Battery Drain Experiment


Battery drain Experiment: Devise a reliable, repeatable test to determine if batteries drain faster at “haunted” locations


1. The hypothesis is that the spirits, ghosts, apparitions etc. are using the battery’s energy to manifest or communicate.


Overall plan – To test whether AAA cell batteries do indeed drain at different rates depending on whether the location is reported to be haunted or not.

Experiment Elements:

Two (2) AAA batteries will be connected to a test device via battery holder and put under a constant load until all of the energy is used from the batteries, and the rate of discharge will be measured throughout the entire life of the battery using the multi-meter. Data points will then be gathered every 3 minutes (from video footage) and plotted on a chart. This process will take place three (3) times and all data compiled on a single chart. This will be done at a “neutral non haunted ” location. The entire process will then take place again at a reported “haunted location. After all of the data has been collected at both locations the data (average) for each location will be plotted on a graph and a final report filed.

Equipment elements required:

Testing device, in this case a 2.4v DC 900mA flashlight bulb, positive and negative leads

1 New pack Duracell AAA batteries with Dura-lock (16 count)


HD Video Camera

Safeguards and Considerations

Tests must not be conducted in extreme heat, cold, rain or high humidity.

All batteries must come from the same unused, unopened package.

All tests must be conducted with the same testing device.

All tests must be conducted with the same multi-meter.

All tests will be recorded with a video camera for voltage reference points in time.

Possible Measures of Success

Obtaining data that supports the hypothesis that batteries do indeed drain faster at supposed haunted locations.

Obtaining data that supports the hypothesis that batteries drain at the same rate regardless of the location.

Obtaining data that shows these experiments can be repeated and conducted by anyone in a controlled environment.

Equipment Settings

Equipment Batteries in test device, switch turned off. Meter connected to the Pos and Neg leads.

Secure Location With no reported paranormal history for first series of tests, then reported haunted location for the second round of testing.

Equipment/Experiment/Researcher Locations

Narrative: The experiment part 1 (non haunted location) Was conducted on May 3, 2015 at My home

The experiment Part 2 (” Haunted” Location) Was conducted on June 13, 2015 Hoffman Cemetery

The experiment was conducted by:

1 Bill Heiland


The test was conducted with one pair of batteries to form a baseline.

Analysis -Non-haunted location:

All voltage drainage data points were logged and plotted on a graph. As expected all of the drainage was consistent until the 85 minute mark, At that point the voltage dropped rapidly.

Analysis-Haunted Location:

All voltage drainage data points were logged and plotted on a graph. To my surprise the batteries did indeed drain at a much greater place in the cemetery than it did in a non haunted location, 23% faster.

Analysis “Haunted” vs. Non Haunted chart


The results of this experiment was quite surprising to me. I fully expected the batteries to drain in a very similar pace just like the tests I conducted at my home. This was not the case, not only did the batteries at the cemetery drain much faster, but each pair drained at different paces. The data was gone over several times and is accurate. There was a 23% difference in the test results.

Things to consider that may have had an effect on the results:

Environmental conditions,

1st test- Home: 69° F, 61% Humidity, Dew point 56° F, Pressure 30.09 In 2nd test- Cemetery: 86° F, Humidity 79% Dew point 79° F, Pressure 29.98 In
The time between tests, the batteries used for the second half of the experiment were 41 days after the first tests, the Duracell Dura-lock battery package states the batteries have a shelf life of 10 years.

Defective batteries

Lessons Learned (and ideas for future experiments): Accurate data collection is the key to reliable results, Data must be logged exactly every three minutes for the entire test until the battery is completely used. Data must then be placed on the chart and the figures must be checked several times to ensure accurate test results. I found several mistakes after the data input on the first test.

This experiment was a daunting task, the battery tests alone took 9 hours to complete (3 battery pairs two times). The data collection, chart plotting, and double checking the data took another 5 hours for a total of 14 hours. I will have to try to find a more efficient way to compile and plot the data, The drainage rates are drainage waits, they take as long as they take.

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