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PKE Meter

A piece of equipment used to track ghosts and give readings of Psycho Kinetic Energy (PKE). The PKE Meter is what helped Egon to develop the theory of catching ghosts. It has antennas with lights that raise up and down tracing the level of Psycho Kinetic Energy.

This prop was used in
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters II
Fun Facts
  • The main shell of the prop is a hand-held Iona SP-1 Shoe Polisher, which was gutted and redressed with lights and other electronics to give the prop better effects. Its patent was first filed March 2, 1965. (source: GB Fans, Mattel Fun Facts Sign)
  • The familiar LED lighting sequence on the wings was changed between Ghostbusters I and Ghostbusters II. Commonly seen as 3, 5, 7, 4, 1, 6, 2 in Ghostbusters I and 3, 1, 6, 4, 7, 5, 2 in Ghostbusters II. (source: Mattel Fun Facts Sign)
  • It is believed the screws on the back of the PKE Meter prop was actually covered with electrical tape. (source: Mattel Fun Facts Sign)
  • In December 2010 toy maker Mattel created a 1:1 replica PKE Meter, which was sold for $60 exclusively on their website.


They Live (1988)
After Nada (Roddy Piper) and Frank (Keith David) go through a portal created by one of the alien's wristwatches, they spy two aliens who are using the PKE Meter as a walkie-talkie. Later, after the newsroom breaks out in chaos, a few more aliens use the meters as communications devices. More images found on the Ghostbusters Wiki. (Frame grabs from Blu-ray done by me, Paul Rudoff.)

BUY - Blu-ray, DVD, DVD 4-Movie Midnight Marathon Pack, DVD John Carpenter 4-Film Collection. The DVD released by Universal Studios includes the movie and nothing else, so if you have a Blu-ray player, get the Shout Factory 2012 Collector's Edition Blu-ray.

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Suburban Commando (1991)
The PKE Meter is the device that Shep Ramsey (Hulk Hogan) uses to locate the alien spacecraft.

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