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).
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.
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.
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 Pros:
• Squeezable technology
• Deep and rumbly vibrations
• Powerful vibrations
• Record and Lock Modes
• Very lightweight
• 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?
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