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LELO IDA Couples Vibrator Review

Back in September 2013, I published a Spotlight about LELO’s 10th anniversary and the announcement of their newest couple’s vibrator, the LELO IDA. The IDA is named for a 2005 prototype that never made it to market. Apparently, LELO decided to recycle the name for a completely new design.

LELO IDA Couples Vibrator

The LELO IDA joins the high-end LELO Insignia & Luxe line, as well as the SenseMotion family of products. I’ve written about LELO SenseMotion vibrators before, so what makes the IDA so special? Well, if the IDA Massager looks different and unusual, it’s because it is unlike any other sex toy out there. In addition to its unique silhouette, the LELO IDA not only vibrates, it also gyrates.

What’s all this about gyration? If you recall, the LELO Tiani (which is no longer available in the U.S. or Canada), had an external portion intended to stimulate the clit, while its internal arm was meant to press against the g-spot. The IDA takes this concept a step further.

As its quite large external piece, topped with gold ABS, vibrates against the clit, its internal arm actually rotates inside of you for increased g-spot stimulation. Oh, and like its cousin, the Tiani, the LELO IDA is designed to be worn during penetration.

LELO IDA Internal Diagram

Quite frankly, when I pulled the IDA out of the box, I had doubts. It is by no means a small, delicate sex toy. It wasn’t the 3.5″ of insertable length that concerned me, it was the slightly less than 1″ diameter of the g-spot arm, as well as the 7″ circumference and ~.75″ thickness of the clitoral portion. Granted, these dimensions are nothing for a plain old vibrator or dildo, but when you’re expected to have a phallic-like object inside of you at the same time, things can get tricky.

First off, you’re going to want to use a lot of water-based lubricant, always what LELO recommends using with their sex toys, as opposed to silicone-based lube. The silicone covering the rigid IDA and its remote is the same smooth and silky LELO silicone I adore. It actually has very little drag, which is helpful is many cases, but doesn’t make much difference with the LELO IDA.

The IDA’s latex and phthalate-free silicone is also hypoallergenic, body-safe, and can be disinfected with a 10% bleach solution, though you can really only wash the ABS, not disinfect it. So, while disinfecting the silicone portion of the massager would normally allow you to share it with a non-fluid bonded partner, the ABS creates a slight issue. Share at your own risk.

The composition of LELO’s silicone is good enough that you may get away with using a very high-quality silicone-based lube, such as Pjur Original Bodyglide. However, mixing silicones can cause a negative reaction and ruin sex toys, so be sure to do a small patch test before slathering lube all over your IDA. I’d try it on the remote because its top uses the same silicone as the massager.

Speaking of the IDA’s remote, though it does close securely enough, I would take care when cleaning it and not submerge it in water. I don’t trust the seal. The IDA massager, on the other hand, is waterproof and can easily be washed with a gentle (non-antibacterial) soap and water or sex toy cleaner, and you can submerge it to your heart’s delight.

When I discuss LELO’s packaging, you’ll notice I make mention of a plastic key. Though it looks odd and unimportant, and nothing like a key, it is your ticket to utilizing the LELO IDA’s remote control. Without it, you may never be able to crack that baby open without literally cracking that baby open. I did manage to remove the back of another SenseMotion remote without killing it, but it’s no longer very pretty.

The little rounded bit at the bottom of the key fits into the groove on top of the remote’s gold ABS battery compartment. This particular remotes requires just a slight counterclockwise twist. When I then flip the remote over, the compartment lid falls right off. However, not all of my SenseMotion remote controls open this easily, so yours may call for more elbow grease.

Pop in the two included, Energizer AAA batteries (because LELO rocks) and carefully line up the plastic bits on the inside of the battery compartment and its lid. A somewhat firmer clockwise twist locks the compartment cover into place. You shouldn’t be trying to wrench the key halfway around the remote. Small movements are all that is required.

 

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator, Battery Compartment Key Size

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator, Battery Compartment Key

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator, Battery Compartment and Key

The actual massager portion of the IDA is rechargeable and LELO advises charging it for two hours before using it the first time. There is an LED under the pairing button that flashes while the LELO IDA is charging. Once the vibrator is fully charged, this light glows steadily. It only took my IDA around 1.5 hours max to charge the first time, so it obviously arrived with a partial charge.

One fantastic feature offered by the LELO IDA is that the massager tells you when you need a recharge. That LED I mentioned above will start flashing rapidly during use to let you know it’s running out of power. I suggest responding quickly when this happens as it’s never, ever fun when a vibrator dies mid-use.

Your LELO IDA will last up to two hours on a single charge. It really depends on how you use it. The longer it operates at higher levels of intensity, the shorter its life. LELO states you should be able to get up to 10 hours of use out of the included batteries. Mine haven’t given out yet, though I have not run the remote for that long.

In order to use the IDA’s remote with its massager, you must must first pair them by pressing the + button on the remote and pressing the button on the massager to turn it on. When both the LEDs on the remote’s + button and the massager’s power button light up, the devices are paired and ready to go.

Turning off the remote and massager functions as you might expect (or already know if own a LELO SenseMotion vibrator). Hold the – button on the remote and the power button the massager for three seconds to shut each piece down. Keep in mind that if you forget to turn off the massager, it will go into standby for one hour before shutting itself off. During this time it will remain receptive to signals from the remote.

As with other vibrators from LELO’s Insignia Line, the IDA has a travel lock, which operates by pressing the + and – buttons simultaneously for three seconds. Press these buttons for three seconds to activate the lock and three seconds again to deactivate it.

Travel locks are great even when you’re not traveling. More than once I’ve experienced pulling a dead vibrator out of my bedside drawer because it had pressed up against something, accidentally turning itself on. Let me tell you, it’s never a happy discovery.

If you’ve used one of the SenseMotion remotes before, you already know how the LELO IDA’s remote works. It’s exactly the same. As with earlier SenseMotion toys, there are three modes, two SenseMotion modes and one that consists of six pre-programmed patterns. So essentially, there are a total of eight modes.

To turn on the insertable, rotating portion of the LELO IDA, press and hold its button until the LED comes on. You are now ready to use it with its remote. If you’d like to ditch the remote (please tell me you didn’t lose it) and go manual, just press the button again.

 

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator, Massager

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator, Charging Port

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator, External Vibrating Clit Piece

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator

Using the LELO IDA Massager without its remote is possible, though I find it a ginormous pain in the ass and so not worth it. However, if you disagree with me (and feel free) and this is your preference, you can simply scroll through the six pre-programmed patterns (obviously, you don’t have access to the two SenseMotion Modes) by pressing the button on the massager.

When first turning the LELO IDA on, you will be in SenseMotion Mode 1, in which vibration is controlled by shifting the remote from a horizontal to a vertical position. The more you tilt, the stronger the vibration.

Pressing the Mode button on the remote, which looks like this- () on its side, allows you to change modes (surprise!). One press of the () button will move you into SenseMotion Mode 2, in which you manage vibration intensity by moving the remote in any direction. The faster you shake it, the stronger the vibration.

Something called “Dynamic Stimulation” synchronizes the intensity of the external vibration with the speed of the internal rotation. Thus, increase the strength of the vibrations and you will also speed up the gyrations within you.

If your arm, or your partner’s, gets tired, another press on the () button will bring you to the first of the six pre-programmed patterns. You cycle through these six modes by pressing, you guessed it, the () button. Once you’ve scrolled through all six patterns, you will end up back at SenseMotion Mode 1. (You see, Son, the antelope eat the grass and we eat the antelope. It’s the circle of life.)

While in the six pre-programmed modes, you increase and decrease the intensity of the vibrations by using the + and – buttons. You are able to control each pattern’s strength separately, which I love.

When using the LELO IDA without its remote, all six patterns will be automatically set at the highest level of intensity. If you want to adjust the power at all, you will have to use the remote. Not only that, but it’s not the easiest thing in the world to reach the button on the massager and be able to press it with enough force to change patterns in the midst of penetration.

Still, if you’re going to insist on using the IDA without its remote or you’re one of those people who is bound to lose it, save yourself a few bucks and go with the LELO Tara instead.

The LELO IDA’s eight vibrations modes are as follows:
1. SenseMotion 1
2. SenseMotion 2
3. Low steady vibration with slow rotation
4. Slow pulse with slow rotation
5. Faster pulse with faster rotation
6. Ramp up with same faster rotation as #5
7. Roller coaster with same faster rotation as #5
8. Dance Mix with same faster rotation as #5

The video below provides some good visuals regarding the way the LELO IDA is intended to function.

 

The LELO IDA makes a bit more noise than my LELO Lyla, but it vibrates and gyrates, so we’re dealing with two motors. A slight increase in noise is reasonable, especially considering the IDA is still very quiet. It definitely cannot be heard through a thin closed door, nor does it distract from play.

Though both the external clitoral surface and the internal g-spot arm are rigid, the stem of the arm that allows it to rotate is not. This makes it far trickier to insert the LELO IDA than I was expecting. It has a tendency to go all bendy when I’m trying to tuck it inside myself.

This was less of an issue when my partner handled the insertion. Augmenting the slickness of the g-spot arm with additional lube was helpful. Just try to keep the lube from getting all over the place, as this makes the LELO IDA very slippery and further adds to the challenge of sliding it in.

You can see below that the rotations are relatively small, which is understandable as it’s expected you will be penetrated by something in addition to the IDA at the same time. It’s not like you want that arm whipping around in large arcs. Keep in mind, as intensity of the vibration increases, so does the speed of the rotation.

 

On the lower levels of power, I did feel this internal movement but not much. Obviously, I was able to sense it more as the speed of the LELO IDA’s gyration increased. Unfortunately, it did not feel as pleasurable as I was hoping. While the arm does hit my g-spot, it actually feels rather odd and is more distracting than enjoyable. However, it’s important to remember that my g-spot is not easily stimulated and tends to be very persnickety.

Most of my LELO vibrators are on the deep and rumbly end of the vibration spectrum. Therefore, the IDA’s vibrations are quite a bit higher pitched and buzzier than I was anticipating. They are much more like those of the LELO Tiani than those of the LELO SIRI, which is disappointing. Their maximum power is also rather middle of the road. So, though the vibrations aren’t painful, they are buzzy and weakish enough to make achieving orgasm a serious challenge for me.

The large circumference of the external portion of the LELO IDA sits more or less against my vulva, so it does a good job of effecting the clitoral complex rather than focusing only on the clit. I am not going to discuss the physical structure of the clitoris in this review, but I will point out that this is a bonus.

I have mentioned on more than one occasion that my clit is not only itty bitty, it is also well tucked beneath its hood, which doesn’t make accessing it the easiest feat in the world. Therefore, vibrators with large surface areas are generally not my best friend. In this respect, I think the LELO IDA would be more effective for those who have longer clits that extend out from under the clit hood. They have a better chance at receiving the more direct clitoral stimulation I would need with this vibrator.

So far, I’ve only addressed the effectiveness of using the LELO IDA on my own. Adding a phallic-like object to the mix opens a big can of worms, and I am not a fan of wiggly worms. Let me just straight out report that I have not been able to find a way to make the LELO IDA well for me with any sort of simultaneous penetration.

 

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator, Massager Size

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator, Massager Power Button

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator, Remote Control Size

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator, Remote Control Buttons

1. LELO IDA + dildo= failure. Even using my thinnest silicone dildo, the Tantus Rocket (which is still 1.5″ in diameter, so it’s not tiny), and a ton of water-based lube, inserting one while the other was already inside of me was not easy nor fun. I tried my Don Wands Red Sweetheart Glass Dildo on the off chance its 1″ diameter and super smooth glass surface would be more successful. Nope.

2. LELO IDA + penis= fiasco. I thought getting both the LELO IDA and a dildo inside of me was problematic. Swapping a penis for a dildo? To quote Joey Buttafuoco, fuhgeddaboutit. There is not enough lube in the world to make this task less onerous for my partner or myself. Condoms just added another layer of aggravating drag to the mix.

With a dildo, the LELO IDA’s gyrations were uncomfortable, but with a penis? It was all the more more awkward. While I found it simply bothersome, he considered having a rigid, rotating arm slamming into his penis every other second flat out painful. Generally not a fan of testing sex toys that require his participation beyond merely using them on me, he eventually made good on his threat to throw the IDA across the room, ending the experiment with a resounding NO.

The packaging of the LELO IDA Couples Vibrator is typical LELO packaging, which is to say that it’s sturdy and luxurious. The external box is lightweight cardboard with images and a bit of information about the vibrator. The color of the toy pictured on this box corresponds to the color of the IDA contained inside. In this case, Cerise.

Within this outer package is the ever rugged, discrete, black box that has “LELO” imprinted on its top, black on black. It can be used for long-term storage but is significantly larger than the LELO IDA so it takes up a good amount of space. This is one of reasons LELO always includes a good quality, satin storage pouch, also in black.

In addition to the LELO IDA, its remote, and the lovely storage pouch, the box contains the charging cable, which actually plugs into the wall, not a USB port (yes!). Hats off to LELO for not joining many sex toy manufacturers in their quest to rid us all of our wall chargers. While I like the option to charge my sex toys via USB, if I have to choose, I will choose a wall charger every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

In classic LELO fashion, the two AAA batteries required by the IDA’s remote are included (Energizers, no less). Thank you, LELO. They always enclose a sample of LELO Personal Moisturizer (otherwise known as their water-based lube), a user manual, and the basics on their one year warranty and 10 year quality guarantee.

As with other remote controlled LELO vibrators, such as the Lyla, LELO provides the same plastic key you must have if you want to open the battery compartment on the remote without resorting to MacGyver-like trickery. You can pry it open without this key but it’s not easy and will end up damaging the remote, so do NOT lose it.

I vaguely remember complaining in my last LELO review that the user manual was short on info, which had to be tracked down on the LELO website. However, in the case of the LELO IDA (and TARA, its remote control free sibling), there seems to be a return to a more thorough hard copy manual, which I appreciate.

LELO still refers you to their website for more details, but the bulk of what most people want and need to know is in the manual. I actually wasn’t able to find much more on the site for the average user, but it does have specs.

 

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator Packaging, External Box Front

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator Packaging, External Box Back

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator Packaging, Internal Box

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator Packaging, Inside Box

LELOL IDA Couples Vibrator Packaging, Contents

LELO IDA Couples Vibrator Pros:
• Great concept
• Control level of intensity separately for each mode
• Lets you know when it needs to be recharged
• Silky silicone
• Waterproof
• Rechargeable
• Remote (good) batteries included
• Quiet
• Minimal charging time
• Good charge to play time ratio
• Travel lock

LELO IDA Couples Vibrator Cons:
• Uncomfortable/painful with additional penetration
• Worse with condom
• Not particularly pleasant internal sensation
• Buzzy vibrations
• Vibrations not strong enough
• Difficult to insert by self
• Awkward using with dildo

I wanted to like the LELO IDA, I really did. I’m a sucker for new and different sex toys. I still like the concept behind the IDA, I just can’t make it work well with my body. The higher pitch and lesser strength of the vibrations are certainly not helpful, keeping me from enjoying the IDA on my own without additional penetration.

The fact that using condoms made the experience worse is a big downside in my mind because many couples use condoms for a variety of very important reasons. Of course, it could have been the condoms we used or a bigger issue for us than for others.

The LELO IDA may be more effective for women with less finicky g-spots and clits that protrude significantly more than mine. Those who don’t need very powerful vibrations to orgasm nor mind buzzy-ish vibrators (or even prefer them) are much better candidates for the IDA than I am. If this describes you, take time to explore the sensations added by the stimulation of a larger portion of the clitoral complex. This could further your enjoyment.

While the LELO IDA has many of the positive qualities I find in LELO sex toys, their lovely, silky silicone, the straightforward control panel, and the capability to control the intensity of the vibration in each separate mode, these cannot override the reality that this particular sex toy is a complete fail for my body. The only reason I can even rate the IDA one full bean is due to these features.

Bottom line: The LELO IDA is a cool concept that, unfortunately, is totally off the mark for me. However, it has enough positive aspects that may make it worth trying if you think you won’t have the same issues with the vibrations as I do. If you’re going to give it a shot, the remote really is worth the extra cash. Not for the SenseMotion aspect, but for its hands-free functionality.

Right now, LELO is running a “Global Sex Survey”. If you participate, you will receive a 20% off discount coupon. Not bad for a few minutes of your time.

Bean Fiddler Rating:

 

SPOTLIGHT on New LELO Ora Oral Sex Simulator

Happy Valentine’s Day! (if you go in for that sort of thing)

 

Now on with the show…

This is not the first time I’ve published a Spotlight on a new LELO product and it will undoubtedly not be the last. Back when Beanpole Fiddler and I first started Bean Fiddler, I was naive and uneducated (naive may be a slight hyperbole). I thought LELO sex toys were the ultimate, the cream of the crop. I ogled and coveted and wasn’t sure I’d ever get my hands on one.

Now that I have been at this for a number of years, I own over a dozen LELO toys and am much harder to impress. I have learned that LELO is not the only game in town when it comes to luxury sex toys, though they do know how to throw together some great packaging, and I have a few LELO favorites. In fact, earlier this week, in my less than thrilled review of the Dulce Bunny Vibrator, I recommended both the LELO Nea and LELO Siri as significantly better clit vibrators.

I know many of us who possess clits tend to be fans of a good clit vibrator, but for me they are hands down my absolute favorite sex toy. If you read my article on Kinkly last December, you’ll recall I took a clit vibe with me to my desert island.

I realize there are about a gazillion clit vibrators on the market, but how many oral sex simulators for women (we know there are a ton for men in the Fleshlight series alone) currently exist? I am aware of three. The Je Joue SaSi (which I have not yet had the opportunity to test), the Lovehoney Sqweel (I am including all of its iterations), and the brand new LELO Ora (Ora=oral, get it?).

LELO Ora Oral Sex Simulator

I just love this Midnight Blue color, as well as the ergonomic look of the LELO Ora. Clearly, its rounded form is meant to fit comfortably in the hand during use and its measurements do not indicate otherwise. Of course, we all know I have not a stitch of spatial sense and am often surprised by the size of a sex toy when I remove it from its box, even though I was aware of its measurements beforehand. Along with my complete lack of a sense of direction, this is my cross to bear.

How does the LELO Ora work? Not a clue. I know it’s intended to mimic the feeling of oral stimulation, but the how seems to be rather unique. As you can see in the video below, the motor controls a small nubby something that presses up against and moves away from its silicone cover in varying patterns and motions. Apparently, the Ora not only licks and flicks but can add vibrations to the mix as well. Curiouser and curiouser.

Having heard about LELO’s new oral sex toy some time ago, I was interested, but not overly confident it was an achievable goal. A masturbation sleeve is one thing but a sex toy that really, truly feels like cunnilingus is something else entirely. After watching this video, I must admit they may have actually accomplished what they set out to do. I totally want to find out.

 

As part of LELO’s Insignia line of sex toys, the new Ora is waterproof, not a trait of earlier generations of LELO vibrators. The downside of the LELO Insignia design is the seam between the silky, soft, silicone and gold ABS Plastic. It collects lube and bodily fluids like my great-uncle collected stamps and is always a challenge to clean (get those toothpicks ready!). It does not appear that this issue has been resolved on the Ora, but maybe it’s not as bad as other Insignia vibrators. (I can always hold out hope.)

What I find most tantalizing about the LELO Ora, aside from the overall concept, is the new INTENSE setting. It ostensibly is a sort of turbo boost button that instantly amplifies power by 30% when pressed. Some Fun Factory vibrators have a similar feature. After all, who can say “no thanks” to an immediate 30% power increase? Not I, said the fly.

In addition to this new INTENSE setting, LELO has provided the Ora with 10 modes of intensity, the most of any LELO toy thus far. One of my favorite aspects of LELO vibrators is being able to adjust the level of intensity separately in each mode, which gives me much more control over my experience. LELO has included this function on the Ora as well. Phew.

The new LELO Ora is available in three colors, the typical Black and Deep Rose, as well as that relatively new and scrumptious Midnight Blue. You can find the LELO Ora at the following stores:

Babeland
EdenFantasys
Good Vibrations
Lelo
PinkCherry Sex Toys
SheVibe

 

SPOTLIGHT on New Additions to Jopen Lust, Envy, and Key Sex Toy Collections

Remember way back when Jopen came out with the Intensity? It was a great big deal for a few reasons. The Intensity was Jopen’s introduction to the world, it’s not only a rabbit vibrator and it is also a kegelcisor that works by sending out small jolts of electro-stimulation. Did I mention it has the ability to expand while inside of you as well? It’s still killing me I haven’t reviewed the Jopen Intensity. Yet.

Jopen Intensity Vibrator & Kegelcisor

The next round of toys Jopen released was called the Vanity Collection. I did have the opportunity to test a few of these vibrators, such as the Vanity Vr3, the Vanity Vr10, and the Vanity Vr5.5 (part of the second round of Jopen Vanity Vibrators and my favorite of the three).

Some time after the Vanity vibrators were released, Jopen introduced the KEY line to the market. (Jopen has a number of sex toy collections, as well as the Essence assortment of gels and creams, that I am not going to discuss.) I got to play with the KEY Charms Plush, the KEY Io (which makes me homesick thinking of the Iao Valley on Maui), and the KEY Vela. I enjoyed my KEY Vibrators less than my Vanity Vibrators.

Just as they expanded their Vanity collection, Jopen decided to do the same with the KEY series. They released a handful of new toys, including vibrators, dildos, cock rings, and kegelcisors. Amongst the new KEY toys, you’ll find the KEY Leia Rabbit Vibrator, the KEY Halo Cock Ring, and the KEY Skye G-Spot Massager.

 
Jopen KEY Leia Rabbit Vibrator

KEY Leia

Jopen KEY Halo Cock Ring

KEY Halo

Jopen KEY Skye G-Spot Massager

KEY Skye

 

Unlike the Intensity and the Vanity Collection, which are rechargeable, the KEY line is a mix of rechargeable and battery-operated vibrators, as well as non-vibrating toys. I have not had a chance to sample any of the new KEY products and based on my experience with the original three I reviewed, I’m not overly eager to do so.

What really grabs my attention is Jopen’s latest addition to their sex toy line-up, the LUST series. Jopen LUST has some fun and wacky shapes, as well as a few cheerful colors. Of course, I’m like a bee to honey. It’s hard to say which ones I’d like to try the most, but I’ll go with the LUST L5, LUST L10, and LUST L17.

 
Jopen LUST L5 Vibrator

LUST L5

Jopen LUST L10 Vibrating Butt Plug

LUST L10

Jopen LUST L17 Rabbit Vibrator

LUST L17

 

I don’t really like how Jopen numbers the toys in some of their collections, such as Vanity and LUST, instead of naming them. You’d think numbers would be easier to remember, but for me it’s much more difficult. I prefer the practice of giving the sex toys actual names like they do in the KEY series. It’s probably just how my brain processes information. I’m better with words than numbers.

As with most of the other Jopen sex toys, LUST vibrators are made of silicone, but not just any old silicone. These use “Virtually seamless, Satin Finish™ Silicone”. I obviously know what virtually seamless means, but I’m not sure how much different Jopen’s new Satin Finish silicone is from the silicone they’ve used in the production of their earlier toys. I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark and guess it’s softer and silkier, but until someone sends me one, we cannot know for sure.

All of the sex toys in the LUST line vibrate. Not a single dildo amongst them. Of course, you could easily use the LUST L4 or LUST L4.5 as dildos. I do love a multi-tasking sex toy. All LUST toys are waterproof and rechargeable via USB. Each item comes with a USB cable and I’m betting there is no AC adapter included. It seems all the vibrators have a travel lock, with exception of LUST L5 and LUST L6. I wonder why.

I am guessing that LUST L10-L12 are butt toys, though they could be used vaginally as well (after disinfection). LUST L11 and LUST L12 look more like prostate massagers to me than LUST L10, which seems more like a standard butt plug. This one really interests me because it’s challenging to find vibrating anal toys made of body-safe materials that have strong vibrations.

Tantus makes a couple plugs that vibrate, like the Tantus Zing, but the included bullet doesn’t have a lot of power. I’m told the We-Vibe Salsa fits well with Tantus toys and has strong vibrations.

There was some concern in the sex blogosphere when Jopen first came to market because they are owned by California Exotics, an extremely prolific sex toy manufacturer. While they make a ton of inexpensive toys, Cal Exotics is not particularly known for using body-safe, high-quality materials, though they have branched out into silicone here and there.

Cal Exotics is not high on my list of faves but they have done a good job with Jopen. Those experienced with Cal Exotics products may be in for a surprise. Some Jopen toys, especially the rechargeables, have a high price tag.

The following stores carry a variety of Jopen Sex Toys, but it’s best to browse them all because each one has different inventory (Stores are listed in order of largest selection):

SheVibe
PinkCherry Sex Toys
Good Vibrations
EdenFantasys

 

SPOTLIGHT on New LELO Hula Beads

Last year was LELO’s 10th anniversary. One of the ways they celebrated was by releasing a new product named after one of their very first prototypes, the LELO Ida, which I have mention previously and will be reviewing very soon.

In addition, LELO followed up on a tradition they began in 2012 by updating a few of their older vibrator models, the Liv and the GIGI (not surprisingly calling them the Liv 2 and the GIGI 2). Not only did the Ida grace toy store shelves last year, but LELO also released two other new products, the LELO Tara and the LELO Hula Beads. As the Tara is basically the Ida without the remote, I won’t be discussing it in this post, but rather focusing on the LELO Hula Beads.

LELO Hula Beads

If you recall, a few years ago LELO unveiled several new remote-controlled toys using SenseMotion technology. LELO Hula Beads are the newest addition to the SenseMotion family. You may have noticed the Hula Beads have the same remote as its older siblings, such as the LELO Lyla.

Just as this remote looks the same, it also works the same, offering pre-programmed settings and SenseMotion modes. The SenseMotion modes respond to the actual movement of the remote itself. When utilizing SenseMotion technology, the Hula Beads vibrate in response to how you or your partner move its remote around.

That’s old news though. What are these Hula Beads anyway? Apparently, the smaller, upper ball rotates while the larger, lower ball vibrates, so they seem to have a few functions. You can insert only the upper bead, which I expect would rotate against your g-spot, leaving the lower bead outside of your body to vibrate right under your clit. You could also pop the entire toy inside of yourself so the upper ball would (still?) rotate against your g-spot, as the lower ball vibrates internally.

LELO already has several sets of kegel balls on the market, the most popular being the LELO Luna Beads. They are not marketing the Hula Beads as kegelcisors, but it seems to me like that is a natural part of their function. Of course, not having tried them, I could be totally wrong.

As with the rest of the LELO Insignia line, Hula Beads are made of silicone, rechargeable, and waterproof. They come in that boring old Deep Rose color that LELO has been pushing for a while, as well as Black, and Ocean Blue (which might be just as awesome as my teal Minna Limon).

The most appealing aspect of the new LELO Hula Beads (aside from them coming in Ocean Blue) seems to be the opportunity for couple’s play. If the motors are quiet enough, you and your partner could conceivably go out for a surprising, never know when it’s going to happen, kind of evening.

I’m also always interested in anything that will help me exercise, including kegels, by doing most of the work for me and allowing my body to simply react. If it works, I don’t care if it’s cheating. Besides, it’s not bad cheating, like having someone write your school paper or stealing money when you’re the Bank in Monopoly.

I suppose one could say I am cautiously curious about the new LELO Hula Beads. Have you tried them? What color do you have/would you choose? Totally Ocean Blue, right?

You can find the new LELO Hula Beads at the following stores:

Babeland
Good Vibrations
LELO
She Bop
SheVibe

 

Minna Limon Vibrator Review

Way back in 2011, I had the opportunity to attend the AVN Adult Novelty Expo (otherwise known as ANE). At this trade show, I discovered a new company called, Minna Life, that was just about to release their first sex toy, the Minna Ola Vibrator.

I was able to handle it and experience just how different the Ola was from other vibrators currently on the market. It ended up taking me until last year to finally review the Minna Ola, and while I really loved the idea behind it, i didn’t enjoy the vibrator as much as I had anticipated.

Right about the time I published my Ola Vibrator review, I ran across Minna Life’s crowd funding campaign on indiegogo (which is partly how they funded the Minna Ola) for a new vibrator. Of course, I immediately published a Spotlight on the New Minna Limon.

After waiting and waiting, and waiting some more (patience is not one of my strongest virtues), the Minna Limon was finally released late last year. Thanks to the generosity of the awesome folks over at SheVibe, I didn’t have to wait almost two years to get my hands on one. Did I mention that it’s teal? It also comes in pink, if you really can’t stand the teal (crazy person).

Minna Limon Vibrator

At 3″ long and 2″ wide, the Minna Limon is SMALL, much more so than I expected. I have average sized hands for a woman and its lemony shape fits very comfortably. It is also incredibly light, weighing only 2.7 ounces, which is great for those with hand/wrist issues. It probably weighs about the same as my iPhone 5 with its case on.

If you’ve read my most recent review, you know that licking sex toys to determine if they are made of safe materials isn’t always the best idea. However, based on having actually met the people behind the company, my experience with the Minna Ola, and what I am willing to suffer for my readers, I licked the Minna Limon anyway. I am happy to report no adverse reactions.

According to my tongue, the silicone of the Minna Limon is legit. It is soft and smooth, similar to that of the Ola, but I find the Limon’s silicone to be silkier, with much less drag. There is a visible seam that runs around the center of the vibrator but it is not very noticeable.

The Minna Limon is not an insertable vibrator and the slickness of its silicone does not require gobs of lube. In fact, with this vibrator, less is more. It can get slippery easily. Stick to water-based lubricants, or as Minna Life states, “silicone-safe” lube. If you want to try using a silicone-based lube with the Limon, do a small patch test beforehand.

As the Minna Limon charges via tiny magnets on its underside, it has no open ports and is not only waterproof, it is also submersible. While I would stay away from the high temperatures of a jacuzzi, feel free to enjoy your Limon in the bath or shower.

Of course, the Minna Limon’s high-quality silicone is phthalate-free, body-safe, and hypoallergenic, and the waterproofness of the vibrator makes cleaning a breeze. You can go the lazy man’s route (AKA “the Bean method”) and wash it with warm water and gentle soap (NOT antibacterial). A sex toy cleaner will also do the job.

If you plan on sharing your Minna Limon Vibrator with non-fluid bonded partners, go the extra mile and disinfect it with a 10% bleach solution. This will destroy any bacteria lingering on the Limon’s surface and ensure nothing is unintentionally transferred.

Minna Limon Vibrator

Minna Limon Vibrator, Power Button

Minna Limon Vibrator, Size

Minna Limon Vibrator, Compared to Minna Ola

Kudos to Minna Life on the Limon’s charging solution. I think it’s great. The Limon sits in a small cradle that holds it in place while charging. This may not seem like a big deal, but as with most of the newer rechargeable vibrators, the Limon charges via USB.

At some point, I’m going to have to stop complaining about vibrators coming only with USB chargers because it is obviously the wave of the future, but today is not that day. I know most people (myself included) already own a USB to AC adapter thanks to a smartphone and/or tablet. In addition, it is more eco-friendly, which I do think is important.

Though I often perform a first charge on my computer while working so I can see if anything exciting happens and have an idea of how long it takes (and because I’m so lazy I don’t want to have to get it from the other room when it’s done), I generally prefer wall charging.

The fact that the Minna Limon charges via USB means that many people will charge it through a computer. If you’ve ever tried charging some of the older Fun Factory Click ‘N’ Charge Vibrators, you know magnetic chargers can sometimes be tricky, moving slightly or falling off completely and breaking the connection.

Not only does this not happen with the Minna Limon’s charger, it locks the vibrator into place and keeps it from rolling around. If you’re like me and have very limited space, you understand that being able to charge a lemon-shaped vibrator off my laptop without it trying to wander away every time I move is a big deal.

While charging, the Minna Limon does something super cool that I’ve never seen before. (Yep, I’m totally geeking out.) As with many rechargeables, the Limon’s internal light pulses during charging, then stops and glows steadily to inform you charging is complete.

However, when the Limon’s internal light is on, you see the the word “m!nna” projected onto the side of the vibrator. I know it’s unnecessary and does nothing to enhance to functionality of the toy. I’m also guessing it’ll drive some people crazy, but it’s clever and I love it.

Not only is the Minna Limon fully charged out of the box (not very common but very considerate), it pulses when you turn it on to let you know how much charge is left. Three pulses indicates the vibrator is fully charged, two pulses means you have approximately half the charge left, and one or no pulse says it’s time to recharge.

My understanding is that the Minna Limon requires approximately one hour to fully charge and will last 1.5-3 hour, depending on how it is used. The more frequently you use the stronger intensities, the faster the battery will drain. However, I have not been able to run it down beyond two pulses thus far and I have tried.

On to the fun stuff. What makes the Minna Limon so special? There are a few things, but the major difference between the Limon and any other vibrator on the market (aside from the Minna Ola) is how it actually works. Check out the video below.

 

 

The Minna Limon has what Minna Life calls a “squeezable interface”. Rather than the typical dials or buttons that control a vibrator’s intensity, you manage the Limon’s vibrations by squeezing it. The harder you squeeze, the stronger the vibrations will become. It is the easiest way to control a vibrator I have ever experienced.

There is no fumbling with two hands to try and turn a dial or need to remember which button is which and blindly poking around until you find the correct one. You just squeeze. As wondrous as this squeezability is, it may be challenging for those of you with hand and wrist issues. Minna offers a semi-solution, Lock Mode.

The Minna Limon has three modes, Free Play Mode, Record Mode, and Lock Mode. Just as it sounds, in Free Play Mode, it’s all about you squeezing the vibrator. Squeeze long and hard, you’ll get a steady, strong vibration. Stop squeezing, no vibrations. Easy peasy.

Record Mode is where the Minna Limon adds a special option to its already unique squeezable technology. It allows you to create your own patterns, and with its use of Smart Memory, the Limon will remember and replay the pattern you have just created. How cool is that?

You generate any pattern you like by squeezing the Limon with different strengths and for variable lengths of time. Once you are happy with it, simply stop squeezing. After a moment, the Limon will replay your creation over and over until you squeeze again to stop it.

First very important note: Like a young child, the Minna Limon can remember only one pattern at a time. As soon as you squeeze the vibrator to stop it, that pattern is gone and you must create a new one.

If you really love the pattern you’ve just designed but keep losing it by accidentally squeezing the Minna Limon, you can save your creation for the period of time the vibrator remains on. This is where Lock Mode comes in.

As the name suggests, Lock Mode allows you to lock in a specific pattern of vibrations. This way, no matter how many times you unintentionally squeeze the Minna Limon during play, you will not lose your pattern. I use this mode frequently. (Hi, my name is Bean and I’m am accidental squeezer.)

Just as controlling the vibration strength and patterns couldn’t be easier, the Minna Limon’s single control button could not make moving from mode to mode any more straightforward. I know I usually express a preference for a dedicated on/off switch, but because of how this vibrator works and due to its small size, having just the one button makes sense.

Turning the Minna Limon on is a snap. Simply press the power button. As I mentioned above, this is when the vibrator will pulse to let you know how much charge is left. The power light pulses along with the vibration. When the Limon is on, a small light directly underneath the power button will light up. This light remains lit through all three modes. The Limon always starts out in Free Play Mode. Free Play Mode = power light only.

To move to Record Mode, press the power button once. The record light, to the left of the power button, will turn on. It looks like a refresh symbol, a rounded arrow. You can now create unique vibration patterns and the Minna Limon will replay for them for you. Record Mode = power light + record light.

You’re probably getting the gist of this by now. You access Lock Mode by pressing the power button once again. The record symbol turns off and the lock light turns on. This is located to the right of the power button and looks like a little padlock. Lock Mode = power light + lock light.

Minna Limon Vibrator, in Charging Cradle

Minna Limon Vibrator, Charging Contacts and Travel Vent

Minna Limon Vibrator, USB Charging Cradle

While in Lock Mode, pressing the power button will return you to Free Play Mode, which is where you began when you turned the Minna Limon on. It’s that effortless. Three presses of the power button will allow you to access all the Limon’s features. To turn the vibrator off, press and hold the power button for several seconds. The Limon will pulse once and turn off.

Second very important note: Just as the Minna Limon will instantly forget a pattern as soon as you create a new one, turning the vibrator off will erase the last pattern you made. It does not have the ability to hold patterns in its memory without power.

In addition to employing the squeezable feature Minna Life introduced with the Ola Vibrator, the Minna Limon boasts what the company calls Rumble Motor Technology. Minna Life states that this unique technology offers “unprecedented strength”, which is one of those generalized statements meant to sound good without actually providing any real information.

Regardless, the Minna Limon’s vibrations are no joke. I find them to be more powerful and deeper than those of the Minna Ola and the LELO Siri, and surprisingly on par with my top two favorite clit vibrators of all time, the Crave Duet and the We-Vibe Touch.

The strength of the Minna Limon’s vibrations was a very happy surprise. The We-Vibe Touch may be a teency bit more powerful on its highest level (and I mean teency), but for some reason its power tends to lessen slightly when I press it against my body, so they end up being about the same.

The Siri, one of my preferred LELO vibrators, would need some extra oomph to compete with the Limon. Comparing the Limon to the Crave Duet is more difficult. The Limon’s vibrations may be more rumbly but the Duet’s dual motors create a sensation that the Limon cannot reproduce.

What astonished me even more than the Limon’s power was the deep, rumbliness of its vibrations. Take a moment to recall the highest-pitched, buzziest vibrations you’ve ever felt and how angry they made you. Holding on to that memory? The Limon’s vibrations are on the exact opposite end of the spectrum and are really what separates it from the Siri and many other vibrators. Aside from the obvious difference in shape, I’m not sure I would be able to tell the Minna Limon and the We-Vibe Touch apart in a blind test.

Though I don’t think I will ever lose my fondness for my We-Vibe Touch, the Minna Limon is significantly easier to use (It could be that my Touch is aging, but its button has become more and more difficult to operate.) and is not a lint magnet. It is also decidedly quieter than the We-Vibe Touch (and the Minna Ola), even at its highest level of intensity. I dare say, many people will be able to use the Limon next to a sleeping partner without disturbing them one iota.

Just as with the We-Vibe Touch and any other clit vibe of a similar size, some of the Minna Limon’s vibrations are transferred to the hand during use, causing mild buzzy hand syndrome. Unlike other vibrators that are so bad they are literally painful, the low-pitched level of the Limon’s vibrations restrict this to a tingling or slight discomfort, if any.

The shape of the Minna Limon will most likely work best for women who have protruding, or at least larger clits than mine. Though there is nothing wrong with the shape of the Limon, I find myself wishing its citrusy point was longer. I just happen to have a very small clit that is well hidden in its hood. However, once I sneak the tip in between my labia I am able to tuck it right up under my clit, which works fabulously.

I do want to mention that like the Minna Ola, the Limon’s squeeze pillow (Minna Life’s term, not mine) can deflate after travel or over time. There is a small silver spot underneath the vibrator, between the two magnetic charging contacts. This is the travel vent and when depressed with a ball point pen, it will re-inflate the pillow. And now I’m sleepy. Where is my pillow?

Probably my biggest complaint about the Minna Limon is its over-sized tube. I am a sucker for cool and/or luxurious packaging. At the same, I want a minimal amount of waste. I realize these desires often conflict. (Ever tried wrapping gifts using pages from catalogues or paper grocery bags? It takes a LOT longer than wrapping paper but makes me feel slightly more eco-conscious.)

As with the Ola, the Minna Limon comes in a stylish, cardboard tube that is sturdy enough to provide good protection and long-term storage, but it’s big (though not as bad as the Ola’s gigantic package). Inside the tube, the Limon sits in a little holder of sorts so it is perfectly displayed when you remove the top.

Also included are the Limon’s USB charging stand, an appropriately informative users manual in multiple languages, and a great little storage pouch that is easy to use. (Does anyone who has the We-Vibe Touch not despise the awful storage pouch that comes with it?)

Minna Limon Vibrator Packaging, Front

Minna Limon Vibrator Packaging, Back

Minna Limon Vibrator Packaging, Size

Minna Limon Vibrator Packaging

Minna Limon Vibrator Packaging, Contents

Minna Limon Vibrator Pros:
• Squeezable technology
• Deep and rumbly vibrations
• Powerful vibrations
• Record and Lock Modes
• Very lightweight
• Waterproof
• Rechargeable
• Silky, smooth silicone
• Super quiet
• Easy to use
• Straightforward control/light panel
• Good charging cradle
• Long battery life
• Cool side light-up feature
• Not a lint magnet
• Awesome color

Minna Limon Vibrator Cons:
• Better for protruding clits
• Mild buzzy hand syndrome
• No AC charger
• Overlarge packaging

I love being able to start the year off on a positive note. I had intended to publish my Minna Limon review on New Year’s Day, but the wretched stomach flu kept that from happening. I know this is technically my second review of 2014, but the first one was such a disaster I’m ignoring it.

I really can’t find big gaffes with Minna Limon. I included buzzy hand syndrome on my Cons list because it may be a true problem for some people who have certain hand issues. However, it is mild and no worse than most clit vibrators of its size. I would like an old school wall charger included with my USB charger, but that’s not a failure of the Limon itself.

The two issues to address when deciding on whether or not to purchase the Minna Limon are the squeezing and the shape. You can see all the great features this vibrator has listed under Pros and it’s obvious I’m a fan. I also have a chronic pain condition that severely impacts my hands at times. Would I want to deal with a squeeze pillow on those occasions? No. Then again, I don’t want to masturbate when I’m in that much pain either.

Do you prefer steady vibrations and only enjoy patterns once in a while? If so, the Minna Limon is probably not the ideal vibrator for you. Nifty technology aside, this vibrator is best suited for people who appreciate different pattern and want the opportunity to create their own.

Do you know what shape vibrator works best for you? If not, how are you built? Do you have a small, hidey clit like mine or is yours large and protruding, loud and proud? This is also vital to making a good decision about owning the Minna Limon.

While the Minna Limon has not replaced my favorite clit vibrator, it is making a serious play for the number two spot. Though I ultimately favor the shape of the We-Vibe Touch, I prefer everything else about the Minna Limon, from its silky, non-lint magnet-y silicone, to its ease of use and ability to create unique patterns, to its non-hateful storage pouch.

If you’re deciding between the Minna Ola and the Minna Limon, there is no competition. The Limon wins hands down. Not being insertable makes it slightly less versatile, but the strength, depth, and quietness of the vibrations, along with its much better charging solution and slicker silicone make up for that ten times over.

SheVibe carries both the Minna Limon and the Minna Ola and will give you free shipping on your $75 purchase, you’ll which qualify for with either vibrator. It’s not that I’m not trying to influence your decision or anything. All I’m saying is that if you’re in the market for a vibrator, seriously consider the Minna Limon. It comes in teal. Need I say more?

Bean Fiddler Rating:

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