There are so many gadgets in the paranormal field today, it can be hard to know where to start. I began investigating in 2008 with just a flashlight and a recorder, but I was lucky to be part of team that pooled money together to buy the "hot ticket" tools. Back in 2008 the most popular of our equipment was the k-11 meter and the thermal camera. The k-11 meter I specifically remember not having a permanent "on" feature yet so we would have to shove a quarter in the button to leave it on. Ha. We had other equipment, but I remember these two pieces being the most prevalent at investigations.
Today, I have many pieces of my own equipment so I thought I would share with you my favorites (in no particular order) as well as some bones I have to pick with a few popular items.
1. Digital Recorder
The digital recorder is a classic. One, of course, can be used to pick up Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) during an EVP session, but I also enjoy using a recorder to help me time stamp different sessions or rooms that I visit during an investigation of a larger location. Especially while using an EDI+ which uploads everything to a graph via SD card, its nice to cross analyze equipment and evidence with simple time stamping via voice recording. I typically do this by saying something like "EVP and EDI session, basement of St. Ignatius, 11 pm PST August 15th, 2021" before any EVP session.
Mine: Amazon.com: Zoom H1n Portable Recorder, Onboard Stereo Microphones, Camera Mountable, Records to SD Card, Compact, USB Microphone, Overdubbing, Dictation, For Recording Music, Audio for Video, and Interviews : Musical Instruments
2. EDI +
The EDI is a powerhouse in ghost hunting equipment. It has multiple features and can read EMF, temperature, vibration, pressure and humidity. It also logs all of this information into a data-logging, graph software if you inset a SD card. I find this equipment incredibly useful when I am on the go and don't want to have multiple pieces of equipment to carry around. Its also handy to be able to detect different paranormal occurrences at once, for example reading a temperature drop at the same time as an EMF spike.
Mine: GhostStop Ghost Hunting Equipment - EDI Meter Plus EMF meter for paranormal investigations
3. Spirit Box (SB7T or SB11)
The spirit box has gained a lot of popularity in recent years with the rise of the Estes Method - an ITC sensory deprivation experiment created by Karl Pfieffer and Connor Randall. The box scans radio frequencies at an accelerated rate so that mostly static and some radio interference comes through. However, sometimes words or sentences end up coming through clearly and in response to questions being asked, which in turn is an evolutionary move forward in modern spirit communication.
Bone To Pick: Spirit Boxes are largely subject to personal bias and should be used with a good deal of discernment. I would encourage anyone trying to "go under" during the Estes Method to have as little knowledge about who you will be contacting as possible and to research into auditory pareidolia before doing such experiments. Also, after using the popular "Sbox" spirit box, I would not suggest it as it seems to give false positive results.
Mine: GhostStop Ghost Hunting Equipment - Spirit Box B-PSB7 EVP for ITC Research
4. Laser Grid
I recently picked up a laser grid and did not expect to love it as much as I do. I think it's a great tool to use for detecting small movements or mists and is easy to carry around and set up. I also am inclined to believe that it offers a source for phenomena to draw energy from. Just watch out for false positives from bugs and the like.
Mine: GhostStop Ghost Hunting Equipment - Laser Grid GS1 Ghost and Motion Detection System
5. Tarot/Oracle Cards or Pendulum
I 100% suggest exploring using spiritual tools while investigating. There is some bias to watch out for when using some spiritual tools (like dowsing rods, which I am not a huge fan of) but overall I think they add a really nice layer of communication style to an investigation and can help one dive deeper into the haunting at hand. I would even *gasp* suggest using a Ouija Board on site, as long as you have a trustworthy partner to do it with!
Good investigating deck: A Witchcraft Design Studio – Black and the Moon
Go-Pro - HERO9 Black 5K Video 20MP Streaming Camera & Bundles | GoPro
Flashlight - Maglite Mini LED 2-Cell AA Flashlight with Holster, Gray - Basic Handheld Flashlights - Amazon.com
EVP Wrist Recorder - GhostStop Ghost Hunting Equipment - EVP Band Wrist Recorder
Bones to Pick:
Rem Pod. Unless the Rem Pod is going off in direct response to your questions, or is going off in succession to other activity or equipment positives, then it is likely setting off a false positive due to the equipment's high sensitivity to other electronics, including walkie-talkies and phones.
K-11 Meter or the like. EMF meters can often give off false positives due to sensitivity to other electronics. Specifically your smartphone, as I have witnessed many false positive spikes due to locking/unlocking a phone or opening/closing the phones camera app.