The equipment needed to conduct a paranormal investigation can vary depending on what kind of ghost hunting you are conducting, but there are some basic pieces of equipment that you must have if you’re going to be successful in your 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 so many different ways of actually confirming their existence that you might feel overwhelmed by it all. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 4 essential pieces of paranormal equipment that will come in handy if you want to start your own ghost hunting investigations. While there are plenty of other items available on today’s market, these ones cover most of what you need for your early ventures into ghost hunting. The basics? Check! Let’s check out our first must-have: EMF meters
1. EMF Meters
There are several different types of EMF meters on the market. Here is a quick rundown of each type and their pros and cons: Digital Meters : With these you get precise readings, but they’re more expensive. They’re typically recommended for those who have been around EMF's before. Analogue Meters : Analogues give less precise results than digital ones, but they are much cheaper and can do everything that digital ones can do as well. Typically people will buy analogues first to see if they even want to look into paranormal activity or if it interests them enough to go further into studying it.
2. Voice Recorders
The most basic piece of equipment that you need to capture paranormal evidence is a voice recorder. There are several different types 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 specifically 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 might 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 in your office.
3. Temperature Gauge
One of your paranormal gadgets should be a temperature gauge to help 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 camera can help detect rising temperatures or even see cold spots where something is causing an unnatural drop in temperature, but 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.) The point is, paranormal investigators need tools to help them investigate paranormal activity in every nook and cranny. Bring along a video camera at all times—especially if you think spirits might appear on film! To take things up a notch on Halloween, turn off all of your lights and place video cameras outside of your house. If any ghosts or ghouls try to break into your home while everyone is sleeping...well then 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.