Velvet pocket rocket - sex toy by Doc Johnson - review by Synthete

Pocket rocket left me unimpressed

I'm glad I got this toy for free -- I would have been disappointed if I had purchased it for myself. The vibrations are decent for a vibrator that uses only one AA battery, but the velvet pocket rocket makes enough noise and has enough design flaws that I doubt I'll use it often. It is significantly stronger than a bullet and makes a good travel-sized clitoral vibe, but only if noise isn't a concern.
Very portable, easy to use, easy to clean
Poor construction, only one setting, not waterproof
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


The velvet pocket rocket is a tiny, portable toy designed for external massage. It's best used for clitoral stimulation, but it could easily be used on any other part of the body. It is not waterproof, so it should not be used internally - although the shape and size of the toy (just over 4 inches total) make it clear that it was not intended for vaginal use. Its small size, shape, and lack of a wider base make it unsuitable and unsafe for anal play as well.
  • 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
  • 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?
    • All over body
    • Clitoris

Material / Texture

The velvet pocket rocket is made from two kinds of plastic. The colored body of the toy has a smooth "velvet" finish, and the clear cap is simply made of hard plastic. Plastic is a relatively safe material, earning an 8 on Eden Fantasy's safety scale. It is nonporous, meaning that it does not absorb bacteria. Plastic is also hypoallergenic, and this toy is latex free and phthalates free.

It is safe to use with any type of lube with toy. I would, however, advise being careful with them, as this toy is not waterproof. This means that it cannot be immersed in water to clean.

The plastic has no smell or taste to it, but the "velvet" portion of the toy had a slightly tacky feeling to it when I took it out of the packaging. Wiping the outside down with soap and water did make the tackiness slightly less noticeable, but the exterior still does not feel completely smooth. I also noticed some cracks in the outer plastic shell when I first unpacked the toy (you can see these in my photos). They don't affect its performance, but they make me doubt how well constructed the pocket rocket is, and how long it will last.

Detail of cracks on new toy

The clear plastic cap has a nubbed massaging texture, and covers three larger metal nubs. This is where the vibrations are strongest, and the texture of the tip adds extra sensation.
    • Bumpy
    • Rigid

Design / Shape / Size

As the name suggests, the pocket rocket is a very small toy. At just 4" long and 1" in diameter, it is very easy to hide or pack away for travel. It's also discreet - it's not a design that screams "sex toy!", but it's not deliberately disguised as anything else either.

The shape and size of the toy make it easy to hold and use - the combination of the "velvet" texture and ridges on the control dial make it easy to hold onto and use on any part of the body. The nubbed texture on the cap of the toy is a nice touch, especially for clitoral use. The cap can be removed to use the 3 larger metal nubs underneath, but I preferred the massaging texture on the cap.
    • Beginner

Functions / Performance / Controls

The pocket rocket was designed for utility, not for looks - given that, I think it could have been designed much better. The toy has two settings, "on" and "off", which are controlled by twisting the bottom portion of the toy. It is difficult enough to twist that I wasn't able to easily turn it on and off with one hand, and twisting the bottom past the "off" setting removes the cap to open the battery compartment. I've accidentally opened up the toy multiple times just trying to turn it off; it would be nice if it had some kind of "safety setting" to keep this from happening, such as clicking into place on each setting.

The "on" setting produces buzzy vibrations that noticeably stronger than other portable toys I've tried - I haven't found a bullet that compares to the power of the pocket rocket. The trade off is that this toy is loud enough that I wouldn't consider it an ideal travel toy. I was able to hear it from under a blanket and across the room, or (faintly) through a closed door.

The vibrations are concentrated at the tip of the toy, which is covered by a removable clear plastic cap, but they can be felt about as strongly through the entire toy. It's not strong enough to bother me when I hold it, but it could be annoying to some.
    • Easy to use
    • Not enough variety

Care and Maintenance

As this toy is meant for external massage, it doesn't require a lot of effort to clean. It can be sanitized with a toy cleaning spray, wipe, or water and antibacterial soap, but keep in mind that it is not waterproof and should not be submerged or cleaned under running water to avoid damaging the inside of the toy.

Plastic will not react badly with other materials, so this toy can be stored safely with other toys of any material. As with any toy, I would recommend taking the battery out before extended storage periods, but it's safe to leave in short term. The control dial is not likely to accidentally turn on and drain your battery.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store


The was no notable packaging -- mine was sent in a clear plastic bag.
Follow-up commentary
While the velvet pocket rocket still isn't my favorite, I've actually reached for it a few times since I got it and found myself liking it a little more. I'm still not a fan of the material or construction, but the portability and strength of the vibrations make it a good choice for traveling - especially if you're traveling to a country where the adapter for your rechargeable vibe won't work! If I had to pick a travel sized, battery operated vibrator, I'd be much more likely to pick up a pocket rocket than a bullet - the batteries (AA) are cheap and easy to find (unlike watch batteries in most bullets), and the power level is much stronger.
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  • Zandrock
    nice detailed review
  • Upyourreviews
    Great review! Thanks!
  • SkylarrStarr
    Aw['s] a shame it is not better constructed! Thanks for all the details. I think I will pass on this guy!
  • K101
    Really sorry to hear this wasn't that great for you. I'm certainly not rushing out to buy batteries for mine! I got this along with an order over 2 weeks ago and it did not come with batteries and it interests me none as it looks like crap. Lol. Plus your review and another one has me totally un-intrigued by this. It sounds like a really cheap-o vibrator. I suppose I'll just let mine lie around until I happen to have extra watch batteries and feel like foolin' with it. The plastic cap and the little metal studs no not look pleasant to me at all.

    By the way, really great 2nd review! Congrats on it! You done very well!
  • Melan!e
    Sorry you got a defective one. I just got mine in my package this morning. It doesnt seem very powerfull to e though. Thanks for sharing your review.
  • angel142stx
    Thanks for the review
  • jeangel246
    Thanks for the review
  • unfulfilled
    Thanks for sharing. I have this, but haven't tried it out yet.
  • Kitka
    Sorry to hear this didn't work out for you. Thanks for sharing your review with us
  • Katie09
    Nice review, thanks!
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