Pro-Pointer Waterproof Metal Detector
Product DescriptionThe Pro-Pointer AT provides all terrain versatility for locating and pinpointing metallic targets. It is environmentally protected from the elements and is fully submersible to a maximum depth of 10 feet or 3 meters.
Pro-Pointer AT Unique Features:
Fully waterproof to 10 feet with orange color for added visibility underwater.
Maximum Sensitivity for improved detection of nuggets and other small targets. Choose from three Sensitivity levels.
Fast Retune: Quick button press instantly tunes out environment or narrows detection field for precise pinpointing of larger targets.
Retuning allows user to quickly:
Shrink detection field to precisely pinpoint large targets
Tune out mineralized ground, wet beach sand, etc.
Help gauge target size/distance
Help identify edges of large target
Pinpoint multiple targets versus one large target signal
Lost Pro-Pointer Alarm: After 5 minutes with no button presses, the pinpointer emits periodic warning chirps.
Automatic power off after 60 minutes of warning chirps; saves batteries.
Simple, single-button operation for Power, Retune, Sensitivity adjustment, and Stealth Mode.
Ruler in Inches and Centimeters molded into side of pinpointer to judge target depth.
Lanyard Attachment Loop molded into side of pinpointer.
New power button is easy to operate even with gloves.
Other Pro-Pointer AT Features:
Patented Proportional Audio/Vibration
Patented scraping blade for searching soil
Twice the battery life of other pinpointers with LED lights.
Pinpointing tip and 360° detection area
LED Flashlight for low light uses.
Includes woven belt holster
- Fully waterproof to 10 feet with orange color for added visibility underwater
- Maximum Sensitivity for improved detection of nuggets and other small targets. Choose from three Sensitivity levels
- Fast Retune: Quick button press instantly tunes out environment or narrows detection field for precise pinpointing of larger targets
Top ReviewsLearn how this pin-pointer responds to target geometry - it will allow more precise location
by AUgie the Prospector (4 out of 5 stars)
July 19, 2017
Everybody has these things (Garrett Pro-Pointer AT - the Garrett Carrot), and everybody likes them - a good many people love them. The Whites Bullseye TRX has it beat on range/depth (and price), and is the "Carrot's" most worthy competitor (from what I can tell)..
I'll leave a complete review to others (there are plenty), and comment on something that I've not seen discussed very much - though it may be out there in an Amazon review, YouTube, etc.
The Garrett Pro-Pointer AT is sensitive along the length of its probe (up to and past the 4" mark), and you'll see some people map that out on YouTube. This "wand" of sensitivity can be swept horizontally to survey a dirt pile, vertically to search the side of a deep hole, or horizontally on the surface seeking a shallow target. This is useful, but is not uniformly sensitive along its length. Garrett even remarks in the manual that maximum sensitivity to small targets is obtained a little above the tip, and from the side.
To get maximum pin-pointing precision from it, try testing how it reacts to typical flat targets (coins, rings, pull tabs, etc.), depending on their orientation. I'll leave you to experiment and get a feel for it, but here is an example of what I am talking about:
Think of laying the Pro-Pointer AT on its side and sweeping it across the surface, looking for a shallow coin. Most coins are buried flat, so the coin will be facing the side of the pin-pointer. You'll find that there is a "dumbbell" of sensitivity in this case, peaking at around the 0.5 inch line and the 3.5 inch line. A weak signal is probably near the tip or near the LED area (4" mark). Try it in the air.
Now think of sweeping the Pro-Pointer AT into and around a hole that missed the coin. The Pro-pointer will be close to vertical and the coin will be "co-linear" with the shaft (facing down, and the shaft is pointed down). In this case, the sensitivity pattern is reversed. The sensitivity drops at the ends (near 0" and 4") and peaks in the middle (near 2"). If you get a moderate signal in the wall of a hole, the target may not be down by the tip, but two inches higher up along the shaft, because that is where the most sensitivity is for a target oriented that way. Try it in the air.
You'll notice that a coin edge-on to the shaft, with the edge parallel to the shaft, is very weakly sensed, but has the "dumbbell" sensitivity pattern encountered in the first example.
Experimenting in the air with this pin-pointer and commonly found items will help avoid issues in the field with targets that seem to move around as you orient the pin-pointer differently. We are all familiar with detecting "moving targets" from nails, long screws, bobby pins, and pieces of wire, and issues detecting targets buried on edge. Pin-pointers can suffer from similar issues on a smaller scale, and in a worst case this can slow recovery or cause an unnecessarily large hole to be dug. By reorienting the pin-pointer, and knowing its sensitivity pattern, we can avoid being mislead.
Other brands of pin-pointers have different sensitivity patterns, with potential advantages or trade-offs.
by BeNel (5 out of 5 stars)
April 6, 2015
Finally, Garrett added all those features everyone who uses a pin pointer has been wanting. Waterproof, adjustable sensitivity, easy to see / find color, lanyard ring, less spongy on/off, and a disable feature for the audible.
Admittedly, I haven't been able to try it underwater - which is what I'm really interested in - as the ice just came off the lakes here in MN. But I did rinse it completely under the sink after a muddy night out. No worries about the speaker, light, or on/off switch.
Its very sturdy and well-built - similar to the original black Pro Pointer.
On the medium sensitivity setting (default), its seems to have a slightly better depth range than my old Pro Pointer. I'm assuming that high sensitivity will be even greater.
On the whole, if you've never used a Pro Pointer and you metal detect, you're doing yourself a tremendous disservice. These tools reduce the time to find the target by at least half, if not more. It makes me wonder how much time I've wasted rechecking the hole or the plug with the detector, and all the unnecessary digging trying to find the item.
I consider this as valuable a tool as my detector itself. Worth every penny and the long wait for it to become available!
7 ⭐'s if I could.!.!.!.
by Bubba Gump (5 out of 5 stars)
December 10, 2016
1st of all, y'all should be aware that I'm a fan of Garrett pinpointers anyhow.
I bought this product only because I lost my black one in the field. That's my primary reason for buying this particular pinpointer. I decided on this exact model because of the bright orange color and the built-in 'chirp' feature that'll kick in after a few minutes of inactivity or motion. Granted, I've not had to utilize that particular feature yet, but my my last pinpointer was black and didn't have the "hey, you've lost me, here I am come & get me" 'chirp' feature and it's GONE.!. The Garrett pinpointer is a fine piece of equipment by a fine company that actually LISTENS to the consumers ... as evidenced by this particular product.!.!.
I give Garrett in general, and this product in particular, my highest level of recommendation for any product I've ever rated ... 7 stars if I could.!.!.!.
All the reviews were right!
by Amazonian (5 out of 5 stars)
June 20, 2015
Got into metal detecting recently with an entry level detector (Bounty hunter Pioneer 202). Spent most of my time on the beach sifting through the sand for coins and trash. :) Went to the playground and got lots of hits, but I couldn't locate anything in the hole. I was feeling pretty discouraged. Yesterday I bought the Pro-pointer AT at my "local" metal detector store and hit the beach again. What a difference! No more hits that I can't locate! We (my son and I) found tons more stuff because we could locate it in the hole. I was hesitant to spend the money, but it was SO worth it. If you're metal detecting without a pinpointer, you are making it SO much harder than it has to be! Buy it. Don't look back. Be much happier. It's fun again! Absolutely love this thing!
Just buy it! It is well worth it!
by Cactus Jack (5 out of 5 stars)
January 13, 2016
Best pinpointer and I have owned quite a few. I also own an older Black version that is still going strong. It does take a bit of getting used to because there are more modes on "the carrot" but by far the best. The best thing is this comes with a 2 year warranty and even when I broke my black pinpointer and I told them it was my fault and would be glad to pay, they said send it back and was repaired no charge. Garrett customer service is great.
Using one of these tools reduces recovery time by a great deal in many scenarios
by Gazrok (5 out of 5 stars)
September 28, 2016
If you are considering getting into metal detecting dirt or farm fields you absolutely must get a pinpointer. I am a big proponent of buying the gold standard and the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT is most certainly that. Using one of these tools reduces recovery time by a great deal in many scenarios. Picture yourself digging plugs where the target does not immediately turn up. This tool allows you with a swipe of the wand to tell what side of the hole it's on or if its just deeper. The next scenario is you're on a gravel parking lot and you get a beep, how on earth are you ever going to dig through tiny rocks to find the target? all you have to do is rustly the rocks around with this thing and when you're on top of the coin it vibrates for a near instant recovery. The best part is that it is completely waterproof! you can actually use it in rivers and in the rain etc, or hose it off when you're done to clean it!
If you're on the fence, buy this tool!
Not SaltWater proof!!!
by Daryl Adler (1 out of 5 stars)
April 20, 2018
Not saltwater proof-! I got mine took to the beach - 2feet of saltwater- worked for a while- then quit working and tried drying it out - no function! Now I have to ship it back!!!!ugh! Not happy Garrett!
Less Digging, More Finding
by Jared Hall (5 out of 5 stars)
January 6, 2017
If you enjoy metal detecting and don't own a pin-pointer, save up and get one -- you'll spend much less time digging and more time looking at your finds. This one in particular is durable, sensitive, and easy to use in the field with one hand. Key operations via the single multi-function button are
2. Cycle through 6 sensitivity / alert modes (Hi/Med/Lo sensitivity levels and vibrate vs beep alerts)
3. Quick retuning
One thing that could be made clearer (and is an important point) is to auto ground-balance it by turning it on with the point contacting a neutral area of the soil you are searching in first. The "quick retuning" feature allows you to starting homing in on a signal; when the beeps or vibrations start, a quick press of the button resets the sensitivity so the alerts stop and then will only continue as you get closer to the target -- handy!
As far as field experience goes, I can say this has shortened my time finding dug Civil War relics immensely. I have had no weather-proofing issues and have not tried it underwater yet. However, as with all metal detection equipment and detecting in general it is a tool, not a magic wand, and getting benefit from it will take some practice and use in the field. Following some forum chatter about these "falsing" for poor initial battery strength, I did not use the 9v that shipped with it. Other features are as-advertised: ruler marks, LED light, and lanyard ring. The battery in mine now has been on about 10 digs in vibrate-only mode (assume that draws more power than the beep) and is still going strong with no signs of bad detection or running out of juice.
Not worth it
by Mike (3 out of 5 stars)
June 14, 2019
Well, I had high hopes for this. The main reason I got it was for the silent mode. While it certainly works what a pain in the tail to set it. One button to control everything! What a headache! I'd get it set the way I like it and use it, go to turn off and it would think I'm reprogramming it and switch my settings. It's plenty big enough Garrett designers, put at least two on there! One for on/off the other for programming! Super duper annoying! Like to the point I may send it back. I have a cheap knock off that I may like better than this and it's a quarter of the cost! In my opinion, not worth it unless you are in a river or something. buy two cheap ones and if it gets wet, use the other...and if that gets wet, buy another, you'll still be saving money. My cheap one has lasted me for 2 seasons so far and is still going strong. The only thing I don't like about it is it doesn't have vibrate only mode and once and I while if I hit the tip to hard it will give a quick false read ( no biggie for me) .
Absolutely love it
by Nicholas Frisbie (5 out of 5 stars)
June 24, 2016
I can't tell you how pleased I am with this thing.
If you do a lot of metal detect in this thing is I must have it cuts your time sitting there dirt in more than half. Has a built-in flashlight several settings and a silent mode. Is waterproof and has a ruler thought of it to measure how deep your hole is. And had a little scraper on the side.
Also features a alarm setting in case it gets lost it will trip for 60 minutes so you can find it. Brightly colored and waterproof. By far the best investment you can make metal detecting.
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