FAQ

What makes a Vibrator vibrate?

Vibrators are powered by a small motor that spins an off-center weight really fast. Because the weight is off-center, the vibrator shakes. Battery operated vibrators have relatively small motors designed to use the low-current power of a battery. For that reason, they create less powerful vibrations and may have shorter life spans. Battery-powered vibrators are usually designed so that the entire device vibrates, although the location of the motor in the vibrator may determine where the most intense vibrations are.

Plug-in vibrators like the Hitachi Magic Wand use a standard 120V wall current. They have heavier-duty motors, so weigh more, but are also less prone to break down, and produce much stronger and more consistent vibrations. They’re often designed so that an attachment or head is the primary point of vibration.

Are massagers and vibrators the same thing?

They can be. There are differences in the intent of the marketer, and sometimes the design of a massager can limit where you can use it, but most massagers have the same vibrating motor as “vibrators” do. Shiatsu-style massagers, like the kind that are found in massage chairs, don’t usually vibrate, however.

The word “massager” is used by manufacturers to indicate that a device is primarily designed to soothe tired and aching muscles in, say, your back. It’s also used by people selling and distributing sex toys when they want to be discreet. The term vibrator tends to be used specifically for sex toys. However, there are lots of massagers that really are vibrators, or easily adapted for such a purpose.

Should I use a massager for masturbation?

The answer here is that anything can be used for masturbation, as long as it turns you on and pushes your buttons. Most devices sold as “massagers” can be and are used as vibrators for sexual stimulation. Massagers that would not be suitable for use on the genitals are those which are designed specifically for other parts of the anatomy, such as the feet or back. Percussive massagers for the back and shoulders aren’t likely be effective tools for masturbation, but who knows? Different people enjoy different things.

Massagers tend to produce stronger vibrations, so if the sensation is too intense, you can place a towel between yourself and your massager, or use the massager through your clothes. Special attachments are available for the Hitachi Magic Wand that are designed specifically for genital stimulation, including attachments for vaginal or anal penetration.

Where can I buy vibrators online?

The Internet provides a simple and embarrassment-free environment for buying vibrators and other sex toys. No longer do you need to brave some seedy “adult bookstore” with a small selection of cheaply made toys, or even do without in those odd states where adult toy stores aren’t allowed. Now you can shop online and literally have thousands of options to choose from. The store that we recommend above all others, however, is www.PleasureMeNow.com – When it comes to the best toys, the best prices, and the best customer service, no other sex toy shop comes close. At PleasureMeNow, they pay close attention to what toys people really seem to like, and what gets returned for something better. If a toy just doesn’t seem to be up to snuff, they won’t carry it. They also have a very nice return policy: they understand that online shopping carries a certain amount of guesswork, since you can’t actually see and hold the items you’re buying. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and work hard to put you at ease while answering your questions about a rather personal subject.