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Ghost Hunting with Thermal Cameras and Thermometers (October 2018)

Updated October 2018

Paranormal investigators around the world rely on temperature-gauging equipment to help them find ghosts. But how do devices like thermal cameras and infrared thermometers work? And do they really detect spirits? Here’s a brief guide to the theory of temperature and ghosts, as well as the cameras and thermometers investigators use to find spirits.

Temperature and Ghost Hunting

The temperature theory goes like this: To manifest, spirits must draw energy, or heat, from the air around them. This causes a sudden drop in temperature, and investigators can find ghosts by taking temperature measurements and searching for cold spots. Paranormal investigation shows regularly reference cold spots in their on-air investigations. Plummeting temperatures are also a common trope in horror films.

Infrared Thermometers and Paranormal Investigations

To search for fluctuations in temperature, many paranormal investigators rely on infrared thermometers which determine an object’s temperature by evaluating the thermal radiation the object emits. Infrared thermometers are particularly useful as they can measure temperature from a distance. Other names for infrared thermometers include laser thermometers, non-contact thermometers, and temperature guns.

Here are a few of the most highly rated infrared devices. To see more, check out Amazon’s best-selling infrared thermometers.

Etekcity 1022 Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun $17.99 – $20.99 – “Overall this is an excellent product. The grip is nice, the display screen has a backlight and you can’t beat the price.”

Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Digital Infrared Thermometer Laser Temperature Gun $25.99  – “Terrific as either a tool or a toy. Useful and fun.”

Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-Contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer $18.88 – “I would greatly recommend purchasing this over the higher-end thermometers. Very solid product and definitely accurate.”

Infrared Thermometer, SURPEER IR5D Laser Thermometer Gun $21.89 – “More fun than a tool ever should be.”

Fluke 62 MAX IR Thermometer, Non Contact $91.69 – “Rugged and reliable with a wide temperature range.”

Temperature Gun ennoLogic Dual Laser Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer – $56.35 “Great tool that’s accurate and easy to use.”

Thermal Cameras and Ghost Hunting

A form of night vision technology, thermal cameras use infrared sensors to display infrared energy, or heat. They don’t require any ambient light and can pierce through obscurants like smoke, fog, and haze. Because of this, many investigators rely on thermal cameras to discover hot or cold spots they might not otherwise find. Like full-specturm cameras, thermal technology helps investigators see things that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Here are few highly rated thermal cameras. To see more, check out Amazon’s best-selling thermal imagers.

Perfect-Prime IR0002, Infrared (IR) Thermal Imager & Visible Light Camera with IR Resolution $204.99 – “Great sensitivity to heat. Nice product.”

220 x 160 IR Resolution Infrared Thermal Imager, Handheld 35200 Pixels Thermal Imaging Camera, Infrared Thermometer $409.99 – “All or more than expected at a very reasonable price.”

FLIR TG165 Spot Thermal Camera with Image Storage $379.97 – “Fascinating and beautiful instrument.”

FLIR C2 Compact Thermal Imaging System $499.00 – “Great build, nice weight, sturdy. Highly recommend it.”

Perfect-Prime IR0001, Infrared (IR) Thermal Imager & Visible Light Camera with IR Resolution $189.99 – “Very good value for this instrument.”

Of course, not everyone believes temperature-gauging devices can find ghosts. Critics believe cold spots can be explained away by drafts, AC units, and countless other causes. They also point out that’s there no evidence for a relationship between heat and ghosts to begin with. What do you believe?



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