Investigators Tool Box: Where Do You Start?
Submitted by Belinda Clark-Ache
There are about a billion different tools and gadgets that can be used when investigating the paranormal. I’ve included a list at the end of this that I’ve culled from numerous web sites but I thought I would start with the basics. Here are a few things I think are valuable when you are just starting out.
A cell phone, working time piece, flash lights, a camera (35mm, digital 5.0 or higher megapixel or both) a compass, pencil, markers, paper, a audio recorder, common sense and a buddy who shares your interest. Everything else can be picked up along the way as you determine how much money you want to spend on your new pass time.
Where do you find items to buy? Hardware stores, Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, Lowe’s, Radio Shack or online: Google ghost hunting tools or investigators tool kits or go to almost any paranormal groups website and find their tool/equipment lists. Beware of your online safety and the safety of your financial assets when making any purchases online.
After these bare bone items what would I suggest are your next purchases? My Top 10
1. Tripods for all cameras
2. External microphone for all devises that record sound. Spend the money on QUALITY. Ask someones advice in the recording business or do your research.
3. A closed circuit security television system. The basic one is under $80.00
4. Video Recorder, DVR burning soft-wear, Write-able DVD’s
3. Two way radio’s*
5. EMF meters
6. Black light
7. Motion detectors
8. Radio Base
9. Personal recording devices
10. Thermal imaging camera’s, monitors
In addition these things can be added:
*Closed circuit television security system
*Note pads, automatic pencils, clipboard, and markers
*Time pieces/wrist watches: yes. Synchronize the times settings
Carrying cases for equipment
*Tape: scotch tape, duct tape
*Wire ties or plastic ties
Choice of equipment and how you use it is going to tell people a lot about how seriously you take paranormal research, but should not be the reason you invest in the high ticket items. You are going to find that in most cases less is more and the time to figure that out would best be before you sink your hard earned money into electronics. I want to advise you to build and add the more expensive pieces later. It may save a big expense!
Belinda Clark-Ache began investigating the paranormal in Pomona California, with family members, during the late 1960’s, letting experience be her teacher. 2003 a friend, founder of one of the pioneering online investigating teams, The Ghoststalkers of West Tennessee invited her to go out with them. She has experience in residential investigations, historical locations, battlefields, demon presences, malevolent spirits, spirit cleansing & cross over. Her favorite investigations are the ones that are validated by historical research. These days she works with teams by invitation as a consultant and/or guest spending her time providing referral services to those searching for help and promoting National Paranormal Society.