Today my rage got the better of me.
This pointer had to be internally examined, not easy when it is waterproof.
Cause of demise: Dremel.
Bits in the bag are from a previous surgical examination of a Minelab Pro Find 25. (lower circuit board & coil)
As you can see the end is a tiny thin wire coil. No ferrite rod even, so it actually does pretty well (10cm range)
It was surprisingly easy to remove the innards, they were not sealed in with resin as I was expecting (apart from end), only some rubber. Although the whole detector was a glued pvc pipe, with an expanded rubber seal where battery went in. After opening the end up, I actually noticed some sand grains inside of the rubber seal, which makes me think that water could actually get in a way. Very concerning as I had not used it at depth, and with all that air within would increase the pressures if it was taken far down.
Suppose the tiny coil made it very power efficient, I’ve not replaced the battery yet.