E-Stim Sex Toy Buyer’s Guide

It’s Only the Shocker If You Get Your Finger Dirty.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that there’s never a dull moment when I’m around, especially when there’s sex involved. I have what some would call an “electric” personality, or at least that’s what my grandmother used to say. At least she still thinks I’m special even if nobody else does.

But despite my somewhat eccentric social presence, I’m known in many circles for my Jeopardy-like knowledge of all things related to sex, sex toys and self-pleasure. So, it was no surprise when I started talking about e-stim devices at my last friendly get-together. Everybody just sort of stared at me while waiting a bomb to drop. Instead of hearing something like, “And that’s how I ended up in the emergency room,” what they got was a long, drawn-out story chronicling my latest sexual conquests using my new e-stim sex toy. Now, I’m not allowed to speak at parties without permission.

Some things are well worth the risk, and that’s sort of why I’m all about using well-made e-stim devices at this point in my mature and experienced sex life. Having gone through just about every other type of sex toy on the planet, my genitals were begging for something new and exciting. And after just one encounter with a bartender outside of my hometown on blistering summer night, I became hooked on e-stim like a crackhead. What followed were many years of trial and error to the point where I now consider myself an electrostimulation sex toy expert. I don’t necessarily have the certificate, but I sure as hell have the experience.

With that said, I can tell you with a straight face that watching a few pornos and/or being prodded a few times is not enough to consider yourself well-versed in e-stimulation. Not only is the list of available options long and strong but the industry is constantly putting out new stuff. Without a basic sense of what’s good and what’s bad, you’ll likely get stopped by a clever marketing trap like I did a few times. Hey, it happens to the best of us.

To make this a little easier on everyone, I’ve come up with a few pointers. Besides the obvious things you should look for in a good e-stim device (which we will cover shortly), there are a few other things that users need to think about or consider before ever going shopping:

Your Sensitivity Level 

If you’re one of those people who can barely be touched without squirming, e-stim devices can still be a good option for you. However, you’ll want to buy one that has plenty of power control options to prevent irritation and/or injury. Properly used e-stim sex toys are wonderful for all sensitivity levels as long as everyone has taken the time to read the owner’s manual and become familiar with their own body. Understand, however, that extra sensitive skin may produce a red spot at the contact point, but it’s really nothing to be alarmed about.

Your Skin Type 

Part of getting to know yourself is finding out whether you have allergies or aversions to certain chemicals and/or stimuli. Since modern-day e-stim devices are typically made from skin-safe materials, the issue of safety focuses mainly on the user’s skin type. Specialized lube is often required for e-stimulation, meaning some people may not be able to enjoy the full whammy without a condom or other protective measures. On the bright side, most of those specialized lubes are water-based, making them safe for a majority of users.

Your Partner’s Preference 

Sometimes, a good e-stim device is something that’s supposed to be kept between you and your genitals. In other words, not all sexual partners are going to be down with this kind of foreplay. Gentle coaxing may get you pretty far, but forceful use of electrostimulation is a bad idea (unless you’re playing BDSM, then by all means, go to town). Just know that a properly functioning e-stim sex toy can produce a very noticeable sensation through a source of power that should never be played around with by a unteachable or ill-mannered dumbass.

Your Experience/Bravery Level 

That brings me to my next consideration: Your experience and/or bravery level, especially when it comes to using toys you’re relatively unfamiliar with. Obviously, you don’t have a lot of experience with this stuff, but I can see that your bravery level is on point. Make sure the two sync up and don’t do anything stupid like use an e-stim device near water or try it without playing with the settings first. I suggest allowing your bravery level to grow in tandem with your experience or else things could get ugly in a hurry.

Your Budget 

Last but never least, consider the money you have to spend on this kind of thing. Understand that some e-stim devices are stand-alone sex toys and others require additional purchases to complete the package. Whatever the cost, it’s also important to make sure you have the necessary supplies and accessories for playtime. Never fawn or faint over the price of an e-stim device without making sure it’s got everything you need. And never settle for an all-inclusive toy simply because it’s cheaper. You’ll regret it, believe me.

Going shopping for a new e-stim sex toy is exciting. However, knowing a handful of things about yourself and your financial situation isn’t going to be much help in the face of the large selection you’re about to encounter. I believe any journey is best started with a little basic knowledge. So, let’s talk about what an e-stim device is (and isn’t) before we go any further. You can thank me later.

What Is an E-Stim Device?

Have you ever witnessed one of those scenes on a porno where an actor or actress uses a cattle prod or an electrified pinwheel? If not, then you’re probably still wondering what all the fuss is about regarding electrostimulation devices. You’re probably also thinking, “I know people really don’t do this shit to each other in bed,” but you’re wrong. The popularity of e-stim is ever-increasing alongside an equally expanding market. Now is the time for you to become educated on the latest and greatest sex toy innovation.

E-stim is just a shortened way of saying “electrostimulation.” In other words, e-stim devices act as sex toys that zap your erogenous zones with a gentle jolt of electricity, and chances are, you’ll like it if you use it correctly. E-stim toys aren’t the most well-known option on today’s sex toy market, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a solid foundation for them to stand on. Men and women alike often prefer the sensations of a good e-stim device over those of a contemporary vibrator. In fact, some manufacturers have completely abandoned vibrating toys in exchange for the electrically-charged ones we’re discussing here.

Generally speaking, today’s best e-stim devices use primarily the same components to generate a charge. By creating a controlled electrical charge, the user can thereby deliver an acute, slightly astringent shock to themselves or their partner at strategic times (usually coordinated with climax and/or orgasm). Once the energy is produced, the wand or toy sends a wave of pleasure to whatever bare skin it comes in contact with. And although that may sound like a complete nightmare to some people, many folks actually enjoy the sensation so much that they scarcely have sex or masturbate without it.

Why An E-Stim Sex Toy Though?

If you ask a normal person, there’s no good reason to use an e-stim device during sex. But if you ask a self-proclaimed pervert like me, there are too many good reasons to count. No matter who you interview, though, you’ll always come back with the same conclusion – e-stim play is not for everybody. I can sit here and advocate for it all day long, but if you’re not willing to have outside-the-box sex then there’s nothing I can do to change your mind. If, however, you’re one of those people who’s not afraid to try new things, keep reading.

Many people mistakenly think that electrostimulation is somehow violent or hurtful, but that’s not the case at all. If used correctly, the sensations are rather pleasurable and stimulating. Now, I won’t lie and say that there’s no way to get hurt with these toys. Use your device on the wrong setting or under the wrong circumstances and it won’t be pretty. Just keep in mind that you’re supposed to use an e-stim sex toy to produce intense pleasure, not extreme shock (physically, mentally or otherwise).

Well-known sexologist, Megan Stubbs, once said that electrostimulation sex toys can be used as a therapeutic couple’s toy. As it turns out, she was right. But a good e-stim device can revolutionize your sex life with or without a partner. My favorite thing to do with mine is to run it along thighs, nipples and lower backs as temperatures rise. The gentle jolt of electricity gets the blood pumping, leaving us both wreathing in anticipation. And if that weren’t enough, the right e-stim device can be used right at the moment of orgasm too, which drastically increases the intensity and duration of each climax. I guarantee you’ve never felt anything like that in your entire life (unless, of course, you’re an old pro like me).

Unlike other sex toys, e-stim devices can be used to induce pleasure on any part of the body, not just the genitals. So, whether your favorite erogenous zone is on your back, belly, arms, legs, neck or somewhere else, these toys can tease and tickle their way into your pants better than a smooth-talking gentleman at a single’s bar. Put simply, an adequately placed electrostimulation pulse is a whole lot sexier and more versatile than it sounds at first. And while some of these may seem blatantly obvious to people, the following are a few things you CAN’T do with an e-stim sex toy:

  • You CAN’T make one your own, or at least you shouldn’t try to. Modern-day e-stim devices aren’t so expensive that you have to risk electrocution to save a buck.
  • You CAN’T use them in or around water unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. Prepare to be surprised because I haven’t found many waterproof e-stim sex toys worth even mentioning.
  • You CAN’T get seriously injured playing with an e-stim device, granted you play with it as instructed. That goes for slowly increasing the e-stim intensity levels with new toys as well. Don’t try to be a hero out there. Nobody’s impressed.
  • You CAN’T resist the urge to pull your device out once you’ve experienced its sensations for the first time. Ok, so maybe you’ll be able to, but I promise you won’t like it.

As with any new or innovative sexual activity, be sure to speak with your doctor before engaging in it, especially if you have a pre-existing physical condition that makes it risky to use electrostimulation devices. For example, if you have heart problems or wear a pacemaker, e-stim devices CAN’T be used on you. Sorry, folks. And to enjoy electrostimulation in all its glory, you need to know more than just what it is and isn’t. Aside from understanding the basics of responsible use, there are some factors that will determine the quality of your experience more than any amount of advice I can give. Frugality calls for homework, and luckily I’ve done all of it for you (just like in high school, only I didn’t get my ass kicked first). Isn’t progress wonderful?

The Top 3 Ways to Tell If That E-Stim Sex Toy Is Worth It or Not

The good thing about e-stim sex toys is that they come in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes that a person could literally customize every single option if they found the right product(s). Then again, that’s one of the reasons why some people have such a hard time finding the perfect e-stim machine or toy. The trouble is that most people don’t have these three basic factors in mind:

  • The Power Source 

Almost all electrostimulation sex toys use the same kind of electrical current to generate a shock of pleasure. However, not all power sources are the same. Modern-day e-stim devices often use integrated current systems but most of the top-notch toys still utilize external power sources. The choice is yours, but don’t get intimidated by an external model because they’re not as difficult to use as you think.

  • The Versatility 

Trust me, you’ll want this e-stim device to be super versatile, especially if you plan to use it on parts of your body that aren’t covered with underwear. Versatility in this realm involves things like adjustable straps (if any), customizable shock pattern intensity levels, built-in buttons, LED light shows, and rechargeable batteries. Never settle for less or else we’ll all have to go back to the boring stuff and ain’t nobody got time for that.

  • The Materials 

Of course the materials of your new e-stimulation sex toy matter, otherwise everything would be made out of the cheapest crap on the planet. Instead, you’ll likely find lots of metal, glass and elastomer as well as some silicone and/or TPE and polycarbonate blends. Most of those are hypoallergenic and can be used on all skin types and even with specialized conductive lube. Just stay away from latex, parabens and phthalates and nobody gets hurt.

Once you’ve narrowed down your search a little bit more by using the three factors I mentioned above, you should be able to see why I’ve chosen the three following toys as my favorites. And if you know anything about me, then you know I’m the pickiest person on the face of the Earth. So, the simple fact that any toys made my shortlist is already a miracle. Don’t push it.

The Three Kings: My Favorite E-Stim Devices

As promised, I’ve done the research for you to determine what I think are the three e-stim devices that would make anyone fall in love with electrostimulation. Out of all the e-stim sex toy devices I’ve tried in the 16 years, 8 months and 23 days I’ve been an uncloseted pervert, the following are my favorite:

BEST OVERALL: The Zeus Twilight Premium Wand Kit

Forget all the other e-stim sex toys and accessories you’ve ever seen; the ultimate electrosex package has finally arrived. This amazingly put together e-stim gear comes with everything you need to have a powerfully pleasurable night as soon as you open the box. Create an occasion you’ll likely never forget with tools that you won’t find anywhere else. This crazy kit includes the brand’s patented Twilight Wand, five different pleasure accessories made from plastic and/or glass, a bulb adapter and a conduction pad with a ball chain. What’s a conduction pad, you ask? Well, it’s a little tool that instantly turns you or your partner into a living e-stim machine. Just think of all the possibilities.

PRO:  The versatility and customization options are unmatched in the e-stim industry, plus it’s relatively easy to use once you get used to the accessories.

CON: The various parts may be somewhat difficult to clean and maintain without an organized cleanup routine.

By the way, the Zeus brand also sells a much more powerful kit that I personally adore. It’s called the 6-Channel Digital Powerbox and it comes with plenty of accessories to instantly light up the night. The Zeus 6 is powerful enough to replace electric muscle massagers as it cycles through five different pulse waves that are equally good for sexual pleasure. Perfect for BDMS play, this professional e-stim kit uses 1 DC 9-volt battery, has six lead-port knobs that can be controlled independently, features a high-tech digital display, includes a timing switch and has output monitors to control the consistency of the currents. It’s a tad more expensive and requires some experience to use it, but it’s one of the best e-stim devices money can buy and it’s pretty easy to use once you get used to how the device and accessories work and you’ve had a chance to explore the many settings. Anyway, I now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

BEST FOR BEGINNERS: The Arcana ElectroSex Wand

This sophisticated sex toy is ideal for e-stim newbies, with an easy-to-use flow regulator built right in to the handle. It offers 5 different vibration modes which can all be combined with the device’s electrostimulation powers, the Arcana ElectroSex Wand promises to take you and/or your partner over the edge. The device features a button on the side that you can press for a quick boost or tap for a customized pulsation rhythm, plus the whole thing is made with industry-leading ergonomics to make it super easy to manipulate. Sleek and sexy with a flexible 2.4-inch head, this 12.75-inch e-stim dream is great for couples, novices and pros who like to keep things simple.

PRO: The sensations are almost 100% customizable and the toy gives off a nice visual display in the dark.

CON: It’s probably not powerful or versatile enough for people who are well-versed in e-stim sex toy play.

BEST FOR COUPLES: The Mingle Kit

As one of the simplest and easiest to use e-stim sex toys on the market, the Mingle Kit is not only perfect for couples but it’s also ideal for electrostimulation newbies. The package comes complete with a pair of 5-inch bi-polar cock rings, a 6-inch insertable probe and a robust power unit to set your bedroom on fire (figuratively speaking, of course). Both pleasure pieces are made from a kind of skin-safe conductive silicone that can be used either vaginally or anally, plus the whole shebang emits four modes, has a speed wheel for better control and an intensity wheel for experimentation.

PRO: The cock rings are adjustable and the magic wand has an easy-grip handle for improved steering.

CON: The Mingle requires two AAA batteries that are not included.

The End Game

Taking your time as you explore the thousands of e-stim options is a great idea, but by the time you get done looking at all there is available you’ll have to start back at the beginning just to catch up with all the new innovations. However, knowing what to look for and having a few fine suggestions is the better way to get what you’re looking for. My friends, keep in mind that there is no perfect electrostimulation sex toy on the market and the pleasure you derive from it will be based solely on what you choose to do with it. What matters most is that all the features come together to give you and/or your partner a satisfying sexual experience (hopefully more than once). If that takes a high-powered, silicone-based, e-stim kit with a half-dozen pleasure accessories and a game-changing conductor pad, then so be it. The only one who’s ever shocked by an e-stim device in bed is an unwilling or unsuspecting partner and you’ve already taken care of that. It’s lights, camera and action right now. Don’t miss your queue.