Teknetics Patriot Reviews – Detailed Specs and Features

Proudly made in America since 2017, the Teknetics Patriot looks awesome, but does it have the performance you need from a mid-range metal detector?

If you’ve seen the Fisher F75 before you will notice several things are similar. The button layout and LCD display as the same as the F75 and T2.

The Patriot is aimed at coin, jewelry, gold nugget, and relic detecting.

In this review, we investigate the features and functionality of the all-purpose Teknetics Patriot metal detector.

Teknetics Patriot Specs

Feature Details
Technology VLF
Operating Frequency 13 kHz
Target ID By category and 0-99 numerical indication
Speed selection Normal for most conditions, slow for deep coins in non-trashy areas
Search coil 11-inch DD Open Frame Bi-Axial™ Waterproof
Length Length 43.5″ to 52.5″ (110 cm to 133 cm)
Headphone Jack Yes
Ground Balance Yes
Backlight No
Batteries 4 x AA (not included)
Battery Life 20-25 hrs
Battery Indicator Yes
Pinpoint Mode Yes (push-button static pinpoint)
Target ID Yes
Audio 8 audio tone options
Volume Control Yes
Discrimination Adjustment Yes
Sensitivity Adjustable
Depth Indicator Yes, 4-segment
Weight 2.9lbs (1.3 kg)
Warranty 5 years

Our Verdict (If you’re in a hurry)

The ergonomics of the Teknetics Patriot and the way the coil and LCD are balanced make the unit easy to use and swing for extended periods without getting tired.

It can accurately detect targets past the 5-inch mark in mineralized soil. If you are considering buying one of these, read up on the recommended settings for the F70 as it uses the same microprocessor and LCD display.

This is a good unit for an intermediate or new user. It is also good for an experienced detectorist in search of a mid-frequency or backup metal detector.

Pros

  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Good for newbies with automatic settings
  • Mid range frequency
  • Same features and settings as the F70
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • No automatic ground balance
  • Not waterproof

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All about the Teknetics Patriot Metal Detector

What in the Box?

When you open the box, you will find that the main aluminum shaft is broken down into 3 sections with the LCD display attached to the upper segment.

Assembling the unit is straightforward. Simply connect the 3 shart parts, attach the coil and wind the cable around the shaft and fasten them down with the supplied Velcro straps. The lower stem can be adjusted to a height you find most comfortable.

Caution: The cable can easily be cross-threaded if you are not careful connecting it to the back of the LCD display.

The armrest can be adjusted to suit your needs.

The armrest can be adjusted backward or forward by removing a single screw and nut. If you have short arms, you will find the armrest is more comfortable in the forward position. To move the armrest all the way forward, you will need to remove a plastic plug from the shaft.

If you notice unwanted movement of the armrest while swinging the detector, check the tightness of the locking collars.

The unit doesn’t come with an armrest strap. If you need this, you will need to buy it as an optional add-on accessory.

Teknetics Patriot Settings

There are two search modes available to you.

The autotune mode is the most sensitive to metal objects in the ground. It picks up everything ad is similar to fast autotune, SAT or P4 modes in other detectors you may have used in the past. In this mode, you can adjust the sensitivity and threshold.

Discrimination mode can be used to eliminate trash and other objects. It is slightly less sensitive than the autotune mode when it comes to deep or small objects. In this mode, you can enhance the autotune settings by also configuring a discrimination level cutoff.

If you look at the LED display, the objects you can detect are shown from left to right. Each of these items also has a discrimination setting (starting at zero up to 65).

When you set a discrimination level, the items below the selected number will not be detected. To eliminate iron, a setting of around 15 works well. A setting of 65 will eliminate aluminum pull tabs and zinc pennies.

While it may seem limiting to block out everything below a selected value, the detector is also capable of setting NOTCH values. This allows you to re-introduce or remove specific values from the discrimination range.

Frequency

The Teknetics Patriot operates at 13 kHz. This is slightly higher than many low-end detectors that work in the 6 to 7kHz range.

This gives the unit good sensitivity and depth capabilities for jewelry, coins, and gold nuggets.

Pressing the Hz button slightly changes the detectors’ operation frequency to overcome noise from electrical interference or other detectors working in close proximity. There are 7 frequency settings you can use (all centered around 13 kHz).

You will need to ground balance the detector if you change frequencies as the balance point changes slightly on each frequency adjustment

The LCD Display

The LCD display shows the target ID as a number and as a category icon. It also provides an indication of the battery condition and ground mineralization.

The buttons allow you to quickly access features including ground balance, frequency shift, pinpointing and the settings menu. The numbers shown in the middle of the display will change their purpose to match the mode you are in (eg setting sensitivity, frequency etc)

Target Identification

Targets can be identified by the target ID number and up to 4 types of tones that change depending on the metal you are detecting. A category icon is also displayed at the top of the LCD.

Lower numbers (0 to 55) are shown for aluminium items. US nickels typically show up with right in the middle of this range with a target ID of 30.

Higher numbers tend to be indicated for copper and clad (70), with silver items showing up in the 90’s.

Gold jewelry is indicated over a large part of this range (16 to 55) and will largely depend on the size of the item. For this reason it is good to dig most targets.

As you get used to the unit, you can build your own database of target IDs to match your local currencies.

Sensitivity and Depth

Under good conditions, the Patriot can detect US coins to a depth of 13 to 14 inches (35cm). Large objects such as manhole covers and 55 gallon drums can be detected as deep as several feet.

Pinpointing

The pinpoint button helps you locate targets more accurately. We recommend that you get a standalone pinpointer, as the functionality doesn’t work well if you haven’t properly ground balanced the unit.

Pinpointing is a progressive process. As you get closer to the object, releasing and pressing the button increases the sensitivity of the pinpointing mode. In effect, you are canceling out the existing tone and starting over with a smaller search area.

Ground Balance

The unit can be ground balanced by using the Ground Grab button. Like most detectors, the grounding is done using a bobbing motion over an area where you know there are no metal targets.

The detector does not automatically adjust the grounding as you move over different types of ground so you will need to ground the detector before each hunting session. It also means the detector can be harder to use over wet sand where the saltwater is constantly changing the mineralization levels in the sand.

The DIRT bar graph can be used as a handy guide to indicate the amount of mineralization is in the ground.

Indication Notes
0 – 10 Wet sand and alkali
5 – 25 metal or metallic iron (probably you are detecting icon and not the soil)
26 – 39 some saltwater beaches
40 – 75 Red, yellow and brown iron clay
75 – 95 Black iron and magnetite

Is the Teknetic Patriot Waterproof?

Only the coil is waterproof.

It is important that you don’t get the control unit or LCD screen wet.

Audio Options

Unless you get a package deal, headphones are not normally included with the detector. The Teknetic Patriot has a standard 1/4 inch stereo headphone jack on the back of the LCD display.

Most headphones will work fine. However, you will need to ensure that the headphones have a stereo socket. Headphones with a mono socket will not work.

If you do not have headphones handy, the LCD display also has a built-in speaker.

Battery Life and Replacement

The Patriot requires four AA batteries that are not supplied with the unit. While most batteries will work fine, it is best to avoid heavy-duty Zinc-carbon batteries if you are detecting in cold weather. Rechargeable batteries will work fine – but may give a slightly shorter operating time.

When inserting batteries, you need to make sure ALL of the batteries are inserted with the positive terminals facing upwards. This is not like other detectors where the batteries are normally inserted as pairs in alternating directions.

A set of alkaline batteries last around 40 hours in the field. Rechargeable batteries tend to last about 25 hours. In both cases, the batteries will cut out without warning when they get to the end of their life/charge.

Note : The volume control and power button is located on the side of the LCD display. It can turn off the unit or adjust the volume if you swing the detector and often hit your hip or the side of your leg.

Teknetics Patriot Coils

When it comes to selecting a coil, the unit is supplied with an 11-inch Elliptical waterproof coil. The Patriot can use any coil that can be used with the F75 metal detector.

A 5-inch coil can be used to search over trashy ground, and a 15-inch coil can locate targets that are deeper underground.

Tutorials or Videos

Here is a quick review of the Teknetics Patriot from the American Digger Youtube channel

Teknetics Patriot Manual

The Teknetics Patriot manual can be downloaded from the Teknetics website here.

Pros

  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Good for newbies with automatic settings
  • Mid range frequency
  • Same features and settings as the F70
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • No automatic ground balance
  • Not waterproof

Bottom Line

The ergonomics of the Teknetics Patriot and the way the coil and LCD are balanced make the unit easy to use and swing for extended periods without getting tired.

It can accurately detect targets past the 5-inch mark in mineralized soil. If you are considering buying one of these, read up on the recommended settings for the F70 as it uses the same microprocessor and LCD display.

This is a good unit for an intermediate or new user. It is also good for an experienced detectorist in search of a mid-frequency or backup metal detector.

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