Updated: Mar 13
The equipment needed to conduct a paranormal investigation can vary depending on what kind of ghost hunting you do.
There are still some basic pieces of equipment that you must have if you’re going to be successful in paranormal investigations.
If you’re new to the world of ghost hunting, here are some of the most important pieces of equipment that every ghost hunter should have.
Ghost hunting is no easy task. Even if you’re not a skeptic and you’re convinced ghosts exist, there are many different ways to actually confirm their existence. You might feel overwhelmed by it all.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of four essential pieces of paranormal equipment that will come in handy if you want to start your own ghost hunting investigations. There are plenty of other items available on the market, but these cover most of what you need for your early ventures into ghost hunting.
The basics? Let’s check out our first must-have: EMF meters.
There are many different types of EMF meters on the market. Some, people build in their garages. For more accurate equipment, there are still a dozen different ways to go.
Here's a quick rundown of each type and their pros and cons.
Digital EMP Meters: With these you get precise readings, but the devices are more expensive. They’re typically recommended for those who have been around EMFs before.
Analogue Meters: Analogues give less precise results than digital readers, but they are much cheaper and can do everything that digital ones can do—and almost as well. Typically, people buy analogues first to see if they even want to look further into paranormal activity.
2. Voice Recorders
The most basic piece of you need to capture paranormal evidence is a voice recorder.
There are several different types of voice recorders that can be used for ghost hunting, but you’ll want to find one that has good sound quality and plenty of space for audio recording. Some of these devices can fit in your pocket, while others are larger and more suited for use on a table or in another area where you plan to do your work. Be sure to check out a few different models before making a purchase.
If you really want to go all-out with ghost hunting tools, look into getting specialized software designed for capturing EVP (electronic voice phenomenon). This type of software allows you to isolate certain frequencies that might help when trying to decipher what kind of spirit messages could be coming through. These programs can run on both PC and Mac operating systems, so it shouldn’t matter what computer setup you have at home or office.
3. Temperature Gauge
One of your essential paranormal gadgets should be a temperature gauge. This helps you zero in on cold spots or determine if certain rooms are hot spots for paranormal activity.
A thermometer will also help you identify air conditioning or heating problems that could cause people to feel chilly in certain areas of a building.
An infrared temp camera can get you even more information, including to help detect rising temperatures or even see cold spots where something is causing an unnatural drop in temperature.
Don’t forget to take pictures of any room you enter; it would be nice to have evidence without having a paranormal experience yourself!
4. Video Camera
How many ghosts have you seen? Probably not as many as you’d like. Next time you venture out to a haunted location, bring along a video camera with night vision capabilities and infrared lights so that you can capture any nocturnal apparitions lurking about. And don’t worry about whether or not your camera will record demonic possessions—you should be protected by that video camera. *wink* *wink*
(But seriously, don’t go looking for demonic possessions.)
Paranormal investigators need tools to help them investigate paranormal activity in every nook and cranny. Bring along a video camera at all times. To take things up a notch, turn off all of your lights and place video cameras outside of your house, especially the night of Halloween. If any ghosts or ghouls try to break into your home while everyone is sleeping...well, at least there will be evidence!
In ghost hunting, what you don’t see can be just as important as what you do. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring out all your best equipment and put it to use during each hunt. Since every environment is different and new phenomena could occur at any time, it’s important to have a full toolbox with all kinds of ghost-hunting gear.