Ovilus – The legendary word bank ghost hunting gadget

The Ovilus is a tool which will allow you to talk with the spirit world. It was made by Bill Chappell. Created for paranormal use, you can find it on his web site Digital Dowsing. It is a great tool, and many people report that its very accurate.

What you need to know about the Ovilus!

The latest model is the 5b, also known as the 5 Rev B. It will cost you around $449.00 from his shop. It has nothing but amazing ratings and good reviews. They are kept in stock and are built to order. So it may take some time if you want one.

Ovilus Alternatives

Due to the Ovilus being in short supply and being extremely difficult to get hold of. SpiritShack have created the HexCom, which is a great alternative.

Try the Ghost Hunting app!

We have a new app called DeadBox. You can find it on the Play store and the Apple Store. It works on most phones and tablets.

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Using one for Ghost Hunting

They only ship to a few countries. If you are lucky you may be able to find a used online. It has unique sensors built in which measures temperature, fields and various other things.

Each of these readings are compared with a database of words. A ghost has the ability to affect the built in sensors. Which allows the ghost to pick words from the database. Once chosen it then speaks the chosen words out loud. They are displayed on the screen as well.

As seen on TV

It has been seen on TV many times. Two of the more popular times was when it appeared on “Ghost Adventures”, and “Paranormal State”. If your into the super natural. We have no need to explain who those ghost hunter shows are.

Version 3 vs 5

The Ovilus 3 was very popular, so much so many people still want one. Hundreds of people still look for it each day. You will be lucky to find one now though. The odd one may pop up on shopping sites and they get sold right way.

The version 5 is newer, looks better and has more features. If you had to pick between the two, I would go for the latest model. Its well made and is very high quality. And it works well for talking with spirit.

It is used by for research groups to test areas for spirits. It was even used in two ghost reality TV series. Ghost Adventures and Paranormal State.

How does the it work?

The Ovilus 5 and 3 work in the same way. There is a built in database of words. It uses its temperature and magnetic field detector to cross check its readings to matching of numbers. And these numbers links to words. So the spirits are able to choose words which are then read out aloud. It’s similar to the spirit box.

This is a typical review for the word bank device

“We have found the device used by our team on our most recent hunts to have give accurate readings. And we have been able to speak with the spirit world. At least 75% of the time the words seem to be very accurate. With valid responses to some of our more pointed questions. It is one of our go to tools.”

5 Rev B tech specs
  • Weight: 0.6875 lbs
  • Size: 7 × 5 × 3 in
  • Modes: 8
  • Full Colour Touch Screen
  • Built in battery
  • Voices: Male English, Female English, Male Spanish, Female Spanish
  • Slot for speaker or ear phones
  • Power switch
  • Powerful and loud speaker
  • Memory card that can be accessed on a PC
  • It does not use random words
More tips and tricks

You should only use the it in a haunted location or house. This will give you better results. If you use it in a random house there may not be and ghosts to talk with. If you get another sort of sign like a little knocking or you see an orb. It is a good sign the spirits are here.

You can use the in with other paranormal equipment. If you get real responses at the time the Rem Pod triggers. It further backs up your evidence, as two concurrent forms of strange activity at the same time is hard to disprove.

Ovilus 5 rev b Modes


The Home menu allows you to select which Mode to switch too. You can return to the main menu from any other screen.

Ovilus home screen


Words are chosen from the built in dictionary mode based on readings the it picks up. The model 5 does not use any random word generation. It strictly only uses readings from the sensors. If anything it’s similar to the spirit box

This is why its works so well and it extremely accurate. Once energy level changes are detected. The variation of the change is used to from 1 to 2048 included words. During normal operation it will voice many words.

Ovilus - Dictionary mode


Draw draws blocks across the screen in different colours from readings it picks up. This is a new and unique method of ITC. Draw makes grey or static blocks in low energy areas. Sometimes a high energy spike triggers the it to draw very interesting and intriguing screens.

Ovilus: Draw mode


This shows the energy level readings in a sine wave. They are like energy displays. By watching the wave it allows you to see how dynamic energy fields are.

Which is better than only showing an average number. Energy Mode may appear as though it responds to vibrations. It’s actually responding to static and magnetic fields.

You don’t need to touch the device to get a reading. You just having your energy near the device is often enough. Conditions do very, for example. If you was to approach a live electrical socket you will see a movement in the readings.

Ovilus: Energy mode


The log lists words spoken during operation of dictionary mode. The words are in an ordered list from first to last. If you want to see the most recent words. Scroll to the end of the list. You can use the arrow buttons to scroll through pages if needed. To clear the logs, you need to return the Home Screen and go to Settings. Selecting clear logs will permanently delete the current logs.

Log mode


It has a built in motion sensor. It will display motion changes enabling small movements to be seen on screen. Motion allows you to visualize vibration. Which is great way to watch for footsteps on a staircase. Or to ask for something to touch the device.

Motion has its own dedicated settings, which is accessible from the Motion screen in the bottom right hand corner.

You can change the width and rate of the motion display if required. You can experiment with the settings to learn how they effect the display. Once mastered you can set them for your preference and location.

Ovilus - Motion mode


Speech is formed using surrounding readings the Ovilus picks up. In Phonetic there are zero fixed words. It only includes the building blocks of speech. In Phonetic both Female and Male voices are included.

Phonetic mode


True or False measures energy levels to provide a true or false reading. True or False is designed to create a green light when energy readings increase. And a red light when they decrease. If the reading is high or low enough, the green or red light will glow. This is great for asking questions which require yes or no answers. Such as light up green if you are a male.

True or false mode


It displays energy levels. Shown in a radial graph. It is similar to energy mode in the data it uses. But it allows for a different viewing experience and a proximity trigger. While it may appear to respond to vibration. It is not its responding to static and magnetic field changes.

You don’t need to touch the device get a reading. Just being close is often enough, though conditions do very. If you approach a live electrical socket you will see a jump in the readings. The Proximity Trigger can be turned on in the settings screen.

Proximity mode


In the Ovilus settings you can Change the Volume, Mute the speaker.You can also clear logs and change the gender and language the voices. You can use the arrows, or slide the volume setting to adjust the volume.

It does not mute the speaker when you plug in headphones or external speaker. The settings will allow you to mute the device. For use with head phones or a speaker if needed.

If the speaker is muted, a displayed crossed out speaker and headphone icon will show in the top left corner.

You can also clear Logs and permanently delete them if needed. A warning will show to ensure that you are aware of the consequences of these actions. Once you press the Home button, a saving option will appear in the top left corner.

Settings mode

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