Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Pinpointer metal detector?
A Vibra® pinpointer metal detector is a miniature version of your primary detector that is small enough to fit in any hole or crevice you are searching.

Why do I need a Pinpointer?
With a Vibra® detector you don't have to spend 5 minutes (or more) retrieving a target. You don't have to dig a larger then necessary hole for a target that is near the surface. You don't have to walk away from a possible valuable find because it took too long to retrieve it. You will be amazed how your recovery time is reduced.

Can your detectors be used underwater?
Yes! The latest Vibra® models; Vibra-Probe™, Vibra-Quatic™ and Vibra-Tector™, have all been designed to work underwater to depths of 100 feet (30m).

What's the advantage of these detectors if I don't water hunt?
All of our Vibra® detectors are waterproof. As such, when covered in dirt or mud they can be completely submersed for cleaning. Also, because all our detectors use Pulse Induction (PI) technology, they are not affected by salt water or black sand.

Why choose Vibra® detectors over others on the market?
For the following reasons:
  • Pulse Induction. This technology allows hunting in salt water or black sand.
  • Fully automatic. No buttons to push or knobs to turn.
  • Built tough. Our pinpointers are strong enough to really probe the soil without breaking.
  • Water-proof. Easy to clean and can operate underwater to a depth of 100 feet.
  • No loud buzzers! Our detectors alert only you that you've found a target.
  • Indicates distance to the target; Does this by increasing the number of pulses of vibration as you get closer to the target.
Can your Pinpointers be used for gold hunting?
Yes, the Vibra® detectors will detect gold nuggets that are around 7 grain or larger. They are used by many gold hunters. They also find it useful for locating junk targets quickly allowing them to move on to the real target.

What are the features of the newest models?
The latest Vibra® models incorporate new firmware algorithms to help find your target fast, and retain all the previous models advanced features which include: Communication by Vibration; Rugged construction; Tip-only Detection; High Sensitivity; Extended Battery Life; Plus our simple to use tilt on and off feature that allows you to quickly turn your detector on, or off, by just pointing it up. In addition, all of our detectors are rated underwater to a depth of 100 feet (30m).

At what distance will your detectors detect a target?
The detection depths for each Vibra® model have been optimized to help the user quickly find the target. Detection depth will depend on target size, type and environment. In general, the Vibra-Probe™ will detect a coin sized target up to 2 inches, the Vibra-Quatic™ up to 2.5 inches and the Vibra-Tector™ at 3 inches. All three models will detect much deeper on larger objects.

Since they do not detect from the sides, as other models do, they 'really' pinpoint the target. As you get closer to the target the number of pulses of vibration will increase telling you how close the target is from the tip. Detection distance from the coil to a target will be deeper on larger objects, and less on smaller ones. The size, shape and purity of a target will have an effect on the detectors detection distance to the target.

What's the difference between Vibra® models?
We have three models: Vibra-Probe™ 585, Vibra-Quatic™ 320, and Vibra-Tector™ 740.

The Vibra-Probe™, Vibra-Quatic™ and Vibra-Tector™ are similar detectors. All are submersible to 100 ft (30 meters), fully automatic, and use Pulse Induction (PI) technology which allows hunting in most any environment, including salt water and mineralized black sand. Our detectors signal the user, when a target is detected, with vibration.

The main difference between the models is the diameter of the detection coil. The Vibra-Probe™ has a 1" coil, Vibra-Quatic™ a 2", and the Vibra-Tector™ a 4". Also, the Vibra-Quatic™ and Vibra-Tector™ have the addition of a flashing bright LED light, as well as vibration, to signal the user when a target is found.

Which model Vibra® detector is right for me?
The Vibra-Probe™ is our original pinpointer. It's a great choice to supplement searching when using a main detector. The one inch coil tip is more sensitive to small objects like a gold nugget. The smaller size allows hunting in crevices and cracks or between rocks. It also has a one minute auto-off feature to save battery life, and it comes with a belt mountable holster so itís easy to carry.

The Vibra-Quatic™ is a pinpointer with a larger detection head. Itís a good choice for divers looking for a pinpointer to supplement a main detector. It signals the user with vibration and flashing light from a bright blue LED. It does not have the one minute auto-off, so it will remain on until you're ready to turn it off.

The Vibra-Tector™ is an excellent stand alone metal detector. Itís the best choice if youíre going to use it as your only detector. Itís great for searching the ocean, lakes, ponds, swimming areas, etc. The larger head allows you to scan a larger area in less time, and has more detection depth then the pinpointers. It also signals with vibration and flashing light from a bright LED. Plus, it remains on until youíre ready to turn it off.

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