What are Vibrators: An Introduction

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A vibrator is one of the simplest and most basic kinds of sex toys on the market today. It is made solely for one function. To vibrate of course! Men and women all over the world find huge amounts of joy from these tiny devices, and are always thinking up new and imaginative designs and ways to use them.

Let’s assume you are a complete vibrator novice though. Before we start to dive into how to use it during sex, all the different types available, or even naming them (Yep, people do), let’s just start with the basics. What is a Vibrator…

The Parts of a Vibrator

Many vibrators you might see will look like a singular piece of equipment. There’s actually a lot going on in that little object though. For a deeper look, we can go through each part individually.

The motor is the most important part of any vibrator you’ll buy. Without it, your vibrator will be as lifeless as that partner who never did any of the work in the bedroom. Not fun! Unlike a traditional motor though, the motor in a vibrator will have a weight attached to it, which puts it slightly off balance. This makes the motor wobble while it is in motion, giving the vibrator a little extra kick. All the different elements of the motor (speed, size, where the weight is, how heavy the weight is) will add up to determine what kind of vibration each vibrator gives off.

If there’s a motor, then there’s going to need to be some way to power it. This is where your power source comes into play. Power sources have come a long way in the last hundred years or so. It wasn’t too long ago that vibrators were powered by hand motors, steam, or even coal! Nowadays we have the benefits of electricity and most vibrators will either be powered by being plugged into a wall socket, or an internal battery. Batteries may be disposable and need replacing regularly, or be rechargeable just like your phone.

A power supply is all well and good, but you need to be able to start and stop it or you’ll have something constantly rattling around in your closet or handbag. The vibrator’s controls handle this. Simple vibrators will only have an on or off switch. More elaborate versions will have a number of controls letting you adjust the speed or intensity of the vibration while the toy is on. These controls might be found on the unit itself in the form of a single button or panel with many buttons. Some will even have a separate control panel, joined to the main body of the vibrator with a wire, or be controlled completely wirelessly.

With all these moving or powered parts it’s a wonder anyone feels safe putting these objects inside your body. A housing, or case, is what makes it all come together. The housing will be a metal or plastic shell which is placed around all the components. Not all housing is created equal though. How the parts are placed within the housing will also influence the vibration. Loose housing will give the motor more room to rattle around, whereas tighter, more compact housing will restrict the motor. Positioning matters too. Having the motor nearer to the end you touch your body with will produce a stronger, more intense feeling compared to having the motor closer to the part you hold with your hands.

Once everything is held safely within the housing, the final stage of a vibrator is to cover it all with something. The skin covers the entire device, and stops any of the inner parts of the vibrator having interactions with the inner parts of your body. Skins can come in a range of materials, including plastic, silicone, jelly rubbers, and cyberskin. They might even have different designs, with ribbed areas, patterns, or small nubs to change the feeling you experience while it touches your skin. Different materials have different benefits, and while it is mostly down to personal preference, in most cases it’s worth choosing a vibrator with a non-porous skin as it will be safer and easier to clean.

As you can see, there’s a lot more to a vibrator than you might have thought. Luckily though, as these products have become more and more mainstream the manufacturers have been forced to increase the quality of their products. This means it will be very rare that something will go horribly wrong with your vibrator, and you can instead focus on the important part: enjoying the immense pleasure it brings you.

Variants of Vibrators

Just like our own bodies, our vibrators can be pretty wild and wonderful. Each style has its own benefits and feelings, so finding the one that works perfectly for you can take a little time. While reading about them online before buying one is a great idea, nothing can really replace taking a trip to a local sex toy shop and actually being able to see and feel them for yourself. Five inches might not sound like a lot, but when you see it for yourself you might realise it’s a little too much.

With so many options to choose from, it’s understandable that some styles will have become more popular over time. Some of the most popular vibrator styles are:

Even within these categories, you can find many different shapes and sizes, so don’t be afraid to try things out. They aren’t just for women either! If you’re a man and interested in trying out a vibrator then there are vibrators designed to specifically to fit your body too.

While men don’t have a vagina, which is the first place people think of putting a vibrator, both sexes share the anatomy of almost the entire body. You can stimulate literally any area you can think of with your vibrator, and many people enjoy different things. On top of this, men have some unique areas which can benefit from a little vibrator love just like women do. In particular, the penis, prostate, and scrotum can all feel quite pleasant if you give them a little buzz.

Whoever you are, and whatever your sexual preferences, you can almost guarantee that there will be something you’ll enjoy about using a vibrator. Just get out there and ask questions! Don’t be shy, the vibrator experts you find online and in sex shops were once just like you, wondering where on earth to start. They’ll be more than happy to pass on some of their wisdom, and welcome you into a new world of sexual pleasure.

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