Helium is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. Helium gas is colorless, odorless and inert. It’s also the most stable of all the elements — helium won’t burn, even in intense heat, and has the lowest melting and boiling point.
If you’re looking to purchase helium, you can choose between several grades based on the gas’s purity. Helium with a purity of 99.99% or lower fits the balloon-grade helium classification.
The extensive supplier network affiliated with Meritus Gas Partners offers balloon-grade aka lift-grade helium for sale to meet your company’s needs. You’ll get a high-quality product at a competitive price and receive exceptional service throughout the process.
Despite the abundance of helium, the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain snafus and other issues have conspired to limit its availability, though suppliers can track the global shortage as far back as 2006. Some scientists predict that the worldwide helium consumption increase could deplete the world’s supply in only 200 years or less.
Surprisingly, balloon-grade helium gas is often more expensive than the higher-grade, purer liquid versions. Liquid helium is less costly to ship due to its compatibility with more efficient transportation methods. As a result, purchasers and end users may see prices that reflect the costs of sourcing and moving helium for balloons.
As the name indicates, filling balloons is the most common usage for this helium grade. Because helium is lighter than air, it enables an untethered balloon to float freely in the atmosphere. However, higher grades of helium, such as a Grade 5 product with a 99.999% purity, can also meet the balloon requirements.
Leak detection is another potential balloon-grade helium application. The tester can use a spray probe to inject helium at the site. It will set off the detector in a few seconds if a leak exists. This helium grade can also inflate vehicle airbags on impact — it diffuses faster than less reactive gases. The gas’s excellent thermal conductivity rating makes it suitable for heat transfer applications.
Helium for balloons is nontoxic and generally safe, but it can be dangerous in certain situations. Although inhaling a small amount of helium to speak in a humorously high-pitched voice is common, it can cause a serious or fatal injury. Helium can displace oxygen, leading to suffocation.
Storing helium gas under pressure can also be hazardous. Secure the cylinder to prevent it from falling over and leaking. Remove the balloon nozzle from the tank before shipping.
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