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Remote Vibrator

A Guide to the Remote Vibrator

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Updated October 31, 2008

Over the past 10 years, the remote vibrator has developed into a fun and functional (if quite expensive) option for vibrator enthusiasts.
Remote Vibrator
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A remote vibrator is a vibrator that can be controlled from a distance without cords or wires. The remote vibrators shown here are all wearable vibrators but there are also remote vibrator eggs, butt plugs, and others. Most remote vibrators use the same kind of technology that can be found in wireless doorbells (homemade sex toy hobbyists, take note). Store bought remote vibrators have been around for almost 15 years, but the quality and technology remains relatively basic. Most can be controlled within 10-20 feet.

The main reasons people use them are for greater accessibility and because they are a fun way to give up control to a partner. One partner gets to wear the vibrator and the other gets to control it. Most remote vibrators can be comfortably worn under clothing and are quiet enough not to be noticed in a crowded public space. The one wearing the vibrator never knows when it will be turned on next (or when they'll be turned on next) thus transforming any dinner party, movie night or social event into a long and slow build-up of anticipation.

While they are a lot of fun, remote vibrators have several drawbacks. They tend to be of mediocre quality and still very expensive. The vibrators designed to be worn on the body often don’t fit well and don’t fit people who are either very small or very large. The power of the vibration isn’t always enough to stimulate you to orgasm (but that’s not what they’re best for anyway). I also wouldn’t recommend using them in public if you’re someone who is very anxious. The anticipation of whether your partner is going to turn it on while you’re talking to your neighbor’s dentist at a dinner party may turn from exciting to anxiety provoking, and that can end up being seriously un-erotic. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, many of the remote vibrators available work on the same frequency, and one remote control can turn on any other remote vibrator in the vicinity. So if you happen to be outside and using your remote vibrator, and anyone else has one, your control can turn theirs on!

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