Ghostly Activities tries out the Flux Response Device from Ghost Stop. Get our take on this new paranormal research device after the jump.
Flux Response Device
Ghostly Activities ordered the device in August 2018 for delivery later in the month, but there was a backlog due to demand. It arrived at the end of September. The product page listed all the specs, how it works info, and really good directions to use it. Ghost Stop let us know it would be delayed due to a high number of orders. They’re very good with customer service. We buy a lot of our gear from them and we’ll continue to buy from them.
My only concerned dealt with the last paragraph on the product page. In summary, it asked how fellow investigators planned to use it and what worked best. This sent up a red flag that the Flux may not have been QA’d well.
How It Works
Per Ghost Stop, the Flux uses multiple sensors to measure changes in motion and temperature to determine a response. These are closed-ended questions, like yes or no; male or female; and good or bad. In a nutshell, the device gives off a sensor field about 3′ around it. It uses infrared motion sensors and an ambient temperature probe to determine results.
Now, this doesn’t seem like good science. No one can tell if a temperature drop and a shadow whizzing by a sensor means a ‘No’ response. Ghost hunters will buy the gadget for the close-ended question responses during an EVP session. But, the technology doesn’t work that way. It’s designed to show an entity around the Flux, not translate environmental readings into a response. This device is not a Ovulus or Spirit Box.
The Flux is easy enough to use. Just press the red button on the front, and let it cycle through its ramp up period. The lights will flash blue and then the red/green lights will go off. After that, it’s ready to take readings. Again, you want to have at least 3′ cleared around it, so you don’t get false positives.
A green flashing light means a positive response, female response or something is on its right side. The red response indicates a negative response, male response or something on the left side of it. The higher pitch tone means the temperature is dropping, while the low tone means the temp is rising. Again, these signals seem a bit fishy because it’s unclear how the sensors would interpret changes in temperature and motion to determine a yes/no response.
To power it, just plug the micro USB into it and let it charge for an hour. I left it on overnight and it still worked the next morning. Ghost Stop claims a one-hour charge will power it for 24 hours. I’d have to agree with that claim.
If I used this on a ghost hunt, I’d just put it in the middle of a room and point a camcorder at it, ask some questions, and see if I got a response. I wouldn’t need it for Yes/No type questions. I just want to get the engagement on film.
It wasn’t very accurate. When tested, the Flux gave false positives randomly. In the experiment, I placed the gadget on the kitchen table and made sure nothing was within 3′ of it. Then, I turned it on. The red side reacted the most often, even though there was nothing by it. It seemed to be random signaling. The temperature sound only went off a few times, but the heat hadn’t turned on. The red light-low audio tone sounds, which indicates an increasing temperature. It was the green side that was disappointing. I moved my camera bag within 18-inches of the devices, well within in sensor radius, and it didn’t go off. Once I put my hand within a few inches of the motion sensor, it went off.
I think the unit would be better served by including something that could display motion changes and temperature readouts. Then, you’d have an idea how the environment’s changing.
Ghostly Activities’ Recommendation
It’s a pass. We usually like gadgets made by Ghost Stop, but this one misses the mark. It’s strangely over-reactive on the red side and not-so-reactive on the green. The sensors detect anything that’s there, so it will throw too many false positives. The other thing that’s missing is an audio detector. You would think it would listen for sound waves or something that can detect audio. I’d want it to know when I’ve stopped asking a question, so it could listen for a response. If anything, I could see it combined with another ITC device to compensate for its shortcomings.
At $199 per unit, I’d recommend ghost hunters buy an EDI instead of the Flux. You may have to ask the suspected spirit to touch the EDI, but it’s far more accurate than the Flux. If the makers said it shows you unseen motion and detects temperature changes, then I’d likely give it an OK recommendation. They’d also have to cut the price in half, too.
Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice has always loved ghosts and scary stories. When he’s not being a tech nerd for work, he’s the gadget guy on the team. He hunts ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.