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.

For steps on how to become a paranormal investigator, ghost information and for paranormal help, take a look at the following information:

Ghost Hunting 101
Ghosts - Frequently Asked Questions
How to Become a Paranormal Investigator 
How to Tell if Your House is Haunted


EMF Gauge

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 1912.

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.

Thermal Hit

Ghost Hunters catch a thermal hit on a thermal imaging camera at the Crescent Hotel.

IR Cameras

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)

Ghostbox 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 communication.

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 limiting exposure.

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 Objects

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.