More often, sex toys are rechargeable. And that seems nice. But is it, really? What are the pros and cons of toys with rechargeable batteries? And what about corded toys, or the ones that run on old fashioned batteries?
Sex toys on batteries
They still exist; toys that have a compartment to place one or more batteries in. Make sure to notice what kind of batteries, because that will vary. I once had a toy with a remote control, and the toy used different batteries than the remote.
The pros of toys on batteries
The big advantage of toys that simply work on batteries is that you do not have to charge them. That sounds like a truism, but that doesn’t make it any less true. No waiting time. Just put batteries in and go.
Furthermore, these types of toys are often simply the cheapest. This is often because they contain less powerful motors and require less expensive finishing. For example, there is (duh) no charging cord. And batteries are also often not included (which saves on the costs).
The cons of toys on batteries
A major disadvantage is that you will notice loss of power approximately halfway through the life of the battery. Nothing is more annoying as a toy that starts to give up when you are just enjoying yourself.
Another disadvantage is that these toys are often not 100% waterproof. Sometimes they are splash-proof. That means that you could use them in the shower, but not in the bath. You should also not immerse them while cleaning.
Finally, another truism: you must always have spare batteries with you. Because if the old batteries are dead (or dying) then you want to be able to replace them quickly.
For whom are toys on batteries most suitable?
Battery-powered toys are generally cheaper. They are therefore perfect for people with a limited budget. People who buy these kinds of toys naturally have a few batteries lying around somewhere, like a true MacGyver. Just in case.
Good toys on batteries
The Pocket Rocket is an ‘old time favorite’ toy on batteries. This is a mini vibrator that works on only one AAA battery and still vibrates enough to give you an orgasm. There are also many ‘look-a-likes‘ available, which usually do not perform any less.
More and more toys have rechargeable batteries. They are supplied with a charging cable. Recently, they have started to use USB cables more often. As a result, you have to charge it with a USB plug or via a USB port of your laptop.
The pros of rechargeable sex toys
The most obvious advantage is that you never have to buy batteries. Or, in other words, that you are never without batteries. When you just feel like it, your batteries are empty and you have no reserve. Just your luck! Not with rechargeable batteries. It is purely a matter of charging.
One of the biggest advantages of rechargeable toys is that they are often 100% waterproof. I wrote before why I think that is almost a MUST for toys. You can then take them with you in the bath or shower and they are easy to clean. It is simply easier to get a toy completely watertight if you do not have to be able to screw it open to insert new batteries.
The cons of rechargeable sex toys
Cords. Need I say more? I have a drawer in my bedside table where I store my toys and there are all kinds of cords and chargers in it. Yes I know; you can also put each toy in a separate bag with the charger included. Call me lazy. Call me stupid. But it’s the reality. And if I have to charge my toy, then it is always a matter of searching for the right cord.
And charging is always inconvenient. Am I just having sex with my boyfriend, I suddenly feel like grabbing that one vibrator. It’s empty. Always. And then having to wait 1.5 hours for it to be charged again … Only when I have some kind of ‘planned sex’, I can be sure that the toys that I think I feel like are fully charged.
Furthermore, rechargeable toys are often just a bit more expensive as toys on batteries.
For whom are rechargeable toys most suitable?
Rechargeable toys are especially nice if you do not have too many toys, or if you know how to keep the cords and toys organized.
Furthermore, you must have the discipline to either keep your toys charged, or to schedule recharging for those special days when you are going to have sex.
It is less suitable for slobs and spontaneous people, when I am over generalizing.
Good rechargeable toys
Corded sex toys
There aren’t many, but some toys have a power cord that goes directly into the power outlet. The most famous example is perhaps the Magic Wand, but there are also masturbators and fuck machines that have a cord.
The pros of corded sex toys
What shall I say? POWERRRRRRRR
You will never run without, with a toy that works on the mains. Plug in and go! And not only that. It is not for nothing that these types of toys are directly connected to the mains. They just need a lot of energy, because they are (usually) extra powerful!
The cons of corded sex toys
Well, where the cord may be lost with rechargeable toys, with corded toys it is mainly in the way. Depending on the length of the cord (often no longer than 3 to 3.5 meters), you are reasonably dependent on a power outlet. Your range is therefore limited. Not to mention use on the road, or to a country where they have different sockets.
These types of toys must never be used near water. So playing in the bath or in the shower is a definite no-go.
For whom are corded toys suitable?
Toys with a cord are especially for demanding people; those who want a lot (a lot) of power for a long (very long) time. Think of very deep and hard vibrations, hours of edging, or hours of hard penetration.
Good corded toys
When you’re into ‘the next generation’ sex toys, you should take a look at the Kiiroo toys. Their masturbator is also corded. Read this review.
And if you are really into a lot of power, a fucking machine might be something for you?