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Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector: A Review

Updated on July 8, 2016

Are you looking for a metal detector that's fun for the whole family? There are many metal detectors out there that claim to be easy to use and effective in weeding out the unwanted trash from the treasures. Of these, the Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector has received some great reviews from users. Let's take a look at what makes the Bounty Hunter such a great tool for your kid's next treasure hunting expedition.

About the Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior

The Bounty Hunter metal detector is an easy-to-use, fully adjustable metal detector with a clean, solid finish. The manufacturers mention that it is suitable for detecting coin-sized objects at depths of up to 5 inches. Larger objects can be detected at depths of up to three feet. It is described as a child-sized detector, though the shaft is adjustable and anyone can use it. This makes it great fun for the whole family. Now let's take a look at the features of the detector.

Bounty Hunter Features

The Bounty Hunter BHJS Metal Detector Junior comes with the following features:

  • A power dial that also doubles as the dial for sensitivity adjustment.
  • There is a target indicator meter that measures the strength of the signal. When not in use, the meter indicator is at the leftmost position. Depending on the set sensitivity, the indicator will fluctuate whenever it comes across pieces of metal. The signal also increases in volume as the target gets closer to the sensors.
  • An eliminator dial that controls the discrimination. This knob can be rotated to eliminate iron and other unwanted metals.
  • A 6 ½ inch closed weather resistant coil. The coil is what is responsible for detecting the metal, and its weather resistance makes it more effective outdoors.
  • It operates on two 9V alkaline batteries. The target indicator also houses a visual battery life indicator, which signals when it is time for the batteries to be replaced.
  • It operates at a frequency of 6.6 kHz.

Tips on Using the Bounty Hunter Junior

The metal detector is easy to use, but there are some tips that can improve user experience. The manual recommends using only 9-volt alkaline batteries, so no heavy duty or zinc-carbon batteries should be used in order to be eligible for the 1-year limited warranty offered by the manufacturer.

It should only be used outdoors, or metal inside the home can interfere with the detection. To get started with testing the detector, you can use a nail, a zinc penny made after 1982 and a quarter. The nail can be easily eliminated from detection by turning the Eliminator knob. The quarter will never be eliminated from detection, as it is made mostly of copper with a small percentage of nickel.


  • Ease of use: The detector is very easy to use. Unlike many other feature-heavy tools that kids can have a hard time figuring out, your child can use the Bounty Hunter Junior with very little guidance. The simple controls, limited to two in number, are all that you require to get started on a search for coin-sized and larger metal.
  • Lightweight: It is a lightweight rod that weighs only 1.5 pounds. It can easily be carried by a child of 6 to 12 years without the help of an adult. The design of the toy is ergonomic and doesn't cause any undue strain even when a 4-year old uses it. The arm can be adjusted according to the height of the user.
  • Intuitive Visual Indicator: The indicator is designed such that the volume to strength indicator is proportional. In other words, the closer a metal object is to the sensor, the greater will be the volume of the visual indicator.
  • Effective: Users have found that the Bounty Hunter Junior is very effective in finding metals like silver, nickel, gold, iron, aluminum and steel. The device comes with a manual that shows users how much discrimination to use in order to eliminate certain specific types of unwanted metal.
  • Not noisy: The Bounty Hunter uses a single tone to signal when a metal object is near. This sound is not unpleasant and won't cause undue annoyance.


The metal detector is reasonably effective in eliminating nails at higher discriminations, but it is not hundred percent accurate. While this won't interfere with a child's enjoyment of the device, it may mean having to dig up a little more than you anticipate finding some junk along with the treasures.

The Verdict

Clearly the Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector is a starter metal detector, and for what it is, it does the job really well. For the very affordable price, it is a well-designed, comfortable and fun toy that is recommended for the whole family.

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