The end of the road for Whites Electronics?

It is with regret that we were forwarded some information today concerning White Electronics’s, manufacturers of the Whites Metal detector range.

Founded in 1950 when White’s Electronics founder Ken White Sr. released his Oremaster Gieger Counter, a revolutionary device that didn’t require headphones as it detected uranium.

Sadly though in the 70th anniversary year of the companies conception, it seems that Whites Electronics may be closing its doors.

The following post explains what is currently taking place and the reasons for the decisions.

To our valued White’s Dealers-

This is a very difficult message to write, but the time has come for retirement from White’s Electronics.

We are suspending manufacturing operations at our Sweet Home facility while we re-evaluate the future of the company. It is never easy to make these decisions, however, we are faced with the reality of intense competition in the industry and ongoing counterfeit instruments coming from China. Lastly, there have been critical material shortages since the Covid 19 shutdown that we now find insurmountable.

All of us here in Sweet Home are grateful for your service. We consider each you part of the White’s extended family.


Ken White
American Made Metal Detectors since 1950

This comes following the Tesoro Metal Detecting manufacturers stopping production in 2018, certainly 2 very well known and respected manufacturers.

We hope that Whites Electronics are able to work through this difficult time, and come out the other side, continuing to manufacture machines that have become a big part of the hobbies history and still seen in fields worldwide.

Our best wishes to all at Whites Electronics.

2 thoughts on “The end of the road for Whites Electronics?

  1. This is very sad news. I only started detecting 5 years ago. After reading up and trying out different detectors, I bought a used V3i. Of course I didn’t know what I was doing but I had some very good finds with it. I then sold it on and tried out other machines but was left dissatisfied with them. So I part exchanged what I had for a new V3i. It takes a while to get used to it but it’s still one of the most technologically advanced machines despite being designed back in 2008. It, not the Equinox, was the first true multi frequency machine. I do hope they get through this. It would be a sad loss if they do shut down completely.

  2. its so sad that white’s electronics is closing as in my view the very best metal detecting company..saying no names i blame the competition who have been ruthless in producing cheap multi frequency machines….i really do hope someone can buy the white’s business and continue producing their great metal detectors.

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