The best way to spark change is to get your voice heard, and that often includes the act of protesting. If you’re preparing for your next rally, we have several recommendations on what to take with you — not the least of which includes our powerful megaphones and bullhorns. Learn why ThunderPower is considered the ultimate protest machine, as well as the other essentials you should pack.
Why ThunderPower Is the Ultimate Protest Machine
Megaphones are the most convenient means of enhancing your voice and projecting it to your intended audience. But in order to do that, they need to offer excellent sound quality, range, and durability. That’s where ThunderPower megaphones shine.
Whether you’re considering our most compact model or our largest, all ThunderPower megaphones offer:
- Clear sound quality, thanks to their design.
- Range, thanks to battery power.
- Durability, thanks to industrial-grade, heavy-duty plastic.
What you need to ask yourself is: how many people do you want to hear you? That answer will help you decide which of our models are best suited for your next protest.
Here are some factors to keep in mind:
Crowd size, which will help you determine what range you’ll need from your megaphone.
Location of the protest, and whether you expect to relocate or march, which will help you decide on a smaller megaphone you can carry in one hand, or a larger one that requires a carrying strap.
Length of the protest, which will indicate whether you’ll want to take backup batteries for your megaphone, and whether you’d prefer a model that offers a vehicle charging adaptor.
While ThunderPower offers several megaphone models to choose from, here are three suggestions for your consideration:
The THUN-150: compact but powerful, this lightweight model is easy to carry while ensuring your voice is heard loud and clear. It offers 15 watts of power, a 600-yard range, 98 decibels (dB) for voice, and 112 dB for siren.
The THUN-250: this is one of the best medium-sized megaphones on the market, offering 25 watts of power, a 1200-yard range, 102 dB for voice, and 118 dB for siren.
The THUN-1200: weighing in at roughly seven (7) pounds, this megaphone is designed to be carried with a shoulder strap and used with a palm mic. Known as “The Earthquake Maker,” it should come as no surprise that the THUN-1200 packs a punch at 45 watts. That means you’ll have a 2000-yard range, 112 dB for voice, and 122 dB for siren.
You can see a full lineup of our available megaphones here. Once you’ve decided which one is right for your needs, let’s review the other protest essentials you’ll want to take with you.
Your Ultimate Protest Machine Checklist
Depending on how long your protest will last, you may consider bringing the following items.
Water. Adequate hydration is important when you aren’t moving, so imagine how much more it will be when you’re standing and marching over the course of several hours. The time of year and weather conditions (heat, humidity) will also determine how much water you’ll want to make sure you bring for yourself and those who may be joining you. It’s worth noting that should any protesters become injured at a rally, water may also be helpful for cleaning dirty wounds and reducing eye irritation.
Food. Based on where you’ll be protesting, you may not have convenient access to food beyond what you bring yourself. Consider stocking up on options like snack bars, fruit, and nuts, as they can all be easy to transport and effective at keeping you healthy and alert.
Appropriate attire. Again, be mindful of the weather and how long you anticipate being out in it. If you’re planning to move a lot, good walking shoes are essential. Hot temperatures can require loose-fitting clothing, hats or visors, and sunglasses — and yes, plenty of sunscreen and deodorant. Inclement weather can mean wearing raincoats and galoshes, as well as carrying umbrellas. You may also decide that it’s best to have a spare change of clothes just in case it becomes necessary.
A backpack. It may seem obvious to mention at this point, but carrying around all of the items we’ve already listed means having a durable backpack or travel bag.
First aid kit. While water can be used to clean wounds, you’ll do well to have basic medical supplies in case someone does get scratched or injured more severely. Gauze, bandaids, and alcohol wipes are some of the first aid options that can come in handy in a pinch. Bringing along hand sanitizer is also recommended as a simple sanitary precaution.
Extra batteries. Your megaphone will thank you.
Flashlights. More than likely, your protest will happen during the day. But for those times of the year when there’s less daylight, or when protests extend into the evening hours, having flashlights can be useful for keeping track of your fellow protesters and staying aware of your surroundings. The tip about extra batteries applies to these, too.
Cash. It’s always good to carry a little in case you need additional supplies.
A pen/pencil/marker and paper. These days, most people probably rely on technology like their smartphones to take notes and send information. However, there’s no guarantee that you’ll have reliable cell reception when you’re attending a massive rally. Plus, your phone battery might not be sufficient to last for the entire event. A simple writing tool is helpful if and when you need it.
Your protest sign. This probably goes without saying, depending on whether or not you intended to bring one already, but it’s worth keeping in mind how you plan to carry your sign in conjunction with the other items on this list (and how big of a backpack that will require).
Honorable Mention: Protest Songs
What’s a protest without music? Plenty of songs have been written about protesting throughout the ages, with no shortage of popular ones you could use during your next rally. Those include:
Bob Dylan, “Masters of War.”
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Ohio.”
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Fortunate Son.”
Rage Against the Machine, “Killing in the Name.”
What’s the best way to hear that music loud and clear? You guessed it — ThunderPower megaphones.
Models like the THUN-150 and THUN-1200 come with separate audio inputs that you can use to play music from an attached device.
Are You Ready To Be Your Own Ultimate Protest Machine?
We support your right to protest, and we want to help you make sure your voice is heard! Contact us today at 877-782-7073 to discuss the megaphones and bullhorns we have in stock, and get the ones you need. You can also review our full lineup and available discounts here.