down.
  • Keep it Clean: Inspect the coil for dirt and debris, and clean it gently with a soft brush or cloth.

5. Storing Incorrectly

Solution: Proper storage matters.

  • Dry Place: Store your metal detector in a dry, cool place. Avoid extreme temperatures.
  • Remove Batteries: If you won’t be using it for a while, remove the batteries to prevent damage from leakage.


Maintenance is a crucial aspect of owning a metal detector. Proper care and attention can extend the life of your device and ensure that it performs at its best during your treasure-hunting adventures.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you’ll be better equipped to maintain your metal detector and enjoy successful hunts.

So, remember to clean your detector regularly, check your batteries, tighten loose connections, handle the coil with care, and store your device properly.

Following these simple maintenance practices will keep your metal detector in tip-top shape and ready for many more fruitful hunts to come. Happy treasure hunting!

Howard rockse

Hey there, I am Howard a deeply committed individual who likes to share my knowledge and insights in this field, having spent over ten years as a metal detectorist.

My experience with GoldXtra has allowed me to provide trustworthy and informative advice to both new and experienced metal-detecting enthusiasts. I’m committed to assisting others in exploring and enjoying the world of metal detecting with the same enthusiasm and dedication that I have.

Howard Rockse
Senior Content Writer at GoldXtra

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