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Nokta Makro Midi Hoard and Mini Hoard Nokta Makro Midi Hoard and Mini Hoard
Nokta Makro Midi Hoard and Mini Hoard 4.5

This would have been my absolute dream present as a child, me and my sister used to dig about in the garden and find bits of broken plates I still don’t know where they came from, but we would convince ourselves that they were ancient pieces of treasure.

If I had the chance of finding pieces of metal, I would have dug up the entire garden. The Midi and Mini Hoard from Nokta Makro is a metal detector specifically designed for your treasure hunters with a size and weight appropriate for small hands and a child friendly interface. The Midi has a shaft that retracts down to 83cm (32.5″) and weighs 880g (1.9lbs) whilst the Mini will drop down to 63cm (25″) and is 780g (1.7lbs) in weight.

The two detectors work in very similar ways but with a few different features specifically chosen for the target age groups. The Midi is best suited for ages 8-12, it uses three audio tones with adjustable volumes and has a seven-inch search coil with a good amount of sensitivity. The Mini is aimed at ages 4-8, a gentle introduction to treasure hunting with a six-inch search coil which is a shallower detector making sure that little hands can get to the items they can detect, both units work at a 15kHz frequency.

These are the world’s first waterproof kids’ detectors with an IP68 rating making them fully submersible up to 1m (3 ft), great for taking down the beach or marshlands without worrying about them damaging the unit. Both detectors have child friendly menus and basic settings to play with, there are LED battery life indicators and depth indicators. They can find, discriminate and pinpoint items. The Mini really breaks things down for the young detectorist by showing them if it’s a good target or a trash or ferrous target and will let them know if the coil is in the right position. These detectors have found the perfect balance between kid friendly use but with the same reliable technology you would find in adult detectors setting them up to fall in love with the hobby and get outside into the natural world.

Midi Hoard RRP $119.95
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Mini Hoard RRP $99.95
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These child friendly metal detectors are a great way to get budding treasure hunters out of the house and exploring the natural world.
  • Lightweight
  • Simple to use
  • Child friendly display include pictograms
  • Waterproof
  • Retractable shaft that grows with the owner
  • Easily portable
  • Healthy battery life
  • A little pricey