1. Sex Toys I Never Thought I'd Try: Electro Sex Toys

    ElectraStim-Lula-Noir-Kegel-Balls

    This month I did something that I never in my wildest fantasies thought I would ever do – and that something was trying the ElectraStim EM60-E Flick Single Output Stimulator and ElectraPads Set (and no, that isn't a lesser-known Star Wars character) in conjunction with the ElectraStim Lula Noir Silicone Kegel Balls with E-Stim.

    Prior to test driving ElectraStim's wares, I knew next to nothing about the Electro Sex toys available on the Lovehoney website. I knew they were sex toys, and I knew electricity was somehow involved. That was it! Now, after experiencing both products, my interest in Electro Sex toys has been well and truly sparked!



    What's in the box?

    When I first laid eyes on the ElectraStim 'Flick' packaging, I was instantly intrigued. You get:

    • 1 x ElectraStim 'Flick' single-channel stimulator
    • 1 x output cable for said stimulator
    • 1 x USB charging cable 4 x self-adhesive electrode pads
    • 1 x drawstring storage pouch
    • 1 x set of instructions

    Forget having never tried electro-Kegel balls, I'd never tried any kind of Kegel balls! As well as the Lula Noir Silicone Kegel Balls, I also grabbed a box of ElectraStim Sterile Lubricant, which is sold separately. This lube is infused with an antiseptic that makes it bacteriostatic, so you can be confident that your electro-play is hygienic.


    My ElectraStim experience 

    The ElectraStim 'Flick' is an incredible piece of TENS technology – that's 'transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation'. The single-channel stimulator looks a little like a small TV remote and is very lightweight. With some sex toys you might be able to get away with just learning-by-doing, but trust me, taking the instructions out of the box and reading them will save you a lot of time.

    After charging the stimulator, I then peeled off the clear backing on two of the ElectraPads (you have to have two stuck to your skin for the ElectraStim 'Flick' to work). It's important to keep that backing, as you can reattach it to your ElectraPads once you've finished gettin' jiggy with it and use them again.

    I would recommend other first-time users select a 'neutral' area of skin to attach the ElectraPads to at first. I found that the inside of my thigh, just above the knee, worked very well. That area of skin was responsive enough that I could experiment with the ElectraStim 'Flick' settings, but it wasn't so sensitive that I was apprehensive about accidentally over-doing it.


    Feeling the buzz

    I connected the pads to the stimulator using the output cable and switched the stimulator on. When you turn it on, the intensity level is set to zero – no need to worry about giving yourself an unwanted jolt!

    There are 24 different intensity levels and 7 patterns, so more combinations than you could shake a stick at. It was only once I hit level 4 and 5 that I started to feel the buzz.

    Another great safety feature is that you have to be quite intentional when you push the intensity buttons. I can't see how it would be possible to change the settings by accident.


    Flick me into shape 

    When you've found your ideal intensity level and your favourite pulsating pattern, you must try the 'Flick' mode. By holding down the mode button for 3 seconds, you unlock a setting which makes the stimulator 'motion activated'. With a shake of the stimulator, you can deliver a contactless 'electro' spank to yourself or your lover.

    Once I'd got to grips with what each button on the stimulator did, I tried to relocate the ElectraPads to a more erogenous zone. It turns out the pads work best on a hairless area, so after some quick DIY hair removal, I went back in for round two.

    The ElectraStim instructions recommend placing the pads along the penis or labia majora, so being the proud vulva-owner that I am, I did the latter. This was when I felt that the 7 different patterns really came into their own – it was hands-down the best hand-free solo session I've ever had.

    The ElectraStim 'Flick' is entirely different from using any other sex toy, as it causes your muscles to contract as if they had a life of their own.


    Rippling sensations

    From a design standpoint alone, the Lula Noir Silicone Kegel Balls are very aesthetically pleasing. The balls feature little flower-like indentations which indicate which way to insert them (the flowers should be on the sides, pointing towards your hips).

    The top ball contains a free-roaming weight or 'jiggle ball', while the lower ball is where the electro-stimulation comes into play.

    The ElectraStim lube was perfect – it coated the balls and made insertion a breeze. But what really surprised me was the sensations I experienced when I attached the lower ball to the ElectraStim 'Flick' stimulator. Once again, at around intensity level 4 or 5, I started to experience a pleasant 'rippling' sensation. It only took place in the lower ball, but that doesn't take away from the toy in the slightest because the top ball contains the added weight.

    I didn't increase the intensity much further, as I'm still a beginner, but I could see seasoned Kegel ball users living for these E-Stim Kegel Balls.


    Final thoughts

    I had the distinct pleasure of trying the ElectraStim EM60-E Flick Single Output Stimulator and ElectraPads Set and the ElectraStim Lula Noir Silicone Kegel Balls with E-Stim. I say 'distinct pleasure' because that's precisely what it was – a kind of pleasure that was completely unique and that I have never before experienced.

    There are still so many things I want to try with both the toys, because of course you can hand the controller to your partner while you're wearing the Lula Noir balls, you can attach one ElectraPad to yourself and the other to your partner – there are just so many possibilities. If you're like me and you've never previously taken the time to consider what an electro-sex toy could bring to the table, check out the ElectraStim range because I'm certain something stimulating will catch your eye!


    Audrey Andrews is a student blogger for Lovehoney. In her spare time she loves to do craft, but would not advise knitting your own condoms.

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