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How much does it hurt?

More than a Nerf dart but less than airsoft, and significantly less than paintball. Multiple layers of clothing can provide a degree of protection. The worst effect of a direct hit on exposed skin from close range will result in a red welt that will go away within 24-48 hours.

How safe is it?

Eye protection should be worn at all times and full face mask protection is recommended.

What are Gel Balls?

They are a non-toxic, biodegradable, and eco-friendly water bead. When the tiny, hard polymer balls are placed in water they will grow 10x their size. A water crystal gel or water bead refers to a gel that contains a large amount of water. Water gel is usually composed of a water-absorbing polymer such as polyacrylamide and is sometimes referred to as super-absorbent polymer (SAP).

How long do I soak the Gel Balls in water for?

Gellets must be soaked for at least 2 hours in water to fully expand in size. Failing to completely hydrate the Gellets will not allow the Gel Blaster to function properly. Overnight soaking is recommended. Note: Make sure, that the Gellets are prepped in an adequately sized container (In a 1 gallon bucket or bigger, Gellets will expand 10x their size). You should store your hydrated Gellets in an airtight container, away from the elements and direct sunlight. Gellets can last up to several months if properly stored. To prevent shrinkage, keep the Gellets submerged in water when not in use.

For reference, one pack of 10,000 Gellets will grow and remain hydrated in a gallon of water but once expanded they will take up more space than a gallon of water, so a bucket is recommended. 

Are Gel Blasters the same as Airsoft?

Gel Blasters differ from Airsoft in both ammunition and in the internal firing mechanism. Airsoft shoots a hard plastic pellet over 350 fps and typically uses compressed air (though electric and spring models are available). Gel Blasters are spring-powered, battery-operated plastic toys that shoot soft, water-filled gel projectiles up to 250 feet per second.