Nov 292013

Pulse from Hot Octopuss

– Interesting design
– Powerful
– Rechargeable
– Easy to use
– Really loud
– Total lint magnet
– Lowest setting is too powerful
– Not waterproof/splash proof
– Charging port plug doesn’t work well




Pulse from Hot Octopuss is an interesting new stimulator designed with male pleasure in mind.  That’s right ladies, step away from this one!

Rather than just grabbing the lube for a boring jack off session, you can now reach for the Pulse as well.  It works by placing your flaccid or erect penis through the flexible sides and allowing the strong oscillations to take you over the edge.  You can hold it in place for more targeted pleasure, or stroke it up and down to take advantage of the ribbed texture on the lower part of the toy.

Untitled-10On top of being used as a male solo toy, you can also use it along with a partner.  The company states that the toy can be used to stimulate both you and your partner at the same time.  Pulse is placed around the penis just like it would be for solo use, but the back of the toy can also stimulate their partner’s genitals by rubbing against each other (see image).  If positioning it between your bodies doesn’t work for you, you can still use it on your partner during a blow job or in place of a regular hand job.

Though it’s compact and easy to use, it’s important to use caution around water.  It’s not waterproof so you can’t take it with you into the tub or shower, and it’s not splash proof, so you need to be careful when cleaning it.  It’s best to simply clean with a toy wipe or damp cloth to prevent any water from accidentally leaking inside of it.


The Pulse is made from both ABS Plastic and Silicone.  Both materials are body safe, latex free, non-porous, and phthalate free.  The entire toy is black, but the plastic has a shine to it and the silicone has a matte surface.

Untitled-7The surface of the silicone is fairly smooth, but picks up an unbelievable amount of lint.  You have to constantly wipe it off in order to keep it clean (my apologizes for the linty images!).  It does require water-based lubricant to help things slide smoothly, but doesn’t need much.  Use only water-based because other types could react negatively and cause surface damage to your toy.  The plastic area (which is only present on the back of the toy) is totally smooth apart from the texture that’s present.

Untitled-5The back of the toy has four raised lines on the plastic and three on the silicone that would help stimulate a female who’s using the product along with her partner.  This texture is also helpful when you have lube Untitled-8on your hands since it helps you keep a good grip on it.  Inside, there are three rows of ribs toward the bottom of the toy, and the round PulsePlate that extends from the toy.  These are felt only by the penis and are most obvious when you use it in a stroking motion.

The area of the toy that rests in your hand is very firm as it has all the internal parts underneath the surface, but the tip and wings are very flexible.  This flexibility makes it comfortable during use, and will accommodate a wider range of sizes as a result.  During use, you can hold the toy in place, or you can press down on the wings to apply pressure to the top of the shaft.


The design of the Pulse is something I can really appreciate.  I’ve seen some male toys that were shaped similarly, but not anything quite like this one.  My husband said it looks like something Darth Vader probably would have used.  I didn’t immediate think that, but once he pointed it out I could see it too.  It’s fairly discreet and unassuming.  If someone were to see it they might not know what it was, but powering it on would give away its use.

The shape is ergonomic, making it easy to hold onto and use.  If you have smaller hands you might find you’re unable to flex the wings during use, but shouldn’t have any issues apart from that.  The overall design, size, and shape should work for the majority of users.


The full length is 4 1/2″ and it’s 8 3/8″ around the whole toy.  The dimensions inside the winged area are harder to measure, but should work for just about anyone.  The wings are each 3 1/4″ wide, approximately 1 3/8″ tall, and are 1 1/2″ apart.


The Pulse is USB rechargeable and comes with a partial charge.  Before using it, you should make sure it’s fully charged to prevent it from dying during use.  On the bottom of the toy is a small plug that gets pulled out to reveal the charging port.  It’s Untitled-6easy to remove, but doesn’t go back in place very well (mine won’t go back in at all).  When the toy is charging, a small red light glows on the base of the toy.  The paperwork says to charge for 4 hour before use, but it took much less than that when I charged it for the first time.  Once fully juiced up, the little light will turn off.

There are two buttons on this toy, one on each side.  The plus button turns the toy on and raises the intensity, and the minus button decreases the intensity and turns the toy off.  The buttons are raised from the toy and make a clicking sound when pressed.  A blue light glows from the center when turned on, making it easy to use even when it’s dark.


What really makes this toy unique is the Oscillating PulsePlate.  Hot Octopuss states, “PulsePlate technology is the patented system PULSE uses to deliver high-amplitude oscillations rather than low-amplitude vibrations.

Medical research has identified that oscillations applied in a very specific way can create incredibly deep and powerful orgasms for a man. PULSE has harnessed this science through its PulsePlate.

Oscillators are common place in the scientific world; PULSE however is the first to bring this technology to the wider male sex toy market. Unlike vibrators, PUSLE delivers powerful and deep high-amplitude waves direct to the man’s most sensitive area, his frenulum.”

Untitled-11It doesn’t just oscillate, it vibrates as well.  The circle in the center of the toy that features the crown is the PulsePlate, but the back of the toy also vibrates to help pleasure your partner.  Though these areas are smaller, the power can be felt throughout the whole toy.  It doesn’t numb your hand, but you can feel it during use.

There are a total of nine steady intensity levels (no patterns), giving you some variety when it comes to how powerful you want the toy to be.  Unfortunately, if you’re more sensitive, even the lowest setting is likely to be too intense for you.  It would have been nice to see a wider range of intensity levels, rather than starting out so powerful.

With power, comes noise.  While it won’t wake the neighbors, it’s easily heard through a closed door, especially during use.  The PulsePlate gets very loud when it comes in contact with anything.  It plainly states not to press on it, but even through normal use it’s loud.


The Pulse arrives in a thin cardboard box that has a lot of information and images on the outside.  It’s not discreet since it’s obvious what it contains, but it’s done in a tasteful and attractive way.  Inside the box, your Pulse is cradled in a plastic tray, preventing it from moving around during shipping.  There’s also an instruction booklet that contains the basic information in several different languages.



When I first heard about the Pulse, I was so intrigued.  I love trying out new things with my husband, and immediately imagined the fun we would have with this toy.  My husband doesn’t jack off alone (ah, to be lazy), so I knew I was going to be the one using this on him; to say I was excited would be an understatement!

After taking photos and charging, I checked out the power of the toy on my own.  I was instantly impressed (and wished I could feel that PulsePlate on me!).  All I could think about was how much my husband was going to enjoy this.  When he came home and checked it out, he wasn’t so sure about it.  I told him it would be great, so we set it aside for later.

Once we got settled into bed and ready for action, I reached for the toy while he grabbed the lube, and we got started.  The second the PulsePlate touched his penis, he was uncomfortable.  He made a horrible face, was squirming, making noises and nothing I did was helping.  I handed it over so he could use it on his own, hoping he could find a comfortable position that I couldn’t.

He tried a few different things and experienced the same issues.  Despite his efforts, the toy was a total boner killer..literally.  He lost his erection while trying to test it out, and said he never wanted to see the thing again.

It’s simply too intense for men who aren’t used to that type of stimulation.

My husband and I have a very active sex life, but having that direct sensation on one of the most sensitive areas of his body didn’t bring him the pleasure we were hoping for.  If the company had started the intensity at a lower level, maybe we could have build up to that, but it was just too much for him.

If you enjoy vibrations and are looking for something new and different, the Pulse might be the right toy for you.  However, if you’re very sensitive and aren’t used to vibrations or anything like them, this will likely be too much for you.  The design was great, shape was wonderful, but the intensity wasn’t right, in our opinion.

In other words, Hot Octopuss, pretty, pretty please make a women’s toy that’s this powerful, and a male toy that starts off at a lower intensity?

If you’re interested in purchasing a Pulse of your own, you can find them for sale at SheVibe by clicking the banner below.

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

  17 Responses to “Review: Pulse from Hot Octopuss”

  1. Wow, damn sorry to hear that he did not like this at all. I would have been heated loosing my boner for sure. I think you are right if it was at another level you could build up to it but starting off at a higher one then trying it out just don’t work.

  2. Great pictures! I’m sorry your husband found it unpleasant. Maybe have him warm up with a different vibrator? That’s really worrying. There are plenty of penis havers that don’t use vibrators. Would this product cause them pain too?

  3. Oh no! I didn’t consider that a lot of men haven’t tried vibrations on themselves, and it could certainly be overwhelming!! I got lucky finding a spot where it hit just right, and still enjoy mine.

    Now, your sentiment of Hot Octopuss making something for women… I think you are onto something!

  4. I really wanted to get my husband one of these for Xmas but couldn’t swing it. I think he’d really like it, he enjoys vibration and doesn’t have many toys of his own.

  5. You should honor your husband’s opinion and give this a zero star. And advice against it.

    I got it, I tried it. And I agree it’s a boner killer, a piece of junk. Capable of killing my mood for the entire day. Vibration sensation just isn’t for men. You assumed a lower intensity would have made it better. But that’s assumption.

    I also tried it with Tenga eggs while not applying too much pressure and just let the Tenga textures tingle. Still killed my boner.

    It’s not about specific spots being too sensitive. It’s just a bad sensation. I got it on the notion that it grabs on to massage hands free, which is something sleeves can’t do. But it just sucks.

    The hottest chick on the planet can sit on top this thing in the way its promo illustrated for couple use, enjoying her side of the vibe, and I’d still loose my boner and tell her to stop, so I can get this thing off me. And I won’t be able to get it up again till next day.

    For men who prefer the sensation of being rubbed with soft luscious boobs, licked by soft twirling tongue, grabbed on by soft wet pussy, than having a jack hammer rape your dick, this is not for them.

    For you women out there who want to get your men a gift, it’s you. But if you want to introduce toys for varied fun, I highly recommend Dorcel’s double ended sleeve, plus a couple of rubber bands. Pour some warm water from the other end when lube gets dry or sticky, squeeze close the other open end for suction, etc. Get creative and have fun with it.

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your negative experience with this product. Naturally not all products will work for everyone, but there have been some really positive reviews of the product from men/couples – we just didn’t care for it.

      And yes, I assume lower intensity levels would have made a difference because that was the biggest issue my husband had with the product (and it sounds like you too). It was simply too much. We’ve used other vibrating products together as well (like C-rings) and he’s enjoyed some of them. Lots of men enjoy vibrations, but it’s not something that will work for everyone.

      If I based my reviews solely on experience it wouldn’t be fair to the product/company. We all enjoy/dislike different things. Some men love vibrations, some hate them. Doesn’t mean the product is junk if you happen to be one of the men that doesn’t respond to that type of stimulation.

      Thank you for sharing your experience with everyone. I’m sorry it wasn’t more positive.

    • I don’t understand what guys are doing wrong with this. Maybe it’s a miscommunication with these guys, or they just don’t know how to use it, but having bought one of these a month ago I can’t put it down!

      You’re not really supposed to wank with it, you’re supposed to position it so the vibe plate hits your frenulum in the right place. Once you do that you will likely experience an explosive hands-free climax. I do every time I use mine.

      I feel like some of these men need an anatomy lesson, or some experienced hands other than their own to teach them about what their manhood is capable of. I just get the impression that 90% of men treat their dick like it’s someone else’s and they are missing out on SO much fun!

      • Hello Robbie!

        I actually used this toy on my husband, and it wasn’t at all a matter of miscommunication or needing an anatomy lesson.

        Not all products work for everyone. As stated in my review, it was far too intense for my husband to enjoy and actually made him uncomfortable. Many vibrators designed for woman are far too intense as well. We all have different preferences and need to own our pleasure. If a vibrating product isn’t right for my husband, that’s okay. It doesn’t mean he needs to study up on his anatomy, quite the opposite actually. It shows he knows what type of stimulation he prefers and works with that.

        I’m glad to hear you’re able to experience awesome orgasms with this product, but just because someone else doesn’t, isn’t the fault of the user. We’re all built differently, and experience pleasure differently. That’s what makes us all so unique and why so many interesting adult products are available to purchase.

        Thanks for your comment…and again, I’m glad you’re enjoying your Pulse!

        • while i think that guy could been a little more respectful of ppls different experience i too share his shock. i tried gadgets before when i was younge hoping to find some new fun way to get off, but it lead me to the conclusion there is no good male sex toys for masturbation, i guess anal stuff if that’s your thing is different, but regarding the penis nothing does the trick and the ones that did only did because you basically were still just jerking off ultimately. now i saw this thing and after seeing not a single person not be blown away by it i bought one. mind you the reviews i looked at were not sex shops etc.. that have a marketing or sales interest. i was on forums, industry related review sites individual blogs, unrelated to sex magazines like wired etc and this is the only bad review i have seen including my own experience, and i have tried eggs and other vibration before and found those to be the least satisfying method in my previous venture. i don’t doubt some ppl will not like it, but those ppl would and are in a minority smaller than any other product in any industry when it comes to dissatisfaction. i think given your own description it is entirely possible that your hubby was not into trying this, and did so for you, but was not going to give it a real go. i have seen ppl say at first they did not like it until they got it in the right spot for them and once they did the difference was night and day. anyway, maybe he is just too sensative, but as i said that group is seemingly so small it couldn’t fill small apartment. that said you were right not to give it a zero and recognize that it just didn’t work for you two, and i can respect that of course. the other guy who said you need to respect your husbands opinion by giving it a zero is a moron, he musta spent his last $99 on it or something, lol.

          • Thank you for your reply, dumbfounded.

            It’s my goal to give the best description of a product, and to share our personal experience with it. My husband is always game to try a toy designed to be used on his penis, so this wasn’t a matter of complete disinterest.

            It was too much for him, plain and simple as that. There was no build up for him to get used to the sensation. It was too much to go from a handjob/blowjob to using the Pulse.

            I’m very aware that my husband is one of the (very) few that haven’t enjoyed this product, and that’s okay. I’m really glad so many others find this to be a pleasurable toy. I expressed my concerns about the toy and why my husband didn’t care for it, but I certainly didn’t knock it.

            We all have our own preferences and opinions. It doesn’t make anyone wrong or right, it just makes us all different. Just something important to keep in mind rather than insulting someone that shared their honest opinion.

  6. It would be interesting to see what you and your husband think about the Fun Factory Cobra Libre. It does have more intensity levels to choose from. Personally, I like both of them. But the vibrations take some getting used to.

    • I’ve tried the Cobra Libre, it’s an expensive paperweight. Never mind the fact that you have to pay more to be able to charge the damned thing (no cables included, believe it or not), but the bulkiness and unwieldy shape makes it so uncomfortable to use. I would not trade one of my simple silicone sleeves for Cobra Libre and they cost 10% of what one of those does.

      • We haven’t tried the Cobra Libre, Hesnaked, but it’s something I’ve been curious about. I certainly can appreciate different levels of intensity, as I think my husband might enjoy something that starts off at a reasonable power level.

        Robbie, as stated above, not all products work for everyone. Just like the Cobra Libre wasn’t your cup of tea, not everyone will enjoy the Pulse. :)

  7. Would love to try this out. Closest I’ve had to this is having my lady use one of her vibes on my tip. Definitely a different sensation.

  8. I enjoyed the product at first, but its definitely poorly made. I had to return it twice within 4 months and gave up because the charging pin was too small and kept pushing the charging rod into the toy until it was no longer seen or able to take a charge. Very disappointing to have to return it. Seems like the designers could have done a better job with coming up with a design that would allow the pin to go in easy and stay put – and it would help to have more options than just the usb cord it comes with to charge it. I did like the intensity of it when it was working. I wonder if the pulse 2 is any better?


    • I’m sorry to hear you had such a disappointing experience, Rob. I just received the Pulse II Duo, but I haven’t tested it enough yet to offer you an opinion. I’ll let you know when my review is posted so you can check it out.

  9. I would like to weigh in and say not only do I agree with your husband, but that there are almost zero negative reviews from other bloggers about this device. This leads me to believe that they sent a lot of them out as promo’s to these bloggers, and that not many people have the issue your husband did.

    I will say that this toy is a rip off at $140 bucks and I could not have felt more ripped off. I literally just could not get off with this thing.

    Any dude who is considering buying this should just save some cash and spring for a venus2000. They have been around since the 80’s and work. You can also see actual videos of them in use in their promo video, rather than the stock dildo in the toy pic all the bloggers use for Hotoctopus’s crappy vibrator. IT DOESNT OSCILATE IT VIBRATES. whatever. piece of junk. Thank you for having an unbiased blog.

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