What causes some vibes to be battery hogs and others not so much?

NuMe NuMe
Is it the power of the vibe? The motor that's used in certain ones? The type and number of batteries? Are there any other factors?
06/20/2009
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Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by NuMe
Is it the power of the vibe? The motor that's used in certain ones? The type and number of batteries? Are there any other factors?
The quality of battery, certainly had to do with it.
06/20/2009
ScottA ScottA
All of the above. Power requires power (so to speak) - the buzz energy has to come from somewhere. Efficiency also plays into it, a more efficient toy needs less power per Standard Unit of Vibration (whatever that would be - perhaps we can petition the ISO to standardize it?) Type of battery does affect things as well - a battery with more active metal (usually zinc) will last longer.
06/21/2009
Mamastoys Mamastoys
Also, leaving them in the toys seems to make them die quicker..not real sure why 'cause they aren't turned on but guess the connection pulls power. We buy the big packs of AA and AAA at Sams and keep them at the bedside, in the drawer with the toys..
I agree with ScottA..all of the above.
06/22/2009
Squirtie Squirtie
I'm about to make a detailed post about the types of batteries that should me used in toys after receiving my first assignment (California Exotics vibrator) in the mail that was packaged with the wrong type of batteries! Wrong type being material, not size.

I was sent "heavy duty" batteries which are zinc-carbon. "Heavy duty" is a very misleading term considering they are the least effective batteries available today. These types of batteries should really only be used in very low powered things such as remotes, small radios, battery powered alarm clocks, basically anything that you rarely need to change the battery in.

Alkaline batteries (such as Energizer, Duracell, and store brands that state alkaline on them) are zinc manganese oxide. These are the proper type of batteries to use in something that uses a lot of power like vibrators. Basically an alkaline battery has 300% more power available to you (mAh is power, voltage will be the same) and alkalines have a much longer shelf life. This can even affect the strength of something like a vibrator!

To make a long story short: do not use "heavy duty" batteries in your toys, use alkaline only. Also if you are using rechargeables, use NiMh rather than NiCad (nickel-metal hydride, not nickel cadmium) and remember that rechargables usually need to be replaced after a year on average (you'll notice they start to not be as "juicy")

I can't even imagine how many toys may have been packaged with "heavy duty" batteries and rated poorly and even thrown out just because a company that is selling electronics didn't bother to research batteries! Since this is my first experience receiving a toy from California Exotics, maybe my particular vibrator is the exception and not the rule. I truly hope so.

Do other toys generally come with batteries? I mean other than N size and button cell?
07/03/2009
Squirtie Squirtie
I started a new thread but it's basically copied from above. I thought I should make the information available in a new thread because I think it's imperative information for everyone that uses battery operated toys, and I needed to get everyone's attention with the title.

Please don't think I'm a crazy battery lady.
07/03/2009
Polyserena Polyserena
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Originally posted by Mamastoys
Also, leaving them in the toys seems to make them die quicker..not real sure why 'cause they aren't turned on but guess the connection pulls power. We buy the big packs of AA and AAA at Sams and keep them at the bedside, in the drawer with ... More
I agree! But I don't find it's consistent between toys. I know I'm not supposed to leave the batteries in them, but some toys handle it just fine ages later, while others are shockers! I can practically notice a difference overnight. I can only think its something in the design of the vibrator that allows the battery to be leached.

Two that I've had experience with come to mind. One is a AA powered vibe with a multispeed dial and the other was a single speeed bulet running on watch batteries if that helps any. But I also have a multispeed one I leave batteries in with no problems.

I wish i knew more about the motors in these toys to be able to figure out the difference, but I just know there is one. I was looking to post on this exact same issue, so please let me know if you find the answer!
04/04/2010
Darling Dove Darling Dove
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Originally posted by Polyserena
I agree! But I don't find it's consistent between toys. I know I'm not supposed to leave the batteries in them, but some toys handle it just fine ages later, while others are shockers! I can practically notice a difference overnight. I ... More
I have seen this as well.
I have a rabbit that is hard to get the batteries in and out of, I left a set of batteries in as a result and they were sucked dry when I went back to it. Luckily, I hate the rabbit.

But I leave batteries in all my other toys and they're just fine after sitting a while. So it must be the design of the toy.
04/05/2010
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