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What is a Reusable Balloon?

Updated on September 13, 2009

Reusable balloons are balloons that may or may not be filled with helium, and are inflated and positioned atop a plastic holder to keep them aloft. They can be reused many times and are generally designed for outdoor use and situations in which more durability is needed than a regular balloon can provide. You can often find an array of colorful reusable balloons dotting the landscape of car dealerships.

Reusable vs. Traditional Balloons

Reusable balloons are sturdier and more cost-effective than regular balloons. As the name implies, reusable balloons do not wear out with one use like regular balloons do, and can be deflated and re-inflated for multiple uses. This eliminates the necessity of buying bag after bag of regular balloons. Also, some types of reusable balloons do not require helium, which is a cost-cutting feature as well, as there is no need to purchase and maintain a helium tank.

Reusable balloons stay permanently upright on their holders, eliminating the need for you to watch for your regular balloons to sag, and rush to replace them at events. Reusable balloons are also thicker, often made out of PVC vinyl rather than Latex like normal balloons. Their thicker skins, combined with the holder on which they are attached, make them sturdy against wind and the elements. You can decorate with reusable balloons and be confident that they will withstand wind and rain. Also, the thicker material will hold color better for long-term use.

How to Use a Reusable Balloon

Inflate a reusable balloon with a helium tank or good old-fashioned lung power. As with any balloon, reusable balloons are subject to air density. In warm weather, do not fill the balloon to its maximum capacity. Leave a little extra room for the hot air within the balloon to expand. In cold weather, fill the balloon to its maximum capacity to allow for some deflation as the cold air shrinks. Slight deflation will not affect the appearance of the balloon if you have given it enough air to begin with.

Attach the reusable balloon to the plastic or bendable fiberglass rod. Reusable balloon kits will generally come with the rod that either ties or suctions onto the balloon. Follow the instructions for your particular kit. When you are finished displaying your balloon, simply deflate and store at room temperature and removed from direct sunlight to avoid color fading.

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    carly 6 years ago

    except for the fact that they are made with PVC with is an extremely toxic chemical. It disrupts the endocrine system and causes all sorts of different cancers upon inhalation and skin contact. It's already illegal to use PVC in children's toys in Canada & Europe but somehow the U.S. is still using it in all sorts of things. Children love balloons how are you going to tell a child not to touch it?!

    Anyways, yes they will save you a bit of money but not worth it to me!

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    RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

    Who knew? Reasonably priced, too! Wonder if permanent markers could be used on them without degrading the quality of the balloon skin?

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    Matt Griffith 8 years ago

    Reusable outdoor balloons have saved us a ton of money over helium. The cool thing is they always look new to customers and last for what seems like forever! I scouted the market and found Balloon Bobbers to be best and most versatile for attaching. I'll keep you posted of any other innovative things I find in the pop advertising arena. -Matt

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    Carson Creek 8 years ago

    We just brought home a giant balloon last week and it hasn't lost a bit of air! Didn't know what it was but apparently it's one of these reusable balloons. I don't think I'll reuse it when it deflates since I don't know who's lips were used to blow into it. :>)