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Old 09-02-2017, 02:48 PM
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Default How many times have you reused a balloon?
I have some new balloons (Q11, belbal 14 and a Q24) and was wondering how many times they can be reinflated before there's a risk of popping. After fully inflating and deflating a Q11 it looks very thin but seems fine at the moment but I don't want any to pop as I'm still very phobic at the moment.
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Old 09-02-2017, 06:52 PM
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I'm also somewhat phobic. Personally my best luck has been with Tuftex, provided a good batch with minimal defects. They seem to last forever and have a softer pop if they suffer an "accident." They start to get squishy when they have been blown up too many times, and they are still okay for a long time after that. They are predictable to neck because they start to get really tight if they have been blown up too many times, so they give plenty of warning before they enter the "danger zone." lol

All brands, sizes 14 and under seem thinner and general and more prone to popping.

Q24 - mixed results, and loudest. These don't seem to age too well. I think the neck area wears out too fast from reusing a lot. They seem to always be tight regardless, so a lot less warning signs than tuftex. Same problem with belbals - have never had any that were completely free of defects, so a tight balloon with defects will pop unpredictably.
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Old 09-02-2017, 08:44 PM
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I have a couple of GLs I've probably reused 20 times or so. Generally speaking, the smaller the balloon, the fewer times I reuse them.
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:29 AM
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Default Re: How many times have you reused a balloon?
It depends on what you're doing with them, if you abuse them they might not last very long, but if you're not overinflating them too much you can reuse 12" quite a few times, I always do. I have some pearlized 9" ones that are totally stretched out because I've blown them so big and so many times and they haven't popped yet after a dozen or so inflations so I think in general they don't wear out that fast. I did try to stretch some other 9"ers with heat and stretching and inflation and those burst just barely past rated size after just a few inflations though, so again it depends on what you're doing with them.
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Old 17-02-2017, 01:59 AM
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I'm a semi-popper and it can often get agrivating if a balloon pops when I don't want it to so I have a method to test how long a balloon lasts. I give it a 30 second session to see if it's sturdy which I will know will last a lot of uses. My record is 20 uses. If a balloon doesn't feel sturdy and I know it won't take much to pop I will set it in the Pile of balloons I save for a pop session but those are rare.
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Old 18-02-2017, 02:31 PM
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I have a load of qualatex 11" polka dots and some of them have had 6 or 7 inflations and seem pretty ok still. My belbal 14" get huge after a couple of inflations compared to a new one and also seem ok?

I am ultra cautious of weak spots when inflating and if I see a few I tend to tie off and not re inflate. I would say that I've had more accidental pops with qualatex than belbal lately. The only belbal that pooped without warning was being inflated on an electric pump. I should have know better because it was resistant from a very small size so clearly had a fault. It popped At about half its rated size. I am a non popper so am very cautious on inflation, good luck with yours!

I have added a pic of a couple of belbals. The blue one on the left has had one inflation to about 60% rated size compared to the purple one which is brand new, just for a comparison of how big they get on the first go!
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Old 18-02-2017, 03:14 PM
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Mine seem to be a lot bigger and thinner after just a few inflations.
Belbal 14 on left, qualatex 11 on right. One new one inflated once or twice
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Ahh, the perfect thread for me!

My favorites are the GL series balloons from Cattex, which are gigantic even when uninflated.



From left to right:
  • Used clear GL1200
  • Used heat stretched yellow GL700
  • Used purple GL500
  • Unused white GL1200
  • Unused blue GL700
  • Unused purple GL500

Plus a standard 12-inch ruler for scale. The used GL1200 is almost four feet long
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Old 19-02-2017, 08:12 AM
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Wow there's a massive difference between them all! Thanks for sharing
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Wow there's a massive difference between them all! Thanks for sharing
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