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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, bio degradable, and eco friendly water bead. When the tiny hard polymer balls are placed in water, they will grow 10 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 for at least 2 hours in water to fully expand in 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 prepped in an adequate sized container (A 1-Gallon bucket or bigger, Gel Balls will expand 10 times their size). You should store your hydrated Gel Balls in an airtight container, away from the elements and direct sunlight. They can last up to several months if properly stored. To prevent shrinkage keep the Gell Balls submerged with water when not in use.

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 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 gel projectile up to 250 feet per second.