How To Fill Up Balloons with a Helium Tank

Everybody has something to celebrate, and no celebration is complete without balloons. No matter what the occasion, balloons lend a sense of festiveness and jollity to any gathering.

There are two ways of filling up a balloon: one is to fill it up with regular air, and the other is to fill it up with helium gas. Filling a balloon with regular air usually requires that you use a balloon stick to get the balloon to stand upright. Filling it up with helium makes the balloon float on a string. The most popular types of balloons are those that are filled with a helium tank, which is much like a chlorine or propane tank.

Helium is a gas which is a lot lighter than the air around us. As such, filling up a balloon with this gas causes it to float in the air, much like an air-filled bottle will float in a swimming pool filled with water. Helium is a colorless, odorless gas; it's non-toxic and non-flammable, making it the perfect gas for filling up balloons, which are usually around children. Despite the fact that it is non-toxic, however, it is not recommended that you fill up your lungs with helium, as some children sometimes do. Inhaling helium momentarily constricts your vocal cords, which gives you a higher-than-normal voice.  While children like to do this, since the helium is usually inhaled from an inflated balloon, children run the risk of the balloon popping in their faces or of swallowing the balloon.  It's safer to leave the helium in the balloon.  

It is the illusion of holding something that is floating in the air that gives the helium-filled balloon such a sense of wonderment, especially for children. Because of its immense popularity, you may even consider opening a helium tank rental shop that caters to party planners or event organizers. All you will need are a large variety of balloons, strings, perhaps some die-cut letters and figures to put decorations and captions on the balloons, and helium tanks to fill up the balloons. These are only the basic materials, of course, but you can augment these as you see fit.

Here's how to fill up balloons with a helium tank:

1. Find the right tank. One of the most important things you can do is find the right tank that fits your needs. It makes sense to spend a little time to find the right tank. There are many specialty shops which offer different types of helium tanks. There are three secrets to choosing the best helium tank for your needs.
  • Rent first. If you are just starting off, you may want to consider renting a helium tank rather than buying. This way, you can calculate the number of balloons that you can fill up using a rented tank, and match the needs of your client with your rentals.  This is also the best option if you're not starting a business but only need to fill helium balloons for a one-time event like a birthday party or wedding.
  • 219 is the magic number. If you have decided to invest in your own helium tank, the best tank for you to get is one that has a helium cylinder size of 219 cubic feet. This type of tank typically fills up around 700 9-inch or 400 11-inch balloons.
  • Shop around. There are numerous helium tank suppliers out in the market, which makes it easy to shop around for the best value for your money.

2. Fill the tank. Using a good-quality latex balloon, stretch the opening of the balloon across the nozzle of the tank.

3. Twist the handle. Turn the handle to release the gas. Turn again to switch off the flow.

4. Tie the balloon opening with a simple granny knot, just like you would for any other balloon.

Just repeat these steps to get as many helium-filled balloons as you need. 


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