How Much Should I Budget for Ghost Hunting Equipment?

Some bloggers will try to sell you expensive ghost hunting equipment, right away.

I won’t.

In fact, if you’re a beginner, save your money!

First, make sure this will be a long-term interest, hobby, or profession.

With experience, you’ll know what kind of ghost hunting you enjoy. Also, you’ll have seen others’ equipment, and know what works best where you investigate.

But, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, never invest more money than you can afford to lose.

Expensive Mistakes with Ghost Hunting Equipment

trees and moonlight in haunted settingAfter you’ve been investigating for a while, you’ll know the risks with expensive ghost hunting tools.

For example:

People drop things when they’re startled.  In the dark, you might not find what you dropped.

(The problem becomes worse if you drop what you’re carrying, and run away in terror.)

– If you drop a sensitive $5k camera or a $2k heat sensing device, it can break the same as a $40 camera or a $15 digital thermometer.

If you didn’t buy a replacement warranty, or it doesn’t cover that kind of mistake, you may have wasted thousands of dollars.

Electronic equipment can fail in extremely haunted settings. In fact, unexplained equipment failure can indicate intense paranormal activity.

I think EMF spikes are to blame. Most electrical devices will glitch or fail when exposed to intense magnetic energy. That’s reasonable, unless it’s remarkably well shielded.

If your expensive camera or other device won’t work when you’re ghost hunting, you’ve wasted your money. Worse, it can be difficult to return that equipment if it shows any wear, or if you can’t demonstrate how it fails.

Instead, focus on just one aspect of ghost hunting.

If you like ghost photography, invest in photographic equipment.

If you like divinatory tools, buy or make specialized dowsing rods or pendulums.

As a New Ghost Hunter on a Budget…

If I were starting fresh, today, I’d probably spend $100 or less. Maybe far less.

I’d use the camera in my phone. It’s good enough. I wouldn’t bother with a fancy ($$) after-market lens attachment, either.

For many investigations, that’s all you need.

Later, if I decided I really liked taking ghost photos, I might get a good camera.

Not long ago, I bought a couple of used, refurbished point-and-shoot digital cameras. They’re great… but they use specialized batteries.

So, I keep going back to my trusty Nikon Coolpix camera.

For photo-processing software, I’d use Photopea, GIMP, PhotoScape X, or something else that’s free. (Today, I default to Photoshop and Affinity, among other photo tools, but free programs work well enough to tell if you’ve captured an anomaly.)

I’d make dowsing rods from coat hangers. (If you’re not sure how, see my Homemade Dowsing Rods article, for instructions.) A pendulum is a fine alternative, if you’re intrigued by tools like this.

– I’d use the voice recorder on my phone, or buy an inexpensive one at an office supply store or warehouse. (Make sure the microphone is omni-directional, so it picks up sounds all around you, not just in one direction.)

– I’d buy an inexpensive flashlight with a metal case. I’d make sure the light bulb housing unscrews easily, to test yes/no responses when the housing is loosened.

– I’d get a set of good surgical-type masks that protect me from toxins, bacteria, and viruses around me. (Remember, some ghost hunters have died from exposure to toxic fumes, rat droppings, etc.)

Since Covid, you’ll find lots of good options. For ghost hunting, I like disposable masks, but be certain they’re actually good. (Many free masks at doctors’ offices are designed to contain germs inside the mask… not keep bad things out. Make sure your mask actually protects you.)

– I’d put all of that in a backpack with several pockets or dividers (to find things in complete darkness).

My own backpack is the basic Amazon one. My cameras, Ovilus, Ghost Meter Pro, etc., go in the big pocket. Maps, pen & a notebook, small first aid kit, etc., in the next largest. Spare batteries in the outside pocket. And so on.

I’d also add a small, inexpensive first aid kit.

Don’t spread yourself too thin, in terms of learning or financial investment. Set a firm spending limit and do not exceed that.

It’s easy to get carried away.  Keep your ghost hunting expenses low.

Don’t let ghost hunting jeopardize other aspects of your personal, professional, or family life.

When you’re a beginner, see how well you enjoy ghost hunting, before you spend much money.

Some Ghost Hunting Equipment

Any flashlight with a metal case. First aid kit. Reliable masks.
Still my favorite electronic device. Simple backpack. Optional: pendulum.

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2 thoughts on “How Much Should I Budget for Ghost Hunting Equipment?”

  1. Budget is very important factor to buy any types of hunting gear. If you are beginner i would like to suggest you can buy cheap rate hunting gear. Thanks for sharing this awesome article.

    1. John, thanks for the compliment, but I’m not sure I agree with you. Inexpensive ghost hunting gear can work, but some of what’s sold is absolute rubbish.

      Many beginners aren’t entirely sure if ghosts are real. If cheap equipment doesn’t work at all (and doesn’t confirm what the person senses), or – at the other extreme – it gives false positive readings, at a preposterous rate, that can also disappoint the aspiring ghost hunter.

      If someone is on a tight budget, I recommend homemade ghost hunting tools, like dowsing rods (but only if they’re used correctly). Otherwise, it’s better to “test drive” equipment that belongs to others, to see what responds well to the person using them… as well as the ghosts.

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