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What is a regulator? A regulator is a valve attached to a helium cylinder to dispense helium into balloons. There are several types available each with different features and benefits.

Proper inflation techniques using regulators are discussed later in this guide.

We strongly suggest using a regulator with an automatic shut-off for foil balloons. The Deluxe model regulator, BR74HG features a brass push valve for foil balloons which automatically shuts off when the balloon is properly filled. This is an especially beneficial feature as there is less of a chance that balloons will be lost due to over inflation.

For latex balloons, there is a push speed valve that will inflate regular and valved latex as well as Bubble Balloons. However, this valve DOES NOT automatically shut off. Please see the latex section of this guide for proper inflation techniques. The latex valve should NOT be used to inflate foil balloons as it could damage the self-sealing valve.

Other features of the BR74HG are a gauge, which indicates the amount of helium in the cylinder, a ribbon cutter, and a tie hook, which is used with sealing discs for latex.

101GS is a basic rubber tilt valve inflator, which does not provide an automatic shut-off. The tilt valve is designed to inflate latex balloons. To inflate foil balloons with this inflator, the brass foil tip that is included with the regulator must be placed in the black rubber tilt valve. This inflator is ideal for rentals and features a hand tight connection, ribbon cutter, and tie hook. 101GS also includes a gauge.
Additional accessories are available which are used in conjunction with a helium tank and offer even more conveniences.

The portable helium transfiller TR1 is used to transfer helium from a large cylinder to small cylinders. Renting small helium cylinders and regulators to your customers is another way to expand your business.

Helpful Hint Never use a latex valve to inflate foil balloons. The latex valve can damage the self-sealing valve of foil balloons and cause a slow leak.

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