Get the scoop on how to use the digital TF2 EMF meter on your next ghost hunt. It has a few ‘Gotchas!’ ghost hunters need to know. More after the jump.
TF2 EMF Meter Benefits & Features
Alpha Labs makes this meter that helps make your life as a ghost hunter a bit easier.
First, it has a digital display and audio alert. That means it has a background light in the display so you can easily see the milliGaus (mG) readings. The other benefit is that you can see minute changes in readings. By default, it measures in tenths of mG. The display also shows you battery life in the upper-right corner. You can see the highest mG recorded over a 3-second period.
It also sounds an alert when the milliGaus changes by a few tenths. This isn’t an annoying sound: It sounds somewhat like a fast-moving Geiger counter. This just means you don’t have to squint in the dark to see the tiny needle move around like the 100XE version.
To enable the digital display and audio alert, you need to open the back where you place the 9V battery. It has 2 selectors you press to turn them on. To turn them off, just press the buttons again. In my opinion, you want to keep both enabled.
TF2 EMF Meter Cons (‘Gotchas!’)
As with all ghost hunting gear, there are a few ‘Gotchas!’ to know before you use it:
It only measures alternating current (AC)
This is a bad thing: A paranormal hypothesis states ghosts manifest with direct current (DC) signals, so this meter may not pick it up. You still need the natural trifield meter, which only measures DC, to complement the TF2.
The battery life is much shorter than the 100XE
In my study, the TF2’s battery died after 12 hours of use with the digital display and audio alert enabled. The 100XE remains powered for well over a month on a 9V battery. Now, the TF2 is fully digital, so this is expected, but this means you probably need to change your batteries after every ghost hunt.
It has confusing settings for standard and weighted measurements
On its face, you use a selector to switch between standard measurement and weighted measurement. This changes the scale and how dynamic it measures ambient EMF. The standard magnetic setting can go to 100mG, but only for lower ranges. If you want to measure above 60Hz, then use the weighted segment. Ghost hunters want to use the standard settings on the MAG setting. The weighted settings are for very strong, man-made EMF.
You probably want to skip the RF measurements because it’s designed to measure microwaves, WiFi signals, Bluetooth connections, etc.
It only uses 3-axis for magnetic measurement
Yep, only the standard and weighted magnetic settings use all three points. If you want to use the ELEC measurements, you have to move the meter around to get 3 different readings. The same goes with RF.
The TF2 doesn’t sum up magnetic and electrical measurement
Many ghost hunters count on the combined measurements to detect a paranormal anomaly. The TF2 doesn’t have that setting. Also, the ELEC readings are in volts per meter, which isn’t a measurement we normally use. It’s all about the milliGaus for most of us!
How To Use The TF2 EMF Meter On Ghost Hunts
I’d only use it for guidance and to find a possible ghostly manifestation. That means I’d have the display and audio alerts on and explore a suspected haunt.
First, I’d set the gadget to the standard magnetic reading. Then, I’d start exploring to see if I get any hits. Once I have that, I’d reach for the natural trifield meter to confirm the anomaly. If it does, then I’d move into an engagement or EVP session.
You could also use the gadget in an engagement session, much like you would with a K2 meter. Set it down on a table, bench or near the trigger object, and record the changes in mG and the audio signal.
Ghostly Activities’ Take
I’m a bit torn on this gadget. It really isn’t a good fit for ghost hunting because it only measures AC and it doesn’t sum magnetic and electric readings like the 100XE. But, the display is nice and it has the audio alert.
Okay, I’ll stop being wishy-washy on it. If you have a Mel 8704R-REM-ATDD, I’d skip the TF2 EMF meter. If you want to save $30 or so, then the TF2 may be an acceptable substitute. The TF2 EMF meter sells for $165 while the Mel 8704R-REM-ATDD sells for $200. You still want to have a natural trifield meter around to confirm DC anomalies and a possible ghostly manifestation.
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.