The iGino One

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The iGino One provided for review by iGino

Mimi

As anyone that has read other reviews of vibrators on this blog knows already, my body appreciates a pretty limited range of vibrators. This isn’t something I’m proud of, it’s just a fact. Whenever I’m given a vibrator to review, I feel a bit guilty anticipating a less than shining review, which is not necessarily the fault of the product. We’re just not compatible (although sometimes the vibrators totally suck).

iGino One really surprised me. It’s small, compact, precise, and resembles an iPod. Typically vibrators that meet that description don’t work too well for me because they’re not powerful enough or they’re too hard to hold in place during sex. With the iGino One, not only did the sensation feel good both alone and during sex, but I had… an orgasm! Every time! The specificity and intensity of the vibrator tip can still be a bit awkward to control, especially if you use lube during sex. That said, in my experience using it thus far, it gets easier with practice. There are no settings, just an on or off switch located on the side, so you’re unlikely to accidentally turn it off or mess up your settings during use.

For people who find the vibrator too powerful and lament not having any options for intensity, iGino One includes a clover-shaped EVA foam add-on to ease the sensation. This also disperses the vibration to a slightly wide range if you’re finding it too pointed.

The novelty of covertly carrying a vibrator in my purse is also not lost on me. When you often use a vibrator that could bludgeon someone to death, it’s not exactly easy to bring it with you on vacation, booty calls, or random semi-public sexcapades. And it’s not just that the iGino One is small, I’ve got other great, relatively small vibrators, like the Lelo Gigi. Part of what makes the iGino One design special is that if someone happens to see it in your purse, in your suitcase, on your night stand, etc. they’ll probably just assume it’s an iPod, smart phone, or digital camera.

I wouldn’t want it to be the only vibrator that I own, but it has definitely earned a special position in my small circle of vibrators.

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Joseph

The iGino-one is an impressively innovative sex toy produced by an independent firm. On its face, there is nothing terribly remarkable about this vibrator. It is a small plastic vibrator with a rechargeable battery. However, upon getting familiar with it, I became more and more impressed.

First off, its form is very well thought out. Rather than be vaguely phallic shaped and therefore hard to explain if someone were to find it, it is a rectangular shape roughly the size of a deck of playing cards – or a smartphone. That shape is totally inconspicuous in a pocket or purse.

Also because it is flat it can theoretically be laid flat in-between the body of you and your lover. We have not been able to make that work because it is too hard to keep it in place since the vibrating head is fairly small. Just because we couldn’t make that work doesn’t mean it can’t work.

The intensity that this little rectangle puts out is pretty astounding. It is akin to a smaller Hitachi. In fact, if the Hitachi were a superhero (and let’s be honest, it kind of is), the iGino would be its portable sidekick. It also seems like it would be the one to make all the snarky comments.

The charger is usb and swivels out of the base of the iGino which is nice because it means you can charge it basically anywhere and you don’t have to worry about remembering to bring the cable, though it does come with a cable if that’s more your speed. According to the documentation that came with it, an 8 hour charge will power the IGino for “a full session” but that a full charge (good for 40 minutes of continual use) takes 12 hours. I doubt you will need to use it for 40 minutes continuously, though – it is very intense.

The charger also holds my one and only complaint with this product, and it is a small one. When you plug it in, a blue light glows from the base of the usb arm. That would be cool if it indicated to you that it was charging and went off when it was done charging, but it doesn’t. It just glows. Forever.

Aside from that one nit-picky complaint, I love this vibrator. I love how powerful and portable it is and I love that it gets my wife off without fail.

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The Naked Truth 

The Naked Truth
Aesthetics: ★★★★½
Intensity: ★★★★☆
Volume: ★★★½☆
Ease of Cleaning: ★★★☆☆
Functionality: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★☆

Fetish Fantasy Series Shock Therapy

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Shock Therapy provided for review by We Love Toys

Joseph

I’ve reached a point in my relationship with pipedream products where I really only expect to be amused by how poorly thought out and cheaply made they are. I admit that sometimes I obtain them just so I can have fun with the review. You know you love reading scathing reviews of terrible products. I love writing them, too. However, I was surprised by this product. Though the box art is still totally silly and they threw in that damn blindfold that comes with everything in the Fetish Fantasy Series. Because the more into BDSM you are the more identical cheap blindfolds (they call it a love mask) you need?

The Shock Therapy is a set that includes four gel adhesive pads, a bi-polar lead wire, and a digital power control unit. The use of the product is exactly what you would think from that list of parts: You attach the lead wire to the pads, the pads to a person, and then a small shock is delivered in the location of the pads. Unless there is any hair where you want the shock to be delivered. Of course the pads need to be directly attached to skin.

The pads themselves are reusable though the gel gets more tacky and less sticky over time and you cannot clean them so if you use this toy often you will need to buy replacement pads. That’s not really a big deal if you want to stick to non-genital shocking but if you apply these directly to an anus or vagina they should probably be replaced. Another accessory offered is the “Electro-Sex Gel” which will make the shocks more intense. Though so will any water-based lube.

The apparatus requires two AAA batteries (not included) and has some fairly obvious safety warnings. For instance, you should not use this product while operating heavy machinery, while pregnant, or if you have a pacemaker. There are several more listed on the instruction page (external use only!) but using common sense will pretty much cover it.

It actually works pretty well for what it is. Don’t get me wrong, you can still tell that this product is very cheaply made but unlike some of pipedream’s other products it is at least usable. There are three modes that you can switch between as well as a speed and intensity options that you can control. The modes are tap, modulation, and kneading. The tap is basically a throbbing sensation, the modulation feels like it is a random shift between the other two modes and the kneading mode is continuous and intense. It is nice to have the three modes to shift between and the shock of the device ranges from barely felt to almost too much to handle.

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Switching between modes, speed, and power are all fairly easy and occur with the simple click of one of the buttons on the digital controller. Unfortunately if you don’t have the instructions in front of you the display is not that useful. The speed and power bars are easy enough to understand but the mode indicators and “intensity state” indicators don’t make a lot of sense.

Mimi

Having never used a product like this before, I was a bit nervous to try it out. Especially tied to a chair in our living room. The tension and anticipation is, of course, quite titillating. It may be the best part this product has to offer.

Not that I’m trying to imply there aren’t other great parts.

Joseph placed the gel adhesive pads first on my butt and the backs of my thighs. The sensation didn’t hurt at any point in time, but it was quite intense to experience. He started gently, since we’ve never done this before. I would highly recommend testing it out similarly. Though this product did not cause me any pain or serious discomfort, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone else’s reaction was much more distressed. Besides, it’s fun to know that the shocks will become more intense. Take it slow, build it up.

The three modes feels exactly how they sound — tap, modulation, and kneading. I found all three to be pleasing, though the tapping was a bit grating when prolonged. After going through the various levels of speed, intensity, and modes, I wanted to experience more and I suspected that this desire would be satisfied by the pads being placed on my nipples and my pelvis. I asked (as nicely as I could), if Joseph would do that next. He said he had already planned to, though apparently not without some spanking. I mention this for my BDSM-inclined readers out there, who can probably guess that spanking combined either before or after with electric shock produces extra sensitivity and pleasure.

After he moved the pads and began the same process as before, I was no longer capable of keeping up with what he was doing. I remember feeling almost totally overwhelmed by sensation. Obviously, I hope to do it again soon. Tied up in another compromising position.

Other than my internally confused reaction to it being called “Shock Therapy: Electro-Sex Kit”, which can at best be described as aroused and horrified at the recollection of Nurse Ratched, I really have no issues with this product. Oh, I wish that it would re-charge instead of using batteries. I won’t get into the packaging because that’s not going to change anytime soon. It’s a good product.

 

Shock Therapy: The Movie from Mimi & Joseph on Vimeo.

The Naked Truth

Aesthetics: ★★★★☆

Functionality: ★★★★★

Craftsmanship: ★★★☆☆

Ease of Cleaning: ★☆☆☆☆

Safety: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★☆

My BFF

Doc Johnson’s My BFF provided for review by funlove

Joseph

This vibrator reminds me of a tentacle. An overweight one. Like maybe an octopus with low self esteem that compulsively overeats.

It is six inches long and knobby. It has a twist dial at the base that controls the strength of the vibration. Oh, and it is pink. Very pink.

Mimi

I feel bad when I have nothing good to say about a product, mostly because I anthropomorphize things, and I imagine that this shitty pink vibrator knows I have thoroughly rejected it. I imagine that it’s sad and wishes it had been “born” a Hitachi Magic Wand. It’s writing really bad poetry and listening to Taylor Swift. This just makes me like it less, but now I feel pity in addition to contempt. It’s an odd combination that eventually gets shrugged off and put into the “You’re an irrational weirdo, Mimi” folder of my brain.

So let’s make this quick and painless. I like that the vibrator is hard, that the vibration is pretty easy to control and that the vibration covers a wide area, but I hate the powder pink colour and that I cannot have an orgasm, even after patience that should merit 800 orgasms. If you can get off by rubbing your crotch on the arm of a couch and you really like pink, then this is probably a totally acceptable vibrator for you. As for me, it’s not worth it at all. I wouldn’t recommend it.

 

The Naked Truth
Aesthetics: ★☆☆☆☆
Intensity: ★★★☆☆
Volume: ★★☆☆☆
Ease of Cleaning: ★★★☆☆
Functionality: ★☆☆☆☆
Overall: ★★☆☆☆