There’s a few devices that aren’t worth your time because you can’t rely on the results. Many of them are seen on ghost hunting shows. With that type of endorsement, you’d expect these gadgets to be cutting edge tech. But they’re not. They just guarantee you’ll capture a ghost for TV. Get the scoop after the jump.

5 Ghost Hunting Devices Not Worth Your Money

The problem with most of these gadgets is that they’re too sensitive, often used incorrectly, or just random gibberish. Here’s the rundown in no particular order.

K2 Meter

The popular K2 Meter is used on quite a few ghost hunting shows. It’s lights flicker whenever an electromagnetic field is detected. However, it’s so sensitive that it flashes with any EMF anomaly. It could be your cameras, mics, phone, digital watch … you get my drift.

Because it goes off all the time, you can’t really tell if there’s an anomaly or not.

The other problem with it is its measurements. It’s not very precise. You get some big EMF ranges within each color band. That’s a problem. We need to know the milliGaus reading to the tenth-of-a-point. The K2 can’t provide that. You can buy a digital EMF meter for half the cost of a K2 meter.

How to use it correctly: Well, you may be able to use it for binary results. These are things like ‘Yes/No’ answers. I’d still take it all as directional. It would be a step up from use the flashlight method for binary responses. To be honest with you, I never use a K2 meter anymore. You just can’t count on its veracity.

Ghost Box

Ghost boxes are the same or similar to other ITC devices like spirit boxes and geoportals. They scan random radio frequencies. As a user, you’d ask EVP-like questions, then use the words plucked out from the frequencies as a response.

This is totally random responses and you could matrix the response. I did a whole podcast on using ghost boxes and how easy it is to misinterpret the words. Ghost hunting shows love the ghost boxes because you always get a response. It’s also pretty easy to edit it down to the responses you want.

How to use it correctly: The only thing I can think of is for white noise. I’ve tested using white noise to solicit ghostly activity, and there’s something about it that helps with engagement sessions. As for the Ghost Box, you can use one of those ambient sound generators that cost a fifth of a Ghost Box to do that. I don’t even use Ghost Boxes anymore.


An Ovilus is a pretty popular device on ghost hunting shows. It contains a database of 2,000 or more words that ghosts can select to communicate with an investigator. The device uses different environmental factors like temperature and EMF to help with the selection.

And it’s all random words. We’ve tested this one quite a bit over the years, and it was always gibberish. I’d say it’s less accurate than a ghost box. With a ghost box, you could misinterpret a word, and it might make sense. With an Ovilus, you see the word on the display. However, you can edit your footage to make sense of it.

How to use it correctly: You can’t use this one correctly. It’s totally random words generated. There’s no reason to believe a ghost would know how to pick words from a dictionary to answer a question. Would you be able to pick a word when you can’t even see what’s in the database? I doubt it.

UPDATE: Ghostly Activities will test the other metrics on the Ovilus 5 in June. Stay tuned for the review!

SLS Kinect

Here’s another gadget ghost hunting shows love, the SLS Kinect. If you have an XBox, then you’re familiar with the tech. It sends out infrared beams to map a human figure. For ghost hunting, investigators walk around pointing it at the area where a spirit has been reported. If you get a stick figure, then it could be a ghost.

Well, that’s not really how the gadget works and walking around with it is the worst thing you can do. You will always get a false positive. That’s good for TV because you get evidence. Not so much for your credibility as an investigator.

How to use it correctly: You can use this device and get usable evidence, but you need to plan for it. First, it must go on a tripod to hold it steady. Most ghost hunting shows have investigators walk around with it. It has to be stationary. Any movement throws off the mapping sensor, and that will generate a false positive. Next, it only has a range of 6 feet. Anything beyond that will cause the SLS Kinect to go into error-handling mode and map anything. Lastly, you must have a clear area. No sofas, coffee tables, door frames, etc. They all cause the SLS Kinect to map incorrectly. Whenever you see those weird spider-looking things or dancing stick figures, you know the gadget is mapping incorrectly.

Ghost Hunting Apps

You don’t see many apps used on ghost hunting shows. Ghost Brothers does use them from time-to-time. I even downloaded the Sono X10 Spirit Box Pro to test. It was total garbage, too.

The apps are notorious for pulling your location data, replaying words they’ve picked up around you, and placing a ‘ghost’ on a radar. Let’s just say there’s a reason the programmers state to use them as ‘entertainment-only.’ Let’s just say it’s very easy for apps to manifest ghosts for you. That’s how they’re programmed after all.

How to use it correctly: You can’t use it. Period. It’s total entertainment garbage. Fine if you want to use it at a slumber party or creepy Halloween fun. Don’t take it on an investigation.