I love trying out new products and giving an honest review to my fellow detectorists. Why? Because I hunt, and I hunt a lot, so if I like something, then its obviously a necessary or great addition to your detecting gear.
I’ve sung the praises of the Xpointer pinpointer by Deteknix in the past. But I have yet to come across an item that warranted multiple reviews…until now.
I absolutely love my Xpointer! It has exceeded my expectations on all levels, and I just love it when a product exceeds my expectations.
I took some heat when I initially reviewed the product, shortly after its introduction to the US market. Folks came down on me because it was a new product. They thought I should have waited a while to see how it performed over time. I understood their concerns, but having been so satisfied with its performance after a few months of use, in addition to its reasonable price compared with other popular pinpointers, I felt the value and performance outweighed those concerns. After all, the Xpointer did have a two year guarantee, and I know how rough I am on my gear. If the Xpointer lasted the season with me, and was still working, then I knew it was a well built probe.
Some folks don’t use pinpointers, and while personal choice is their option, I can’t help but wonder if they are unaware of the usefulness of a pinpointer, or are just stubborn.
I don’t remember how I was able to retrieve my targets when I began this hobby, and didn’t even know what a pinpointer was. I do, however, remember that it was maddening, searching through the dirt for something my machine was insisting was there, but try as I might, my eyes just could not find it. Back then, I walked away from quite a few targets in frustration.
After discovering the usefulness of pinpointers in the field, I owned quite a few of the more popular brands. They all had their pros and cons, with each new purchase being a little better than the last, as I went up the scale in price, however, the day I first used the Xpointer, was one I will never forget.
I had heard mention of the Xpointer in my detecting circle, but I was a bit skeptical. I’m always enthused about new products, but keep an eager but wait and see attitude until I try them myself.
Well, after just one day of using the Xpointer, I was more than just pleased, I was hooked on it. It’s now the only probe I use, and have been using for the past year and a half. I have even replaced my old back up probe with a back up Xpointer.
This pinpointer has superior sensitivity, great depth, is very stable, and does not false!
I was told that its range was 3 inches or so—a respectable distance, but I have to tell you, depending on soil conditions here’s what I experienced:
After pinpointing my targets with my machine, I was finding that a lot of the targets I was digging were in the 2-5 inch range on my VDI (which we all know is just a guide), yet a lot of them were actually deeper. With my old pinpointer, it was always a kind of cat and mouse game. I would dig the plug and search around. Many times, my old pinpointer was not picking it up, so I would go back over the hole with my machine, see that the target was still buried, dig a bit deeper, and repeat if necessary.
When you can’t find the target—you get frustrated and start sticking the pinpointer all over the hole, trying to catch a signal, and then it begins falsing on you. You wonder if it’s really falsing, or if it was actually picking up the target.
This did not happen with the Xpointer–The only time it beeped was when a target was nearby, and I don’t know if its the soil conditions or what, but I felt, and still do feel that its depth is greater than the manufacturer reports.
Features & Styling:
The Xpointer has PI (pulse induction) circuitry, with 4 levels of sensitivity. It also has audio, audio & vibration and vibration settings, with the alarm and vibrations intensifying as it comes closer to your target. In addition, there is a low battery alert, as well as a lost mode, where it beeps after 3 minutes without it being used, and is water resistant.
The design is similar to the Garrett Pro Pointer, a much more sleeker and easier to use design than the old rectangular ones. It’s 9″ long, takes one 9v battery, and has 2 push buttons; an on/off switch, and one to adjust the mode.
It comes in a variety of colors, including black, camo, grey, hot pink, orange and yellow, and has a security landyard with a low resistance coil, which you can attach to your belt (and is a nice feature to keep you from losing it), as well as an end cap that fits very snugly over the tip to protect it from wear.
In addition all Deteknix pinpointers come with a 2 year guarantee.
The bottom line:
The Deteknix X-Pointer is a stable performing, sturdy probe with superior sensitivity. This pinpointer does not false, you can’t get it to false if you try. It’s easy to use and I think it performed better than advertised.
The popularity of the Deteknix brand has been so overwhelming, they have recently added the following pinpointers to their line:
Deteknix Hunt Mate
Budget pinpointer that is splashproof instead of the water resistant like the standard pinpointer. Available in camo or black.
Deteknix Dual Power Wader Pinpointer
Powered by a single PP3 or 2 AA batteries. Fully waterproof to 3 meters.
Available in black.
Deteknix Wader LI
Waterproof, rechargable, lithium pinpointer. Fully waterproof to 3 meters.
Available in orange.
Deteknix Diver LI USB
The worlds first lithium, USB rechargeable pinpointer. Good to a depth of 30 meters.
Available in fluorescent yellow.
Where to buy:
As I have a large following in the UK in addition to the US, information on where to purchase is included below for both.
The standard PI Xpointer sells for £69.95 in the UK, and the sole distributor for the Xpointer in the UK & Ireland is:
Contact: Tony Hunt
232, Wimborne Road West
Dorset, BH21 2DY
In the US, the X-Pointer retails for about $89.95, and can be purchased from many different retailers (a few are listed below):