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The Equipment Used by WI-IL Paranormal Investigation Team

The WI-IL Paranormal Investigation Team uses state-of-the-art technology to perform investigations, capture evidence, and review information for research purposes. The equipment used is based on solid scientific principals throughout the paranormal field. Paranormal researchers across the globe use many of the same equipment, which have been tested and theories adopted based on results.

 

EMF Detector

Essentially, theory within the paranormal community, is that Electromagnet Fields are given off by ghosts or spirits. This increase in EMF's can be detected by an EMF detector. There are many reasons for electromagetic field increases. Some are caused by nature, and others by man-made items (such as appliances, wiring, and computers. Readings generally believed to be associated with paranormal activity are often in the 1.5mg-6.0mg range--an often do not hold a steady reading.




KII Meter

The KII Meter is another popular EMF tool used by paranormal investigators. Many investigators have employed its use to communicate with entities. In theory, its LED lights flash in response to questions.






FLIR i5 Thermal Imaging Camera

The Thermal Imaging Camera is considered one of the best pieces of equipment in paranormal investigation--and is definitely the most sought after as it's the most expensive. Many groups cannot afford to purchase the thermal imaging device. Thermal imaging allows investigators to see surface temperatures on surface areas. Since the theory for paranormal activity often surrounds around extreme temperature fluctuations, thermal imaging allows these changes to be seen. Darker colors are colder, while lighter colors are hotter. Yellow and orange are average temperatures within the area.




SWANN DVR System and IR Cameras

 

Simultaneous recording is made with the four Infrared (IR) Cameras attached to the DVR system. Infrared has the ability of seeing and videoing in the dark where other cameras cannot. Many investigations are done in the dark. Therefore, IR cameras are frequently used in paranormal investigating as they do no cast shadows. The objective of using the IR cameras is to capture and record any paranormal activity in the area of the camera. The more cameras the team is able to use, the more potential evidence can be caught. Each camera can be placed in a different locations--increasing the odds of capturing activity if it happens.













Handheld Digital Cameras

Digital handheld cameras are a great way of capturing evidence in locations where you need additional cameras, do not have enough wire to reach with the IR cameras, and for investigators to carry with them to not only capture evidence, but also to capture reactions. WIPIT has four handheld digital cameras--two with IR night vision capability, and two that have front lights. Additional batteries are a must with each of the cameras as they only last on average two hours.




Insignia Digital Camera

WIPIT always takes photos of doors and other objects during the initial set-up and EMF sweep conducted at the beginning of every investigation. Rarely do we take night pictures as the flash will often illuminate dust making it appear to be orbs. We are very cautious about this--and prefer to use our camera mostly in the start of the investigation just to mark objects and doors.




Digital Audio

Thomas Edison once believed he could create an object that would record voices of those from the dead. Unfortunately, he was unable to see his idea to invention. Eventually the audio recorder was invented--but not until after Edison's death in 1931.  In 1959, a Swedish film-producer by the name of Friedrich Jurgenson was playing back recorded bird calls he had recorded earlier when he heard a voice say something about "bird voices in the night" and then heard his own dead mother's voice tell him he was being watched. After this, he devoted his life to research for the subject of EVPs, and ultimately earned the title "Father of EVP." WIPIT uses four wireless digital audio recorders to capture evidence of potential EVPs. The theory is that ghosts or spirits are able to utilize the white noise to make a voice that is recorded.



Sentry Non-Contact IR Thermometer

The Non-Contact IR Thermometer is used by investigators since it detects surface temperatures in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. The theory is that when an entity tries to manifest itself, it draws in heat energy around the area, causing either a cold spot or a hot spot. Cold spots are found because all the heat energy is drawn in for the manifestation, which causes the remaining air to be cold. Hot spots are found when the heat energy is taken from the air and confined to a specific area.




Ambient Thermometer

There are two primary types of thermometers used by paranormal investigators. They are ambient and infrared. The ambient thermometer has an electronic component called a thermistor which is temperature sensitive. These thermometers measure temperature changes in the air as opposed to the IR thermometer that measures surface temperature.




Green Laser Grid Scope

This laser emits a grid of green dots useful for detecting shadows or other visual disturbances during an investigation when the lights are out.






Graco Baby Monitors

Since we rotate investigators (some sit out at "Command Central" while other are inside investigating), we place a couple 2500 foot range baby monitors within the location we are investigating which allows our Command Central investigators to monitor what is going on both visually (through the IR cameras) and audibly through baby monitors. They work just as good as wireless mics for monitoring in real-time, but without the record feature (and the hefty price).  Wireless Baby Monitors not only allow Command Central Investigators to completely monitor what's going on inside, but they are also able to direct inside investigators to unusual noises or voices coming from within the building.




Flashlights with Red Lenses

Investigators use flashlights for a lot of reasons. First of all, when investigating in the dark, investigators need to see so they don't trip over cords or anything else. Our investigators use red-covered lenses for this. Red is the best color to use in the dark as it is not harsh on your eyes and is the easiest for your eyes to adjust to when using (astronomers use red-lenses on their flashlights). We also carry one "Emergency (white-light) flashlight". This light is used in case there is need for more light when trying to debunk something, or if there is an injury of some sort and immediate bright light is needed to find light switches. Second, we also use flashlights to communicate with spirits that may be present. Spirits have been known to turn on a flashlight (and off) on voice command.




Walkie-Talkie 2-Way Radios

Since many of the investigation sites are quite large, and we may have several "teams" of investigators in different locations, we keep constant communication lines open in case there is a need. For example, investigators sitting at Command Central may see something on video, or hear something on audio, that they feel is important to let other investigators know right away so that the situation can be analyzed.