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SB11 Spirit Box: must-have ghost hunting equipment

SB11 Spirit Box

A few years ago, DAS Distribution unveiled the SB7 Spirit Box, a compact Spirit Box designed to help non-physical entities communicate through electronic devices with people like us. The SB7 is quite possibly the best-know if not most popular spirit box used by ghost hunters and paranormal enthusists to generate EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena).

The SB7 Spirit Box is manufactured by Pro-Measure, a division of DAS Distribution. If you’re not familiar with them, DAS Distribution is a much-respected company founded by Gary Galk that has been a pioneer in the field of ghost hunting equipment since 2006. Several years later, we’re here, welcoming the next generation SB into the world, the SB11 Spirit Box.

And, wow, is it a beauty!

The SB11 Spirit Box ITC Device is said to be the most advanced “Spirit Box” on the market. Released during Fall of 2014 this premium ghost hunting device is full of a lot of appealing features.

So how does it measure up?  Let’s find out…

SB11 Spirit Box has advanced sweep

The SB11 Spirit Box comes with two internal radio channels, which each work independently.  You can either sweep a single channel, or sweep both simultaneously. Sweeping both does eat up a bit more battery life, but creates more opportunity for the spirit box to produce EVPs.

You can scan either AM or FM frequency band, scanning either forwards or backwards. You can also select you sweep rate.  The SB11 Spirit Box offers a 50-350ms sweep rate of 50ms to 350ms for AM and 50 thru 300 for FM. This is an improvement over the SB7 Spirit Box, which began at 76 MHz.

SB11 Spirit Box audio quality

The SB11 Spirit Box comes with two internal speakers that deliver higher quality audio than what we’ve heard from other spirit boxes.  The speakers can also be turned up loud, which makes it much easier to hear whispered words, names or sentences or other messages.  An external set of speakers is not needed as with other spirit boxes. However, you may still want to get the Altec Lansing Orbit external speakers, which are a bit better and are commonly used by ghost hunters.

Another great device feature is the mute button, which is found on the side of the SB11 Spirit Box. This mute button lets you momentarily shut off the sound while you’re asking a question.

SB11 Spirit Box’s red LED flashlight is great for night-time use

While spirit boxes are sometimes used during daylight hours, the reality is that they’re most often used at night. With this in mind, the SB11 Spirit Box was designed to also house a handy high intensity red LED flashlight.  The red LED light can reach up to 50 feet in the dark and won’t decrease your night vision as much as other wavelengths of light.  Not to mention that, by having the flashlight built into the SB11 Spirit Box, you have one less piece of equipment to take with you on your ghost hunt expedition.

SB11 Spirit Box’s temperature monitor helps validate a ghost event

The SB11 Spirit Box comes with an ambient temperature meter that detects hot and cold spots of +5/-5 degrees, which are oftentimes associated with spiritual energy. The Ambient Temperature Meter detects and uses red and blue LED lights and ascending or descending tones to indicate changes to colder or warmer temperature. This is great for confirming a temperature change when a suspected ghost voice is picked up. Note that the red LED flashlight can’t be used simultaneously with the temperature monitor.

SB11 Spirit Box does a ‘stand-up job’

Wait, there’s more! The SB11 Spirit Box also comes with a very helpful built-in tilt stand so that you can prop up your device during an EVP session.

Power source for the SB11 Spirit Box

This device uses 9V batteries. How long the battery lasts depends on a variety of factors such as if you’re running both radio channels at the same time and, of course, if some nearby spirit decides to drain the battery itself.

SB11 Spirit Box Sturdiness

The SB11 Spirit Box’s hard casing is very sturdy and it would take a lot to damage it. So if you’re startled by a spirit and fling the device out of your hand, don’t worry, it should easily survive the drop to the floor!

SB11 Spirit Box Pricing and Availability

The SB11 Spirit Box will available in black, black and black (a little joke there).  The price is under $160.  Meanwhile, the SB7 Spirit Box, which has fewer features, is available for under $75.

SB11 Spirit Box Tips

Make sure you always record with video or/and a voice recorder when you use the SB11 Spirit Box so that you can go back and analyze the suspected spirit voice further. When new features are developed, you can purchase an upgrade to the SB11 Spirit Box without having to buy a new device. And remember to pack extra batteries!

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SB7 Spirit Box: the first mass-produced Spirit Box

SB7 Spirit Box

The first generation SB7 Spirit Box, at its launch, became the world’s first mass-produced Spirit Box.  What is a spirit box?  Spirit Boxes are a relatively new (and some say controversial) tool in the modern ghost hunter’s toolbox.  The very first Spirit Box created, which was called ‘Frank’s Box’, was a custom-made version created by Frank Sumption in 2002.  Also know as a ‘Ghost Box’, Spirit Boxes are devices that are modified radio transmitters.  They use radio frequency sweeps to generate white noise that can be used by spirits to communicate with us. Spirit Boxes like the SB7 Spirit Box provide results similar that of an EVP recorder, but in real time.

The SB7 Spirit Box was first unveiled on October 30, 2009. It appeared on a Ghost Adventures show from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum during which the renowned Chris Fleming used it SB7 to communicate with the other side. An updated version, the SB11 Spirit Box, was made available for purchase during 2014.

SB7 Spirit Box has advanced sweep

The SB7 Spirit Box scans two radio frequencies: AM and FM. The FM Sweep runs 100ms to 350ms and the AM Sweep runs 200ms to 500ms. They can each be scanned either forwards or backwards. There is also a seven step adjustable sweep rate and the volume of the output can be adjusted during your session.  Many earlier types of Spirit Box only scanned one radio frequency, which limited the amount of raw material that available for the spirits to use to communicate.

The SB7 Spirit Box also offers a proprietary high frequency synthetic noise or “white noise” that is distributed between frequency steps.

SB7 Spirit Box is portable and backlit for night-time use

Unlike older types, the SB7 Spirit Box is portable.  At nearly four inches tall and under 3 ounces, it’s the size and weight of a cell phone. The SB7 Spirit Box also comes with a bright backlit display, which makes working with the Spirit Box easy in the dark.

The Spirit Box, which uses three “AAA” batteries, has Black Portable Hard Case Cover Shell that provides protection from jostling and drops.

SB7 Spirit Box Pricing and Availability

The SB7 Spirit Box is available on this website.  An upgraded version of this tool, the SB11 Spirit Box, is also available.

SB7 Spirit Box Tips

    • You’ll need a digital voice recording device to record your sessions so that you can capture the spirit responses, which you may not hear during your session
    • Experiment with different sweep rates and also play with the forward and reverse sweep to better understand the SB7 Spirit Box and which sweeps work best for you.
    • The Spirit Box includes one 1-inch internal speaker. It’s a fine speaker but you may want high-quality audio so that you can better catch the words and other communications.  If so, we recommend the Altec Lansing Speaker, which is a high-quality and lightweight external speaker.

 

Do you own or plan to buy a Spirit Box? Let us know in the Comments section below!

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Spirit Box – a device to help spirits talk to you

The Spirit Box, which is also called a Ghost Box, is a device that has revolutionized the way ghost hunters have been able to communicate and understand the other side. The Spirit Box is a device that produces white noise and, through the white noise, words and sentences audibly pop through to answer questions that you may ask of the ghost(s). These words are EVPs, or Electronic Voice Phenomena.

Unlike other ghost hunting tools, which you have to return to so you can analyze the footage or recording, the Spirit Box delivers results in real time. Many ghost hunters are shocked by the number and quality of responses they receive from the Spirit Box. Since there are spirits around us at all times, your Spirit Box can help you communicate at any time and in any place.

In addition to using the Spirit Box to communicate with ghosts, some say they use the Box to communicate with angels and even extraterrestrials (ETs).

Like other tools for communicating with the other side (ouija boards, pendulums), the Spirit Box is not a toy. It should be used by people that know how to use the device and who are trained in how to handle themselves in any spiritual situation.

How does a Spirit Box work?

A Spirit Box is an AM/FM radio that has been reworked so that it scans the range of stations non-stop. It is powered by a random circuit of voltage. This creates the white noise as well as the bits of audio that pop through. It’s believed that ghosts manipulate the stream of audio to create words, phrases, even sentences.

Who invented the Spirit Box?

In 1920, Thomas Alva Edison told both The American Magazine and Scientific American that he had been engaged with the thought of creating something to communicate with the other side. In American Magazine, he said:

“I have been at work for some time building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us.”

However, Edison died in 1931 before creating a Spirit Box. The Ghost Box we know was invented in 2002 by an EVP enthusiast, Frank Sumpton.
Since its creation, the first Ghost Box has evolved to include both AM radio and FM radio, to sweep through frequencies more quickly, and to lower the white noise so that the EVPs can be heard more clearly.

Thoman Edison spirit box story

Where can I get a Spirit Box?

Currently, there are only two types of mass produced types of Spirit Box in existence. They are the SB7 Spirit Box and the SB11 Spirit Box, both available on this website. The Spirit Box was designed by Gary Galka, an innovator who sought to communicate with his beloved daughter who had crossed over.

Several other Spirit Box devices are in development. Among them the PRD-1000 by Chicago Spirit Wave and The White Box by Greg Manchester.

What are some tips for using the Spirit Box?

  • Be Prepared – Before the session, have an idea of what you’ll want to ask and how. Will you ask about the location? About a particular person? About the entity that is communicating? And will you and your group take turns asking questions?
  • Bring Batteries – how much would it stink if your Ghost Box died in the middle of a session? Bring extra batteries!
  • Be Sober – Do not use drugs or alcohol while using the Ghost Box as it can impair your abilities as well as attract negative or confused entities
  • Be Protected – Protect yourself spiritually before beginning the session. Although not common, you want to do what you need to in order to prevent a spirit attachment. You can do this through prayer beforehand according to your faith. If you are using the Ghost Box outside an investigation, consider burning sage in order to cleanse the space and keep away negative entities.
  • Begin the Session – Some like to state their intent and/or call out to specific spirits to begin the session.
  • Be Professional – Treat the spirits with respect even if they are not friendly
  • Bring Speakers – Use an external speaker with your Spirit Box so you can hear better
  • Record the Session – Make sure you have a separate digital recorder to tape the Q&A session. You’ll receive communication during the session, but can also download and listen to the recording to see if you catch anything new.
  • Close the Session – Close your session by informing nearby spirits that the spirit box is being turned off, the portal is being closed and that they cannot linger around.

Good luck!