Nokta Pulse Dive pinpointer only

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I did post my review of the pinpointer part of the PulseDive for land use a while back but as I've just done an update for another forum I thought I would add it here.

I bought just the pinpointer (March 2020) to use at the beach when rock-pooling, which hasn't happened due to lockdown, but here are some comments using it as a land pinpointer.

1. It's built to last.

2. With winter gloves on the buttons can be awkward.

3. It interferes with my Equinox but there is a 'but'. I've been through all the frequency settings so I have no cure for this anomaly and neither do Nokta. The situation - find a target with the Nox. Put the detector down, dig the plug, target still in the hole or dropped out of the plug into the grass, and start the pointer. There is a zone about 2 feet from the coil where the pointer responds to the Nox. If the detector is inside or outside of the zone it doesn't react but, that 2 feet is just about where the detector gets placed when I'm digging. It can be a nuisance as you check one side of the hole and no signal. Then check the side of the hole nearer the Nox and the pinpointer beeps (not the Nox). 

4. If your detector picks up coke then this doesn't. I used it with a T2 (lots of interference with the detector close by) but the T2 found really tiny bits of coke as a target which I then couldn't find with the pointer.

5. For a land pinpointer it's more complicated than it needs to be.

6. I've taken the hook off the holder as it doesn't work and if you're in summer clothes it digs in your side. I just use the belt loops.

7. Waterproof so easy to clean.

It's a good pinpointer but horses for courses. Would I buy again as just a land based pointer - maybe.
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I`d say as far as the pinpointer your reviewing the Clue`s in the Description......... Pulse "DIVE" :D I think primarily ,Its really designed for using underwater use when used to go detecting below the surface on the sea bed or as such otherwise why would they call it a pulse - dive even though they say it can be used on land ? .
There are as I`m confident you know very adequate pin-pointers which can be easily used for both on the beach or in amongst rockpools such as the Minelab Pro 35. Which will do the job much better in both scenario`s as is fully waterproof and is at home on both conditions of land or sea,and as far as I`m aware has no problems in both conditions of use.
Of course I`m aware there are those that will use the Nokta pulse-dive for both land & sea use and the "coke" recognition is a handy thing for the detectors which do pick up coke to use alongside of. I`ve never had a problem with the Pinpointer I use now anyway and think its the best pin pointer out there and I have I`ve pretty much tried most out there .Thanks Chris for taking the time to review the Pulse-dive anyway, It is one in fact I haven't used probably because I don`t go scuba diving & do very little beach detecting but its always good to get all views on any thing to do with detecting accessories as well as detectors , & it makes very interesting reading to hear from those with them we that havn`t used .. :thumbsup:
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DaveP wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:00 am I did post my review of the pinpointer part of the PulseDive for land use a while back but as I've just done an update for another forum I thought I would add it here.

I bought just the pinpointer (March 2020) to use at the beach when rock-pooling, which hasn't happened due to lockdown, but here are some comments using it as a land pinpointer.

1. It's built to last.

2. With winter gloves on the buttons can be awkward.

3. It interferes with my Equinox but there is a 'but'. I've been through all the frequency settings so I have no cure for this anomaly and neither do Nokta. The situation - find a target with the Nox. Put the detector down, dig the plug, target still in the hole or dropped out of the plug into the grass, and start the pointer. There is a zone about 2 feet from the coil where the pointer responds to the Nox. If the detector is inside or outside of the zone it doesn't react but, that 2 feet is just about where the detector gets placed when I'm digging. It can be a nuisance as you check one side of the hole and no signal. Then check the side of the hole nearer the Nox and the pinpointer beeps (not the Nox). 

4. If your detector picks up coke then this doesn't. I used it with a T2 (lots of interference with the detector close by) but the T2 found really tiny bits of coke as a target which I then couldn't find with the pointer.

5. For a land pinpointer it's more complicated than it needs to be.

6. I've taken the hook off the holder as it doesn't work and if you're in summer clothes it digs in your side. I just use the belt loops.

7. Waterproof so easy to clean.

It's a good pinpointer but horses for courses. Would I buy again as just a land based pointer - maybe.
Thanks for the review..

How does it compare range wise? I have one of their standard pinpointers and while it's built like a tank, I find the range quite short especially on very small targets...I also have a Whites TRS, which has much better range, but feels far lighter/ not so well made...
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I’ve heard good things about the Nokta pin pointers so good to hear a real users views too :thumbsup:
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Bors wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:31 am I`d say as far as the pinpointer your reviewing the Clue`s in the Description......... Pulse "DIVE" :D
Agree and I used to dive. However, I use lighter dive gloves while detecting in the wet/mud and still find the on/off button a little tricky so not sure what it's like underwater. It's easy to think you've turned it off when in fact you've just adjusted the sensitivity and it starts vibrating when you put it back in the holder.
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Pete E wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:17 pm
How does it compare range wise?
Range is fine and adjustable and gives good feedback when closing in on a deep target. It works well on land but I just feel it has drawbacks due to the added functionality.
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Oxgirl wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:52 pm I’ve heard good things about the Nokta pin pointers so good to hear a real users views too :thumbsup:
The one I had once I didn`t like It and the only thing I can say with any positiveness of it , is that it was sturdily built. The on /off switch was at the top of the Round cap at the top end of it and was difficult to switch on /off with one hand holding it ,so that meant I had to hold the pin-pointer with one hand while switching it off with the other . Now with most other pin-pointers that`s not the case. You have your on/off switch on the shaft of the pin-pointer so that means no having to use two hands.
It`s just a case of while holding it with one hand, you just press the on/off button with your thumb or forefinger and you don`t have to use the other hand you`ve probably got your detector in . So that was my personal dislike about the Nokta pin-pointer. It was enough to make me sell it anyway and I`ve no plans to buy another if I ever needed to have to get another pin-pointer..
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I've not tried a Nokta pinpointer but the Garrett carrot is pretty hard to beat!
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Easylife wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:17 pm I've not tried a Nokta pinpointer but the Garrett carrot is pretty hard to beat!
In all honesty Ian I`ve had a couple of Garrett carrots and I`ve had issues with them both & had to send them back . With this Minelab Profind 35 I`ve had no issues whatsoever with it since buying it and even work wise I find it "is the better bet". And if you asked me why . The biggest reason is it recognises Iron if your looking for the target by emitting a different " Iron sound" to the "normal target noise ", hence straight away you know if its Iron as soon as your pin-pointer homes in on it.So in my humble view, I`ve found it has the edge over the Garrett Propointer AT .
That said I`m sure you can go and find lots of people who`ll say the Garrett has the edge over the Minelab 35. It just depends on your liking or disliking of any you try . That`s why we have choices and choices are a good thing to have.
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My first carrot had issues but I put up with it for many months before getting it replaced under warranty. The replacement was excellent but I swapped it for an XP MI-6 which was also great, as I had a Deus at the time. But now have another carrot and am well happy with it. :thumbsup:
Only occasionally is there a lump of iron in the hole but no problem as I know it wasn't the original target. A PI pinpointer would be more useful at the beach though.
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One thing I wish manufacturers would do is put a simple LED scale to show what power setting you are on...so much easier just to glance and know rather than trying to cycle through beebs ect...
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Pete E wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:36 pm One thing I wish manufacturers would do is put a simple LED scale to show what power setting you are on...so much easier just to glance and know rather than trying to cycle through beebs ect...
Yes I would agree that would be handy . :thumbsup:
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Pete E wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:36 pm One thing I wish manufacturers would do is put a simple LED scale to show what power setting you are on...so much easier just to glance and know rather than trying to cycle through beebs ect...
How often do you change it? I never change my power setting as a detune only lasts until powered off, but guess it may be pinpointer specific?
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Easylife wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:00 pm How often do you change it? I never change my power setting as a detune only lasts until powered off, but guess it may be pinpointer specific?
I think Pete`s referring to the Nokta pinpointer.
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Easylife wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:00 pm How often do you change it? I never change my power setting as a detune only lasts until powered off, but guess it may be pinpointer specific?
The PulseDive remembers the settings - well mine does and Nokta confirmed it. But as Pete says, the only way to know which setting you are on is to cycle through the beeps. But then I haven't found a need for less than the highest setting meaning I don't need the complexity or the chance of accidentally changing the setting; the next step from maximum is back to the minimum setting - then all the way through the beeps back to maximum.
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