When I first inquired about doing reviews for Babeland I was quite pleased to learn that I was able to browse their available products and pick what I wanted from what was being offered, rather then being sent things I didn’t want to review.
I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to get my hands on this years winner of the “O” Award for Best Powered Product, the Pirates Pendant Vibe as it was a product I had heard great things about, not to mention it was an award winner.
I’ll be honest, I wanted to love this thing, really and truly I did, but for me, I’m still kinda torn…
The pendant is small, discreet, easy to use, body safe and rather pretty, yet the aesthetics in person (i.e. the fact that it looks and feels cheap) are a bit of a turn off. I get that the product was meant to look like metal, and in pictures it achieves the appearance quite nicely, but when it’s in your hand it feels more like a coating of soft tinfoil then it does a hard metal, leaving me rather disappointed (part of why I’m torn).
*If I had received the pink, white or black version I might not have been so bothered, but that’s just me.
Aside from the feel, the pendant has a skull and cross bones (to me they looked more like little alien heads) design embossed on it that are rather hard to make out unless you’re up close. If you like skulls and pirate themed costume jewelery you’ll like the design, if you don’t, you wont. I personally didn’t really care for it.
*Like I said, that’s just the aesthetics and by no means affects the way it works.
The packaging is clever and discreet, not to mention rather cute, with nothing on it (except for the word “vibe”) to hint at what it is. While it is a vibrator, if you picked it up in a store you’d most likely think it was some fun costume jewelry, not a sex toy. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you see it on display among other Halloween costumes and accessories this year.
As for the vibrator/pendant, it’s a bit fatter than most other bullets and has a slightly pointed tip for more direct clitoral stimulation. That said, being that it measures 2 1/2″ in total length and 7/8″ in diameter, I found it to be rather big and bulky to wear as intended; like a necklace, yet a perfect size and design for stimulating yourself or your partner.
On that note, the chain it comes with is quite long, allowing you to put it over your head without having to undo it. While that is a definite bonus, for girls like me (who have larger breasts) I found the pendant sat rather awkwardly on my chest or often managed to get lost in my cleavage. I’m not sure if that’s something they intended, as it is meant to be a ‘sexy’ piece of jewelery after all, but for me it was just kind of annoying. Yet another reason why I’m torn.
For a lot of people the fact that it’s so discreet is a major selling point. Being that I’m the type who has to try things for herself, I thought I’d test the claim; for 2 days I wore it everywhere I went, to my surprise not many people paid it a second glance! There were those that did, yet they were the ones that asked only because they really liked it. When I told them what it ‘secretly’ was, they liked it even more! With that experience in mind, I have to agree it’s discreet enough that you could wear it in public, and no one would be the wiser 😀
In regard to the vibrations there are 5 in total; 2 speeds and 3 variable functions. Compared to other bullets it’s actually rather powerful, something that left me pleasantly surprised. Sure I’ve seen stronger, but as far as basic vibrating bullets go, this one takes the cake.
Operating it is extremely easy; located on the top of the pendant is a push button control. To turn it on just press the button once, then to cycle through the speeds and functions press the button one more time for each setting or speed you’d like experience – like I said very simple.
If you follow my reviews you’ll know that I love products with a quick, one touch off design; unfortunately the Pirates Pendant does not have such a feature, leaving you to run through all the settings before it powers off. Not so great for those of you that are worried about getting caught in the moment.
Changing the batteries is as easy as operating it; just unscrew the cap, pop 3 watch batteries in, screw the cap back on and you’re good to go! (it even comes with the batteries)
When it comes to lubes, since it’s made of an ABS plastic (a mix between elastomer, rubber, and hard plastic making it durable and recyclable) you can use pretty much anything your heart desires.
As for cleaning, since it’s non porous it’s not going to absorb any bacteria or fluids, however it does have little grooves where the design is embossed which could accumulate little dirt particles if left to sit (after use) without cleaning. I suggest you wipe it down with a damp cloth and either let it air dry or dry it with a towel. I know it says it’s splash proof, but that doesn’t mean you can safely run it under water without ruining it. Try to avoid the faucet when possible and just stick with a damp cloth or your favourite toy cleaner – after all, better safe then sorry.
In regard to the ways it can be used; while it was designed for clitoral stimulation that doesn’t mean it can’t be used during foreplay on the nipples, neck, inner thigh or any other erogenous zone. Be creative with it! On that note, if you wanted to insert it vaginally you could, I highly suggest you place it inside a condom first, just to be on the safe side.
*The only thing I wouldn’t suggest using it for is anal insertion as it doesn’t have a flared base and may get “lost” inside you. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think a trip to the ER explaining why you shoved your necklace up your ass would be much fun!
When it came to things I didn’t like about the Pirates Pendant there were quite a few;
– it looks and feels rather cheap
– it’s not water proof
– it’s a bit bulky to wear as a necklace (for me anyways)
– if you’re not into Pirate themed/costume jewelery you probably won’t like it (if you are you’ll love it!)
– it doesn’t have an “easy off” button
– it’s not rechargeable
– sometimes it turns on by itself (a fault with the push button design)
While there are a lot of things about the Pirates Pendant that I didn’t like there were still quite a few redeeming qualities that kept me from totally ruling it out and placing it in my “unapproved” list; its easy to use, isn’t very loud, is body safe, easy to care for, rather powerful, has a unique design (a vibrator necklace – now that’s new!), it’s very discreet, is quite affordable and is great for clitoral stimulation or just for use during foreplay!
With all of those things in mind, I just couldn’t make it walk the plank! (you didn’t think I was going to do the whole review without one pirate reference did you? 😉 )
For more info or to purchase the products please check out the women-friendly Babeland website (or store if you’re in the U.S.) where shopping for vibrators, dildos, lubricants or any of your other fave finds is affordable, discreet and fun!
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