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Balloon Bonanza

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Balloon Bonanza is a device that will blow up 40 water balloons at once. Each device is made up of 40 small cylinders with a balloon attached to the end of each one. All you'll need to do to fill up the balloons is attach the device to a working garden hose. Each Balloon Bonanza is made ready to be used immediately, so you won't need to supply your own balloons to be attached to it. These devices are small and compact, so you can take them virtually anywhere, such as to a friend's house, without issue. They can even be slid into a back pocket when you're traveling by bike.
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The Claim

When you use the Balloon Bonanza, you'll be able to fill up a bunch of water balloons in just seconds. If you set up a bucket below the device, after almost no time at all, 40 different balloons will be automatically tied and will drop into the bucket. Due to the device's ability to automatically tie your balloons, you'll no longer have to spend hours doing so with your own fingers. Instead, you'll be able to almost immediately use your water balloons to play games with friends or family members, or even to sneak up on unsuspecting loved ones to give them a soaker. Read FULL Report for Impartial View

Total Cost Breakdown

The cost of Balloon Bonanza is $10.00 plus $5.99 shipping, for a total price of $15.99.
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How It Works

To use your Balloon Bonanza, you'll have to attach it to a garden hose and turn it on. Once it's on, it'll begin to simultaneously fill the device's 40 cylinders with water, and this water will flood into the attached balloons. The device will sense when each balloon is full, and tie it without help from you, by making use of aqua-sealing technology. After that, your balloons will be ready to go!

TOP COMPLAINTS

  • #1 No Refills
  • Once filled, the device does not come with refill balloons, and does not have an option to buy such a bundle. Instead, you are forced to buy an entirely new batch, with the hose attachment and all. This can be an issue for those wanting to save money by just buying a refill attachment. Additionally, not having a refillable attachment also means the device that attaches to the hose is rendered useless, creating more waste. Essentially, not having refills makes this product a onetime device.

  • #2 Order Page Not Secure
  • Many customers have complained that ordering through the official website left them worried that their credit card information had been exposed. While the site mentioned it uses a secure SSL certificate, the site’s order form url is an ‘http’ format instead of the secure ‘https’ tag it should be had the site been using a secure SSL certificate.

  • #3 Water Pressure Issue
  • If some of the balloons pop or do not fill properly while the hose is on, this will affect how well the other balloons get filled. Thus, you might have balloons that are not fully filled, while others have popped or were defective from the start. For a one time use product, this can be a major issue - especially if the user only purchased one set.

  • #4 Balloons Come in One Color
  • All the balloons you get with a Balloon Bonanza are the same shade, which may disappoint users who like to blow up water balloons in a variety of different colors.

  • #5 Back Orders
  • Due to the popularity of this product, back orders seem to be common with customers that place an order. Customers do not receive back order notification until after their orders are placed, which can be very inconvenient if they were ordered for a fast approaching event or party. This delay can even occur for those that opt in for priority delivery. Thus, instead of receiving your product three to five days from ordering, you can easily be waiting three to six weeks for your product. As the company grows in size and inventory, this problem is sure to minimize. However, in 2015, customers are still encountering this issue.

Bunch O Balloons

The initial CONCEPT first appeared under the name 'Bunch O Balloons' (A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PRODUCT). The invention was developed by a father trying to find a solution to his kids’ love of water balloons. Josh Malone, a husband, inventor and father to eight children decided to experiment with easier ways to fill water balloons quickly. It was not long before the perfect solution came to fruition. Malone figured out that by tying balloons with a tiny rubber band, sticking a thin plastic tube through them and attaching them to a secure base for the water to flow into them - he had made a faster and easier alternative to filling water balloons manually.

Malone introduced his idea at the New York City American International Toy Fair in 2014. He also launched a Kickstarter Campaign, which quickly accumulated over twenty one thousand backers. In addition to his funding success, the product has also been featured on popular media platforms, such as ABC News, Good Morning America, People, Today, Gizmodo, Sports Illustrated and the Huffington Post.

  • Nearly $1 Million Funded via Kickstarter
  • Under the name Bunch O Balloons, this concept not only had thousands of eager backers - but it also had nearly one million dollars in funding. The now-closed campaign reached $929, 160 with the help of Command Partners, a crowd funding marketing agency. The most popular pledge was in the form of seventeen dollars, which attracted 3,677 backers to the campaign.

LEGAL DISPUTE

Bunch O Balloons has a registered trademark and copyright. They have also applied for U.S. and international patents. The USPTO has approved their application and will issue the patent very soon. The invention is owned by Mr Malone's company Tinnus Enterprises, LLC. It is licensed to Zuru Toys for exclusive worldwide manufacturing and distribution. No other entities are authorized, including Balloon Bonanza to use the paten. Tinnus Enterprises are currently enforcing their rights through court trade agencies.
- The above paragraph is information given to TVStuffReviews directly by Josh Malone.
- We have not received any information from Telebrands; however, will gladly post it when we do.

DIY Home Made Version

The idea beside Balloon Bonanza is quite simple; which allows you to create a free or cheap homemade version with a little effort and creativity. Consider the basic premise: fill multiple balloons at once using water.
You will need:
1. Garden Hose (w/ water supply)
2. Hose Cap (Some bottle caps may work)
3. A Drill
4. 10 Straws
5. Sealant (Hot Glue, or Cocking)
6. BALLONS & Small Elastic Bands 7. Time & Patience

  1. STEP 1
  2. - Locate a hose cap that fits your house garden hose. These can be purchased at your local hardware store for under $2.00. As a free alternative, you may be able to locate a bottle cap which fits the end of your hose.

  3. STEP 2
  4. - Drill 10 equally spaced holes in the cap. Your 10 straws will be inserted through these openings. These holes must be large enough for straws to fit through. You will want to ensure not to make the holes too large or the straws will not stay in place, and water will leak out around the holes.

  5. STEP 3
  6. - Place the straws through each hole then secure them in place using any form of water resistant sealant. You can use a hot glue gun, or even bathroom cocking for this purpose. Make sure the straws do not protrude too far past the opening of the cap or else your cap will not secure to the garden hose. Allow drying time.

  7. STEP 4
  8. - Attach the cap to the garden hose, then attach the balloons to each straw end using elastic bands.

  9. STEP 5
  10. Turn the water on with light pressure. Allow the balloons to fill with water. Depending on the tightness of the elastic bands and durability of balloons you will have two choices. You can either wait for the balloons to become so large that they slip off the straw ends and are auto sealed by the elastic bands. Alternatively you can turn the water off and either shake the balloons off, or safely remove the balloons from the straws; allows the elastic bands to seal the balloons.

  11. HINT
  12. - By following steps 4 & 5 you should be able to reuse the Balloon Bonanza with traditional balloons bought at Wal-Mart.

  13. DISCLAIMER
  14. - An improvised DYI version will never work as well as the Balloon Bonanza, which was designed for the specific purpose of producing water balloons.

Really?

  • Recyclable
  • Since this is a one time use product, the company decided to ensure its remaining parts, including the hose attachment and stems were recyclable and environmentally friendly. The stems are created from polypropylene plastic, which is recyclable at most common recycling facilities. Furthermore, the balloons are biodegradable, which make them more gentle on the environment as they are made from natural rubber. Unfortunately, the only piece that is not entirely environmentally friendly is the elastic o-ring used to automatically tie the balloon up after release from the water hose. These are made of synthetic rubber and are harsher on the environment due to their inability to quickly biodegrade.

  • Works Quickly
  • When you fill water balloons one by one using a hose or tap, it could take 15 minutes or longer to fill up 40 water balloons. However, when you use the Balloon Bonanza, it will fill 40 of them in just seconds.

  • Ties Balloons
  • Tying the balloons may be the most difficult part of getting water balloons ready, especially if you're working with young children who may not have the best hand-eye coordination. The process is time-consuming with any group of people, and throughout, water often ends up dripping out of the balloons. Fortunately, your Balloon Bonanza will automatically tie all of your balloons for you as it fills them, so you won't have to deal with any of these issues.

  • Balloons Aren't Oversized
  • While kids may enjoy playing with huge water balloons, sometimes they can actually hurt people who get hit very hard with one. The Balloon Bonanza's balloons are big enough to have fun with, but they won't fill up to a size that makes them likely to hurt someone on impact.

  • Easy to Carry
  • Each Balloon Bonanza itself is quite light and small in size, so these devices are easy to carry, regardless of whether you're walking out to the backyard or going across town by car or bike.

Alternatives

There are other products that have the exact same function as Balloon Bonanza. Lower priced alternatives are also, generally, lower quality and do not work as well. If you are buying this as a onetime use item you may wish you sacrifice quality for cost. That choice will be yours. In contract there are additional items available at a similar cost; their quality and performance ability is unknown to TVStuffReviews.
Alternative Water Balloon Fillers Include:

Uses

  1. Corporate Events
  2. You would not really think of water balloons as something that adults would do, though many would be surprised at how responsive colleagues or employees can be when it comes to having a little fun with water. Corporate events can easily be livened up with some water balloon activities, helping colleagues bond while having some clean fun. Best of all, this kind of activity is safe for children, which means the event can be family-friendly.

  3. Parties
  4. This product is not only for an intimate family Sunday. It can also be used for children’s (or adult) parties, with water balloons that fill up in under one minute. This speed can be great if you are trying to arm many party goers with the arsenal they need for a fun and exciting water balloon fight.

  5. Organizations
  6. Whether you are in charge of boy or girl scout troops, foster children, or afterschool programs - children of all ages can enjoy the fun that quick filling water balloons bring. This product is especially convenient for large groups, making it ideal for organizations that regularly cater to children requiring group activities.

  7. Water Balloon Catch
  8. If you have at least one friend or family member to play with, you can play a game of water balloon catch with your new balloons. Someone is bound to get soaked at some point, which most players will find refreshing on a hot day.

  9. Water Balloon Duels
  10. With a large group of friends or family members, you can ramp things up past the catch level and have an all-out duel, guaranteeing that virtually everyone will end up soaked. This is also a great activity for a school class or a sports team looking to unwind.

  11. Water Balloon Sports
  12. To make traditional sports such as baseball seem more interesting, you can substitute standard balls for water balloons. Since you'll probably be kicking or whacking the balloons, almost everyone playing is likely to end up covered in water.

  13. Pranks
  14. If you know that one of your parents will be arriving at home and getting out of their car, you may want to sneak up on them and get them just a little bit wet. You can also do this when you know they'll be heading into the backyard, not suspecting a thing!

WARNINGS

  • Water Balloon Injuries
  • Surprisingly, water balloon injuries are not uncommon. According to an extensive clinical study done in the 1990’s, water balloons that are thrown with force, or with catapults, can results in serious eye damage. This damage can include temporary loss of vision, damaged irises, hemorrhaging of the eyes and sphincter tears within the eye.

    Since the amount of balloons accessible increases tremendously due to the convenience of this device, this fact also increases the likelihood of facial or eye injuries. The injuries do not only apply to children. Adults can easily become victims of temporary eye sight loss due to a water balloon. Annie Baxter is one example of how innocent fun can turn into dozens of trips to the eye doctor due to a water balloon injury.

Fun Ideas

  1. Make a Super Water Bomb
  2. Paper Water Balloon
  3. 50 Water Balloon Games
  4. Glowing Water Balloons
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Steve - (Spokane Valley, WA)
Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2015
I Regret Buying it!

Scam+

As a one time use this product made this DAD a bundle because of all the online suckers. I love America!

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Daniel Patey Utah - (Vallejo, CA)
Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2015
I Regret Buying it!

Waste of Money

It fills them up fast but leaks out the water just as fast before you can pop them.

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Aaron Grunow - (De Soto, MO)
Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2015
I Regret Buying it!

Not worth the Money

My wife and I bought the Balloon Bonanza from local store. We went to used them today and almost all of the balloon didn't fill up properly, and they were not easy to break when the kids through them at each other. But the did break when they hit the ground.

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Lisa - (Little Rock, AR)
Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2015
I Regret Buying it!

Bought them for my nieces and nephews to have a water baloon fight on the TV the kids were throwing them and look like they were having fun. False advertisement. Some didnt fill, when thrown others didn't break the baloons I got from the dollar tree were better quality and cheaper price. I will be writing the company and requesting a full refund.

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Joyce - (Bakersfield, CA)
Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015
I Regret Buying it!

Not Worth the Money

Balloons didn't fill up very much, and if you don't use them right away they deflate.

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Jennifer - (Palestine, TX)
Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2015
I Regret Buying it!

Not worth It

Horrible product. I'm just upset I bought another one online. Ordered one online than my daughter found them in wal-mart for $5 cheaper.

Only about half filled poorly. Kids had to squeeze and break them because they would just bounce if you threw them.

The potential is here with a great idea. Just needs a lot more tweaking. I have three very unhappy kids.

My opinion?!?! Take the extra half hour to make water balloons the old fashioned way. Your kids and your sanity will thank you in the long run.

Waste of money!

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Tammy - (Janesville, WI)
Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2015
I Regret Buying it!

Balloons Are Hard to Break - Don't Buy!

We tried this out today and the balloons do not pop on contact. Instead we came out with welts all over us from the impact with no break on the balloon. We will never buy this product again and probably won't finish the pack.

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Dee - (Bloomfield, NM)
Reviewed on: 30 May 2015
I Regret Buying it!

Waste of Money

Bought these and not only do they not have refills which would be fine if the product didn't have 20 balloons on each holder with holes. If I can't refill it I would at least like to get my moneys worth.

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Morgan - (Morton Grove, IL)
Reviewed on: 26 May 2015
I Regret Buying it!

Terrible

Took forever and it didn't even work. None sealed and only filled about 5.

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Tom - (West Chester, OH)
Reviewed on: 22 May 2015
I Regret Buying it!

VERY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE

I never even got mine. I ordered mine and they took my money than waited until 5 weeks later to call my wife and start yelling at her over the phone. Than when she called customer service the guy yelled at her and hung up on her. The whole problem was they took way to long to process my order my credit card returned my money to me. So they call and start complaining about the money. Hey its not our fault its ballon bonanza fault. Screw this piss poor company. I will not recommend this product to any one.

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Sherman - (Conover, NC)
Posted: 26 May 2015
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I have checking the status of my order. Order # 500239126 and was trying to find a phone number that I could call direct. Can you help me?

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Ben - (Defiance, OH)
Posted: 15 May 2015
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I just wanted to say thank you. I followed your Do It Yourself instructions and made my own home made version of the Balloon Bonanza. I assume this is probably how the product first started out. I can envision the prototype looking a lot like my version. It does work, not perfect, but its fun! Just make sure you are prepared to get wet. Now that I know the concept works I may actually invest in buying the real version for my son's birthday.

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Cindy - (Laurinburg, NC)
Posted: 10 May 2015
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Taken from their website buybaloombonanza.com “Balloon Bonanza is not reusable but are conveniently priced so you can keep the water balloon battles going again and again!” You cannot put new balloons on these tubes as the pre-attached ones are attached with a tight band that seals when the balloon is full. That is the “no tying” part and cannot be duplicated.

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Ashley - (Maquoketa, IA)
Posted: 07 May 2015
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Let’s be honest, the whole selling point of this gadget is the fact the balloons are tied for you. I’d happily full up 200 water balloons if I didn’t have to attempt tying them. Nowhere in the review does it even touch on this feature. Does it effectively tie them? Anyone who is pricing out the cost per balloon and trying to turn the fun factor into a math problem prob shouldn’t be spending money on a Bday cake or a party at all. I mean really...

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Cooper - (Lovington, NM)
Posted: 03 May 2015
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It might be a rip off, but it does look super fun. Buy several for friends an family.

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Sierra
15 May 2015

It's true, you can buy it for big pool parties. Also for making money, church events too!

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Darryl Collier - (Southbridge, MA)
Posted: 20 Apr 2015
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Reasonable questions and yet they didn't answer them.

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Brandi - (Crestwood, IL)
Posted: 19 Apr 2015
I have a Question

Can you use other water balloons with this device?

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Sierra
15 May 2015

I read other reviews and they say that you have to get a new set for more.

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Lavonda - (Miami, FL)
Posted: 13 Apr 2015
I have a Question

When you use up the balloons that come with it, can you use your own balloons, and by that I mean will they automatically tie like the ones that come with the product?

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Clay Bowen - (Oberlin, OH)
Posted: 08 Apr 2015
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Do you have replacement balloons?

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Sky
13 Apr 2015

I wanna know too. I've been contemplating it but not if I can't get replacement balloons.

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Emma Woods - (Inverness, FL)
Posted: 24 Jul 2014
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Last time the 4 families with kids in our street got together for a water balloon war a neighbor called the police. She said we were too loud and the popped balloons were "littering". Sad thing is the police took her seriously, they came along and put an end to the game! Sad Sad freaking world when kids can't have harmless fun without this sort of thing happening ( same busy body neighbor did the same thing when the kids got together with a pack of pavement chalks, she accused them of graffiti-ing and again the police took it seriously and made the kids stop ). These kids are aged between 3 and 11! Hardly master criminals!
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