KII/K2 Meter: An
takes a cursory look over the international excitement about the newish
‘must have’ accessory for ‘serious ghost hunters’: the KII (or K2) EMF
In many ways, the KII meter story is a familiar one. An enterprising
manufacturer invents a piece of kit for a more-or-less legitimate
purpose; in this case the KII meter was invented measure man-made
electromagnetic fields marketed to people concerned about the health
risks of power lines and the like. The next step is for several TV shows
to declare – with any scientific basis – that the meter can communicate
with ghosts. Finally, a lot of people unquestioningly accept the idea,
and suddenly it appears on every paranormal investigation from here to
But we have seen all this nonsense before with EMF meters, as previously
reported by PSI and many others, so what makes the KII meter different?
The meter’s popularity seems to rest on a) celebrity endorsements that
the meter ‘is specially configured for paranormal research’ and b) that
it produces more results than other meters.
As for the first claim, there is no evidence (and certainly none from
the manufacturers) that the calibration of the KII meter is any
different to various other EMF meters on the market. On further research
it seems that its difference is not in its technical specifications, but
on its ability to visually respond to yes or no questions, in the style
of a dowsing crystal or Ouija board. But this brings us, really, to the
Anecdotally, it seems fairly clear that the KII meter does respond more
than other EMF meters. Hey, why make do with a dull meter where you need
to look for a response and doesn’t flash up more regularly in a visually
pleasing way? So why does the KII meter respond more? Its key difference
seems to be that you need to hold a switch down in order to operate it.
Whenever the switch is depressed it lights up like a parade. This is a
useful function for the hoaxer but, more seriously, presents the problem
that continuous use is not possible without the thumb becoming fatigued
and the KII accidentally being turned off and then on. The second flaw
relates to the switch itself, introducing a mechanical element – a
switch – that is inferior to the electronic equivalent introduces a
strong possibility of malfunction that does not exist with other meters.
Thirdly, the fact that the KII meter lends itself to use when ‘contact’
is expected – you cannot just leave the meter on all the time – brings
in the idea that the meter will ‘perform’ when a paranormal event is
taking place rather than being left to register a baseline. Finally, if
you ‘wave around’ any EMF meter it will cause spurious readings; the
fact that you have to hold the KII rather than leave it to do its job
means that additional false readings are incredibly likely.
In conclusion, the KII is not designed for paranormal investigation. Its
popularity seems to draw from people not questioning its highly
questionable endorsements, and from the awe caused by flaws in the
design leading to false readings. The fact that is it pretty and cheap
are probably factors too. If you are using it for the reason the
manufacturers intended then fair enough. But, as with most EMF meters,
serious paranormal investigators should avoid the KII like the plague.
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