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Quest Pro Metal Detector at the Beach
The Quest Pro Metal Detector is 2018’s newest all-purpose & waterproof (up to 6m/20ft) detector. One of the coolest new features of the Quest Pro is it’s integrated Bluetooth technology which can connect to your phone via their free QuestGo app. The app maps where you’ve been & catalogs the treasures you’ve found. It also comes with wireless headphones so you can hear targets without being tethered to your detector.
I decided to test the Quest Pro at the ever popular Cocoa Beach on the east coast of Florida. I set up close to a famous surf shop that began there. Even at 8:30 am on a Thursday, there were several groups of people, but thankfully there was still plenty of room to comb the beach for lost treasure.
Dry Beach Sand
There was no chatter from the detector on the dry sand. Targets hit clearly without questioning if it was a false signal. The first target in my scoop, a nickel, was loud and easy to find. I wasn’t paying attention to the Target ID so I can’t give you a range to look for. The next one, however, rang between 81 and 86 and showed at the second to the top on the depth indicator. It turned out to be a bottle cap. Moving along the next signal was about two feet away and the same as the last one so I figured it was another bottle cap. I dug it anyway so I could clean the beach. Turned out to be a dime! Just goes to show, you need to dig every target.
Wet Beach Sand
When I got into the transition/wet sand the metal detector was a bit chatty so I ground balanced again. After that, the only time it made a sound when there wasn’t a target was when I touched the coil to the ground. It found targets just as well as in the dry sand though - you just need to be mindful of your swing.
I did not get all the way into the water with the detector this time out but did walk to the shallow waves. Every time a wave went over the coil it would chatter like crazy. I even tried to ground balance to see if that would help with no luck. After talking with Marty, our Metal Detector Technical Support Specialist who has 12 years of experience in the hobby, this makes sense. He says that a single frequency detector has a harder time with the salt minerals and black sand that are in the ocean. If you did get an actual target closer to the surface I think you would be able to tell since the sound would be much more clear and consistent.
Overall, the Quest Pro does well at the beach. With some fine tuning, I’m sure the performance in salt water areas will produce great results. The signals were loud and clear, even when targets were about 3-4 inches down in the dry sand.