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After 5 trouble free years my original Garret Pro-pointer II (the black one) finally stopped working properly.  I replaced it with an AT Pro-pointer (the orange one). I like it but the battery life is not as good. The factory installed battery was not alkaline so I wasn’t surprised when that died quickly. I replaced it with a fresh alkaline and it died in about a month. 

Has anyone else noticed poor battery life on the AT Pro-Pointer?

Joe

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Garrett Pro-Pointer II Pinpointer for Metal Detectors

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Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointer for Metal Detectors

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I only ever use rechargeable batteries in my gear, I'm still on my first charge the battery in my Pro Pointer AT and I've had it about 6 months but I don't use it that often, it's probably had about 10 days use since I've got it.

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Thanks, maybe I just had a bad battery. I see how this one does. Meanwhile, I’ll always keep spares with me.

Joe

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I’m very happy with my Pro Pointer battery life and I run my pointer at full sensitivity at all times. 

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Thanks everyone for your responses. It sounds like battery life is fine for everyone else. I think I just had two bad batteries back, I’m thinking the pro-pointer is probably fine. I’ll keep an eye on the battery life just to make sure I didn’t get a bad unit.

Joe

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Keep in mind that having your pinpointer go off just a few extra seconds during each use can have a drastic effect on the battery. I doubt I'm going that far out on a limb to suggest that the vibrate feature and beeping are the two biggest battery guzzling features of any decent propointer. I'd spitball that a pinpointer that's on but not detecting anything pulls anywhere from 1/2 to 1/10 of the current of a pinpointer that's beeping and vibrating.

 

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AA alkaline batts are 1.5v, whereas the rechargeable NiMH batts are 1.2v. Have you experienced any significant difference in battery life or detector performance with the lower voltage?

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my batteries last months, but I turn the unit off and on as needed. I don't leave it on all the time.

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