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Old 09-11-2018, 12:48 AM
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At the moment I've got qualatex 16 inch balloons. All these balloons survived so far. It seems that it's possible to blow them bigger but I'm afraid to neck the balloons.

When I sat on the balloon, the balloon still gave a lot. Which in my opinion indicates that the balloon could have been inflated much bigger.
Blowing up the balloon was already very difficult, so I did not dare to blow through.

The balloon feels more exciting when I am sitting on it.

I am less satisfied with the Belbal 14 inch balloons.

I overinflated the balloon I little bit, which is less then maximum if I look at photo's and video's at youtube.

I bounced gently on the balloon. Then I bounced a little harder, the neck looks beautiful. But by that time it pops. Now I'm afraid to bounce the other Belbal balloons. Afraid to pop them too.

I did the same on qualatex balloon, which survived it. So I try to enjoy bouncing my qualatex balloons and don't think too much about the risk of popping it and enjoy the great feeling.

The Belbal balloons feels harder than the qualatex balloons, which feels less comfortable.

Couldnt agree more, love Q16s ! They are very strong and durable but difficult to neck/tie once its reached their rated size. Belbal 14s are good too but I prefer Q16 anytime !
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Old 24-11-2018, 02:08 PM
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Has anyone played with 18 inch Betallic, which is also Sempertex, balloons? Just got my first batch.

Positives: They are really strong balloon with a long, inflatable neck. Thick latex, more like the 24" and 36" Belbals. They come in a bag of 25, which I prefer.

Negatives: Not a huge color palette; for example, no crystal orange or magenta. Also, I can't find a mixed bag of crystals; you have to buy 25 of one color. They are also difficult to find. I ordered them from an online shop. No imprints that I have seen.

Possible negative or positive: They inflate hard...very hard...on first inflation. I'm working through multiple inflations to see if they get bigger and softer. Right now, I say softer but not as huge as I hoped. I'll keep going.

What I really like about them is that they have a real neck. After years of having Qtex as my "go to" balloon, I've grown tired of the lack of a real neck on either the 16 or 36 inch. Love the colors and quality of Qtex, but it is time for me to spread my hard earned cash elsewhere.
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Old 25-11-2018, 12:53 PM
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No I can't recall ever trying anything from Betallic before, at least I don't think. But the 18 inch does sound interesting as my go to balloon size is usually between 16" and 24 ". I may have to look into this , not that I need any more balloons lol, but I guess you can never have enough.
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Old 29-11-2018, 11:44 AM
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MichaelLoona: Brody's balloons in the Chicago area carries Betallic and they are good at online ordering.

Because of the long neck, I think they would be good to build large clusters. (Something to try in the future.)
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I have to give it to the party city 24'. They hold up very well even after multiple inflations i've had one of the clear ones blown up for well over a month now after being inflated multiple times and every now and then i will put a few more breath's into it its sitting at around 30+ inches at the moment and i am not in the least bit worried about it popping ive squeezed it hugged it and all with no issue. For the price you cant go wrong with these balloons. I would highly reccomend these to any nonpopper like myself. Ive heard from others they can be ridden with no issue and take abuse actually had one reach 5ft on the compressor without popping.
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Old 22-12-2018, 01:03 PM
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MichaelLoona: Brody's balloons in the Chicago area carries Betallic and they are good at online ordering.

Because of the long neck, I think they would be good to build large clusters. (Something to try in the future.)
LoonerPlanet : I have heard of Brodys balloons, but I never have ordered from them before. It seems like most wholesale balloon sites won't sell to you unless you have a business of some sort at least from my experience. I'm not sure if this is the case with Brodys. I did however went ahead and checked them out and you're right. They do carry them and they have a big variety of colors to choose from in the 18" and 24" size. I do most of my balloon shopping with MSR balloons and i did notice that they have Betallatex 18 " as well, just not as many colors to choose from like Brodys. Either way, definitely something to keep in mind on my next future balloon order as you got me thinking really hard about it lol
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Old 22-12-2018, 07:12 PM
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I have ordered from Brody's. No problem. You just need to order enough to justify the shipping cost.

The 24" Betalatex is new. I wonder what it is like.

I have been experimenting with the 18". With the usual balloon skills, you can get a good sized neck and an 18" bulb. After repeated inflations, the balloon will get about 24" long and about 20" wide.
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Qualatex 36" for sure, q24 too, luckily I've about a dozen left, Still no reason why they discontinued the q24.
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Officially, the reason that Qualatex 24" balloons were discontinued, is simply because they sold so few, that the costs of manufacturing them, in the ranges of colours that they did, wasn't cost-effective versus the number that were actually sold. The only people that bought them, were "looners", and we couldn't buy enough of them, to justify keeping them being manufactured.

Most balloon-decorators don't need an 18" balloon, nor a 24" one either. Most customers are satisfied with a regular 10", 11" or 12" balloon. To them, all balloons are the same. They don't know and don't care if it's Qualtex, BelBal, Tuff-Tex or a no-name-brand. And most consumers don't care if the balloons pop eventually. They only care about the costs to them, and whether the balloons will do the job that is required of them (e.g. staying afloat during a kid's birthday party, or looking nice for one day, during a wedding reception). After that, consumers couldn't care about anything else... more's-the-pity!

So, if most purchasers or users of balloons only need a regular, standard-sized 11" balloon, then anything that deviates from that, will simply die off. Occasionally, a 36" balloon will be needed, but again, they are the exception, rather than the norm. Hence, why they are quite expensive to purchase.

Unofficially, I suspect the reason Qualatex discontinued 24" balloons, was simply economic, and the few that they sold to "looners" simply wasn't financially-viable for them, and isn't something they wanted to tout, lest being linked to "looners" caused damage to their business. (Which is fair enough. Very few companies want to be linked to anything related to sex, or sexual fetishes/kinks.)
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Alas, friend, you are right; if the economic feedback was positive they wouldn't have to stop the production although they could know the mainly buyers were looners, perhaps it didn't enough, sin.
I just wish Tuf-Tex wouldn't stop too.
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