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Why a Megaphone is Essential to Your Disaster Kit

A THUN-1200 megaphone is set beside a first aid kit as part of a disaster kit.

You don’t have to be a doomsday prepper to understand the value of a good disaster kit. Whether you’re in an area that’s prone to dangerous weather, fires, or other extreme acts of nature, you may already have one assembled. Even if you don’t, read on to learn why we think you should add a megaphone to that survival kit, and which models are ideal. First, let’s do a quick review of the other items you’ll want to make sure to include.

Don’t Forget the Basics

All disaster kits should contain plenty of water (one gallon per person per day) and food (several days’ worth of nonperishables), according to Ready.gov. As for other essentials, FEMA has you covered. Their outline for a basic disaster kit includes flashlights, batteries, first aid, dust masks, plastic sheeting, wrenches and pliers, a manual can opener, and local maps.

So what about communication? It probably won’t come as a surprise that Ready.gov recommends having a cellphone, preferably with a backup battery. The same goes for a whistle that you can use to signal for help. In our opinion, though, a megaphone would be more reliable than both of these combined. 

Here’s why.

1. Cellphones Can Be Unreliable

Whether we’re talking about older “brick” phones, or the latest smart devices, mobile phones aren’t the most reliable options in an extreme emergency. Cell towers can get overwhelmed when too many users try to connect, which can end up dropping or denying a lot of calls. Plus, if the disaster damages that tower, you’ll be left without any reception.

2. Whistles Are Loud, but Megaphones Are Versatile

We’d like to clarify that we aren’t discouraging you from using whistles. You may already own one that easily competes with the decibel level and range of a megaphone. But whistles only make one sound, and megaphones can carry your voice, so you be the judge of which one is more versatile when you need to get people’s attention for help.

Honorable Mention: Handheld Two-Way Radios

FEMA also mentions having either a battery-powered or hand crank radio. Our friends over at Discount Two-Way Radio would certainly agree. If you want the most durable, cost-effective models on the market, make sure to ask them about RCA.

Which Megaphones Are Ideal

If you’re looking for the best megaphones for your emergency kit, you want models that are easy to carry, and that offer the farthest range, clearest sound quality, and longest battery life. Our top two recommendations are the THUN-450 and THUN-1200.

Operating at 35 watts of power and effective up to 1400 yards, THUN-450s offer voice amplification up to 108 decibels (dB) and sirens at 120 dB. They’re normally recommended for political rallies, outdoor festivals, and religious congregations.

Rocking 45 watts of power and effective up to 2000 yards, THUN-1200s (AKA “Earthquake Makers”) easily reach 112 dB for voice and 122 dB for sirens. They’re normally recommended for military training, firefighters, security, and massive gatherings.

Business, or Personal Use?

We suggest the loudest megaphones because we assume you’ll want to be heard as far away as possible, but there are also less powerful options that are just as durable and reliable, depending on the needs of your situation. Whether you’re ordering these models on behalf of a business or for personal use, all ThunderPower megaphones guarantee that your voice will be heard. And, if you’re part of an on-the-ground relief effort instead of those seeking aid, we have options that are ideal for coordinating emergency response.

Are You Prepared?

Don’t risk being caught unprepared without a proper disaster kit. As the saying goes, it’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. Take a look at some of the megaphone models that are currently in stock and available to ship as soon as today, then let us know if you have any questions.

Looking for additional resources? The Red Cross has a helpful quiz to test your emergency preparedness, and Discount Two-Way Radio offers the most powerful commercial radios on the market.

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5 Reasons Why the THUN-1200 Is the Battery-Powered Megaphone You Need

A THUN-1200 battery-powered megaphone is shown blasted by high waves during a thunderstorm on the beach.

If you want to guarantee that your voice is heard, the THUN-1200 is the battery-powered megaphone you need! Once you try it out, we’re confident you’ll never think twice about who to purchase megaphones from again. Here are the top five (5) reasons why we think you should add this particular ThunderPower model to your communications network.

Reason #1: Sound Amplification

First and foremost, the THUN-1200 is one of the loudest megaphones on the market — so loud, in fact, that it’s actually dubbed “The Earthquake Maker.” Operating at 45 watts, it will easily project your voice up to 2000 yards away! 

Exactly how loud is that, you ask?

Loud enough to clear the streets and rattle the windows. As loud as a rock concert or rolling thunder. (Queue the ACDC.)

Still not sure if that’s really loud enough? Check out our chart that compares the THUN-1200 to other common sounds so that you have a full frame of reference. 

Reason #2: Durability

By their very nature, megaphones and bullhorns must be designed to endure constant handling and continuous movement — even potential harm. Protecting them against normal wear and tear like bumps, scrapes, and drops is essential at a minimum, and ThunderPower more than delivers in this category. All of our units (the THUN-1200 included) are designed with high-density, reinforced plastic. This industrial-grade material maintains the megaphone’s necessary acoustics, while preventing damage from common on-the-job risks. 

Due to its size, the THUN-1200 also comes with a carrying strap, making it both easy to transport, and far less likely to be dropped.

Reason #3: Battery Life

We know this one’s important to you. All ThunderPower megaphones are designed to maximize battery life, and the THUN-1200 is no exception. All it takes are eight (8) C alkaline batteries to operate.

Want to save money? Consider purchasing rechargeable batteries instead of standard ones to reduce how often you have to replace them. 

If you’d rather avoid batteries altogether, the THUN-1200 does offer a cigarette plug that you can use with a vehicle’s power supply.

Reason #4: Additional Features

Would you also like to broadcast music or other audio from your megaphone? The THUN-1200 can do that. It offers an auxiliary audio port for a wired connection with a mobile device or microphone, allowing you to share different media with your audience — like a song to get your crowd motivated.

In fact, if you ever need a little musical inspiration for your next big event, you should definitely check the 10 most famous protest songs in the US, courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Reason #5: Customer Support

Who you purchase a product from is just as important as the product they offer. (At least, we like to think so.) That’s why any time you need assistance, whether it’s deciding on the right megaphones to purchase or troubleshooting the units you already have, we’re here and ready to help. You’ll get expert advice from a live agent based in the US, without having to deal with any time-consuming phone trees or delayed callbacks. 

Honorable Mentions

All right, you got us — there’s plenty more we can say about why the THUN-1200 is the battery-powered megaphone you need. But we’ll try to contain ourselves to these final two points.

Easily Adjustable Volume. Being loud is certainly important, but it’s also good to have the ability to lower the volume based on the size of your crowd, and whether you move to a different location. The fewer people you have, and the closer everyone is, the less power you’ll need to project your voice and your message.

Powerful Emergency Alerts. Sirens and alarms are a safety must. Similar to two-way radios, your megaphones should include this feature for alerting everyone to urgent news or imminent danger. Before you purchase your next megaphone, it’s a good idea to know what that alert will sound like and how loud it will be. That’s why we make sure to include this information with any megaphone and bullhorn we sell. The THUN-1200’s can be found here.

Check Out This Battery-Powered Megaphone in Action

If you’re looking for a great, newsworthy example of ThunderPower in action — not to mention a good laugh — we’d encourage you to check out this article about a diehard baseball fan who decided to use nearby office space to broadcast a message of disapproval to the Houston Astros. They were playing nearby, and this fan’s goal was to be heard from the batter’s box! We can’t fault him for the megaphone he knew would be able to do that.

Get Your Battery-Powered Megaphone Today

Are you ready to make some noise with the powerful THUN-1200? Choose how many and place your order today. If you have any additional questions — either about the material above, or about other factors related to megaphones and their use — don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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Why Is Fall a Great Time To Buy a Megaphone?

Students in blue school colors celebrate on the sidelines at a sports event.

It’s almost fall, and you know what that means. School’s back in session, and football is kicking into high gear. Here’s one thing they have in common: the need for powerful megaphones. In fact, there are a lot of seasonal events where these devices are essential for maintaining an effective communications network. Check out our full list below to learn why now is a great time to buy a megaphone.

Venues That Are Perfect for Megaphones

It only seems fair that we start with the two we already mentioned.

Football and Cheerleading. As excited and loud as crowds often get to show their team spirit on game day, it’s no surprise when we get a call from a cheerleader who wants to buy a megaphone. These devices have played a key role on the sidelines for a long time. How far back, you ask? Cheerleaders at the University of Michigan claim that their squad was the first to incorporate acoustic megaphones in 1898!

School. Public schools are still adjusting to in-person teaching since the COVID-19 pandemic. That, coupled with safety concerns and large numbers of students, means that it’s important to have the right communications equipment to stay organized and keep everyone safe. Whether it’s relaying information down a crowded hallway in between class, delivering news to a full auditorium, or walking students through safety drills, you want to buy a megaphone that will guarantee your voice is heard. Similar to football, megaphones come in handy for school-related sporting events like track and field, rowing, swimming, and more.

Did You Know? School systems can apply ESSER funds toward new communications equipment, including megaphones and two-way radios.

Outdoor Festivals and Parking. Outdoor festivals are more common in the fall as the temperatures ease and the leaves start to change. They often require coordinated parking and announcers for special attractions that may take place across festival grounds. Megaphones are ideal for organizers because of how convenient and portable they are, thanks to long-lasting batteries, or — in the case of our heftiest model, the THUN-1200 — a car adaptor cable.

Theme Parks and Carnivals. Falling somewhere between sporting events and festivals, theme parks and carnivals are also great for seasonal entertainment. While many of them rely on powerful PA systems to alert visitors to important information, megaphones are still vital for crowd control.

So You Want To Buy a Megaphone — But Which One Should You Choose?

Megaphones come in a variety of models, each developed for a specific range of activity. Here’s what you can expect from those under the ThunderPower brand.

THUN-150: 15 watts of power and effective up to 600 yards, with voice amplification up to 98 decibels (dB) and siren at 112 dB. These are recommended for teachers, parade operators, event organizers, and tour groups.

THUN-120: 15 watts of power and effective up to 800 yards, with voice amplification up to 100 dB and siren at 112 dB. These are recommended for coaching, theater productions, school pickup and dropoff lots, as well as campus crowd control.

THUN-250: 25 watts of power and effective up to 1200 yards, with voice amplification up to 102 dB and siren at 118 dB. These are recommended for law enforcement.

THUN-450: 35 watts of power and effective up to 1400 yards, with voice amplification up to 108 dB and siren at 120 dB. These are recommended for political rallies, outdoor festivals, and religious congregations.

THUN-1200: a whopping 45 watts of power and effective up to 2000 yards, with a voice amplification up to 112 dB and siren at 122 dB. These are recommended for military training, firefighters, security, and massive gatherings.

Ready To Buy a Megaphone? Tell Us Which Ones You Need!

Give us a call today to talk immediately with one of our award-winning customer support representatives. Many of our models are currently in stock and available, and those that aren’t will ship quickly upon order.

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The 4 Best Ways To Improve School Intercom Systems

A teacher uses a THUN-150 megaphone to get the attention of students outside their lockers.

This year, the US is estimated to have more than 49.9 million students in the public school system — that’s a lot of kids! With classes now back in session, it’s imperative that your educators, administrators, and staff have the tools they need to keep programs organized and safe for everyone involved. That organization depends on an effective communications network. If you’re looking for ways to update yours, ThunderPower is here to help! Check out our list of the four (4) best ways to improve school intercom systems.

1. Invest in Powerful Megaphones

Whether you’re trying to be heard over rowdy students at an auditorium meeting, or to get players and fans hyped up during an outdoor game, megaphones and bullhorns will serve you well. They’ve also been an essential component to school intercom systems for many years. Mentioning them may conjure up images of football games, pep rallies, homecoming parades, swim meets, and cheerleading squads. 

They’re equally important to the administrative and security sides of education. School crossing guards, principals, superintendents, and hall monitors can use them to get the attention of large crowds and relay information to keep those people informed and safe.

Regardless of who’s using these devices, there are a couple important questions to keep in mind when choosing the best megaphones for the job:

How many people are you talking to?

How wide of a space are you working in?

For instance, if you’re trying to get the attention of a hallway of students, you’ll probably only need the range of the THUN-150 at most. But if you’re facing a large crowd at a major school sporting event…well, you might need to bust out the “The Earthquake Maker” if you want everyone to hear you.

Regardless of their size or range, the nice part about ThunderPower megaphones is that all of them feature alerts and sirens that are clear and effective at getting people’s attention.

2. Install Wireless PA Systems

We all know how schools love to use public address (PA) systems to make daily announcements, or to send out alerts when classes start and end. But maintaining or updating your system can be both expensive and cumbersome due to the extensive wiring that is required throughout your buildings. 

Wireless PA systems are a great alternative for augmenting school intercom systems. You can make an announcement from anywhere on campus, thanks to a combination of wireless speakers and two-way radios. Speakers work anywhere that you can plug them into a power outlet. Plus, when you choose the best two-way radios in the industry, you’ll have optimum coverage and crystal-clear sound. (More on that below.)

Does this make you worry that you’ll have to gut your current PA system? Don’t sweat it. You can keep what you have and simply integrate wireless units wherever you need. The same goes for syncing them with the two-way radios you’ll use to make these announcements. 

That’s still cheaper and more convenient than updating a wired network.

3. Stock Up on Two-Way Radios

School intercom systems work better with two-way radios. Portable handheld units and compact base stations are the most convenient means of staying in touch with school faculty, custodians, security, contractors, and other officials while on campus. 

We’ll admit, we are a little biased as to what we consider the best two-way radios on the market. Our parent company, Discount Two-Way Radio, has long touted the benefits of the RCA radio brand, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend them here.

Plus, we’ve heard from many school systems that have made the switch to RCA that they appreciate the durability, sound, performance, and battery life of those units. (Need references? We’d be happy to provide them!)

4. Take Advantage of ESSER Funds

During the start of the pandemic, Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) program. These ESSER funds are meant to finance school upgrades for minimizing the spread of COVID-19, from stocking up on personal protective equipment (PPE) and installing improved air filters, to updating school communications equipment and emergency response.

Megaphones, wireless PA systems, and two-way radios are generally eligible, although it’s best to check with your state board of education and school district to make sure there aren’t any limitations. The best part is that you don’t have to use these funds immediately — you just have to establish a plan for how you’re going to allocate them. 

While the first of three ESSER funds must be obligated soon (September 30th), you can still apply for ESSER II and ARP ESSER. You can find more information about each ESSER fund here. Should you choose to take advantage of these funds, ESSER II must be obligated by September 30th of next year, and ARP ESSER by September 30th of 2024.

Choosing Solutions for School Intercom Systems

If you’d like to apply any of these solutions to your own intercom system, we’re ready to help. Give us a call today at 877-782-7073 to discuss inventory and pricing, as well as any additional questions you may have.

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Bullhorn for Sale! Tips on Choosing the Right One

A woman straps a ThunderPower 1200 bullhorn over her shoulder while using its connected microphone in the middle of an outdoor festival.

Are you looking for a bullhorn for sale? Or perhaps the word you’re thinking of is megaphone? Both names have become practically interchangeable, because these devices perform the same function: electronically amplify users’ voices so that they’re heard over great distances. That said, not all of these are created equal. What are the factors to keep in mind when choosing a bullhorn for sale? Here’s what we recommend reading before your next purchase.

Bullhorn Ranges

How far do you want your messages to be carried? Bullhorns have different ranges to serve different crowd sizes. If you’re dealing with one on a large scale, you’ll want to be loud and clear to the people at the farthest ends of the group. Conversely, if you’re at a smaller event, you won’t need nearly as much power (and your listeners’ eardrums will thank you for it).

That’s why ThunderPower offers bullhorns with the following ranges:

  • 600 yards
  • 800 yards
  • 1200 yards
  • 1400 yards
  • 2000 yards

But how do you know what your range should be?

Here’s a quick reference guide before you choose a bullhorn for sale:

Six-hundred yards is ideal for teachers, parade operators, event organizers, and tour groups. An eight-hundred yard range is more in line with coaching, theater productions, school pickup and drop-off lots, and campus crowd control. At twelve-hundred yards, you’re into the realm of law enforcement. By fourteen-hundred yards, you’ve reached the size of political rallies, outdoor festivals, and religious congregations. Two-thousand yards is geared more toward military training, firefighters, security, and massive gatherings.

What about sporting events, you ask? These aren’t as easy to narrow down to a specific bullhorn range. With the possible exception of two-thousand yards, all of the others could apply. That being said, we can still think of a few sports venues where “The Earthquake Maker” is the only way you’ll be able to get your voice heard.

Adjustable Volume Control

Worried that your bullhorn will be too loud? That’s why these units offer adjustable volume control to meet the changing needs of the groups you’re in. As those groups may grow or disperse, so too will the amount of effort you’ll have to put forth in order to be heard. Volume control also mitigates noise levels during certain times of the day, or in locations with specific noise ordinances. 

Make sure to account for how much surrounding noise you predict you’ll end up fighting. Group marches, outdoor sporting events, stadiums, and emergency services all deal with different degrees of commotion and human-made interference that influence the effectiveness of your bullhorns.

Sirens and Alarms

Sirens and alarms are essential components of any effective bullhorn. If you need to alert people around you to potential danger, or simply get everyone’s immediate attention, these two features are invaluable. That’s why all ThunderPower bullhorns come equipped with them. 

Not sure what each of those will sound like? We think you should know. Simply click one of our available units below and scroll down to where it says “Listen to the Siren” and “Listen to the Whistle” respectively.

ThunderPower 150 (15 watts, 600-yard range)

ThunderPower 120 (15 watts, 800-yard range)

ThunderPower 250 (25 watts, 1200-yard range)

ThunderPower 450 (35 watts, 1400-yard range)

ThunderPower 1200 (45 watts, 2000-yard range)

Durability and Protection

If you’re looking for a bullhorn for sale, it probably goes without saying that the one you choose needs to be ready for a little wear and tear. Whether it’s the environment it’s being used in, or the number of people who will end up handling it, there’s always the chance for these units to be dropped, scraped, and damaged. That’s why we strongly encourage you to purchase bullhorns that are made with industrial-strength chassis. And, in spite of how ergonomic the handles on many of these bullhorns may already be, including wrist straps made of nylon webbing can be a great way to prevent how often they’re dropped or misplaced.

Measuring Bullhorn Performance

If you’re still on the fence about how loud is loud enough for your next bullhorn, we understand completely. Although we’ve provided ranges, you may still wonder what those numbers actually mean in a real-world setting.

That’s why we include helpful charts under each unit linked above that give you the decibels for that unit, as well as comparable sounds that will allow you to gauge the actual volume of each model.

Batteries for Your Bullhorns

Because bullhorn users tend to move around a lot, most of these units are battery powered. All you need for yours are a few good AA’s to get long-lasting performance. Our most powerful bullhorn, the ThunderPower 1200, also comes with a cigarette-lighter attachment to charge it from a vehicle.

Bullhorn Pro Tip: Cut down on battery costs by purchasing rechargeable ones.

Are You Concerned About the Supply Chain?

Worried that these bullhorns might get lost in the apply chain? Not a chance! If the ones you want aren’t currently in stock, it doesn’t take long for us to get replacements. In other words, you won’t be waiting months for the equipment that you need.

Bullhorn Users Who Made Us Laugh

These days, we all could probably use a little more humor in our lives. Trust us when we tell you that you can have some fun when it comes to bullhorns. 

For example…

  1. Back when sports teams were playing to empty seats, one diehard baseball fan decided to use nearby office space to his advantage and deliver a message of disapproval to the Houston Astros. The fan’s goal was to be heard as far as the batter’s box. Kudos to his use of grade-school math to determine the range he needed on his horn. And we certainly can’t fault him for his choice of megaphone brand that he knew would get that job done.
  1. Have you ever had someone disrespect your lawn by letting their dog use it as a bathroom? If they have, and if it’s bothered you enough, you’d probably appreciate the methods this megaphone user went to when he caught his neighbor’s dog in the act: an air horn to startle them first, followed by a megaphone to tell them (and the neighbor) off.

Where Should You Get a Bullhorn for Sale?

Before you may default to the “let’s buy everything from Amazon” approach, we’d encourage you to take a look at our full lineup of available units. ThunderPower has been a long-standing brand name that has demonstrated time and again why it is the definitive choice for bullhorns (or megaphones). Not only do we carry the best models on the market, we offer US-based customer support that will pick up the phone as soon as you call. No more getting stuck navigating a phone tree in order to get a live person to help you with your order.

Do you have questions about a bullhorn for sale on our website? Our reps are ready to answer them, learn about your business, and give you the best options to meet your needs. 

If you still aren’t convinced, take a look at the reviews others have left us about why they love the ThunderPower brand.

When you’re ready, give us a call at 877-782-7073 to talk about your next order.

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Gwinnett County Public Schools Purchase 544 ThunderPower 1200 Megaphones

When the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) needed top-of-the-line emergency equipment that ensured vital communications could be delivered reliably, and with plenty of volume and clarity to thousands of students, loud, they turned to ThunderPower Megaphones.

The Gwinnett County Public Schools logo.

Considered one of the largest school districts in the State of Georgia, Gwinnett County Public Schools has 182,000 students, 136 different campuses, and multiple off-campus buildings like warehouses, administration offices, and a large sports complex. If there was ever a time when a massive evacuation was necessary or a large district-wide gathering was held, the only way to communicate with that many people would be by using heavy-duty megaphones like the Thunderpower 1200 is the only way to ensure everyone could hear vital instructions.

We purchased enough megaphones to distribute two for every school campus throughout the whole district. They’re outstanding for crowd control or moving people from point A to point B.

Brian Hudson, Emergency Coordinator for Gwinnett County Public Schools

As head of the Gwinnett County Public Schools safety coordination, Brian Hudson was put in charge of making sure each campus had the necessary equipment to ensure each student could hear instructions while in the middle a large crowd.

“We’re just a massive organization, so to make sure every school had the equal opportunity to have the right equipment to be heard, we purchased ThunderPower megaphones. We purchased enough megaphones to distribute two or three for every school campus throughout the whole district. They’re outstanding for crowd control or moving people from point A to point B,” said Brian.

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Administration building.

As a 10-year veteran military policeman with the United States Army, including supervising the security for a chemical weapons demilitarization plant, and several years as a narcotics and explosive detection canine handler, Brian knows a thing or two about keeping people safe in large environments. He also has a Master’s Degree in public policy and is certified by the State of Georgia for Emergency Planning.

“The megaphones are really an important part of overall coordination and contingency planning. For example, once students have to evacuate a building for whatever reason, like a fire, how are you going to communicate with that mass of people?` Some of our high schools have about 4,000 students, and our elementary schools have an average of 600 students. Think about it. How can you address that many students in an environment like a large stadium? How do you communicate with that many people to get them to listen to you and to get them to do what you want? It’s just not possible without a really loud megaphone like the ThunderPower 1200,” explained Brian.

Why Are ThunderPower Megaphones Chosen By School Districts?

The ThunderPower Megaphone is considered one of the most powerful and well-made bullhorns anywhere and is especially popular for schools like the Gwinnett County Public Schools. Because ThunderPower bullhorns come in a variety of sizes and power options, they can be used at every playing field configuration, pool, classroom, stadium or administrative meeting location. But what really makes ThunderPower megaphones so popular is that they are all constructed from industrial grade materials and designed for maximum comfort and ergonomic appeal. The hardware, attached parts, and the lightweight chassis allow the ThunderPower megaphone to pack plenty of power in a lightweight, easy-to-handle design. Most ThunderPower megaphones come with a combination of standard talk speaker mode and a built-in siren and whistle component for maximum attention getting ability.

The ThunderPower 1200 Megaphone

ThunderPower Megaphones During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Although all campuses in the GCPS are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gwinnett County Board of Education is creating multiple contingency plans for getting its kids back into school in August. Part of that planning involved using ThunderPower megaphones.

According to Brian, students are currently learning remotely, but he has been part of creating four different contingency plans for bringing students back. The contingency plans also incorporated the Gwinnett County Department of Health, the federal government, State of Georgia, the Gwinnett Department of Education, the superintendent of schools, and the board of education.

“As part of the contingency guidance plans, each school needed to include megaphones as part of their safety equipment inventory. So, we wanted to get fully stocked to validate that each school had the necessary equipment for a complete safety preparation, and again megaphones were very important for that,” said Brian.

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Fully Operational and Steadily Shipping Megaphones

Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Use Megaphones

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Woman carrying ThunderPower 1200 with shoulder strap and using the palm mic
ThunderPower 450 Box

ThunderPower Megaphones and Discount Two-Way Radio is praying for the health and safety of all of our more than 65,000 customers. Because these customers work in industries like health care, emergency services, food distribution, energy, transportation and education (to name just a few) we know these folks are some of the hardest working Americans anywhere on the continent.

This same group of hard working Americans are also considered “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” under California Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 4 executive order. As a result, they must continue to work in order to protect their communities and ensure continuity of functions critical to public health and safety as well as economic and national security.

ThunderPower Megaphone helps these essential industries accomplish these critical jobs more safely and with greater accuracy. Because of this, we are also deemed essential by virtue, and will continue to provide megaphones and two-way radio equipment throughout these unprecedented times.

We will be here for our customers today and for the future. Our operations are normal, and we will be here for you when you need us.

Ben Burns, CEO and Founder

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Use These 3 Genius Strategies to Attract a Crowd

Use a bullhorn to attract a political crowd

Drawing a crowd is the whole objective behind presenting a position, statement, or platform. Politicians, preachers, and peddlers throughout history have needed to attract a crowd in order for people to hear their messages. And in many cases, the megaphone has been one of the most effective ways to attract a crowd. However, even with a megaphone in hand, what are some other strategies to draw a crowd?  Below are three of the most foolproof ways of bringing a crowd to your message:

Strategy One: Crowds Attract Crowds

The late evangelist, teacher and author, R.A. Torrey, once wrote:

“Get as many people to go with you as possible. Crowds draw crowds. There is great power in numbers. One man can go out on the street alone and hold a meeting; I have done it myself; but if I can get fifteen or twenty reliable men to go with me, I will get them every time.”

The famous preacher was correct. Crowds attract people, and using a voice amplification tool like a bullhorn is a great way to attract a crowd. It’s a sociological phenomenon that when people see other people gathering, their curiosity gets the best of them, and they are drawn toward the crowd to see what is happening.  People are just curious by nature and want to be in the know.

People also love to be entertained; be a part of the group and involved in a perceived conflict. Another great example to underline the power of this strategy is to think about businesses. If a restaurant is busy, it must be good and need to be tried. How about Barnes and Nobles? Half the people inside these stores aren’t buying a thing, they are just hanging out in comfortable chairs. This is a purposeful marketing strategy to attract a crowd that one day will actually buy something.

Another clever strategy for attracting crowds is to involve what are sometimes called, “rent-a-crowd.” Street preachers have used this trick for years, inviting Christian brethren to help draw crowds and invite others to participate.

Strategy Two: Turn Up the Music

Using live music to draw a crowd has been a trusty go-to strategy for more than 200 years. In fact, the famous street preachers George Whitefield and Charles Wesley were both musical prodigies and used the streets as open air chapels and musical street corner ministries. The Salvation Army picked up where Whitefield and Wesley left off, and “invaded” America with their “Six Hallelujah Lassies” in 1880. And the music doesn’t necessarily need to be professionally polished either. Hymns, ballads, dittys, duets, instrumentals – any kind of music played in the open air is great way to draw crowds.

Strategy Three: Use Trivia Questions to Pique a Crowd’s Interest

What is the largest freshwater lake in the world? Who is the Benedictine monk who invented Champaign?  How many furlongs are in a mile?

Catch you by surprise? Having trivia questions thrown at you is not only fun, it’s also a great way to draw a crowd, and keep them coming back. In fact, one of the most influential street preachers in history, Ray Comfort, is credited with being one of the first people to leverage this strategy. He would start every one of corner preaches by asking trivia questions to draw a crowd. He would also give a dollar to each person who answers correctly.

He pointed out that initially people are slow to gather because they are naturally wary of the man using a megaphone, standing on a box and giving away money. But once they realize he is giving away his own money for answers to trivia questions, their love for money takes over and they begin shouting answers. The sound of people shouting, laughing, and clapping is the kind of raucousness that lures curious people to join the crowd.

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ThunderPower Megaphones and Cheerleading Have a Great History

Megaphones and cheerleading have gone together for years. Both are used to energize crowds during sporting events.

When it comes to cheerleading, the ThunderPower Megaphone has been a visible tool on the sidelines of hundreds of sporting events for decades. Whether it’s a cheering for a football team, basketball team, or even roller derby, ThunderPower Bullhorns are the number one choice for majorettes across the country.

The megaphone is a portable handheld, cone-shaped device used to amplify the human voice in any direction and is most often used at events involving large audiences. There are two kinds of megaphones, acoustic and powered. The acoustic kind is shaped like a funnel where the voice can be projected from the wide end or “bell”. These days, most people use battery powered electric megaphone like the ThunderPower 250 because it is so much easier to use when wanting to project your voice for sporting events, rallies, or cheerleading events.

ThunderPower Megaphone Works Great for All Sporting and Cheerleading Events

The ThunderPower Megaphone is considered one of the most powerful and well-made bullhorns anywhere and is especially popular for cheerleading squads. Because ThunderPower bullhorns come in a variety of sizes and power options, they can be used at every playing field configuration, pool or waterway, and hardwood or concrete court. But what really makes ThunderPower megaphones so popular is that they are all constructed from industrial grade materials and designed for maximum comfort and ergonomic appeal. The hardware, attached parts, and the lightweight chassis allows the ThunderPower megaphone to pack plenty of power in a lightweight, easy-to-handle design. Most ThunderPower megaphones come with a combination of standard talk speaker mode and a built-in siren and whistle component for maximum attention getting ability.

The specific models of ThunderPower megaphones available include:

  • ThunderPower 120 – 15 Watts, and a 700 Yard Range for $49.00
  • ThunderPower 150 (Ultra compact) – 15 Watts and a 600 Yard Range for $59.00
  • ThunderPower 250 – 25 Watts and a 800 Yard Range for $79.00
  • ThunderPower 450 (Palm Mic) – 35 Watts and a 1200 Yard Range for $109.00
  • ThunderPower 1200 – 45 Watts and a 2000 Yard Range for $189.00

The History of the Megaphone and Cheerleading

The origin of the megaphone can be traced back to seventeenth century England when a religious scholar began exploring ways to amplify his voice. He found that by forming a funnel shaped cone, his voice could be both directed and amplified dramatically. Throughout the centuries, the megaphone continued to be leveraged by athletes, actors, and activists. However, it was in the 1880’s when the megaphone started playing a big part of cheerleading teams. Although women currently dominate the world of cheerleading, the original cheering concept was started by men. In 1884 Princeton University got the idea that crowd chanting at football games would boost school spirit so they came up with a catchy cheer. The University of Minnesota heard about the novel idea for arousing spirit, and so in 1898 the university cheer club created their own catchy cheer:

 “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-U-Mah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity! Minn-E-So-Tah!”

Inventor Henry C. Dalrymple developed and patented the first electric voice amplifier using a microphone.

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That same year, the University of Minnesota organized the first official cheerleading fraternity, and before long other colleges caught on making organized cheers yelled through a megaphone a common addition to many sporting events. By the 1920s women joined the sport of cheerleading, but the men’s voices were the ones that were projected through the megaphone.

Obviously, the earlier, funnel-shaped megaphones were totally acoustic, absent of any electricity. However, by the nineteenth century Thomas Edison had invented the phonograph, and recognizing the potential, inventor Henry C. Dalrymple developed and patented the first electric voice amplifier using a microphone.

Today, the modern megaphone like ThunderPower bullhorns are used for the modern era of cheerleading, where it is less about eliciting audience participation, and more about entertaining spectators with flashy moves and dance routines. But regardless of how cheerleading advances and evolves, the ThunderPower Megaphone will always be home on the sidelines.

To find out more about ThunderPower megaphones, call one of our friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives at 866-927-7955.

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ThunderPower Megaphone’s Ten Favorite Protest Songs

This is a picture of a woman using a megaphone during a protest.

Megaphone’s are great for protests. In fact, there is a good chance that if someone is singing a protest song, walking in a demonstration, or marching for a cause, a ThunderPower Megaphone is probably somewhere nearby. Almost daily, ThunderPower, the most powerful bullhorn in the industry, is being used by protesters demonstrating against everything from politics to petroleum.

But why are ThunderPower Megaphones so popular with people who have something to say and need to be heard? It’s probably because ThunderPower bullhorns are considered one of the best voice amplification tools on the planet, able to project the range of the human voice much further than non-battery powered megaphones. In addition, because ThunderPower Megaphones are so well made, they can take the punishment of even the most chaotic environment.

The ThunderPower Lineup of Megaphones

Since its founding more than 22 years ago, ThunderPower Megaphones has been a big supporter of free speech and public demonstrations. We believe that protests and demonstrations have been an important part of American history going all the way back to the famous Boston Tea protest in 1773.

ThunderPower Megaphones

ThunderPower Megaphone line-up includes several models of high-quality battery powered bullhorns that have a variety of unique features that can be used during any size demonstration when you want to lift your voice above the crowd.

The ThunderPower collection of battery powered bullhorns include:

  • ThunderPower 120 – 15 Watts w 700 Yard Range w $49.00
  • ThunderPower 150 (Ultra compact) – 15 Watts w 600 Yard Range w $59.00
  • ThunderPower 250 – 25 Watts w 800 Yard Range w $79.00
  • ThunderPower 450 (Palm Mic) – 35 Watts w 1200 Yard Range w $109.00
  • ThunderPower 1200 – 45 Watts w 2000 Yard Range w $189.00

ThunderPower Believes in Free Speech and Helps People be Heard

Since its founding more than 22 years ago, ThunderPower Megaphones has been a big supporter of free speech, protest songs, and public demonstrations. We believe that protests and demonstrations have been an important part of American history going all the way back to the famous Boston Tea protest in 1773.  Throughout the years, protests and demonstrations have been a powerful strategy for Americans to leverage when they need to be heard, and ThunderPower Megaphones is proud to be a favorite choice for people when they have the need to be heard.

Ten of America’s Most Famous Protest Songs

Because ThunderPower bullhorns are so popular at rallies, demonstrations, and marches, we thought it might be interesting to share some of the top protest songs in America’s history according to a recent poll by RollingStone Magazine.

Number One: “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan

While it was President Dwight D. Eisenhower that warned the country about the dangers of a “military-industrial complex”, it was Bob Dylan who wrote his protest song that funneled his anger at arms dealers who were making a fortune and spreading their money all around Washington, D.C.

Number Two: “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

After Neil Young saw a photo of a 14-year-old girl kneeling over the dead body of a Kent State student, he poured his rage and sadness into the song he called “Ohio”. A day after he wrote the song, he called his bandmates (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) into the studio to record the new song.

Number Three: “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield

While many people think that Stephen Stills wrote “For What It’s Worth” about Vietnam, it was a protest song in support of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip hippies who fought the police over a potential new curfew.

Number Four: “The Times They Are a Changin” by Bob Dylan

Written just a few weeks after John F. Kennedy’s death and just a few months before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, Bob Dylan beautifully summed up massive cultural changes he was witnessing in a three-minute folk song.

Number Five: “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire

When P.F. Sloan wrote the “Eve of Destruction” in 1965, Barry McGuire quickly took the song to reflect the early days of the Vietnam war, the Cuban Missile Crisis and widespread fear of a nuclear war that would destroy the world.

Number Six: “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine

“Killing in the Name” combines a unique fusion of rap and rock and was released in 1992. It’s a furious song about racism, police brutality and defiance, culminating in a furious cry. This song stirs a crowd like no other song in human history.

Number Seven: “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan

“Blowin’ in the Wind” is considered one of the most popular protest songs of all time. It’s been translated into at least a dozen languages, featured in many movies and played live 2,500 times by Dylan alone.

Number Eight: “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Fogerty wrote “Fortunate Son” 45 years ago, but it continues to move people. Ironically, the artist actually served in the Army Reserves and wrote the song about how rich families made sure their own children never made their way to Vietnam. Like most great protest songs, it’s as relevant today as it was on the day of its release.

Number Nine: “Hurricane” by Bob Dylan

After ten years from writing his last protest song, Bob Dylan returned again to write about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a professional boxer in jail for a murder he claimed he didn’t commit. The tune is an impassioned eight-minute piece about Hurricane’s ordeal.

Number Ten: “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish

A straightforward and simple song, Country Joe McDonald spoke for young people all over America when he released the anti-Vietnam classic “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag.” “One, two, three, what are we fighting for?” he sang. “Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn/Next stop is Vietnam.” The song exploded when the artist sang an impromptu rendition at Woodstock.

For more information on how you can add a ThunderPower Megaphone to your next protest, call 866-927-7955.