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Old 22-02-2019, 01:28 PM
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Hi fellow looners! Was curious to get some other input on the Q36. I just ordered a few Q36 loons that should be arriving today and i was curious if they can stand to take alot of abuse. Can they survive being ridden when blown up to full size? Never rode one of these before and would love some opinions on them as i love these balloons one of my favs
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Old 22-02-2019, 03:05 PM
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I have some 36" Qualatex. I think they can take quite some weight, but I always under-inflated them to minimize risk. Honestly speaking, they are the least interesting 36" balloon. Round, rather firm, weird neck.... only their varied prints make them interesting to me. Thats how different opinions can be I guess
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Old 22-02-2019, 04:35 PM
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I will take care when inflating them to the max.

Last week I had some Q36 balloons. I inflated a balloon until the neck starts to form. I deflated it the day after and inflated it again using an electric pump.
The second time I inflated the balloon near to a table, which has a height of 75 cm. When the balloon had a diameter of about 80 cm (about 32 inch), it nearly stopped growing and then.....bang. The balloon popped. No neck was formed before it popped, it just popped at a size of about 32 inch.

I felt disapointed, because I expected it could be inflated much larger.
Bang, that was 5 euro and a very beautiful balloon.
Unfortunately it was also my last Q36 balloon, so I had to order new ones.

By the way I inflated it a second time to make the balloon some softer and to speed up the proces of oxidation. I hoped to have a large, soft balloon after about a week. I want to lay on it, so it's nice when it's still large but not rockhard.
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Old 23-02-2019, 07:19 AM
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Clearly I'm living under one big ass rock the size of the sun! Lol!
I thought qualatex stopped making the q36? I know they did the q24 but I also thought the q36 was also along with it?
To ebay I go!
Sorry for hijacking this thread, I was certain the q36 was nothing more than a fond memory and a few remaining dozen saved balloons in around the community.
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Old 24-02-2019, 01:45 PM
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The second time I inflated the balloon near to a table, which has a height of 75 cm. When the balloon had a diameter of about 80 cm (about 32 inch), it nearly stopped growing and then.....bang. The balloon popped. No neck was formed before it popped, it just popped at a size of about 32 inch.
The balloon may have hit something sharp, during that second inflation. It could have been a bit of stone, a wooden splinter/shard, a bit of glass, or just some muck, dust or dirt on the floor. There's no way of knowing that the balloon itself was faulty though.

Qualatex 36" round latex balloons aren't designed to be overinflated, and don't neck! If you do, they tend to pop easily. You need to remember this: balloons aren't generally designed to be overinflated. By the very nature of what you are doing, you are forcing more air/gas into the balloon, than it was originally intended to hold. I know that - in your case - you state that the balloon hadn't gotten to 36" in size, but that doesn't mean the balloon itself was inherently faulty.


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I hoped to have a large, soft balloon after about a week. I want to lay on it, so it's nice when it's still large but not rockhard.
Qualatex 36" round latex balloons don't get soft. They're not that kind of balloon. The only way they will become a bit softer, is if you fill them with helium, let them go softer over a period of several weeks, and then you can potentially (and I stress the word "potentially") be able to lay on them. But generally-speaking, they're not meant to be laid on, and will probably pop easily!


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I thought qualatex stopped making the q36? I know they did the q24 but I also thought the q36 was also along with it.
Nope! They're still made, and come in plenty of different colours as well! At last count, there's something like 45-50 different colours, shades and prints for Qualatex 36" round latex balloons! They're my favourite balloon to blow-up, but I don't ever overinflate them, because I don't like pops!
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Old 24-02-2019, 09:53 PM
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The balloon may have hit something sharp, during that second inflation. It could have been a bit of stone, a wooden splinter/shard, a bit of glass, or just some muck, dust or dirt on the floor. There's no way of knowing that the balloon itself was faulty though.

Qualatex 36" round latex balloons aren't designed to be overinflated, and don't neck! If you do, they tend to pop easily. You need to remember this: balloons aren't generally designed to be overinflated. By the very nature of what you are doing, you are forcing more air/gas into the balloon, than it was originally intended to hold. I know that - in your case - you state that the balloon hadn't gotten to 36" in size, but that doesn't mean the balloon itself was inherently faulty.




Qualatex 36" round latex balloons don't get soft. They're not that kind of balloon. The only way they will become a bit softer, is if you fill them with helium, let them go softer over a period of several weeks, and then you can potentially (and I stress the word "potentially") be able to lay on them. But generally-speaking, they're not meant to be laid on, and will probably pop easily!




Nope! They're still made, and come in plenty of different colours as well! At last count, there's something like 45-50 different colours, shades and prints for Qualatex 36" round latex balloons! They're my favourite balloon to blow-up, but I don't ever overinflate them, because I don't like pops!
I cannot guarantee there were no sharp objects on the floor, but if there were, it could be a old breadcrumb. I'm the only one who lives here and there were no visitors last week.

I think the balloon popped by overinflation, which was strange because I expect to inflate the balloon to it's specified size. The balloon didn't expand significantly during the 20 seconds or so, but I expected the balloon wasn't fully inflated because it didn't reach the specified size of 36 inch.

Some weeks before, I inflated some 36 inch balloons up to about 60 cm, reinflated them again tot 60 cm and store them for a few days. After that they started oxidizing and felt soft. They did carry me very well, while laying on them. Unfortunately, after a few days they were getting to soft which decreases my feelings of excitement.
I hoped to have more exciting sessions with my balloon when inflating it larger. Unfortunately, I had no sessions with this balloon.
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Old 25-02-2019, 08:40 AM
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Aren't Qualatex 36s more like 30 inches? I've had Q36 balloons not make it to 36 inches, too.
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Old 25-02-2019, 08:43 PM
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Qualatex are not my favourite balloons. Had some burst on me when nowhere near rated size. They weren't 36" they were 11" and only made about 6/7" and bang. They were new out of packet.
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Old 26-02-2019, 03:04 PM
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The balloon didn't expand significantly during the 20 seconds or so, but I expected the balloon wasn't fully inflated because it didn't reach the specified size of 36 inch.
That sounds like there was a defect in the latex then, or else you weren't watching it closely enough to notice that something was wrong. I don't mean that in a rude manner. I mean, that if the balloon had been gently increasing in size, it shouldn't have popped. If it wasn't expanding, that means there's a fault, which usually means:

1) There's a defect in the actual latex, that's causing a problem, as the balloon isn't stretching correctly, and thus when under enough pressure, it'll pop, OR

2) Something was causing the balloon to not stretch correctly (e.g. the way you were holding it too tightly, or an object of some kind was distorting the inflation process), and that caused it to pop, OR

3) It was already at the right size, and you overinflated it, and it popped because it was bigger than you realised, or came into contact with something sharp/dangerous, that caused it to pop.

Again, I'm not saying those things in an accusatory manner, but merely as observations. It's quite hard to size a balloon, purely by sight alone, especially with a 36" balloon. That's why I always underinflate them, to be on the side of caution.
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Old 26-02-2019, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Nopops4me View Post
Qualatex are not my favourite balloons. Had some burst on me when nowhere near rated size. They weren't 36" they were 11" and only made about 6/7" and bang. They were new out of packet.
You should have contacted whoever sold them to you, for a refund, or replacement.

A 36" balloon filled to just six or seven inches shouldn't pop anyway, unless it was defective, as it had barely been put under any pressure/stress. If it was defective, then that whole production run would potentially also be defective!

Qualatex have very high quality control standards. If what you are saying is true, you should have contacted them, and they would almost certainly have sent you some replacements. Their Customer Service is very good, and I've never had any major problems with them or their balloons.
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