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Inflating Balloons?

by Cindy
(Houston TX)

Can you inflate balloons with a general type compressor or do you have to use a balloon air compressor? Does the air from one or the other affect the balloons different?

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Big difference.
by: Anonymous

The question was about compressors, specifically. Not pumps or inflators.

There's a world of difference between sitting by a loud-as-balls vacuum cleaner-sounding monstrosity and general-purpose compressor that growls while filling the tank, but after gives the gentle hiss we all know and love.

I'm pretty sure you can attach a regulator and pistol-style nozzle meant for helium tanks onto a compressor.

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Inflating Balloons
by: Margit

Hi Cindy,

I don't think that the quality of the air makes a difference between a normal electrical pump (like the ones you use to blow up a pool or an air mattress) and a specialized balloon inflator. The two important criteria are the nuzzle and the ability to control the air flow.

Please see my answer to a similar question about using an electrical air pump.

Hope that helps,
Margit

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