Recently, Ghostly Activities bought a K2 EMF meter with sound alert. We’ve used it on a few ghost hunts, and here’s our review. Get the details after the jump.
K2 Meter Background
I bought the device from Ghost Stop about a month ago, and we’ve used it on a couple of ghost hunts. If you watch paranormal tv shows, you’ve seen this gadget before. Really, all of them use a version of the K2 EMF meter. It’s sort of a mandatory spirit detector.
It’s very sensitive to any environmental changes. That means it gives false positives. You can move it too fast, and it gives you a flashing light. You walk 5-feet from exposed wiring: You get a false positive. I think you get the idea.
If you want to use a K2 correctly, set it down on a table or bench. Then, run an engagement session or EVP session, noting the light indicators. Always use another measurement device with this meter.
The K2 EMF meter is very easy to use. You just press the button and it’s ready. The gadget is very sturdy and worked after dropping it from 4 feet. It also has a long battery life. I’ve had it powered on for at least 12 hours without a dip in battery strength.
I have a quibble with the device: The ranges are too vague. It has the following EMF ranges:
Those are some big ranges, when we need precision in the field. Also, it starts with a green light on the 1.5mG range. It would serve the ghost hunting community better if it didn’t show a light in this range. Most ghostly encounters have EMF rating below 5mG. Perhaps the makers could have a ‘On’ light below the activation button? In addition, I’d ask for the ranges below 5mG to have clear segments, and then one for 10+mG.
Compared To Other EMF Meters
It’s not very accurate. That’s because it has different ranges for the indicators and its sensitivity. If you compare it to the Trifield EMF meter and Mel 8704R, then you’ll see a wide range difference.
For example, I used a EM pump to test its accuracy. The pump maxes out at 5mG at a range of 3 inches. The Trifield meter measured it 4.7mG (use the magnetic setting). The Mel 8704R measured it at 1.7mg. With the K2 Meter, it read 10+mG. Of all the devices, the Trifield most accurately recorded the EMF produced by the pump. Only use the K2 meter for guidance.
Sound Alert Response
The sound alert triggered when the EM field increased above 1.5mG. It’s not very loud, so you may not hear it. I provided a file (above) so you can hear what it sounds like. It reminds me of a Geiger counter. In reality, it won’t be as clear as my recording.
Ideally, you would use this gadget in a quiet room and within 4-feet of you. Really, it sounds loud in the recording because I had the recorder right next to the device, and I normalized the volume. It isn’t that loud.
Ghostly Activities’ Recommendation
Skip it. There’s not enough different about this version versus the standard K2 meter. If the sound alert were louder — or it had other features like a red light or laser grid — then we might recommend it. I still think the MEL 8704R-REM-ATDD is the best the EMF meter on the market. Save up and use that one instead.
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.