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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.

This inflator has both a rubber tip (top)
and a metal tip (bottom).
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 serious and professional balloon decorators prefer the valves with both types of inflators as it allows them to quickly inflate one foil balloon after another without much thought.

To some people, the thought of a balloon popping is terrifying. It can even cause anxiety. Others may simply want to avoid popping balloons to save money, assuming several balloons are popping on a regular basis. Note: If this is happening, you may also want to re-evaluate the quality of balloons you're purchasing.

However, if you're able to tell when a balloon is inflated well enough and you don't mind stopping the pressure manually, then a rubber-tipped inflator is all you need.

Still have questions? Leave a comment or call us to discuss. We'll be happy to help in your decision-making!




Written by: Miriam E. Medellin

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