Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Review

 

Trumpet Fanfare

I know, I know. Last week, I also opened my review with a bunch of fanfare, but I did warn you all that it was just the beginning of the countdown to 200 reviews on Bean Fiddler. This week is the 198th review!

I have scheduled these last four reviews leading up to the 200th very thoughtfully, choosing items from some of my favorite sex toy manufacturers and sex toy stores in the hope I’d end up with four shiny, happy reviews. It’s a celebration, after all. I am very pleased to report that this week’s selection, considerately provided by Good Vibrations, totally fulfilled my expectations. That is to say, the Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator is one handy dandy little vibe.

 

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Three-Quarter View

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Side View

I used the word “little” intentionally, as the Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator (which I have issues typing for reasons) is what Fun Factory calls a “mini vibe”, and for good reason. Part of Fun Factory’s new line of DeluxeVIBES, the Semilino is only 6.5″ long, with 3.5″ being insertable, and 1.25″ in diameter. However, as with my very first Fun Factory vibrator, Little Paul, good things come in small packages.

Not be confused with the original line of Fun Factory Mini Vibes, the Semilino has a snazzy champagne colored ABS base, with its control panel and magnetic charging feet. The shaft is the typical, fabulous Fun Factory squashable, plush silicone. From my first experience with Fun Factory sex toys, I have raved about the quality of their silicone. The soft and silky texture of this silicone continues to stand out to me, even now that I’m a (perhaps) slightly jaded sex toy reviewer with more toys than I can actually store (omg, so not kidding!). Even when I haven’t been particularly fond of a specific Fun Factory toy, I have always loved their silicone and I’m happy to see it hasn’t changed. If anything, it may have gotten better.

Of course, the fact that the silicone has not changed means that the Fun Factory Semilino is a huge lint magnet. That’s just the price you pay for the privilege of enjoying such yumminess. It is going to attract every bit of dust and lint within a three mile radius, no way around it. Though I expect it, I still find it frustrating that every time I wash my Semilino Vibrator it’s all dusty before it even finishes drying. I can dry it with a towel, but that ends up making things worse (or do I own the lintiest towels in existence?). What I usually do is wash the vibrator right before slapping on some lube and using it immediately afterward.

Oh, there will be lube. Another standard feature of Fun Factory silicone is that it is particularly draggy. I don’t necessarily see this as a negative. I’m going to use lube anyway, so what does it matter if I need an additional drop or two compared to some of my other silicone sex toys? Silicone most often has drag. It’s just the nature of the beast.

Fun Factory always recommends using water-based lubricant with its silicone toys and the Semilino is no exception. Some silicone-based lubes can react negatively with the silicone of the vibrator and cause it to become sticky. If you do want to chance it, definitely perform a small patch test before slathering your silicone-based lube all over the shaft of the vibrator.

As with all high-quality silicone, the Fun Factory Semilino’s is latex and phthalate-free, practically non-porous, hypoallergenic and body-safe. It can also be easily cleaned and disinfected. Good sex toy hygiene is vital, but that doesn’t mean you’ve to get all fancy. As I am generally lazy, prefer to keep my ingestion of random chemicals to a minimum, and don’t share my sex toys, I stick with warm water and mild liquid hand soap (NOT anti-bacterial, which is not necessary). There are a number of good sex toy cleaners out there as well.

When it comes to sharing sex toys, silicone is a great option because it can actually be disinfected. Using a 10% bleach solution on the silicone shaft of the Fun Factory Semilino will allow you to share it with non-fluid bonded partners. Just be sure to disinfect (not the same as just being washed) again before using it yourself. This will keep you from transferring any nasty bugs un/knowingly.

You should absolutely NOT use the Fun Factory Semilino anally. It does not have an appropriately flared based to keep the vibrator secured outside of your body. If you were to let go, it could very easily be sucked up inside of you. Fun Factory does an excellent job of informing you this is a big no-no in the user manual. This image from the Fun Factory User Manual is so perfectly clear, I love it.

You may have noticed my comment earlier on about the charging feet on the base of the Fun Factory Semilino and picked up on the fact that it is a rechargeable vibrator (because you’re smart). Not only is this vibrator rechargeable, which always makes me happy, it charges magnetically. Aside from being cool (I know it’s not a new thing. Still cool.), this means there are no open ports anywhere on the Semilino, which makes it waterproof. We’re not talking you can take it in the shower because it’s not likely to get overly waterlogged waterproof, but you can take it in the tub fully submersible waterproof.

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Size

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Curved Tip

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Clit Bump

Just like any other rechargeable Fun Factory vibrator, the Semilino uses Click ‘N’ Charge technology. The vibrator charges via a small disc with two magnetic feet attached to and AC charger. Attaching the charging disc to the base of the vibrator is super easy because the magnets only connect one way. If you try to do it incorrectly, they will repel each other.

When the charger is properly connected and the Semilino is charging, the buttons on the control panel light up in descending order. A full charge may take up to 8 hours and the Semilino can hold its charge for approximately three months.

The charger has been redesigned since the last Fun Factory toy I reviewed, the Stronic Eins Pulsator, and the magnetic connection seems stronger. I have often had issues with the charging disc slipping off if the vibrator was not connected just so. It could be a giant pain. However, either I’ve gotten much better at finding that perfect angle (doubtful) or the magnets are stronger.

I love the design of the new Fun Factory charger. Its is clearly labeled. Granted, the charging disc is also labeled and Fun Factory chargers tend to stand out from other sex toy chargers, but this makes it so much easier to reach into a drawer full of them (Oh, yes. This drawer exists and it is scary.) and quickly grab the correct one. Great idea, Fun Factory.

The control panel on the base/handle of the Fun Factory Semilino consists of three buttons, the – button, the + button, and the FUN button. The FUN button is a dedicated on/off switch, which every vibrator should have. To turn the Semilino on, you press and hold the FUN button for maybe .5 seconds.

When you press the FUN button again, the vibrator turns off immediately. This is very convenient when the phone rings or during those awkward moments when someone walks in on you masturbating. No fumbling around, holding a button for three seconds. Just a simple press, and you’re home-free.

The + and – buttons work more or less as expected with one slight difference. When you turn the Fun Factory Semilino on, you can actually step down two levels in intensity. You can then cycle back up to where you began and onward. According to Fun Factory, the Semilino has six levels of intensity and six different vibrational patterns, but I can only discern five levels of intensity with the six patterns.

To make things even more confusing (because, why not?), the user manual indicates four different modes split up between these 11 options. Again, shades of the Stronic Eins Pulsator, though this time Fun Factory only named the modes and not each separate setting.

The modes, patterns, and intensities (as I can best determine) are as follows:
1. Merengue Mode- Lowest steady vibration
2. Merengue Mode- Low steady vibration
3. Merengue Mode- Medium steady vibration
4. Constant Mode- Higher steady vibration
5. Constant Mode- Highest steady vibration
6. Constant Mode- Slow roller coaster
7. Aerobic Mode- Fast roller coaster
8. Aerobic Mode- Faster roller coaster
9. Razzle Dazzle Mode- Fast pulse
10. Razzle Dazzle Mode- High and low fast pulse
11. Razzle Dazzle Mode- Escalating pulse

It’s like a really annoying game of memory or something. Razzle Dazzle Mode is my favorite, totally based on the name. Do not ask me to explain how the modes are named or why they are split up across the patterns in this way. I have NO clue.

Regardless, the mode names and all that crap above is unimportant. What matters are the vibrations themselves. Fun Factory claims the Semilino has a new, stronger, and longer lasting motor. I do not know if it will last longer over time, but they absolutely delivered on their claim of increased strength. All the oddly named modes are powerful, deep, and rumbly, my favorite type of vibration. The step down feature is SO strange to me but it’s basically a non-issue.

The lowest level of intensity is still significantly stronger than the lowest level of earlier rechargeable Fun Factory vibrators, such as Bubbles, whose lowest level is so barely there it’s easy to think you’ve turned the vibrator off when you actually have not.

I really enjoy the vibrations of the Fun Factory Semilino and find the vibrator to be quite versatile. The lower strength modes work well on my nipples, as well as being a good warmup on my labia. Of course, they’re fairly fantastic against my clit.

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Control Panel

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Control Panel Turned On

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Charging Disc

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, AC Charger

The Fun Factory Semilino has a travel lock, which is useful even when you’re not traveling. Rechargeable vibrators can press up against something in storage, accidentally turn on, and run down their batteries. It is always so sad when you go to use one and discover it is dead.

To avoid this, use the travel lock, or as Fun Factory calls it, the “key lock”. To lock the Semilino, press and hold the FUN and – buttons at the same time until both buttons flash rapidly and the vibrator gives off a single, short vibration. To unlock, go through the same process with the FUN and + buttons.

Though the control panel on the Fun Factory Semilino is easy to use, I run into the same problem I had with the Fun Factory Stronic Eins Pulsator. I’m not sure if it’s just my eyes (I am super blind), but I can barely differentiate the + and – buttons unless the vibrator is turned on and the buttons are lit up. I think it was just a poor color choice on the part of Fun Factory’s designers.

The Fun Factory Semilino is not the quietest vibrator I own, but it’s not horribly loud either. If you’re using it externally, you may need a bit of cover music or running water at the highest levels. If it’s inside your body (remember, vagina only), and your door is not paper thin you should be safe from eavesdroppers. When using it in the bathroom, keep in mind that though running water will cover sound, bathroom acoustics often actually enhance it. Masturbate while bathing at your own risk.

I know I’ve already gushed about the Semilino’s squashy silicone, which is even squashier at its slightly curved tip. Perhaps the first 1″-1.5″ of the tip of the vibrator is solid, squeezable silicone, so it’s flexible. The remainder of the silicone covers the motor in the shaft, and while it has some give, it’s very rigid.

The back of the shaft is totally smooth, while the front is heartily ridged, providing a seriously distinctive texture. As a texture girl, I love it. If you do not like texture, bar your doors and windows. The Semilino is not the vibrator for you. Consider one of the older Fun Factory vibrators (They have black bases.). If you’re just beginning to experiment with texture, you might want to start with the new Fun Factory Flora, which has some, but not nearly as much texture as the Semilino.

I love feeling the texture as I slowly thrust the Fun Factory Semilino in and out of myself, but there are two features that don’t do much for me at all. The Semilino’s slightly curved tip is intended to stimulate the g-spot and the ridged bump at the base of the its shaft is a clit stimulator.

When it comes to g-spot stimulation, my body requires a steeper curve and does better with a firmer material, such as glass or stainless steel. However, I don’t see this as a fail on the part of the Fun Factory Semilino. Though it does nothing for my g-spot, the shape is actually great. Some vibrators are too straight and pokey, which can be uncomfortable. The rounded tip works well, not a jab in sight!

The clit bump is very similar to the one on the Fun Factory Stronic Eins Pulsator, and it did nothing for me there as well. This is more a quirk of my body and the type of stimulation I need than a problem with the Semilino. That little bump will work wonder for some people, and it provides a great stopping point (sort of like a doorstop), to keep me from thrusting too far in the heat of the moment.

The packaging of the Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator is like that of the Stronic Eins Pulsator rather than earlier Fun Factory sex toys. There is an external sleeve with images of the Semilino, but Fun Factory has never been discreet in their packaging. It’s always good for gifting though, as long as it won’t be opened in front of the wrong crowd. Inside the sleeve is a much more discreet box with the Fun Factory logo that actually could be left laying around.

The box itself contains the Semilino Vibrator, its charger, the brief user manual, and a not so little foldout of warnings in multiple languages. Fun Factory has changed their user manual significantly. Rather than the longwinded and wordy ones of the past, this new one uses images to communicate. It’s mostly effective.

However, I wish the user manual was a bit more thorough. For example, it shows Fun Factory’s ToyFluid as the lube to use. Of course, I understand them recommending their own product, but I’m sure the average user doesn’t necessarily know that ToyFluid is a water-based formula, and that Fun Factory is really saying to use water-based lube, not silicone-based.

Someone who doesn’t have ToyFluid (which is probably most of the world, as it’s difficult to find) is probably going to assume they can use any old lube, which could be disastrous. Other than that, Fun Factory does a decent job communicating through their little pictograms.

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Packaging

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Packaging, Side of Box

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Packaging, Internal Box

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Packaging, Box Contents

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Packaging, Protective Sleeve

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Pros:
• Deep and rumbly vibrations
• Powerful
• Good texture
• Soft, squashy silicone
• Lightweight
• Rechargeable
• Dedicated on/off button
• Waterproof
• Easy to use
• Strong magnetic charging connection
• Clearly labeled AC charger
• Clit bump acts as doorstop

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Cons:
• Lint magnet
• Difficult to tell + and – buttons apart unless turned on

The ration of positive to negative features of the Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator is absurd, especially considering I often include the lint magnet issue on the list of cons for many silicone sex toys.

The challenge of telling the buttons apart when the vibrator is off is not a big deal once you learn which button is which, and as the FUN button is larger than the other two, it’s not that difficult to remember their placement.

Point being, the Fun Factory Semilino is a success. Though small in size, it is big on power and has excellent deep and rumbly vibrations. While size queens should definitely contemplate something like the Fun Factory Big Boss as an alternative to the Semilino, many people will be very satisfied with its power and travel-friendly size.

The lightness of the vibrator make it a good option for those with hand and wrist issues, the fact that it’s rechargeable will please those concerned with their carbon footprint, and its waterproofness (don’t pretend like I haven’t used this word before) will make those who enjoy bathtub fun happy. The plushness of Fun Factory’s silicone is ever pleasing to the touch, the ease of charging, and dedicated on/off button simply add to the Semilino’s charms.

If the curve of the Semilino’s head and the its clit bump work with your body, I’d be hard-pressed to find you a better mini vibe. As those two little extras don’t do it for me, I knocked off half of a bean, but the Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator is dreadfully divine.

Fortunately, you can head right over to Good Vibrations and pick one out in orange or black. Plus, you’ll end up with Free shipping as your purchase will be more than $50. What are you waiting for, people??

Bean Fiddler Rating:

Mini Fanfare

 

You’re all aware our 200th review is coming up in just two short weeks! I know you know this because I keep reminding you. With Bean Fiddler’s 200th review, we will be launching a fun and atypical giveaway, so be sure to keep your eyes on Bean Fiddler over the next couple of weeks!

SPOTLIGHT on New Lovehoney Sqweel Go

You may or may not be familiar with a very unique sex toy called the Lovehoney Sqweel. The original Sqweel, designed by Trevor Murphy, was the winner of the very first Lovehoney Design A Sex Toy Competition.

It was a toy intended to recreate the sensations of oral sex, or at least to come as close as humanly (devicely?) possible. In 2012, Lovehoney released an update to their bestselling oral sex simulator, the new and improved Sqweel 2. Now in 2013, not content to sit back and relax, they have followed up this success with the brand new Lovehoney Sqweel Go.

Lovehoney Sweel Go

Though I didn’t have a mad love affair with my Sqweel 2, it was definitely unlike any sex toy I had ever tried, before or since. For that reason, I am looking forward to testing the new Lovehoney Sqweel Go far more than I normally would be when it comes to sex toy revamps.

I am chalking this enthusiasm up to the fact that other than my Lovehoney Sqweel 2, I don’t have any other sex toy that does anything even close to the Sqweel’s intended purpose, and I am hoping for some big improvements. One of my issues with the Sqweel 2 was that I am unable to apply as much pressure against my clit as I want. Fingers crossed that I will be able to accomplish this with the Sqweel Go.

Aside from the fact that a smaller Sqweel Go means it’ll be lighter weight (always good when you’re holding a sex toy in your hand for a while), I am expecting it to be less clunky and easier to handle. Obviously, I cannot be sure just looking at the online images, but it does seem as though the 10 silicone tongues on the Sqweel Go extend further away from the body of the toy than on the Sqweel 2. If so, it may be easier to nestle those little tongues right up to my clit.

The Lovehoney Sqweel Go has at least one guaranteed improvement over its predecessors. It is rechargeable. I have discovered, the more my sex toy collection grows (I am beyond out of storage. Help me!), the less I want to use batteries. Aside from the environmental impact (I have a drawer full of dead batteries that ned to be disposed of properly), batteries are expensive.

I’ve noticed it’s something that pops into my head now when I’m using battery-operated sex toys, more and more frequently, and that just sucks. Who wants to feel like they’ve got to hurry up and orgasm before the batteries die? Of course, this also says something about my inability to shut down my brain and relax…

Rather than keep it a surprise, I am going to share my anticipation with you. There is a little, purple Lovehoney Sqweel Go winging its way to me, even as I write this. You know what that means. Sometime in the near future, I shall be publishing a review and letting you all know if it’s as awesome as I am hoping or if it ends up breaking my heart.

Excited? Curious? Hot and bothered? Me too!

SPOTLIGHT on Je Joue MiMi Soft Clit Vibrator

Two years ago, I published a Spotlight on the Je Joue MiMi. The MiMi is a small, external vibrator, designed to stimulate the clit and nipples, among other body bits. Just recently, Je Joue released a new version, called the Je Joue MiMi Soft.

Je Joue MiMi Soft Clit Vibrator

As far as the two Je Joue MiMi Vibrators go, they are very similar. In fact, in online images, I cannot tell them apart. The main difference seems to be the extra layer of squashy silicone added to the tip of the vibrator, hence the name, MiMi Soft. In addition to this new layer of silicone, Je Joue has also included another pattern, bringing the total number of patterns to six. MiMi Soft still has five levels of vibration strength and I have heard nothing about a change in the power or types of vibrations.

Still rechargeable and waterproof, and made of the same silky silicone as the other Je Joue sex toys, the Je Joue MiMi Soft seems to have only gotten better. Apparently, it also has the same three button interface as its older siblings, which admittedly, is my least favorite aspect of this family of vibrators.

I am a serious fan of Je Joue sex toys. In fact, I own all but two of them. I still have yet to review the Je Joue G-Ki, though I do have one. I also have the Je Joue Ami, the Je Joue Uma, and one of the top contenders for my favorite rabbit vibrator of the year, the Je Joue FiFi.

I do not have the Je Joue Mio, mostly because I am not terribly fond of cock rings. I also somehow never got around to picking up the original Je Joue MiMi, though I’m not entirely sure why this is as I have always wanted to try it. I am hoping this time around I have that opportunity. I am not at all patient enough to wait around until the Je Joue MiMi Soft’s third inception, if that ever happens.

You can find the Je Joue MiMi Soft Clit Vibrator at the following stores:

Babeland
Good Vibrations
Lovehoney

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator Review

One month ago to the day, I published a Spotlight on the new Nalone Sex Toys at Lovehoney. Not long after, Lovehoney asked if I would be interested in actually reviewing one of the Nalone toys. They kindly offered me the Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, one of the toys I had mentioned interested me the most.

Nalone Pulse Sound Activate Vibrator

If you are familiar with the OhMiBod line of vibrators, the Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator is not a completely new concept. However, while OhMiBod vibrators respond to music via an iOS app, the Nalone Pulse does not require software, and it essentially reacts to any noise loud enough for its microphone to pick up. Not too shabby.

Other than saying that the sound activation feature functions very well, I’ll leave the rest of my comments for later in the review. Let’s start with the basics. The Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator has an ABS handle and a hot pink silicone shaft. *sigh* Yet another hot pink sex toy to add to my collection.

This pink silicone is unusually sleek and smooth and does not attract lint, like many of my other silicone toys. I like that very much. It has quite a bit less drag than linty silicone toys as well. This means I don’t need as much lube as I do with those draggier toys, but I still need some.

You’ll want to stick with water-based lubricant so you don’t have any issues with silicone-based lube bonding with the shaft and making it sticky. Oil-based products will cause the silicone to break down over time (per Nalone), so they are a no no.

The Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator is 8″ long, with 5.5″ of insertable length, and is approximately 1.3″ in diameter. The curvy tip is rounded and thicker than the shaft. Depending on where your g-spot is located and/or how you angle the vibrator, you may be able to sufficiently stimulate your g-spot. I don’t actually find it that effective for g-spotting.

There is a slight ridge in either side of the Nalone Pulse’s shaft. I am pointing this out merely as a matter of interest, because while it looks nifty and I can feel it with my hand, I don’t notice at all in use.

The fact that it is waterproof makes cleaning the Nalone Pulse Vibrator easy breezy. Use warm water and mild soap, a sex toy cleaner, or a 10% bleach solution. The bleach solution will disinfect the silicone shaft and allow you to use the Nalone Pulse with non-fluid bonded partners. Of course, you can use a condom over the shaft just as easily, but not just as cheaply.

When washing your Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, be sure to double-check that the hot pink silicone plug on the back of the handle is snug and secure in its charging port. Mine has a tendency to pop out. That little plug is what makes the vibrator waterproof. Without it tightly in place, you run the risk of water seeping in and damaging the port.

You may have noticed I just indicated that the Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator is rechargeable. It charges via the little port in back I mentioned. Nalone provides you with a USB charger, which is great, but they do not include an AC adapter so you can plug it into the wall to charge the vibrator.

I have a number of such adapters, and I suppose between iPods, iPhones, and Androids (Yep, I am totally ignoring Blackberry, but then who isn’t nowadays?), most people have at least one. It probably lowers the price point a smidge not to provide the AC adapter, but this vibrator is not cheap and how much could one cost anyway? $.05?

It’s just helpful to have the option of plugging the Nalone Pulse into the wall to charge it rather than being stuck charging your vibrator on a computer. I would think parents who may share a computer with their child/children would agree.

Though not specified in the user manual exactly how long is necessary, charging seems to take a couple of hours, and you should get up to three hours of play time on a full charge. The control panel flashes blue to let you know the vibrator charging and glows steadily when the Nalone Pulse is done.

Once you know how to use the control panel it is simple enough, but I’ll admit it took me longer than expected to figure out how to turn the damn vibrator on. I do not enjoy feeling like an idiot. Unlike any other vibrator I own (I think…I have a LOT of vibrators, so I won’t swear to it.), you’ve got to hold the power button for three seconds to turn it on.

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, Side View

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, Size

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, Curvy Tip

I get having to hold the power button for three seconds to turn the vibrator off, which is indeed what you need to do with the Pulse, but why to turn it on? If I stop feeling pissy for a moment, I guess I can see the advantage that the vibrator is less likely to turn itself on accidentally by bumping into something.

Other than the three second press to turn the vibrator on, the control panel is mostly self-explanatory. The manual does explain it, if you are unable to sort it out on your own. (and there is no shame in that) It consists of a hot pink silicone circle, to match the shaft of the Nalone Pulse, with a white plastic center. In the middle of the plastic is a small hole, which is the microphone for the sound activation feature. You’ll want to make sure it is free and clear of any fingers or blankets or anything that could hamper its ability to detect sound.

There are four buttons placed around the circle. At the bottom is the power button, which is clearly marked with the universal power icon. On the top is the button that controls the strength of the vibrations. It is marked with +/- within a circle. The right side of the circle says “Manual” and controls the seven different modes of vibration, which you change by pressing the button until you get to the one you want. The left side of the circle, where it says “Music +” is basically why we are all here.

I assume the + indicates the fact that the Nalone Pulse Vibrator reacts not only to music, but to any sound picked up by the microphone. This includes voices, my fan, my phone ringing, etc. To switch to Music + or “vibrating voice” mode, you just press the button. This works whether the vibrator is in Manual or standby.

As long as the microphone is unfettered, it picks up sound very well. It responds to sharp sounds and abrupt noise the most. Music with a strong beat or a singer who hits the lyrics hard is best. It doesn’t do as well with more flowy, mellow music. It reacts adequately to voices, as well as moans and whimpers (if they are loudish).

The user manual states that the Nalone Pulse Vibrator has two sound activation or vibrating voice modes. One of these is supposed to be stronger than the other, but quite frankly, I really do not feel much of a difference. The manual also has a description of the seven vibration Manual modes, which is slightly different from mine. The list below is based on my experience, not the information in the manual.
1. Low steady vibration
2. Medium steady vibration
3. High steady vibration
4. Pulse
5. Four fast, short pulses, one long pulse
6. Ramp up
7. Three slow, short pulses, one long pulse
8. Sound activation

When it comes to actually using the Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, it’s a mixed bag. As I stated above, I think the vibrating voice mode works very well, and the fact that it responds to almost any sound stimuli makes it much more versatile than the OhMiBod vibrators (and way cooler).

Though the sound activation component of the Nalone Pulse is effective, I have to say it’s frustrating when a lack of sound disrupts the vibration. This may happen frequently, depending on what you are using to trigger it. Someone speaking (or moaning) is going to have far more gaps than loud music with a heavy beat.

It would be really great if you could somehow use the vibrating voice feature at the same time as manual mode. Then you would have a constant underlying vibration that would increase with sound, rather than than the vibrator going completely dead here and there.

The Nalone Pulse is very quiet. I tend to be suspicious when vibrators make claims about how silent they are, especially when the term “whisper quiet” is used to describe them. However, I’ve got to say this vibrator is quite muted, at approximately 50 decibels. To put this into perspective, a whisper is about 40 decibels, the hum of a refrigerator is around 50, and rainfall clocks in at up to 60 decibels.

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, Control Panel

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, Charging Port Plug

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, Charging Port

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, USB Charging Cable

I mention the actual decibels because Nalone makes a big deal about it. Of course, Doubting Thomas that I am, I expected the vibrator would actually be on the loud side, but it isn’t. While not quiet as a whisper, for a vibrator, it’s awfully close. Especially considering the Nalone Pulse is a full-sized vibrator and not a dinky little clit vibe.

Moving on to the less thrilling aspects of the Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, the vibrations. It’s not that they’re bad, they’re not. They are just…meh. They are midrange in depth, neither light and buzzy, nor deep and throbby. I can get off with them, they don’t hurt my clit, and they don’t give me buzzy hand syndrome. Nonetheless, if you really want and/or NEED deep vibrations, you are not likely to be very happy.

When it comes to the strength of the vibrations, it’s the same story. They are only moderate in intensity. Again, I can orgasm with the Nalone Pulse, but it takes longer than I would like. It’s certainly not a vibrator I’d use when I’m in a hurry or would turn to in a pinch. If you require power, you won’t find it here.

The packaging for the Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator is somewhat indiscreet, but quite sturdy. There is an exterior sleeve with images of the vibrator and a basic rundown of its features. Inside the sleeve is a shimmery pink box that says Nalone in the bottom right corner.

This box is fine to leave laying around as it gives no indication of what it is hiding. Inside the box, the Nalone Pulse Vibrator reclines on a fitted styrofoam bed covered with cream-colored satin. At the base of the vibrator is a box containing the USB charger, purple storage bag, user manual, and warranty card. The presentation is lovely. Unfortunately, the styrofoam is securely glued into the bottom of the box and I cannot remove it. I would have like to use it to store a few things along with the Nalone Pulse.

Crammed into the lid of the box is a pamphlet with the Nalone line of sex toys. The images are good to look at but don’t do your shopping based on it. At least for the Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator, it lists some incorrect information. You’re better off getting details on the Nalone sex toys from Lovehoney.

The user manual, which is written in English only, provides all the important information, other than actually telling you how long it needs to charge to reach full capacity. Unless it’s one of those weird things where you’re supposed to leave it on the charger for 16 hours or something the very first time, I wouldn’t worry too much. It only took me a few hours charging it via my computer.

The thing that kills me about the manual is that the print is microscopic. Granted, I started wearing glasses at age five and am seriously blind, but I’m not crazy blind! It should not be that hard for me to read the manual in broad daylight. Now, I feel really, really old. Way to go, Nalone.

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator Packaging, Front

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator Packaging, Side

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator Packaging, Back

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator Packaging, Internal Box

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator Packaging, Contents

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator Pros:
• Sound Activated feature
• Quiet
• Silicone
• Lightweight
• Waterproof
• Easy to use control panel
• Not a lint magnet
• Rechargeable
• Nice shape
• Charges via USB

Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator Cons:
• Midrange vibrations (not deep enough)
• Not very powerful
• No AC charger included
• Have to hold down for 3 seconds to turn on

If you take a look at my pros and cons lists, it would seem like the pros far outweigh the cons, thus earning the Nalone Pulse Vibrator a high bean score. However, we’ve got to look closely at the importance of the qualities on each list. Sure, what material the vibrator is made from and whether or not it’s waterproof, rechargeable, and easy to use all matter.

Let’s face it though, these days I’m even more selective about what sorts of materials I’ll put into my body, not that I was ever that lackadaisical. I prefer rechargeable vibrators that are waterproof, but I still use some that are neither.

Though noise is not a big problem for me, it is for many people. So, the fact that the Nalone Pulse Vibrator is super quiet is a big deal. If you have a partner or roommate who is a heavy sleeper, you can literally use this vibrator without waking them up.

The weight of a sex toy sometimes has an impact on my play, depending on how badly my body is behaving at any given moment. Some of my sex toys are too hefty at certain times and I must turn to other, lighter ones. I am by far not the only person out there who needs to be aware of this. Therefore, the lightweightness (I don’t feel good about myself if I don’t make up at least one word every week.) of the Nalone Pulse makes it more versatile and useable by more people.

It’s always tricky when it comes to rating a sex toy with significant pros and cons. Sometimes I bounce back and forth doing the whole “but on the other hand” thing, until I have way too many hands. The Nalone Pulse isn’t quite that bad, as it really is a matter of two key concerns, the sound activation feature and the vibrations. Obviously, these issues are intertwined, considering that the vibrating voice element is dependent upon the vibrations.

As I have clearly stated, though I’d like the sound activation to do something it is not capable of (Remember, my constant, underlying vibration with the sound activation increasing the power idea.), it does an excellent job of doing what it claims to do. It reacts to any noise that is audible enough. Good on you for that, Nalone.

The vibrations themselves though… They are not quite deserving of a throat punch, they are more NCIS Gibbs slap on the back of the head worthy. Yes, I can orgasm with this vibrator, which is ultimately the point, but the vibrations are still meh. Who wants a vibrator with meh vibrations though? The vibrations are simply not good enough for me to jump and down in excitement, especially for sex toy at this price point. I want them to be deeper in frequency and more powerful.

That being said, if you have a delicate clit and cannot handle very strong vibrators (These women totally exist.), the sound activation certainly makes the Nalone Pulse Vibrator completely worthwhile. The middle of the road depth of the vibrations is more forgivable and easier to work with in my mind, as this is often less of an issue than power.

Though I am disappointed in the vibrations, the vibrating voice aspect is effective enough to push the Nalone Pulse Sound Activated Vibrator just beyond the edge of average, earning this vibrator a rating of three beans.

Tomorrow is Halloween, my favorite holiday. Lovehoney has a number of specials going on right now, which you can take a look at on the Bean Fiddler Deals & Sales Page. It’s an excellent time to head on over and take advantage of their free shipping, with no minimum purchase.

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Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator Review

I was scrolling through Bean Fiddler recently and I was surprised to see that the last time I reviewed a rabbit vibrator was way back in June. That may not seem like a long time, but as someone who really likes rabbit vibes, I tend to review them frequently.

Deciding it was time for another rabbit review, recently receiving the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator was rather timely. I know I mention this almost every time I review a Lovehoney sex toy, but why oh why must the names of their products be soooooo long? Is it really necessary? I’m just wondering if there is something I am missing here…

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator

As has occurred in the past, though I knew the specs of the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator before it arrived, I was surprised by its size. I don’t know how this continues happening. It’s true I don’t have very good spatial sense, but by now you’d think I know what a 9.5″ long vibrator will look like. Apparently not. Part of what surprised me (and yes, I know you can see it in the images on the Lovehoney site) is that the base of the vibrator is flat. The Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural, like the other vibrators in the Happy Rabbit product line, can actually stand upright completely on its own.

You might think this no big deal, but as a matter of fact, it’s quite convenient. It means that before and/or after use, I can stand the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator up on my bedside or coffee table without worrying about it rolling off and onto the floor, which happens ALL the time with my sex toys. Yes, I’m going to wash it so it’s not the end of the world, but I’m a big supporter of anything that makes my life easier.

Speaking of washing, caring for the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator is relatively easy. I use the word “relatively” because the Happy Rabbit is not waterproof, it is splash proof. I am assuming this is due to the charging port on the back of the base of the vibrator. It does have a cover, so be sure that is securely fastened when rinsing the Happy Rabbit. Both the silicone and ABS can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap or a sex toy cleaner. The silicone shaft and clit bunny can also be disinfected with a 10% bleach solution. This process will allow you to safely use the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator with non-fluid bonded partners.

As I mentioned above, there is a charging port of the back of the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator, so obviously this vibrator is rechargeable. Charging it is easy enough. You just gently pull aside the white port cover and plug the charging cable into the vibrator. The Happy Rabbit comes only with an AC adapter so it cannot be charged via USB, like some of my other rechargeable vibrators.

An initial six hour charge is required for the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator to be at full capacity, and this charge should be good for up to two hours of play time. Above the charging port on the back of the vibrator, there is a small LED that glows red during charging and turns green to let you know charging is complete.

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator, Size

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator, Shaft Curve

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator, Bunny Ears

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator, Control Panel

As well as being 9.5″ long, with an insertable 5.5″, the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator is approximately 1.5″ in diameter. This, along with the rabbit attachment that sticks out quite a bit from the shaft of the vibrator, helps make it seem larger than it really is. Don’t misunderstand me though, it is a large vibrator.

You can see in the images that the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator is made of hot pink silicone. The hot pink silicone of the Happy Rabbit’s shaft and clit stimulator attachment matches the hot pink plastic of the control panel buttons.

This hot pink silicone has a smoother and slightly more rubbery texture than some of my other silicone sex toys. Its drag level is about middling and it definitely requires more than a drop of water-based lubricant. Don’t dump the lube on, but be liberal in your application. You’re best off sticking with a water-based lubricant, as a silicone-based one could react negatively with the silicone of the vibrator. Of course, the silicone is latex and phthalate-free, hypoallergenic and body-safe.

The shaft of the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator has a slight curve to it, though it’s not nearly as extreme as the curve on the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit G-Spot Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator. This curved head is also slightly thicker than the rest of the insertable part of the shaft and has some flexibility. The rabbit clit attachment has a well-defined nose, but no other facial features.

The ears are super bendy, and there is just a slight amount of movement allowed at the base of the clit attacdhment, so you don’t have much leeway to adjust it if the Happy Rabbit Vibrator doesn’t fit your body quite right. There are seams all around the shaft and clit stimulator that are easily felt with fingers, but provide no clue to their existence when the vibrator is in use.

The control panel of the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator is simple and straightforward. It consists of two buttons, a small round one and a larger oblong one just above, making the controls look like an exclamation point. The small, round button controls the bunny ears, which have three levels of intensity. The larger, oblong button controls the five vibration patterns in the shaft. They are as follows:
1. Low steady vibration
2. Medium steady vibration
3. High steady vibration
4. Fast ramp up
5. Alternating pulses between bunny ears and shaft

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator, Base

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator, LED

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator, Charging Port

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator, Charger

To turn on either function, just press the corresponding button. Continue pressing to scroll through the options for each segment of the vibrator. To turn off either function, press and hold the corresponding button briefly. The two parts of the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator can be used separately or simultaneously. The motor in the shaft has a memory chip, so when you turn it on it will start at the same pattern it was on when you turned it off.

There is no back button, so if you miss the mode you want, you have to keep pressing until you come back to it. While it only has three levels of power and five patterns, I don’t really find this to be a problem. It’s not like having to scroll through 10 or 11 modes, but it is always nice to have a back button. Nevertheless, I do like the simplicity of the Happy Rabbit Vibrator’s control panel.

The control panel is very simple to use during play. The different shape of the buttons makes it easy to tell them apart by touch, and they don’t require a ton of pressure to activate. I thought the flatness of the base of the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator might feel odd during use, but I don’t notice it all. The base just feels sturdy and comfortable in my hand. However, it is slightly heaver than some of my other vibrators, so people with serious hand issues may have some trouble with it.

I would not call the vibrations of the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator quiet, per se, but for a rabbit vibrator, they really are not loud. You might need a bit of cover noise if someone is sitting completely silently in the next room, reading or something, but otherwise, an average bedroom door should be sufficient to cover up the sound.

When I first turned the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator on, I was a bit disappointed in the vibrations. They felt higher-pitched than I was expecting. However, it turns out they really aren’t that light. The vibrations in the shaft are fairly deep and rumbly. The bunny ears are not quite as deep as the shaft, more middle of the road, but definitely not even close to being buzzy.

As far as power goes, the vibrations of the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator are strong, and get me off quickly and easily. It’s not a powerhouse of a vibrator, but for many people, the strength of the vibrations will be more than sufficient. The five different modes are more or less standard, but I really like the last one, with the alternating pulses between the shaft and the bunny ears.

In general, the shape of the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator works well for my body, but it’s not ideal. The rabbit attachment is slightly too far away from the shaft, as well as my body, but only by a little bit. It’s really where the bunny ears hit that is an issue. They hit somewhat high on me, so rather than surrounding my clit, they’re almost above it. I’m still getting sufficient vibration because my clit is resting on top of the bunny head, but I would prefer to have more ear action there. Basically, if the rabbit attachment was a tad lower down on the shaft and a scosh closer to it, the fit would be pretty perfect.

Though close in color and size to the Lovehoney Realistic Oh! Rabbit Vibrator, the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator is quite a bit different from its sibling. The Happy Rabbit is rechargeable, with dual vibrating motors, while the Realistic Oh! Rabbit uses three AA batteries and has a rotating shaft. The Happy Rabbit is only splash proof and the Realistic Oh! Rabbit is waterproof, but both vibrators are easy to use and can stand up on their flat bases.

The packaging of the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator is much nicer than I was expecting, based on prior experience with Lovehoney products. This is not to say their packaging is crappy, it’s just usually simple and is not a good long-term storage option.

On the exterior of the box, is a cardboard sleeve with images of the vibrator and some useful information, so as usual, it’s not discreet. However, once you remove this sleeve you get to the delicious, crunchy center of the packaging, which is a super sturdy, black box with an exclamation point and the words “get happy”, along with the Lovehoney logo, on the front.

This box is awesome. It’s sturdier than a shoe box. While it’s on the large side to use for storing just one vibrator, it makes great storage for multiples or other items. Inside the box, the Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator sits in a throwaway, black plastic cutout. Underneath the cutout is the charger, brief instruction manual, and good quality, black satin storage pouch. The instruction manual is very basic, but between it and the outer sleeve, sufficient information is provided.

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator Packaging, Sleeve Front

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator Packaging, Sleeve Back

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator Packaging, Inner Box

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator Packaging, Inside Box

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator Packaging, Box Content

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator Pros:
• Decent fit
• Dual motors
• Strong vibrations
• Deepish vibrations
• Silicone
• Rechargeable
• Flat bottom, can stand on its own
• Easy to use control panel
• Good pattern

Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator Cons:
• Splash proof rather than waterproof

Overall, I am quite….er….happy with the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator. It has a ton of good qualities, such as the dual motors, strong vibrations, and is a fairly good fit for my body. Of course, I like that it’s rechargeable, and I actually love the flat, standup base. The control panel is also more than adequate.

The only major downside I see to the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator is the fact that it’s splash proof, rather than waterproof. I think it would actually qualify as right in between if there was something in between the two. Not quite submersible-proof? The charging port cover will do a good job of keeping the port dry, as long as it is securely fastened. I just think Lovehoney really doesn’t want you submersing the vibrator because too much moisture will kill that port. However, it certainly has more protection than many splash proof vibrators.

I like the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator and can orgasm easily with it. The fit could be better for me and it’s not “OMG, best rabbit vibrator ever!” great, but it is a good, solid choice in a rechargeable rabbit vibrator.

When you consider the fact that Lovehoney offers Free shipping all the time, on ALL orders, and that they have a pretty fabulous Return and Refund Policy, this vibrator should be fairly high on your list. After all, if it’s not the right fit, you can always send it back and pick out something else.

I am giving the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Vibrator the same four bean rating I gave the Lovehoney Realistic Oh! Rabbit Vibrator. I like both of them for different reasons and can easily recommend either one, depending upon your needs and desires.

Head over to Lovehoney to check out the Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Natural Rechargeable Silicone Vibrator for yourself.

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