I have to confess that, even though I wanted it, when I discovered that the Power Bullet by Loving Joy was on its way to me for review from Sex Toys UK, I was a teensy bit sceptical.
A bullet vibe for less than £40 that was going to blow my mind? Hmmm, okay. Even the confirmation email had a statement in it that stirred the rather excitable ‘we’ll see’ demon in me:
“You’re not gonna believe how powerful it is!”
As a lover of the We-Vibe Tango, all I could say to that was, bring it on.
When it arrived, I was instantly impressed with the packaging. Cute, cylindrical and simple, I’m perfectly happy to keep my Power Bullet in there permanently.
Inside of that cylinder is the Power Bullet, a usb charging cable, and a little plastic charging dock. It’s magnetic, so all you have to do is pop your bullet in the top and away it goes. If you’re in a position where you can leave it on display, your bullet will always be ready for you. I’m not, so even though I leave the charger plugged into an extension, the bullet lives in it’s tube.
I’m gonna have a little whine about the charger now. When it’s first plugged in and switched on, the LED turns green. When I connected the bullet – which I’d purposefully run flat – the LED stayed green. I had to wriggle it about a bit until it turned red, and after thirty minutes it turned green again. The info leaflet says it takes a good hour to charge, so I can’t be 100% sure that the bullet is receiving a full charge. Did the light go off cos it was done, or cos there’s a flaw? I just don’t know.
Anyway, on to the bullet itself. At 3.5” in length with a circumference of between 2.25” and 3”, it feels bigger than most bullets. Not in terms of length, that’s pretty standard, but in terms of girth. It feels chunky to me, which I actually appreciate. I hold most bullets with the tips of my fingers, but can happily grip the Power Bullet in my palm.
It’s got quite a bit of weight to it, too. Mine is made from pink PU coated ABS plastic with what feels like a silicone base. I’m not certain of that, but I’m not flame testing it either in case I kill it. The control button is found in the centre of the base between the two metal charging connectors.
I like the shape of the Power Bullet. It’s tapered to a point so offers pinpoint stimulation. With lipstick shaped bullets I often find myself twisting them during use to find the sharp edge as opposed to the flat. But not with this one. It’s the same from every angle so even if I move it the stimulation quality doesn’t change.
So, the Power Bullet is a twenty function vibrator. Three intensities and seventeen patterns. Most of them are basic, stuff you’d find anywhere, but there’s some I absolutely adore:
- #14 which is a series of fast pulses followed by a long, full intensity pulse that switches back to fast.
- #16, #17, #18 which are all continuous fast pulses with no change that increase in intensity as they go up in number.
A few minutes on 16, a couple on 17, and a quick burst of 18 is enough to take me straight to orgasm. But I know you’re probably not looking for numbers. I know that the thing you really want to know is, what are the vibes like? Did its power surprise you?
The answer to that is, yes, it did.
I honestly didn’t expect to be mind blown by the Power Bullet, but the simple fact is, I am. No, it isn’t as powerful as the We-Vibe Tango, but it is a rumbly sonofabitch that doesn’t turn into a buzzy waste of time when the speeds pick up. It holds its rumble and feels fan-fucking-tastic while it does it.
Yes, this bullet definitely deserves to have Power as part of its name. As much as my clit loves it, I have to be honest and say it sometimes hates it, because it shakes it to death. Even so, if I persevere I can still have a splendid orgasm, I just have to move the bullet off my clit fast so it doesn’t have a stroke.
The Fella doesn’t like it anywhere near his balls, bless him, but he does like having it used on his shaft. Our favourite way of using it together (if not directly on my clit) is to nestle it between my vulva so he can slide his shaft over it. The reduced contact means it takes me longer to reach orgasm, and he’s happy to hold off his climax until I do. We’ve tried this with a few bullets but they were either too slim, or too slippery, or the lipstick point ruined clitoral contact. The size of the Power Bullet makes doing it this way easy, and the draggy PU coating helps keep it in place if we don’t use too much lube.
Using it during sex is a whole load of fun, too.
In fact, I actually prefer using the Power Bullet to the Tango during partner penetration. Reason being, the vibes aren’t as refined as those of the Tango, so that rumbly loveliness is never eclipsed by hard internal pounding. Even when my vulva is stretched and the bullet slips to the side, I still get the vibes where I need them.
As with everything, there are downsides to the Power Bullet, though. Firstly, the noise. It isn’t anywhere near quiet. I mean, when I use it under the feather quilt and fur throw I have on my bed it’s not too bad, but using it above the covers is a no-no. When I first tested the vibes, just in my hand, the Fella yelled I can hear that from the bathroom. So if you fancy one bear in mind that it’s not the most discreet bullet on the market.
The second is a small thing, but it has the power to annoy me. The vibes travel right the way through the whole toy, and thus directly into my hand. I’ve had tingly fingers a few times, and it’s bothered the Fella when his hands and wrists have been aching due to his job. I don’t think it’s anything that could have been avoided, so it isn’t a flaw or anything. I just thought I should mention it for those who may have issues with their hands.
I’m not one for giving toys ratings out of ten, but if I had to I’d give this bullet an eight. The Tango gets a ten, so that should give you an idea of how I feel about it. If you’d like to find out where it site on your power scale, you can pick one up here.