Saturday, April 10, 2010

G-Swirl: If you can get it open!

I'm no vibrator novice, and I've opened many a toy to insert batteries. I have never had the trouble I did with the G-Swirl.

I do understand how this is supposed to work. I read the directions. You squeeze the indentations, you hear a click from each side, and the top pops off. I reviewed a similar toy -- the G-Twist -- and had no problem popping its cap. As you see from the photo on my review of the G-Twist, I could do it even with one hand.

But I couldn't open my purple G-Swirl with one hand, two hands, or even a jar opener. There were no clicks, nothing loosened.

Thank goodness, the good folks at Good Vibrations agreed that my product must be defective. They quickly replaced it with a new G-Swirl -- this one bubblegum pink.

Hurray, this one opened. But it still took both hands squeezing the indentations (I couldn't photograph that endeavor because I had no hand left to work the camera). Even with both hands, it took several tries.

For that reason alone, I hesitate to recommend the G-Swirl to women my age who may have arthritic or weak wrists. I type all day and lift weights, so you'd think I'd have found this task easier. If you're young -- maybe you wring diapers on a regular basis or build houses-- and have the hand strength, maybe it won't be an issue.

Good Vibrations, to their credit, sprang into action. They wrote me, "We put up a video on Youtube about changing the batteries of the G-Swirl here -- while filming it we definitely saw how tricky it can be for a first time user. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdYg7Az-fn0 ." (That's okay, I'm not bristling at the "first time user reference.) You'll notice that even in the demo, she has to use both hands.

I apologize for taking this long to get past my tale of trying to open the cap to arrive at my actual review of the G-Swirl in operation. I'm happy to tell you that this internal vibrator is designed very well. The silicone is velvety smooth and just soft enough to give a little. The shape conforms to the vagina, with the curved bulb at the end just right for g-spotting.

The size starts small at the tip and increases with each new ridge, so you can decide how deep and full you want it. Holding the G-Swirl is comfortable, and the flared ridge is a good place to rest your hand. I read another review call it "hands-free," but I didn't find that to be true for me.

The vibrations are controlled by a daisy-shaped dial -- you dial until you find the intensity (light to medium-strong) you want. I didn't love that if you dial past the highest intensity, it decreases again, but I got used to making sure I didn't do that.
Thank you, Good Vibrations, for sending me the G-Swirl.


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3 comments:

  1. It is good to mention the battery changing issue. I once bought a toy via a website that I had never seen before and had it drop shipped to a friend. 2 months later when I went to visit her she asked me how to put batteries in it. Took me about 20 minutes to figure out how to open the thing.

    At least she liked it after we got it going :)

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  2. I am reviewing this too and I also had a hard time opening it. Let me tell you what I figured out - and I bet you can get that purple one open - instead of squeezing at the indents where you "should" ...Squeeze right where the black meets the gray. Basically the space between the indent and the cap..
    I had to do it this way one side at a time.
    If you don't want to keep your purple one I'd love it, I got a blue :]

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  3. I've had a hell of a time with those stupid Fun Factory battery compartments. I loathe them.

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