Note: this product has since been replaced by an updated version, the Pulse III Solo
The Flip Holes come packaged in a simple clear-plastic cylinder, slightly larger than the toy itself, and sealed up with cellophane to prevent tampering. The two end pieces are quite thick and solid, with recesses in them to hold the product in place, while the central tube section is thinner and more flimsy, and has the name of the product printed on it. It’s actually a really nice piece of packaging because not only is it fairly minimal, but it displays and showcases the product well, while also being a convenient place to store it. The end caps of the tube pop off nice and easily, and there’s an adequate amount of room between the Flip Hole and the sides of the packaging to allow you to get your fingers in there and lift it out.
Along with the Flip Hole itself the packaging also includes a small instruction pamphlet clipped beneath the base cap, as well as three phials of different lubricants which sit behind the Flip Hole in the tube. What I love about this is not only do they include lubricant so you can use the product straight out of the box, but they give you a selection to choose from, and the re-sealable phials resemble test tubes from chemistry lessons at school. In this regard it’s far superior to the 5ml sachets of “Fleshlube” which come with every Fleshjack. I’m going to concentrate on the product itself for now, so I’ll leave a thorough review of each of the lubes for a later date.
The Flip Hole has a rather unique design in the world of male masturbation aids, and one which sets it aside from many of its competitors. It comes in two pieces, the main body of the toy, and a separate end cap which plays an integral part in how the toy functions. Both the case and the cap are made of a solid ABS plastic, which in this instance is white. The main case of the toy features two long oval-shaped windows cut out of each side, revealing the translucent TPE material which lines the interior. Because of these windows you can actually touch the TPE whilst you’re using the toy, which is slightly unusual but not really an issue. Strangely enough on my Flip Hole Red I noted that the TPE felt very sticky, but this wasn’t the case at all here, which makes me slightly wonder what happened to the Red one before I got it, but I digress. If you look closely at the windows you’ll notice that within the TPE is embedded a thin sheet of plastic on each side, and this protrudes through the surface in the form of six white buttons. The purpose of these “buttons” is to allow you to squeeze them and apply pressure to the penis whilst using the Flip Hole.
What’s unique about the Flip Hole is that the body of the case can actually be opened in half along a hinge at one end, and here’s where the end cap comes into play. The cap has two long arms which extend up the sides of the case to lock the two halves together. When the toy isn’t in use you place the cap over the opening to protect it, much like you would with any other masturbator, but when you are using the toy you slide the cap onto the opposite end, so that that it leaves the opening free but still holds the case firmly together. It’s a rather clever design in my opinion.
Looking at the Flip Hole overall it is quite an attractive little toy, and vaguely space-age in appearance. It’s also quite a compact device, and smaller than your standard Fleshjack. In total it’s only 7″ in height, and around the circumference it measures 9″, making it something which is comfortable to hold in one hand, as well as being easy to grip onto.
The key feature of the Flip Hole is undoubtedly it’s aforementioned ability to be completely opened up and unfolded into two halves, and this is something which naturally carries with it its own set of pros and cons. My experiences with the Flip Hole Red left me rather sceptical about the merits this design feature, and I came down more heavily on the ‘con’ side, so it should be interesting to see how my opinions may have changed as I go through the various aspects again.
The first big benefit to having a mastubator which opens is when it comes to applying lube; instead of having to try to squirt some through a tiny aperture, you can simply unfold the Flip Hole and spread the lube copiously over the interior. It makes it much easier to get a nice even coverage over the whole length, and into every nook and cranny of the texture.
The second big benefit is almost the reverse of the first, because it involves washing it. Cleaning the Flip Hole couldn’t be more simple: you simply open it, rinse out the inside, then leave it open until it dries. It’s so much less hassle than cleaning a Fleshjack, and it dries faster too. You can even balance it on the arms of the end cap to use it like a drying rack.
The first issue you’re likely to encounter surrounds the orifice of the toy. The opening is only 2cm in diameter, which isn’t incredibly wide to begin with, but this then only extends into the toy for a depth of 2cm before it’s completely blocked off by a solid section of material which acts like a diaphragm. When you insert yourself into the toy, instead of the material stretching to accommodate the girth of the penis like it would with a Fleshjack, it stretches slightly, then the two halves split apart, and the material around the opening bursts outwards and down the shaft. As is happens this doesn’t actually affect the performance of the Flip Hole, but it does look unusual, and gives you the impression that it’s not supposed to happen. There is a benefit to that diaphragm-section, however, at that’s that it does prevent any lube or bodily fluids from escaping through the orifice of the toy once you’ve withdrawn your penis.
The next issue is that the toy isn’t airtight and it tends to leak out air all along the divide between the two halves. This has two consequences: one, you don’t get a strong sensation of suction like you do with some other masturbators, and two, that it can be quite noisy and produce a lot of popping, squelching, and reverberating sounds.
The Cobra Libre is operated by 3 buttons on the top of the device. The bottom button turns the toy on when pressed for a couple of seconds, instantly reduces the toy to its lowest setting when tapped briefly, and turns the toy off once more when again pressed for a couple of seconds. This button contains a blue light which illuminates when the toy is on, and flashes when the settings are changed. The upper right button is used to increase the strength of the vibrations, and it does so incrementally each time it’s pressed. Once the maximum intensity is reached further pressing of the button will begin to cycle through the vibration patterns. The upper left button is used to decrease the strength of vibrations, but the strength cannot be altered whilst the toy is running a pattern, so as soon as you press the left button the pattern ends and it returns to constant vibration mode. The buttons themselves are some of the most unusual I’ve encountered in a sex toy, and unfortunately I don’t mean that in a good way. They use a touch-pad design which is very unpredictable and not always as responsive as you’d like it to be. There have been multiple occasions where I’ve been tapping away at the buttons, trying to get something to change, and the toy has acknowledged none of it, and other occasions where I’ve accidentally brushed one of the buttons very lightly and it’s completely wrecked the setting that I had it tuned to. What I really dislike about the buttons is the lack of feedback; there’s nothing to depress, and no click to confirm that you’ve actually interacted with something. This was especially frustrating with my first model which arrived broken, as I had no idea why nothing was happening due to the lack of feedback from the buttons. The buttons really aren’t great, but after a while of using it you do start to learn little habits and get a knack for making it respond correctly in the majority of circumstances, so it’s not all bad.