Pictured: New Tantus Rumble vibe
Happy Toy Tuesday!
Pictured: New Tantus Rumble vibe
Happy Toy Tuesday!
While vibrators in general aren’t exclusive to clits and vaginas, there aren’t a lot of vibes designed specifically with penises in mind, so my partner Jake was excited to try out the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo.
The Pulse is a masturbator style vibrator made of silicone, with a motor that vibrates against the frenulum and two flexible wings that wrap around the shaft. There are two versions of the Pulse–the Solo, which has just the internal motor, and the one I have, the Duo, that’s marketed as a couples’ toy and features a second remote controlled external motor for use with a partner. My Pulse is also the updated model–it’s now waterproof and has 5 patterns in addition to steady vibration.
As excited as Jake was about the Pulse initially, I could tell it was a dud for him when after only trying it a couple of times he said “oh, I guess I have to try that thing again” like it was homework instead of a treat.
It’s not that it’s a totally crappy toy–the internal motor has strong, rumbly vibration, it’s made of high quality silicone, and it’s fairly easy to use, with an on/off button on the left side and +/- intensity controls on the right where your hand rests, though it is rather bulky and heavy.
The problem is the Pulse’s strokability. The instructions claim that it can be used as either just a vibrator without lube or as a typical masturbator with lube, but since the silicone is rigid and bulky, it’s not easily thrustable, even with lube. The stiff silicone hits Jake’s head if he tries to stroke with it, which is uncomfortable, so he’s stuck using it stationary with only the vibration, which is stimulating at first, but without any motion becomes desensitizing. Using it for too long has actually makes him loose his erection, which is definitely a fail. He’d rather use a Fleshlight, a Tenga Egg, his hand, or pretty much anything rather than use the Pulse again now that we’re done reviewing it.
But what about using the Pulse as a “couples’ toy,” since it has an external motor?
First off, Jake doesn’t love vibration by itself, so obviously he wasn’t going to love it1, but we tried it anyways (because #sexbloggerlyfe.)
The external motor has 3 steady speeds and is decently strong, but unlike the internal motor its vibration is buzzy2, which insults my clit. It’s also hard to keep it in place. We tried it with him on top, but if he moved a certain way, it felt abrasive. With me on top it was slightly better, but one slap on my boobs or twitch and it’d move away from where it felt best on my clit. Oh, and did I mention that it makes a horrible rattling sound?
So basically it was like Jake was wearing a bulky, loud cock ring except that you can’t have penetrative sex with it on. And I’m totally down with vibration instead of penetration but having to grind on my partner with an obnoxious chunk of silicone between us with buzzy, loud vibrations, hoping that it won’t move and rub my clit the wrong way is just ridiculous. I’ll stick to using a normal rumbly vibe I can control myself, thanks.
The only way I kind of enjoyed the Pulse was around Mustang Royale positioned over my vulva as if it was my cock. Some vibration did transfer while holding it at the base of Mustang, but not enough to get me off.
For us, the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo was a mega fail. Jake will never use it again now that our review is done, and I’d rather give up pizza for a month than use it again during partner sex. It wasn’t quite as bad as Ida, but still, remind me to never agree to review a “couples’ toy” again, please.
Although I’m hesitant to say that just because a toy doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you3, in this case it’s true. I know some others who love the Pulse, and if you have a penis and enjoy vibration without stroking, you might like it. The internal motor is strong, like Eroscillator strong, and since it’s open, people with erectile dysfunction can still enjoy it while flaccid, which is great.
Thanks Hot Octopuss for sending me the Pulse in exchange for an honest review!
*Dildo pictured: VixSkin Tex
Pictured1: We-Vibe Tango (my review), Lelo Mona (my review), We-Vibe Nova, Tantus Ryder (my review), Tracey Cox Supersex Balls (my review), OhMiBod Cuddle (my review), Tantus Leisure, Crystal Delights Atomic Rose Plug (my review), L’Amourose Rosa Rouge (my review), Fun Factory Sharevibe, Fun Factory Tiger G5, & Lelo Mia (my review)
Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!
Day 14 of #FebPhotoFest
starting at the top right tip going clockwise ↩
Guess what, y’all?! Today is my one year Monaversary! Funnily enough, I know that because of Facebook’s memory thing, which shows that I posed this as my status one year ago today “I know this is my vanilla Facebook…but I don’t care! MY MONA IS HERE!!!”
To celebrate, here are some photos I took of Mona against the vulva wallpaper at the hotel last month at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. I only brought 5 sex toys on the trip (only 2 vibes), and Mona was one of them1.
5 points to whoever can guess/remembers the other 4 ↩
Ola was the first of Minna’s vibrators with squeeze technology. You may remember from my review of Minna’s second vibrator, the Limon, the basic idea behind it–you control the toy’s vibration strength by how hard you squeeze, which allows you to create your own vibration patterns.
Limon and Ola are similar–they’re both silicone, rechargeable, and feature customizable vibration–the main difference is their shape–Limon is a small, round vibrator that resembles a lemon, and Ola features a squeeze-pad handle and a hard, insertable shaft1. I’m not a big fan of internal vibration, but I requested Ola to review for clitoral use because one of my main complaints with Limon is that it’s difficult to hold.
In that respect, Ola is better–it’s easier to hold and squeeze, so it’s much easier to use paired with dildos than the Limon, which is a big win. I enjoy creating my own teasing patterns–I tend to start with low vibration, gradually increase it, and then pull back right as I feel super turned on, and then lock that pattern and use it to tease myself until I come–I’ve had some pretty awesome orgasms like that because my arousal builds gradually.
The thing about Ola’s squeeze technology though (and Limon’s) is that I have to put some effort and thought into creating the pattern before I can enjoy it. I have to make sure I’m on the right setting to record the pattern (Record Mode), then create it, and then press the lock button so that it saves the pattern (Lock Mode), and the slightest touch of the pad between recording and locking can ruin everything. I want to relax and orgasm with as little effort as possible, so this whole process is pain. It would be awesome if Ola allowed you to save vibration patterns, but sadly, that’s not a feature.
As cool as the customizable vibration patterns are, Ola and Limon would also be SO much better if they had steady vibration settings. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a hand cramp from trying to squeeze it as hard as possible when my orgasm is close. Sure, you can hack it and create a steady pattern, but I never think of that ahead of time.
Ola has a good range of vibration, from a light tickle to moderately strong–it’s a little less powerful than Mona. Using Ola’s vibration patterns to build arousal can make me come–but I’m greedy. I don’t just want one orgasm, I want 2 or 3. And when I’ve had one orgasm with teasing, I often end up squeezing Ola as hard as possible because I want to have another orgasm with steady vibration. And stripped of its fancy patterns, my clit just wishes Ola was stronger and rumblier.
Although my g-spot doesn’t usually like vibration, I tried Ola vaginally anyways because I’m still on the lookout for a vibe that my g-spot will love, and I could potentially enjoy Ola’s shape. But it just wasn’t meant to be–Ola provides the best stimulation flipped so that the shaft curves up against my g-spot, but using it that way means the squeeze pad/handle is pointed away from me at an awkward angle, which makes it difficult to thrust. And with so many other amazing g-spot toys, why bother?
So, should you get Ola? If you’re really intrigued by the idea of creating your own vibration patterns, don’t need a ton of power, and don’t necessarily need steady vibration, then yes. I recommend it over Limon because it’s easier to hold, and there’s at least potential for internal stimulation.
Minna is definitely on to something with their squeeze technology, and I wish I could wholeheartedly recommend Ola. With some improvements–steady vibration settings, the ability to save vibration patterns, and stronger and rumblier vibration, I bet it could hang along with some of the best vibrators out there.
it’s ~5″ long, with a 1.5″ diameter ↩