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It was my son's 5th birthday and he made me promise to get him some balloons. I found these Illoom balloons in Tesco and decided they looked like a great idea. They came in a pack of 5 for the price of £3.50. (Currently there is an offer for 2 packs for £5 so I bought 2 packs.) (my pack was a mixed pack of plain colours.)
How do they work?
There is a tab that protrudes from the balloon which you simply pull out before inflating the balloon. It recommends using a balloon pump to inflate but I didn't have one. They were easy enough to inflate just by mouth (easier than a traditional balloon I found!) This then makes the little LED inside switch on and the balloon starts to glow. I would presume the pump is suggested so that you don't get saliva in the balloon which could damage the light inside.
The pack also comes with a paper measuring guide so that you don't over inflate them.
How long do they last?
The packaging says that they will remain glowing for 15 hours which my daughter kept telling everyone where they enquired about the length of time. We put this to the test and can say that they last well over that. (In fact, some are still going strong at 30 hours.)
Unfortunately a few of the balloons burst. This was not by themselves though I hasten to add but was the fault of a few adults trying to put them to the test. They are made of a stronger kind of material than a normal balloon so all the rest have remained inflated.
Will I buy them again?
Absolutely! I think they are incredibly fun and make a great addition to a party. The children loved them but then so did the adults to be honest. I can't wait for my own birthday as I'd love a few of these too.
The glow they produced was really quite impressive.
I purchased these balloons in a pack of 5 to entertain my daughter last halloween. The balloons look almost the same as normal balloons except they have a small LED light attached inside them and a cardboard pull tab at the open end to activate.
We were very happy with the balloons which glowed quite brightly in a darkened room. They are clearly meant to be used in a party atmosphere and we didn't really expect them to be massively bright because only a small LED is used in them compared to the size of the inflated balloon.
Were we pleased with them?
Absolutely, they all lit up and all stayed lit for at least 48hrs albeit slightly faded.
Will we buy them again?
Definitely, they are not cheap £3.50ish for 5 but I would get them for a party or xmas etc.
At the end of the day they are very good glowing blow up balloons but if you expect anything more showy then perhaps helium is the way to go.
I was bought these recently for a party and I was bought them in pink as that is my favourite colour. These balloons were intended as a bit of a novelty gift to bring something of a novelty to the party.
The balloons are like normal balloons but they have a plastic/cardboard tab sticking out from them. You pull the tab and the LED is turned on. This was fairly straightforward but on one of ours the LED didn't turn on and it took some wiggling of it to make it work. Once the LED is on, you just blow into the balloon like normal and it inflates. These weren't too hard and didn't require too much puff although due to the price of them I didn't want to risk over inflating them and having them pop too easily.
The balloons are quite pricey for what they are. They cost £3.59 for a pack of 5 which really makes the expensive in my book. They were bought for me from Tesco but they can also be bought from other party shops and at a few places online.
Because of the LED these balloons were relatively heavy and they all seemed to dangle around the floor "upside down" and they always rolled onto the LED. This little weight inside seemed to add another dimension to some balloon games i.e. when trying to keep it off the floor, the weight made it head that way more quickly than usual.
Perhaps if you filled these with helium it would be better but even then I don't know if the gas would be able to support the weight.
The light these gave off was pretty intense and cool. It was very bright pink and the full effect was really seen when we turned off all the lights. The light didn't seem to last as long as the packet suggested but it lasted the party and that's all that I'm really bothered about.
The balloons themselves seem to be very high quality. Some popped on spiky objects but one or two are still going strong and have shrunk a little but there is no sign of wrinkling as often happens as balloons age. These are over 2 weeks old so I am very impressed. (Although I don't think this is really a feature you look for in balloons!)
Overall, I think they were good as a novelty object and, while expensive, they aren't going to break the bank. They would probably be good for children's parties or parties for childlike adults!
I got pack of these for my wife's 40th decorations. she's a pink fan and anything pick and glowing is a hit. They were not cheap at £3.50 for five but I figured that for a special occasion they were worth it. I have only seen them in Tesco but they are available online.
They are basically balons with a piece of cardboard stick out that top that you pull and it activates the LED lit at the base of the balloon.
Activating the light is easy and then you inflate and tie as normal.
At first you will be impressed with the light. We put ours in dack cupboards just to see how bright they glowed.
Now the bad news.........they have a battery life of 15 hours. We inflated these at 5.00pm, the party started at 7.30pm. Two out the five had stopped working and by 9.00pm we had 5 normal pink balloons.
For the money we thought it was not worth it.
However, I have found a use if you are into kids parties, and that is to have a party or games night where you use these balloons in a dark environment to play a serious of games. I did this years ago with glo sticks where the red team had to get past theblue team and get the stick to the opposite side of the room. The balloons would be good for this.
All in these are not the best product in that the packagin suggests something pretty amazing, but sadly is pretty dull.