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by Katie Peachesa April 16, 2020 3 min read

Plug-in vs. Battery vs. Rechargeable Vibrators

By Elena Ognivtseva

The great debate isn’t whether you should buy a vibrator, or whether you will have an orgasm—the great debate is what type of power do you want and how this will affect your orgasmic response. Not to worry, here at Peaches and Screams, we have broken down the master debating dilemma and have come up with all the pros and cons of each type: plug in, battery and rechargeable.

Battery Powered Vibes

Let’s start with battery-powered vibrators, usually the most common design in the sex toy industry. This is the category of toy with the slickest of visuals, since battery operation allows great flexibility in design. You simply buy new batteries and wear your sex toy out, come what may. (And come again and again!) This is the category to find toys like the IVibe Rabbit with its 50 variations of pleasure, the Platinum Jack Rabbit with its rotating metal beads, and the Fun Factory Boss with a realistic dildo vibe.

The pros of battery powered sex toys include portability, more interesting shapes and sizes in toy design, waterproof operation and cost-efficiency. However, practically any woman who uses traditional battery-powered sex toys admits that they lack the power of their competitors. Therefore, if you need major stimulation to orgasm, you may be whacking up the wrong tree with battery power.

Rechargeable Battery Vibes

Is there any difference in using rechargeable vibrators? These vibrators are still battery powered, but they are powered by special electrochemical cells, which are electrically reversible. These battery types can vary in power and may use various chemicals for powering up, such as lithium ion and or nickel cadmium.
This technology is a hybrid between plugged in and battery powered; it lets you use the toy with or without a plug. As a rule, these toys generally maintain the strength of a “new battery” toy 24-7. They are durable and long lasting and they do eliminate the need to buy batteries on a regular basis. Unfortunately, they are not 100% guaranteed to work and could give out at the worst moment possible, as battery-toys have been known to do. Products that use rechargeable batteries tend to be on the cutting-edge of technology, and include toys like the artsy LELO, the artificially intelligent SaSi and the popular We-Vibe II, a hands-free couple’s toy with a C-shape.

Plug-In Vibes

These toys are possibly the most inconvenient, since they have to plug in directly to a wall outlet. However, these toys are undoubtedly the most powerful selection. These vibrators give you the highest concentration of electricity and thus the most intense orgasms if you need raw strength at your disposal. These toys are the most durable and long lasting of toys; however, they are inconvenient to use because of the cord, and are never waterproof. These toys cannot be used internally because of the risk of wetness. Popular models of plug in sex toys include the universally loved Medisil Magic Touch Massager (Also known as Australia’s Hitachi Magic Wand) and the strong Wand-a-Lust massager.

The choice is yours. Don’t always assume power wins the contest. Sometimes power takes second place to convenience, toy design and rhythms. The truth is that all of these vibrators have advantages and they’re all worth trying once, or twice or a hundred times!

Katie Peachesa
Katie Peachesa

Katie Peachesa is a sex and lingerie blogger based out of the urban chic Wapping in the heart of East London, United Kingdom. In her spare time, Katie enjoys photography, yoga and fitness, a bit of boxing, traveling, keeping up with the latest fashion trends and mudlarking and exploring pastoral settings. You are likely to find Katie in an artisan cafe in Brick Lane on a Saturday afternoon furiously typing her next article on her laptop whilst she is sipping on her flat white and drawing inspiration from the hustle and bustle in the heart of creative London. Katie runs the "Fashion Life Mag" and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Allure, Grazia, Tatler, Evening Standard and other popular media outlets.


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