Dec 122016
 

vibratex mystic rechargeable wandFive years ago I first reviewed the Mystic Wand and the two companion versions – the (old style) Mystic Rechargeable Wand and the Mini Magic Wand. In 2011 I wanted to like rechargeable vibrators more than I did; but the idea of having to pause only to swap out batteries felt more logical to me than a rechargeable which seemed to lose it’s high more quickly and when it was dead, it was dead – for a good 2-4 hours.  I always recommended the original, battery-powered version of the Mystic Wand because I loved the rumble and the power level was enough for me. I have always preferred the Mystic Wand to the Magic Wand, but I am nearly allergic to buzzy vibrations. Then Vibratex discontinued their rechargeable Mystic Wand in June 2014, with promises that they were working on something else. And so, I waited.

And waited.

And here I am, right back where I started, recommending the “old school” battery-powered Mystic Wand over the new Mystic Rechargeable Wand – and it’s not because of the rechargeable factor. In fact, Vibratex designed this to work even while it’s recharging. That may make for some awkward positioning to ensure you’re close enough due to cord restrictions, but if the Mystic Rechargeable Wand is your only vibrator on-hand, you can at least keep going.

Vibrations

With the original versions I detected no discernible difference between the motors when both were fully powered. The (old) Rechargeable lost it’s oomph pretty quickly, though. With the new Mystic Rechargeable Wand again I was searching for a difference in the motor and finally figured it out. They’re probably both the same intensity level but the Mystic Rechargeable Wand feels a little bit more buzzy. The vibrations travel through flesh a little bit less. And it’s just enough for my picky clitoris to notice.  It’s probably a difference that may not even be noticeable to some people but I’m so sensitive to a rumbly motor that I can tell when it slips from an 8 on the Rumble Scale to a 6.5.

I’ve been able to enjoy powerful orgasms from the original Mystic Wand, despite it being a (small) wand-style vibrator and me notoriously loving pinpoint clitoral stimulation. But the orgasms from the Mystic Rechargeable Wand have been a bit lackluster and mild. If you find that you don’t need the extreme power that backs most wand-style vibrators – you just need the broad stimulation- you could be really happy with the Mystic Rechargeable Wand.

Redesigned Body

Vibratex did something with the body redesign, making it look nearly nothing like the original Mystic Wand – and I love it. I love the curved handle. I love how easy it is to hold. There are THREE locations for the buttons! Three! Between the ultra-light design, the curve of the handle and the location of the buttons it is a wand well-suited to those with certain disabilities which may make holding a large, heavy or straight-handled wand more difficult. The location of the buttons also makes it much easier for a partner to use the Mystic Rechargeable Wand on you.  In short, it’s ergonomic and really well-designed. Mostly….

mysticwandbuttons

But the redesign comes with a problem that I can only hope they will fix – because it IS fixable. In order to put two buttons on the back side of the handle, a large portion of the plastic handle is covered in silicone. The silicone buttons are part of the silicone skin. The problem is that the glue holding the silicone skin on to the plastic is cheap. Terrible. After my first cleaning, I thought I rubbed too hard and easily slipped part of the silicone covering off with my thumb in one corner. As I gently peeled it back to see what happened, it kept on separating from the plastic body. You can see in the pictures below what is plastic and what is silicone because I wanted to see how easily it would peel off once a large portion had already started. Even just a small corner peeling back would definitely make cleaning impossible. As it stands now with the level of material separation I have, I’m not sure I should use it. It’s not waterproof, only splashproof, but I fear that the separation will negate even that.

mysticwandpeel

You may wonder why I reviewed this with the defect in the silicone covering. I would have waited if it were just mine but I’ve spoken to a few other folks who had this happen, too. I’m hoping it was a bad first batch, but we’ll see.  When I know that this issue has been resolved, I’ll update this review. Vibratex does have a warranty on this, so I plan to contact Vibratex and see if there’s anything they can do.

I do want to note that the head on the Mystic Rechargeable Wand is the same size head as the Original Mystic Wand, which means that the g-spot attachment will fit. As this is a smaller wand it will not work with Hitachi-compatible attachments.

Recommendation

I can’t recommend the Mystic Rechargeable Wand until I know that the silicone glue problem is fixed. I would recommend it for folks who know they don’t need seriuosly rumby vibrations or super-powered vibrations, or folks who need a smaller, easier to wield broad stimulation vibrator – AFTER Vibratex makes sure that this issue is fixed. Currently, the Mystic Rechargeable Wand is priced at $69.99 at SheVibe, while the battery-powered original Mystic Wand is $49.99.  There’s a lot of competition now in the mid-sized, rechargeable wand-style vibrator category, so Vibratex needs to fix this quality control issue.

 

Thanks to SheVibe for sending this over to me in exchange for my honest review!

Feb 122016
 

Doxy Die Cast vs Doxy Wand OriginalThe Doxy Die Cast wand vibrator looks like a high-tech work of art. But are the differences from the Doxy Wand Original just cosmetic? I’ve had a number of people ask me lately about the differences between the Doxy Original and Doxy Die Cast, primarily to know if the $60 jump for the Die Cast is worth it. I talked about the Die Cast in a pre-review video a few months ago but didn’t really get into the differences. (Note: In March, the minimum pricing for both Doxy Wands will increase – Original by $10 (so it will be $139 at SheVibe), Die Cast by $20, which puts the Die Cast just over $200 at SheVibe)

The Die Cast’s biggest difference is the looks, of course. A black head and shiny titanium body, glowing blue buttons and a cool grey case. It is pretty bad-ass looking. The head covering is silicone, which is an upgrade over the regular Doxy. They describe it as a “double-weighted” motor.

“Made from aluminum and cast on-site, the weight and mechanism inside the Doxy’s head means it rolls and rumbles, rather than buzzes. Offering powerful vibrations that penetrate deep into the body, it’s extraordinarily effective when used as a general body massager, or for intimate intentions. While many find themselves satisfied with the lower settings, the Doxy can reach up to 9,000 RPM: it’s the perfect tool for those who want the option to play hard and fast.”

Alright What About The Vibrations?

The RPMs: It’s a lot more than Magic Wand, but I don’t really put much stock in RPM. The We-Vibe was last reported as 5500 RPM (and I think the We-Vibe is pretty mild), the Magic Wand Rechargeable at 6300 and I think that the power level of the Doxy vs MWR is damn near identical. So moving on to….

The Double Weighted Head: It’s supposed to make the vibrations feel more thuddy, but I’ve always had a rather impressive measuring stick to hold “rumbly” or “thuddy” wands to: the Lelo Smart Wand Large. And it’s nowhere near that. In fact, the most I can really say about the Doxy Die Cast is that it’s definitely less buzzy vs the Doxy Original (or Magic Wand). I held both the Doxy Die Cast and Doxy Original in a cupped palm for a few minutes, damn near meditating on the differences, and after all of that my hand that held the Doxy Original head felt weird for about 10 minutes after – kinda tingly, kinda numb. On high, the Doxy Original is still numbing to my genitals like the Magic Wand is, but at least I can use the lower settings and be okay. On high the Doxy Die Cast actually numbs me quite a bit less.

Somehow the difference almost makes the Die Cast feel a tiny smidge less powerful; but the vibrations are more comfortable. I think that’s why they originally felt more powerful to me; it was actually because my genitals weren’t going numb so quickly. Hey, that’s a good thing and I’ll take it.

But It’s So Sexy

I’ll admit, the Doxy Original always kinda reminded me of the extra-large TV remotes for older folks back when universal remotes were a new thing and we didn’t have fancy cable boxes so you could get away with a remote with 12 buttons that were huge. The Die Cast just looks sexy. And all that metal means it can be COLD, too, so it’s not a great thing to use in the winter if your house is cold. The metal means it’s 6 ounces heavier (1 lb 8 oz). The silicone head vs PVC head is more firm, and that matters to people who like a lot of pressure with their wand toys. But for some people the cosmetic looks of a sex toy really matter, and the Die Cast is for those people. Plus it comes with its own case, and finding a good storage/travel case for the big wands is always a problem. The case is lovely – it comes with foam padding to keep the wand in place and protected, and the zipper is good. I took out the foam so that I didn’t have to fiddle with getting the large plug situated correctly each time. I actually wouldn’t mind leaving this out for use as a body massager; it definitely looks like something you’d get at Sharper Image (whereas the Lelo SMW is more Brookstone).

Is it noisy? Well yeah, compared to other powerhouse vibes like the Rave or Prism, it is. It’s a wand. I do have the Wands in a water-displacement / noise video which I made for the Doxy Skittle review here. The Doxy Original is at 1:14, and Doxy Die Cast follows it, at 1:35.

Doxy Die Cast with Vixen Gee Whizzard attachment Doxy Die Cast Case

Overall, I’m torn. I wanted the Doxy Die Cast to be more rumbly like the Lelo Smart Wand Large is rumbly; but Doxy’s customer service and warranty is a lot better (read: reliable, friendly, it WILL get replaced) than Lelo. And I do like the Doxy Wands better than the Magic Wand (unless you reallllly want rechargeable, then you’re out of luck with Doxy) because of the vast number of intensity settings. I think most people are gonna go for the Doxy Original because $189 (soon to be $209) at SheVibe for the Die Cast is harder for most people to swallow. I can tell you that both Doxy Wands are made well, and honestly seem to be a little bit better made than the Magic Wand Original. And they’re more versatile than the MW. Both Doxy Wands will be compatible with all attachments meant for the Magic Wand. In fact, I think they are MORE compatible. Just like the Gee Whiz worked far better on the Smart Wand Large vs the Magic Wand, it works far better on the Doxy than the Magic Wand. The vibrations transmit so much better, resulting in a lot of vibration in that shaft! Bonus points: The Gee Whiz matches the blue of the Doxy Die Cast buttons.

 

Doxy sent me this in exchange for my fair and honest review. Thank you Doxy!

Aug 062014
 

PalmPower Wand MassagerAfter reading a number of glowing reviews, some even saying that the PalmPower is their new favorite vibrator, I broke down and tried it. I’m not really a fan anymore of being tied down by a cord, so I had ignored this thing for awhile. PalmPower Wand Massager is made by BMS Factory, makers of that “PowerBullet” you keep seeing in Jopen, Leaf, and other vibes. I had been interested in trying out this design for some time now, back when CalEx was making it. Yes, from everything I can see, the PalmPower is the same thing as the CalExotics Couture Inspire just in a better color scheme, thankfully1according to BMS a few years ago, the only thing as powerful as the Vanity VR6. Since I loved the VR6 (internal arm only, though) I assumed the PalmPower / Couture Inspire would have the same deep, rumbling vibrations.

I was mislead.

Yeah, PalmPower Wand Massager is super strong. And it, at times, has deep, rumbling vibrations. But something is getting lost in translation here, and I can’t put my finger on it. It does feel rumbly on the lower levels, but only on the sides of the cap. The top of the cap has drastically less vibrations on the low-to-mid settings. On high, it’s all a blur. On high, the PalmPower Wand Massager feels identical to the Magic Wand –  just a smaller head.

But the problem with the more pleasing vibrations in the lower range being more rumbly and lovely on the sides, is that now you can feel that cap’s edge since you’re using the sides of the head. If I were to call it a “seam”, it would be the most obvious seam in sex toy history. I found it quite irritating in use. I could feel it, pinching and making me itchy. I kept trying to press it harder against my vulva, trying all levels of power in an attempt to orgasm, but it was so much more difficult than it needed to be. This could be because of the way I’m built, and maybe not everyone is irritated by this. But I am.

And then when I removed it from between my labia, the silicone cap came off.

*sigh* I suddenly have labia of steel?

To make matters worse, it’s tricky to get the cap lined up just so so that it fits on there properly.  I can understand, I suppose, why they made the design this way. It allows for other caps to be put on. They have a set for body parts and a set for genitals. The body parts set did nothing for me, but I don’t really use a wand massager for my hands. So I tried out the caps for dual stimulation with much hope. I figured that this would allow me to harness the power for good, er, I mean, concentrate the power where I wanted it. That didn’t happen. The part that sticks out, sticks out from the top of the vibrating head…..remember me saying I felt a lot less vibration at the low-to-mid range on top? Yeah. In order to then get decent vibrations traveling through the attachment, I had to crank up the power. And it was no longer the rumbly power I was trying so hard to nail down. Neither attachment worked out for me. It was close, but not quite right enough for me to orgasm without fighting for it.

PalmPower Wand Massager Cap PalmPower Wand Massager Cap
PalmPower Wand Massager Attachments

Another aspect of the PalmPower that I dislike  is the single button. You have to press and hold to increase the power. It can be easy to screw this up mid-use and then it turns off on you altogether because you just clicked the button once. I accidentally turned it off a lot during use. The ramp-up to full speed also seems to go on forever. It’s the vibrator version of the longest pee. I clocked it at 8 seconds. Paltry in the grand scheme of things, but annoying mid-use if you want to jump straight to full power. And, while the PalmPower is easy to hold, a good amount of vibrations do travel down throughout the handle.

PalmPower Wand Massager Compared to Hitachi Magic Wand and Vibratex Mystic WandAnd yes, despite the diminutive size of the PalmPower Wand Massager, it plugs in to the wall. They do give you a long cord, longer than the Magic Wand. The cord, oddly, isn’t permanently attached. It plugs in via jack to the bottom, which – from reading Amazon reviews  – is pretty confusing to many people who went on to complain about their “defective” unit not holding a charge.  I can’t find these reviews anymore, of course, since it was Amazon and they were being sold by shady sellers, so the listings with reviews are now gone but there were many reviews that complained about the cap popping off, the motor overheating, and other issues with the Couture Inspire. I don’t know which wand came first, or why there are two. I asked BMS, but never heard back, so my review has to go live with questions dangling like a participle.

 

You must be thinking to yourself by this point “Jeezus Lill, is there anything you like about this or are you just the pickiest twat on the East Coast?” So I’ll tell you yes, there are things I like. I like that half of the head, and the attachments, are silicone. It’s a nice silicone, with not much drag and it doesn’t attract a lot of lint and fur. I actually do like the smaller size; easier to take with you than the Magic Wand, and gets in the way less if you like to use it during sex. It’s certainly quieter than the Magic Wand. The price isn’t awful. At $69.99 on SheVibe, it’s a bit more than the Magic Wand but still much more reasonable than the Doxy Massager. If they would just make the plain head a permanent “cap” and make it the entire head silicone, with the attachments fitting over that – like every other damn wand is made – it would improve the whole thing greatly. For what it is, it’s pretty decent. It’s not in my top 5 or even 10 because the flaws are too flawed for me to love it. If you adore the Magic Wand’s vibrations but hate the short cord or the large size? This is your vibe. So many other people love it, so I must be the only odd person out who focuses on flaws. That’s the only thing that makes sense here. I just want a high-powered, rumbly vibrator that doesn’t have glaring flaws that stand in my way of enjoyment. Is that too much to ask? Oh, wait……

 

 

I was given the PalmPower Wand Massager and its accessories in exchange for an honest review thanks to BMS Factories. I recommend purchasing the PalmPower at my favorite retailer, SheVibe.

  1. Inspire was only available in pastel hues of pink and purple. While the PalmPower still has pink, it’s a much better pink to me, the magenta color as an accent to the dark grey
Jun 262014
 

There are so many “wand vibrators” on the market now. Companies saw that some people liked or needed the power that came from the plug-in electrical beasts (or as they refer to it in the UK, “mains powered”) despite the fact that they weren’t made to be used as a sex toy. When the Magic Wand formerly known as Hitachi stopped being sold in the UK, one company’s answer was the Doxy Massager Wand.  According to their site, Doxy boasts as being the “most powerful”.  This is sort of like naming a bank, in my opinion. I highly doubt that the First Bank of {insert name here} was *actually* the first bank for that town, but it sounds nice, eh?

The Doxy is the world’s most powerful mains operated wand massager. Launched in 2013, it’s attracting an increasing number of enthusiasts, keen to experiment with this heavy duty, but controllable, intimate massager. 

Wanting to offer our customers more, Doxy is the only wand massager with a controlled pulse setting. Taking the rumbly vibrations from low, to high and back again and at variable speed settings, it adds a whole new dimension to your experience.

Ok, I have to take some issue with this. I’ve looked at a few UK sex toy retailers, and see that customers can get a Bodywand or a Lelo Smart Wand. Bodywand Rechargeable does offer a pulse setting, albeit a piss poor attempt. And the Lelo Smart Wand certainly offers numerous pulse settings. As for their claim of being “the world’s most powerful mains operated wand massager”? Well, they are claiming to best anything in “the world” so I hate to break it to them, they’re wrong. I would put the Lelo Smart Wand Large above it in terms of perceived intensity, and the Magic Wand, Bodywand, Fairy Wand, and probably numerous other “very similar to the Hitachi” wands are also either the same as the Doxy or slightly more powerful. It’s a close race, to be sure. 

This isn’t to say, though, that it’s at fault for it’s power level. As I think I’ve mentioned before, the RPM’s of a motor don’t really say anything in terms of power. It’s what you DO with those RPMs. Buzzy, itchy vibrations are irritating but deep, rumbling vibrations are a godsend. I don’t know how one can truly measure a “30%” power increase but for all my testing I cannot say that yes, Doxy is more powerful than the Magic Wand which is what they directly claim on the Lovehoney site: “Bursting with 30% more power than the Hitachi wand and a selection of exciting vibration speeds”.

The Head

Doxy Wand Plush HeadDoxy says that the head is made from a medical-grade PVC material. I’m not sure what to think about this material, honestly. It arrived with an odor that I can’t place, and a week later sitting out it still had that odor. The head is more plush than most of the wands we’re used to. It also, thankfully, is smooth and lacks the annoying trio of edges that can make clean-up a real chore. The head is about the same enough size to tolerate Hitachi-compatible tops (my Vixen attachment fits just fine). Doxy does tell you to avoid using oils or oil-based lubes, as it will damage the material – understandably so since it is PVC and if PVC isn’t softened with phthalates, it’s softened with mineral oil. I’m going to assume the material is still porous to a degree, because it’s PVC (if anyone can tell me different, please educate me). Given how soft it is, I’d also wonder about the chemical stability of it, whether it will begin to deteriorate over time or even if it will stain easily in contact with other toys like my Hitachi wand’s head has.

Doxy in Use

Doxy Wand's Oversized ButtonsWhen you turn it on, an odd thing happens. It starts off at approximately 75% power. You can boost it up a bit from there, or take it down much lower. I’ve never had a vibrator that insists on starting out like this. You’d think I would love that, right? Since I’m all about the power? Except….no. The broad stimulation from the large heads of these wands, combined with the fact that Doxy isn’t nearly as rumbly as Lelo Smart Wand Large, means that I can only use it on the lower settings, otherwise it gets too itchy-feeling for me. But on the lowest settings, it’s quite nice. 

You know how some of us complain about itty bitty buttons that are hard to find during use? DOXY HAS YOU COVERED. Something about the buttons on this thing reminds me of this TV remote we got my grandmother many years, it had only channel up/down, volume up/down and power. That was it. And this, of course, reminds me of the early 90s. So Doxy = 1992?

Size and Noise

For a long time, when a company would make a special sex toy storage unit the big question would be “Does it fit the Magic Wand??”.  Doxy is a bit longer than the Magic Wand (the cord is also longer, by at least a foot). It’s hard to compare the noise levels. I think the Magic Wand is louder because its high-pitched motor whine is easier to hear but when the Doxy ramps up it sounds like an airplane flying by. At 50% and lower intensity, the Doxy Massager is actually really quiet.

 

Packaging

I don’t normally mention this stuff, but this time I will. Don’t let the packaging alarm you – it’s fucking huge. The photo of the Doxy Massager on the packaging is larger than life size.

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Should You Buy It?

I like it better than the Bodywands and Fairy Wands and the Magic Wand. I don’t like it better than the Mystic Wand, Halo Wand or Lelo Smart Wand Large. Until I know more about the head material, I have to tell you to buy a silicone cap for it, and you should be careful of how you store it, lest the material get stained. Doxy Massager is manufactured in England, of course, but is being made with a US plug and so will be available to US retailers soon. For now, you can get it from Lovehoney but please be aware that anything ordered from Lovehoney.com will arrive from the UK which means customs papers on the outside. It’s not very discreet but it’s necessary for customs. This sort of shipping can also mean that tracking is impossible or difficult.  I’m hoping that it will be available soon from Shevibe.com (nudge nudge) so that you can get it from a US shipper (and my favorite company).

The price is a big deterrent for my overall recommendation. Right now it is going for $135 at Lovehoney or you could get it for $129 at the wonderful Shevibe.I think this is too high for what it is – or rather, what it isn’t: It isn’t waterproof obviously because it’s not rechargeable, it isn’t made of silicone, it isn’t significantly more powerful than other wand vibrators and it isn’t discreet. For $35 more, you can get the Smart Wand Large which has more pleasing vibrations and is rechargeable AND is made of silicone. 

Jun 022014
 

Bodywand RechargeableSometimes, when you have a review to write, you just want to sum it up with “This isn’t awesome. NEXT!” But that’s not very professional, now is it? Sadly, that’s how I feel about the Bodywand Rechargeable. And, after my less-than-stellar experience with the Original Bodywand, I’m just not feelin it for this brand. They don’t offer anything special or better over other wand vibrators. They’re not super awful, though, so I can’t even put my back into writing a scathing review.

How Bodywand Rechargeable Is The Same

Remember how I said that Original Bodywand was a dead ringer for the full-size Fairy Wand? Well, Bodywand Rechargeable is a dead ringer for the Doc Johnson Mood Fantastic. So identical, in fact, that I’m giving them both the side-eye. Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? Just like the Mood Fantastic, Bodywand Rechargeable has a small push-button that activates a singular pulsating mode and a dial-control for the standard vibrations. The head is the same size as the Mystic Wand, which means it would fit the Mystic Wand attachment. If for whatever reason you own the Mystic Wand and g-spot attachment and you feel that the attachment is grand but the Mystic does not have enough zoomzoom, try out the BodyWand Rechargeable with it. If you must.

Like most wand vibrators, the power level is fairly insane. Even though the top output is probably about 20% less power than the Bodywand Original, it still delivers the same uber-powerful kinda-buzzy kinda-itchy vibrations. I liked the vibrations of the Bodywand Rechargeable at the lowest settings slightly better than the Bodywand Original but it still feels like a bull in a china shop.

How Bodywand Rechargeable Is Different

The primary control mode is the dial switch, but for those feeling a little extra frisky/masochistic you can press the auxiliary button on the side to launch it in to pulsating mode. There’s just one pulsating function, they didn’t go wild here. It’s about as basic as pulses can be, really. It’s not trying to send Morse Code, it’s just a rhythmic, steady heartbeat of a pattern.  Wooowww.

Why I Dislike It

First, it’s still  pretty noisy. Most wand vibrators are, so it’s really not coming as a surprise. But mostly, I dislike it because I’m not thrilled with the brand overall. The Original, now that I’ve turned it on more than a dozen times between writing this review and that one, emits this faint odor during use. It’s like….burning plastic or wires or something. It’s faint, but it’s there and I’ve never experienced this with any other vibrator. The Rechargeable version is now starting to smell like this. Also, the rechargeable doesn’t want to keep a charge. I’ve spent 10 times more time charging it than using it. Sure, there’s a warranty but….I just can’t be arsed to do anything about it because I don’t like these wands. Even if I end up disliking a vibrator to the point where I’ll never use it again other than to compare for future reviews, I try to take advantage of warranties and always have a working version on hand. I can’t find it in myself to give enough fucks about acquiring a non-glitchy version of the Bodywand Rechargeable.

The Specs

The head is made from their “soft touch” material that’s really not soft at all. It’s slightly porous, since it’s (I think) TPR. Overall, the wand is 8.5″ long and it’s fairly lightweight. I have it in all black, but there’s a dark purple version available as well. You can use it while it’s plugged in for charging, which is probably the only way to ensure it won’t die on you. This only works if you jerk off within 2 feet of an electrical outlet, however. Or have a really long extension cord. But by then, it’s no longer a rechargeable but just a plug-in style massager with delusions of grandeur.  As I mentioned before, the head is the same size as the Mystic Wand…which is exactly what I think you should buy, instead of this. Or just get a Hitachi if you really prefer this overkill super-buzzy vibration thing.  Bodywand Rechargeable isn’t waterproof or splashproof as far as I can tell, despite a covered charging port that would suggest differently.

Size comparison: Shibari Halo Wand, Bodywand Rechargeable, Mystic Wand Showing the covered charging port on the side The little silver-colored button to the left of the scroll wheel controls the pulsating patterns Bodywand Rechargeable is a few inches smaller than Bodywand Original

tl:dr – Buy a Mystic Wand instead for nicer vibrations, better quality or a Magic Wand for better quality and the same buzzy-powerful vibrations. Bodywand isn’t a high-quality brand, and has nothing special to offer.

 

Thanks to Shevibe for sending me the Bodywand Rechargeable to review!

May 052014
 

WandsThe Bodywand Original is the latest in a long line of high-powered “wand massager” style vibrators meant to knock your socks off and modeled to rival or beat the power of the famed and fabled Magic Wand. Every so often I get in a reviewing jag of gathering up the recent additions to the wand vibrator category to see if there are any worthy innovations–or lately, if there’s anything out there to rival the Lelo Smart Wand Large. As a result, I’ve got enough wand vibes to host a successful orgy.

There are numerous styles in the Bodywand lineup, but the Bodywand Original is the plug-in electric version. Unlike the old Magic Wand, Bodywand uses the dial to ramp up the power. A lot of other companies use this design as well. The dial aspect does get a bit confusing in use depending on how you hold it. If you’re holding it for someone else, and the head is pointing away from you, then thumbing the wheel “up” or away from you will turn the motor down in intensity whereas thumbing the wheel “down” or towards you turns it up. But if you’re using it solo and the head is facing you, then it works as you would want it to.

WandHoldingSelf WandHoldingOther Wands3

Funny thing happened: as I grabbed my other electric wand massagers to do a comparison, I noticed something very startling; the Bodywand Original is a dead ringer for the Fairy Wand Original. The ONLY differences seem to be the way the Bodywand behaves on the lowest setting, the color, and the fact that Bodywand is “designed in Japan” but made in China, while the Fairy Wand claims to be made in Japan. The plastic body design and the head is utterly identical between the two. While Bodywand boasts a vague “soft touch” material for the head, I’ve found that it’s very similar to the material of the Fairy Wand head, only ever-so-slightly less firm. It’s got a tiny bit of give at the edge, but it’s nothing you’re going to notice in use versus the Magic Wand. Bodywand also does this weird gyrating thing at the lowest level where the entire thing visibly shakes. For some reason on the lowest setting it’s susceptible to vibration dampening when pressure is applied.

Is it powerful? Yes. Do I like it?

Nope. No thanks. Take it away, please. The vibrations are that mixture of surface-buzzy and ultra-powerful that leads to a numb vulva  for  a little while after use, and an itchy vulva during use. I had the extreme desire to stop masturbating with these wands and just relieve the itching with some very monkey-like scratching. Sure I was able to orgasm but it was a painful orgasm ripped from me like birthing a small baby. I forced myself to climax as quickly as possible just so that I could remove the damn vibrator from my vulva faster. 

What I’ve really been looking for is a more reliable and affordable version of the Lelo Smart Wand Large. I still love the vibrations it puts out, more than any wand ever and more than most all internal vibrators, but after 1.5 years of not-frequent use, it started having problems. Others had problems right away. If Lelo would offer up a 2 year full warranty and lower the price, I’d still recommend the Smart Wand Large but until that happens I’ll hunt for something comparable. I really feel that the Bodywand Original’s vibrations are nearly identical to the Magic Wand. Powerful, but just not the right kind of power for everyone. Magic Wand, Bodywand and Fairy Wand all feel the same on high — they’re like a rhino on cocaine, where as the Smart Wand Large is like Barry White.  The power of the Mystic Wand can’t quite compare to these beasts, but it’s just a much more pleasant type of vibration, and so I’m able to orgasm easier with the Mystic Wands.  I can’t really compare the vibrations of the Bodywand to the Wahl 2-speed. The Wahl is just so unlike any of the wands, since the two speeds give such a different experience – one is like a hummingbird, the other like a woodpecker.

The head of the Bodywand Original is compatible with attachments meant for the (Hitachi) Magic Wand. It’s not silicone, so it’s probably somewhat porous, but thus far the material is much more resistant to discoloration and staining than my Magic Wand. However, these damn ridges in the head are super hard to clean sometimes – and at the wrong angle during use can actually sort of hurt. The company makes a g-spot and a “rabbit” attachment that will fit only this model of Bodywand; I tried the Vixen Gee Whiz on it and it works ok…not like the Smart Wand Large, but it’s ok. Although to be fair, I’ve had stand-alone insertable vibes that are more powerful.

Bodywand Original - Showing the difference in heads between Bodywand, Magic Wand and Fairy Wand. Magic Wand head is highly textured, it almost looks like a subtle brain pattern and as a result it looks very dirty compared to the others.

I’d still personally put the Smart Wand Large at the top of the list, followed by the Wahl if my clit can tolerate it, followed very closely by the Mystic Wand with a big gap on the scale before we get to the Bodywand / Magic Wand.

 

Thanks to Shevibe for sending me the Bodywand Original to review!

This is the first in a long line of wand massager vibe reviews coming up this month, all culminating in an epic Wand Off post. Other Wands I plan to review soon are the Bodywand Rechargeable, Doxy Massager, Shibari Halo Wand, and hopefully a PalmPower.