Whether you’re participating in a rally, coordinating an outdoor event, instructing students in an auditorium, or guiding players through drills on the practice field, megaphones and bullhorns are the best tools for getting your voice heard. To use yours effectively, make sure to review the following battery-powered megaphone tips — then let us know if you have any questions about the models we currently have available.
1. Speak Directly Into the Megaphone
Depending on the type of megaphone that you purchase, its microphone will either be built into the back of the unit or connected to it as an attachment. Operate both the same way by talking directly into their microphones — i.e., hold them as close to you as possible.
Megaphones may be excellent at projecting sound, but those sound waves have to reach them first. More of them will when you limit the space between your mouth and the microphone.
We’ve seen users who thought they could get away with holding their bullhorns at arms’ length, then learned very quickly how no one could hear what they were saying.
For an easy comparison, treat your megaphones like musical instruments.
2. Speak Loudly
Don’t lower your voice when you use a megaphone. Whispers or mumbling won’t be any better when they’re magnified, which means you need to talk with power and confidence to get the farthest, cleanest results.
Let’s take it right back to that music analogy: the more sound you put in, the greater it projects.
Worried you’ll be too loud? Adjust the megaphone’s settings, not your voice.
3. Flip Your Batteries When Storing Your Megaphones
One trick that you might find handy for conserving the lifespans of your megaphone batteries is to flip them backwards in a unit prior to storage. This avoids the possibility of the unit being unknowingly activated if anything were to be placed on top or beside it that might press its talk trigger and drain the rest of its power. Just remember to leave yourself a note when it’s time to pull your bullhorn back out so that you or your coworkers don’t mistakenly think its batteries are already dead.
This tip helps avoid accidental alarm activation, too. And speaking of alarms…
4. Be Careful Which Buttons You Push
Not all megaphones are made the same, which is why ThunderPower designs theirs to be intuitive and user friendly. That said, it’s still a good idea to review all of the available functions and where they’re located, just so you don’t choose one that causes unnecessary commotion — like the megaphone’s siren.
Depending on the model, the siren may be activated with a switch beside the microphone, a toggle at the base of the pistol grip, or a button on the top handle. Always verify that yours is in the correct position before use.
5. Purchase Rechargeable Batteries
ThunderPower megaphones offer exceptional range and sound quality, which can require several AA or C batteries based on the model. Depending on how often you use these megaphones, you may find it more cost effective to purchase rechargeable batteries.
6. Consider Megaphones With Shoulder Straps
If you need bullhorns with a lot of power, but also plan to be on the move, you’d do well to look for units that come with shoulder straps. They make transporting these megaphones easier, and reduce the chances of having them misplaced or damaged. Plus, ThunderPower’s larger units also include palm mics, which allow you to continue using them while they’re still being carried.
Which Megaphones Do You Need?
If you’re looking to purchase new megaphones, here’s a breakdown of the units we currently offer, with links to each.
THUN-150: 15 watts of power and a 600-yard range, with voice amplification up to 98 decibels (dB) and siren at 112 dB.
Recommended for: teachers, parade operators, event organizers, and tour groups.
THUN-120: 15 watts of power and an 800-yard range, with voice amplification up to 100 dB and siren at 112 dB.
Recommended for: coaching, theater productions, school pickup and drop-off lots, as well as campus crowd control.
THUN-250: 25 watts of power and a 1200-yard range, with voice amplification up to 102 dB and siren at 118 dB.
Recommended for: law enforcement, first responders, teachers, and coaches.
THUN-450: 35 watts of power and a 1400-yard range, with voice amplification up to 108 dB and siren at 120 dB.
Recommended for: political rallies, outdoor festivals, and religious congregations.
THUN-1200: 45 watts of power and a 2000-yard range, with voice amplification up to 112 dB and siren at 122 dB.
Recommended for: military training, firefighters, security, and massive gatherings.
Want More Battery-Powered Megaphone Tips?
Whether you’re looking for more tips about megaphones and bullhorns and how to maintain them, or you’ve got questions about any of our models, we’re here to help! Call us today at 877-782-7073.