WASHINGTON — What’s not to like about a spirited water balloon fight?
A soon-to-be available product will provide all the fun of the favorite summer activity, with little of the time parents often spend getting ready for it.
With Bunch O Balloons its possible to fill and tie up to 100 water balloons in less than a minute.
Here’s how it works: A grouping of 37 pre-connected balloons slips over the end of a hose.
The user holds the Bunch O Balloons over a bucket or container that’s large enough to hold several dozen small water balloons.
Within seconds of turning on the hose, all the balloons fill up.
After turning off the water, with a small shake, the balloons automatically tie themselves, and fall into the container.
Actually, there’s no tying involved — each balloon is held shut with a tiny elastic rubber O ring.
The device’s creator, Josh Malone, is in the midst of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that surpassed its $10,000 goal in less than 12 hours, and within three days had secured more than $250,000 in pledges.
“This means it’s official — you’ll be having some amazing water fights when you receive your very own Bunch O Balloons later this summer,” writes Malone on the Kickstarter page.
With eight children, Malone says his family had been going through thousands of water balloons per summer, and he set out to invent a way to speed up the time- consuming process of preparing the water battle ammunition.
Other devices, including the Tie-Not, and Zorbz fill and seal balloons more quickly than with hand-tying, but Bunch O Balloon seems to be the first that fills a large number of balloons at the same time.
Watch the Bunch O Balloons Kickstarter video, to see how the system works: