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My Review of the Garrett Pro Pointer AT (Garrett Carrot)

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Matt is a professional painter who enjoys fishing and metal detecting on the weekend for old coins and rings.

The Garrett Pro Pointer's waterproof housing makes it perfect for locating submerged treasure.

The Garrett Pro Pointer's waterproof housing makes it perfect for locating submerged treasure.

Why You Need a Pin Pointer for Metal Detecting

If you're new to the hobby of metal detecting, a must-have tool you need as a detectorist is a quality pin pointer, preferably one that is water-proof. A pin pointer is a mini metal detector that helps you locate the object in a dirt pile after you dig a hole.

Recovering metal detecting finds from dirt without a pin pointer tool is very time consuming and hard to do, especially if the object is small in size. Sure, you can use your metal detector to pin point the object in a dirt plug above ground, but the search coil is too large to fit inside the hole. Using a pin pointer is so much faster, trust me. I've made the mistake of accidentally leaving mine at home a couple times and regretted it.

One of the most popular pin pointing tools for metal detecting is the water-proof Pro Pointer from Garrett. I've owned and used this tool since 2017, the year I bought it along with my Garrett AT Pro metal detector. I've used the AT pin pointer multiple times on land and in the water and it still works great years later.

In this review, I cover the features of the AT Pro Pointer tool and what I think about it overall for metal detecting.

Is the Garrett Pro Pointer Waterproof?

A water-proof pin pointer is important if you plan on doing any metal detecting in the water, but even for treasure hunting on land, it's worth buying one that's water-proof so you have the ability to metal detect in the rain, or in the water, without having to worry about damaging your gear. The AT model (the orange one) is waterproof. The original black one (the Pro Pointer 2) was not waterproof.

Prior to the orange water-proof model I'm reviewing, the original Pro Pointer 2 was the only option available by Garrett, and the only way to water-proof it was to coat the exterior housing with silicone.

I've metal detected in rivers and lakes with the Garrett Pro Pointer multiple times since 2017 without any issues. This tool really comes in handy for recovering objects from sand scoop piles and underwater muck in shallow, murky water. The seal around the battery compartment and push button is sealed and protected to prevent water from leaking in.

There is no adjustable volume control on this tool, but it beeps loud enough to hear underwater with or without headphones on. The pin pointer also vibrates and beeps simultaneously to make it even easier.

Sensitivity and Ground Balancing

The vibration and frequency of the beeping intensify as the pin pointer gets closer to the metal object. The AT Pro Pointer is very sensitive and will find the smallest piece of metal. Like your metal detector, it must be ground balanced first or it becomes unstable and beeps constantly in soil with minerals and black sand.

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To ground balance, simply hold the pin pointer against the wall inside the hole and press the "on" button. If you press the "on" button while holding it outside of the hole, it won't ground balance. I made that mistake when I first started using mine.

There are three sensitivity settings, which include minimum, medium, and maximum. I leave mine set at maximum. Most of the metal detecting I do is on land, but if you're going to use it in saltwater, using the minimum sensitivity setting will probably work better for you.

There is also a vibrate-only mode that I like to use when metal detecting curb strips and private property permissions to keep the noise level down.

Battery Life

The Garrett Pro Pointer runs on one 9-volt battery, which lasts about 30 hours. Running it at maximum sensitivity all the time or leaving it turned on too often drains the battery a lot faster. I only turn mine on when needed and I always keep an extra battery in my bag.

If you do leave it turned on accidentally an alarm will sound off after five minutes, which is kind of a cool feature that helps you save the battery life and locate the tool too in case you misplace it. I lost mine in the woods once and was able to recover it because of the alarm.

When the battery life is almost depleted, you will notice the beeping tone change, meaning it's time to replace the battery before it dies. I can usually go metal detecting several times all day long before I need to replace the battery. Always carry a fresh battery in your bag.

The Garrett Pro Pointer is also referred to as the "Garrett carrot" in the metal detecting community due to its shape and color.

The Garrett Pro Pointer is also referred to as the "Garrett carrot" in the metal detecting community due to its shape and color.

Is the Garrett Pro Pointer AT Worth It?

I've used my Garrett AT Pro Pointer hundreds of times to metal detect on land and in the water, and it still works as good as the day I unboxed it. I highly recommend this tool if you're serious about the hobby. If you plan on doing any treasure hunting, you definitely need to use a pin pointing tool, whether it's Garrett, or another brand, otherwise you're going to waste a lot of time trying to recover your metal detecting finds, especially underwater. I would also buy some good metal detecting headphones that are waterproof and comfortable.

Another feature I like that I forgot to mention earlier is the ring near the battery compartment for connecting a tether or retractable cord. I connect a cord to the ring and the other end to my wrist when I metal detect in the river to prevent losing it in the water current. The pin pointer is buoyant and floats even better with a floating tether attached to it.

You can use this pin pointer underwater to a maximum depth of twenty feet. The deepest I've ever used it underwater is probably four feet tops. It's a huge time saver when trying to locate your finds in wet sand and dirt plugs. There is also an LED light on the end too so you can still metal detect after dark and see everything clearly inside the hole or underwater.

© 2018 Matt G.

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