Shawn, it's nice to see you wanting to get your nephew interested in
the hobby. I read the reviews on the NG detector after reading your
article. It looks like some people have found it as low as $15, and
for shallow depths it got soome pretty good reviews!
The 250 I believe is the lightest machine I know of out in the
market, other than possibly some of these children's versions.
My 2 cents worth (sorry clad 2 cents worth ;) ) if you were wanting
to try again, would be to look for another one of the NG machines, if
indeed the other is broken. It is light, it finds metal, and shhould
hopefully last long enough for him to determine if he would like to
pursuit the hobby further. My main reasoning is $15 compared to
about $100 for the next step up machine. Anyone else want to throw
your 2 cents of clad into the discussion???
--- In email@example.com, "Shawn Elaine" <shawnemck@...> wrote:
> Hi All...has anyone ever bought a National Geographic kids metal
> detector? Well, I learned my lesson when I got one for my 9yr. old
> nephews birthday recently. I figured it would give him a start
> the expense to see if he liked it...he keeps wanting to use my Ace
> after a few attempts, and a few dreaded clunks, and it being too
> for him, I would give this one a try, as it's National Geographic
> afterall! Various reviews on Amazon were taken into consideration,
> I got it on Ebay, brand new, supposedly, and it looked it.
> Anyhoos, I should have supervised but he was soooooo excited about
> that a cousin at his chaotic birthday party "helped" him set it up
> without my help.
> When he brought it to me later that day, it was not working.
> The sensitivity light(yes, this little thing does have a sensitivity
> setting...sort of!) and the "on" light stay on together so you can
> set it...it just keeps beeping! Argh! He did tell me that when he
> first had it on it did not continuously beep. He is rough on
> EVERYTHING so it shouldn't have been a surprise at it's sudden
> Oh, well, as I said, lesson learned! But will see if my fixer upper
> anything electric dad can take a look at it.
> Any suggestions for a child size detector? Not too expensive? I have
> seen Bounty Hunter ones for kids. Any comments on those? Thanks,