Importance of Ground Balance in gold detectors
Ground balancing is another feature you should know about before you start your adventurous journey of finding lost treasures. Just like a person gets to experience and skills from using tools and equipment, Gold detectors also require skills and time to master it, and ground balancing especially.
Types of soil
The soil consists of many elements and in different compositions, some have a higher composition of metals and some do not, soils with a greater concentration of metallic particles is called ferrous soil ( ferrous is a latin word derived from Ferrum meaning iron ) and soils with lesser concentration of metals are called nonferrous soil.
What is ground balance in gold detectors
We talked about the types of soil earlier in our ultimate guide, there are soils will different compositions of minerals and metals in soil, some have a high volume of metal particles than the others and that is why it was said earlier that Ground Balancing requires skills and time.
To get accurate results we need to tell our gold detectors what to ignore and what to detect, is the gold detector is sensitive enough it will start detecting the iron particles in the soil and beep very often giving off a wrong signal and making it difficult for you to detect the actual metals when found.
So ground balance in gold detectors is just making the detector compatible with your soil and cancel out all the noise that the iron particles in the ground will produce.
Why is it important?
Ground balancing is very important, you will not be able to find any metals if you don’t properly balance it first, it will produce inaccurate results and you will not be able to detect anything worthwhile no matter how much you spend on the field.
How can you check if your ground balancing is off?
There is an easy way to check if the ground balance in gold detectors is off, when you field test a gold detector, configure it and see if it charges properly. After than you have swept the ground and the height of the coil of detector from grounds should be about 1 inch.
Sweep the area at a constant speed and check if the detector makes multiple sounds on the sweep as. If there are many gold nuggets here, there may be but there is a high chance that your detector needs ground balancing before you can start exploring.