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Old 05-12-2019, 01:08 PM
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Party stores and decorators inflate their balloons quickly--time is money.

I wonder how many of us favor a slower inflation rate. I do. When I use a pump, I put a restrictor on the nozzle that reduces the air flow. With a slower inflation rate I can squeeze the balloon to push out the neck, stretch the bulb or force air to inflate the tip of long balloons like GL's or workers. I can also feel when the balloon gets tight and have time to pull it off the pump. When I am feeling nervous, it is gives time to check for defects.

I do the same when I inflate by mouth.

Then, I let my balloons sit for awhile to stretch. If they feel softer--and they often do--I take off the clip or untie it and add a few more breaths of air. For older balloons or balloons that have been inflated multiple times, this is a dangerous time. But it also an exciting way to get huge balloons; sort of foreplay.

I also find it is also a good way to stretch out new balloons for a second inflation.
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Fast to start with, then slow when it starts getting tight.
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I prefer slower, because I admire and enjoy my balloons.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:05 PM
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Default Re: Slow or fast inflation
It depends on my level of excitement on the brand of the balloons.
If i am too excited i do it as fast as i can, more if I am using qualatex brand that almost has not defects.
If it is a brand like Unique, I take my time to search defects on my loons
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Definitely slower for me, mainly because I'm a non-popper, so I like to minimise unexpected poppings. That said, I also enjoy watching a balloon grow slowly. Plus it minimises the risk of colder balloons overstretching and bursting, or snapping because the latex or bulb of the balloon has accidentally stuck to itself for some reason.
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I usually go slower so that I can have more time to enjoy the inflation
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I don't have a pump so I just blow by mouth and I have to say that the firsts blows are boring to me, I would like to inflate it faster, at a certain size, I go slowly, the fear and excitement comes.
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Slow, adding love with each breath.
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Fast to start with, then slow when it starts getting tight.
Yeah I'd definitely agree here!
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I like to inflate slowly, by mouth. It provides me great relaxation.
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