How to Correctly Inflate a Ball?
Jinta balls have a 6 month manufacturers warranty and in order to keep your balls lasting longer here are some helpful inflation tips.
Step 1 - Moisten needle and valve with H4000 silicone lubricant spray, silicone oil, or glycerin oil (do not use petroleum jelly or Vaseline as this will slowly dissolve the bladder and valve)! Jinta balls prefer thin needles but thick ones are ok if you insert them gently.
Step 2 - Insert needle into the valve - not at an angle - making sure the tip of the needle does NOT touch the bladder inside the ball. This can cause the ball to burst on inflation or fail to hold pressure.
Step 3 - Inflate to 50% of recommended pressure and then massage the ball into shape. This makes sure the bladder does not get pinched between the seams when inflating to 100% pressure. If you are using a high-pressure pump inflate in small bursts, massaging the ball in between.
Step 4 - Inflate to 100% of recommended pressure (for Jinta soccer balls, this is usually 0.6-0.8 bar). Do not over or under inflate the ball, as this can reduce the life of the ball by putting unnecessary strain on the bladder and stitching. If your ball or pump has a different scale for measuring pressure, take a look at this handy conversion website.
Step 5 - Remove the inflation needle the same way it was inserted and you are ready to play!
Once inflated, repeat Steps 1-2, 4-5 to top up air pressure.
Valve Oil - from Select Sport (allegedly sewing machine oil)
Bulk Silicone Oil/Glycerine
Caring for your soccer ball
As with any product that you buy, taking good care of your soccer ball will prolong it's life.
There is nothing complicated about taking care of a soccer ball. Just use common sense.
Do not stand or sit on your soccer balls. Do not kick your good match soccer balls excessively hard against a wall. They can become warped and your ball will wobble when kicked.
Buy a good quality ball using Soccer Ball World as your buying guide and take good care of it. Your soccer balls will then have a long life.
Remove excessive dirt from the ball after use. Use a damp cloth to wipe the ball clean. If needed, use some mild soap or some type of synthetic leather cleaner to remove excessive dirt or stains from the ball. Be careful when using detergents to clean the ball. Never use harsh detergents. Outer coverings and stitching on some balls may be adversely affected by concentrated cleaners. Reframe from excessively spraying soccer balls with high pressure water spay. Water may penetrate into the ball.
Do not play with a wet ball during freezing temperatures. The water on the ball could freeze and cause injuries.
Play on turf, grass or smooth surfaces . Rough surfaces such as gravel, asphalt or concrete can be very abusive to a typical soccer ball. Premature excessive wear and cuts on the outer cover will occur due to abrasion when the ball bounces or skips across rough surfaces.
Use Proper Air Pressure
Do not over or under pressurize a ball. Use the manufactures recommended air pressure that is printed on most balls. Most soccer balls have a pressure rating of 6 to 8 lbs. or 0.6 or 0.8 BAR. It is recommended that you use a pressure gauge to measure the exact amount of pressure in a ball after
inflating and before use.
BAR or PSI or LBS?
Some soccer balls have recommended pressure values indicated in BAR while others have the values indicated in PSI or LBS. To convert the pressure values, use the following formulas:
<h4>To convert BAR (KGS) to PSI (Lbs.):<h4>
Answer = 14.5037 X The amount of BAR(KGS)
For example: A soccer ball has a recommended pressure of 0.6 BAR labeled on it. To convert BAR in Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI), multiply 0.6 times 14.5037. The answer is 8.7 PSI or Lbs.
<h4>To convert PSI (Lbs.) to BAR(KGS):</h4>
Answer = .068948 X The amount of PSI(Lbs.)
For example: A soccer ball has a recommended pressure of 7.9 Lbs. (PSI) labeled on it. To convert Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI) into BAR, multiply 7.9 times .068948. The answer is 0.545 BAR.
Inflating a Soccer Ball
Soccer balls lose air pressure over time. Sometimes over a few days (soccer balls that use butyl bladders keep air pressure longer than balls that use latex bladders). Be sure to check the pressure frequently to make sure the ball is properly inflated. Therefore, invest in a good ball pump, have a supply of inflation needles and use a low pressure gauge to measure for proper inflation.
Before you first inflate a soccer ball, place a couple drops of silicone oil or silicone lubricant spray or glycerin oil into the valve. You can purchase one of the oils or spray at your local hardware store. Using one of the lubricants will improve the life of the valve and lubricate the valve for easy
insertion of the inflation needle.
Always moisten the inflation needle before you insert it into the valve. Preferably, use some silicon oil to moisten the needle. However; some people use spit...yuk, but that is not recommended.
Manufacturers recommend that you reduce the air pressure in your match balls after a game to reduce the amount of stress on the ball seams or stitching. Be sure to inflate the ball back to proper pressure before the match.