• Colin Browen

The BEST Ghost Hunting Equipment For Beginners (And How to Use it!)

DON'T WASTE MONEY ON EQUIPMENT YOU DON'T NEED!


We conduct paranormal investigations every week. In our YouTube show, "The Paranormal Files", Payton, Nick and I travel across the United States in order to investigate claims of paranormal activity, and frequently bust out some of our fun gadgets in order to try and substantiate evidence that these claims are true.


For beginners, figuring out which pieces of equipment to invest in can be tough. I remember first starting out over 10 years ago with only a few hundred dollars that I had saved up wondering, where do I begin? While there are many options for beginners, there are a few devices that we use in almost EVERY investigation that I believe EVERY beginning ghost hunter should invest in.


#1: THE MEL METER


WHAT IS IT?

MEL Meters are all the rage in the paranormal community. The meter was invented by a man named Gary Galka, who, after his daughter Melissa's death in 2004, decided that he would create a device with which he could communicate with her spirit. The device detects electromagnetic frequency levels in the environment and also monitors the temperature in realtime. Spirits are said to give off EMF energy when they manifest and also supposedly EMF energy to manifest activity, so by using this device you can see these levels when they appear and either locate high EMF levels and investigate in those areas or correlate spikes in EMF energy with other activity you witness.


HOW DO I USE IT?

Just hold down the power button, allow the device to boot up then either hold it in your hand and sweep the location or place it somewhere and ask some questions.


HOW MUCH IS IT?

This device will set you back around $98. However, you get what you pay for with this device as opposed to some of the cheaper alternatives available online. I highly recommend this model, as it is what most professional ghost hunting teams use.


PURCHASE HERE:

https://www.ghoststop.com/EMF-Temp-Mel-Meter-With-RED-Backlight-and-flashlig-p/emf-mel-8704r.htm


#2: THE SB7 SPIRIT BOX

The SB7 Spirit Box

WHAT IS IT?

The SB7 Spirit Box is a device which rapidly scans through both AM and FM radio frequencies. Paranormal researchers claim that spirits are able to project their voices on some of these upper radio wavelengths that we cannot hear with our human ears, and using this device allows spirits to use their voices with ease.


HOW DO I USE IT?

It's very simple. All you do is plug in the speaker to the side of the device, turn on the box, then click "Sweep Forward" to begin the radio sweeping. You then ask questions to the spirits, and listen closely for answers.


HOW MUCH IS IT?

This device is even cheaper than the MEL meter, at around $69. If you purchase the box at the link below, you actually will receive a free speaker with the box, so I highly recommend purchasing at this link above others.

PURCHASE HERE: https://www.ghoststop.com/Spirit-Box-B-PSB7-EVP-for-ITC-p/evp-psb7.htm


#3: OLYMPUS AUDIO RECORDER


The Olympus Voice Recorder.

WHAT IS IT?

The Olympus Audio Recorder is a device used by many professionals like doctors to record audio notes to themselves throughout the day. Paranormal investigators will use this device to record EVP's (electronic voice phenomenon) during their sessions where they ask spirits questions.


HOW DO I USE IT?

This model is extremely simple. All you have to do is turn on the recorder, and hit the "RECORD" button. It will then record every noise and voice that sounds in the environment. Many investigators actually use a set of headphones or an external speaker (like the one you receive with the spirit box) to listen LIVE to the audio, so that they can hear the quiet spirit voices as they capture them so that they can respond in realtime.


HOW MUCH IS IT?

This recorder is only around $50.

PURCHASE HERE: https://amzn.to/2KuyU01


#4: DOWSING RODS


Dowsing Rods.

WHAT ARE THEY?

Tracing back all the way to ancient Egypt, dowsing rods have been used for centuries for many purposes. While they are used mainly to "divine" sources of underground water (aka, locate springs from above ground), many modern paranormal investigators use the dowsing rods to ask spirits questions. They will ask a question, then ask for the spirit to manipulate the rods by moving them, typically asking them to "cross" if the answer to the question is "yes" or "no".


HOW DO I USE IT?

Using the rods is very simple. You simply hold the copper handles in your hands, make sure that you are holding the rods very still in a straight-forward position. After making sure that the rods are still, you can ask questions, such as "Cross the rods if there is a spirit here with us in the room". If there is some sort of energy with you, the rods should cross, and you can continue asking questions, finding answers or even ask the spirit to point the rods in the direction of something that they would like you to locate or notice in the room.


HOW MUCH IS IT?

These rods will only cost you around $22.

PURCHASE HERE: https://www.amazon.com/C-Green-DRCGREEN-Dowsing-Sets/dp/B006V231N4 (These specific rods are actually produced in the Cassadaga spiritualist camp in Florida, a famous commune made up almost entirely of mediums and ghost hunters)



#5: INFRARED CAMERA


The Sony AX33 That We Use.

WHAT IS IT?

Obviously, if you are conducting paranormal investigations, you are going to want to record them. However, most modern video cameras do not come with "infrared" capabilities, AKA the ability to shoot in the dark. The two cameras below will allow you to shoot in the darkness and pick up on shadow figures or other light anomalies that you may have missed with the naked eye.


HOW DO I USE IT?

This one is simple. Just turn on the camera, make sure that you have a memory card inside, make sure that the card is FORMATTED before you begin recording, then turn on the "Night Shot" and begin recording.


HOW MUCH IS IT?

There are a lot of different cameras that one could purchase, but I have provided an inexpensive option and a more expensive option. The first is around $220, the second is around $860.

PURCHASE HERE:

https://www.ghoststop.com/Dual-Full-Spectrum-Normal-Light-Camcorder-p/camcorder-fsdualcam.htm


or, the more expensive camera (which is actually the one we use to film our show):


https://www.amazon.com/Sony-Recording-FDRAX33-Handycam-Camcorder/dp/B00R5LH9G0


So there you have it! Don't be afraid when making these purchases- they are going to pay off in the end when you attempt to go on these paranormal investigations and actually have some of the tools to use to facilitate communication. However, if you don't have the money to buy any of these products, DON'T SWEAT IT! We prefer most of the time to only RECORD the investigations that we film, and in fact try to use equipment as little as possible. So no matter your preference, equipment or not, if you invest just a little bit in these devices listed, they will provide you with a paranormal investigation experience that you will never forget.


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AUTHOR: COLIN BROWEN INSTAGRAM: @COLINBROWEN https://www.instagram.com/colinbrowen/ YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsSRxYAK0PiA7d0XUR6sPFA

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