Summer is a time for water balloons and I’ve used two new products I want to tell you about.
The first is “Bunch-o-balloons” purchased at Wal-mart or they’re also sold on TV. I saw a YouTube video using this product. You can fill 40 balloons in 10 seconds. The pack came with three sets of 40 for $10.
I was skeptical that this would actually work – but to my surprise the balloons were filled up in no time.
Fills balloons quickly
Absolutely no tying balloons
Kids can do it
Balloons are pretty small when they are filled up
It’s pricey – kids can throw 100 balloons in no time
Not all the balloons filled – some fell off or had tears
When I was looking for the Bunch-o-balloons, I came across the Zorbz self-sealing water balloons. Sold at Walmart, a bag of 100 for $5.
These fill up just like a traditional water balloon you just don’t have to tie them
Balloons can hold more water
It takes time – they are filled with a nozzle just like regular balloons.
The balloons have to be filled and used quickly. There was a major flaw in this design. The self-sealing mechanism is a little capsule that ends up in the neck of the balloon and holds the water in. However, the capsule starts to dissolve and starts to turn to gel making it so the water can come out when the balloon is handled or thrown. I gather they made them this way so they are biodegradable but it defeats the self sealing action.
I vote that the zorbz are not worth the money when they don’t actually self-seal You end up tying them anyway 7 minutes after you fill them because they start to leak. I loved the bunch-o-balloons and although I wouldn’t spend the money for daily use, for organized activities and games they are totally worth it.
Ok I used the bunch o balloons a few times. The last pack I bought was strange and inconvenient. It was like normal. But when the kids started really hitting each other good with them.. I saw clear little globs of gel all in thier hair and on their clothes. We pulled a balloon off a bunch that had yet to be filled and poured out what looked like a small amount of fine salt. Why is this in there? When the grains get wet they turn to gel and stick to the kids. Nowhere is it noted that this is in there. So what’s up with this?
I remember the little gel balls – I think those are in the balloons to help keep the water in. They eventually dissolve, so if you don’t use the water balloons right away, you might find that they start leaking.