Metal Detecting Equipment: What Do I Need For Rallies?

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Metal detecting rallies are exciting events that bring together hobbyists and enthusiasts who share a love for metal detecting and especially hunting for History. Whether you are a seasoned detectorist or a beginner, attending a rally can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. To make the most of your time at these events, you need the right metal detecting equipment. In this blog post, we will explore what you need for rallies and how to choose the best metal detecting equipment for your needs.

Metal Detector

The most important piece of metal detector equipment for any detectorist is a reliable and high-quality metal detector. When it comes to attending rallies, you want a metal detector that can handle all types of terrains and conditions. Look for a metal detector with a good discrimination system, which will allow you to distinguish between different types of metal and avoid false signals.

Batteries & Chargers

Don’t forget to take spare batteries for both detector & pinpoint probe if they are not rechargeable. For those pieces of equipment that are rechargeable including your phone you have many options to re-charge:

  • Battery bank/portable charger
  • Solar charger
  • Vehicle USB or lighter socket


A pinpointer is a handheld metal detector equipment device that helps you locate the exact location of a metal object once you have dug the initial hole. It saves you a lot of time by reducing the amount of digging and sifting through the spoil. When choosing a pinpointer make sure you research which will be the best to work alongside your detector as they are not all compatible, you are looking for well known brands & be aware of the many lookalikes & fakes on the market, especially the ‘good ones’.

Digging Tools

To retrieve the metal object you have detected, you need either a spade, a trowel/digging knife. Look for digging tools that are made of durable materials, (not plastic) that have comfortable grips. A good digging tool should also be lightweight and compact enough to carry around easily however bear in mind light often means weak so take that into account.


Headphones are an essential detecting accessory for metal detectorists attending rallies. They allow you to hear the signals from your metal detector clearly, even in noisy environments. Look for specialist metal detector headphones that are comfortable to wear for long periods and have good sound quality, wireless headphones are now available for most detectors but beware cheap Bluetooth wireless headphones as Bluetooth has a latency from transmission to reception, not good for detecting. Rally organisers insist on the use of headphones at events as you don’t want hundreds of speakers all sounding off over the field.

Bags and Backpacks

You may need a bag to carry all your metal detecting equipment, snacks and water during rallies. Look for a bag or backpack that is lightweight and has enough compartments to organise your gear. A backpack with adjustable straps and a padded back will ensure that you carry your equipment comfortably.

Protective Gear

Finally, it’s essential to have protective metal detector equipment such as gloves, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Gloves protect your hands from sharp objects & possibly chemical such as fertiliser, while suncream protects your skin from harmful UV rays. Insect repellent keeps bugs away, ensuring that you enjoy your rally without being bitten.

In conclusion, attending a metal detecting rally can be an exciting experience, but you need the right metal detecting equipment to make the most of it. By investing in good-quality equipment such as pinpointer, correct digging tools, headphones, backpack, and protective gear, you can increase your chances of finding goodies and have a great time at the event.

Remember to do your research and choose metal detecting equipment that suits your needs and budget. If you’re looking for metal detecting equipment, Regton has plenty of stock to help you out! Take a look at our website for more. And remember, we are detectorists ourselves so if you’re not sure please ask us, we also attend all the large rallies throughout the year so come & say hello. Happy hunting!

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