Apr 032014
 

Flash from Fun Factory

Pros:
– Made from body safe materials
– Variety of settings
– Compact/travel friendly
Cons:
– Button location
– Anatomy specific
– HUGE lint magnet
– Simple/no obvious curve/short clitoral arm
– Runs on 2 AAA batteries/could be stronger
Overall:

2star

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-Overview-

Dual stimulating toys are extremely popular, and it’s understandable why.  The idea of being pleasured internally and externally at the same time while only using one product?  Sounds amazing!  The only problem is, the shape and size of each rabbit style vibrator won’t work for everyone.  Flash will only work for a limited number of users.  The insertable portion is very basic and doesn’t feature a curve or much texture, and the external arm is very short.  If you have a high clit or need a curved toy to reach your G-spot, this one simply won’t work for you.  It’s also powered by two AAA batteries and might not be strong or rumbly enough for some users (though more powerful than a lot of toys that run on AAA batteries).  When you add the fact that this toy is a major lint magnet and fairly loud for the size, it’s easy to dismiss the positive qualities it offers.  Being made by Fun Factory, it’s naturally a good quality toy, is made from body safe materials, and has a variety of functions.  If you’re looking for a travel friendly vibe it might be something you’re considering, but I encourage you to look at the measurements to see how well it will fit your specific anatomy prior to purchasing.

-Intro/Use-

Flash from Fun Factory is a rabbit style vibrator designed with the female anatomy in mind.  The insertable shaft and external arm provide pleasure both inside the body and out, allowing you to experience dual stimulation within one product.  The shape is quite simple and doesn’t have much texture, a G-spot curve, or a long clitoral arm.  Your personal experience with this product will vary depending on your anatomy, but it’s very basic and won’t work for everyone.

The good thing about the size is how compact it is.  Most dual stimulating toys are really limited in how they can be used.  Flash is compact enough that it can be used as a teasing toy during foreplay, and the tip of the toy (the insertable portion) can even be used on the clitoris during penetrative sex.  The external arm also acts as a base, making the toy safe to use anally and possibly even pleasuring your perineum at the same time.

The design of the battery compartment makes the toy waterproof, but don’t be surprised if you see some moisture around the base when you remove the cap.  Water can get between the toy and the cap, but doesn’t reach the batteries themselves.  I would suggest treating this toy as though it’s splash proof to be on the safe side, though I submerged it without an issue.

-Material/Texture-

Untitled-2The Flash is made from silicone (for the shaft and clitoral arm) and ABS plastic (for the battery area and internal parts).  Both materials are body safe, non-porous, latex free, and phthalate free.  This is a fantastic material since it can be sterilized between uses and was made to last a long time.  For regular use, you can wash with soap and water or your favorite sex toy cleaner, or you can sterilize the toy (if you’re sharing with someone else or switching orifices) using a 10% bleach solution.  Silicone is compatible with water-based lubricants, silicone-based lubes should be avoided since they can degrade the surface of your toy.

The surface of the silicone is matte and attracts lint like crazy (I wiped the toy off several times when I was taking photos, and you can still see all the lint).  It’s important to wash/rinse the toy prior to use as well as after.  It also drags Untitled-7across the skin and requires lube in order to glide smoothly.  Where the shaft and clitoral arm meet is where you’ll find most of the texture.  It’s a very smooth toy in general, but there are small dips on either side that curve and shape the shaft and arm.  It’s not obvious during use, since this part of the toy isn’t inserted, so it won’t bother those that are sensitive to textures.

Only the tip of the shaft and clitoral arm can bend.  The rest of the toy is a fairly thick layer of silicone over the firm internal parts.  The flexibility isn’t very noticeable during use, and the external stimulator almost feels like it’s poking you as you’re thrusting.  It’s not uncomfortable, but it’s distracting when you’re trying to pleasure yourself.

-Design/Size-

The Flash is available only in black, but it doesn’t take much for it to look like a deep gray thanks to the way it collects particles on the surface.  Had it been available in a lighter color, the lint wouldn’t be as obvious.

The shape is very basic which is great for beginning toy users, but might seem too simple if you’ve been using toys for a while.  The end of the toy has a rounded tip followed by soft curves down either side of the shaft.  This design makes the back of the toy round, with the top being much flatter.  The bottom of the curve forms a ‘V’ before extending up into the external stimulator, which has a shape similar (though smaller) to the shaft.  The opposite side of the clitoral arm is where you find the buttons, and the battery cap is at the base.  It’s a very discreet looking toy since it’s not phallic at all, but it would be difficult to pass it off as anything other than a vibrator.

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The size is truly awesome for traveling and is honestly a little surprising when you first see it.  It fits in the palm of my hand, and wouldn’t take up much space inside a purse for use on the go.  The full length of the toy is 5 3/8″, with approximately 3″ being insertable length.  The clitoral arm measures 1 1/8″ from the shaft.  The girth ranges from 2 3/4″ around the tip, up to 4 1/4″ in circumference at the widest part of the shaft.  It’s suitable for beginners, but will likely feel lacking for those that prefer thick toys.

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-Functions/Controls-

Untitled-3The Flash is powered by two AAA batteries which aren’t included.  When you open the battery cap, you’ll see that the plastic is printed to show you exactly how to insert them.  Line up the cap and turn to close.  Make sure you have it closed all the way (it will be obvious if it’s not because of the shape) before using, and double check before using in water or cleaning.

Once the batteries are in place, you’re ready to start the vibrations.  On the back of the toy just above the battery cap, you’ll find two buttons; a plus and a minus.  To turn the toy on, you need to hold down the plus button for a few seconds.  The vibrations start on the fifth intensity level, so from there you can decrease them by pressing the minus button, or you can increase it once more and begin the patterns by pressing the plus button from there.  It’s sort of a strange set up, but really easy to understand once you use it.  There are a total of six intensity levels and six different patterns.  The vibrations are throughout the toy, you can’t control the external stimulator and shaft separately.  Here is a part of the manual that makes the patterns and functions easier to understand:

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When you’re ready to turn the toy off, you simply press and hold down the minus button.  If you keep pressing the plus button you’ll just keep cycling through the settings.  No matter which setting you’re on when you turn the toy off, you always start on the fifth intensity level when you turn it back on.

For being powered by AAA batteries, the vibrations are fairly strong.  They’re sort of in the middle of being buzzy and rumbly, being enough to satisfy the average (or more sensitive) user, but won’t be strong enough for power queens.

The vibrations are focused evenly throughout the shaft, but are slightly weaker in the clitoral arm.  It’s obvious that the arm is made primarily from silicone and the motor is in the center of the shaft, so it makes sense.  You can feel the vibrations through the battery cap, but they aren’t enough to make your fingers tingle.

The sound level is fairly loud for a toy this size.  On the highest setting someone might be able to hear you through a closed door, but adding some white noise should cover it.  You definitely wouldn’t be able to use this in the same room with someone else without them knowing what you’re doing though.  It’s not loud enough to wake the neighbors, but isn’t the most sound discreet toy available.

-Packaging-

The Flash arrives in a cardboard box surrounded by a thin sleeve.  The sleeve has a life size image of the toy on the front and one side, a glimpse of a woman in lingerie on the back, and some key points about the toy are featured on the other side.  It’s not discreet at all since it’s obvious what the package contains, but it’s tasteful and doesn’t contain nudity.  Once the sleeve is removed the package is a little less revealing, though it has the Fun Factory logo on the top along with the phrase, “YOUR PERFECT MOMENT” – enough that it would make me curious.  When the box is opened you don’t immediately see the toy.  A thin covering is over the toy that holds the user manual in place.  It’s simple to remove and your toy is then in full view.  Inside the package is the toy and a small piece of paper that mentions the batteries, no storage pouch or anything else.  The user manual is a little difficult to follow and understand, but it shows you the basic points for caring for and using your toy.

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-Experience-

When Flash arrived at my door I was shocked by the size.  I knew it was a Mini Vibe but it wasn’t until it was in my hand that I realized how mini it actually is.  This is an extremely compact vibe, especially for a dual stimulating product.  I wasn’t sure how well it would work for me, but I kept an open mind.

After I inserted the batteries, I took a moment to play around with the functions and feel the vibrations.  I thought they were decent for the battery type, but didn’t imagine this would be one that would get me off.  I thought it might be more suitable as a warm up toy for me, but could see how it would be enough for a more sensitive user.

Now, I know that I have a high clit.  I’ve tested several rabbit vibrators and it’s not easy to find one that lines up well with my anatomy.  When I slipped this vibe inside of me, I shook my head.  It couldn’t have been a more awkward fit for me.  The clitoral arm didn’t even touch the bottom of my clit and it felt more like it was poking at me than pleasuring me.  The straight shaft didn’t hit my G-spot and I found it to be quite boring since it was so simple.

I thought maybe switching to the patterns would amp things up a bit, but was rather annoyed by the button placement.  Without removing it from my body, I had to nearly reach inside myself in order to change the functions.  I understand that they couldn’t keep the compact size without this happening, but it was something that bothered me while I was using it.

I understand the appeal of a vibe this size, but this one did nothing for me.  It seemed to miss my pleasure zones by a mile, was too simple, and not powerful enough for me.  If you’re looking for a dual stimulating vibe and don’t care about it being compact, I would suggest checking out Paul and Paulina by Fun Factory.  Same company, same quality, but a much better product overall (and worth the price difference).

If you feel Flash is right for you, you can purchase it using the link below.

Flash was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.  This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.

  3 Responses to “Review: Flash from Fun Factory”

  1. Damn that does look small as hell and I am also not one who has a good time trying to find one that will fit my anatomy. I will have to pass this one up.

  2. It’s so small I thought it was for anal! I overlooked it because the pointy bit, but now I’m doubly glad I didn’t get one because of the type of vibrations.

  3. The clitoral arm on this toy doesn’t even look like it’s curving in the right direction. I don’t think there’s a hope in hell that it would reach my clit. I think I’ll definitely pass on this one.

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