iTap vibe

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The iTap line harnesses new touch-activated technology, to bring forth button-less, dial-less toys for your enjoyment. The iTap vibe is a basic, minimalistic traditional vibrator. Fresh alkaline AA batteries, and a gentle tap on the flower-shaped base, are all that are needed for the iTap to cycle through its five different vibrational patterns. The iTap is not waterproof.
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Pros:
Strong vibrations, phthalates-free, touch-activated technology.
Cons:
Does not work with rechargeable batteries, glitches when batteries are running low.
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review

Use

The iTap vibe is a basic, traditional vibe, good for overall stimulation. Both beginners and veterans will enjoy the strong vibrations, and the five different vibration settings. Vibrations are evenly distributed throughout the shaft so the tip can be used for pinpoint stimulation, or the entire shaft can be used for penetration. However, the iTap is not waterproof so it can only be used in dry settings, and those who prefer gentler vibrations may choose to look elsewhere.

Material / Texture

The iTap is plastic, but the surface is made of a nonporous, polyurethane material known as Velvet Cote. This material is pthalates-free and gives the vibe a velvety smooth texture on top of the rigid plastic body. It is odorless.

Design / Shape / Size

The iTap vibe is a "traditional" design. It is slim, cylindrical, and tapers toward the head to a point. Its size is beginner friendly - not too thick and the tapered head makes penetration easier. Those who are hoping for a more filling experience, or G-spot stimulation, will want to look elsewhere. For either camp of sex toy user, the tip of the vibe is great for clitoral stimulation.

The shape is so minimalistic, that the thought of someone finding it is less mortifying. It certainly doesn't pass as a household item, but it looks less 'scandalous then say, a realistic dong complete with balls. I feel fine leaving mine on my dresser in the dorm, but my roommate is fairly comfortable with these things.

Functions / Performance / Controls

The base, which is both battery compartment and the controls of the iTap, looks a little bare without the usual dial or button that I'm used to seeing on my vibrators. The only adornment is a little sticker that says "Touch Me!" on the cap to the battery compartment. Instructions on how to insert the batteries are included on an insert, complete with diagrams. The base unscrews and pops open to reveal a chamber for two AA batteries. These are loaded in positive-end first. To close the compartment: line up the black triangles on the cap and threads, push down to hold the two pieces together, and then twist to lock it closed. Be aware that the iTap will only run on alkaline batteries; rechargeable batteries will not work. If you have inserted alkaline batteries properly and the toy is still not running, or running and stopping, try fresh batteries. The iTap can be a bit of a power hog.

The main draw of the iTap is its new touch-activated technology. Instead of pressing a button or turning a dial, you simply tap, touch, or caress the flower-shaped base of the toy and the vibe buzzes to life. The iVibe has five functions, each successive function activated by a new tap, and the sixth tap turns the toy off. In order, the functions are, in onomatopoeic fashion:

1. Bzzzzzzt (straight vibration)
2. BZZZZZZZZT (straight vibration on steroids)
3. BAM BAM BZZZT
4. BAM BAM BAM BAM
5. BUM-DUM BUM-DUM BUM-DUM

The one drawback to this design is that to get to your favorite function or to turn the toy off, you must cycle through all the settings in between. An emergency off-switch would be a welcome addition.

I have found that when batteries are starting to run out, the toy will often turn on for the first function, but then be unresponsive to following taps, and will not even turn off. In this case, the cap must be manually unscrewed to cut power to the vibe. On the other hand, when a fresh pair of batteries has just been inserted, the toy is so sensitive that it may turn on just by holding your hand close to the base. In a few instances, the iTap, running on fresh batteries, would glitch and skip over a function. When it is in the mood to work 100%, however, it is very easy to use and I have yet to accidentally change the settings in the middle of a session. However, this may be because I don't generally put my fingers or thumb on the base of the toy when using it. If your fingers glance over the flower-shaped indent in the base where it is touch-sensitive, chances are you may change settings accidentally.

All the settings have rather strong vibrations. Holding the shaft tightly in your hand will give you a numb feeling after a few minutes. The noise level of the toy is also a little high, and if someone else is in the same room, or the door is open, it can easily be heard. However, behind a closed door, the hum of the vibe blends in with other background noises, such as the sounds of air conditioning. In dead silence, however, there is little that can disguise the buzz of the iTap.

The iTap is not at all waterproof, and does not claim to be. Be careful to take out batteries when cleaning, as water can get into the battery compartment and a mere tap is all it takes to turn on the vibe.

Care and Maintenance

The iTap can be cleaned with antibacterial soap and water, or wiped down with isopropyl alcohol. It should not be boiled. There are no grooves or crannies for fluids to hide in, so cleaning is relatively easy. The iTap does not have a flanged base, so please do not use it for anal play. If shared a condom should be used for maximum safety, even though Velvet Cote is non-porous. It is compatible with water-based and silicone lubes.

Packaging

The iTap's box displays a photograph of the product and some catchy phrases that advertise the product and sum up its functions and controls.

Personal comments

The toy was a little frustrating the first time I tried to play with it, but more due to its pickiness for batteries than anything else. I first tried a pair of rechargeable batteries, which were rejected without so much as a faint buzz. I then popped in a pair of alkaline batteries which have worked fine for other toys, but weren't fresh enough for iTap's tastes. I swapped those for another pair, which were less used. The iTap ran for a few minutes before it started glitching on functions and randomly turning off. By this time, I was getting pretty tired of putting batteries in and then shaking them back out (rechargeable batteries were especially hard to wrestle out), so I was relieved when I popped in two brand new alkaline AA's and was rewarded by a fully functional vibe.

I enjoy using this vibe for quickies, especially for clitoral stimulation, since I'm a fan of strong vibrations.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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Comments
  • J's Alley
    J's Alley  
    I think it is so funny that we all had VERY different experiences with this vibrator. I agree, it is ridiculously picky about batteries.
  • Miss Cinnamon
    Miss Cinnamon  
    J's Alley--Actually, at least in our case, we actually reviewed different toys. The one I was assigned was a traditional, straight vibe, and yours is a G-spot vibe with a curve. That aside, I think that's the cool thing about having different people review the same toys (or line of toys, as the case may be). Different people have different experiences, and I hope the customers find that helpful!
  • Darling Dove
    Darling Dove  
    Yeah, I think that each product in this line is a whole different animal. For example, mine wasnt sensitive to ANY touch, only when I touched it did it go off, but due to the shortness of the bullet it was impossible to use it without changing the settings. I think iTap has some promise though. Maybe if they implemented it in a slide or something like on the Better than Chocolate? and a lock feature, definitely
  • Miss Cinnamon
    Miss Cinnamon  
    Darling Dove-- A lock feature would be a great improvement, as well as more "standardized" sensitivity. I wonder if the brand of batteries makes a difference? I used Energizer alkaline AA batteries.
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    Adriana Ravenlust  
    Interesting experience with the glitching.
  • kcordie
    kcordie  
    thanks for the honest review
  • Mihoshi4301
    Mihoshi4301  
    Thanks for the review.
  • Missmarc
    Missmarc  
    Thank you for sharing!
  • Tbanda
    Tbanda  
    Good review!
  • sXeVegan90
    sXeVegan90  
    Thanks for the review
  • KinkyNicki92
    KinkyNicki92  
    Great review thanks
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