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How much does it hurt?

More than a Nerf dart, less than Nerf Mega, Nerf Rival or airsoft, significantly less than paintball. Multiple layers of clothing or even cardboard 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 non-toxic, environmentally friendly water beads. When the tiny hard plastic balls are placed in water, they can grow up to 200 times their size. Water crystal gel or water beads is a gel which contains a large amount of water. Water gel is usually composed of a water-absorbing polymer such as polyacrylamide and sometimes referred to as super-absorbent polymer (SAP).

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

Gel Balls must be soaked at least for 4 hours in water to fully expand to size. Failing to completely hydrate the Gel Balls will cause the Gel blaster to not function properly. Overnight soaking is recommended. Note: Make sure, that the Gel Balls are prepared in an adequate sized container (Gel Balls will expand 100 times their size). You should store your hydrated Gel Balls in an airtight container, away from the elements and direct sunlight. They will last around 2 weeks in a container. Store in the fridge to prevent shrinkage.

As a point of reference, one 10,000 gel ball pack will grow and stay hydrated in a gallon of water but will take up more space than a gallon of water (use a bucket).

Are Gel Blasters the same as Airsoft?

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