Synopsis: Insert able Kegel exercise device and pleasure toy with dual vibrations.
Our Review: Sometimes, even in our jaded world of sex toys, a product comes along (yikes, pardon our pun) that breaks new ground and injects a jolt of excitement – literally – into our busy bedroom. The Jopen Vanity Vr1 is just such an example; a sex toy that manages to accomplish a variety of unexpected uses in innovative ways that simply blows its competition out of the boudoir. In fact, this device is so danged useful, fun, and well designed that it actually threatened to dethrone our stalwart Eroscillator as our number one go-to sex accessory. So what, exactly, makes the Jopen Vanity Vr1 so darned amazing? Read on for all the delicious details and why you need to buy one – now.
The first thing that a Jopen Vr1 owner will love is the packaging. Like all Jopen Vanity offerings, the Vr1 comes in a plain white box, adorned only with the Vanity logo and model number of the device inside. On the back, a list of specifications is embossed, and the dimensions are thankfully compact and waste conscious. You’ll find no excess, gaudy plastic or unnecessary cardboard (are you reading this Lelo?) that will find its way into a landfill or recycle bin, and the Vr1 is neatly tucked inside, its charger, carrying bag, and instructions hidden underneath. It’s a testament to the Jopen design team, who eschewed the temptation to go for a “Look at me!” approach and instead let the product itself do the talking after being purchased.
Once out of its box, we plugged the charging connector into the Vr1, the receptacle located discreetly behind an opening in the larger end. When charging, a red light will glow just above the receptacle, and once fully charged the light will turn off. It takes approximately 4 hours to bring the Vr1 to full capacity, and after approximately 3 hours, the light went out and we unplugged the toy, pressed the button to activate it, and… nothing. No matter how long we held the button down, rapidly pushed on it, and so forth, we could not get the Vr1 to power up. Thinking we had a bad unit, we contacted the friendly folks at Jopen, who directed us to a YouTube video (while also gently reminding us that reading instructions are a good thing), and we discovered that the Vr1 vibrates by applying pressure to the unit itself. The button is only used to lock and unlock the Vr1 for travel, or to lock in whatever intensity you desire upon squeezing it.
With operation issues solved, we started by inserting the Vr1 into the female half of our duo (Alicia) and using them as basic Kegel balls, much as we would any other similar toy, such as Fun Factory Smartballs. Being constructed from medical-grade silicone, they can be worn all day without any problems, and indeed Alicia quickly forgot they were there. Her PC muscles are quite strong, so there was never any issue of the Vr1 finding its way out and she never experienced any discomfort, even after having the unit in for over 24 hours. However, things got interesting once she unlocked the Vr1 and re-inserted it, trying to squeeze her PC muscles with sufficient force to get the Vr1 to vibrate. Indeed, it took almost a week of practice for her to achieve this feat, the workout translating into a vice grip on Freddy’s – i.e. MY – unsuspecting penis. Yes, it was funny at first that Alicia could crush me with the strength of her vagina, but this grew old rather fast and she had to learn to resist the urge to do so as it actually did cause pain.
The next phase of our review process, and what elevated the Vanity Vr1 into the upper echelon of sex products, was when we used it for clitoral, anal, and all over body stimulation. As a clitoral vibrator, the Vr1 stands on its own against almost any product in this category. It’s small enough to be used solo or in almost any sex position with a partner, quiet enough to be used with discretion and without worry of waking the kids, and versatile enough to massage away neck and headaches in a pinch. Heck, we even used the small end as an impromptu anal bead and it rewarded us both with mind boggling rear end sensations. Because the Jopen Vr1 uses pressure to operate, we could easily roll it all over each other’s bodies, pressing slightly to add vibrations when desired, locking the unit against vibrations and relieving stress using it simply as a solid ball in between the shoulder blades, across the bottoms of our feet, and into the lower back areas. In fact, we’ve become so attached to the Vr1 that it is in our possession almost everywhere we go – period – and we’ve gone weeks between charges and it’s not failed us a single time. Oh, and did we mention the Vr1 is completely waterproof? Hot tub owners and bath play lovers rejoice!
We could go on and on with praise about the Jopen Vanity Vr1, but will stop with our rave review and simply end with our enthusiastic recommendation that you add this wondrous device to your sexual toy arsenal – and quickly. Its sturdy construction and virtually limitless variety of applications, make this device, so far, our toy of the year in 2013 and beyond.
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