|There are many devices that are used these days for hunting ghosts.
Since technology has increased over the years, ghost hunting has become
more of a technical field than it has in previous years.
Much equipment is used throughout the hunt which may help aid the ghost hunter in providing evidence.
These days people are more aware of their surroundings and many want
proof rather then just hearsay. Evidence is everything. Stories are
great but evidence is what is needed to help further the science in
learning about spirits.
The following equipment is widely used within the ghost hunting field:
Other equipment may consist of computers hooked up to a network for video/audio feed as well. It is more than likely that new types of devices will be built in the future too. Each device has it's own reasoning and may help provide further evidence of paranormal activity.
Shellie, Dawn and Skid experiment with using an EMF detector as a communication tool.
Digital Voice Recorder - EVPs
These are three great EVPs (spirit voices captured on audio tape) that
were recorded during PRISM's 2005 paranormal investigations of the
Villisca Axe Murder House, where eight people were bludgeoned to death
In this audio presentation, the voice of two children can be
heard talking. There were no children present during our investigations
...with that, we ask you to be the judge on what it is that we recorded
at the home.
The EVP clips in this video were recorded on 26th March 2010. It is
always best to listen to all EVPs with headphones or in a quiet room.
Among the questions I asked in this session were, does Heaven exist and
is there a reason that any of these possible ghosts are with me all the
time and come through when recording EVP.
Ghost Hunters catch a thermal hit on a thermal imaging camera at the Crescent Hotel.
An IR camera picks up what seems to be a child at the top of the stairs.
Ghost Hunting Equipment
Leading ghost expert Richard Felix tells you everything you need to know
about how to become a successful ghost hunter. Here Richard runs
through the equipment needed for ghost hunting.
Ghost Box (Frank's Box)
is a device that is completely homemade from an AM/FM radio and is used to communicate with the dead.
Although most Ghost Boxes can be modified to open scan in both the AM and FM bands the AM bands tend to provide better results.
A Ghost Box creates white noise mixed with actually radio stations and
the theory is that spirits can use this white noise and chatter from
radio stations to actually manipulate into audible words to establish
You can build your very own ghost box yourself by watching the following video - How to build a Ghost Box.
Ghost Hunting Equipment
Ghost hunters use a variety of techniques and tools to investigate
alleged paranormal activity.
While there is no universal acceptance
among ghost hunters of the following methodologies, a number of these
are commonly utilized by ghost hunting groups.
- Still photography and video: using digital, night vision, infrared, and even disposable cameras.
- EMF meter: to detect possibly unexplained fluctuations in electromagnetic fields.
- Tablet PC: to record data, audio, video and even environmental fluxuations such as electromagnetic fields.
- Ambient temperature measurement: using thermographic cameras, thermal imaging cameras, infrared thermometers, and other infrared temperature sensors.
- Digital and analog audio recording: to capture any unexplained noises and electronic voice phenomena (EVPs), that may be interpreted as disembodied voices.
- Geiger counter: to measure fluctuations in radiation.
- Ion meters: to detect an excess of negative ions.
- Infrared and/or ultrasonic motion sensors: to detect possible anomalous movement within a given area, or to assist in creating a controlled environment where any human movement is detected.
- Air quality monitoring equipment: to assess the levels of gases such as carbon monoxide, which are thought to contribute to reports of paranormal activity.
- Infrasound monitoring equipment: to assess the level of sound vibrations.
- Dowsing rods: usually constructed of brass and bent into an L-shape.
- Psychics, mediums, or clairvoyants: trance mediums or "sensitive" individuals thought to have the ability to identify and make contact with spiritual entities.
- Demonologists, exorcists, and clergy: individuals who may say prayers, give blessings, or perform rituals for the purpose of cleansing a location of alleged ghosts, demons, poltergeists, or "negative energy."
- Lights out: according to ghost hunting enthusiast websites, many ghost hunters prefer to conduct their investigations during "peak" evening hours (midnight to 4 a.m.).
- Ovilus/Ghost Box: These devices are used by some investigators to provide a possible one-on-one conversation with the dead, although they are experimental in nature.
- Interviews: collecting testimony and accounts about alleged hauntings.
- Historical research: researching the history behind the site being investigated.
K-II Meters (EMFs)
K-II Meter - Electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, are emitted by electrical devices of
all types. EMFs are everywhere, originating from appliances, cell
phones, electrical wiring, and even the human body.
The K-II EMF Meter
helps measure these fields to identify appliances that produce
high-level emissions, allowing users to make informed decisions about
EMF fluctuations have also been associated with
locations where unexplained phenomena have been reported, including
alleged hauntings. K-II meters generally operates on a single 9V battery, and many report
EMF measurements in five milliGauss ranges.
Electronic Magnetic Field (EMF Detectors)
EMF Gauge (detector) is a common device used in the detection of ghosts and spirits during ghost hunting.
The theory behind this device is that spirits are energy and this device picks up energy which may result in evidence that there is a spirit lingering around the ghost hunter.
This device can pick up normal explainable energy such as other electronic devices, power lines, circuit breakers, etc. An electromagnetic field is a physical field which is produced by electrically charged objects.
Digital Recorders (EVP)
Digital Voice Recorders are used to help further evidence of spirits by recording what is called an EVP. An EVP is defined as: a voice or sound that is picked up an electronic device which was not heard by human ears.
This type of noise is only heard through technology such as a digital recorder and never from a human ear. EVP's may provide further proof that there is some form of energy attempting to communicate.
EVP's can be random noises, voices and in even some circumstances they can be responses to physical questions.
Thermal Imaging Cameras
Thermal Imaging Cameras are used to help provide evidence of the paranormal field by detecting energy (heat) which the human eye may not be able to see.
Another theory of spirits is that since they may contain energy that they will in return have heat.
Cold spots is another theory that suggests that these spirits absorb energy around them to manifest themselves which in turn they create a cold spot within the surroundings.
Infrared Cameras (IR)
Infrared Cameras are used in ghost hunting to view spirits that sometimes cannot be seen with the human eye. The theory is that spirits are more easier seen through IR light rather then UV light.
Another theory states that spirits move more quickly through our dimension and because of this a high speed object would be easier to film using a high frequency short wave source and that composition of spirits may be more sensitive to reflecting IR light.
Controlled Object - This is a technique used in ghost hunting to try and determine if a physical object has moved.
There are many ways and techniques of doing this for example placing pieces of tape where the legs of a chair touch the floor and to later see if the chair has moved away from the pieces of tape.
Of course physical evidence is necessary such as filming the controlled object since this would increase the evidence rather then it just be hearsay and another story.