The new Garrett Pro-Pointer is undoubtfully a great pinpointer, solidly built and working great, but in my opinion it is annoyingly LOUD. Of course if you want to silent it a little, you just have to put a finger on the speaker port, but if you are looking for a more practical solution, I’ve written a step-by-step tutorial for you to turn down the volume for good. Don’t worry, the procedure is quite simple and reversible, so mostly anyone can do it. Ok, here we go:
Step one: Open the battery compartment and take out the battery.
Step two: Remove the screw in the corner inside the battery compartment.
Step three: Remove the rubber cap covering the ON/OFF switch. Basically you have to squeeze the thing and pull it out. Notice the white microswitch under the cap.
Step Four (Careful!): Hold down the microswitch and carefully pull the battery compartment out from the back of the unit. As you pull, make sure the switch doesn’t get caught against the pointer’s housing. I’ve learned this the hard way, as I forcefully pulled the battery compartment out and the switch fell to pieces. And believe me, with that many tiny parts it is not easy to put it together again!
Step Five: Pulling the battery compartment out, the electronics are revealed. Notice the big black round thing with the hole in it? That’s the speaker. At this point you could unweld if you want to shut it off completely, but I went easy on the poor thing and I’ve basically taped it over.
Step Six: Tape over the speaker with any tape you like. I’ve used the normal transparent type and I’ve taped it over six times until I was sure that was the volume level I wanted.
Final step: Assembling the unit is basically the reverse of the disassembling procedure above. One word of advice: Don’t push the electronics with the battery compartment too hard inside, it should slide in quite easily. The trick is to make way for the electronics by carefully pushing the wires away from the travelling path of the circuit board. Also notice the grooves on the inside of the pinpointer housing. Make sure the circuit board slides into these grooves as you push it in. Luckily the thing will slide in position without much effort and you’ll be able to enjoy your modified gadget in no time.
Good luck hunting with your silenced pinpointer!