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Re: Helium in a Kite for Light wind days?

Postby edt » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:35 pm

plummet wrote:pair play edt. I didn't measure my bladder just pulled numbers out of my head. If anyones prepared to give more accurate length/sizing estimates then we can recalculate


a ordinary kite pump has almost exactly 2.6 liters of air in it. All my pumps leak right now but when they were new and pumping good it took about 34 full pumps for them to fill my 3 strut 10m envy up to where there was no pressure but the kite was roughly inflated this is 89 liters of air.

u know what I just realized my envy is 3 struts not 5 that's why our numbers are different.

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Re: Helium in a Kite for Light wind days?

Postby BigR » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:33 pm

it is a noticeable advantage..... but not that much.....

now I am confused! one or the other... :D


would you care to elaborate a bit more?




It means that yes, it is a noticeable advantage over air.

By noticeable advantage I mean a BARELY noticeable advantage.

As in you barely notice the advantage.

As in you barely feel anything different.

As in there is not that much of an advantage since you can barely feel any advantage.

Yes, I have done this many many times ( at least until the cylinders of helium gave out ).

There is not any worthwhile advantages to using He (unless you count a barely noticeable
increase in advantage worth it).

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Re: Helium in a Kite for Light wind days?

Postby plummet » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:40 pm

edt wrote:
plummet wrote:pair play edt. I didn't measure my bladder just pulled numbers out of my head. If anyones prepared to give more accurate length/sizing estimates then we can recalculate


a ordinary kite pump has almost exactly 2.6 liters of air in it. All my pumps leak right now but when they were new and pumping good it took about 34 full pumps for them to fill my 3 strut 10m envy up to where there was no pressure but the kite was roughly inflated this is 89 liters of air.

u know what I just realized my envy is 3 struts not 5 that's why our numbers are different.



ok given your 89 liters then a 10m 3 strut kite is going to have negligible difference, howevr my calcs could very well be representative of a large 5 strut 17-18 m race kite.

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Re: Helium in a Kite for Light wind days?

Postby Tiago1973 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:05 pm

BigR wrote:
it is a noticeable advantage..... but not that much.....

now I am confused! one or the other... :D


would you care to elaborate a bit more?




It means that yes, it is a noticeable advantage over air.

By noticeable advantage I mean a BARELY noticeable advantage.

As in you barely notice the advantage.

As in you barely feel anything different.

As in there is not that much of an advantage since you can barely feel any advantage.

Yes, I have done this many many times ( at least until the cylinders of helium gave out ).

There is not any worthwhile advantages to using He (unless you count a barely noticeable
increase in advantage worth it).


lol

got it

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Re: Helium in a Kite for Light wind days?

Postby Metaphor_ » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:43 pm

Helium is also a non-renewable resource we're in danger of depleting in the next 20 years. Helium is used in the medical industry and for supermagnets, and no helium means no MRIs.

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Re: Helium in a Kite for Light wind days?

Postby Vin Stefanelli » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:32 am

obviously hydrogen would work better
but
either gas
being made of smaller molecular particles
would escape normal kite bladders and your kite
will have gone flat quickly


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