Right from the box, this baby has no scent at all! Covered with the rich Velvet Touch coating, the Black Magic Pocket Rocket is a treat for your fingertips. The tip cover has 12 tiny hard nubs for extra stimulation, and when removed, the inner base has three metal points, which deliver intense solid vibrations right where you want them. As this is a very small toy, it is great for beginners and those of us who need to be a little more private with our toys. Best of all, it hardly makes any noise at all! It is much quieter than my last bullet toy, and can easily be disguised by the hum of a fan or a radio or TV. Even using it under covers can drown out most of the sound, but be warned; it will vibrate anything it touches, so don't be alarmed if your cushioned chair or bed starts humming softly if you happen to touch the two together. I tried this out in the car just yesterday, and my whole seat seemed to buzz at me when I touched it with the Black Magic.
I love the design of this toy, as it is built to simply be compact and quiet, delivering strong vibrations without any fancy complications or extras. The dial base it uses has one speed; it is impossible to turn the base to 'off' with one hand, so there is no chance that it may slip and turn off at the wrong moment--or turn on when in storage! The cap helps to keep it clean and clear of collecting any gross dusty particles while in transit or storage, and can also be used for a different sensation.
Size is one of the main allures of a Pocket Rocket, in my opinion, and this little puppy is just the right size! It is no longer than my hand, and is actually about the same length as my cell phone, which means I can easily slip it into any small pocket or pouch. By itself, it is very plain and resembles a flashlight at first glance, though it does sport the 'Doc Johnson' logo on the front. This is a wonderful travel companion, for any girl, and it's strong vibrations are well suited for most users. If the vibrations are a little strong, try setting it on it's side against the area you wish to stimulate; the entire toy vibrates when in use, so move it around and try different things to find the angle and position right for you.
This rocket toy uses a very simple dial base control. It is labeled with three points on the side of the base; "Open" "Off" and "On" are the only options. Turning it to the left pops the dial off and you can remove the single AA battery. Turn it to the right, and the toy turns on. There is only one speed, no matter where you point the arrow on the base. It is somewhat tough to turn, though this is a good thing, as it prevents accidental turn on's or turn off's.
The vibrations are located in the top of the toy, though they are strong enough that it vibrates the entire toy, so both ends could be used theoretically. The best part of this toy is that it is waterproof! There is a small rubber ring around the battery compartment which does the job of keeping water out. I have not had the pleasure of trying this toy in the shower or bathtub as of yet, but it's vibrations are so strong, I would imagine it would be wonderful for the tub!
Clean up and storage are a snap with this toy; a few quick swipes with a toy cleaner or a quick soap and water rinse in the sink (it's waterproof, so don't be shy!) are all you need before you can pop the cap top back on and toss it into a little pouch or back into it's packaging for storage. The Velvet Touch coating seems to do a great job at fending off dust and other icky things no matter what type of storage is used. I toss mine into a little drawstring pouch for added privacy, but I have been leaving this one in my desk drawer or beside table drawer because it is so small. As for lubricants, I really didn't feel that any was needed with this, though my lube of choice is always water-based, the safest for all toys.