Power buddies - massager by Cal Exotics - review by Velocifero

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Premature

This toy is the nice guy that tries so hard to get you to love him and then makes you feel bad when you inevitably have to break up with him—but really, it's not you, it's him and his short battery life that leaves you tragically wanting until you turn to the more dangerous and thrilling toy beneath your bed.
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Pros:
A removable sleeve means you can cheat on this bullet and use it on another toy!
Cons:
It could eat every watch battery in the world, and it still won't make you come.
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review

Use

I bet you like orgasms, don't you? That's why you're here, right?

Here's the funny thing: I like orgasms, too, but this toy doesn't seem to share that sentiment. We are at a fundamental disagreement over what its job is and why it's not fulfilling its duties.

That being said, this toy is a cute little bullet meant primarily for clitoral stimulation and boasts a removable silicone sleeve to back it up. It is by no means a quadruple-penetrative tentacle monster out to orgasm you into an early grave—which means it is a newbie-friendly, highly accessible toy for all kinds—but I suggest you aim for a fast, 10-minutes-or-less kind of orgasm or have backup prepared. This toy is a tease that gradually and pitifully sputters out of life just when you really start to get into it, which means it makes for a good warm-up session, but it can't finish the job.

The nice thing is that because the sleeve is removable, you could easily insert it (shallowly, as the toy does not have a retrieval cord) and go about your day for a bit of discreet fun, or you can even use it on sensitive nipples.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Couples
    • Solo
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
    • Campus/roommate living
  • Features
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    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Clitoris
    • Nipples

Material / Texture

Silicone is highly stretchy, which means that if you don't like the bullet that comes with it, you can easily remove it and put it on another. It is a fairly squishy material with a lot of give and transfers vibrations fairly well, but if you require a firm touch or direct, pinpointed stimulation, the sleeve isn't going to do much for you.

Because I had the rabbit sleeve, there was not much in the way of texture to get off on, but the 'flutter' in the ears was somewhat noticeable. It has a little bit of a 'grabby' surface, so a little bit of non-silicone–based lubricant may help you out some.

Unlike its ostracized cousin we call jelly material, this silicone sleeve had no detectable odor or flavor. Though it sometimes picks up a stray hair, it does not generally act as a lint roller, so if you're looking to masturbate with stray pet hair and fibers and the like, this will not be the ideal toy for you.
    • Flexible
    • No odor

Design / Shape / Size

I've never been a big fan of rabbit toys that literally have rabbits on them. Having a cute, almost child-like cartoon face grinning up at me from my lady bits seems a little out of place, but if you put that aside, the design is practically as old as the wheel. It is the staple found on every rabbit vibrator known to mankind, and California Exotic was by no means trying to reinvent an old favorite.

If you are looking to test out rabbit toys, this might be a good option to see if you like that kind of stimulation. It's small, fairly discreet, and nonthreatening unless you hate bunnies (and what kind of sick individual hates bunnies—I mean, really?!), and it becomes even more concealable and just as functional without the sleeve, making it kind of a two-in-one deal.

Because of the size and the lack of a flared base, please do not attempt anal insertion; however, this toy would make for good external anal stimulation and can be sterilized for use with multiple partners.
    • Beginner

Functions / Performance / Controls

Are you still with me on the liking orgasms bit? Great.

You have exactly one setting on this thing, and even that function is tenuous as the on/off button is very sensitive and can stutter or turn off completely mid-use if you so much as bump it. This makes it a great toy if you like spontaneous sexual frustration, but it is not so good if you just want to come already.

It's a fairly quiet toy, especially with the sleeve, and is almost totally undetectable under the covers. I doubt anyone would be able to hear you use it from the other side of a door. Then again, you probably don't have to worry much about noise during use as its batteries will probably sputter out and die before you can so much as moan or sigh. That's right—this bunny is going to ravage your watch battery collection and make you a slave to buying it more until you're living in nothing more than a cardboard box with your life in shambles, crying softly to yourself and wondering why you fed such a greedy monster for so long.

I used this toy maybe three or four times at less than 10 minutes each before I got the telltale shudder of death from the motor and it died completely. On fresh batteries, the vibration is decent, but it will soon delve into 'mediocre' at about the 10-minute mark and never quite recover again. Fortunately, the toy comes with an extra set of batteries, but it's practically a single-use toy if you need it for extended periods of time.
    • Battery guzzler
    • Discreet sound
    • Easy to use

Care and Maintenance

The plastic bullet itself is super easy to care for: simply run it under warm water and use a mild soap. The silicone sleeve can be given the same treatment, but it can also be sterilized in the dishwasher or in boiling water if you so choose.

If you do use the sleeve, make sure to avoid using silicone-based lubes in order to maintain product integrity.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store

Packaging

Oh, California Exotics. You never disappoint with your over-Photoshopped paper packaging inserts. I felt like I got a piece of Odin's hammer in the mail by the intense green lightning streaking across the packaging followed by the words 'POWER BUDDIES' and the tagline 'Feel the power!" with a clear window that showed none other than an innocuous, smiling pink rabbit.

It's pretty typical cheap plastic packaging: you just peel the plastic open and take the toy out and you're ready to go! It comes with instructions as well as a spare set of watch batteries as well.

Personal comments

Referring to the title, this toy is what I'd like to call 'premature.' It tries so hard and builds you up only to sputter out and then apologize profusely for finishing too soon while you frantically try to finish with your hands instead. It wants to get you off, really it does, but it just doesn't have the stamina that, say, a double- or triple-A battery could afford.

When it works, it works well. It has a surprisingly good amount of vibration for such a small toy, but it ultimately fails to deliver because of its gluttony for every watch battery in the universe. And it is really only good for a couple of sessions before it dies, which is pretty sad given that the versatility of a removable sleeve is a pretty good idea.
Follow-up commentary
Meh. That's about the only word I can use to describe my feelings on this toy. It's the color beige -- it's not especially exciting or invigorating, but hell, it's not really the worst thing you've ever laid eyes on either. The buzz is okay, but this thing could really benefit from at least a AAA battery. Who still uses watch batteries, anyway?!
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  • Coralbell
    Great review! I hate watch battery powered toys too.
  • Lady Neshamah
    thanks for the review
  • pinkcupcakes
    thanks for the review!
  • bayosgirl
    ty
  • lzee
    Thank you so much for reviewing!
  • ellejay
    Oh no! Battery guzzlers make me a sad toy user. Thanks for the review.
  • spineyogurt
    Thanks for the review!
  • Stinkytofu10
    Thank you for the review.
  • misty82
    thanks for the review
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