When I sat down to write this Spotlight it occurred to me that We-Vibe has just released their fourth incarnation of the well-known, iconic, We-Vibe Couple’s Vibrator and I do not have a single one. What’s up with that, We-Vibe??
I own two versions of the LELO Tiani (no longer available in the U.S. and Canada due to a lawsuit LELO lost to Standard Innovation/We-Vibe). I even have the new LELO Ida Couple’s Vibrator (Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming review!). Yet sadly, there is not a single We-Vibe wearable vibrator to my name.
Most people probably do not even realize that We-Vibe actually makes a few other vibrators in addition to their famous couple’s vibrator. In fact, one of my all time favorite clit vibrators is the We-Vibe Touch, which I happened to use this very morning.
Anyway, We-Vibe released the original version of their couple’s vibrator in 2008. At the time, it was the only wearable dual vibrator on the market. Over the past five years, they have continued to tweak and improve their product, leading right up to 2013 and the subject of today’s Spotlight, the We-Vibe 4 Couple’s Vibrator.
To an onlooker like myself, who has no real life experience with the wearable We-Vibe line (hint, hint), the most obvious change from the We-Vibe 3 to the We-Vibe 4 is the shape. The external clit stimulator appears larger and the internal g-spot massager seems wider and flatter than before. It looks as though the vibrator is more compact overall for a snugger fit. Perhaps some people had issues with the We-Vibe 3 staying in place, so they designed the We-Vibe 4 to fit more like a clamp.
When comparing images of the two We-Vibes, it is obvious the remote control has been updated as well. I’m guessing the new remote gives you more options and greater control during play. Apparently, it allows you to adjust intensity in all six modes, including the new Echo Mode, which alternates between internal and external vibrations.
The couple’s vibrator remains rechargeable (because duh), and as with the We-Vibe 3, the charger doubles as a discreet carrying/storage case. You know how much I love discreet storage options. It even holds the remote control, which is especially helpful. The We-Vibe 4 charges fully in six hours to provide up to three hours of use, as opposed to the We-Vibe 3′s two hours. A USB cable is included in the box rather than an AC power adapter, which seems to be the next big thing with some of the newer vibrators.
As with its siblings, the We-Vibe 4 is waterproof and submersible, so you can have sex in the shower or bathtub (though you’ll probably have to mop up a ton of water) if you se desire. This also makes it super easy to clean. It is made of medical-grade silicone, which means it is hypoallergenic and body-safe, and can even be disinfected.
The biggest downside I see to the new We-Vibe 4 is the color choices. It is only available in pink and purple. C’mon, We-Vibe! What happened to the ruby and teal of earlier versions? I really have to wonder if these colors do sell that much better than others as so many manufacturers are designing everything in pink and purple. Sadness.
To learn a bit more about the We-Vibe 4, watch the video below. Don’t worry, it’s not all boring couples talking about how the vibrator has changed their lives. The useful information starts about 15 seconds in.
I know I’ve been making a big deal about not owning a We-Vibe, but I’m mostly joking. I think it is slightly odd that I’ve never gotten around to testing any of the first three versions, considering how popular the We-Vibes have been and the fact that I am a SEX TOY REVIEWER.
I do find the new shape of the We-Vibe 4 very interesting and would really like to try this one. So, on the off chance you’re planning on sending me a new We-Vibe 4 (preferably in purple), would you pretty please include a We-Vibe Tango? I so desperately want one!
If you think you’d prefer the shape of the previous We-Vibe couple’s vibrators or are one of those people who waits for a new model to come out before buying the old one at a discount, now is the time. There are some awfully good deals on the We-Vibe II and the We-Vibe 3 out there.
Oh, and don’t ask me why they started with roman numerals and then switched over to regular numbers. I have no idea.
Check out the following stores for the new We-Vibe 4 Couple’s Vibrator:
I know you must getting sick of all the trumpets and fanfare and I am truly sorry. Not quite sorry enough to stop though. Know why? It’s really, truly almost here. That’s right. This is Bean Fiddler’s 199th review, which means next week will be the 200th review on Bean Fiddler! For reals.
Yes, yes. It will be the final week you will have to tolerate all of this fuss, but it is an important landmark in the history of Beanfiddler.com. Next week we will also be unleashing a special surprise for everyone, so be sure to tune in! Alright already, I suppose I should actually get to the review.
Like its sibling, the Mea Culpa Flogger, the Sex and Metal Titan Whip was handmade by the expert artisans at Sex and Metal. When you look at the images below, you will see significant differences between the two impact toys, though both would be commonly used in BDSM play.
I’ll be the first to admit I have very little experience with whips, other than pretending to be a cowboy when I was younger. (Girls can too be cowboys!) Of course, those whips are very different from the Sex and Metal Titan Whip, with its Dragons Tongue fall. A Dragons Tongue is made by taking a piece of silicone (or leather) and rolling it up into a tube shape terminating in a pointy end.
The other end of the cylinder is secured within the handle of the Titan Whip with two spikes (which really add to the aesthetic of Sex and Metal whips and floggers), one on either side. The silicone piece is wrapped very tightly, such that the part of the tube attached to the handle is quite firm. The Dragons Tongue fall is so rigid that it stands up on its own and only begins to droop a bit towards the pointed end. `
The handle of my Sex and Metal Titan Whip is made from powder coated raw steel in a vivd Candy Apple Red, though it is also available in plain old shiny raw steel, if you prefer. It is 9″ long and has a large round steel ball at its base. Due to the three sections of tightly twisted steel strands wrapped around and welded equidistant along its length, I do not recommend inserting the Titan’s handle into your body (or anyone else’s, obviously). The ball at the base is also welded to the handle, but the spikes at the point where the handle meets the silicone Dragons Tongue are not.
All of the welded bits are easily seen, but as the Sex and Metal Titan Whip is not a mass-produced, machined product, that is to be expected. These areas do not detract from the beauty of the handle. When an item is handmade, there are always small imperfections that make it unique and stand out from other pieces. Ask any jewelry maker.
As with the Mea Culpa Flogger, the handle of the Titan Whip is heavy. When you take into account that the silicone Dragons Tongue weighs more than the leather fall of the flogger, it is even more noticeable. My old, crappy scale (It belonged to my great-aunt and has sentimental value, so back off.) clocked the Mea Culpa at approximately 13.5 ounces and the Titan Whip at just under 16 ounces, which does not seem significant. Yet holding the flogger in one hand and the whip in the other, I easily feel the difference.
The hefty weight of the Sex and Metal Titan Whip indicates it is strong and durable. If you take good care of it, there is no reason the Titan Whip won’t last years. It also means the handle feels solid and secure in your hand when using the whip. These are good qualities in an impact toy, but for people with hand and wrist issues, the weight may not so great.
When you choose a product made of steel, you know it will be much heavier than one made of plastic or some other lightweight material. While the benefits of Sex and Metal’s steel handle are worth it for me, the weight may just be too much for some people. Keep this in mind when shopping.
The Dragons Tongue itself is 22.5″ long, making the entire whip a whopping 31.5″ in length. That’s practically a yard! Storing/hiding a yard’s worth of BDSM gear is not an easy thing for many people to do. Sure, if you’ve got your own dungeon, you’ve no need for concern. Most people are dungeon-free and need to come up with more realistic storage solutions, not to mention those who must worry about the spying eyes of children. You cannot fold the Dragons Tongue in half and pop the Sex and Metal Titan Whip in a drawer, so also take this into account when selecting fall options.
Though I am a huge fan of leather, silicone falls have some great benefits. Silicone is waterproof, hence you don’t have to worry about soaking the Dragons Tongue with sweat and other bodily fluids. You can wash them right off or spritz the Dragons Tongue down with a sex toy cleaner.
Silicone also allows you to add fluids to your play in case you want to lube up your submissive’s back or bottom before whipping them, creating new and different sensations. I would stick with water-based concoctions, as you never know how silicone products will react with one another and you don’t want to end up with a sticky, ruined whip on your hands.
Silicone can also be disinfected by washing it with a 10% bleach solution. This means you can share your Sex and Metal Titan Whip at your local dungeon or play party. Remember though, the Dragons Tongue should be disinfected before it is used on a new person so you don’t unintentionally share any bugs or bacteria.
The Sex and Metal Titan Whip is more extreme than my other BDSM toys, though much of the control over just how extreme comes down to whomever wields the whip. As with all impact toys, play can be gentle or severe, and these parameters should always be discussed and set before anyone gets naked. Safe, sane, and consensual, people.
I know it would be super cool if I posted some images with my body all marked up by the Sex and Metal Titan Whip, but that is not going to happen this time around. Right now, my body cannot tolerate that level of pain. You’ll just have to believe me when I say that the Titan is certainly capable of leaving marks and bruises.
Manipulating the Sex and Metal Titan Whip is not difficult, just different, and takes a bit of acclimation. The challenge may be in learning how to adjust your strength and whip more gently. It seems that using the same amount of force and pressure with the Dragons Tongue as the Mea Culpa Flogger causes more pain. I think if you start out slowly and build up, you won’t have any issues.
The different levels of thickness and rigidity of the Sex and Metal Titan Whip allow you to create different sensations on the body. You can use the tip of the Dragons Tongue to cause sharp, stinging pain, while its more rigid shaft produces a thuddier feeling. It is all based upon how you brandish the Titan Whip.
I am not sure if it is due to being made of silicone as opposed to leather, or if it’s the shape of the fall, but the sound the Sex and Metal Titan Whip makes when striking flesh is unexpectedly LOUD. If you have roommates or nosy neighbors and thin walls, beware. You might need a little cover music during play time unless you want people calling the police to report a domestic violence incident. That would be no fun for anyone.
There is no packaging, per se, for the Sex and Metal Titan Whip. Just as with the Mea Culpa Flogger, it arrived in a plain brown box with absolutely no indication as to what was inside. Within the box, the Titan Whip was protected by a clear plastic bag and cushioned with recyclable brown paper. Nothing fancy, which is totally acceptable. Unless it were to come in some sort of carrying case (which would be awesome but crazy expensive), there is no need for anything but protective shipping materials.
Sex and Metal Titan Whip Pros:
• Handmade and well-crafted
• Creates multiple sensations
• Sturdy and long-lasting
• Washable, high-quality silicone fall
• Can be used with multiple partners (after disinfection)
Sex and Metal Titan Whip Cons:
• No available cleaning and care instructions
• May be too heavy for those with hand and wrist issues
• Silicone Dragons Tongue gets dusty easily
• Storage issues
The Sex and Metal Titan Whip is a unique impact device that is sure to make most experienced kinksters happy. While those with less experience may be intimidated, there really is nothing to fear. It’s all in how you choose to play. The advantage of an implement such as this is that it grows with you instead of you outgrowing it. The quality of the craftsmanship is superb, and aside from my Sex and Metal Mea Culpa Flogger, I have yet to run across higher quality impact toys.
The steel handle and silicone Dragons Tongue is excellent quality, though storage a huge challenge for those of us without dungeons. Of course, I literally had a sex toy avalanche today, so I already have storage problems. My one issue with the silicone fall is that it’s a dust magnet, like many silicone sex toys. Oddly enough, it does not seem to overly attract lint like many toys do.
If you have any concerns due to a lack of hand/wrist strength/pain, definitely consider the weight of the Titan Whip, which is considerable. The twisted strands of steel on the handle do increase gripability (totally a word), which is helpful.
My biggest gripe is actually not with the Sex and Metal Titan Whip itself, but with the lack of available information regarding care and storage. I know I tend to grumble about this, but information is vital to end users, and it is super frustrating when manufacturers don’t understand.
There is nothing on the product page that tells me, or much more importantly, a newbie user, how to clean the silicone fall, that it can (and should) be disinfected between non-fluid bonded players, or that silicone-based products could possibly damage it badly.
Though you did just miss the fantastic Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale at Sex and Metal, be sure to keep your eyes on the Bean Fiddler Deals & Sales Page so you will be on track with all the upcoming holiday sales they are sure to have.
In the meantime, if you are in the market for a new and unusual impact toy, check out the Sex and Metal Titan Whip Did I mention that it’s vegan??
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I know you’re all aware our 2000th review is next week because I haven’t stopped reminding you. With Bean Fiddler’s 200th review, we will be launching a fun and different giveaway, so be sure to keep your eyes on Bean Fiddler next week!
It’s the second to last night of Chanukah, which is always bittersweet for me. I think it’s similar to post-Christmas depression. There’s all this build up, a frenzy of celebration, and then, bam, it’s over. I imagine the fact that it happens over eight nights makes the let down feel a bit more abrupt than what my friends describe they experience with Christmas.
As tomorrow is Bean Fiddler’s 199th review (pushed due to last week’s nightmare server issues), I decided to wave goodbye to Chanukah today. Hope you all had wonderful holiday, were able to spend time with loved ones, gave and received some great gifts, and ate a latke or two.
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and a productive Black Friday, and that you are still having a happy Chanukah. I must say, though this has been a great weekend thus far, I’m quite happy that Chanukah will not be falling on Thanksgiving again for another 77,000 or so years. On the one hand, it is super convenient, being able to celebrate Chanukah with family members I don’t often get to see. On the other, running around from family event to family event is exhausting. I’m actually going to need a few days to recover from this weekend!
In the meantime, I want to continue to wish you all a Happy Chanukah. That reminds me, I’ve to got to pull out my Chanukiah (otherwise known as Menorah). I may actually be lighting the candles at home tonight.
By the way, there are still a ton of sales continuing through the weekend and even more will be popping up on Cyber Monday, so check out the Bean Fiddler Deals & Sales Page to fulfill your shopping fix without having to deal with jam-packed parking lots or pushy crowds at the mall.
I’ve written about Crystal Delights enough times to make it clear that I am a huge fan of their amazing, high-quality, glass sex toys. I have also reviewed a couple Crystal Delights Butt Plugs, the Crystal Kiss and the Crystal Minx Magnetic Bunny Tail. I would like to point that this is not nearly enough. No sex blogger should have to go through life with only two Crystal Delights Butt Plugs. They just have too many other fantastic products.
I’m not sure how many of you know this, but I am a vegetarian. I am not vegan, I do consume eggs (Though I prefer that they’re mixed in something so I don’t have to deal with them. Yes, I’m a weirdo. This has been clearly established prior to now.) and dairy. I also still have some leather products- shoes, bags, and such. I do not wear fur nor support the fur industry.
I know, I know. The Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Magnetic Bunny Tail is made with real fox fur. I think it may be the only piece of real fur I’ve ever owned. Someone tried to give me a lucky rabbit’s foot when I was a kid. It was in my hand for about two seconds before I realized it was an ACTUAL foot and gave it back. I made an exception for the Magnetic Bunny Tail, but we won’t discuss it further in this post.
Needless to say, when I happened upon the new Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug I was super excited. It took a lot of self-control not to publish this Spotlight immediately. Keeping myself from purchasing the Faux Tail Plug right away was much easier as it’s the holidays, which means time to buy presents for others, not myself.
This leads me right back to my original point, that the new Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug would make a fabulous Chanukah gift for a very grateful and deserving sex blogger, such as myself. (fluttering eyelashes)
The new Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug is available in seven different styles and the Snow Leopard Faux Tail (pictured above) is my favorite. Please, do not confuse it with the Pink Snow Leopard Faux Tail, which is cute but not me so much. The Husky is awfully nice as well, but I really am more of a cat person.
The Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug is approximately 1.3” in diameter. That size, along with the fact that it’s glass (which means you’ll feel every eighth of an inch), is not for beginners. You definitely want to have some experience with anal play and butt plugs before sticking this little gem up your butt.
Y’know, it would be SO cool if these faux fur tails were magnetic, as I already have a Crystal Minx Magnetic Butt Plug. All I would need is the tail! Ah well, you can’t always have everything at once. I bet that if these Faux Tail Plugs are popular, Crystal Delights will eventually create a magnetic version. Buy, people, buy!
Enough distractions. The point is that you’ve got to head over to Crystal Delights and check out the new Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug Then you need to remember that Chanukah begins crazy early this year (won’t happen again for another 70,000 years!) so the first night was actually Wednesday night. Don’t worry though, you’ve got six more nights to grab one of those super cute Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plugs for me and slip it under my menorah!