Cheap Paranormal Investigation Equipment Under $40!

Cheap Paranormal Investigation Equipment Under $40!

September 7, 2019 19 By William Hollis


Hey everybody this is Alejandro the Dead Explorer
and today I’m doing a special video. It’s a video I’ve been promising to do
for a very long time. Today I’m going to over some of the gear
and equipment I use during a paranormal investigation. I get a tons of questions about the kinds
of lights I use, what kind of IR lights I use, what kind of digital recorder I use to
capture EVPs, and I thought today would be a good day to go over some of that stuff and
so everything I have on this table, except for this laptop because I’m using it to
kind of remember where I got some of this stuff, is all under forty dollars. You know, there have been some things like
cameras where I’ve wanted to splurge, but everything on this table including the lights,
and the digital recorder, and some camera gear like this shoulder rig is under forty
dollars and I’m going to put a link to most of this stuff in the description box below. So just to get it started I’m going to go
to one of the biggest questions I get asked which are what lights I use during an investigation
so right here I have a modified SIMA IR light, like thirty six LED light, and really on Dead
Explorer I’ve used two lights of the same build. The first one was a Polaroid. It looked exactly like this except it had
the red shield, which this modified one the shield has been taken off. So all the episodes, probably the first forty
five episodes were shot with that Polaroid and the Polaroid had wide lighting. I took it outdoors and light up a place pretty
easily. About a year ago my friend Roger from Shadowlight
Paranormal traded that Polaroid light for one that he already modded. This is a SIMA light thirty six LED so I believe
they are about the same price. The only difference is that he took the light
cover off and he added a battery pack for me and you can find videos on how to that
all over YouTube. It runs on three double As. That was the only downfall to the Polaroid
light. It was that it was rechargeable. You charge it about six-seven lights before
an investigation and then in the end of the night it only worked about an hour. Which is definitely an enough time to keep
investigating, but buy the lights, SIMA or Polaroid, either way and mod it. Look up the mod videos on YouTube there’s
tons of them. Now this is a bright light SIMA light. Let’s see if it has any juice on it. I love this light. I like to have at least bright light while
I’m shooting. Usually just to have it because of the shoe
on top of the camera. A lot of times when we are investigating its
lights out, but this something you either put it in your pocket, take it out, light
up a room. Or you can put it on a tripod which is that
I like to do is find a tripod. There sometimes I’ve investigated some dangerous
locations outside with some pretty big falls. Dead Man’s Hole is one example where it’s
a hole that leads into a cavern and you definitely do not want to fall in there. Although it was lights out just having this
light on a tripod just kind of for a little bit of lighting lit up an outdoor location
pretty well and again I think this light is under forty dollars. It’s the same thing. It’s rechargeable. This one, since I don’t use that much in
an investigation as I use infrared, I get away with just charging it before the investigation. The battery life on it will usually last me
long enough because I use lights sparingly in an investigation. Now that I have this in my hand, this is a
really cool mount by Belkin. I believe it’s called the Gecko and the
cool thing about this is it has a suction cup on the bottom so during a paranormal investigation
you can use this lot of different ways. It has a bunch of different joints that you
can rotate. Even this rotates. So I’ve used this on cars. I’ve actually mounted, it has the same type
of thread you can find on the bottom of a camera, so I’ve threaded a camera on to
this tripod, and hung on the inside of the car as I’m driving, or on the outside of
the car if I am driving slowly. To test, you know, the legends of ghost kids
pushing cars, so this was perfect. So this is a handy tool. Also during, I got to say I’ve used this
with night vision cameras, so if you have a DVR camera set with multiple cameras and
you’re trying to put a camera in a tricky location, if this suction cup can get a grip
you can hang an infrared camera, a security camera somewhere during an investigation. Another camera, piece of camera equipment,
is this Cowboy Studio shoulder rig. You can find it for probably twenty, thirty
dollars, depending where you are on the internet and this is a great little shoulder rig to
mount your camera on. It’s super, super easy to fast and has this
little Velcro strap, not Velcro, just a clip strap that goes around for extra security. So this is a great little tripod. You can put the same camera I just had on
the other mount, you can just put a camera on there, and the great thing about this is
you can, you know, have your hands free while you’re investigation. So if you want to have a digital recorder
and a light, you are free to do so. Another great thing about this if you want
to do some point of view shots of yourself, if you got you know the kind of camera that
has wide enough angle to capture your face, you can also document yourself talking. So if you are doing an isolation session,
so any reason you want to document what you’re experiencing, it goes both ways. But the great thing about it, it keeps a steady
shot and you have hands free, and you can do a lot of different things with it. There’s great videos, just looking look
up Cowboy Studio videos, as far how to modify it if you want to add hand grips. So far I haven’t had the need to and it’s
really cool and under forty bucks you can’t really beat this shoulder rig. Again this and other items will be in description
box below if you want to get them on Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate so some of these
links are my Amazon affiliate links. The next I want to show you along shoulder
rigs is this pistol grip that you can also add on a camera. So if you don’t want to put on a camera
rig you can use a pistol grip to steady a camera. So a lot of times you will be carrying a camera
with a strap like this. Sometimes you might have a light hanging up
here or on the side, a microphone if the camera is big enough, and then you start getting
a lot of weight in your hand. It’s kind of hard to keep it steady so with
this grip it’s actually much easier to point and shoot and you can actually just put it
close to chest if you are trying to get some extra support and this a light way to control
an investigation. This is what I’ve used pretty much since
day one is this pistol grip and this shoulder rig is just something I recently got. The digital record. Okay everybody asks me what type of digital
recorder I got. It’s the ICDBX112 from Sony. This is also under forty dollars. I kind of cheated. I got it as an open box item at Best Buy is
which why I bought it. I think I got it for probably half of the
price. But this is the recorder everything I ever
done in an investigation since day one including some of my most famous EVP recordings. The only drawback on this one and anything
under forty dollars is that it doesn’t have a USB port. You have to find another way to transfer this
on to a computer. Maybe holding up the speaker to a laptop,
but this works for me and under forty dollars I can’t complain. It has I think six or seven files and I’ve
never had a problem. It runs of triple A batteries. I don’t know what kind of camera you use,
but pretty much a lot of cameras will allow you to put on a lens filter and I picked up
my UV lens filter at Target I think for maybe ten dollars. It’s just a clear coat lens filter and the
reason I have it, see you don’t see anything difference in lighting, it’s a clear coat
lens filter just to protect the lens from dust. A lot of investigations you are in dusty places
and you can get dust inside the camera and this is going to prolong the value of your
camera, your investment for a longer period of time, for just pennies on the dollars. So get a ten dollar clear lens and what you
do is just find out what the thread of your camera is and you should be able to put on
the smallest of consumer cameras I know. This one right here would fit. Did I say the digital recorder is a Sony? Might have skipped that crucial point. This is a really really cool device. I got this at Home Depot, I think for maybe
fifteen dollars. This is a motion detector and it has two settings. It can, if something passes it, passes it,
it can either light up or let out a loud loud siren. And I really wanted to use from the point
of view that hoping that a spirit would set it off, to this day it hasn’t, but there
are also some real practical investigation uses for this. One the light mode, again if you are in a
place where you are lights out, you don’t have access to light, but when you are walking
down an area of traffic, maybe a hallway you will be walking back and forth on all night
long, you can put this on and every time you walk by it will light up so it lights up your
way. You can also hang it. It comes with an attachment to hang it on
a wall if you want to do that. It can go off instantly or have a delay. For a siren which is really loud you probably
want to use the delay. This is a great security measure. I’ve investigated places basically there
wasn’t any good way to secure our equipment and having an alarm on this if somebody was
going near your equipment, physically going near your equipment, would be a good way to
alert you if you are walking away from home base and you are shorthanded. So this practical, but I hope one day in a
video a spirit sets this off, I really really do. I guess tune in to Dead Explorer to find out. Another good piece of equipment during an
investigation is to get walkie talkies. These are just a great way to communicate
with your team, especially if you are splitting up. What we do when I investigate with other investigators
is a lot of times someone will monitor the DVR camera while somebody is in another room. Less people in the room, the less evidence
contamination you get, but having the walkie talkies is a cool way to communicate. Especially is they see something on the screen,
or if you need support, or if you need help during an investigation. Now as far as setting up digital cameras one
thing I recommend you do is you get some gaffer tape. You definitely want to search for this on
the Internet because in a store it can be really expensive. But gaffer tape is what they use in productions,
video productions, professional productions like TV and film and the great thing about
it, it doesn’t really leave a sticky residue. It’s really easy to tear. It’s strong like duct tape, but not as,
it doesn’t leave that kind of stain duct tape will. Although it still does pull up paint slightly
so if you are in a very old house just be very aware of that. That you might pull up paint from wood. When I am monitoring and shooting on cameras
or digital recorder I just use these Sony headphones. They are super cheap and I love them. I even use them to edit. So they are so cheap I’ve picked up two
because you never know when you are going to forget one. I just put one in each bag I take on an investigation
just in case I forget one. So a lot of people ask me what headphones
I use and I use these Sony CX100s headphones and yea, this is Sony, the digital recorder
is Sony, but I am also a Canon guy truth be told. If you got a home base I really suggest you
out and buy this bad boy. It’s a Belkin power strip. It has one, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen plugs. The great thing is that they are spaced far,
far, far apart. A lot of times chargers to cameras, chargers
to ghost hunting equipment, chargers to computers have those big, big adaptors which take up
your normal, you know, your normal power strip. This is set up so you can have those side
to side and then this strip down the middle is still open for the skinny equipment. Yea I know, that’s probably not the real,
how do you call it? Terminology. But it’s amazing. With this you can charge everything. Be safe you all. It doesn’t hurt to buy a first aid kit when
you go ghost hunting. Believe it or not, I’ve seen investigators
get scratched. I’ve seen investigators attacked and it
was that that promoted me to get a first aid kid because even if it’s not paranormal,
you never know when someone could have an accident and need some medical attention and
you’re in a location where time might of the essence. So I bought this. It’s luckily unopened since I bought it. It’s good piece of mind. I think its responsible ghost hunting. If you are a leader of a paranormal group
or a member that wants to make a suggestion to your group of a purchase to get, this is
so cheap and its piece of mind, and you have to be safe when you are ghost hunting. So thank you to everybody who has been asking
about what equipment I use on Dead Explorer. I hope this answers a lot of your questions
and I hope this opens your mind to other possibilities of what you might need during an investigation
and of course you’ll be seeing this stuff in action in future paranormal investigation
videos that I will have coming out soon. So everybody for your support. Don’t favorite to favorite and like this
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