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Before you buy

Paranormal investigation isn't about having the most expensive tools, it's about having the right tools for the job. There will always be the temptation to buy an expensive piece of gear, and if you or your group can afford it then by all means go for it. But before you do I suggest careful consideration of your purchase. Is it a need or a want? Do you really need the equipment in your investigations or do you just want it for your investigations? If it is a need, and you can afford it then you should proceed with your purchase. But on the other hand if it is a want, then carefully consider the pro's and con's of making the purchase. Does the equipment provide significant gains in your investigations? How well has it been reviewed by others? If it doesn't provide any real gains or it hasn't been well reviewed or reviewed at all, hold off on the purchase. Also keep in mind the complexity of the equipment. Most of the time you will be in very dark conditions so the equipment should be easy to use in that situation.

Basic Equipment

To get started, all you need are some basic pieces of gear. We will cover these pieces in more detail later.
  1. An Investigation Log
  2. Audio Recorder
  3. Camera
  4. EMF Meter
  5. Camcorder
  6. Temperature Sensor

The first 3 items should be considered a necessity and the remaining items as optional.

EMF Meter

There is definitely no shortage of EMF meters available, from KII's to Mel meters and everything in between. Once again, what you use should be dictated by personal preference and budget. We personally look for meters that have the ability to give an audible and visual alarm. Meters also come in analog or digital format.

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Investigation Log

An investigation log can be as simple as a journal that keeps all the information about your investigation in, to a complete database.

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Camera

A good still camera should be part of your gear. Still cameras tend to have higher resolutions that video cameras and many can now be obtained with IR or full spectrum support.

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Camcorder

A camcorder is used by investigators to try and capture video evidence of an event. Many camcorders are available that support not only IR but full spectrum recording.

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Audio Recorder

Audio recorders are used to capture audio evidence most commonly referred to as an EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomenon. The type and brand of audio recorders to use is mainly up to your budget and personal preference. Just remember that the device needs to be easy to use in dark conditions and you can get the files easily off the device.

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Temperature Sensor

Temperature sensors are also an important piece of gear. These are used to document unexplained temperature changes in an area. It is believed that spirits absorb ambient heat for energy to manifest themselves.

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