How Much Does a Helium Tank Cost?
Helium tanks are often purchased for those who need enough helium to fill up a handful of balloons since it’s cheaper than renting and/or buying the balloons. The cost of a tank will depend on the size of the helium tank, the brand and where you purchase it.
How much is it?
- Most helium tanks purchased online are disposable and can fill about 50 to 100 balloons. On average, a disposable tank is going to cost anywhere from $30 to $65.
- For example, this disposable helium tank created by Worthington Cylinders costs around $35 to $60. This disposable helium tank created by Giant Party Store costs about$40 to $52.
- There are alternatives available which act like a helium tank, but the balloons generally don’t have as long. For example, the Pumponator will cost $15 to $21.
- Party City sells a 14.9 cubic foot tank for $55 and an 8.9 cubic foot tank for $45.
- If you have to pump more than 100 balloons, it may be necessary to rent a helium tank from a local store. Tank rentals are all going to vary depending on the cylinder size and who you’re renting it from. The average rental will cost $55 to $200 for 24 to 48 hours. A 20 cubic foot tank, which can fill about 50 balloons, will cost about $40 to rent, while a 125 cubic foot tank, which can inflate about 350 balloons, will cost around $95 to rent.
What is going to be included?
- Tanks purchased at a local party store will often be 8.9 or 14.9 cubic feet. A smaller 8.9 cubic foot tank will fill about 16 17-inch foil balloons, while a 14.9 cubic foot tank will fill 27 17-inch latex balloons.
- Some kits may include the latex balloons and the ribbon, while others require you purchase it separately. Be sure to read the label to see what’s included.
- All tanks should be filled when you receive them and won’t have to be filled at a location.
- These tanks can be purchased from stores, such as Target, Costco, Michael’s, Party City and JoAnn Fabrics.
What are the extra costs?
- If you want to rent the helium tank, keep in mind that many companies will require a security deposit. This deposit can be anywhere from $100 to $250. This deposit will be returned once you bring the tank back.
- If you want to have the tank delivered, charges may apply. Delivery charges can range anywhere from $25 to $75.
- If there is any damage done to the tank, most companies will require that the damages are covered by the renter. More than likely, you won’t get your deposit back.
- Latex balloons will have to be purchased separately. Depending on the shape and size, each one can cost $1 to $3.
Tips to know:
- Before even using the tank, always be sure to read the warning labels to ensure that you know how to use it properly.
- Before transporting, make sure that the cap is on tight to make sure it doesn’t leak while traveling.
- Always move a helium tank with a strapped dolly. Most rental companies will provide you with one.
- With a helium tank, the average balloon should be able to float for five to eight hours.
- Most tanks won’t be refillable and can be recycled. Balloon Time shows you how to recycle its tank.
How can I save money?
- Know in advance how many balloons you will need to fill. It may make sense to rent a machine rather than purchase one. Most even recommend just outright purchasing the balloons as long as you’re purchasing less than 30.
- Purchasing the latex balloons separately may be the best option. For example, many Dollar Tree stores sell latex balloons for $1. If you were to purchase a 14.9 cubic foot tank for $55, you would still need to purchase the balloons separately. For that $55, you would be able to purchase 55 balloons and not have to worry about inflating them at home.
- One member on WindsorPeak.com said she was able to find a local florist to help fill her balloons for $0.25 to $0.50 each. The same thread said look out for a 40% off Michael’s coupon to save on the helium tank they sell. Using this coupon, you can get a tank for as little as $15.