Thursday, December 06, 2012

Crave Duet: a most unusual vibrator


The Crave Duet completely surprised me! I had seen photos of this unusual clitoral vibrator and read reviews, so I thought I'd like it -- but I had no idea I'd love it.

I originally planned to include it in my holiday gift guide 2012, but after testing it, I knew the Crave Duet deserved a complete review.  

The two-prong shape is the most unique quality of this delightful little vibrator. The dual motor makes each prong vibrate independently, and when the prongs surround your clitoris, it's a wild sensation indeed!

If you like strong, pinpoint pressure on your clitoris, you can pinch your clit with the prongs -- they open and close a little bit (do not force it to open more than pinky-width) -- if that's what you like.

Or, to stimulate a larger area and not pinch anything, you can nest it horizontally between your labia so that the prongs surround your clitoris and hug much of the vulva. This worked for me! This would also work during partner penetration when your clit needs an extra assist. 

The Duet is also unusual because it charges via your UBS port. Pull apart the silver part from the silicone, plug the USB in, press the center button, and Duet recharges in an hour or two. No cords or batteries needed ever.You can buy a version of the Duet that acts as a real flash drive, too, but why bother? Do you really need to carry your work files in your vibrator?

Before I tried the Duet myself, I read some early reviews. Some reviewers said they wanted to love the Duet, but they didn't because it either wasn't strong enough or, because the prong tips were practically touching,  they pinched their clits uncomfortably in the normal position.

Crave listened to reviewers and customers and resolved these problems admirably in the second generation Duet. Now there's an extra-strong "turbo" setting -- which is strong enough even for me! The shape has been redesigned with a wider gap, so it hugs instead of pinches, unless you intentionally close the gap.  (Anyone who bought the first generation may receive a free replacement -- now that's customer service.)

One con: The controls at the end of the shiny part are impossible to distinguish unless you're peering at them up close with your reading glasses on. The middle one is obvious: press for off, on, or to change patterns. But the "+" and "-" are easily confused, and you don't want to turn it down when you intend to turn it up.  (You can see the controls here -- I was unable to get a clear photo myself.)

My suggestion: Start with it on the highest "+" setting you might want, and leave it there, adjusting sensation by pressure. Either that or memorize which side the "+" button is on before you get started.

I don't usually discuss packaging in my sex toy reviews -- it's usually a "who cares?" aspect of a product. But the Crave packaging is laudable: instead of a big box with lots of plastic around the product, the Duet arrives in a tiny cardboard box, with a "quick start guide" printed right on the box.

A more detailed user's guide is online, and the URL is engraved on a tiny charm. The charm idea is cute but silly, because you can't attach the charm to the zipper pull of the case (I tried). So you'll probably just lose it unless you wear it on a chain as statement jewelry or put it on a key ring. Let me save you some trouble: here's the user guide: http://www.lovecrave.com/duet/support/.

The Crave Duet comes with a slim, discreet storage case that you can fit in a purse, pocket, or laptop carrier, making the Duet easy to carry with you should the need arise before you get home (nothing's that urgent for me these days, but your urges may vary!) or in case you anticipate an interesting date. I'll definitely carry the Duet on my next trip!

The business end of the Duet is silicone, so be sure to use water-based lubricant with it -- not silicone lube. The whole thing is waterproof -- just be careful that it's all the way closed so the seam is sealed before taking it into the tub with you or washing it. It's also very quiet!

I hope you'll try the Crave Duet and let me know if you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy buzzing!




5 comments:

  1. Adorable but pricey. The darned thing also serves as a flash drive which Joan forgot to mention. I suppose one might download a spot of pleasant porn to load and peruse while having a spot of fun .

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  2. I think you read too quickly, Anonymous -- I didn't forget to mention the flash drive: "..You can buy a version of the Duet that acts as a real flash drive, too..."

    The least expensive model does not have flash drive storage, and I'm recommending that one.

    You can't use the Duet as a vibrator while using the flash drive as a flash drive anyway -- the two parts have to be together, which means half of it can't be in the computer if you want to use it as a vibrator.

    Yes, I agree that it's pricey -- but the best sex toys generally are. You're paying for medical-grade, body-safe materials and with this one, you're paying for the research & development that went into creating this innovative design.

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  3. Joan,

    Could you answer a critical question for me? It could decide whether I buy the Crave Duet or not -- how strong are its vibrations on your hand?

    Some time ago I bought another non-dildo vibrator that you reviewed: Fun Factory's Yooo. It looked intriguing. You said the vibrations were strong, but OMG! I can't use the thing--it really does make my hand numb.

    From that experience, I've concluded that I have to be careful about getting anything that's not a dildo. By its nature, the dildo has enough length to disperse some of the vibration.

    So, how strong is the Crave Duet? Does it have an overly strong vibration in your hand?

    Anne

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    1. Anne, I nested it and barely held it, just touched it lightly to keep it where I wanted it. I'm away from home right now, will get the answer to you when I get home.

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  4. Anne, the motors are in the prong-end, but the part you hold does transmit some vibration, I'd say maybe 30%. If you prefer a vibrator with no vibration in your hand, the Eroscillator might be just right for you -- the handle doesn't transmit vibrations at all. See this post (you'll have to copy & paste the URL -- I can't make it hyperlink):

    http://betterthanieverexpected.blogspot.com/2007/10/tom-55-my-wife-had-her-first-orgasm-in.html

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