Late last year, I was contacted by a small, Seattle-based company regarding a new sex toy they had in the works. This is not an uncommon experience. There are always new products being released and manufacturers sometimes reach out to bloggers to keep us in the loop. However, it is not as often that these products offer truly new technology. The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is one such product.
In case you are not aware of how most vibrators work (and why would you be?), most vibrators use a rotary motor to provide vibrations. “Simple and cheap, these motors operate by spinning the out-of-balance weight at the end of the motor shaft. As the motor spins faster, vibrations of increased frequency are generated.” – See more here. Take a look at the video below for a demonstration.
If you have ever used a crappy, cheapo vibrator you know how this kind of motor feels. The vibration is all over the place, so it makes your hand buzzy, which eventually become uncomfortable or even painful. You can control the power to a degree, but the vibrations are usually high-pitched and buzzy, and they are loud. They sound like you’re using power tools in the bedroom.
Nowadays, there are many options when it comes to vibrators, and some companies have developed much better motors with vibrations that have a deeper frequency. They have learned how to make these motors smaller, how to place them inside the toy to better direct the vibrations, how to create more discrete levels of intensity and even patterns. They have even been able to make them quieter and last longer. However, most of the highest end vibrators are still using rotary motors.
Enter Revel Body. Originally inspired by the technology behind sonic toothbrushes, like the Sonicare (which I own and have never used as a vibrator, but I can see the attraction), the people behind Revel Body decided to design a sex toy with a completely different motor, a linear motor. “Unlike rotary motors, linear motors produce vibration or force along their length and can be used to create high performance vibration. Linear motors operate by delivering magnetic pulses of alternating polarity to a magnetized reciprocating element.” – See more of what Revel Body has to say about linear motors here. Below is a video that demonstrates how a linear motor works.
It seems there are several advantages of linear motors over rotary motors. With a linear motor, both power and speed have a wider range. The vibration is more directional so less vibrational waste is passed along to the hand, making the vibrator quieter and less likely to create buzzy hand syndrome. The fact that there is only one moving piece should give the motor a longer life, as there are not a bunch of parts that will break down over time.
The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator looks very different than the majority of my vibrators, which is not to say they are all phallic-shaped. It looks like some sort of futuristic mini robot, or a vegan Ushanka for Barbie, and is about the size of a tennis ball. However, at approximately 6.3 ounces, it weighs three times more than a tennis ball. The Revel Body is 2.6″ in diameter, and I don’t think I need to tell you this, but just in case…it is not insertable.
As you can see, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator has a slightly protruding, pink piece on one side and a large indentation on the other. This is the Rose Vibrating Core Tip, or Rose Tip, and is the piece of the motor that actually moves in and out, like a mini piston. The Rose Tip is actually removable and when you do remove it, you’ll see it is already lubed up and slimy. This lubrication is very important as it allows the Rose Tip to move smoothly in and out. Removing this inner piston is easy, though it requires a significant amount of pressure. Stick your thumb (or finger or something soft that won’t damage the piston) into the indentation on the side of the Revel Body and push firmly on the Rose Tip. While pushing on the bottom of the piston, pull on the top that will start to protrude a bit more on the other side of the case. Once you have a solid grasp on the Rose Tip, pull hard and it will slide out. The reason you need to use actual strength to remove the Rose Tip is because it is a very strong magnet. As it is a magnet, you’ll want to take extra precautions like not storing it next to your computer or setting it on top of your credit cards.
Using lubricant is a bit different with the Revel Body than with other vibrators. You must actually lubricate the mini piston in the device. When needed, you can add lubrication to the Rose Tip in one of two ways. You can remove the Rose Tip and place a small amount of water-based lubricant or petroleum jelly (otherwise known as Vaseline) on its side before sliding it back into the middle of the Revel Body. You can also hold the entire vibrator under running water for just a moment and allow the water to lubricate the piston. You can also use a dab of water-based lube on the head of the Rose Tip to create a more slippery sensation against your body. Revel Body clearly states that silicone-based lube should not be used with the Sonic Vibrator.
With a hard inner core surrounding the TrueSonic motor, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is covered in a silky smooth silicone that attracts some hair here and there, but is not much of a lint magnet. As I have said you can run water over the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator, it is clearly waterproof. To wash the Rose Tip, remove it and clean with a sex toy cleaner or warm water and a gentle soap. Revel Body states you can also use alcohol. As, it is silicone, you can use a 10% bleach solution as well, but do not boil or wash the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator in the dishwasher. This could destroy the motor. Be sure you have completely dried both the Rose Tip and the device before reinserting it. Apparently, you can sip the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator into a condom, if you are looking to make it easy to share amongst non-fluid bonded partners. Just be sure to leave room for the Rose Tip to vibrate/move in and out.
The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is rechargeable and it’s got a nifty charging base. Granted, it does nothing more than charge the vibrator, but aesthetics are important. I do like that it is an actual charging base that holds the Revel Body in place during charging, rather than just a charging cord. There is a raised area on the base that lines up with a corresponding indented area on the exterior of the vibrator. The vibrator attaches magnetically to the base. The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator can be charged via USB or plugged into the wall. Unlike my complaint about last week’s vibrator, the SinFive Sue, Revel Body includes the AC plug. While charging, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator glows steadily. When it is fully charged, this glow will turn off. It takes approximately 90 minutes to achieve a full charge. when recharging, the Revel Body needs to charge approximately double the use time. So, if you’ve used the vibrator for 15 minutes, you’ll need to charge it for about 30. One really cool thing the Revel Body does is let you know how much charge is left each time you turn it on. Three blinks lets you know you have a full charge, two blinks means a 50% charge, and one blink indicates a 25% charge.
I like an easy to use control panel and the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator fits the bill. It has three buttons on the top of the casing, a power button, a + button, and a – button. As you may have guessed, the power button, which is slightly larger and a bit above the other two buttons, turns the Revel Body on and off. It also bumps you up to the higher power mode when you tap it. You need to press down firmly to turn it on and hold it down for about two seconds to turn it off. When the vibrator is on the core will glow steadily as it does when charging.
As I mentioned above, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator has two power settings. In addition, it has 10 different speeds. You use the + and – buttons to cycle through the speeds. At any level of those 10 different speeds, you can tap on the power button to pop up into the higher power setting. Another tap will put you right back into lower power mode. Remember, it’s just a tap. If you press too long you’ll turn the Revel Body off.
The graph below shows how the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator measures up in power and speed when stacked against some of the more popular, high-end vibrators on the market. It even includes my beloved Crave Duet.
While I am a well-traveled user of sex toys, so to speak, I do not claim to be an expert when it comes to Power (Gforce) and Speed (Hz). Certainly, I get the basics. More power, more speed is generally what we want. However, my focus is really on how the vibrations actually feel against my body. So, though I can interpret the graph and find the information interesting, it all comes down to actual use of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator.
At this point you’re probably screaming at the computer telling me to get on with it. How good is this fancy, newfangled contraption? Well, let’s start with the vibrations. They do actually feel different from most of my vibrators. It’s a bit challenging to describe…they are more gentle, less teeth rattling, perhaps. As promised, I do not feel a bunch of the vibration waste that leads to buzzy hand syndrome no matter how long I hold/use the vibrator. However, since we’re discussing hands, something totally unexpected happens to my hand when I use this vibrator. It cramps up. (BIG disclaimer here- I have a chronic pain syndrome that has been seriously effecting my hands lately so I am not sure how much cramping, if any, would occur were this not currently the case.) I find this astonishing because the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is so comfortable to hold. The shape is totally ergonomic and in theory this shouldn’t happen.
The vibrations are strong, but less powerful than I expected based on all that fancy graphing. They also have different depths. I find the highest level, #10, is a bit high pitched for me, while #9 is much deeper. I really do not notice much difference between the high and low power settings, which was also surprising. The vibrations are quiet and do not sound like a vibrator at all. They sound smoother, more like an electric toothbrush, which makes total sense.
One concern I did have before using the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator was whether or not its shape would provide enough pinpoint stimulation for me. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, it does not. The round shape of the device, as well as of the Rose Tip, diffuse the vibrations over the surface of the vibrator This makes it great for nipple and labia stimulation, but I really prefer much more pinpoint stimulation on my clit, and the Revel Body with the Rose Tip cannot pull it off.
The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator comes with the Rose Tip, but there are four accessory tips available that can be purchased separately. They are called Cona, Fawn, Ever, and Niko, and are very reasonably priced. I would really like to try them because I think they might make a huge difference for me. Cona and Niko would probably be my best options for directing the vibrations solidly at my clit. I do want to mention that the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator works really well on my neck and shoulders. It’s not too loud that close to my ears like many massagers and the vibrations do penetrate. It’s important not to put too much pressure with the vibrator against your body or it can slow down the movement of the little piston.
The packaging of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is clean and simple, like the device itself. There is an external sleeve with an image of the vibrator on the front and some basic information on the back. Inside this sleeve is a hard black box that simply says “Revel Body”, so it’s quite discrete. Once you slide the top half of the box off, you’ll find the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator sitting on a little plastic stand. Underneath this stand, is the charging base, AC plug, and user manual. Unfortunately, no storage pouch. However, the box is very sturdy so it can definitely be used for storage. The user manual is not as well organized as it could be, so it might be a tad confusing, but the important information is there.
The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator has far more warnings and precautions than I’ve ever seen with a sex toy. There are so many that it reminds me of Happy Fun Ball from Saturday Night Live (I am totally dating myself). Some of them are particularly interesting, such as “…may have an uncontrolled exothermic reaction…” and “small hairs may become trapped between core and device body which could result in hair being epilated….” Fun stuff.
Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Pros:
• Ergonomic shape
• Adjustable resonating motor
• Adjustable vibration
• Easy to use control panel with responsive buttons
• USB capable charging station
• Available accessory tips (4, sold separately)
• Available travel kit (sold separately)
• No buzzy hand syndrome
Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Cons:
• Very diffuse vibrations
• Shape causes crampy hands (for ME)
I have been super excited about testing the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator out for quite a while now and I wish I could say it’s awesome and I love it. Actually, I can say it’s relatively awesome. I think the technology is so cool and a much needed change in the world of vibrating sex toys. It’s waterproof, USB and AC rechargeable, made with silicone, and easy to use. I was concerned about the weight of the Revel Body as it felt so heavy in my hand, but I don’t feel the weight that much when I’m holding against my body as my body ends up bearing most of it.
Linear motors, like the TrueSonic that the Revel Body uses, are supposed to be quieter, more reliable, and last longer than vibrators that use a rotary motor. I obviously cannot speak as to whether or not the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator will hold up longer than some of my other well-made vibrators with rotary motors. I can say it is quiet enough not to awaken sleeping kittens (who wake up if I inhale too deeply) about 6″ away from it. The vibrations are strong enough to get me off even with the diffuse vibrations, which is a good indication they’re powerful. However, if there are going to be two power levels I’d really like to be able to feel a significant difference between the two, or there’s just no point.
I have a strong feeling the hand cramping issue is specific to me considering even typing can be challenging lately, so I don’t want to hold that against the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator too much. I also am well aware that my preference for pinpoint clit stimulation is exactly that, a preference. Not everyone needs that. As I mentioned, I really would like to give the Revel Body another shot using one of the more pointy accessory tips and see how I feel about it then.
Though I am very disappointed with my experience of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator thus far, I do have some hope for the future. I see the potential in this vibrator and really feel if I could focus the vibrations by using a different tip, I would be much happier with this toy. If you like diffuse vibrations and want something that can serve as both a vibrator and muscle massager, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is definitely worth checking out.
I also think this vibrator is a valiant effort from a new company looking to meet needs and mainstream sexual well being, which is so vital in the current social climate. I think this foray into new motor designs for vibrator motors is an important step in the next evolution of sex toys. So, hats off to Revel Body for leading the way.
You can find the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator at the following stores:
The following stores carry the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Accessory Tips and Travel Pack/Charger:
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I finally had the the opportunity to test not only the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Accessory Tips and Travel Pack/Charger, but also version 2 of the vibrator itself. Go read all about it!