This time I will be covering some of the vast "paranormal" equipment. Anything from emf detectors, to thermal cams are all fair game. Now let's start to look at emf detectors.
Most people that start out are going to go buy either a ghost meter/cell sensor, a gauss meter, or electrosensor emf detector. Why? It's simple really, they are all under $40 and first starting that is what seems like the best idea. Nowadays the great almighty emf detector for starters is the k2 meter. It's because the popular syfy show used one, and "communicate" with entities. The huge downfall is the k2 is highly sensitive to radio frequency(broadcasts). You may think, well I will be able to tell. I doubt it. You see, emf and radio signals cannot be seen and unless you have two extra devices that measure either emf, or radio signal strength you will never be able to tell the difference. If you do happen to have both of those, then why did you waste your money on the over priced, over glorified k2 meter? These are not new by any means, but mainstream television put it in people's heads that they are. Honestly the ghost meter that runs something like $32 dollars does a more accurate job at detecting a real emf source. While its calibration is in question, it is still inexpensive.
As most investigators decide to go further after their first year they will make a more expensive purchase of an emf device. Whether it be a MEL meter, or natural tri-field meter. Now if you are about to purchase either of these meters know what scenario you are going to be in most of the time, and what you are wanting to accomplish first. Why? The MEL meters are going to be your best meter for overall investigator's. You are able to carry it around while taking readings, and it offers an ambient temperature readout ridding you of those horrible IR thermometers (thats another discussion). It has instant readout options, and can record your high and low spikes. While the tri-field is only good for setting down, calibrating itself, and you leave it alone. Despite what television shows have people walking around with them, they will never EVER be accurate while you are moving. Why not? Right? Well the tri-field is a self calibrating device meaning that it measures the area around it, and zero's itself out. Now if you were walking around, every 10' or so the tri-field will spike, then calibrate itself soon after making it seem like there was something "paranormal" when in fact it was just misuse of the device itself.
Let's talk about why you are buying an emf detector in the first place having learned that little bit. Are you buying an emf detector to use during the investigation to make "contact" with an entity? If you are, you just wasted a bunch of money that you will never get back. Why is that? You can't prove anything by a spike in an electromagnetic field! It is like asking something to knock on a wall. It is pointless, because even if you catch on a voice recorder a knock, and you hear it. That just shows that a sound of a knock happened. Same with electromagnetic fields. You can get a spike to 8000 milligauss, but unless an entity pops up out of no where, waves to you and your camera, shakes your hand, then disappears. There is no correlation between an entity and an electromagnetic field. So the next time you are looking at purchasing an emf detector, know why you are buying it. What reason you are buying it for (to find natural sources of high em), and what you are going to do with it (i.e walking, or stationary). Always remember to shop around as well! You might think you are getting a great deal, then later find out another place had the same one $20 cheaper and free shipping. Consider every piece of equipment as a new car, you don't just want to rush into it because you will end up with a bunch of parts because you ended up buying the newer, nicer version for the same price:)
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