Power Inverter Runs Ghost Hunting EquipmentDeutsch's Truck
You can’t find the ghosts without the right equipment. And once you find them, you can’t document them if all of your recording equipment is out of power. I’m not willing to take any chances, so I always carry a power inverter on my outings.”
-Ron H., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
From a series of digital video and audio recorders to motion sensors and electromagnetic field detectors, my team uses a lot of gear on our ghost hunts. Unlike the TV shows that make their money by providing drama and convincing advertisers to buy spots, we ghost-hunt only as a hobby for ourselves. Therefore, what counts to us is catching something on record; that’s what lights us up.
The destinations we travel to include abandoned mine shafts, ghost towns, old railroad yards, decommissioned hospitals and prisons, ancient churches and other desolate locations. Most of the places we hunt for ghosts are far away from functioning power outlets. Since we have so much electronic equipment with short battery life, we need to be close to reliable power. Dragging a bulky gas-powered generator is not appropriate for what we do, as you can imagine. So, we’ve fashioned a mobile cart that has a high capacity pure sine wave power inverter and three deep-cycle batteries connected to one another, otherwise called a “parallel.” This compact cart comes in handy when we are traveling down a narrow mine shaft or trying to navigate the attic of an old building without having it collapse.
Having this reliable source of power allows us to focus on our mission instead of worrying when the next time we’ll be able to recharge the batteries in our equipment. There’s a lot to juggle while out on a hunt, so the fewer things we have to worry about, the better.
With our power inverter, all we have to remember before we head out is to fully charge the three deep-cycle batteries. Other than that, there’s no maintenance, no gasoline to purchase and nothing to forget.
We love what we do and we love being able to focus on what excites us rather than whether or not our equipment will work. This is the hobby we chose and we’re always looking for ways to make it more enjoyable. One major way was purchasing the power inverter and letting go of the worry of not having power. From now on, we’ll always have power … as long as we don’t forget to recharge the batteries before our trip. If so, we might find ourselves in a compromising situation when our electric lights go out.