What are Modes in Metal Detecting

Modes in metal detecting – Diving into the world of metal detecting can be an exciting journey.

One of the key aspects to understand for an effective treasure hunt is the different modes available on a metal detector.

Read here about important settings in metal detection that you should know about.

This blog will simplify the concept of modes in metal detecting, making it easy for anyone to grasp.

Why Modes in metal detecting Matter

Modes in metal detecting are pre-set programs that allow your detector to focus on specific types of targets or ignore others. By understanding and using modes, you can:

1. Increase Accuracy:

  • By selecting the right mode, you can hone in on specific items you’re searching for.

2. Save Time:

  • Ignoring unwanted items means less digging for trash.

3. Improve Efficiency:

  • The right mode can increase the chances of finding valuable items.

Common Modes in Metal Detectors

While the specific names and numbers of modes can vary based on the detector model, most metal detectors come with some standard modes:

1. All Metal Mode:

  • Detects all types of metal.
  • Offers a continuous audio tone that changes based on the detected metal’s conductivity.

2. Discrimination Mode:

  • Ignores certain types of metals, like iron.
  • Useful for places with a lot of trash.

3. Jewelry Mode:

  • Focuses on items like rings, watches, and necklaces.
  • Often ignores iron and steel.

4. Coin Mode:

  • Specifically designed to locate coins.
  • Tends to ignore pull-tabs and other trash.

5. Pinpoint Mode:

  • The pinpointer helps in locating the exact position of the detected item.
  • A must-have for precise digging.

Custom Modes

Many advanced metal detectors allow users to create custom modes. With these:

1. Users can set their discrimination patterns.

  • Tailoring the search to very specific items.

2. Sensitivity can be adjusted.

  • Useful for detecting at varying depths.

3. Threshold tones can be set.

  • Personalizing audio alerts based on preferences.

Choosing the Right Mode

Your choice of mode should be based on:

1. Location:

  • Beaches might require a different mode compared to parks or historic sites.

2. Target:

  • If you’re looking for relics, your mode choice will differ from someone searching for coins.

3. Ground Conditions:

  • Mineralized soil might require a specific mode to filter out false signals.


Modes in metal detecting are like the special features on a camera. 

Just as a photographer selects the right setting for the scene, a treasure hunter chooses the right mode for the hunt. 

By understanding the basic and advanced modes available in metal detectors, you’re setting yourself up for a successful and enjoyable metal-detecting adventure.

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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