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What is a Gel Blaster?

by BiuBlaster on August 05, 2022

What is a Gel Blaster Orbeez Toy Gun? Is it worth it?

For the people who first time get in touch with the gel blaster toy gun, this article would be useful for you guys. The gel blaster (or gel gun, orbeez gun, splatter blaster, gel ball blaster) is a kind of toy gun device that is very similar to paintball and airsoft guns or nerf. The same common point is that they are all toy guns, but gel ball blasters shot water-absorbent sodium polyacrylate, which is also frequently called water beads, gel balls, orbeez.

The common use for the gel blaster is for activities similar to paintball skirmish and laser tag. Besides, it's an ideal gift for kids too.
here is a photo of a classic mag-fed type gel blaster:
uzi orbeez gel gun

What ammo does gel blaster use?

If you know about orbeez then you will easily understand that these gel balls are water-saturated just like orbeez. Gel balls are supersaturated absorbent when it is placed in water grow their volume 100 times more.

Usually, the gel ball size is 7-8mm for the gel gun, other size includes 6mm up to 13mm.

Unlike the pellets that airsoft uses or paintball ammo, gel balls are way more delicate and fragile. Gel balls are typically sold in bags or containers and are used in conjunction with a gel blaster

The gel beads are also very cheap, easily transported in packets, and only require soaking in water for a few hours before playing. Another feature is the ease of cleaning, since the gel balls are made up of water in over 98% of mass and volume, and will break upon impact and simply dehydrate into tiny biodegradable slush powder fragments afterward.

This is a vid on how to grow gel ball beads:


What does a gel blaster do and How does it work?

The Gel Blaster can shoot gel balls. For gel balls, you need to put gel balls in a bottle and soak it for about 3-4 hours for a full grown-up. Simply to say, the gel ball blasters compress the air into the piston tube, providing enough energy to fire the water beads out.
Gel blasters typically use a magazine or hopper to hold the gel balls, and are powered by a battery or hand-pumped spring mechanism. To use a gel blaster, you load the gel balls into the magazine or hopper, charge the blaster by pulling back the slide or pumping the handle, and then press the trigger to fire a gel ball. Some gel blasters have semi-automatic or fully automatic firing modes, allowing you to hold down the trigger to continue firing until the magazine is empty.

Here is a simple illustration of how the gel blaster gearbox propels gellets.

gel blaster gearbox movement

The general design of gel ball blasters is very similar to airsoft, usually comprising a coil spring-loaded piston air pump, with a T-piece ahead of the pump outlet to feed gel beads. The spring-piston pump is either manually cocked (like a spring-piston gun) or more commonly driven by an electric motor-gearbox assembly powered by batteries (mostly identical to airsoft automatic electric guns (AEG)).
Whilst the pressure output is identical to most airsoft guns via the use of compressed air, the uneven spherical shape, less weight, and greater size of the projectile results in lower muzzle velocity than most airsoft guns. This nature of the gel ball's external and terminal ballistics makes them much safer to play with (although protective eyewear is still recommended) and very unlikely to cause any property damage.


How much is a gel blaster?

The price of a gel blaster depends on many factors like the brand and costs. The cheapest one can be around 10 USD, while the most expensive gel blaster can be up to over 200-300USD like some metal gel blasters and Co2 GBB. The average cost for the gel blaster gun is 80-100USD according to our purchasing history.

The cost of a gel blaster, also known as a gel gun or gel marker, can vary widely depending on a number of factors, including the brand, model, materials, and features of the toy. Gel blasters are toy guns that shoot non-toxic, water-based gel projectiles and are designed to mimic the appearance and action of real firearms.

Gel blasters can range in price from a few dollars for basic models to hundreds of dollars for more advanced models with additional features. Some factors that can affect the price of a gel blaster include:

  • Brand and model: Different brands and models of gel blasters can vary significantly in price, with some being more expensive than others.

  • Materials and construction: Gel blasters made of higher-quality materials or with more complex construction may be more expensive than those made of cheaper materials or with simpler construction.

  • Features: Gel blasters with additional features, such as multiple firing modes, adjustable sights, or more realistic design, may be more expensive than those with fewer features.

It is a good idea to carefully review the product specifications and any available reviews or ratings before making a purchase to ensure that the gel blaster meets your needs and expectations. It is also important to be familiar with the laws and regulations in your area regarding the use and possession of gel blasters.


How Far can gel blasters shoots?

The splatter ball blaster can shoot around 10-12 meters. An upgraded gel blaster, it can shoot gels up to 25m.

In general, the range of a gel blaster is typically shorter than that of a traditional airsoft gun, which uses plastic BBs as ammunition. Gel balls are typically larger and lighter than BBs, and are designed to break upon impact, releasing the water contained inside. This can reduce the distance that they can travel and the impact they have upon impact.

The range of a gel blaster can vary widely depending on the specific model and the conditions in which it is used. Some gel blasters may be able to shoot gel balls up to 50 feet or more, while others may have a shorter range. It is important to follow all instructions and warnings provided with your gel blaster and gel balls to ensure safe and proper use. Gel blasters should not be used to intimidate or harm others, and the use and possession of gel blasters is regulated by laws that vary by country and region. It is important to be familiar with the laws and regulations in your area before purchasing or using a gel blaster.

Here we tested the rs99 Glock gel blaster shooting range



Are gel blasters legal in US or UK?

 Gel blasters in general are legal in US and UK, but you need to consult with the local state government first to see if there is a specific law regarding the gel blaster.

Check this blog for details:


Are Gel Guns Safe?

Yeah, gel guns are technically safe if used properly. The gel blaster is much safer than paintballs since paintballs are larger and heavier than gel balls, while the gel balls are smaller and the blaster has less Joule.

The biu blaster team even tested an uzi blaster to see if it hurts.

So we highly recommend wearing protective gear first before shooting your toy guns. Some people may try the gel ball gun to shoot birds. Sure, it will hurt birds if the firepower is too great. And Will a gel blaster kill a bird? sorry, it won't. The gel balls will be disintegrated instantly when hit on targets, they won't penetrate the animal's body, but sure it will make the birds feel a sting of pain. lol...




In the End

 I think you have a rough picture of what is a gel blaster now. It's a really fun toy and recommended by many influencers, especially on Tiktok. You can learn it further by purchasing the first gel blaster in your life. The biu blaster toy shop can ship our best-chosen gel blasters from US/UK stock, check now!