The Loudest Whistle in the World?

Storm & Windstorm Whistles

I was recently contacted by Howard Wright, CEO of All Weather Safety Whistle Co. and inventor of the Storm Whistle regarding my safety whistles decibel testing blog post. He had enjoyed the whistle comparison and tests and was so confident about his whistle being the loudest in the world, he offered to send me some to test. By the way, he invented the Storm Whistle at age 14 on a dare from a friend – that’s pretty cool!

The StormĀ® All-Weather Safety Whistle is the loudest whistle on the market. It’s unique patented design allows it to be heard under water, up to 50 feet, because the sounding chamber forces all water to be purged when the whistle is blown. Made in the USA. It’s perfect for divers, lifeguards, and for recreation! Creates a clear, high frequency sound, with a power rating over 75% greater than other referee and safety whistles.

Even just after letting my daughter, Maggie, quickly test the whistles in our back yard I can definitely vouch for how freaking loud they are, but I can’t give you an accurate decibel comparison or overall ranking compared to the other whistles until I get the decibel meter back from my friend.

Maggie Trying the Storm Whistle

So heads up to those of you who left a comment suggesting that I take a look at the Storm Whistle. I have a bright orange original Storm Whistle and a new Windstorm Whistle to test very soon. This test may require the use of ear plugs! Does anyone already own one of these, if so what do you think of it? It’s pretty big.

Disclosure: The All Weather Safety Whistle Co. provided Brian’s Backpacking Blog with a complementary Windstorm Whistles to review.

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  • http://blog.dankim.com Adriftatsea

    Yes, I own three storm whistles, as they’re important safety gear on my boat. I believe I mentioned them in one of your other posts a while back, or possibly as a response to something on Facebook.

    They’re great and it is nice that they’re basically self clearing and don’t have any moving parts. I just wish the sound was directed a bit more away from the user. As you noted, it is also a bit bigger than a lot of the competitors…

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Dan, yes it was definitely you that had suggested it. I can’t wait to do a decibel test with them, they are unbelievably loud!

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Dan, actually they do have moving parts. They are not pea less designs. Each has two chambers, an upper chamber that houses the pea and a lower resonance chamber

  • http://blog.dankim.com/ Adriftatsea

    Yes, I own three storm whistles, as they’re important safety gear on my boat. I believe I mentioned them in one of your other posts a while back, or possibly as a response to something on Facebook.

    They’re great and it is nice that they’re basically self clearing and don’t have any moving parts. I just wish the sound was directed a bit more away from the user. As you noted, it is also a bit bigger than a lot of the competitors…

  • bfgreen

    Dan, yes it was definitely you that had suggested it. I can’t wait to do a decibel test with them, they are unbelievably loud!

  • http://sticksblog.com/ Chad “Stick” Poindexter

    It will be interesting to see how these rank. And yes, that thing looks huge!

  • SticksBlog

    It will be interesting to see how these rank. And yes, that thing loks huge!

  • bfgreen

    Dan, actually they do have moving parts. They are not pea less designs. Each has to chambers, an upper chamber that houses the pea and a lower resonance chamber

  • jbrett14

    I own 4 of them which I bought from WalMart, back when they once carried this product. I have them tied to each of my 4 kayaks and they have worked flawlessly. I recently bought a FOX 40 Sharx which is more ear-piercing (louder ?) but I have yet to do a real-world long distance test.

  • jbrett14

    I own 4 of them which I bought from WalMart, back when they once carried this product. I have them tied to each of my 4 kayaks and they have worked flawlessly. I recently bought a FOX 40 Sharx which is more ear-piercing (louder ?) but I have yet to do a real-world long distance test.

  • http://profiles.google.com/donnawalken Donna Walken

    Yes they seem ginormous for a whistle. And I think you’re right about using ear plugs to test them.

  • http://profiles.google.com/donnawalken Donna Walken

    Yes they seem ginormous for a whistle. And I think you’re right about using ear plugs to test them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186800439 Matthew Pittman

    I’ve got a Storm Whistle, and it’s definitely ear-splitting loud! Do NOT blow it inside! The only time I carried it regularly was when I was in the State Guard, in one of the lower leg pockets, for emergencies. Never had to use it.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      I’ve been using my Wind Storm (not even the Storm Whistle) to get the attention of my Tiger Cubs during den meetings. It certainly grabs their attention quickly!!! Love it :-) @facebook-1186800439:disqus

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186800439 Matthew Pittman

    I’ve got a Storm Whistle, and it’s definitely ear-splitting loud! Do NOT blow it inside! The only time I carried it regularly was when I was in the State Guard, in one of the lower leg pockets, for emergencies. Never had to use it.

  • bfgreen

    I’ve been using my Wind Storm (not even the Storm Whistle) to get the attention of my Tiger Cubs during den meetings. It certainly grabs their attention quickly!!! Love it :-) Matthew Pittman

  • http://www.bearriverranch.com/ Ruby – Science Summer Camp

    This sounds amazing! I’d love to have one to add to our household’s 911 bag. This is the bag that we are going to grab if disaster strikes and we need to leave the house.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Ruby, yes for the price they are a superb deal. I have the two that were given to me for review tied to my children’s backpacks in such a way that they can also be taken off and put around their necks. These are not small or compact whistles, but they are incredibly loud!

      I also wrote a review of several other whistles that you might want to take a look at. As much as I like the Storm Whistle, it is big, and I often carry a smaller ACR whistle around my neck as a compromise. My thinking is that it’s better to have some sort of whistle than none at all – carry a smaller one makes me more likely to take it.

      911 bag? I’ve never heard it referred to as that before. I know it as a bug-out-bag or WGS bag :-) I’d be interested to hear your feedback on which ever whistle you choose. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  • http://www.bearriverranch.com/ Ruby – Science Summer Camp

    This sounds amazing! I’d love to have once to add to our household’s 911 bag. This is the bag that we are going to grab if disaster strikes and we need to leave the house.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Ruby, yes for the price they are a superb deal. I have the two that were given to me for review tied to my children’s backpacks in such a way that they can also be taken off and put around their necks. These are not small or compact whistles, but they are incredibly loud!

    I also wrote a review of several other whistles that you might want to take a look at. As much as I like the Storm Whistle, it is big, and I often carry a smaller ACR whistle around my neck as a compromise. My thinking is that it’s better to have some sort of whistle than none at all – carry a smaller one makes me more likely to take it.

    911 bag? I’ve never heard it referred to as that before. I know it as a bug-out-bag or WGS bag :-) I’d be interested to hear your feedback on which ever whistle you choose. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  • Joshuajharkins

    Which one of these was the loudest?

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      The original Storm (orange) whistle was the loudest. It was insanely loud!

  • Michael McMillan

    I use a decibel meter on my iphone. I don’t know if it is completely accurate, but it seems to be relatively accurate compared to other measurements that I make with my phone.

  • Concerned god mommy

    Thanks Brian!!! Looking for a few safety items for my goddaughter…she’s heading to college in a few weeks…going to get the storm whistle!! I wish u could do some testing on pepper spray too!!!!! Thanks again! God bless!!!

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Yikes! Not sure who would be willing to be my guinea pig for pepper spray testing – definitely NOT my kids :)