Need helium for a party? What is the best option?Both types of tanks or cylinders come in a size that does 50 balloons but there is a pretty big difference between the two options. We have compared a disposable tank for 50 balloons to a DIY 50 balloon kit from a balloon store. Take a look through our comparison chart to find out just what the differences are.
Disposable Cylinders Hired Helium Cylinders
Amount of Helium in Tank .42 cubic meters .6 cubic meters
over 42% more
Choice of balloon colours No Yes
Matching coloured ribbons No Yes
Recyclable Not in Australia at Cylinders are returned
time of comparison to store to be refilled
so may unfortunately
add to landfill
Float time 5-7 hrs plus 12-15 hrs plus
Included balloons With premium balloons
included in kit from a
speciality balloon store
Security bond required No Yes
Balloon clips included No Yes
Refillable No Yes
DIY helium balloon kits are available from our store in Carlingford, Sydney.
Click here for information on our kits.
Disposable tanks that you don't have to return are convenient in that you won't have to make a return trip to the store, but you get a lot less helium and greatly reduced float time. Yes, you only need the balloons to float for a few hours but do you really want to leave inflating your balloons till the very last minute when there are always so many other last minute jobs when planning a party.