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A Sleeping Giant by Marshall Peterson

We share a great amount of information with employees and customers alike to ensure safe interaction with the gases and cylinders we sell. The following poem creatively illustrates the potential danger of pressurized gas. Some of you may recognize this as we have it posted in our store, as well as on our website. Though we do not intend to scare anyone away from using helium or the like, it's important to recognize the risks associated with gas under pressure. It commands great care and respect, as you'll see.


A Sleeping Giant
I am a compressed gas cylinder.
I weigh in at 175 pounds with or without gas.
I am pressurized at 2,200 pounds per square inch (psi).
I have a wall thickness of about ¼ inch.
I stand 57 inches tall.
I am 9 inches in diameter.
I wear a cap when not in use.
I wear valves, gauges, and hoses when at work.
I wear many colors and bands to tell what tasks I perform.
I transform miscellaneous stacks of material into glistening ships and many other things when pr…
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The New Helium Customer

Long before Helium Xpress Balloon Wholesale was founded, helium and balloon wholesalers found themselves selling most of their product to gift and flower shops. To say 'times have changed' would be a severe understatement.

The New Helium Customer Gift and flower shops, while still relevant and thriving within their industry, are no longer the leading customers for many helium and balloon wholesalers. So who are these new customers? Well, they're a diverse bunch! They include car lots, apartment complexes, balloon decorators and event coordinators. Those may not sound too surprising, but what if I told you the new helium customers also include call centers, hotels, police departments and retail stores that have nothing to do with balloons?

It appears helium and balloons are being used to promote new product releases, store openings, office parties, meet marketing objectives and even increase office morale more often. Our customers have come up with some very unique and crea…

Glitter Balloons

These "glitter"-adorned balloons can add a touch of elegance and glamor to any function. They may look expensive (for a balloon anyway), but the good news is it's easy to re-create the popular trend for yourself.

Adding the Sparkle All you need is soft, ultra thin foil confetti (make sure to avoid pointed or hard confetti), hi-float, balloons and helium. If you just want to add color, but don't necessarily want the glittery look, you can use any paper-based confetti, such as shredded tissue paper.

The steps are as follows: pump hi-float into balloon, massage balloon to evenly coat the side of the balloon with product, pour confetti into the balloon, inflate, shake or whirl the balloon around to disperse the confetti and enjoy!

One benefit of using hi-float to add "glitter" to balloons is that it will lengthen the float life of the balloon. After all, if you go through the trouble of creating custom balloons, why not enjoy them longer? The second benefit is …

Fact vs Fiction

As a regular reader of our blog, you may be able to spot the truth from fiction very easily. If you're not sure or you're surprised by the answer, then you'll want to check out the dedicated blog post for that topic. Ready to test your knowledge? Let's go!

1. Mini-loons can be inflated with helium
Verdict: Mostly false

Many people reasonably believe that all balloons are designed to float. However, this is not the case with mini-loons. If you're unfamiliar with this term, allow me to define it simply. Mini-loons are foil balloons typically seen on sticks and included in flower arrangements. Though some are larger, they're known for ranging between 2" and 16" in size. They're available in several shapes and designs like most balloons. Recently, they've become more popular for the assortment of letters, numbers and words they're available in. Pinterest and Instagram have highlighted these trends and it's not uncommon to see these words pl…

HX Loyalty Program for Large Cylinders - NEW!

Chances are you've heard about or read up on our loyalty program. We've had such a great response to this program that now we're taking it one step further. Many of you asked if the program extended to large cylinders and we're happy to announce that now it does!

Here's the breakdown.. A large cylinder alone costs $300.00. You still need to fill it with helium and purchase a valve. We recommend purchasing a valve with a gauge so that you can monitor the amount of helium you have in your cylinder. Altogether, this would cost $499.95. As you know, we granted massive discounts for small and medium-sized cylinders. And our newest program for large cylinders is no different.

Now, you can purchase a large cylinder (full of helium) and a valve with a gauge for just $399! Plus, you'll receive an additional discount each time you need it refilled. Why is that, you ask? Because refills for large cylinders purchased from us are only $120!

Compare it to our other size opti…

Qualatex Certified Balloon Artist

We've been asked if we offer balloon decorating training. Though we do not, many classes are available to teach basic techniques to get you started or refine your art. However, if you're looking to increase your appeal and boost your balloon decorating business, you may want to consider becoming a certified balloon artist (CBA). Qualatex offers this certification program, which not only teaches you valuable tips and techniques, but also provides several networking opportunities.

In addition to the education you'll receive, your certification status will get you listed in a directory with other CBA's. If a customer is looking for someone who truly knows their stuff, they make be inclined to call on local CBA's from options listed in this directory. Plus, as a CBA, you'll have the opportunity to attend Qualatex-hosted events and receive exclusive discounts.

Keep this opportunity in mind if you'd like to hone in on your skills and really grow your business.


Cylinder Sizes

We often get asked for height and weight measurements of helium cylinders. Whether you're renting or purchasing, it's good to know exactly what you're getting. It needs to meet your needs with regards to output, but in many cases, it also needs to be easily transported.

If you plan to be mobile while using your cylinder, make sure it's something you're comfortable transporting. Will you be able load it into a vehicle unassisted? If not, will someone be available to help you? Do you plan on transporting it a lot or just occasionally? These are just a few questions to ask yourself when deciding on a cylinder size. Consider the following information to assist in your decision-making.

Small Cylinder55 cu. ft.Inflates approximately 65 12" latex balloonsStands 27" tall and is approximately 8.5" in diameterWeighs in at 26 lbs.* (aluminum cylinder) Medium Cylinder125 cu. ft.Inflates approximately 200 12" latex balloonsStands 48" tall and is approx…

Not All Valves are Created Equal

...But that doesn't mean they can't do the same things! We get a lot of questions about inflators (valves). One of the most popular questions we're asked is if a particular valve will inflate both latex and foil balloons. Let's find out!

We sell valves with rubber tips, which are generally recognized as latex balloon inflators. We also sell metal-tipped inflators, which are known for inflating foil balloons. We even sell inflators with both kinds of tips attached.

But the fact is it's a matter of personal preference. The rubber tips will inflate both latex and foil balloons. Simply tilt the tip to release the helium and your balloon will inflate. However, you will have to stop inflating on your own. Once you see the balloon reaching an optimum size, discontinue inflating it. The metal tip, specifically for foil balloons, will stop on its own. It can tell when the balloon has been sufficiently inflated, which helps reduce the amount off popped balloons.

Many seriou…

Party Planning 101: Get Organized

If you've ever thrown a party, you know it's a lot of fun. But it's also a lot of work. And it's easy to forget even the most basic stuff when your mind is trying to keep up with several tasks and thoughts at once. Sound familiar?

Here's a tip: write things down. It's a simple tip, but very effective. Having an organized checklist will help you see the big picture without forgetting the small stuff. If you're not sure how to get started, download a copy of our party planning template. In it, you'll find a space to plan everything from a budget to your menu. And it's all yours for the price of a tweet! Or a Facebook shout-out, if you prefer.

So pay with a tweet and get your copy now!

If you find that it helps you in your planning, let us know!


Written by: Miriam E. Medellin


Helium Valves and Balloon Inflators: Use, Care and Safety

The words valve and inflator are often used interchangeably, but they are two separate (though complementary) components of balloon inflation. The valve is permanently attached to the cylinder while the inflator simply attaches to the valve to allow for inflation.

It's important to know how to safely attach and remove the inflator. However, there are other guidelines to abide by when handling helium cylinder valves and inflators - both for general safety and for promoting inflator longevity.

Using the Balloon Inflator To start, remove the cylinder cap from the cylinder and secure the inflator to the valve. In the past, wrenches were required for this step, but this is now rarely the case. Check the packaging on your specific inflator to be sure, but most inflators will specifically state "hand-tighten only" on the package.

The next step is opening the valve. Turn the handle in a counter-clockwise motion to open the valve. You'll hear and/or feel a click, which lets y…