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What is a balloon pump?

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A balloon pump is a mechanical device designed to inflate balloons. Balloon pumps inflate balloons quicker and easier than blowing balloons up with the mouth and lungs.

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There are two common varieties of balloon pumps. Bulb or palm pumps, the simpler variety, work by squeezing a rubber bulb which sprays air into a balloon through a nozzle. Hand pumps are similar to bicycle tire pumps and work faster than bulb pumps. They compress air when a plunger is pushed through a tube-shaped body. The fastest hand pumps inflate balloons on both the down stroke and the up stroke. Balloon pumps are more sanitary than inflating balloons by mouth, and for that reason are a preferred tool when distributing balloons to a crowd.

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