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What Are Gel Blasters?

If you’re in the market for toy guns – or simply have walked into a hobby store as of late – you’ve probably heard of gel blasters. These new toys are sweeping the nation - and soon, you’ll understand why. But first and foremost, what are gel blasters?

In this brief article, we will talk about everything you need to know about gel blasters. You’ll learn what they are of course, along with what they are used for. We’ll quickly explain how they work, too. 

So, whether you’re a hobbyist looking for a new type of toy gun to play with or a parent wanting to blow their kids’ minds this Christmas/birthday, you certainly don't want to miss out on this intro to gel blasters.

What Are Gel Blasters?

Gel blasters are new to the toy gun scene, unlike paintball and airsoft guns that have been around for decades. As such, there’s not a lot of information online that describes what these toy guns are, and we want to change that. So, what are gel blasters, exactly?

Gel blasters are similar to airsoft and paintball guns - especially the latter. But instead of using regular paintballs and BBs, these next-generation toy guns make use of water-based gel balls or beads, which are eco-friendly, biodegradable, and non-staining. These gel balls burst upon impact. They offer just the right amount of sting to make your game exciting without causing serious physical harm - like airsoft and paintball. This is why Gel Blasters are considered the best alternative to paintball, and are viewed as a great airsoft alternative, too.

What Are Gel Blaster Balls?

Gel blaster balls or beads are made from 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, super absorbent polymer water beads. These beads are also known as sodium polyacrylate, which is usually the type used for gel blaster ammo. They absorb water and expand 100 to 1000 times their size, and can also come in many different colors, much like orbeez. However, the colors leave no stain at all.

We have an article on what gel blaster balls are made of if you want to learn more about this special ammo!

What Are Gel Blasters Used For?

You guessed it! Gel blasters are used for safe, eco-friendly fun for the whole family. For people who don’t want to deal with messes and painful stings from other types of toy guns, gel blasters make a great paintball and airsoft alternative–and this is especially true when playing with young children!

How Do Gel Blasters Differ From Other Toy Guns?

Gel blasters differ from paintball guns, airsoft guns, and other types of toy guns in a lot of ways. From comparing gel blasters with other options, here are the biggest advantages that they have over other types of toy guns:

Safety

When gel blaster beads hit your skin, it feels like getting hit by a rubber band. You experience just a quick, tiny sting that you may not even notice because you’re having too much fun. It’s just enough sting to keep the game exciting, but won’t pose any harm to anyone playing.

Plus, gel balls are non-toxic and non-irritating, meaning you won’t have to worry about any skin reactions when getting hit.

Nevertheless, it is still important to wear proper eye protection when playing with gel blasters. Although gel balls may be made with non-toxic and non-irritating water beads, they can cause serious damage and pain if you get hit in the eye. We know how important it is to avoid this, so each one of our Gel Blaster packages comes with protective eyewear.

In addition, if you don’t like the sting from a gel ball’s impact, it’s perfectly okay to wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants to protect your skin while playing.

Environmental Impact

Gel beads are all-natural and completely biodegradable. Unlike paintballs and plastic pellets, they don’t cause harm to the environment and leave no mess behind. After they burst upon impact, these gel balls simply evaporate and disappear completely; no stains or residue to worry about.

When it comes to Gel Blaster vs. paintball in terms of eco-friendliness, gel blasters take the cake. You can play in the backyard, at the park, or maybe even inside the house–and you won’t leave any toxic chemicals or plastic waste in your wake.

How Do Gel Blasters Work?

Gel blasters are often compared to airsoft and paintball guns, but aside from the kind of ammo they use, these options also differ in how they shoot projectiles.

Paintball and airsoft guns use expanding or pressurized gas to shoot projectiles through the barrel. On the other hand, gel blasters use batteries to propel water beads up to 100 feet. This makes it less painful to get hit by a gel blaster because there is less force behind the impact.

And since gel blasters use batteries to shoot projectiles, many models are rechargeable so you won’t have to spend a fortune on new batteries every time they run out of juice.

How Do You Use Gel Blaster Ammo?

To load up a gel blaster with ammo, you have to soak your Gellets and wait for them to grow. This usually takes around 2 hours, but it’s often better to wait 24 hours before using your gel beads. After they expand to the appropriate size, you simply have to strain them, fill up your ammo container, and start shooting!

And, no need to worry about soaking your gel blaster ammo for too long. It’s impossible to oversaturate a gel ball with water; they just soak in the amount they need and then stop when they reach their limit. 

What Are Gel Blasters - Wrapping Up

Gel Blasters are revolutionary toy guns that are safer, more eco-friendly, and less messy than options on the market today. Instead of potentially harmful (to both humans and the environment) paintballs and plastic pellets, their ammo is all-natural, water-based, and non-toxic to humans, pets, and nature.

All that said, gel blasters are the perfect option if you want to enjoy shooting without the pain or the mess that traditional toy guns bring. So, what are you waiting for? Level up your backyard playtime with our top-of-the-line Gel Blaster Surge and gel pellets today!

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