Over the past few weeks I have reviewed the Jopen KEY Charms Plush Mini Vibrator and the Jopen KEY Vela Massager. I mentioned that a third review was in the works, thanks to Jopen being kind enough to send me three vibrators from their new KEY line. This week, we’ll be taking a look at the Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator.
As I mentioned above, the Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator is part of the new Jopen KEY line, and like the other sex toys in this line, it is made of ABS and silicone. In the case of the Io (which reminds me of the Io Valley on Maui), the vibrator itself is made of ABS, while the two changeable sleeves are made of silicone. The silicone of the sleeves is sleek and smooth and does not collect lint like many of my silicone sex toys, which I greatly appreciate. While it is smooth and silky, it is still important to use lubricant for increased slipperyness. When using the silicone sleeves, you want to stick with a water-based lubricant as silicone-based lubes can react negatively with the silicone sleeves. Technically, you can use a silicone-based lubricant if you are using the Io on its own without either of the sleeves, but I wouldn’t risk it. If you don’t get every speck of silicone-based lube off the vibrator, you could damage the inside of the silicone sleeve when it comes into contact with the lubricant.
The video below provides a snapshot of the Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator.
The Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator runs on one AA battery, which is not included. To insert this battery, twist the base of the Io counterclockwise and it pops right off. Insert the battery positive end down. When you open the battery compartment of the Io, you will see an o-ring which ensures the vibrator is waterproof. Just be sure you firmly reattach the battery compartment cover before exposing the Io to water. As it is waterproof, the Io Mini Vibrator is easy to clean. You can use any sex toy cleaner, or just wash it with warm water and antibacterial soap, like I do. Remove and wash the sleeves separately to make sure they are totally clean.
Certainly something I would classify as an external vibrator, the Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator is 4.25″ ling with a diameter of 1″. Yes, you can insert it vaginally, which may be nice for some users, especially beginners. However, do not insert the Io anally. It has no flared based and its shape is perfect for disappearing up into the anal canal and being very difficult to retrieve. Just don’t do it.
The Io Vibrator is very easy to use, also a benefit for people new to sex toys. At the base of the Io is a stainless alloy button, which gives the vibrator a touch of class in looks. Press this button once to turn the Io on. Press it again to cycle through the five different modes. To turn the Io off, press and hold the button for approximately two seconds. Easy, peasy. Unlike both the KEY Charms Plush and the KEY Vela, which have the same stainless alloy button, this particular button is a bit too easy to press. The buttons on the other vibrators require enough pressure that I don’t turn them on or change modes accidentally. The button on the Io is a hair trigger, so this does happen occasionally. It certainly isn’t the end of the world and may just be my specific Io. It is, however, an excellent reason not to store the Io with the battery inside. It will very likely get turned on accidentally in storage and drain the battery, as well as making odd noises.
Like the Charms Plush, the Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator has five modes of vibration. There is a helpful visual of these patterns in the instruction manual. They are as follows:
1. High- steady vibration
2. High 2- very fast pulse
3. Tease- ramp up
4. Pulse- slow pulse
5. Throb- two long pulses three short
The vibrations of the Io are surprisingly strong for a battery-operated clit vibrator. This is likely due to the AA battery, rather than an N or even a AAA. While not silent, they are also quiet enough to use underneath some heavy blankets without making too much of a racket in the room. However, and this is a big however, the vibrations are buzzy. They are not so buzzy they’re painful and I can orgasm with them, but they are not the deep and rumbly vibrations I really prefer. This makes using the KEY Io Mini Vibrator much less pleasurable than I hoped. While I very much appreciate the Io’s changeable sleeves, it is a challenge for me to get past the vibrations. On a positive note, I really like the Io’s textured sleeve. I would prefer to have the raised nubs on the tip of the sleeve, rather than just a strip around it, but I do like texture against my clit. I also appreciate the slickness of the Io’s silicone.
The packaging of the Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator is the same as the KEY Charms Plush and the KEY Vela. The external box corresponds with the color of the vibrator, in this case purple. It slides off to reveal the black box underneath. Both boxes have basic information on them and neither one is particularly discreet. The external box has an image of the Io and the internal box calls it a massager, so it’s pretty obvious it’s a vibrator. The black box has a window that opens outward to provide access to the Io and its two sleeves which sit securely in black foam. Underneath the foam is the instruction manual, warranty information, and black satin storage back. The instruction manual is simple and easy to understand, perfectly appropriate for someone new to sex toys. For some weird reason, the paper has a very strong, unpleasant odor. Odd, as the silicone sleeves have only a minimal scent when I hold them right up to my nose.
Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator Pros:
• Changeable sleeves
• Different patterns
• Easy to use
• Good price point
• Storage bag
Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator Cons:
• Buzzy vibrations
• Only one level of intensity
• Button a little too easy to push
The Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator certainly has some strong points. It provides different textures, is easy to use, is waterproof, and is reasonably priced. I really appreciate a sex toy that gives me multiple options, so the two sleeves, along with the sleekness of the ABS is a definite benefit to the Io. One sleeve is a simple, smooth silicone while the other has some raised bumps for texture. The thing is, with the ABS being totally smooth, the smooth silicone sleeve seems unnecessary to me. I would have preferred another textured sleeve as a different option. Granted, there is a different sensation between the silicone and ABS, but against my clit it’s not hugely noticeable.
As with the KEY Charms Plush, the real issue for me with the Io is the vibrations. While they seem to be a bit less buzzy than the Charms Plush, they are definitely on that end of the spectrum which makes them hard to appreciate. I also really feel this vibrator, as with the the others I’ve tried in the KEY line, needs more than one level of intensity. It’s just too much for me to start off at this level of power. I do want it once I’ve warmed up, but not until I’ve had a chance to do that. It’s too strong for me to use on my nipples, so that’s a bust, and I need to use another vibrator or my fingers to get to the place where my clit can handle the power of the Io. I understand that one level of intensity makes the vibrator simple and easy to use, which is attractive to beginning users, but in my mind it is a design flaw.
You can find the Jopen KEY Io Mini Vibrator at the following stores:
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