Bat Detector Starter Kit

£89.93 Ex. VAT
In stock

The perfect companion for beginner bat detecting.


Bat Conservation Trust

If you are a beginner then this kit is a perfect introduction to the detection of bats!

The kit includes:

  • Magenta Bat5 superheterodyne bat detector
  • Four AAA batteries
  • A Field Studies Council 'Guide to British Bats'


The compact Magenta Bat5 has a backlit 4 digit LCD frequency display which is highly visible during the day and night and a top-illuminated large-diameter frequency dial. Bat detectors work by converting the inaudible ultrasonic calls into sounds that we are able to hear (100 to 12kHz). It has an extended low-frequency coverage so it will be able to detect insects and some birds, in addition to bats.

Key features:

  • An enhanced oscillator frequency range and low noise
  • Easy one-handed operation of volume and frequency controls
  • Low power consumption
  • Contoured microphone housing for enhanced frequency sensitivity
  • Waterproof, short circuit proof headphone output
  • Low-level output for connection to a recorder or PC sound card
  • Built-in LED torch
  • Wrist strap


The FSC guide contains a detailed description of the different calls, flight patterns, and behaviours of the UK's bat species and is an ideal companion for anyone learning to identify British bats.

How the Bat5 Works:
The detector uses the Heterodyne principle. Ultrasound is picked up, amplified, and mixed in a special way with another signal generated in the bat detector. The mixer produces the audible difference frequency between the two. In a typical situation, the bat will be sending ultrasound at 45kHz, the bat detector signal will be set to 43kHz and the audible output will be the difference between the two - which is 2kHz. There are two rotary controls. A combined volume on/off switch, and a large calibrated frequency control which adjusts the signal to be mixed with the ultrasound from the bat.

Bat5 Technical Specifications:
Type: Heterodyne
Frequency range (kHz): 10 to130
Bandwidth: +/- 9kHz
Output power: 0.5 watts
Display: LCD, quartz accurate, 4-digits
Display resolution (Hz): 100
Power: 4x AAA alkaline, NiCd or NiMH
Headphone socket: 3.5mm Stereo
Tape Socket: 3.5mm stereo jack
Tape Output: 100mV typical
LED torch: White 5mm led.
Speaker: Waterproof low profile mylar
Microphone: Wideband electret.

Conforms to EU RoHS and WEEE regulations - Lead free

Warranty: 2 years

Please note: Make sure the detector is switched OFF when changing the batteries.

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