Friday, November 8, 2013

K2 Meter



Easily one of the most recognizable of all the equipment used by paranormal investigators and “ghost hunters” is the K2 Meter. I’m sure many of you have seen it on ghost hunting television shows. This meter is advertised to read electro-magnetic fields in the range of 50 to 20,000 Hz. 

[For those of you who are not aware – the theory among veteran investigators is that when a spirit manifests – whether that manifestation is a visual apparition, a voice or noise, a smell, or a touch – that in the process it will throw off electro-magnetic energy – known as an electro-magnetic field – or “EMF.” This theory dove-tails with a sister theory that a spirit USES energy as well in order to manifest in the first place – and one of the energies it can draw upon is electro-magnetic energy. Hence one of the pieces of equipment available is an “EMF Pump” which creates a high EMF field around the “pump” device thereby providing the spirit with ample energy if it wants to use it…so the idea goes. But, that last device is for another post. By the way, the spirit can also draw upon the energy of the batteries in our equipment, or it may draw upon the energy in our bodies – as other examples. I’ve experienced both of those quite often actually.]

The problem with the K2 meter (also sometimes designated as “KII”) is that the range that it measures is narrow, and measures within the range of common household appliances. It is also very easily set off by cell phones and two-way radios that investigators often use on investigations, because it is unshielded. Furthermore, it is a single-axis meter – meaning it only measures in one direction – as opposed to a tri-axis meter such as the Trifield Natural Meter – a FAR more appropriate and accurate device for paranormal investigating.

The Bottom Line: The K2 meter is a crude device that may tell you if you have too much EMF throw-off from your appliances in your home – but not much else. They used to sell for next to nothing ($25 bucks or so), but have shot up to $60 due to their demand by wanna-be ghost hunters – not because the technology is special. We use the K2 meter actually as an interactive device – NOT to measure EMF - to see if a spirit is in a location and will interact with us by lighting up the LEDs on command (or make them stop lighting up). 

Veteran paranormal equipment and technology specialist David Roundtree, whom I greatly respect, has said of the K2 meter, “This has to be the sorriest excuse for an EMF meter I have analyzed to date.” We use several versions of the MEL 8704 EMF meter on investigations, the Trifield Meter (for AC current), and the Trifield Natural EMF Meter for measuring magnetic fields, electric fields, and electro-magnetic fields. This last meter, used properly, is by far the best meter for capturing evidence that a genuine paranormal EMF disturbance is occurring. 

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