Back in November 2011, consumers saw the first a new wave of sex toys for men. Though these have now developed much further and become much more sophisticated, this first effort was a major leap forward in the male sex toy industry. Here, Steve Rogerson recalls his first experiences using the device.
Rev1000: High-Tech Route to Male Pleasure
Now almost vintage, the Rev1000 started a new path for male sex toys.
For years, women have had the upper hand when it comes to sex toys. Innovations, such as the Rabbit, have kept female pleasure devices at the front of the industry’s priorities. But this changed in 2011 when one company launched a high-tech product aimed at men.
Called the Rev1000, introduced in November 2011 and available from Sextoys, the male masturbator has seven speeds and seven functions providing 49 combinations for a man to try. The functions are basically different rotating patterns ranging from a standard clockwise rotation to various combinations of clockwise and anti-clockwise programmes, each of which can be matched to one of the seven speeds. And the handily placed control panel means the settings can easily be adjusted while in operation.
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the rather frighteningly looking device itself, along with charger and adaptors and, rather stingily given it cost £120, just one sachet of lubricant. The instructions warn against using the device without lubricant as that can lead to friction burns. There is also a spare inner sleeve. The sleeve is the part that makes actual contact and has an array of soft nodules that caress the shaft as it rotates.
When charged, it gives about 40 minutes of continuous use, which is more than enough for most men, and it takes just one hour to recharge, which less than it takes most men, so no problems there.
Using the Rev1000
The control button at the top is very easy to get the hang of as users can scroll through the settings one way for the different programmes and the other way for the various speeds. The button at the centre is the start-stop, and the little instruction booklet explains the rotating pattern for each setting.
The first time it was used, everything went (and came) as expected. However, on subsequent tests the controls started to become a little random, with it, for example, jumping straight from the slowest to the fastest speed and then staying on that speed despite various button presses. Then it refused to turn itself off and had to be dismantled with a screwdriver to stop it spinning. After that rather traumatic experience, it went back to working almost normally.
Cleaning the Rev1000
For obvious reasons, the Rev1000 should be cleaned after each use. This is a bit fiddly as it involves unscrewing various parts and washing just them in warm, soapy water. The main unit with the motor is not waterproof and that needs to be kept dry. It then needs to be reassembled when everything is dry before it can be used again.
How Good Is It?
The experience is certainly novel, though the seven speed feature is a bit of a let down in that, while there is a big difference between one and seven, the incremental stages are not that noticeable. The rotating programmes are interesting, and create unusual feelings but do not exert the type of pressure that is often needed. Many will find themselves still finishing by hand, but that is not to say that the Rev1000 didn’t help.
An enhancement would be an up and down movement as well as rotating. As the technology improves and they can fit it into a better package, the possibility exists for them to be embedded inside life-sized dolls.
Until then, the novelty of the device could soon wear out. There does not seem to be sufficient stimulation for it to be any more than an occasional variation. A nice change and a step in the right direction, but more work is probably needed to make it a best seller.
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