Making Your Vibrator Really Hum

The Hitachi Magic Wand is often touted as one of the top vibrators for sexual use, and rightly so. Now there’s a way to make it even better.

The Wand is the toy of choice for women who’ve never had an orgasm, or who find achieving one difficult and frustrating. It will deliver strong, steady vibrations for as long as your electric company delivers power. Don’t confuse it with those battery-operated, penis-shaped models of plastic or rubber — they can’t compete.

Folks who love the Wand forgive its flaws (length, weight, impracticality for use at picnics) because it makes orgasms so simple and powerful. Some women who struggle to climax by hand can use a Wand to experience multiple orgasms with little effort. If you’ve never tried a wall-current vibrator, it’s worth the investment: $60 could change your life.

But newcomers often run into a problem that keeps them from truly appreciating the Wand: it can feel too powerful. While it does have two speeds, many people feel they should be labeled “too much!” and “WAY too much!”

A time-honored fix is to fold a pillow case or towel to an appropriate thickness and lay it over the area of interest to damp the vibrations. Advantage: This can be done using items found around your home. Disadvantage: You’re still stuck with two speeds.

A better solution is to directly control the vibrator’s power. A product that does just that is the Philmore 30-10194 AC Dimmer Switch / Speed Control. It’s available at some electronics stores, and from MarVac Electronics on the web. It costs around $20, plus shipping. (Clients can purchase one from me at cost.) The Magic Wand has been extensively tested with this controller and the results are excellent.

Plug the dimmer switch into an extension cord, so you can have it close at hand. Then plug the vibrator into the dimmer switch and — presto! — a power control knob for the Wand. Now you can vary the intensity of the buzz to your heart’s content, from really low when you’re starting out to super strong when you’re highly aroused.

You can also use this device to share vibrator joy with a partner. Keep the Wand focused where you wish while your sweetie works the dial, pleasing and teasing till you can’t help but say, “Turn it up!”

The Magic Wand can provide enormous pleasure. Once you’ve experienced it with an infinite number of speeds, you’ll never go back to two.

OTHER CHOICES

I’ve received questions about other vibrator-control devices. I think most people will prefer the Philmore Dimmer Switch. Here’s my analysis; decide for yourself.

Philmore Dimmer Switch

This device gives you complete control over the widest range of vibrator power. While it doesn’t go all the way to the top, most people will find its highest setting more than adequate. It’s small, light, and easy to pack. You do need to provide your own extension cord.

Range: starts with no vibration and goes smoothly to almost full power
Type of control: knob that turns
Cord: none; must supply your own extension cord
Outlet location: on controller; controller distance from outlet is the length of your extension cord; vibrator is 6 feet from controller

Lutron Lamp Dimmer

This is the nicest looking controller, and it comes in white, brown, or black to match your decor. There’s even a version with a night light (a small LED) so you can find the device in the dark, which could prove useful. You can get control over a fairly wide range of power, but you have to first jump to middle power, then back it down, which is odd.

Range: starts with no vibration, then skips immediately to moderate vibration; at that point, you can back it down to fairly low vibration, and then go smoothly up to moderately high power (but not as high as the other two controllers)
Type of control: switch that slides
Cord: 6 feet
Outlet location: on back of plug; controller and vibrator are both 6 feet from outlet

Wand Massager Speed Controller Adapter

This is marketed as a vibrator controller on Amazon, but it’s actually a speed controller for a router (the carpentry tool, not the computer networking device). As such, it is by far the most heavy-duty of these three controllers, with a bigger box, a much thicker cord, a 3-prong plug, and a replaceable fuse(!). For those who lack serious power tools, these extras are overkill, and make for a clunkier controller.

This device won’t let you use the vibrator at very low speeds. It does give you access to the full power of the vibrator: when you push the switch, it jumps the vibrator speed from quite high to full.

Range: controlled by a 3-position rocker switch (VAR, OFF, and FULL):
OFF: no power
VAR: starts at moderate vibration and goes smoothly to almost full power
FULL: full power only
Type of control: knob that turns
Cord: 6 feet
Outlet location: on controller; controller is 6 feet from outlet; vibrator is 6 feet from  controller

About Eric Albert

Eric Albert, LMHC is a counselor in the Boston area who can help you deepen the emotional and physical intimacy of your relationship.
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2 Responses to Making Your Vibrator Really Hum

  1. Robert says:

    We have a Hitachi Magic Wand, bought from Ebay. It works on the two speeds, but everytime we try running through a dimmer or router controller we only seem to get one speed or it pulses. What are we doing wrong?

  2. Eric Albert says:

    The Magic Wand has a switch which gives you two different speeds. If you run it through a dimmer, the switch on the Wand still gives you only two speeds (and both speeds may be much lower, including pulsing). At that point, to change the Wand’s speed, you need to use the knob ON THE DIMMER. Hope this helps.

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