Balloon Valves – Why Use Them and Fitting Instructions

Balloon valves are a great time-saver if you want to inflate latex balloons with helium. Here are some of the advantages to using valves:

  • No knots to tie and no sore fingers!
  • Quick and easy – they are self-sealing, easy to use and a great time saver
  • Ribbons are included – there is 1m of pre-coiled white ribbon attached so no tying and cutting is needed
  • Goes with all colour schemes – the clear valve and elegant pearl white ribbon blend easily with any colours
  • Allows latex balloons to be re-filled

The valves are ideal to use when handing out balloons at parties or events – you can inflate them with helium in just a few seconds and give them away immediately. They are:

  • Safe for children
  • Suitable for use in latex balloons between 9″ and 12″ in size
  • Should never be used for balloon releases as they are not bio-degradable and can harm the environment
  • Can be used with disposable helium canisters
  • Can NOT be used with Hi-Float treatment, if you are using it you will need to remove the valves and tie a knot

Balloon valves with ribbons are quick and easy to fit

Insert the valve into the neck of the balloon with the wider circular part going in first. Leave the tube and ribbon hanging out.

Self Sealing Balloon Valve

Stretch the neck slightly and slip the valve inside. Gently pull the valve to ensure it is centered and fitted without any gaps as this might cause helium to escape.

Helium Balloon Valve With Ribbon

A few points worth noting:

You need to make sure you squeeze any air out of the body of the balloon either before or after you insert the valves as any trapped air might reduce floating time.

Although our balloon valves are very light, any additional weight slightly reduces the floating time.

You will get quicker with practice, but inserting large quantities of balloon valves can time consuming, so make sure you set aside enough time to do it.

8 Comments on Balloon Valves – Why Use Them and Fitting Instructions

  1. Thanks for sharing. But why can’t the valve be used with the Hi-float treatment?

  2. Hello Patricia,

    Thanks for your comment. If you use Hi-float with balloon valves, it can be tricky as you don’t want to get any Hi-float in the valve and clog it up, which is why we don’t recommend here. But if you are careful and aware of the dangers – by all means give it a try. They are two great products that can work together if used carefully. You can even coat your balloons with Hi-float and fit the valves in advance saving time on the day of your party or event. Just pop them in the fridge or store them in a cold place.

    Hope this helps,


  3. Matilda Upton // 5 June, 2017 at 1:28 pm //

    Hi, just wondering if anyone has tried using balloon valves for a *large* bunch of balloons – 70 to be precise! – and did they all float ok..?!!

    Thanks 😀

  4. Hello Matilda,

    The valves should work fine – no matter how many balloons you have (obviously you’ll need a valve for each balloon!)

    Let us know how you get on.


  5. Brian Stoke-on-Trent // 26 June, 2017 at 9:28 pm //

    Hi was just wondering if the valve can be used for balloons with just normal air those that are inflated without helium. As I need to inflate over 100 so need this info before I purchase as I was not planning to get helium.

  6. You could inflate the balloons with air using a balloon pump if you liked.

  7. Bernadette Farrah // 17 August, 2017 at 3:47 pm //

    Hi, we have a large event taking place in September where we’ll be blowing up 2000 balloons! Unfortunately, we are not allowed helium at the event. Can the Balloon Valve be used 1) with an electric pump and 2) can a balloon stick be inserted because obviously, the balloon will fall to the ground if we use ribbon

  8. Hi Bernadette, Although you can use valves on air filled balloons they wouldn’t work with balloon sticks. Please note you can use balloon sticks without knotting the balloons.

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