At Ghostly Activities, we have some favorite gadgets we always take with us on a ghost hunt. Get the scoop on the gear and why we use it after the jump.
Ghost Hunting Gear For Investigations
Jake explains how he selected gadgets for an upcoming ghost hunt.
For our investigations, we lean heavily on photographic and video evidence collection. That doesn’t mean we don’t use audio evidence collection gadgets; we do. But, the world has moved on to visual evidence, so it just makes sense to focus more on pics and vids to showcase your evidence.
Ghostly Gadgets We Use All The Time
Full-Spectrum Video Camera
Why we use it: Your eyes can’t capture everything, especially the paranormal. Human eyes can’t see other light wavelengths, so it helps to add in infrared and ultraviolet to the mix. These ranges may capture something paranormal: It could be a shadow; apparition; or maybe a ghost portal. We use the Canon Vixia HF R800. We bought ours from Gotcha Ghost.
Infrared Digital Camera
Why we use it: Experience has taught us to have an infrared camera handy. We’ve captured ghostly evidence in single infrared pictures, but not it the full video recording. I have no idea why infrared cameras can capture some ghostly evidence when the camcorder doesn’t. It’s usually a single pic from a series of hundreds. We use a Bell & Howell infrared camera, but I don’t think it’s available any more. You might find it on Amazon.
Why we use it: EDI+ captures many environmental signals. It tells us the usual stuff like EMF and temperature, but it also records humidity, barometric pressure and movement. It has a geophone in it. Plus, you can add a SD card to store the readings. Then, you can run it through software to graph the environmental changes. This can help us measure the physical changes in the environment when a ghost manifests. I think you have to buy it from Centex Paranormal, the manufacturer, now.
Thermal Imaging Camera
Why we use it: Full-spectrum camcorders and infrared cameras are great, but they don’t capture heat or cold signatures. Sometimes, you can capture an apparition by the change in temperature. You may get its silhouette with a FLIR, for example, and the full-spectrum camera will miss that. We got ours from Amazon.
Digital Audio Recorder
Why we use it: Every ghost hunt includes an EVP session, so it’s critical to have an audio recorder available. You want one that’s very sensitive and can pick up whispers from at least 10 feet away. We use Zoom H1n and H4n recorders because they have these qualities. If you need to, use voice notes on your mobile phones, but take the file off and use Audacity software to analyze it. You can find the recorders on Amazon.
Why we use it: EMF is a great way to detect the right conditions (we think) for a ghost to manifest. The EMF meter will pinpoint these areas so you can dive into a deeper investigative technique like EVP. We use the Mel 8704-R-REM-ATDD, which gives off a EM field around an antenna and detects rapid temperature changes. The EM field will trigger a high-pitch tone to tell you something is there, when you don’t see it. We bought it from Ghost Stop. I never leave home without one!
Other Ghostly Gadgets We Consider
The walk-through will determine which gadgets we’ll bring. If there’s a potential child spirit, we’ll bring our Boo Buddies. If it’s a large area, then we’ll have the REM pod in tow. If there are a lot of rooms, then we’ll bring extra camcorders to be our ‘eyes’ while we’re on a different floor. I think you can’t have enough audio recorders. One of my favorite items to bring is a trigger object. I usually pair them with an EM pump. The trigger object gives the suspected ghost an anchor, so it would want to touch it. The EM pump gives it a little extra energy to manifest faster and stronger.
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.