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I have purchased two of these over the last couple years and one was fine whilst the other had a problem which I will explain shortly. I personally was using it for balloon to go with baby gifts.
This balloon time kit is available from Asda at a cost of £20. In the colourful box you will find one helium tank already full of helium, 30 mixed coloured balloons and some ribbon to use for when you need to tie them up.
The tank it self is like a small calor gas cylinder but a lot smaller and lighter. It has a handle for ease of carrying it. To use there is a valve to turn it on then a flimsy rubber pointy bit that you place the place over ready to inflate, then you push down on this part and it inflates the balloon. You can start and stop as you wish by releasing your hold on the part. You know when it is nearly full by the size and you'll also know if you've over filled it when you are stood with a piece of balloon left in your hand and your ears are ringing.
The instructions say you should be able to inflate 20-30 balloons but this would obviously depend on the size of balloons you were using as the foil type helium ones would take more gas and I'd guess around 7 balloons could be filled. The first time I used one I must have managed about 4 big foil type balloons and several small balloons before it ran out. The second one I purchased I used for 2 balloons and then the next time I went to use it there was no helium left. Now unless someone had been sneaking mouthfuls to have some fun with it simply vanished. Asda were good about it actually when I took it back and explained the situation to them and gave a full refund, but I had to take the empty tank away with me again as they wee not allowed to dispose of it. It did say on the packaging that was recyclable but not sure where or how it is meant.
Now I am not a lover of balloons as hate it when they bang and you know at some stay they will bang especially with lively kids playing with them. I hate when promotion people happily give my kids a balloon. You can imagine my hate of working in a restaurant years ago and at the weekend 50 balloons needed blowing up using their huge helium tank, we'd all dread it being our turn again.
Saying that balloons are popular with kids and you can get them for adults too, weddings, birthdays, hen nights etc. Having one of these kits would save you some puff and perfect for those kids home parties.
Now if you are happy to spend £20 on this to save some puff and also have the advantage of sky heading helium balloons then this is worth buying. I'd advice making the ribbon on them quite long so if it is let go in the house you can reach it from the ceiling or if outside you have more chance of grabbing it before our of reach.
This is easy to use but just keep a mental note of how many balloons you are inflating as then you should have a rough idea of how much is left. Also remember this is for inflating balloons and not trying to adjust your vocal chords :-)
My sister has just turned 21 and we had a big party for her, we looked into getting helium balloons from a variety of different shops but found that it was going to be just as cheap and just as easy to do it ourselves.
We bought the helium kit from Asda and there are 2 different sets, one set is £20 and comes with 30 latex balloons and has enough helium to inflate 20-30 balloons and the other set is £18, we bought the £20 canister as it would inflate more balloons.
The canister came in a cardboard box which is brightly coloured with lots of blown up balloons pictured. To use the canister you simply unscrew the value and then put a balloon over the nozzle and press down to inflate, once inflated of course you mustn't let it go or it will be at the ceiling. We attached pieces of different coloured ribbons to the balloons and used some with balloon weights and some were just tied to chairs around the hall.
The balloons were blown up at around 2pm in the afternoon and the party went on until midnight and all the balloons were still going strong, by the following day when we went to tidy up the hall the balloons were on the floor so I cannot say exactly how long they lasted but certainly over 10 hours.
It is actually quite quick to blow the balloons up using this and it is easier to take the deflated balloons to your venue and blow them up than have to travel with them as you would if you paid someone to do them for you. The canister filled 25 balloons for the party and there is still some in the canister so I think the estimate of 20-30 may be a littlen less than you could do with it.
The canister was perfect for our needs, my sister had got a quote for 2 sets of 5 balloons on a balloon weight that she was going to provide and was quoted £10 yet we did 25 balloons ourselves with leftover helium for £20 so I think the canister is well worth the money and makes the job easier and of course people had the added fun at the end of the night of making their voices go high pitched and squeaky form the balloons.
We bought this in Asda last week when my first helium canister ran out. We are releasing a helium balloon every single day for every day that my son lived last year. From his birthday to the day he was born into heaven - 17 days. So we thought 1 helium cansiter would be enough. It turns out that because we had really big fancy balloons it ran out too fast, so we ended up buying this one from asda for £20. It comes with 30 small latex balloons of various colours and some ribbon to tie to the balloons. We don't need the balloons as we already have our own, but they seem good quality, and we tried to inflate them and they are strong and a good size.
Ease of use
It is very easy to use, you simply turn the tap on, put your balloon on the end and press down, the balloon fills up in no time, just remember not to over inflate it, or it can burst. Then turn off the tap
The canister is quite big, but it is portable, as we have taken it with us all around to fill our balloons and it is light. But it isn't reusable, so once it's empty you have to dispose of it somehow, I'm wondering if I should take it to the recycling centre to see if they can use it.
How long does it last?
It says it's enough to inflate 20-30 helium balloons depending on how much you use. We are using bigger balloons and foil balloons and we know that our first canister, also 20-30 lasted only about 11 balloons. The problem is there is no way to know how much helium is left, so it could run out at any time. I wish there some some sort of gauge to let me know.
It is expensive at £20, considering I had to buy 2 in the end. But definitely worth the cost,
I have been happy enough with this canister. As long as it keeps going for another 3 days, it will be fine. It isn't something I'd buy regularly, but this was a special occasion. For the money, it isn't bad at all, and if you are having a party, or doing some sort of remembrance event like us, then it is perfect!!
My partner's cousin told us in October that she wanted a birthday party for her 21st in January. With four months to prepare / save up, we offered to make the cake, string up the balloons and decorate the party room for her as my gift to her. Then she decided she didn't want a party and so we bought her some driving lessons in an online group buying offer as it was too good to miss (she passed her test incidentally...). Then, with just 3 weeks to go, she changed her mind and decided she was miserable because all along she'd wanted a party - and of course her first question was, would we still make the cake, string up the balloons and decorate the party room for her... (Kids, ey?!)
The clock was against us and everyone knows how bad January is on the bank balance so, our budget was against us too. Determined I began trawling eBay for party supplies. I'd been to some of the big supermarkets and was horrified that it was going to cost over £2 for 10 balloons, so when I saw 25 on eBay for 99p, I snapped them up in both silver and pink. I also bought balloon ribbon from the same seller which cost £1.49 for 500m. I had carefully checked the product description and the balloons were 10" tall and 'suitable for Helium'. My next stop was the party shop in town to see about the Helium. I had seen Helium canisters on eBay, but I didn't have time to get one delivered as I didn't get paid until 25th January, the party was 28th so it was last minute dot com to say the least!
In the party shop I politely asked the owner if they sold Helium canisters. He replied 'Nope, absolute waste of money'. Through the conversation he explained he'd had so many customers come in to the store who had bought helium canisters and had had to go in to his shop and pay for him to inflate the balloons as the canister didn't have enough helium and didn't inflate as many as it claimed to. I asked how much he charged for helium and he told me for a 10" balloon it would cost me £1 per balloon - if the balloons were suitable, but most that were bought on line would not be suitable as they need to be reinforced and specially treated. I said thank you very much and left the store. Rapidly. I'd heard Card Warehouse were cheap too so I gave them a call, they wanted to charge us 75p per balloon for helium, 25p per balloon for ribbon and they would only use their own balloons which were £2.99 for 6!
I almost burst in to tears when we got home, I'd promised to deliver 12 sets of 3 balloons - 36 in total - it was going to cost me £36 and there was no way I could afford that. I found a couple of canisters online and agreed with a guy in a town about 25 miles away to go and collect one for £25. The description on eBay said it would inflate 30 x 9" balloons. It wasn't much cheaper and might not even fill enough balloons; but, including petrol, it wouldn't cost as much as getting the store to inflate them and I kind of decided I would just have to take a chance. Until, by absolute chance whilst shopping for some unrelated bits and pieces, I found the Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kit in Asda.
At just £20 I figured it was worth a punt. I bought it and hurried home to try it out. Within the sturdy brightly patterned cardboard box it contained a helium canister and came with a pack of multi coloured balloons and ribbon, with instructions which stated it would inflate 30 x 9" balloons. It was so simple to use. All that's required is a strong grip to unscrew the valve, and then it's a case of attaching the balloon over the nozzle and pressing down (careful when removing it!). The instructions are so easy to follow anyone could do it (though don't let kids near, helium is very dangerous if not handled correctly - and make sure you read the instructions!). After my partner tied the balloon she let go and the balloon flew straight to the ceiling. Perfect!
On the day of the party, we drove to the venue armed with our balloon weights, ribbons and balloons. We inflated 37 balloons in total (one to play with!), added to the 1 at home that made 38 x TEN not NINE inch balloons. I was absolutely delighted, we tied all of the balloons up with pretty (cheap) curling ribbon and stood admiring the display. The instructions stated that the balloons would last 5-7 hours; we inflated them at 3pm (it took us about an hour) and at 11pm when the party ended they were still up.
I couldn't believe how perfect the helium canister was for what we wanted. I can't understand why the guy at the shop warned me so vehemently against buying one. Well, aside from the fact that it undercut his prices and lost him business in addition to his attitude. But it really did work. And it really did save us a lot of money - approximately £16! Plus, it was so much easier than trying to cart ready inflated balloons around town in a Fiesta. I noticed in Tesco the other day the same canister is available and costs £33. I rate this canister 5 out of 5 because it is excellent quality, cheap, fit for purpose and it is so convenient. I think the fact you get balloons and ribbon with it anyway is amazing, there were 30 9" multi coloured balloons, perfect for a child's birthday party, or to use with cheap latex balloons from eBay. Obviously, the larger the balloon the less quantity the canister can fill. I really do rate this product and I would recommend it to anyone planning a party, whether on a budget or not.
Available in Asda stores, or online at Asda.com.
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This helium kit is perfect for parties. It allows you to inflate helium balloons in the comfort of your own home. The Helium latex kit comes with 30 helium latex balloons and enough gas to fill 20-30 helium latex balloons, depeding on the size you fill them to. The steel cannister is recyclable after use.