Nov 182016
 

We-Vibe Rave rechargeable app-compatible G-spot vibrator

It was 10:15 am, just a bit before I needed to leave for work, when the We-Vibe Rave arrived in the mail. I was already dressed — pants, shirt, shoes. My hair was wet from a shower. I’d already had one orgasm that morning, in bed with my fingers after a hot dream, but it didn’t matter. I didn’t have my glasses on yet, but there was no time for that. Nor was there time to give the vibrator an initial charge.

I took the Rave straight out of its packaging, turned it on, and unbuttoned my pants. I pulled up some porn on my laptop, shoved my underwear to the side, and pressed the vibrator against my clit in a blurry-eyed haze.

Yes. The word blossomed in my mind like food coloring in water. Yes, holy shit, it’s as good as I’d hoped. I came quickly, effortlessly. It was the fastest box-to-clit progression potentially ever — or at least in recent memory. The whole rest of the work day, I daydreamed about coming home to the Rave.

You have to understand how unusual this is. Usually I try something for the first time, get the general gist of it, and then ignore its existence for a little (or long…) while. I don’t hunger for it. I test it, as I would anything, but I don’t use it for recreational orgasms. The Rave, though, was an immediate hit.

Everything was going so well. Then I looked at the back of the box for confirmation of the one thing that concerned me. A cheery drawing indicated “Splashproof.”

Shit.

My heart sank. All We-Vibe’s other toys are fully submersible. I felt cheated, like that time I tried to go to the nearest Panda Express only to find it shuttered.

But there was a bright spot among the other icons: one labeled “App-Compatible.”

That’s the story with the We-Vibe Rave: there are amazing things about it that easily make up for the things that aren’t so great. I can forgive and forget the toy’s depressing color, its confusing controls,1 and the lack of waterproof functionality, because the Rave’s shape is 1000% perfect, the vibration range rules, it can be controlled with an app, it’s only $119…

I fear listing off these features does not appropriately sway you, though, so let’s talk about what’s really important: what my G-spot thinks of this toy. My G-spot can’t speak English, but here’s a rough transcript of its thoughts when I use the Rave:

[unintelligible screaming]

As I write this I’m staring at a freshly-squirted-upon Rave that literally dripped ejaculate onto the floor as I moved it from my vagina to a paper towel on my desk. That was my break from writing this review. It took all of a few minutes.

This is G-spot stimulation so good that I don’t fully understand why, and so effortless I almost feel like I don’t deserve it. This is G-spot stimulation produced by a head neither bulbous nor severe, and therefore without the awkward popping sensation sometimes caused by those shapes gliding over the pubic bone. This is internal vibration that enhances the pleasure rather than muddying it.

In testing the Rave, I’m reminded that the handle of a sex toy can be just as instrumental as the insertable portion. The Rave’s handle curves up, toward me, making manipulation of the toy incredibly easy. Slight movements such as light thrusting or rocking take minimal effort and reap great G-spotty reward. Plus, the rounded tip and stubby stature of the shaft allow me to thrust wildly without poking my cervix — an issue many have with toys like the Mona 2.

There’s something magical about the Rave’s wonky, asymmetrical shaft. That shape, and the wide range of steady vibration intensities, make me positively giddy about what this toy might be able to do for folks starting to explore their G-spots.  My girlfriend, who normally doesn’t care for internal vibration, had their first ever G-spot only orgasm with the Rave: “all I could think was THIS IS AMAZE. MIND BLOWNZ.”

See? Words are hard.

But I still start with it clitorally every time, which tells you something about the motor in this toy. We-Vibe is known for their robust motors in toys such as the Touch and Tango, and they don’t disappoint here. The 10 steady intensities are incremental and satisfying, similar to the Prism V and Mona 2,2 and the 10 patterns aren’t bad either. I’ll admit the shape isn’t as pinpoint as I’d like — I sometimes flip it sideways so I can rest the edge ridge against my clit instead — but the vibrations are A+, and I can’t complain much considering what that very same shape does to my G-spot.

The charging port is right under the controls, so vag gunk inevitably circles around it, staring at me like a judgmental eyeball as if to say “you took things too far. You squirted too much. Don’t get your nefarious liquids near me.” As far as the “splashproof” label goes, I once accidentally chucked the Rave into a sink full of water with a bunch of other waterproof toys, and it survived. I also routinely clean it under running water because I like to live on the edge I’m lazy.

According to We-Vibe, the charging port has a “septum valve” which protects the internal electronics from water ingress. This means I have to stab it heartily with the charging pin, which is never not terrifying, but it also means that unless you’re dunking the toy underwater or ambushing it with a Super Soaker, you’re probably fine.

That time strangers controlled my vibrator from across the country

We-Vibe Rave rechargeable G-spot vibrator with its app

We-Vibe is not the only company to make app-compatible sex toys, not by a long shot, but the Rave is one of the first G-spot-focused app-compatible not-crap toys. This vibrator didn’t need app functionality to make it awesome, but — to my surprise — the app is actually good.

Words I did not think I’d be using to describe a single sex toy app: attractive, responsive, intuitive. You can swipe through a bunch of color-coded vibration modes (helpful for instructing your partner, “the yellow one, not the purple one FOR THE LOVE OF GOD NOT THE PURPLE ONE”), create vibration playlists, and draw unique vibration patterns. The app has options for text, video, and audio chat, all of which integrate nicely with the toy controls. Consent is baked in; it doesn’t allow screenshots, and at any point you can cease everything by tapping “take control” at the bottom.

I recruited several willing victims to control my vibrator from afar. I tested it with iPhones and Android phones, with my frail old smartphone and my shiny new one. I tried it with people in my city and people across the country from me, and even once with my boyfriend while he was in a tour van on the road between Phoenix and LA. The app worked every time, and I got off every time.

Let me repeat that, because it matters: the app worked every time, and I got off every time. Yes. The Rave is, officially, a long-distance toy that doesn’t suck. The app doesn’t suck. The toy doesn’t suck. The vibrations don’t suck. Oh my god, what MIRACLE OF MIRACLES!

The app’s built-in keyboard doesn’t have autocorrect, though, so I end up saying stuff like “it seemsto start iy again” and “thisone suxjs.” I also found it hard to stop masturbating to type. I did my fair share of cybering in the ’90s, but I’m not a master sexter like the kids these days, so I ended up talking to my partners over Google Hangouts on the computer instead.

Aerie: “connect lover.”
Epiphora: it’s silly. but at least not gendered.
Epiphora: “partner” would’ve been fine though guys
Aerie: that’s not sexy enough
Epiphora: lol you are going through all the modes immediately i love it
Epiphora: try not to go above like 7 or 8 right now those settings are very high
Aerie: oops haha
Epiphora: it stopped vibrating, did the boris pic i sent in the app’s chat overload it?
Aerie: no, i was trying to draw a vibe pattern
Aerie: can i not make your vibe do my saved one?
Epiphora: ohh, that feature is not available for single-motor toys yet3
Aerie: lame, i wanted you to experience “ghhyugsd”
Epiphora: with a name like that how can i not
Aerie: it’s like the sound of someone trying to sneeze quietly
Aerie: it’s probably going to be the best you’ve ever felt
Epiphora: it’s too good to be experienced. too perfect for this world

The We-Vibe app got rave (sorry) reviews. All participants used the word “fun” to describe it. Royce said “this app is cool as fuck; it’s like playing on a keyboard.” Aerie and I were onto something: the vibration playlist creator and draw-a-vibe mode, which now work with Rave, are thought-out and enjoyable. There’s room for improvement, of course, but it works and provides both users with an experience that at least isn’t boring. I asked my boyfriend if he found it arousing. He said “oh, well if I wasn’t in a van surrounded by people.”

I’m the best girlfriend ever.

One of the Rave’s most obvious competitors is the OhMiBod blueMotion NEX 2, which is also insertable and app-compatible (and modeled after the excellent Lovelife Cuddle). I tested the OhMiBod app with a few people too and found it much less impressive than the We-Vibe app. The connectivity is abysmal, it overheated my feeble old phone (leading to the joke “your phone is sure phoning it in tonight”), and it makes you choose “male” or “female” upon sign up so it can use pronouns for you. This is to say nothing of the modes themselves, which lean much more gimmicky than functional, and give the remote user barely any feedback on what the receiver is experiencing.

As for me, I learned that having someone else control my vibrator from afar isn’t really my thing. Mostly because I’m a basic bitch when it comes to vibrations. Patterns are okay for building arousal, but if I actually want to have an orgasm, it’s gotta be steady. I felt guilty telling my partners to focus on that setting, and to conduct subtle changes rather than large ones, because it gave them so little to do. I also felt oddly bashful and oddly pressured to orgasm. Yep, unflappable me, irrationally embarrassed by someone else controlling my vibrator.

BUT, I can add the Rave as a “trusted device” that will keep my phone unlocked when the vibrator is nearby. Is that not the most ridiculous yet perfect thing?

It wouldn’t be far off. Somewhere along the line, I started saying the name to myself. Rave. Like you do when you get really into someone and start pairing your name with theirs. Writing your names together in your notebook with a heart around it. The Rave is not my only love — I am polyamorous in life and with vibrators. But for buzzing G-spot goodness, for inducing squirting where previously there was not a drop? The Rave is a winner.

This is not a flashy sex toy. The eggplant color is drab, the buttons aren’t cute, the impaling charging method is unsexy… but the Rave is a fucking effective vibrator. It’s an incredible G-spot toy, a solid clitoral toy, and a damn good long-distance toy. It’s not made by a brainless company and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. There are many words for this, but I come back to the one that entered my mind upon first touching the Rave to my clit: yes.

Get the We-Vibe Rave at SheVibe, Early to Bed, Babeland, We-VibeGoodVibes,
Pleasure ChestCome As You Are (Canada), or Lovehoney (international).

  1. Holding minus doesn’t turn it off, the circle button does, which for some reason is impossible for me to get through my thick skull. []
  2. It’s a very close race. They all have similar intensities on high, with Prism V less powerful by a few notches. Mona and Rave are even about the same noise level; together they sound like a choir of vibrators with one dude in the back singing slightly flat. The Rave has the buzziest vibrations, but it’s not an astronomical difference. []
  3. This used to only work with dual-motor We-Vibe toys such as the Sync and Nova, but is now available for all toys. []
  • Joe Stockton

    Well this is now my favorite review of yours! This was so compelling I immediately ordered one for a woman friend who I’m sure will enjoy it!

    As always your clear love or hate came thru. I love the conversational voice you use which makes it feel like a very good friend guiding me to make good choices.

  • FieryRed

    Thank goodness We-Vibe is stepping in to fill the void left by Lelo’s descent into unsupportability. Fantastic writing as always, Piph. I adore this review.

  • Sara

    Wow I love my tango so much…so I can’t wait to get this one! How would you compare it to the mona as far as both shape and vibration?

  • Lia

    Would you say this is more powerful than the Rosa? I’ve been interested in this toy for a long time but have been holding off on getting it with the hope that it’ll be redesigned and made waterproof.
    Internal vibration reeaaaally works for me and your review is making me want to just get it anyway, but if it’s not too much stronger than Rosa I think I can pass on it a little longer.

    Thanks!

  • Leigh

    I’d love to know which you’d prefer between Rave and Prism V too!

  • “Patterns are okay for building arousal, but if I actually want to have an orgasm, it’s gotta be steady. I felt guilty telling my partners to focus on that setting, and to conduct subtle changes rather than large ones, because it gave them so little to do. I also felt oddly bashful and oddly pressured to orgasm.”

    That’s what I think would happen for me. Expecting an orgasm is the best way to kill it or at least set it back.
    I think the only way I could enjoy this kind of interactive toy is if I was having an intense dirty talk/sexting session and the purpose was to keep me keyed up but not let me come. The concept is really appealing, but it’s mostly ’cause I really want someone who knows my fetish buttons. And yet I’m scared of looking for them, ’cause what if I find them.

  • Ian Pinsker

    1 and 0. They control power for their vibe in binary. I’m in love.

  • Talia

    I don’t have the Rosa but the Denia (i. e. the rabbit version) and I don’t think the Rave is considerably more powerful (or more rumbly). For me the main difference is in the shape. Plus the L’Amourose buttons are MUCH better! And it’s submersible…

  • Talia

    Sadly, when I tried to download the App it showed to be “not compatible with my phone”. I also have to say that I absolutely hate the buttons – for me they are by far the worst ones of any sex toy I have (including the cheap ones): Impossible to find by feel, hard to press and/or not always reactive. And I can never remember where is the plus and where is the minus 🙁

    I’m wondering why it’s not waterproof – the Swan Wand’s connection looks very similar but it is rated as submersible. Has anybody contacted We-Vibe about it? In any case I too wash mine under the running tap (is there any other way?) and it has survived so far.

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  • That’s odd — what kind of phone do you have?

    I haven’t had trouble pressing the Rave’s buttons, but I do find it hard to distinguish between them. They definitely aren’t my favorite.

    I asked We-Vibe for some clarification about why the Rave is splashproof. They explained that the toy was originally designed by Norweigan sex toy company Laid, whom We-Vibe acquired last year. Altering the charging mechanism would have delayed the release of the toy considerably, so they decided to keep it as-is. Which is to say: splashproof. I hope they’ll come out with a fully waterproof one eventually!

  • I’d say technically Rave is about as powerful as the L’Amourose Rosa, but definitely not nearly as rumbly. The two motors in that thing can’t be beat.

  • I’m glad you asked, because I compared them quite exhaustively while testing the Rave for this review. Vibration-wise, they are very similar, with the Mona 2 a little lower-pitched. They both offer similar ranges of vibration, although Mona has a few lower “barely on” settings.

    For my tastes, Mona 2 is a better clitoral toy, because I prefer its more pinpoint shape over the Rave’s bulkier tip. Internally, for G-spot stimulation, I really like both of them, but the Rave is much easier to manipulate due to the curvature of its handle and shape of its shaft. I don’t thrust much with Mona due to its pointy tip and the way the shaft tapers near the handle — my vag sort of swallows it and clenches instead. With Rave, I can do more movement, which makes the G-spot stimulation more targeted and intense (and more likely to result in squirting).

    They’re both top-tier toys, in my opinion. Nothing beats Mona’s button interface or charging method, and of course it’s fully waterproof. But the Rave offers awesome G-spot stimulation, you can do really cool things with its app, and it’s significantly less expensive.

  • Clitorally, for me, the L’Amourose Prism V has an edge because it’s a bit smaller and fits better on the dominant left side of my clit. Internally, though, I definitely prefer the Rave. The Prism V’s head feels puny in comparison to the shape of the Rave, and the handle of the Rave is much much more ergonomic. I have to push the Prism V’s handle down to get more G-spot stimulation, so I can’t really thrust — only nudge. It’s not ideal.

    The Prism V has a rumblier motor, but it’s less powerful than the Rave (on high) by a few notches. It has better controls than the Rave, though, and it’s waterproof. I like them both!

  • Look at me, being persuasive!

  • Talia

    I have an Asus Fonepad, I believe the 2012 model (maybe not the smartest phone in the world, but brilliant for e-books and internet!)

    Thanks for the clarification on the water resistance – the thing I can’t help wondering is how water could get in between the silicone when I have to push really hard with the pin of the charging cable to penetrate it. So I’m not even thinking about the charging mechanism that’s hidden behind, but simply the silicone…

  • trix23

    The seam on the flatter side puts me off internal use most of the time (twisting makes it uncomfortable, though circling is okay), but it’s quickly become my favorite external vibe (especially with the Mustang, yowza!). I find the lowest settings way more powerful than the ones on the Lelo Loki, if that helps anyone decide. I wonder why they warn against using it on your neck? I’m used to calf-pain warnings, but this is a first…

  • To be clear, when you say “seam” you just mean the side ridge that is part of the design, right?

  • Winner is Me

    How does it rank and match up in the pantheon of G-spot toys? Specifically, the pure wand, nob, etc…

  • trix23

    That’s the one…I’ve heard others call it a seam, but since I can’t look at mine right now I can’t remember if there’s an actual seamline….

  • Heather

    I ordered this based on your review and finding it for an awesome price. Love it! Thanks!

  • trix23

    Okay, I do see a seam on mine, but I think it’s the ridge that feels a little scrapy (even with plenty of lube).

  • Tzipora

    Just noticed you reviewed this as I was going to make my holiday SheVibe order. Already said I was going to get the Rave but now I’m totally sold. Your rush to use it says everything. Lol.

    I admit I read this quickly because I was so giddy to make my own order so maybe I missed it but how exactly does it compare in strength/power to the Tango in terms of clit vibration? (My g spot is much less picky. Loves a good pulsation but for an example, the original Lelo Gigi can leave me with hours of delicious internal sensitivity whereas it never came close to getting me off clitorally). Is it any stronger? Sounds like maybe it is from your comparison to Prism and Rosa?

    I will have let you know if I rip the box open and rush to use it as fast as you did when it gets here. 😉 Ordering the Womanizer too and am very curious about using them together. I don’t have thrust toys for g spot orgasms or even to squirt if it has a nice pulsation and angle going. So the two could work extremely well together for me.

  • Pillow Princess

    I’ve wanted a good G-spot vibe for a very long time (I only own the Lelo Gigi, which is a bit underwhelming, in my opinion) and since I have been in an LDR for a year and a half now, I am really tempted by this one. Your reviews are as informative, nuanced and fun to read as usual! Thank you!

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  • Jessica

    Do you have any recommendations about which would be the best replacement for the Mona 2? Rave, PRISM V or Cuddle? I really want something similar, but ugh, LELO, get your shit together. Well, obviously everyone wants a vibe that works for external and internal vibrations, as well as hitting the G-spot. It seems maybe you liked Rave better, but the Prism V is waterproof and looks like a sculpture. I can’t decide!

    I love that you’re always so honest about what you don’t like, so we can see when you really like something. Thanks for being awesome and hilarious!

  • Hmm, as a replacement for the Mona I would ask you which features of the Mona you enjoy most? The buttons, the waterproof capabilities, the range of vibration intensities, the shape?

    I’ve said some of this in comments to others here, but it’s worth repeating. Clitorally, for me (and I am not everyone!), the L’Amourose Prism V has an edge because it’s a bit smaller and fits better on the dominant left side of my clit. Internally, though, I definitely prefer the Rave. The Prism V’s head feels puny in comparison to the shape of the Rave, and the handle of the Rave is much much more ergonomic. I have to push the Prism V’s handle down to get more G-spot stimulation, so I can’t really thrust — only nudge. It’s not ideal.

    The OhMiBod Lovelife Cuddle is a bit of a step-down from the others, in my opinion. It has a nice range of settings, but its buttons are chintzy and its size is too small to do much for my G-spot, putting it out of the running when the Rave and Prism V are the other contenders.

    The Prism V has a rumblier motor than the Rave and Cuddle, but it’s less powerful than the Rave (on high) by a few notches. It has better controls than the Rave, though, and it’s waterproof… but the Rave has supreme G-spot stimulation and an app. So it depends on which features you want to prioritize!

  • It’s hard for me to make a call on which is stronger, the Rave or the We-Vibe Tango. They’re close in intensity, but very different in shape and feel. The Rave’s vibrations feel more buried, while the Tango’s feel more surface-level. The Rave can’t provide pinpoint stimulation like the Tango can, but then again, the Tango can’t provide G-spot stimulation like the Rave can.

  • It’s not as deeply, intensely G-spotty as any of my three favorite G-spot toys (the njoy Pure Wand, NobEssence Seduction, and Comet Wand), but it does a better job than all of those at providing pleasing internal vibration along with its G-spot stimulation, and it’s far more versatile.