Top Metal Detecting Accessories and Tools


Several accessories might improve your experience when going out on a metal detecting adventure. We are going to talk about many of the best accessories that will come in handy while metal detecting and discuss some of the reasons that you might want to consider these helpful tools.

Metal detecting accessories that you should consider using are metal detecting headphones, shovels and digging tools, backup batteries for all devices, a pinpointer for zeroing in on targets, and pouches to hold your finds. You may also need a sand scoop if you are detecting on beaches.

Depending on how seriously you take your metal detecting activities, certain accessories might appeal to you specifically. It’s important to never rule out the possibility of taking advantage of different metal detecting tools because many of these accessories can help you be more efficient.

In the following sections of this guide, we will cover several of the best metal detecting accessories and weigh the pros and cons of each selection. We will also look at the overall cost and value of each accessory and try to inform you about how effective each option can be for metal detecting purposes.

Metal Detecting Headphones

Most people believe that headphones are a necessary accessory because they can help provide you with the ability to hear if you are near any valuable objects. It’s also a great investment decision if you plan on metal detecting in a public location. 

Odds are likely that other public visitors aren’t going to want to hear all of the sounds that come out of your metal detector. The solution for this problem is to invest in a sufficient pair of metal detector headphones with enhanced volume control settings. 

The general price range for these types of headphones can vary from around $30 up to $200 and beyond. Depending on the level of comfort and overall quality, you may wish to spend more money getting exactly what you are looking for. You may also opt-in for a cordless set of headphones.


Some people may believe that a pinpointer is a redundant accessory that doesn’t provide much assistance while metal detecting. However, from my experience, a handheld pinpointer can be efficient and quick to operate. They also aren’t too expensive and many of the best pinpointers can be acquired for less than $100.

A pinpointer accessory has a simple job. It is designed to make the recovery of your object as simple and efficient as possible. Some metal detectors may already have a pinpointer feature integrated into the design. If you don’t have a pinpointer on your metal detector already, then consider investing in a handheld pinpointer before your next metal detecting adventure. 

Me using a pinpointer at the beach.

Utility and Storage Bag

Several excellent storage bags on the market can help you keep all of your objects safe while metal detecting. There’s a fairly good chance that you will eventually find some interesting objects that you wish to keep. Instead of stuffing it into your pockets or carrying it around, you might want to find a satchel bag or storage bag that can be used to protect any of your found objects.

This might seem like a simple accessory for metal detecting, but it can make your life much easier.  The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to find a good metal detecting storage bag. There are several great choices available for as little as $15. I personally use two bags, one for my good finds, and one for trash, they clip onto my belt loop and work great.

Remember that some parks and public places require a permit. Always check the local laws.

Digging Equipment

One thing that many people underestimate is the importance of purchasing digging equipment before going out on a metal detecting adventure. You should consider having some scoops and shovels for metal detecting to make life easier.

Just make sure to understand all of the local rules and laws to make sure that you aren’t digging into prohibited areas. Some types of digging equipment may not be approved for certain locations so it’s probably best to make sure that your preferred equipment is allowed before getting started. I have an arsenal of digging tools that I use. I have a small military shovel, a small shovel, a relic shovel, and a hand tool that is made for digging in the ground.

I don’t always carry the same shovel with me, it depends on the type of ground I’m digging in, whether or not it has rained recently, and how soft the ground is. I can usually get by with just my military shovel and hand tool. Sand scoops are a lifesaver if you are at the beach or a lake.

See our article for Best Places to Metal Detect

Metal Detecting Accessories | Backup Batteries

We are going to conclude this guide by talking about the importance of having backup batteries for your metal detecting equipment and accessories. It can be very annoying when your batteries die on your metal detector.

Some metal detectors come with spare rechargeable batteries while other brands may require you to buy them separately. Either way, it’s probably a good idea to make sure that you have a sufficient amount of backup batteries for your next metal detecting trip. Pinpointers usually run on 9volt batteries, so keep a few of those handy.

Rechargeable battery systems for metal detectors are not super expensive. They are usually portable and extremely convenient to have as an accessory. Some metal detectors may come with a rechargeable battery, while others may take AA batteries or other types.

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to learn about several of the most important metal detecting accessories, you’re probably interested in summarizing everything that we have just learned.

The good news is that many of these metal detecting accessories are cost-effective and have great purposes for metal detecting. They are designed to make your life much easier and that is why so many people consider these accessories a necessity when metal detecting.

While you don’t need to have these accessories, it certainly is highly recommended. With that being said, you should probably start thinking about which accessory you’re interested in acquiring before your next metal detecting adventure. Work smarter, not harder!

Chad Fox

Chad Fox is an expert treasure hunter who is experienced in metal detecting, magnet fishing, and geocaching. He enjoys the outdoors, making new discoveries, and helping people get started.

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