Discovery 2200 Metal Detector (Bounty Hunter ). This brand of metal detector has gained remarkable repute over the years. The Discovery 220 lives up to its name and helps you perform ace metal detection as if few other brands can.
- The fact that it is lightweight and well-balanced makes it easy for users to fall in love with it; handling, portability, etc.
- Running on two 9-volt batteries, it comes equipped with state of the art features.
- The search coil is fully submersible and the rod itself is highly adjustable; young and old alike can wield the Discovery 2200.
- A 5-year warranty adds to its appeal.
What makes this brand stand out when it comes to fully fledged metal detection?
- The brain of this device is its control box, conveniently positioned atop the rod and closer to you. You will find the battery compartment here and a quarter-inch headphone jack. Needless to say, do not let this portion go underwater.
- Comprising two rods, the ‘S’ rod promotes arm-hand positioning and sits behind the middle/lower rod. They both fit quite securely into each other thanks to the Discovery’s internal cam lock and locking collar.
- An adjustable armrest feature works greatly to your advantage.
- While the control box needs to stay above water, the search coil or detector head can go under (shallow water hunting).
- A button-oriented setup keeps things simple. Turn on the device using the Power button. Sensitivity and battery indicators are seen on the screen.
- If the sensitivity meter shows two bars, it means you can detect coin-sized objects at a maximum of 7 inches underwater or underground from the search coil. You can increase this measure using the arrows on the left – up/down arrows to increase/decrease sensitivity.
- At higher sensitivities, the detector is increasingly susceptible to natural electromagnetic (EM) interference. Any erratic behavior and false signals? Reduce the sensitivity.
- By default, the Discovery works in ‘All Metal’ mode. It can detect any metal and the small arrow at the top of the display indicates what probable kind of metal the detector is picking up at the time; rather intuitive.
- The big number on the middle of the screen indicates depth; measured in inches for coin-sized objects. Anything larger will yield slightly less reliable depth readouts. The number remains until another object is scanned.
- The Discovery has two operating modes, which you can shift between. Press the ‘Discrimination’ button to enter ‘Discrimination Mode’; and vice versa, the same button works to get back to All Metal Mode. This mode helps remove unwanted objects from even being detected; saves time.
- A small letter ‘R’ (rejected) appears at the top-left of the screen to show what metals are rejected. Labels along the top show the names. Use the discrimination arrow to increase/decrease (up/down) this mode’s settings. Each press adds a new ‘R’ to the screen a little under the corresponding label name above.
- This is a fixed-point left-to-right elimination system. You cannot choose to exclude an R in the middle of a series of Rs. However…
- The simple issue mentioned above is resolved by Notch Mode. You can toggle an R that you need to be searched by pressing the Notch button and working the preferences you need.
- Press Notch, use the discrimination arrow to move the flashing letter across the screen, press Notch again to set it. You can accept or reject particular metal types this way; great versatility. Repeating that exact step and moving to the same R erases that option; so you can undo it.
- The last button on the control box is Zap, which is a quick-fix of sorts when out in the field. When you detect an object that you do not want, press Zap and the internal computer will exclude any further detection of that object type; much like a speedy Notch setting. The R button appears where needed. Only objects between the iron and zinc labels can be zapped.
- Now we come to Discovery’s ‘audio target identification’ through which the device taps into its 4-tone detection capabilities. Simply put, you cannot always see the LCD screen (which is not backlit) when hunting, and the Discovery compensates with an audio feedback mechanism to alert you to the presence of a metal object.
- Each of the four distinct tones can be assigned to a specific object type; increased recognition potential.
Keep the coil level with the ground when swinging; an inch from the surface. Do not swing it like a pendulum. The sheer efficiency and flexibility of the Discovery 2200 has very few rivals competing against its metal detection potential and ease of handling.