Most of us are probably guilty of tuning into those lame paranormal hunter shows at one time or another, even if just around Halloween; and even though we know they’re totally staged, we can’t help but turn the volume up when the ghost hunters SWEAR they caught a voice on one of their little machines. And do we end up going to bed a little on edge? That’s for us to know. But we can’t help but wonder what each of their gadgets is and supposedly do, so let’s take a look together.
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Digital Audio Recorder
Digital audio recorders are the gadgets responsible for the chills going down our back when we just know we heard someone answer the question they asked. These digital audio recorders help investigators record EVPs or electronic voice phenomena, and EVPs are sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices. These devices also give investigators a way to recall anything and everything that happened during a hunt.
There is a theory out there that states ghosts or spirits are made out of energy, and while we don’t know what they’re made of or if they even exist, if they are made of energy then an EMF gauge is a must-have if you’re ghost hunting. With EMF data you can find fluctuations in the magnetic field that could be caused by ghosts. Or you know, a million other things. Electrical outlets, wires, and appliances can always cause a change to register on the EMF gauge, so don’t be too quick to assume the area you’re investigating is home to many ghosts.
Thermal cameras used to be the ultimate gadgets in ghost hunting, and for good reason; if you were able to capture a thermal image of a human shape and prove it wasn’t you or someone you were with, then that was some pretty solid evidence that there may have been a little something, or someone, extra in the spot you were in. In recent years technology has advanced and thermal cameras aren’t really as big of a deal as they used to be, but they are still a great gadget for paranormal hunters to have on them.
Contrary to what we believed prior to looking into it, ghost hunters also have some pretty basic gear such as flashlights, a pen and a notebook, a smartphone, a camera (a real one, not just kind on your cell phone!) two-way radios, and headphones.