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Do you have a ghost hunter in your life? Want to put a smile on their face for Christmas? Ghost hunting equipment is a sure win! If you’ve been looking around at all the gear and are not sure what products to put under the tree, you’ve stopped by the right place.

Here is some of the best gear for 2017 for the starter ghost hunter right up to the pro paranormal investigator.

 

For the Beginner

For someone just starting out in ghost hunting there are a few staple tools they will need. This includes an audio recorder, EMF meter, flashlight and maybe even a case to put it in. This is equipment we’ve picked out for starter ghost hunters and young enthusiasts. These items are great for someone interested in getting started with ghost hunting but might not have much (if any) equipment yet. Some of these are staple pieces of equipment every beginner needs at some point.

emf-k2-view2    EMF ‘E.L.F.’ Meter – the ELF meter is an inexpensive energy sensor great for the young ones

$$   K2 EMF Meter – the K2 meter is the popular choice for most investigators starting out and is generally used for many years. It’s a staple most investigators have used at some point and may continue to for a long time.

$    EVP Wrist Recorder 2 – the EVP wrist recorder is an audio recorder you can wear. Audio recording is a necessity for any investigation. This band is NEW and is great for the starter all the way up to the pro because it’s easy to use and records great quality audio.

evp-evpband2-view2$     Motion Sensor – a motion sensor detects motion in the room and alerts the investigator.

$    BooBuddy Junior EMF Bear – this little bear detects energy changes just like an EMF meter within a bear. There is another model (see below) that does much more.

 

For Experienced Ghost Hunters

Ghost hunters LOVE getting new gear. We’ve picked out some of the best tools every investigator should have in their arsenal. These are great for someone who has been investigating a while and has a few tools already. These are our top picks.

Product-EMF-Mel-Meter-8704R$     Rook EMF Meter – the NEW EMF meter with sound and some great features. Plus, it looks darn cool and comes with a tool case.

$$   Mel Meter – this digital EMF meter also includes temperature readings. Mel meters are a great step up from the beginner meters such as the K2 and ELF.

$    EVP Wrist Recorder 2 – the NEW EVP wrist recorder is an audio recorder you can wear. Audio recording is a necessity for any investigation. This band is great for the starter all the way up to the pro because it’s easy to use and records great quality audio.

camcorder-fspovcam-view2$$  BooBuddy Interactive Bear – it may sound odd to use a teddy bear on ghost hunts, but this bear is FULL of features hidden behind the cute face. This bear does what a lot of the other tools do – but all in one package. Oh, and it talks. Take a look at BooBuddy for an all-in-one tool that ghost hunters absolutely adore. There are just way too many features to list here. Watch the VIDEO!

$$    GhostStop POV Cam – this camcorder is full spectrum which is able to see in complete darkness used by paranormal investigators on cases. It’s a lot like a GoPro in quality and size but with full spectrum night vision capability. It’s recently been upgraded with 4K resolution and a new low-light lens. This is definitely not your typical off-the-shelf camcorder clone. This video camera is specifically made with specs we need as investigators designed by real, experienced investigators.

$$   SB7 Spirit Box – this ghost box sweeps radio frequencies that ghost hunters might use for communicating.

$    Laser Grid Pen – this laser pen fills the room with dots making it easier to spot ghosts and visual anomalies in the room. Added bonus: the cats will go crazy for it.

 

For the Pro Investigator

Pro ghost hunters love new gear. The pro ghost hunter is someone who probably has a case of equipment already. So, here is some new or recently advanced gear that even the long-time pro may not even have yet – but definitely wants.

$$$   Zoom EVP Audio Recorder – high quality 360-degree audio recording and many features for full control

Trigger-BooBuddy2-EMF-Bear$$     SB11 Spirit Box – it’s like the SB7 with dual sweep, temperature functions and additional points of control

$$  BooBuddy Interactive Bear – it may sound odd to use a teddy bear on ghost hunts, but this bear is FULL of features hidden behind the cute face. This bear does what a lot of the other tools do – but all in one package. Oh, and it talks. Take a look at BooBuddy for an all-in-one tool that ghost hunters absolutely adore. There are just way too many features to list here. Watch the VIDEO!

$$$  EDI+ Multi Meter – the NEW EDI+ has many tools all in one package plus a great graphing feature. The greatest benefit of this new model is the added ability to record the data from your investigations. It takes data readings from all of its sensors and creates a log which you can graph on your computer in review.

$$$   Trifield Natural Meter – though the Trifield has been around for some years, it is still considered the most precise and effective tool for the pro ghost hunter.

$        Do-It-Yourself EMF Kit – this NEW little kit allows you to build your own EMF meter into whatever you want with just a little assembly. This gives the pro ghost hunter the ability to build something unique of their own creation. This is great for someone who loves to tinker with electronics. But it’s not too intimidating or problematic to build.

360ghostcam-view4$$$   Video Camera with Light Package – this camcorder is full spectrum which is able to see in complete darkness used by paranormal investigators on cases. This package includes a dual-mode light and mounting needed for great shots.

$$$   360 Ghost Cam – this NEW 360-degee camera captures it all in full spectrum night vision. This is the most advanced camcorder for ghost hunting and is easy to use with an app that’s WiFi enabled. It has tons of cool features. It’s seriously awesome!

$$     Rover Camera Tank – this NEW drivable night vision camera is mounted in a remote control tank. You can drive it from your phone using an app and can see through the camera with night vision. It does a great job getting into small spaces on investigations. Bottom line – it’s loads of fun and any investigator would love to get the Rover as a present.

$$$   Flir Thermal Camera – a thermal camera is a high-tech camera that detects temperature changes and converts it into a visual heat map. A thermal camera is, generally, a highly coveted tool to have on a team. There’s also a model you can attach to your phone.

 

Ghost Hunting Kits: Ready to Go

To make things even easier, here are a few ready-made kits already put together. These packages are put together with tools that compliment each other well to suit various budgets.

$        Go-Kit for ghost hunting – includes some basics great for the young starter

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$        Starter ghost hunting kit – includes some basics great for the young starter

$    Learner ghost hunting kit – includes a book for learning the ropes and the popular, traditional K2 meter

$$     Ghost box kit – includes a ghost box with a higher-end EMF meter

$$$   Pro ghost hunting kit – NEW kit includes some of the NEWEST gear even the seasoned pro might not even have. This is great for the vet investigator who already has a full case and will add this to their arsenal.

 

Fun Gifts for Ghost Hunters

fun-3pillarsbasegame$   Three Pillars Ghost Hunter Card Game – the NEW card game for ghost hunters to play as a team.

$   Orb In A Bottle – the cheeky little stocking stuffer every ghost hunter will appreciate with a giggle

$   Gus ‘the Ghost’ Christmas Tree Ornament

$   Ghostbusters Monopoly Game

$   Keychains and other small stocking stuffers

 

 

 

BooBuddy Ghost Hunting Bear: Your Next Investigator

BooBuddy is not just a talking bear. It is not just EMF bear. BooBuddy is an investigator that becomes part of your team. When the creators discuss BooBuddy they like to say, “It’s not just a toy. It’s an investigator.” They are serious about that and discuss how they back that up.

Shawn Porter, owner of GhostStop says, “We get the opportunity to work with paranormal investigation teams all over the world every day. With that, we get to understand what people regularly use on their investigations, what they like, what they don’t like and, most importantly, what they want in the future.” Though BooBuddy is a new invention, it stems from previous versions of gear created by the team at GhostStop. The previous versions that lead to BooBuddy were simple EMF dolls. Eventually they added the ability of speech which then lead into the current, high-tech edition.

What is BooBuddy?

BooBuddy is an interactive ghost hunting bear. BooBuddy is an investigator. It detects a multitude of environmental changes and responds to those changes with speech. That’s right. BooBuddy talks. While most of the devices used for ghost hunting have pretty lights and an occasional beep, BooBuddy has the ability to speak responses. When it detects a temperature drop it might respond, “Brrr. It’s cold in here.” When there are no changes detected BooBuddy goes to work to attempt communication by asking typical EVP questions in a soothing, child-like voice, “Do you know your A, B, C’s?” It also lights up with energy changes and motion.

The concept revolves around the theory that entities may have the ability to manipulate the environment. Given that, BooBuddy detects those changes and responds. Shawn states, “Our goal is to promote a positive response.” Using a bear is also strategic in that it is non-threatening, loved by children and is recognizable for a long period of time. “A bear is an identifiable figure that dates back centuries,” says Paul and continues, “This is the most significant piece of equipment (even though we don’t like to call BooBuddy a tool) to hit the paranormal field since the Mel Meter.”

How to use BooBuddy

When you place BooBuddy in the room and turn it on the first 30 seconds it conducts baseline readings of the environment. BooBuddy is, essentially, taking the pulse of the room including EMF, temperature and its own orientation (position). Then it will begin the investigation by introducing itself followed by an EVP question. Throughout the entire investigation the bear is checking the environment for changes. If no changes take place the bear with continue to investigate by asking more questions to solicit a response. Should there be a change in the environment BooBuddy will respond to it either by the LEDs in its paws or vocally. For example, if the temperature should raise BooBuddy will say something like “Did you make it warmer in here?” If BooBuddy is moved it will say something like “That tickles” or “I like holding hands with you.” If there is a change in EMF or movement the paws will light up. All the while it’s continually checking the environment for changes.

So, when the creators say it’s more than just a talking bear, it really is. BooBuddy is a rather sophisticated piece of equipment specifically designed for ghost hunting by the guys who have been investigating a long time.

The Birth of BooBuddy

BooBuddy was created in 2014 GhostStop. The creators, Shawn and Paul, envisioned an all-in-one ghost hunting sidekick as a result of their many years of experience investigating the paranormal. If you are interested in the paranormal it is likely you may have seen Shawn on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters as he investigates with the TAPS team and brings in new tech for the investigations. Shawn is also the owner of GhostStop. Paul has also been on the Syfy hit television show, Ghost Hunters International as tech manager. So, as you might imagine, both inventors have been working in the field for many years.

These inventors have a unique opportunity being able to take that learned knowledge of what they and fellow investigators want on an investigation and jump right into creating. BooBuddy was their collective vision as a culmination of the tools they wanted to use on an investigation. Coupling their collective design skills, investigation experience and tech knowledge led to the birth of BooBuddy.

For more information on BooBuddy visit www.BooBuddy.com.

Night Vision vs. Full Spectrum

You may have heard the term ‘full spectrum’ with regard to ghost hunting cameras and video much the last few years. But you’ve had your night vision camera by your side for many years and don’t see a need to switch up. It gets a good picture and that’s all that matters, right. Well, sort of.

What is the difference? Let’s talk about what night vision is…

Night vision, in basic terms, means it sees infrared light (or IR). If you have a camera from years ago with ‘night vision’ or ‘night shot’ it may have a small infrared light on the from of it that allows you to see a few feet in the dark. You may not even see the IR light on the front because it’s invisible to the naked eye. Night vision is cool. It allows you to see in total darkness. But what are you actually seeing? Answer: infrared. That’s it. Only infrared. Most off-the-shelf infrared cams filter out all light so that it can focus on the IR light. So that’s all your getting. It’s akin to putting blinders on a horse. Though it gives you a way to see IR int he dark, it removes the ability to see other light. You do not actually see (most) visible light or ultraviolet. Heck, some night vision cameras even use such a short band of IR that you’re only seeing just a small portion of IR. Yeah, it can get confusing. But, with this, we can suffice to say that IR is very limited in your ability to document light anomalies on an investigation.

Enter: Full Spectrum

Now on to full spectrum. In simple terms, full spectrum refers to the concept of being able to see more than we can see with our naked eye. This means being able to see visible light, infrared and ultraviolet. On one end of the spectrum is Infrared (or IR). On the other side we have Ultraviolet (UV). Cameras can be modified through adjusting or removing filters to see deeper into either end of the spectrum. This conversion, allowing us to see deeper into both IR and UV, is referred to as Full Spectrum.

Camcorder-DXG-FullSpectrum-View4There are different methodologies as to what constitutes good Full Spectrum. In some cases the filter is removed entirely thus allowing all light in. Other methods involve replacing the filter with something that will see IR and UV but filter out visible. I consider the latter (where visible light is blocked) as a multi-spectrum modification, not Full Spectrum. As the term suggests, while you are allowing light outside of visible in, it is not a full spectrum if you’re filling out any potential existing light. It’s like taking off a horse’s blinders so he can see better only to replace them with another pair that blinds differently. Hope that makes sense. I like analogies. While this method may be practical for daylight uses where bright visible light can overpower the IR and UV this is not an issue when conducting low light paranormal investigations in the dark. Since ghost hunting and paranormal investigating is typically done in the dark, you need all the light you can get.

Flexibility of Full Spectrum

Here’s my favorite parts of using a full spectrum camera: you can use any light. Since a night vision camera cuts out anything other than IR the only light source you can use with that type of camera is infrared. That’s it.

With full spectrum, it sees (just about) everything. So, if you want to be covert and use infrared only. Go for it. If you want to use a bright white light. Pop it on. You’ll blind all your fellow investigators and they may unfriend you on Facebook, but it would work. Use an ultraviolet light. It’ll work too. But if you want to take full advantage of a full spectrum cam, use a light that has a full range of infrared, ultraviolet and visible light. One that switches between IR only and full spectrum is perfect so you can use what you need as you need it without swapping out lights.

Sure, there is much more to the science of light and the spectrum in which it resides. But I hope this helps illustrate what the difference is between night vision and full spectrum and how full spectrum is a far better solution for your investigations.

 

Here are a few helpful videos.

 

 

 

 

 

A Sneak Peek at BooBuddy Ghost Hunting Bear… coming soon

The Examiner’s Debe Branning takes a plunge into the upcoming BooBuddy interactive ghost hunting bear. Below are snippets from the article you can read via The Examiner.

BooBuddy is a new interactive bear designed specifically for paranormal investigations by Shawn Porter and Paul Bradford of GhostStop. This new invention is expected to begin shipping in October, 2014.

“Paranormal teams are always looking for a new innovating device that can take them to the next level of investigating or communicating with the unknown. Shawn Porter and GHI’s Paul Bradford, who are busy creating ghost hunting equipment for GhostStop.com, have created BooBuddy—a new device that will become a “must have” for para-teams across the nation.”

“BooBuddy is not just an EMF bear but an interactive investigator, who can ask questions and react to any changes in the environment just like a human investigator! BooBuddy asks EVP questions, detects changes in EMF, Movement, Temperature and Vibration.”

“BooBuddy was created to aid investigators who have a desire to communicate with spirits, especially the spirits of children,” Bradford stated. “Children have known and loved the comfort of a teddy bear for many decades. BooBuddy is designed to capture their curiosity.”

Read the FULL ARTICLE here.

 

Believe it or not there is no magic formula to investigating the paranormal, there is no how to guide that has all the answers, but what we can do is offer advice and suggestions which I hope will help.


  1. Common sense: something I’ve noticed over the past few years is how much people seem to lack the common sense.   You’d be surprised the stories I’ve heard and read about.   Firstly DON’T break into any location to look for ghosts.  The authorities don’t care if you have an EMF meter and a flashlight as far as the law is concerned you are trespassing; always get permission to investigate the location.  Also when you are investigating, get a look at the location during the day and check for potential danger spots.   When you’re walking around in the dark it’s easy to get hurt so take your time and be careful.
  2. Respect: If there is such a thing as ghosts and they are all around us think how would you feel if you’re sitting at home and you have a bunch of people walking around you asking for you to make a noise, bang on a wall, touch one of us…  “Ghost were people too” if you believe ghosts are the spirits of the dead threat them with respect.  Treat them as you would any other person.
  3. Language: When I worked in sales I would talk to a lot of different people and each time there would be a specific way I would talk to each person.  Someone of my own age group would be a different form of communication than say someone in their 50’s.  Much the same as talking to a child, you change the way to talk this is something you should adapt when investigating.  Additionally the words you use, someone from say the 1500’s isn’t going to understand “Sup, Dawg” or “Hey, can you make this EMF meter beep” I mean, what’s an EMF meter? What is a beep?  Explain the technology you’re using.   Explain “this box here will make a noise if you come closer to it”
  4. Tagging Sounds: this could be as simple as a car driving past the house but most importantly bodily functions, yes…. Farting, burping and growling stomachs all of which when you’re listening back to your audio sound like the devil himself is communicating with you.  The fact is we all do it, and all you have to do is tag the audio “That was me” this will save numerous hours of people trying to figure out what’s being said and who’s trying to communicate with the team…
  5. Audio: You don’t NEED the best recorders in the world to get potential EVPs, Ive heard great EVPs from a $20 recorder and from a $400 recorder.  The better the recorder the better the sound and the less chances of mistaking a sound as communication.  However something I have found over the past few years is that so many people use filters and audio manipulation in order to pull voices from their recordings.  Firstly if you have to run audio through filters the chances are there was nothing there.  Secondly I’m a huge believer that if you are running audio through filters, reversing, adding white noise and various other forms of manipulation of sound you are going to get paradilia/matrixing.  You’re going to hear all sorts of random sounds mashed together and your brain is going to make sense of the nonsense and you’re going to hear something.  If a spirit is communicating with you he/she isn’t going to need you to screw about with the recording for you to hear what they are saying.
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