Rocks Off Dalia (AKA The Mini-Mates Jive)

The final toy that Rocks Off have sent me to review is the Dalia, (AKA The Mini-Mates Jive). It’s not strictly a toy for men, but I’ve never let that discourage me before. Sometimes the best gems can be found in the least expected places, so let’s take a look!

The Dalia is one of six toys in the Mini-Mates line, including the Fever, the Disco, the Twirl, the Fab, and the Funky. The idea behind the range is to incorporate a soft sleeve along with the RO-120mm vibrator, in order to make a more interesting product. The Mini-Mates toys are all primarily aimed at female consumers, but considering the Fever and the Disco were rebranded as the male toys the Missile and the Scud, there’s no reason why any of the range can’t be enjoyed by a man, especially if you prefer the selection of colours.
When assembled the Dalia is 5 3/4″ long, with 4 5/8″ being insertable if you take the bottom of the sleeve to be the cut-off point. It’s quite a nice girthy toy, measuring 4 7/8″ in circumference around the middle. The sleeve has a smooth straight body for the most part, until it reaches the end where it curves upwards and narrows to a point, giving it the appearance of a banana. According to the packaging this feature is intended to stimulate the G-spot, but as is usually the case anything designed with this in mind can be re-purposed for use on the prostate. From the base of the sleeve protrudes one end of the RO-120mm bullet, which is where the screw cap to access the battery compartment and the push-button to turn on the toy are located. The Dalia doesn’t actually have a flared base which technically means that it isn’t anal-safe, though the Scud doesn’t have a flared base either despite being advertised specifically as an anal vibrator, so whether you should use it back there or not is debatable.
The sleeve of the Dalia is manufactured from body-safe silicone, and the construction appears to be of a high standard. While there is a faint mould line present it’s practically invisible and cannot be felt at all when you touch it. In terms of firmness it doesn’t have a lot of give in it, but compared to the rigid vibrator that it’s covering it offers a welcome amount of cushioning. The finish is matte and velvety, and I much prefer it to the slightly rough-feeling surface of the Bad Boy.
Inserting the Dalia is very simple thanks to its tapered tip which gently makes a path for the rest of the toy, and which also makes it quite suitable for an anal beginner. The Dalia slips in seamlessly, avoiding any unpleasant friction, thanks to the smooth surface of the material. The outside of the sleeve is supple enough to feel comfortable against the sphincter muscle if you clench down on the toy either by choice or otherwise. The girth of the toy feels nice and satisfying inside; it’s not going to stretch you out but there is a pleasant feeling of something sizeable being there. Once the toy is inserted fully there’s unfortunately not a lot to grab onto so you need to be careful. Thrusting with the toy is an enjoyable experience, but the downside is with the lack of length which makes it difficult to manipulate. When thrusting I was hard pressed to notice any prostate stimulation from the curved tip unless I specifically attempted to angle the Dalia upwards and into that region, but again this was difficult to achieve with so little to grab onto near the base. Compared to the other toys in the Mini-Mates range the Jive is definitely the one best suited for use on the prostate, but still in my experience it just didn’t deliver.
The vibrating function in the Dalia is powered by the RO-120mm bullet, which I will cover in more depth in a review of its own. The bullet is powered by 2 AAA batteries and has three different speeds along with two patterns of vibrations to choose from. The first pattern is a rapid sequence of pulses, and the second is a slower one. The bullet is operated by pushing the button on the base once to turn it on, again to change the function, and by holding it down for a couple of seconds to switch it off. You need to be careful when doing this while the toy is inserted, in case you push the button too hard and the toy slips deeper into the body than is desirable. The silicone sleeve of the Dalia has the unique property of helping to focus the vibrations from the bullet so that they can be felt most strongly around the tip, thereby improving its performance. Unfortunately the vibrations from the RO-120mm are of a very shallow buzzy nature, and I don’t enjoy these types of vibrations anally. Even with the help of the sleeve to focus the vibrations around the tip they just didn’t penetrate into the prostate in a way that elicited any pleasurable sensation. All that I could really feel when the vibe was switched on was a general tingling in the vicinity, and changing the speed or pattern didn’t help either. The only real indicator that I was using a pattern came from the change in sound from the toy, as physically the feeling didn’t change significantly. If it had been a rumbly vibrator then it might well have been enjoyable, but sadly that wasn’t the case. One positive about the RO-120mm though is that it’s actually quite quiet whilst it’s inside the sleeve, and I would feel comfortable using it while someone was in an adjacent room, as it’s unlikely that they could hear it. 
The entire toy is completely waterproof, hence it’s safe to use it in the bath or shower, but the real benefit is when it comes to cleaning it. If you so wish you can remove the sleeve before you wash it, but this is difficult to do at the best of times, let alone when the toy is covered in lube. The bullet fits so snugly inside the sleeve that it forms a vacuum, and it takes an awful lot of tugging and twisting to try to remove it. The best thing to do is just clean it all together in one piece. The silicone can be cleaned by regular methods such as antibacterial soap and hot water, toy cleaner/wipes, or by wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution.

The Dalia comes in the standard Rocks Off packaging that you might expect. The box is made from a sturdy cardboard and features a hinged lid with a clear-plastic viewing window. The only difference is that all the Mini-Mates toys come in a pastel-pink coloured box, instead of the black used for the RO-160mm and the Bad Boy style prostate massagers. The Dalia itself clips into a plastic tray inside the box which is adorned with the company logo, and altogether it provides a nice play to store the toy and keep it away from unwanted dust.
Overall the Dalia isn’t a bad toy, but it could use some improvements, with the replacement of the RO-120mm for something stronger and rumbly for starters. The banana-shape and smooth material make it nice just to use as though it were a dildo, but it really could use being an inch longer and perhaps a little more curved at the tip. It also wouldn’t hurt to consider adding a flared portion to the sleeve to make it fully anal-safe for those of us who enjoy using toys like this that way.
You can buy the Dalia / Jive from Lovehoney USA, Lovehoney UK, SexToys.co.uk and Honour.

Rocks Off Buddies Scud

The second toy that Rocks Off have sent me to test is the Scud from their Buddies range. It looked like quite an usual design for a toy for a man so I was interested to try it out.

The Scud is one of two anal vibrators that Rocks Off do for men in their Buddies range. Essentially it’s just a re-branding of the Mini-Mates Disco, with some new packaging and a black colour instead of purple. The idea behind the range is to incorporate a soft sleeve along with the RO-120mm vibrator in order to make a more interesting product.
When assembled the Scud is 5 3/4″ long, with 4 5/8″ being insertable if you take the bottom of the sleeve to be the cut-off point. It’s quite a nice girthy toy, measuring 5″ in circumference around the middle. The sleeve has a textured surface featuring a series of 8 separate bumps which are all reasonably shallow and equally spaced. This ribbed appearance makes the toy look a little like one of those giant grubs that are found in tropical climates. The end of the sleeve is slightly rounded, but mostly it’s blunt, which is something to bear in mind for those who are novices with anal toys. From the base of the sleeve protrudes one end of the RO-120mm bullet, which is where the screw cap to access the battery compartment and the push-button to turn on the toy are located. Despite being sold as an anal vibrator the Scud doesn’t actually have a flared anal-safe base which may worry some.
The sleeve of the Scud is manufactured from body-safe silicone, and the construction appears to be of a high standard. While there is a faint mould line present it’s practically invisible and cannot be felt at all when you touch it. In terms of firmness it doesn’t have a lot of give in it, but compared to the rigid vibrator that it’s covering it offers a welcome amount of cushioning. The finish is matte and velvety, and I much prefer it to the slightly rough-feeling surface of the Bad Boy.
Inserting the Scud is relatively simple if you’ve had experience with toys of this size before, but due to the bluntness of the tip it may be preferable to warm up with something smaller and tapered first. The Scud slips in seamlessly, avoiding any unpleasant friction, thanks to the smooth surface of the material. The outside of the sleeve is supple enough to feel comfortable against the sphincter muscle if you clench down on the toy either by choice or otherwise. The girth of the toy feels nice and satisfying inside; it’s not going to stretch you out but there is a pleasant feeling of something sizeable being there. Once the toy is inserted fully there’s unfortunately not a lot to grab onto so you need to be careful. Thrusting with the toy is an enjoyable experience thanks to the bumpy texture, but the downside is with the lack of length which makes it difficult to manipulate. As the bumps are quite shallow there’s a limit on how much you can feel, and it’s not going to be as intense as with a toy like the Tantus Echo, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. If you completely relax the sphincter while thrusting then the ridges feel quite subtle, whereas if you attempt to squeeze against the toy in the process then you get a nice bumpy ride. Either way it’s a nice feeling which makes for a welcome change from completely smooth toys, and which should appeal to texture lovers.
The vibrating function in the Scud is powered by the RO-120mm bullet, which I will cover in more depth in a review of its own. The bullet is powered by 2 AAA batteries and has three different speeds along with two patterns of vibrations to choose from. The first pattern is a rapid sequence of pulses, and the second is a slower one. The bullet is operated by pushing the button on the base once to turn it on, again to change the function, and by holding it down for a couple of seconds to switch it off. You need to be careful when doing this while the toy is inserted, in case you push the button too hard and the toy slips deeper into the body than is desirable. The silicone sleeve of the Scud seems to act to collect the vibrations from the bullet exclusively around the tip, leaving the rest of the body emitting little to no vibration. Given the straight shape of the Scud it doesn’t help to have the vibrations so localised in one area. Unfortunately the vibrations from the RO-120mm are of a very shallow buzzy nature, and I don’t enjoy these types of vibrations anally. The result off these two facts is that I didn’t find the vibrations to be especially pleasurable, and they didn’t act to penetrate into the prostate and stimulate that in any way either. All that I could really feel when the vibe was switched on was a general tingling in the vicinity, and changing the speed or pattern made no difference. The only real indicator that I was using a pattern came from the change in sound from the toy, as physically the feeling didn’t change significantly. If it had been a rumbly vibrator then it might well have been enjoyable, but sadly that wasn’t the case. One positive about the RO-120mm though is that it’s actually quite quiet whilst it’s inside the sleeve, and I would feel comfortable using it while someone was in an adjacent room, as it’s unlikely that they could hear it.
The entire toy is completely waterproof, hence it’s safe to use it in the bath or shower, but the real benefit is when it comes to cleaning it. If you so wish you can remove the sleeve before you wash it, but this is difficult to do at the best of times, let alone when the toy is covered in lube. The bullet fits so snugly inside the sleeve that it forms a vacuum, and it takes an awful lot of tugging and twisting to try to remove it. The best thing to do is just clean it all together in one piece. The silicone can be cleaned by regular methods such as antibacterial soap and hot water, toy cleaner/wipes, or by wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution.
The Scud comes in the standard Rocks Off packaging that you might expect. The box is made from a sturdy  black cardboard and features a hinged lid with a clear-plastic viewing window. The toy itself clips into a plastic tray inside the box which is adorned with the company logo, and altogether it provides a nice place to store the toy and keep it away from unwanted dust.
Overall the Scud isn’t a bad toy, but it could use some improvements, with the replacement of the RO-120mm for something stronger and rumbly for starters. The bumpy texture and material is nice just to use as though it were a dildo, but it really could use being an inch longer and incorporating a flared portion into the sleeve to make it anal-safe.
You can buy the Scud from Honour

Rocks Off RO-140mm Soft Tip

Rocks Off have kindly sent me a RO-140mm vibrator to review, and they were even nice enough to oblige my request for a red one so it matches the rest of my collection. Accordingly a big thanks to them. I quite enjoy playing around with vibrators from time to time, and this is one I’ve actually had my eye on for a while due to its rather unique design, so without further ado the review:

The RO-140mm is the big brother of the RO-100mm and features a similar design, only it’s that little bit larger, and has 7 functions as opposed to 3. The RO-140mm is very much the Goldilocks of Rocks Off vibrators as far as I’m concerned. I wasn’t that keen on the little RO-80mm, nor the big RO-160mm, but the RO-140mm is just right.
The RO-140mm has a very distinctive design that’s modelled after the cartridges used in assault rifles such as the AK-47. It’s actually quite impressive how closely they’ve mirrored the form, even down to the appearance of the screw cap for the battery compartment. Personally I rather like how Rocks Off have taken the idea of the “bullet” vibrator and actually designed some of their products to look like munitions.
The vibrator feels as though it’s very well-built and durable, and has a nice weight to it in the hand. It’s constructed largely from plastic that’s been coated to give it a metallic finish. Admittedly it’s not my favourite of techniques but the coating seems to have been done well, and is even present inside the battery compartment. Overall it presents a nice appearance, and I think it was probably the right choice for this particular toy as it contributes positively to the look that’s being aimed for. The plastic body of the vibe is 4″ long and is topped with a 1 1/2″ long silicone tip which is available in a variety of colours. The silicone is lovely and soft and velvety, to the point that it glides across the skin with little friction or drag, and without the requirement of lube. The silicone is reasonably firm but it has enough flex in it that it gives when you apply pressure to the skin with it. The tip is secured very solidly to the plastic body, and I’d be hard pressed to imagine any dirt getting into the joint as it’s so tight. The body has a circumference of 3 3/8″, the same as the RO-120mm, which I find is a comfortable size to hold in the hand while using; it’s like a chunky whiteboard marker. The tip, by comparison, has a circumference of only 2 1/2″, which is a nice size if you want to cheekily probe any bodily crevices with it. The base of the toy has a screw cap where you access the battery compartment, and this is sealed with a rubber o-ring to make the toy completely waterproof. The only downside that I see here with the design is in the groove that runs around the screw cap, as water can easily sit in there and be missed when drying the toy. If you were to unscrew the cap to remove the batteries while water was present there then it would drip inside the toy, so you need to be careful. Hidden underneath the cap is the button to operate the toy; it’s a simple push button and feels pretty sturdy, but what I like about it is the placement. Recessing the button so it can’t be seen makes the design more sleek, and also enables the RO-140mm to be stood on its end when you’re not using it.
The RO-140mm is operated by pressing the button once to turn it on, again to change the function, and by holding the button down for a couple of seconds to switch it off. The motor for the toy is located at the end of the plastic portion, but despite this the vibrations can actually be felt most strongly in the silicone tip, which is precisely where you want them to be. The vibrations become strongly focussed right at the very point of the tip, and I was impressed by this. One of my major complaints about the RO-160mm was that the vibrations didn’t come to a focal point anywhere, but happily the RO-140mm has remedied this. This focus means that you can precisely target stimulation just where you want it to be, with pin-point accuracy. The vibrations are very buzzy and high-frequency and only become more so as you cycle up through the 3 power settings. Normally I’m not a fan of buzzy vibes, but oddly I find that in this instance it works for me. Just gliding the soft silicone tip all around the penis provides this wonderfully soothing feeing, as well as a satisfying level of sexual stimulation. It’s both relaxing and teasing: you can sense that it has the ability to take you where you want to go – and you may wish to jump ahead to that point – but it’s going to do so at a gentle pace, allowing you to enjoy the prolonged journey. Running the tip up and down the underside of the shaft and around the corona of the glans is very pleasurable, and the soft silicone is even gentle enough that you can run it along the meatus without causing discomfort. The key area to focus on, especially when you’re ready to orgasm, is the frenulum. The RO-140mm stimulates this nerve-rich tissue exceptionally well, and moving the tip up and down it and along either side of it will have you or your partner reaching orgasm in no time. Another place where the RO-140mm can be used is externally with the anus. I found it quite enjoyable to just make circles around the outside of the sphincter, and then to occasionally press the soft tip into the centre to create the sensation of someone thrusting with their tongue. Personally I wouldn’t insert the RO-140mm: it wasn’t designed for this, it doesn’t have a flared anal-safe base, and I just don’t think it would be that worthwhile in terms of pleasure gained.
The vibrator has 4 patterns to choose from as well as its 3 power levels. Three are very rapid series of pulses, with slightly differing timing for the lengths of the pulses and the pauses in between, and the other is a slow ramping up of power. Normally I’m a big fan of patterns, but I’ve found that with buzzy vibes they don’t really do much for me, and that I prefer the constant setting. Of the four patterns though, it’s the slow one which I like the most, and actually find to be equally as pleasurable as the constant vibrating. Using this pattern can be nice just to add a little variety, or as an alternative to physically moving vibe as you’re using it. The slow pulses almost mirror the feeling of moving the toy along the skin, which can be handy if you want to feel two types of stimulation, but while holding the vibe completely still and focussing on one area. Personally I would have preferred a little more selection in terms of the patterns as three of them are quite samey, or even the option of a rumbly vibration, but on the whole I’m pretty satisfied by what’s offered.
The noise level of the RO-140mm is quite low and just sounds like a hum or a fly buzzing around. I’d feel comfortable using it whilst knowing that someone was in the next room, with the peace of mind that they’d be unable to hear it.
As the toy is waterproof you can use it in the bath or shower, but when I tried this I wasn’t keen on it. When everything gets wet it causes the silicone tip to really drag instead of gliding smoothly over the skin. Obviously the way to counter drag normally would be with lube, but in this case you don’t really have any options. If you use a water-based lube it’ll just wash away, and you can’t use a water-resistant silicone lube as it might damage the silicone tip. If you only want to use the vibe for pin-point stimulation then it should be fine in water, but if you want to move it along the body then it’s not the best choice for that.
The vibrator comes in quite simple packaging unlike a lot of other Rocks Off products. It slides inside a clear plastic tube the same shape as the toy, making it very compact. I like it because it makes a great place to store the toy when you’re not using it, and it won’t take up a lot of space inside your drawer or even luggage. Included with the toy are 2 N batteries which it runs on, and which are easy to find in most shops when you need to replace them.
Overall I really think that the RO-140mm is a great vibrator; it’s the first toy from Rocks Off that I can recommend without reservation or hesitation, as it actually got me off in a way that the others I’ve tried couldn’t. It manages to combine both form and function with its funky design and stimulating functions, and is probably the best vibrator I’ve tried at this price point.
You can buy the RO-140mm from Bondara
 

Rocks Off Reviewables!

I was contacted recently by a lovely representative from the British sex toy manufacturer Rocks Off, who asked if I would be interested in reviewing a few of more their products. Considering I have been somewhat critical in the past of their products, this request came as something of a surprise to me, but I readily agreed as I’m always happy to oblige in testing new products, both for the benefit of my readers and to satisfy my own innate curiosity. I’m actually very impressed that Rocks Off reached out to me, as it says a lot about their company, and that they value criticism and are willing to take it on board.

The products I’ve received – if you haven’t already guessed from the image above – are: the RO-140mm Soft Tip, the Buddies Scud, and the Dalia (AKA The Mini-Mates Jive). You can look forward to seeing reviews for them in the days ahead.

We-Vibe Salsa

Recently I’ve found myself thinking a lot about bullet vibes, which might not seem like the traditional territory for a blog slanted towards sex toys for men, but it’s surprising how many toys out there – aimed at both sexes – are actually powered by bullets. One of the main companies to do this is Rocks Off, who use their RO-80mm bullet in their prostate massagers, butt plugs, cock rings, male masturbation aids, you name it. Even Tantus have bullet holes in several of their dildos, and include a free vibe to use in conjunction with them, so it’s an increasingly common practice.

My problem has always been that I’ve found the bullets that come with all these toys rather lacklustre; they’re buzzy, one speed, and frankly do little for me, so I’ve been on the lookout for something to give them a little more “oomph”, and that’s when I learnt about We-Vibe.

We-Vibe currently makes two compact rechargeable bullet vibes, the Tango and the Salsa, both of which I have heard very positive things about. At their core they’re essentially the same product, with only some surface differences in the shape of the tip and the colour selection available. I opted to buy myself a Salsa because it has the more traditional shape, and it’s available in red, so it should match the toys I plan to use it with.

Update: This product has been discontinued as of 2013. Please see my review of the new Tango which replaces it.

The old review continues below

Traditionally bullet vibes have been considered a product exclusively for women, but with more and more unisex toys containing bullet holes, items such as the Salsa are proving to be a convenient powerhouse, to give a welcome boost to a range of other novelties in your toy box.
The Salsa is a nice compact vibe which measures in at only 3 3/8″ long  by 3/4″ wide. It’s a little bit longer than the battery powered bullets you get included with some toys, but the width allows it to easily fit inside products made by Tantus and Rocks Off amongst others. The body of the toy is manufactured in one single piece from ABS plastic, and comes in a choice of three colours; I went for the red as I felt it best lived up to the name. The surface of the plastic is very smooth and shiny; there is one moulding mark on the very tip of the toy, but it has been smoothed down and polished over, so while you can see a faint dot you can’t actually feel anything there. The tip of the toy is tapered, giving it a gently rounded end which blends seamlessly into the straight shaft, before finishing with slight outward flare. The very end of the toy is finished off with a solid white silicone-rubber cap where the power button is located. The Salsa has a lovely sleek appearance, and as well as being attractive it also looks quite discreet.
The Salsa has eight modes in total: four differing speeds as well as four varying vibration patterns. This makes it especially good if you’re going to use it inside another toy, as standard bullets typically only have one mode of on or off. The bullet is activated by pressing the button at the end once, and every subsequent press of the button will change the Salsa to the next mode. Once you cycle through all eight modes pressing the button again will switch the vibe off. If you want to switch the vibe off immediately then holding down the button for a couple of seconds will do this, and the next time you turn the vibe on it will remember which mode you were using last, which I found to be a very handy feature. The button is nice and responsive, you don’t have to push it too firmly, and it feels reassuringly well-built.* The vibrations from the Salsa are wonderfully strong, and even at the lowest setting they feel deep and rumbly. When you use the Salsa inside another toy, such as a butt plug, it’s this power which really helps the vibrations to travel through the thick layers of material and still be able to be felt deep inside the body. It has to be the vibration patterns which are my favourite part though, as the rhythmic pulsing of the vibe inside a butt plug causes some great sensations internally, especially in the prostate. The vibe by itself is quite quiet, though I would say it’s a little louder than some other bullets I have, but still not enough to be heard through a closed door or a thin partition wall. When it’s inside another toy the sound gets muffled exceedingly well and is even less obvious.
Aside from utilising the Salsa inside bullet toys, the other way I can put it to use as a man is for penile stimulation. Vibrations can feel incredibly stimulating on the penis if they’re used in the correct manner. Typically I don’t enjoy bullet vibes for this as they’re too buzzy, but the Salsa is different. The Salsa delivers strong vibrating sensations deep into the penis, which feel great when it’s applied to the head and around the frenulum. Initially I had been concerned that perhaps the We-Vibe Tango would be better suited to this, due to its flat surface, but in fact this level of surface contact with the skin can be duplicated by using the side of the Salsa, while the tapered tip is great for applying more precise and concentrated stimulation. The different vibration patterns also work well in this instance and can increase the level of pleasure, and hasten climax. It can be great to use just for teasing as part of foreplay, or in combination with a handjob to enhance the experience.

The Salsa is a waterproof toy, which means it can be used in the bath or shower if you’re considering taking your play outside the bedroom. It also means that it’s very easy to clean, as you can splash as much water over it as you like. As a precaution you only want to wash it with hot water and anti-bacterial soap, or with your favourite toy cleaner / toy wipe. Plastic is a durable material, but it’s not advisable to go boiling electronic items.

The one annoying thing about the We-Vibe Salsa has to be the charging system. On the surface it seems like quite a clever system, comprised of two parts. The power adaptor plugs into a white dock in the shape of a hemisphere, which then connects to the Salsa itself magnetically. The advantage of the magnetic system is that it allows the Salsa to be 100% waterproof. The way this is achieved is by having a solid silicone-rubber cap at the end of the Salsa, which is where the control button is located. Either side of the button are two metal electrodes which protrude slightly above the rubber seal, and these in turn connect to two shallow metal depressions on the underside of the plastic dock. When all the metal parts are touching the current flows and the Salsa charges. Where the problem lies is with the rubber seal itself. If the thickness of the rubber is even the slightest bit too much then it prevents the electrodes in the Salsa from making a firm connection with the dock. This is precisely what happens in mine. When I first plug the Salsa in to charge the charging light will come on for about 30 seconds, indicating a flow of electricity, but then it goes out completely. The only way to maintain a firm connection between the Salsa and the dock, sufficient enough to charge the device, is to physically squeeze the two parts together, thus compressing the rubber to such a degree that the electrodes can fully touch. As you can imagine this is inconvenient, I would prefer to just be able to plug my Salsa in and leave it alone while it charges, rather than having to sit there holding it for 90 minutes. The only alternatives are to either try to jury-rig the dock with some small pieces of metal foil, which proves quite fiddly, or to place the Salsa in such a position where I can use the weight of a heavy object to push the two halves together, but the shape of it makes it awkward to achieve. I have no doubt that it would be a fine system if it worked, but the level of precision that seems to be required leaves it victim to the natural variances which will always occur in the manufacturing process. Once is Salsa is fully charged it has enough battery life to last for 2 hours, which is impressive for a toy of its size.

How I have to charge it.
One of the nice added features is that the Salsa comes with its own little cloth storage pouch. It’s a little oversized compared to the diminutive bullet, but it allows you to put the charger inside it as well, which is perfect if you’re travelling.
Overall I’m very pleased with the Salsa, it’s powerful, versatile and a quality product. If it weren’t for the issue with the charger then I’d probably give it full marks.

*Update: Unfortunately after no more than a year of ownership the power button on my Salsa has failed, making it extremely difficult to turn on or off, let alone cycle through patterns, and rendering it almost unusable. After all the problems I’ve had with the charger since day one, and now this, I’m feeling less than impressed. When the toy does work it’s fantastic, and I couldn’t recommend anything better in this size, so I want to give the benefit of the doubt and believe that with all the issues I was just the unlucky recipient of a faulty model. Let me know in the comments if you’ve experienced similar problems.

Rocks Off Ammunition for Love RO-80mm

I have a couple of these bullet vibes as they come as part of other toys in the Rocks Off range. Even though those toys were aimed at men, they still list it as a selling point that the vibrators can be removed and used separately, so I thought I’d test this out. It’s not completely unheard of for men to use vibrators on the penis, after all male and female anatomy shares a common root, so what works for one should conceivably work for the other.

Read the review after the jump!

The RO-80mm is an attractive and sleekly designed toy, that leaves no question about why it was named a “bullet” vibe. It comes available in either a metallic finish, or in a variety of colours. If you buy a Rocks Off toy that includes an RO-80mm, then it will be one of a matching colour. The entire toy is made of a hard plastic, even the parts which appear to be metal are merely coated with a thin plate, which is slightly disappointing, but over all the toy has a good solid construction. The bullet is made waterproof by a rubber O-ring to seal the battery compartment, and a rubber nipple to house the button at the end.
The RO-80mm is easily operated by depressing the button on the end, and only has two modes – on or off. When you turn it on you do notice than the vibrations it gives off are quite intense, I would describe their nature as being high-frequency, or “surface buzzy” as others might say. It’s definitely not a deep rumbly vibration, but then I wouldn’t expect as much from a bullet.
I put the RO-80mm to the test by running it over the most sensitive areas of the penis, around the head and down the frenulum, and making note of the effect. The first thing I noticed was that it caused discomfort at times; the tip of the bullet is quite pointy, and it also has a slight defect left over from the injection moulding, which combined to cause some unpleasant scratching sensations. I checked both of my bullets and they were identical in this regard, confirming it was not merely an anomaly. I switched from using the very tip of the bullet to part of the side, and concentrated using it on the areas of the penis that seemed most responsive, alternating between holding it still in these places and sliding it up and down. No matter what I tried, the vibrations it emitted just wouldn’t cause any significant levels of pleasure, and after continuing for a sufficient period I abandoned it out boredom. As a point of contrast, when I experimented using my Lelo Billy prostate massager on the penis, it was able to bring me to full climax within a short space of time, and with satisfying result.
I would have to say that the RO-80mm really isn’t the most suitable toy to be used by a man, and Rocks Off would do better to abandon placing them inside their prostate massagers altogether, and instead put more focus on developing a better fully integrated vibration system.

If you’re looking for a really good bullet, then check out my view of the We-Vibe Tango.

The RO-80mm bullets are available from Lovehoney U.SLovehoney UK, SexToys.co.uk,  and Honour