Simple and Effective: Bounty Hunter’s Gold Digger Metal Detector

Here you will find Bounty Hunter Gold Digger metal detector. The article has information about the device operating frequency, its search coil type, whether headphones are included into the device package set, how long the metal detector can operate using one batteries set and other important things.

What was the device designed for?

Bounty Hunter Gold Digger is a metal detector for any user level, including kids and elderly. The device itself was designed for beginners, since it doesn’t have any special features.

If you want to get a more complicated metal detector, so I’d recommend you to consider buying Bounty Hunter Tracker IV. It is a bit more expensive, but it is definitely worth its money.

However, if you need a toy for your kid, below we’ll give more detailed description of this device and compare it with another metal detector produced by the same company (the device which has more children oriented design).

The Bounty Hunter Gold Digger is an entry-level metal detector designed for beginners and hobbyists looking to get started in the world of metal detecting. Here are some key features and information about the Bounty Hunter Gold Digger:

  1. User-Friendly Design: The Gold Digger is known for its simple and user-friendly design, making it accessible for individuals new to metal detecting.
  2. Automatic Tuning and Ground Balance: The metal detector features automatic tuning and ground balance, which helps simplify the setup process for users.
  3. Discrimination Control: The Gold Digger is equipped with discrimination control, allowing users to filter out signals from unwanted metals and focus on specific types of targets.
  4. Sensitivity Control: Users can adjust the sensitivity of the metal detector to customize its performance based on the ground conditions and the size of the targets they are searching for.
  5. All-Metal Mode: The detector includes an all-metal mode, allowing users to detect a wide range of metals without discrimination.
  6. Lightweight and Portable: The metal detector is designed to be lightweight and portable, making it easy to carry and maneuver during metal detecting sessions.
  7. Built-in Speaker and Headphone Jack: The Gold Digger comes with a built-in speaker for audio feedback, and it may also have a headphone jack for private listening.
  8. Adjustable Shaft Length: The detector features an adjustable shaft length, allowing users to customize the length for comfortable use, especially for different individuals or age groups.
  9. Battery Life: The Gold Digger operates on batteries, and the battery life can vary based on usage. It’s recommended to have spare batteries on hand for longer detecting sessions.
Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Metal Detector, One size, Grey
  • Detects all kinds of metal from iron relics, coins and household items
  • For more privacy when treasure seeking
  • Comes complete with headphones

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ModelBounty Hunter Gold Digger
Weight3.6 pounds
Length (Adjustable)34.5″ to 45.5″
Batteries9 Volt (2), not included
Warranty5 years
Operating PrincipleVLF
Standard Searchcoil7″
Operating Frequencies (kHz)6.6 kHz
Water resistanceNo
Submersion DepthNo
Ground BalancePreset
Audio ThresholdNo
Sensitivity – Depth AdjustmentsYes
Electronic PinpointingNo
VDI (0 to 99 scale)No
Build-in flashlightNo

The review

The shaft

The Bounty Hunter Gold Digger metal detector shaft design is far from modern standards, but it has one large advantage – this is its armrest. This means that the user’s arm will be less loaded.

Besides, the device is rather light weighted (2.2 lbs), therefore you’ll be able working with it for quite a long time without getting tired.

Anyway, this metal detector wasn’t designed as a professional device, so you can’t go treasure hunting with it for the whole day as an experienced digger. However, this device is rather convenient for short treasure hunting trips even for a kid.

The coil

The metal detector Bounty Hunter Gold Digger has a concentric search coil 7 inches in diameter. The operating frequency of the device equals to 6.6 kHz. This is common frequency for all not expensive metal detectors.

There is one important thing, though. When the manufacturer named this device a gold digger – he fibbed a little. For gold nuggets prospecting (especially for beach hunting) a metal detector should have operation frequency starting from 12 kHz. Otherwise, the device will just not detect gold.

The coil is a waterproof one and it ensures safe and convenient treasure hunting both in wet grass and in shallow waters. However, you should keep in mind, that you shouldn’t submerge the device completely.

Another thing is that the search coil has a demerit – you should wave it slowly and this may be tiring.


The Bounty Hunter Gold Digger metal detector package set includes headphones and there is a special headphones jack for them on the control unit case. Using headphones during the treasure hunting process increases your chances to detect a valuable finding.

At that the headphones have no volume control and it means that you won’t be able to mute lots of sounds you hear through them. When your treasure hunting takes a whole day, this may be quite tiring and annoying.

The battery

Two 9v batteries are used as a power supply for the device. You’ll have to replace them rather often, since they get discharged rather quickly. Keep in mind, that the batteries are not included into the device package set and you’ll have to buy them additionally.


As we’ve already mentioned above, you mustn’t submerge the metal detector! The search coil is protected from water ingress, but if you submerge the device, it will fail to function.

Control unit

There are two controllers on the control unit to adjust the device sensitivity and discrimination level (trash eliminator) and a needle indicator.

Needle target indicator allows getting information about the detected metal object and its conductivity (iron, gold, silver).

Position of the needle indicator depends on the metal conductivity.

Two-tone audio signals also help to identify the type of the detected target metal. If you put trash eliminator to zero position, the metal detector will produce one-tone sound for all metal types, but if you turn the controller to its middle position the second tone will appear.

Besides, the Bounty Hunter Gold Digger metal detector has a Battery Life Indicator.

Yet, I’d recommend Bounty Hunter Gold Digger for beginners, because they don’t require a display that much at this stage and at the beginning it is more convenient to use resistors to adjust the device sensitivity and discrimination level.

Search modes

The device has ‘all metal’ search mode. The Bounty Hunter Gold Digger metal detector design is rather simple. It is easy to master for any beginner detectorist. The only thing you should keep in mind, is to connect the headphones and insert batteries before you start your treasure hunting trip.


  • lightweight
  • simple display
  • very affordable price
  • really good for coins


  • no other compatible coils
  • no pinpoint mode
  • not protected from water

Ground balance

The metal detector has automatic ground balance function, i.e. the ground balance value is pre-set by the manufacturer and it can’t be changed by the user.


To sum up, I can say that metal detector Bounty Hunter Gold Digger is quite a good option for beginners, who want to take up treasure hunting as a hobby. You shouldn’t expect too much from it, since the device has a lot of rivals (Bounty Hunter Tracker IV, Bounty Hunter Discovery 1100), but it costs less.

However, if you plan to get this metal detector for a kid, I’d advise to buy Bounty Hunter Junior. It has a toy-like appearance, user-friendly interface and it won’t be challenging for a child to use it.