This page features information on the various types of equipment we use and how it's used during our investigations. If you have any comments or questions about the equipment we use, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
VIDEO 8-Channel Digital Video Recorder System - This system is used to connect each of our infrared (night vision) cameras. These cameras are stationed in various areas through out a location to record video onto a digital video recorder which can be reviewed for evidence during the investigation or at a later time. Full-Spectrum Camcorders/Full-Spectrum Lights/IR Lights - Several of our camcorders have the ability to record in both Full-Spectrum Lighting and Infrared Lighting (or night vision). During an investigation, these light settings will assist us with recording in different spectrums of light which cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Full Spectrum Action Camera - Similar to a GoPro, this camcorder is smaller and modified to record in full spectrum. It can be used both as a handheld or a stationary camera.
Regular Light Camcorder - This is a regular camcorder that can record in visible light throughout our investigations.
Xavee 108-LED IR Illuminator - This illuminator features 108-LED lights which provide infrared lighting for stationary cameras up to 150 feet, which can be useful for larger rooms or long corridors. The illuminator is mounted onto a tripod with a stationary comcaroder.
AUDIO Digital Voice Recorders - Our team uses a variety of digital voice recorders. Because each recorder carries its own level of frequency, we feel it's important to use various makes and models which allow us to capture EVP(s) (electronic voice phenomena) that may come across at one specific frequency over another.
ITC DEVICES ITC Devices or Instrumental Transcommunication Devices are devices that utilize a variety of methods to allow for real-time communication with spirits.
SB-7 Spirit Box/External Speaker - The SB-7 spirit box is a device that cycles through AM or FM radio frequencies to create white noise. It is theorized that spirits can communicate through this white noise and can be heard in real-time thus allowing for conversations to take place audibly. The radio frequencies can be adjusted for AM, FM, forward and reverse and for a number of speeds.
SB-11 Spirit Box/Speaker - The SB-11 functions similarly to the SB-7 although it adds a 2nd cycle of radio frequencies to allow for additional white noise to be used and communicated through.
Ovlius X Device - Also known as a phonetic generator, this allows spirits to use the energy created from the device to choose words from a built-in database that are spoken and communicated to the investigator. The Ovilus X is a controversial device in the field of paranormal investigations as it can be highly unreliable. We no longer use this device as we found it to function as just a random word generator with no paranormal applications for our team.
EMF DETECTORS Spirits are said to both give off and use electromagnetic fields or EMF. Because of this theory, our team utilizes various instruments designed to detect EMF and changes in EMF in the environment.
Mel Meter - The Mel Meter serves 2 main functions: (1) detects EMF (electromagnetic fields) in the environment and (2) provides current temperature readings. We use the model MEL-8704-R as a hand-held device to monitor fluctuations, or changes, in both EMF and temperature.
EM Pump - This is a device that generates an electromagnetic field theorized to "fuel" spirits by providing them with an energy source needed to manifest themselves visually and audibly. After extensive testing, Apex has determined that EM Pumps have no validity in paranormal investigating, therefore, we no longer use them. Check out our BLOG ARTICLE on this topic.
EM White Noise Generator - This device creates an inaudible white noise as an EM field. It is believed that this white noise helps to enhance the quality and frequency of EVPs. When using this device we are able to capture more and better EVP's.
EDI Meter/EDI+ Meter - This device simultaneously measures changes in EMF, temperature, and uses a built-in geophone to measure vibrations, giving both visual and auditory alarms to indicate changes. This can be used to demonstrate a presence when changes are seen in all 3 gauges on the meter at once. The newer version, the EDI+, provides recording of readings and, in addition to EDI Meter, the EDI+ includes Air Pressure and Humidity readings.
K2 Meter - The K2 meter is a controversial piece of equipment in paranormal investigations as it measures EMF; however, it is easily set off and can give erroneous readings. For this reason, we use the K2 Meter in conjunction with our Mel Meters and EDI meter. If we are getting multiple abnormal readings on multiple pieces of equipment then this holds more weight than just using a K2 meter.
PHOTOGRAPHY Nikon Still Camera - Taking still photographs is invaluable in any paranormal investigation. Along with full spectrum camcorders (which also have the ability to take still photographs) we employ a Nikon D3100 still camera for flash photography and in normal lighting conditions.
Cannon Powershot - This is another still photographic camera that our team uses for taking still photos of a location. This camera also utilizes flash photography and photography in normal lighting conditions.
Misc. Equipment Laser Grid - This piece of equipment is in the shape of a pen and is mounted on a mini-tripod. This projects a laser grid to detect movement, specifically shadows that may pass in front of the grid.
Motion Detector - Typically used as a security device, the motion detector gives an audible alarm when something passes in front of it, such as a spirit. The sound of the motion detector can be set as a small chime or a loud alarm depending on the location of the investigators.
Shadow Detector - This device measures a light field; when that light field is broken by a shadow, an LED light turns on alerting to shadow movement. This can be used to detect movement of an entity or shadow figure in a given area.
Static Detector - This device measures changes in both positive and negative static electricity. When negative static increases, the LED light will dim and when positive static increases the LED light will brighten. This is another tool to measure changes in energy that may occur when spirits are present.
Static Detector Array - These (6) mini devices have small copper antennae and can be placed in a row or in a circle. When a change in static energy is detected, a small blue light on the device will light up. These are tools that can potentially/theoretically detect movement of an energy, or potential spirit, in a specific pattern i.e. down a hallway, up a stair case, etc. Our group no longer uses these as we found them to either not work period due to shoddy construction or to give false positives, randomly lighting up for no reason and with no static field nearby.
Geophone - This piece of equipment is used to detect vibrations in the environment. It is most often placed onto a hard surface and, due to its high sensitivity, has the ability to detect vibrations from across a large room through concrete, granite, and wood floors. This can be used to detect unheard or heard footsteps and can be used to try and elicit communication through touching or tapping on the device.
REM Pod - The REM Pod is a circular device with an antenna. When the antenna is extended, it gives off its own field and when broken will alarm and light up. This device has been useful in communicating and documenting the presence of activity.
Baby Monitors - We have experimented with the use of baby monitors; setting them up in separate rooms and asking questions through walkie talkies to see if we can capture voices over the monitors. Although this may have worked for others, we have been unsuccessful with capturing of any evidence using this device.
2-way Radios - Our team utilizes 2-way radios as a means of staying in communication while setting up equipment for an investigation and during the course of an investigation. It is an invaluable tool that allows us to decipher potential evidence and keep constant contact for the safety of our team.