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How to inflate balloons at home?


Nowadays, no holiday is complete without balloons. From them create whole figures of birds, flowers, butterflies, cartoon characters and make beautiful arches for weddings. No store opening can be imagined without a composition of balls. They decorate holidays in kindergartens and schools, corporate parties at firms and enterprises, helium balloons, which are sold in all parks and on the central streets of cities, cannot be ignored.

Balls are loved by all children, but not all adults love to inflate them. Especially if a lot of them are needed for the holiday. Of course, it is difficult to inflate thin long products from which figures can be made. Therefore, it will be useful to learn how to facilitate this work and how to replace helium at home.

How easy is it to inflate the ball?

How to inflate a ball without a pump? The first option is the simplest. Inflate it with your mouth. Before inflating, the balloon must be stretched in different directions, but gently so as not to tear. It is recommended to hold especially tight (small round or long thin) balls under a stream of warm water. The rubber will warm up and the inflation process will go better.

The ball is taken with two fingers, forefinger and thumb, and press it to the lips. Take a deep breath and gently release air into the toy. At first it is inflated tightly, but after several deep exhalations, the process will go more freely. It is not recommended to blow very much, a threat of a headache is possible, especially if there are a lot of balls.

After the ball has become dense, it is not necessary to blow anymore. The hole closes tightly so that the air does not come out, and a knot is tied. There are several options here:

  1. Leave the long end and, stretching it, tie a knot just out of rubber.
  2. Continuing to hold tight, tie a thread.
  3. Buy plastic sticks with a circle for tying. They are convenient to use. If you use a ball to wear it, it will always be at the top. Children love this option.

Chemical reaction

An interesting way how to inflate a ball without a pump was invented by chemists. For the experiment you need to have a plastic two-liter bottle, table vinegar, baking soda, a ball. You can take several bottles and inflate 2-3 toys at the same time.

It will be interesting for children to take part in a chemical experiment, but safety precautions should not be forgotten. Wear glasses and gloves for the little experimenter to understand the importance of the situation and the danger to the eyes.

In a bottle, one-third you need to collect vinegar. Next, pour a few tablespoons of baking soda through the funnel. Immediately after this, a balloon should be pulled over the neck of the bottle. During the chemical reaction, carbon dioxide will be released and fill the volume of the ball. When the latter is inflated to the desired size, holding the hole with your fingers, remove the ball from the bottle and tie one of the already known variants of the knot.

These were ways to inflate a ball without a pump. But the process can also be carried out with its help.

Pump blowing

Before you inflate the ball at home, you need to buy a pump for the balls. Special pumps for inflating balls are currently on sale. There are 4 spouts on them, for simultaneously inflating 4 balls. If you don’t have one, don’t be upset - even with a simple pump with one nozzle, things will go quickly.

For this process, you do not even need to crush and stretch the balls. A ball is put on the ribs of the nose, and air is pumped with hands. When you see that the ball is inflated, you need to carefully remove the product from the pump and tie a knot. It takes half a minute, no more. For the holiday, pump a few dozen in 10-15 minutes.

How to inflate a ball with helium?

To make the ball lighter than air and rise up to the ceiling, it is filled with helium. At home, it can not be reproduced in any way. Therefore, you need to buy a small, 5-liter gas cylinder. On it is, like on a pump, a nozzle on which a ball is put on. We open the valve a little and smoothly fill the ball with gas.

At the end of the procedure, gently close the valve, and then remove the ball from the nozzle. Tie a knot. Many on the sites write that helium can be replaced with gas from the reaction of soda with vinegar. It is not true. Carbon dioxide is released, and it is heavy, and the ball will lie quietly on the floor of the room, but will not take off.

If you want the ball to become light and fly, then the following recipe for how to inflate a ball without a pump is just for you. You buy alkali ("Mr. Muscle" is suitable), add a little, literally a couple of pieces of food foil and mix. A chemical reaction immediately begins, resulting in hydrogen. Filling them with a toy, you can see the effect of a "flying ball".

But there is one thing - hydrogen burns well, and at a holiday situations can be different. Yes, and it will be dangerous for children to play with such balls, so before you inflate the ball without a pump, you need to think and decide, maybe you do not need to experiment with children's health and still buy a pump and calmly blow them balls for all the holidays? It serves for a long time, and you can pump them balls quickly and reliably.

How can you inflate the balls?

Helium is a non-toxic, non-explosive and non-combustible incredibly light gas, thanks to which the balls rush up, filling the surrounding space with themselves. To inflate balls with helium, it is necessary to purchase a cylinder with helium, a set of not inflated balls, as well as ribbons for tying balls. This is described in more detail in the article.

In addition to helium, balloons are often inflated with air.

Your questions:

Can I buy a pump for a water ball myself?

Yes. Sure. Hand pumps are sold in any garden store and are a conventional foliage blower. Stationary is better to buy together with a sleeve, because the dimensions of the sleeve and the pump fitting may be different.

What should I do if there is no electricity at the rental site?

Buy a gasoline pump. If you already have an electric one, then you can buy a gasoline generator and turn on the pump.

Customers have their ears covered when inflating the ball, what should I do?

Invite them to open their mouth during inflation helps.

Will the exhaust gases from the gas pump get into the water ball with air?

When choosing a pump, pay attention to where the exhaust system of the pump is directed; if it is directed towards blowing, then gases can enter the ball. Usually, the exhaust system is located away from the blowing and away from the suction and the ingress of gases into the ball is excluded.

How do I know how much the ball is inflated?

This is a very important point, NEVER PUMP a ball. Since this can lead to the fact that the lightning will diverge. You can calculate the inflation time using the formula. Or, check with your hand the hardness of the ball, when all the folds on the ball are straightened - the ball is inflated.

How many pumps to buy for 3 (5, 10) balls?

In our experience, 1 pump is enough for 1-3 balls.

2 pumps are enough for 4-6 balls.

3 pumps are enough for 4 to 10 balls.

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How to inflate a balloon without helium?

Several methods, one of the most popular is - blowing your mouth. The method is suitable for inflating a small number of balls of the usual round or oval shape. To implement more original ideas, pumps are used:

  • The pump is a syringe. A great option for budget pumps for the home. Suitable for inflating a small number of simple balloons, as well as balloons for modeling. The air is supplied portionwise and smoothly, which allows you to form a nice bouquet of balloons without much effort,
  • Hand pump. An inexpensive and efficient, lightweight and compact unit will effortlessly fill air into standard-shaped balls,
  • Foot pump. Enough overall device, the acquisition of which can save car owners. Working in the company of a family member or friend, you can easily and quickly inflate the balloons with air, and with the help of the manometer built into the pump, monitor the air flow rate and control the pressure,
  • Compressor. Ideal for working with large volumes. It is also equipped with a pressure gauge for easy inflation. Despite the higher cost, the unit will become an indispensable assistant in your home for many years. Using a compressor, you can quickly inflate a small number of fun attributes or create dimensional compositions of balls in the form of arches, garlands, letters, etc.

Hi-Float Processing

Many noticed that balloons with helium, pumped up at home, often gradually descend from "heaven to earth" after 10 hours. To prolong the life of the helium ball and the pleasure of enjoying beautiful views, processing with a special compound is used - Hi Float.

The substance is a plastic created by a unique formula, due to which it is capable of dissolving in water. Forming inside the rubber ball the thinnest protective layer that holds helium, treated with Hi-Float, remains longer than usual and remains in its original form and lasts longer than 2 days.

Hi-Float can handle balls at home. After acquiring glue, using a special metering pump, it is necessary to pour a small amount of the substance into the ball and evenly distribute it on the inner surface by rubbing the product with your hands. In this case, the neck of the ball should look up so that the adhesive composition stacks down, and does not fall on your hands. Next, we inflate the balls with a helium balloon until it rises up and tightly bandage the ball with a thread or ribbon.

How to inflate a long balloon?

Inflate an elongated thin balloon at home using mouth breathing or pumps. For ease of inflation you need to understand the technique. To do this, take the ball in hand and stretch it a little in different directions. Then we take the neck of the ball in our mouth or put it on the pump tube and begin to gradually fill the ball with air or helium. In this case, one hand holds the neck, the other squeezes half the ball. While inflating, gradually move your hand to the end of the ball, so it will take shape more quickly and evenly. For the subsequent formation of figures from a long ball, remember that the side of the ball opposite to the neck in the finished form should be deflated, that is, contain about 2 centimeters of empty space for air distribution during twisting and modeling.

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Inflating the ball

You can inflate the ball by mouth, using a hand pump, using a foot pump, and also using a compressor (electric pump).

Not every balloon can be inflated by mouth, this method is suitable if you need to decorate a room for a birthday, but for knitting garlands of balloons or for inflating balloons for modeling (SDM) this method is unsuitable for a number of reasons, you will have to resort to using a pump.

There are different pumps, there are specialized for balls, and for others a special nozzle (nozzle) is just bought. Let's look at the types of ball pumps used:

Benefits: minimum cost (about $ 2), compact, ideal for working with SDM, as delivers air in small doses.

disadvantages: low speed of pumping bulk balls, practically useless when working with a large number of balls, short-lived and under heavy load can break. The SDM master usually pumps in portion and exactly as much as is required, which is easily and conveniently regulated by such a pump.

Benefits: low cost from $ 5 to $ 15, lightweight, compact, quickly and easily inflate balls, usually used to inflate round balls.

disadvantages: not very comfortable because of the pose in which you have to work.

Benefits: these pumps come with a pressure gauge, which allows you to control the pressure, air flow rate, if there is a car, then it does not need to be purchased separately.

disadvantages: cost, weight, uncomfortable because of the pose in which you have to work (you need a partner: one puts on balls and ties them up, and the second pumps up air).

Benefits: the best air supply speed, control of the pressure of the supplied air (there is a pressure gauge, for expensive electronic models you can limit the upper pressure limit).

disadvantages: high cost (from 50 to 500 $ and more), dependence on power supply, weight, dimensions. Ideal for working with a large number of balls, it is almost indispensable if you are engaged in the manufacture of arches and garlands of balls.

Who deals with balls professionally has a syringe pump for working with balloons and a pump for inflating balls for knitting garlands. If it so happened that you have a reason for a big party and urgently need to inflate a lot of balloons, then at home, the best way out is daddy's car pump.

Tip: it is easy to find a nozzle for the pump at home - any oblong object, for example, a disassembled handle (look with a wide neck), and a couple of turns of electrical tape will be enough.

If it is necessary to twist a garland or an arch, then a pump is simply necessary. You should also calculate the required number of balls per 1 meter of garland, so for 12 inch balls you will need 16 balls, 9-10 inch from 20 to 28 balls, and 5 inch soaps need up to 40 pieces. For enclosed spaces, it is better to take balls of small diameters of 5-10 inches, and for the street it is recommended from 12 inches or more.

Tip: when pumping balls, always leave enough tail to tie the ball, and also bleed off excess air if pumped - this will save the ball and improve its performance.

Ballooning with helium from a balloon.

Helium is an inert gas without color, taste and odor, the second easiest gas after hydrogen, more than 7 times lighter than air, non-toxic, non-explosive and does not burn. It is they who are filled with "flying" balls. A balloon with helium is needed to fill the balls. Cylinders are mainly of 2 types: for 10 and 40 liters of 1.33 and 5.3 meters of cubic helium, respectively. In terms of costs, a large cylinder is much more profitable than a small one, more than 2 times.

A cylinder of 10 liters is enough for 100-150 balls of 10-12 inches, and a cylinder of 40 liters is enough for 400 or 600 balls of 10 or 12 inches, respectively, if you inflate balls of small diameters, then the gas flow will be less. The cost of small cylinders does not differ much among themselves, if it costs around 70-80 $ for 10 liters, then a 40 liter cylinder costs about 110-130 $, filling a 10 liter cylinder will cost about $ 60 on average, and a 40 liter cylinder from 80 to 110 $. The pressure gauge of a fully refilled 40 liter cylinder shows a pressure of 14 MPa.

On any cylinder there is a valve. If desired, the balls can be inflated without any additional devices such as a nozzle or gear, however, for convenience and to prevent damage to the balls, it is still recommended to use a constricting device (at least a nozzle-nozzle).

The nozzle in the form of a nozzle can be wound onto the cylinder, serving as a convenient adapter from the wide connector of the cylinder with an external thread.

Attention: external thread on the cylinder connector is often the cause of damage to latex balls - they easily break.

The gearbox for the balloon, for those involved in balls, is useful and even necessary. Depending on the model and manufacturer, the gearboxes come with a pressure gauge, flow meter, swap valve, one or more nozzles, or with additional replaceable nozzles. The gearbox with the maximum configuration allows you to control the pressure level in the cylinder, gas flow rate, as well as the value of the gas pressure at the outlet. There are gearboxes with valve and / or button mechanism. The button simplifies gas metering. In a word, it is the reducer that will understand the condition of the cylinder, and also make life easier for its owner in inflating the balls. The cost of the gearbox in the market ranges from $ 30 to $ 150 or more.

By the way: latex balls should be inflated at 0.2-0.35 at.

A large cylinder is not suitable for domestic use, it is large and weighs more than 70 kg. If you need to inflate a relatively small number of balls (up to 150), then you can use a small cylinder of 10 liters, especially since the Internet is full of advertisements for renting cylinders. A 10 liter bottle weighs about 17 kg.

You should know: a latex balloon with helium will lose its flight properties after 6-12 hours, because latex is a porous material and gas molecules penetrate through the walls of the ball.

In order to prevent this from happening, the ball is subjected to special processing: a special liquid polymer (Hi-float) is dried inside and dries in 1 minute, which forms an additional protective layer that prevents the escape of helium. The treated ball can fly for more than a month indoors. You can order processed helium balloons with free delivery in Minsk

Release balls into the sky, many balls! Children dream about it, this is a favorite technique of the organizers of major holidays and events. This requires 10-12 inch balls without processing in large quantities, helium cylinders and a net. Inflated balls are placed in a special net, which is untied at the right time and the balls rush into the sky.