Fun Factory B-Balls Duo

Let me tell you a quick little story about the sort of company that Fun Factory is. 
A couple of years ago they released the first incarnation of their B-Balls butt plug, and I was generously sent one to review. It was a fantastic plug, but the one little niggle I had was with the base, so I devoted a whole portion of my review to discussing this and suggesting ways that it could be improved, and I even ended by Photoshopping a quick mock-up of my perfect design
Flash forward to six months ago and someone left a comment on my review saying that Fun Factory had changed the design, so I went off to investigate and sure enough the new B-Balls Duo addresses every single point that I made. I was astounded. I honestly can’t stress just how impressed I am that Fun Factory listened to all this feedback and then acted on it. It’s a wonderful reflection on how consumer-oriented they really are.
Now I have my hands on the new B-Balls Duo, and it’s time to update the review, so head below for more!

I’ve always considered myself to be quite lucky as a male sex toy reviewer, because the sky really is the limit when it comes to what I can use. There are products I can insert myself into, such as Fleshjacks and the Cobra Libre, and then there are toys I can put inside me, from dildos to butt plugs, and even special vibrators. That metal G-spot tool people rave about? Its great for prostate massage. That high powered clitoral vibe everyone loves? It works wonders on my frenulum. I’ve even managed to re-purpose a bright pink rabbit as an anal vibrator and perineum massager.

Every now and again, however, there comes along a toy which really is only for the opposite sex, and then I sit there wistfully pondering exactly what it might feel like for them to use it. For the longest time one of those products was kegel balls: those hollow spheres containing a free-moving ball bearing, which women insert in order to tone their pelvic floor muscles. Also referred to in those 50 Shades circles by the cringe-worthy moniker “jiggle balls.” Up until a couple of years ago you’d have to have been slightly foolish to try such a product as a man, because with only a rudimentary retrieval system they’re the sort of small objects that can easily disappear inside a rectum, but then Fun Factory finally came up with the answer, in the form of their B-Balls plugs.

The B-Balls Duo is in essence Fun Factory’s “Smartballs Duo” kegel balls, but repackaged as a butt plug with a flared anal-safe base. In many ways it’s almost a surprise that no one thought to do it sooner – perhaps no one thought there would be a demand – but I’m certainly happy that it now exists, and that I can try it out.
In general terms of being a butt plug the B-Balls Duo isn’t actually all that large, neatly placing it in that size range which caters to the widest number of people. In terms of length you have 4 1/2″ insertable, and the circumference of the various sections is as follows: 1st bulb – 4 1/4″. 2nd bulb – 4 3/4″. Neck – 2 1/4″. It’s clearly not the most girthy plug in the world, so I’d be happy suggesting that almost anyone bar a complete novice would be fine using it, but it’s also not a plug which relies entirely on size to create stimulation, so don’t rule it out yet if you’re someone who likes a stretch.

The B-Balls Duo is constructed with Fun Factory’s usual selection of high quality body-safe materials – namely silicone and ABS plastic – and to their high production standards as well, so you can feel reassured that you’re getting a top notch piece of German engineering. The actual manner in which the design is put together is rather interesting from a technical standpoint. There are two hollow spheres made from a hard grey plastic, each containing a single ball-bearing, and these in turn are held together by a silicone outer shell which is firmly bonded to the exterior surface of the plastic, and which makes up the remainder of the shape of the plug. What’s unusual is that sections of the grey plastic have purposely been left visible, and aren’t covered by the silicone, giving a rather attractive design feature, but it’s hard to know if this was decided upon purely for aesthetics, or as necessity during the moulding process. The downside to this design element is the presence of a slight groove that runs between the plastic and the silicone, creating a place for dirt to readily gather and making it somewhat harder to clean, which isn’t ideal for a toy that’s going to be used anally. It’s just as well that the materials are all non-porous and can be sterilised by boiling, or soaking in a 10% bleach solution, allowing you to freshen the whole thing up after use.

The silicone that’s been used in the manufacturing is surprisingly firm for a Fun Factory toy, and has little-to-no give in the surface when you squeeze it. It also accounts for only a thin layer covering the plastic spheres, so it doesn’t really offer any cushioning as you might often expect. I found this especially apparent when comparing it to the vibrators in my giveaway a few years ago, as they have a slightly thicker and much softer silicone layer, giving a completely different feel. My speculation is that the firmer silicone was a requirement to make it bond so securely to the plastic, as anything softer – and therefore more elastic – could have compromised this. Despite the firmness of the silicone the thin neck between the two bulbs remains nice and flexible and can easily be bent about, and the faint mould line which runs around the toy can barely be felt on the matte surface.

The base of the B-Balls Duo is identical in design to that of some of Fun Factory’s other plugs, such as the Bootie and Boosty, and that happens to be my favourite shape of base in terms of comfort and discretion. On the Original B-Balls the base was considerably narrower, as can be seen in the photo above, so this is a big improvement.

When it comes to wearing and using the plug the B-Balls Duo is actually a lot of fun, and it all starts with a hassle-free insertion thanks to a size and shape which it lets slip into the body with minimal effort. Once the plug’s inside it settles into a comfortable position, with the joint between the two bulbs bending to correspond with the curvature of the rectum, while the sphincter comes to rest around the slender neck. For me the total length of the plug is just right, and it sits in place without poking at the top of the rectum, which sometimes can be an issue with anything longer. The small base nestles itself away between the buttocks quite discreetly, allowing it to remain unseen beneath clothing, and its low profile allows you to happily sit on it on any surface hard or soft.

At first it feels, for the most part, just like wearing any other plug. There’s this awareness of something being inside you, and it delivers that familiar pleasant sensation, but without feeling overly filling or stretching. The exciting things start to happen when you move though, and the ball bearings inside begin to roll around in response. It’s one of those experiences that’s almost fitting to be described as unique, but the closest thing I could compare it to is a feeling of a juddering vibration. Every slightest movement of the balls is instantly brought to your attention as they skip along the inner surface of the spheres, jump from side to side, and swing through a series of loops. You have this constant sense of the weight shifting about inside you as they move, and because there are two balls moving in different ways at the same time the weight doesn’t shift in balance, with forces throwing around in different directions simultaneously like a mini earthquake within your nether regions. This is what generates that feeling of vibration, and in fact if you examine how any vibrator works they all involve a motor spinning an unbalanced weight around – exactly the same principle. What’s notably good about it all is that it’s a deep sort of vibration you feel when it occurs, like an intermittent rumble.

What makes the sensation of the B-Balls Duo so novel is the responsiveness of it; it reacts entirely to you and your movements. It’s very different to a vibrating plug that just purrs away constantly allowing you to become accustomed to it. The sensation can take you by surprise, delivering a little jolt when you weren’t expecting it, and it also acts as a constant reminder that you do in fact have a plug inserted. Mentally this can be quite fun if you decide to go out and about with this little secret, and find yourself constantly teased by these sensations while no one else is any the wiser. I can almost imagine someone sitting on a bus and giving out a little giggle each time it hits a speed bump and the plug tickles them inside with a small flutter. The other thing that’s tempting to do with it is to experiment with seeing just how much feeling you can actually get out of it, and how varied it can feel all depending on your activities. Go jogging, do jumping jacks, try skipping rope or hula-hooping; any sort of exercise be it at home or in the gym. Wear it when you go dancing in club; try twerking with the person you’ve been flirting with all night and see if it improves your rhythm. It can all be quite amusing to go through and it feels good at the same time, and definitely different. It’s the perfect way to spice up even the most mundane activity, such as wearing it while you vacuum the carpets, or walk the dog.

One thing I did find was that depending on how vigorous your movement is, you can actually hear a bit of a rattle coming from the plug. I did go to the effort of recording it on my phone if anyone’s interested. I wouldn’t worry about this though, as for anyone else to hear it then you’d need to be in a silent room with them standing quite close, while you made jerking movements with your hips, and I can’t imagine a lot of scenarios like that, but it may take you by surprise at first if you weren’t expecting it.

Considering the plug with regard to more long-term wear, the improvements that Fun Factory has made to the base have made a massive difference. The base now nestles comfortably between the buttocks, and the feeling of it even being there at all gradually fades away into the background. Whereas previously it pinched and got sore over time, now there’s no problem with wearing the plug for the duration of an entire day.

When it comes down directly to matters of sex and masturbation then I’d be inclined to rule this plug out specifically for those purposes. There are some plugs which you wear simply for the enjoyment of feeling a plug inside you, and for me the B-Balls Duo falls very firmly into that category – this is where it excels. I don’t really see the ability of the plug to enhance an orgasm in the same way as one which is designed to press against the prostate. The B-Balls Duo works best as a sort of foreplay plug, teasing you and keeping you semi-aroused as you move around throughout the day, but once you’re lying down on your back, moving little more of your body than your right arm, then you’re not going to get the benefit of the plug’s sensations, so I don’t think it’s a fit for that situation. A lot of the time with sex toys it’s about tailoring the right equipment with the right circumstance, so it’s worth bearing that in mind with this toy, and rarely do you find a single product that absolutely does it all.

So now it’s time for a verdict on the new and improved B-Balls Duo. I have to say I really love this product, and I can see myself using it far more than I ever did the previous iteration. It still has that completely unique design feature that I strongly urge everyone to go out and experience for themselves, but it’s fixed the one big flaw that eventually proved a limiting factor in how often I used the B-Balls before. I’m still incredibly impressed with how Fun Factory responded by correcting the base, and now I can fully recommend this plug with no caveats. It really is a lot of fun.

Thanks to Fun Factory for sending me the new version of this plug. It’s available from the lovely people at Lovehoney UK, Lovehoney U.S, Nice ‘n’ Naughty, or SheVibe.

Fun Factory The Boss Dildo

It’s been a little while since my last review for Lovehoney, but this month they’ve been in touch and have very kindly sent over The Boss dildo from Fun Factory for me to try out.
Lovehoney has also just launched a brand new category on their website, Sex Toys for Gay Men, and it’s a really convenient way to help find what you want. Considering the hundreds – if not thousands – of different products Lovehoney has in stock, it’s nice to have a readily curated selection of all the things a gay guy might want to play with, so go check it out!
Now onto the review below.

The Boss is one of those products which rather aptly explains the need for sex toy reviews. One quick glance at it and on the surface it’s a fairly unassuming dildo to behold, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that its performance mirrors this. After all, what’s a dildo with a mostly straight shaft and a ridged head going to do that a dozen others before it haven’t already, right? Well cast aside your assumptions for a brief moment and allow me to show you how appearances can be deceiving.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear “The Boss” I think of Tony Danza sitcoms, Springsteen, and pointy-haired characters from Dilbert. I also realise that I’ve just made a slew of references which make me seem twice my age. Calling a dildo The Boss though does give it quite a lot to live up to, and while typically you’d be a fool to put much weight in what a company names a product, you can’t help but have certain feelings evoked by the term. It’s a dildo that says it’s going to take charge and get the job done, or perhaps even have you whacked Sopranos style, so already there are certain expectations whether you want them or not. 
The Boss is only my second Fun Factory dildo after I reviewed the Tiger five years ago, and it couldn’t be more different. It features a design far closer to something anatomical, and much lighter on texture, catering to those who prefer more realism in their toys, and indeed it even comes available in a flesh tone in addition to the black.
In terms of size the Boss is 7″ tall, with just over 6 1/2″ insertable, and an average girth of 5 1/4″. It’s definitely more of an intermediate dildo, and may require a warm-up toy for some.
Looking at the Boss you’d naturally assume that the prominent ridge below the head is going to be the sweet spot, dragging its way across the prostate for maximum stimulation, but taking a cue from my experience with the Tantus Adam, I flipped it around and started off using it in the opposite direction. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect when I first inserted the Boss, but I wasn’t at all prepared for the impact that the shape of the shaft would have. It doesn’t look as though it particularly deviates that much from being straight, with only a faint hint of an S-shape, but as you lower yourself down onto it you can distinctly feel each turn back and forth, like your body is a carriage riding along rails. It’s a journey which follows a similar story internally, and as the shaft goes deeper you can feel it wave and undulate, bumping up against the prostate in the process. It’s entirely unique and unexpected, and once you begin thrusting with it and building up a steady rhythm, that’s where it really comes into its own. That wave-like shape, bumping up and down against the prostate with every thrust in and out, creates a strong massaging action which feels wonderful and very stimulating. At the same time the angle and shape of the head help it to find its way deeper into the body, allowing you to comfortably slide down the whole length of the shaft and make the most of every inch. 
One of the keys to why the Boss works is the firmness of the dildo. Usually with silicone toys my mantra is “the softer the better” but in this instance the fact that it’s a little stiffer helps it retain its shape enough during use that you can really feel it. It’s still flexible enough to provide comfort and bend around inside you when need be, but they’ve managed to strike a balance that preserves the impact of the curves. It’s one of those dildos that I could ride for an extended period of time, because it creates enough sensation to keep me interested in what’s going on, and it’s also gentle enough on the insides to prevent soreness. 
In my experience the Boss does only work in this one particular orientation. Eventually I did flip it around to see how that ridge would fare against my prostate, and there was surprisingly less sensation from it than I had imagined. Something about the way the dildo is curved means that the head just glances off the prostate without the ridge having any real chance to press into it. I can’t say that I’m disappointed by this however, because I got more than enough pleasure from using it one way around, and that’s not something you can say about every dildo. Had it worked both ways then that would just have been an added bonus. One thing to bear in mind is that these products are unisex, so the way which didn’t work for me might be more suited to the opposite gender. 
If I had to pick one slight niggle about the Boss, then it would be finish on it. The dildo has a matte texture to it, and while it does feel soft and velvety, it’s still not my favourite. It produces more drag than a shiny dildo, and requires additional lube to compensate. It’s something I can definitely feel the difference between. It’s by no means anything close to a deal breaker, but if I had my way it would be shiny every time, so bear that in mind if you’re sensitive to texture.
The Boss has definitely been a lovely surprise for me and far exceeded my expectations. What looked as though it was going to be just a pleasant regular dildo proved to be real winner on the prostate, and earned the right to its name. The sensations it delivers have a real unique flavour to them and are quite exquisite, and so I would have no hesitation in recommending the Boss. Fun Factory has done a superb job here.
Many thanks to Lovehoney for generously sending me the Boss to Review. It’s available from their UK website, and don’t forget to check out their new category, Sex Toys for Gay Men!

Until October 31st you can get £10 off any purchase over £45 at Lovehoney, simply by using this link.

Fun Factory B-Balls (old version)

One of the things I love more than anything is reviewing products which are completely new and unique, something which becomes increasingly rare when you own as many toys as I do now, and that’s why I’m pretty excited to be taking a look at the Fun Factory B-Balls today. This is actually a product that I’ve been trying to get hold of for a little while, ever since I first came across it a few months ago, and it’s really not like me to actually seek out a specific toy but I found my interest significantly piqued by it. I was very fortunate last month when Christian from Fun Factory offered to send one over to me whilst we were arranging the vibrator giveaway, enabling me to share all the details about it now.
Update: Fun Factory have updated the design of this plug as of 2017. Please see my new review for more up-to-date information.

The old review continues below

I’ve always considered myself to be quite lucky as a male sex toy reviewer, because the sky really is the limit when it comes to what I can use. There are products I can insert myself into, such as Fleshjacks and the Cobra Libre, and then there are toys I can put inside me, from dildos to butt plugs, and even special vibrators. That metal G-spot tool people rave about? Its great for prostate massage. That high powered clitoral vibe everyone loves? It works wonders on my frenulum. I’ve even managed to re-purpose a bright pink rabbit as an anal vibrator and perineum massager. Every now and again, however, there comes along a toy which really is only for the opposite sex, and then I sit there wistfully pondering exactly what it might feel like for them to use it. In this instance we’re talking about kegel balls: those hollow spheres containing a free-moving ball bearing, which women insert in order to tone their pelvic floor muscles. Also referred to in those 50 Shades circles by the cringe-worthy moniker “jiggle balls.” Up until now you’d have to be slightly foolish to try such a product as a man, because with only a rudimentary retrieval system they’re the sort of small objects that can easily disappear inside a rectum, but finally Fun Factory has come up with the answer.
The B-Balls are in essence Fun Factory’s “Smartballs Duo” kegel balls, but repackaged as a butt plug with a flared anal-safe base. In many ways it’s almost a surprise that no one thought to do it sooner – perhaps no one thought there would be a demand – but I’m certainly happy that it now exists, and that I can try it out.
In general terms of being a butt plug the B-Balls isn’t actually all that large, neatly placing it in that size range which caters to the widest number of people. In terms of length you have 4 1/2″ insertable, and the circumference of the various sections is as follows: 1st bulb – 4 1/4″. 2nd bulb – 4 3/4″. Neck – 2 1/4″. It’s clearly not the most girthy plug in the world, so I’d be happy suggesting that almost anyone bar a complete novice would be fine using it, but it’s also not a plug which relies entirely on size to create stimulation, so don’t rule it out yet if you’re someone who likes a stretch.

The B-Balls is constructed with Fun Factory’s usual selection of high quality body-safe materials – namely silicone and ABS plastic – and to their high production standards as well, so you can feel reassured that you’re getting a top notch piece of German engineering. The actual manner in which the design is put together is rather interesting from a technical standpoint. There are two hollow spheres made from a hard pink plastic, each containing a single ball-bearing, and these in turn are held together by a silicone outer shell which is firmly bonded to the exterior surface of the plastic, and which makes up the remainder of the shape of the plug. What’s unusual is that sections of the pink plastic have purposely been left visible, and aren’t covered by the silicone, giving a rather attractive design feature, but it’s hard to know if this was decided upon purely for aesthetics, or as necessity during the moulding process. The downside to this design element is the presence of a slight groove that runs between the plastic and the silicone, creating a place for dirt to readily gather and making it somewhat harder to clean, which isn’t ideal for a toy that’s going to be used anally. It’s just as well that the materials are all non-porous and can be sterilised by boiling, or soaking in a 10% bleach solution, allowing you to freshen the whole thing up after use.

The silicone that’s been used in the manufacturing is surprisingly firm for a Fun Factory toy, and has little-to-no give in the surface when you squeeze it. It also accounts for only a thin layer covering the plastic spheres, so it doesn’t really offer any cushioning as you might often expect. I found this especially apparent when comparing it to the new vibrators in my giveaway, as they have a slightly thicker and much softer silicone layer, giving a completely different feel. My speculation is that the firmer silicone was a requirement to make it bond so securely to the plastic, as anything softer – and therefore more elastic – could have compromised this. Despite the firmness of the silicone the thin neck between the two bulbs remains nice and flexible and can easily be bent about, and the faint mould line which runs around the toy can barely be felt on the matte surface.

The base of the B-Balls plug is very similar in design to that of some of Fun Factory’s other plugs, such as the Bootie and Boosty, and they happen to have my favourite shape of base in terms of comfort and discretion. The really noticeable difference with the B-Balls though is in terms of width, because the base is significantly narrower than the others at only 2″ from end to end. Personally I’m not so much of a fan of reducing its size in this manner, and I’ll explain precisely why a little later on.

When it comes to wearing and using the plug the B-Balls is actually a lot of fun, and it all starts with a hassle-free insertion thanks to a size and shape which it lets slip into the body with minimal effort. Once the plug’s inside it settles into a comfortable position, with the joint between the two bulbs bending to correspond with the curvature of the rectum, while the sphincter comes to rest around the slender neck. For me the total length of the plug is just right, and it sits in place without poking at the top of the rectum, which sometimes can be an issue with anything longer. The small base nestles itself away between the buttocks quite discreetly, allowing it to remain unseen beneath clothing, and its low profile allows you to happily sit on it on any surface hard or soft.

At first it feels, for the most part, just like wearing any other plug. There’s this awareness of something being inside you, and it delivers that familiar pleasant sensation, but without feeling overly filling or stretching. The exciting things start to happen when you move though, and the ball bearings inside begin to roll around in response. It’s one of those experiences that’s almost fitting to be described as unique, but the closest thing I could compare it to is a feeling of a juddering vibration. Every slightest movement of the balls is instantly brought to your attention as they skip along the inner surface of the spheres, jump from side to side, and swing through a series of loops. You have this constant sense of the weight shifting about inside you as they move, and because there are two balls moving in different ways at the same time the weight doesn’t shift in balance, with forces throwing around in different directions simultaneously like a mini earthquake within your nether regions. This is what generates that feeling of vibration, and in fact if you examine how any vibrator works they all involve a motor spinning an unbalanced weight around – exactly the same principle. What’s notably good about it all is that it’s a deep sort of vibration you feel when it occurs, like an intermittent rumble.

What makes the sensation of the B-Balls so novel is the responsiveness of it; it reacts entirely to you and your movements. It’s very different to a vibrating plug that just purrs away constantly allowing you to become accustomed to it. The sensation can take you by surprise, delivering a little jolt when you weren’t expecting it, and it also acts as a constant reminder that you do in fact have a plug inserted. Mentally this can be quite fun if you decide to go out and about with this little secret, and find yourself constantly teased by these sensations while no one else is any the wiser. I can almost imagine someone sitting on a bus and giving out a little giggle each time it hits a speed bump and the plug tickles them inside with a small flutter. The other thing that’s tempting to do with it is to experiment with seeing just how much feeling you can actually get out of it, and how varied it can feel all depending on your activities. Go jogging, do jumping jacks, try skipping rope or hula-hooping; any sort of exercise be it at home or in the gym. Wear it when you go dancing in club; try twerking with the person you’ve been flirting with all night and see if it improves your rhythm. It can all be quite amusing to go through and it feels good at the same time, and definitely different. It’s the perfect way to spice up even the most mundane activity, such as wearing it while you vacuum the carpets, or walk the dog.

One thing I did find was that depending on how vigorous your movement is, you can actually hear a bit of a rattle coming from the plug. I did go to the effort of recording it on my phone if anyone’s interested. I wouldn’t worry about this though, as for anyone else to hear it then you’d need to be in a silent room with them standing quite close, while you made jerking movements with your hips, and I can’t imagine a lot of scenarios like that, but it may take you by surprise at first if you weren’t expecting it.

Considering the plug with regard to more long-term wear, this is when I started to find some issues with the design, and unfortunately they all centre around the base I highlighted earlier.* The first point would have to be about the neck of the plug, because it’s ever so slightly too short. I find that my sphincter rests partly on the underside of the lower bulb, rather than being entirely on the neck, meaning that whenever you clench the muscle it pulls the plug deeper into the body, forcing the base section tightly up against the perineum. The second point is that base isn’t quite wide enough for optimal comfort. Right at the point where the perineum meets up with the anus there’s a slight soft spot just outside the ring of muscle that forms the external sphincter, and the pointed tip of the base happens to sit right over it. With time, and especially after sitting on the plug, the base can really start to dig in here and begin to feel uncomfortable, sometimes so much as getting caught in the skin and requiring immediate adjustment to relieve the discomfort. The third and final point would be in relation to the firmness of the silicone, because this really does exacerbate the other issues with the base. If it was softer and had more flexibility to it, then it really would feel more comfortable for long-term wear. As it stands I find myself having to limit myself to a couple of hours of plug use, with the occasional adjustment, rather than being able to leave it in for a whole day, simply because I find a slight soreness building. Likewise I could foresee problems for anyone who intended to try sleeping with it in.

When it comes down directly to matters of sex and masturbation then I’d be inclined to rule this plug out specifically for those purposes. There are some plugs which you wear simply for the enjoyment of feeling a plug inside you, and for me the B-Balls falls very firmly into that category – this is where it excels. I don’t really see the ability of the plug to enhance an orgasm in the same way as one which is designed to press against the prostate. The B-Balls works best as a sort of foreplay plug, teasing you and keeping you semi-aroused as you move around throughout the day, but once you’re lying down on your back, moving little more of your body than your right arm, then you’re not going to get the benefit of the plug’s sensations, so I don’t think it’s a fit for that situation. A lot of the time with sex toys it’s about tailoring the right equipment with the right circumstance, so it’s worth bearing that in mind with this toy, and rarely do you find a single product that absolutely does it all.

My improved version

So I think it’s about time for a verdict here. I have to say, flaws and all, I actually rather like this product on the whole, and I can see myself using it quite a lot. For me the unique aspect is a big selling point, because it really is something different, and you really must experience it first hand. Clearly the plug isn’t perfect though; I want a longer neck, I want a wider base, and I want a softer more-flexible silicone like I’m used to in other Fun Factory products (see my Photoshopped-vision on the right). Make these improvements and I would recommend it unreservedly, but realistically with such a new product this is a design that’s going to be sticking around for a while, so I can only offer a recommendation with caveats. Do I think you should buy one? Absolutely, but just be aware of the few niggles that might dampen your experience at the time.

Thanks to Fun Factory for sending me this plug. *Please note there is now an updated plug which incorporates the new base that I suggested. My review of it can be found here.

WIN: New Fun Factory Vibrators!

Last week Fun Factory launched three all new vibrators, aimed at customers with discerning tastes but limited budgets. The Joupie, Jazzie, and Jam, are three entry-level battery-powered vibrators, made from Fun Factory’s usual high-quality silicone, but available at only a fraction of the price of their high-end rechargeable models. 
Fun Factory contacted me and asked if I would like to review these toys, or perhaps give them away to one of my lovely readers, and I decided that it was about time I ran another competition on my blog, so now you can be in with a chance to WIN one of these.
Get all the details after the jump!

First thing’s first, before you try to win one, you probably want to know a little bit about them first, and I happen to have a load of details to hand.
Fun Factory are styling this new line as the “People’s Vibrator”, a bit like the Volkswagen of sex toys, or “Volks-vibratoren” I suppose. They’re trying to prove that its possible to have a product which incorporates high quality materials, functionality, and appealing design, all without a hefty price tag.
This new trio of products are slender mini-vibrators, manufactured in Fun Factory’s plant in Bremen Germany, and which cost less than €25 individually, all whilst managing to maintain a powerful motor, a silicone outer shell, and being waterproof.
Fun Factory suggests that they’re the perfect size to travel with, to use with a partner without being obtrusive, and just for people who prefer a smaller vibrator in general.
The Joupie is the most slender of the three at 1″ in diameter, and the longest at 7.2″ (18cm). It has a gently curved tip designed for G-spot or prostate stimulation, and features one vibration setting operated by the “Easy Twist” cap. It takes two AA batteries.
The Jazzie is a slightly thicker and shorter vibrator than the Joupie, measuring 1.2″ and 7″ respectively. It has a ribboning detail around the shaft to give it some texture, and also features one vibration setting operated by the “Easy Twist” cap. It takes two AA batteries.
The Jam is the smallest of all three vibrators, and also the most affordable, costing less than €20.  It measures 1.1″ in diameter, and 5″ in length. It can be used externally or inserted, and features some texture in the shaft for added stimulation. It too has only one vibration setting operated by the “Easy Twist” cap. It takes a single AA battery.

I’ve had the opportunity to play around with them for a bit, and they’re really quite lovely toys, with a lightweight and stylish feel to them. The silicone shell is really soft and squishy, and there’s a good thick layer of it, rather than it just being a simple coating, so it feels gentle when pushed against the skin or inserted. The single vibration setting is quite impressive in strength for a toy of this type, though it is best categorised as nearer to a buzz than a rumble on the intensity spectrum, and it’s whisper quiet too offering maximum discretion. All in all they feel like well-built quality toys, just as you’d expect from Fun Factory. My personal favourite would probably be the Joupie, as it has the most versatile uses for a man, but they’re all great toys for either gender.

So now that you know a little more about these vibrators, here’s your chance to win one! There are three prizes up for grabs – one Joupie, one Jazzie, one Jam – and a separate winner will be drawn for each. The competition is open to residents of Europe only, and Fun Factory will be sending the prizes directly to the winners once their names are drawn. To enter simply use the Gleam widget below, and good luck!

Fun Factory Cobra Libre II

In late June Fun Factory quietly put out a press release announcing a new updated model of their vibrating male masturbator, the Cobra Libre II, and it finally found its way into this month’s edition of ETO magazine where I read all about it. Amidst all my eagerness to find out how they’d improved it I was lucky enough to be sent a unit by Fun Factory to review.
I reviewed the original Cobra Libre back at the start of 2013, and my views on it were largely positive, but I did have a few niggling complaints about things such as the temperamental touch-sensitive buttons, and it appears that these have been addressed in the new version, so it should be interesting to put it to the test.
Last year also saw the release of the Pulse by Hot Octopus, the first direct rival to the Cobra Libre, so it looks like we’re in for a three-way comparison, with the old, the new, and the competitor all being weighed against each other.
As always, check out the review below.

On the surface the Cobra Libre II has changed very little from its predecessor, still sporting that iconic design based loosely on the 1960s British car the AC Cobra. In fact the only noticeable change is the addition of three shiny new buttons on the top, which replace the old touchpad controls, and I rather prefer this tweak to the appearance. Aside from this the outer shell remains largely identical, both in style and proportion, leading one to believe that the real changes lie under the bonnet, so to speak.

The Cobra Libre is the most “gadgety” of male sex toys that I’ve encountered. Not only does it look sleek and stylish, designed specifically to resemble a piece of technology that wouldn’t look out of place on a desk, rather than a crude facsimile of an orifice, but it also devotes its energy to bringing the user to climax in an entirely unconventional manner. The Cobra Libre was the original vibrating toy for men, back when all the alternatives involved thrusting, and it stimulates the penis exclusively through the use of two powerful motors mounted within it.

The Cobra Libre II is made largely from a solid ABS plastic, while the area at the front into which the penis is inserted is made from a soft pliable silicone, which is great for both comfort and hygiene purposes. The toy comes in a choice of two different colour combinations, down from the four variants which existed of the original model. There’s an entirely black version, or a red and black version, and luckily I received that latter so it matches my older version.

The opening of the Cobra Libre II is roughly 1 1/2″ in diameter, which isn’t huge but should be sufficient to accommodate most men when inserting the tip of their penis, and the pliableness in the top portion of the silicone aids with this. The inner channel of the Cobra Libre II has the strange oddly-shaped configuration that I struggled to understand in the original model, and the initial diameter of 1 1/2″ only extends to a depth of around 3/4″ before the material at the bottom takes on a stepped-shape which reduces the height of the opening by over half, and then the rest of the cavity continues at this size. The explanation according to the Fun Factory website is that the interior shape of the toy is designed to expose the glans “through the so-called ‘crowding out’ effect.” Perhaps something is lost in translation but this description doesn’t really mean anything to me, so I feel none the wiser. It also states that the silicone is intended to snugly hug the glans of the penis, which is something I can’t deny. Because of the unusual shape of the cavity it’s difficult to get much more than the head of the penis inside it, despite it having a total depth of around 3″, and in the process the snug fit tends to squeeze all of the blood out of the spongy glans, leaving it rather shrunken and deflated. I included a few photos on my previous review of me demonstrating this with a with a modestly-sized dildo, and I may recreate them again here at some point.

In order to use the Cobra Libre II you’ll require some water-based lubricant to eliminate any friction between the silicone and the delicate skin of the penis. I found that it’s easier to apply the lube directly to the inside of the toy rather than to the penis itself, to avoid unnecessarily lubing too much of the shaft. Once the penis is inside the toy as far as you can get it it feels like a reasonably tight fit, with the head being squashed between the firmer bottom half and the thin silicone flap at the top. There are two ways you can have your penis inserted into it, either by using the toy in a seated position with the penis pointing forwards, or when lying on your back with the penis pointing towards you and the Cobra Libre resting on your stomach. Of the two options the former seems like the one which was intended primarily, as in that configuration the frenulum rests on a slightly raised point inside, thus applying additional pressure there.

The Cobra Libre II is operated by 3 all new buttons on the top of the device. The “Fun” button turns the toy on when pressed for half a second, and turns the toy off once more when held again for the same length of time. The toy starts up not at the lowest setting but at a medium vibration, but this can be quickly reduced by pressing the ‘-‘ button once or twice to take the device into one of two slower training modes. To increase the power of the Cobra Libre the ‘+’ button is pressed, and by using these two buttons it’s incredibly simple to cycle up and down through all the different modes. In total the Cobra Libre II has 11 different modes: 2 slow training modes, 3 constant modes of incrementally increasing strength, 3 vibrating patterns of gradual increasing and decreasing intensity known as the slalom modes, and 3 free form patterns known as the rock ‘n’ roll modes.

The buttons are a vast improvement over the touchpad on the original Cobre Libre model. They give you tactical feedback when you push them, so you know that you’ve actually selected a change in mode, the device automatically responds when you use them, and you can’t accidentally hit one by mistake and ruin what you were doing. I can’t tell you how many times I accidentally turned on my old Cobra Libre when I had it out to compare with the new. It makes me so glad that they decided to make the change. It’s also incredibly easy to use the button locking feature on the new device. You hold down “Fun” and ‘-‘ for half a second and it locks the buttons, perfect for travelling when you don’t want anything starting to rumble unexpectedly in your luggage, and you hold down “Fun” and ‘+’ for another half a second to reactivate the buttons once you’re ready to use it again.

Once you’ve got to grips with the basics of the toy, and are ready to use it, the Cobra Libre II is actually a very impressive piece of equipment. It’s powered by two strong motors which sit within the body of the toy, one at the rear and one in the middle. These are both intense rumbly motors, but one seemingly more so than the other, causing them to vibrate at different frequencies and slightly out of rhythm. The motors have been significantly upgraded since the original Cobre Libre, and when you have them side by side it’s immediately apparent how much stronger the new ones are. It’s a little like comparing the purring of a pussycat to the growl of a tiger.

When you first turn the device on it immediately throws you in at the deep end with quite a strong rumbling sensation working away at the underside of the penis. If you’re already quite aroused then it’s a bit like “whoa!” and it can take you by surprise, so it’s good that you can quickly switch down into the training mode and give yourself a chance to become accustomed to the sensation before you explode ahead of schedule. It’s a stark contrast to how the old model starts with a very low and mellow vibration, but it’s evidence of how far they’re gone in overhauling the motors.

At the lowest level of the training mode you get quite a light and pleasant sensation, and the vibrations focus along the underside of the penis all around the sensitive frenulum, giving a gentle tickling and titillating feeling, which could probably be sustained indefinitely without ever inducing climax. As you get more and more used to it you can start to crank up the power to the higher settings, and this increased intensity brings with it a more and more pleasurable feeling which you can gradually sustain for longer and enjoy whilst still not having an orgasm. The highest power level of the constant vibrations is really quite strong, and easily enough to make you climax by itself, so if you want to get the full enjoyment out of the toy then it’s best to skip over it at the beginning to allow an opportunity to play around with some of the patterns. I did a little experiment with the two Cobra Libres to determine just how effective this new increase in power actually was. One of the things I found about the original device was that I couldn’t always orgasm from it, especially if I’d been engaging in traditional masturbation beforehand. On those occasions there just wasn’t enough power to send me over the edge, so I engineered a situation like that, and sat there using the original for a good 20 minutes on the highest setting to see if it could make me cum. When it failed I switched to the Cobra Libre II, and I’m happy to report that in 5 minutes or so the new motors had got the job done.

In contrast to this I must say that the Cobra Libre II still doesn’t feel quite as powerful to me as the Pulse by Hot Octopus, but they do employ quite different technology. The Pulse’s oscillating “Pulse Plate” sits right up at the surface of the toy, pressed against the frenulum, and delivers all its power directly into it with great intensity. The motors of the Cobra Libre II on the other hand are buried deeper within the device, rumbling powerfully like the focus of an earthquake, while the vibrations have to travel up to the surface to find the penis lying over the epicentre. Both are strong and effective, but you experience them rather differently, and of the two the Pulse is the one which feels more full on.

As well as the increasing power of the constant vibrations, the Cobra Libre II does of course have the 6 different patterned modes to offer. Unlike with the original Cobra Libre the patterns are all quite distinctive and much easier to differentiate from one another, but they’re still not particularly easy to explain so again I’ll include a scan of the pamphlet.

I must say that I like the patterns on the Cobra Libre II a whole lot more than those of its predecessor, in fact I was pretty “blah” about the patterns altogether on the old model, but I actually enjoy using these ones. The sensations from each are actually different enough that it’s worth trying them out, and exploring with them. I can even say definitively that I have a favourite one. There’s a pattern which gives the sensation of a massaging kneading action being applied to the head of the penis. The two motors work in such a way that it feels as though something is rolling over the underside of the glans, starting at the tip and working its way down. It’s really rather nice. The only downside is that during the patterns the vibrations aren’t actually strong enough to make me climax, no matter how long I use them for, so I tend to think of them as like a little playground to mess around in for a while. It can be useful whilst watching porn, so you get this constant level of pleasurable stimulation throughout the 20 minute scene, and then you can switch to the full power of the constant mode at the end when you’re ready to finish up. It’s all about how you want to use it really, the patterns are a bit like foreplay with your sex toy, slowly drawing out the experience over a greater length of time.

One of the positive changes about the Cobra Libre II is that I get a much more consistent experience with it than I did with the original. Over the two weeks I’ve been testing it it’s never failed to make me climax, and that’s not something I could say about the first model. It used to be a bit touch and go whether the toy would be able to give enough to just push me over the edge, but the Cobra Libre II works every time, and I think that’s an important feature of a sex toy, especially one in this price range.

Once you’ve mastered your preferred technique for using the toy then you’ll be very happy with the result, because the vibrating stimulation can produce some very strong orgasms, especially if you edge with it by continually adjusting the power to prolong the experience. The way the Cobra Libre operates allows you to be stimulated without clenching the PC muscle in the process, so it seems to build up much more tension in that area, and when it’s finally released the muscle will spasm giving a powerful orgasmic sensation. Climaxing in this manner feels quite different, and is definitely worth experiencing first hand.
When you’re done with the Cobra Libre for the day, clean up is made so much easier by the fact that the toy is waterproof. You just need to be careful not to spill anything on your way to the sink, because fluid is rather prone to drip out the front of the mouth. Some sort of reservoir in the back might have helped. You can just wash it with antibacterial soap and some hot water, but you can also sterilise the silicone part by wiping out the inside with a mild 10% bleach solution. As well as the toy being completely waterproof, thanks to improvements with the button design the Cobra Libre II can actually be used underwater now, in a way which the old model could not.

The only real downside to the Cobra Libre II is that it’s now much more noisy than it used to be. Where the old model used the hum quite softly, the new one really kicks out a good old roar and rattle. It’s clearly a consequence of the new motors, but it’s also a little unfortunate if you’re looking for something exceptionally discreet, but still I doubt it could be heard through a door or partition wall, and it’s a little less noisy than the Pulse too.

The Cobra Libre is a rechargeable toy, and it comes supplied with a “Click ‘n’ Charge” magnetic adaptor. The end of the cable clips onto the two little metal electrodes protruding from back of the toy, and it stays in place quite securely. The new charging cables have a USB connector, so you’ll need to plug it into a PC unless you have an adaptor, or alternatively you can use one of the older “Click ‘n’ Charge” connectors if you own one. The buttons on the toy light up and flash in a different sequence to indicate how charged the battery is, so you can track its progress, and all the lights go out when it’s full.

Overall I’d have to say that I’m really impressed by all the improvements made to the Cobra Libre II. It’s a far better toy now then the original, and well deserving of its price tag. The buttons are fantastically easy to use, the vibrations are truly powerful and consistently satisfying, and the patterns are now a joy to use. The only real drawback is that extra noise, but honestly it’s liveable. Vibrating toys such as the Cobra Libre II offer an entirely new type of masturbation for men; something which feels pleasurable, intense, and which delivers great orgasms. I’m so happy that Fun Factory decided to update this toy, and I’d recommend that any man tries it out.
The Cobra Libre II is currently available from Lovehoney UK, Lovehoney USA, and SheVibe