Aug 022009

This is a continuation, please see Part 1 which talks about the plug-in style.


I already mentioned this but I’m going to mention it again.

The Big Pro:

~It’s cordless. You can use it anywhere that doesn’t have a nearby outlet or even electricity, provided it’s fully charged.

The Big Con:

~It is not “full power full time”. I think most of these have a run-time of about an hour, depending on how firmly you press the head to your body.

To reiterate from Part 1:

Should you choose one style over the other? That depends on the environment you’d be using it in and your masturbation style. The plug-in style boasts all power, all the time, always on. However this means you are tethered by a cord and must be near an electrical outlet to use it. The rechargeable style means that you can take it anywhere you please, so long as it’s charged. The downside is that your usage hours will vary depending on how hard you press down on the head, and you could very well find yourself mid-wank with a waning vibrator (been there, done that). The rechargeable is also more expensive. They aren’t lacking on power though. I’d rate that the Acuvibe falls in between the Hitachi and the Miracle Massager. Whereas the MM can’t get me off, the Acuvibe will. My verdict is to start wherever you want but eventually own one of each style.

Rechargeable Style Massagers

First up is the more well-known and more vanilla of the bunch: The Acuvibe. Because it’s the mother of the rechargeables, it doesn’t have the most ergonomic design to it. It’s in the same boat as the Hitachi. It does however look more modern than the Hitachi. Hitachi’s design clearly has changed very little since it’s conception. Acuvibe comes in a pretty light blue and white design. Is it more powerful than it’s newer fancier cousin, the Ideal? I’m not really certain on that.


Natural Contours doesn’t seem to publish the RPMs (like CalExotics doesn’t publish the RPMs). I think it’s safe to say though that it’s comparable to the Acuvibe but the Ideal is certainly not equal to the Hitachi. But hey that’s not always a bad thing. The Ideal is made by a sextoy manufacturer, and the design is focused on being more ergonomic. The handle is hooked. As I said in my initial review, I love the handle but I hate the noise. Most of the people who’ve reviewed the Ideal mention the excess noise. Above and beyond the noise of the vibrations is this ratting-like-something-is-broken sound. It’s annoying and makes me doubt the longevity of the toy. That rattling noise does disappear when there is any pressure on the head, but that’s not quite good enough for me.


And then Acuvibe introduced the mini. Acuvibe mini is only one speed, it’s smaller, and comes in blue or pink. Because of its smaller stature it is even more portable. I believe the single speed is equal to the full size version’s Low setting, but I can’t find documentation on this. Oddly the RPMs of the original are out there, but not the mini.


One other thing I find disconcerting in my research is that specs aren’t always matching from site to site. Some places claim that the Acuvibe Mini is two speeds – it’s not. Some claim the Acuvibe Mini is 1.1 pounds, or 1.3 pounds. Even on the Human Touch website, their description paragraph says it is 0.6 pounds but the specifications section say it is 1.2 – the same as the original. This can’t be true, since they’re not the same size. (its not, I got out my kitchen scale for the ones I have and asked other Mini owners to look at their packaging insert)\

I do want to mention something here about the Acuvibes – the manufacturer tells you to let the massager completely drain of all power every 16 hours of use or thereabout, to increase longevity of the battery.

Acuvibe Acuvibe Mini Ideal
Price on EdenFantasys $65.99 $59.99 $58.99
Power High is 5700 rpm and Low is 4300 rpm. Compared to Hitachi this means: High is really close. Low is close but definitely less. There’s more difference between high and low than Hitachi. 1400 rpm difference vs 1000 pm difference. I can’t find documentation of the rpm. I think it’s probably say….4800, I felt it was just a touch less than Hitachi’s Low setting. Again I can’t find documentation on the rpm – there is a high and low and I think they’re about comparable to original Acuvibe. From what I can feel, High is pretty equal to Hitachi’s Low.
Noise Level While the manufacturer claims these both have a “vibration damped” motor and are “whisper quiet”, I don’t think that’s accurate. It is certainly quieter than the Hitachi though but not at all whisper-quiet. Low is markedly more quiet than high. Perhaps a bit quieter than the full size As mentioned above, I think that when it’s pressed against something the noise level would be equal to the Acuvibe, but when not? It’s like a mini jackhammer.
Head Design The head is about 2″ in diameter, smooth but with 3 grooves for decoration. These grooves are difficult to clean gunk out of – you need a toy cleaning cloth like Afterglow Wipes and a fingernail or similar. It’s a spring-mounted head but a firm plastic covers the spring – you can’t see it. This head is entirely smooth, but to go along with the smaller body the head is 1 5/8″ in diameter.Same spring-mounted type head as original Acuvibe. Completely smooth surface, easy to clean. Diameter is 2.25″. It is also spring-mounter however when you bend the head a bit you can clearly see exposed spring. Might be bad for the ladies who don’t shave bare or trim to minuscule.
Body Design Straight, smooth plastic where its white and a different plastic where its blue. If I press my nail into the blue part, it indents. Makes for better gripping. Weight is 1.1 pounds. Length is 11.5″. Sliding switch in the upper third of the handle. Straight smooth plastic. Weight is 0.6 pounds. Sliding switch in the upper third of the handle. Angled ergonomic handle, smooth plastic. Weight is 10 ounces. Length is 8.5″ measured in a straight line, or 12″ measured from tip to top. Sliding switch is different from all other massagers – goes side to side rather than top to bottom. Right at a bend in handle.
Attachments There are none made for it. However, a few of the other attachments might work on it. The silicone head cover fits. Perhaps the MM dual stim? None. The head is smaller than all the others and any attachment falls right off. Natural Contours makes one specifically for this vibe, even the color matches. It’s a dual stim. A few Hitachi attachments work with it.
Charging Acuvibe says you should charge it for 8 hours, I didn’t wait that long. They also say it’ll run for 45 minutes, give or take depending on usage. Same as original Acuvibe. Reports say the charge lasts an hour; charging time takes 5 hours. You can certainly wait less time if you must, it’ll be fully powerful it just won’t last as long.

My verdict? I’m torn. I really am. Acuvibe Mini is great for what it is – more portable because of its small size. Also perhaps even more usable during sex because of its small size. But you can’t use attachments and it has one speed. Acuvibe original fits some attachments, has more power. The Ideal has a shorter charge time, a slightly longer use time, the head is a bit bigger so it’ll fit more attachments (even though the intended one sucks) – but….big BUT here… I still hate the rattling loud noise. And that you can see the spring easily. I just wonder about the quality and longevity of this toy as compared to the Acuvibe. All of these are equally discrete and can pass off as a back massager.

Below is a quick video showing the noise levels of the various massagers in both categories

Dec 202008


(this review/sex toy is seriously outdated. there are plenty of rechargeable vibes/wand massagers I’d recommend now over anything mentioned here)



I’ve heard a few other bloggers rave about the Acuvibe. This is another in the line of sextoys that wasn’t created to be used as a sex toy….. but rather a body massager. I have to wonder what their sales reports are like, Hitachi and Acuvibe….what percentage of their sales are from sex toy resellers, heh. The big selling point to the Acuvibe is that it is cordless and rechargeable. If you’re like me and live in a weird older apartment with ill placed electrical outlets, this is a great thing!! It also means its travel-friendly if you’re going to be using it somewhere that may not have an electrical outlet handy.

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Aug 312008

She’s standin in her underwear
Lookin down from a hotel room
Nightfall will be comin soon
Oh my my, oh hell yes
You’ve got to put on that party dress


Update: If you’re just seeing this review for the first time, you may wonder how I feel about the Magic Wand these days. Wonder no more! Here’s a Throwback Thursday update.

The Magic Wand. It is, indeed, magic. There are two speeds. “Oh my my” and “Oh hell yes”. For the sensitive lasses out there – don’t bother. Go for the Vibratex Mystic Wand. This one would make you cry.

Orgasms with the Magic Wand are finicky with me. It’s either a record-breaking 1:47 seconds the-crowd-is-cheering sort of thing, or it’s just too much and my clit won’t break and submit to it. The Hitachi has many uses. It truly is great on the back. I’ll give them that. It can make any stationary toy into a vibrating machine. I’ve heard it can do lovely things to rope when you’re all trussed up (perhaps someone will show me the joys of that particular use…)

Here’s the deal. It’s kinda large. It’s kinda heavy. It plugs in, so there’s no batteries to waste and that means it’s super-powerful. If you are prone at ALL to squirting, you will want to cover the head and such with a condom – you’ll understand why when you see it. It’s made of plastic and PVC, so condoms are good if you’re at a play party and sharing. (And please do share, if you happen upon a Hitachi-virgin, initiate them into this world. It’s your civic duty.)

My first playtime with this guy came the night it arrived. I plugged it in, sat here at my desk with legs spread wide and resting on various furniture items, and turned it on low (i.e. Oh my my). FUCK that felt good. Within literally a minute and a half, I felt the telltale spreading of full-body tingling. I clicked it over quickly to high (i.e. OH HELL YES) and 20 seconds later I was coming. Hard. Flushed and shaking. I clicked it back over to low to ride it out, made myself keep it there until my cunt stopped throbbing for the most part. 2 minutes.

I predict that for women who have a more prominent clit than I (mine requires a bit of exploration, some, like my friend Sarah are out and proud “Hi, I’m Sarah’s clit!” As she likes to explain it), they won’t even need to disrobe to orgasm from this thing. And as AlwaysArousedGirl put it once, this is not a toy you make love to. This is not a toy you use and abuse, let it wring the orgasms out of you rapid-fire, when you are in deep need of a good hard screaming O or three. Or pressed for time.

The downside? It gets warm. Nay, hot. If used too long, that is. Let the poor guy breathe in between orgasms/people, for a few minutes.

Plain and simple, people: Unless you come at the drop of a hat…unless a finger to your clit triggers orgasms in a minute or so…BUY THIS VIBRATOR.

Go. NOW. Buy it.

Jul 312008

Another one of the items sent to me to review by the lovely was the Miracle Massager and the companion G-spot Attachment.

The Miracle Massager is very very similar in design and function to the infamous Hitachi Magic Wand.

From everything I read though, here are the selling pros to the Miracle Massager v. Hitachi:

  1. Grooved, slightly curved, more “ergonomic” handle
  2. The head doesn’t heat up at all
  3. Lightweight

From what -I- have seen, the G-spot attachment is superior – it’s not just g-spot. As you can see it comes up midway with a special clit-massage part. From the solo point of view, the attachment is built just right. The attachment is quite flexible though, so once I had it angled to my clit I’m not sure just how much it was still pressing on my g-spot. Using the attachment is the only way I’ve orgasmed using this toy.

Yes, I know, the reviewers on VibeReview all say that it’s next to godliness. Well, readers, you know that for now I require a higher level of vibrations. At the “high” setting, the Miracle Massager doesn’t quite achieve that level for me. It immediately feels wonderful and right away I’m halfway up the mountain to cumming but…it doesn’t take me over the edge quickly. Many times it’ll come sooo close, but no cigar. When I finally do though – WOW. Still no ejaculation for me but I do kinda gush. It takes a lot longer than I like though for a masturbation session. So there is a good reason that the Miracle Massager is more lightweight and does not heat up like the Hitachi….the rpm’s aren’t as high.

I tried it out again earlier this week after a particularly sexy conversation with one of my boys. It was a nearly 20-minute roller coaster ride… one of those coasters in which there’s a lot of little hills and it takes you awhile to get to the really big drop, lol. I was craving that orgasm so badly I could taste it, my body glistening with sweat and feverishly flushed, writhing on the bed just pushing for that orgasm. When I finally felt the last climb up the big hill it was slower than usual. My back arched and it was such a hard orgasm that I was silent, just gripping the toy as I shook.

You know what this could be great for? Orgasm denial for me. It’s a high level of tease but not enough to push me over the edge (at least not for a good while). This could be used in conjunction with the Hitachi Magic Wand for a long session of tease, denial, strong-forced-orgasm, right back to teasing and so on. Shit, I hope I didn’t give someone any ideas….. (although when I said Hitachi he said t.v.)

The Miracle Massager would be absolutely perfect for the woman who thinks that the Hitachi is too powerful. It would be great to use immediately after you cum from the Hitachi as a way to keep up with the vibrations but not be so painfully strong as the Hitachi would on a just-orgasmed clit. I recall Thursday and D telling me about sessions in which D has restrained Thursday, and he keeps the Hitachi on her clit for orgasm after orgasm after orgasm. If she weren’t restrained she would fight the Hitachi, as it is so powerful.

Toys like this though are great for a night alone, or with a partner. Shit they’re even good for it’s original “intended” (right *wink wink*) purpose, as a muscle massager.

Men’s Toy Pick of the Week: Nexus Vibro. Yes, it vibrates ;)
Let me direct you boys here if you are still a virgin to the world of prostate stimulation – it’s a world you really should visit. All the guys I’ve introduced it to are eternally grateful to me.

And again, thank you to VibeReview for providing me with the toys talked about today!