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chichi711
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I am not sure if I am posting this in the right place or not.

What is the best balloon pump? Is there a battery operated balloon pump?
Bill Nuvo
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Most magic dealers have supplies.

Hand pumps-don't buy the dollar store brand. I have found T Meyers to have very reliable ones. I have had one for over 13 years and I toss er around and drop it constantly. No problems yet.

There are many battery operated ones. Again check magic dealers and T Meyers. Also go to balloonhq.com .
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Or if you are kinda handy, I built mine with the compressor to a set of car air horns, some wire and rechargeable drill batteries. Dressed it all up with a sleeve and sack and works slick as all get out.

Saved about $200...
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I REALLY like my Balloon Buoy and Pump One from T-Myers. The Balloon Buoy is super quiet, easily recharged and perfect for indoor restaurant & party gigs. Meanwhile, my manual Myers Pump One is over 20 years old and still rocking for festivals and large groups. I'd heartily recommend either one.
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If your inclided to follow SeaDawg's advice...The Kidbra 2006 Yearbook has Dennis Michael's step by step plans and instructions for building your own battery op pump. And it's only $20!

http://www.kidabra.com/

I myself use a T-Myers Pump One. It's been "bullet-proof" for me. My son uses a MACPUMP. And I carry a Filbert Pump as a back up. (We have 'em all.) T myer's & MACPUMP offer a variety of pump options.

http://www.tmyers.com/

http://www.macpump.org/

http://www.filbertpump.com/

Good luck.
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Wow I didn't realize we had so many choices.
phill
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Just to clarify DeWayne's post - the Kidabra 2006 Yearbook is $20 (and worth EVERY penny) and the parts needed for the battery operated balloon pump will cost more than $20. Tewnty +/- dollars US will just get you the car horns.
Dennis did a great job of explaining, in great detail, how the thing can be built and exactly where to get the necessary parts. I am beginning to acquire the parts myself, but am having trouble finding a small plastic lunch box. The two different Walmarts and Targets I have been to seem to only have the cloth-type small lunch boxes. Any other ideas?


peace,
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I use the red one that qualatex make. I can buy them for £2.50 I dropped mine on the floor, had it thrown around and it works fine still... I even dropped nose downwards on bumpy concrete. The plastic is rough now, but it still doesn't burst balloons!


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Hi Phill,

When I made my own battery operated balloon pump, I used a small, padded, camera bag to hold "the parts." This allowed me to easily cut a small hole in the side to put the nozzle and switch through, allowing me to work it from the side, and is not so airtight that it overworks the pump.

Hope this helps. Mark.
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I used to use the big, "bulletproof" pump from T. Myers, but found something better, called the "Balloon Master" pump. Unfortunately, the company that made it is no longer in business. It's lighter, the handle (owners of the Myers pump will understand this) is part of the PUMP, not the part that slides up, so when you pick it up by the (nicely stained wooden carved) handle, the whole thing goes with you. The base is also carved wood and the whole thing is MUCH lighter, too. The intake is not done through the bottom of the pump (that can be trouble when working on a dirt, gravel or grass surface), and there's no O-ring that would need lubrication. There's no part that needs lube, matter of fact. This pump is the best I've ever seen, held or used...it was made by "Balloon Buddies", and they're no longer around. I've been thinking about putting together something similar to market if anyone's interested.

Steve
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Mark -
Thanks for the reply. I have seen several different smaller sized "soft-sided" coolers , with a rigid plastic bucket at the interior. I was unsure if this type of bag would be rugged enough. Not like I would be twisting balloons while mountain climbing, but just wandering about the durability of a soft-sided cooler.
Any input on that would be greatly appreciated.


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I like my inflator in a fanny pack so I can strap it on and wear it with my apron...
I guess I am lucky that my hubby can bend and cut aluminum to hold things in place I also lined it with foam for noise control. It is great not having to carry things around when your working tables.
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You can also use the batteries they use in for back up in alarm boxes in case electric goes out. Mine are 12 volt 7 amp. I also use the pumps for car horns. I make small cases for mine lined with auto carpeting.
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There is many different pumps around there, but if you have to produce balloons a lot and fast as you can, I can suggest only one pump.
T.Myers Pump1. It's made to last. It fills 260 with one stroke. It doesn't need electricity or cooling down breaks. I have used my own 10 years without any problem. Price might feel salty, but its worth of every cent.

Haccis
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Ditto on the Pump 1. There is no better..
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mrunge
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Wow...Rob. I love the tip jar!

Mark. Smile
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Rob!

I too love the tip jar. That is a GREAT idea!!!! I always wondered what I would do if someone ran in grabbed my tip jar and took off. This looks like the answer.

Thanks!
DeWayne
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Rob, your pump decoration is more than awesome. I try to do something like that to my pump1.

Thanks alot!

Haccis
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The Tip Jar is one of the tube type water thingies they put the artificial fish in and bubble air through. I cover it with a hat when tips are not appropriate.
Rob "Riff, the Magical Clown" Eubank aka RiffClown
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raywitko
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I like the tip jar also, we usually have a hat on our table with balloons and money hanging out. We reach in the hat for a balloon and thier eyes follow seeing the money. No problem getting tips.
Ray
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