My fascination with electro sex toys isn’t new, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I got to start experimenting with it. My collection is still pretty small, especially compared to how many toys I own in other categories. I had my eye out for new electro toys to try. UberKinky happened to send the Fetish Fantasy Shock Therapy Butterfly Stim out in an email. Most of my best luck with electro stim has been with internal use, but I liked the idea of moving toward external stimulation as well.
What it Is
It seems that electro sex toys tend to get lumped in with BDSM toys. I suppose I can understand this since at higher levels shock toys can produce pain. So far every electro kit I’ve tried starts out on very low settings.
I think there tends to be a bit of fear associated with any electric device. Most people think of being shocked as a bad thing. I’m assuming this is because if you’re shocked accidentally it is a bad thing. When done on purpose, shocking adds a stimulation that cannot be achieved through other means. Think of it in the same way as pain play. If you stub your toe it hurts. If you’re in the moment and your endorphins are running, someone beating you twice as hard as that stubbed toe feels fantastic. Same concept here.
Electro shock is also used to alleviate muscle pain. My husband told me while I was testing this that they used shock therapy at the chiropractor. This particular device isn’t nearly as powerful as what they use there, but it could potentially be used to manage mild pain.
The Fetish Fantasy Shock Therapy Butterfly Stim comes in a medium sized white cardboard box. The front says both the brand name and product name. It has a photo of a naked woman, breasts covered by a man’s hands, on her knees with the product on. In other words, not very discreet. The cardboard box is sturdy though, so I’ve been using it for storage anyhow.
The back has a few paragraphs on general information about the toy. Sadly, no instructions are included. The back gives a quick “press a button to select” sentence, but more detailed instructions would have helped.
A black mask is also included in the package, as Fetish Fantasy tends to do. It’s pretty cheap and flimsy, so I wouldn’t get too excited over that addition.
You do get two of the adhesive pads with the kit. This is nice because even though they’re reusable the stickiness will eventually run its course.
There are no warnings included with this product, which I find a bit odd as every other shock toy I’ve come across goes out of their way to make them clear. The general rules tend to be not to use toys like this if you have a heart condition, wear a pacemaker, have epilepsy, or are pregnant. Some shock kits also warn not to use near metal such as jewelry, so it’s probably not a bad idea to remove any before using this.
I normally like to go into what’s used to make an item, but there’s nothing provided on this. The controller feels like plastic, but the pad itself is a mystery to me. I’ve not done a ton of research on electro pads. I’m guessing this is made of pretty much the same stuff they all are.
The butterfly shaped adhesive pads are larger than I expected them to be. The total length across is 8.25″. At the widest point they are 4″. The butterfly shape comes inward at the middle which is 2″. The pads don’t take up the whole space. They are 3″ down and 3 3/8″ across.
When I got the package and saw the front picture I noticed that the pads seemed to cover much more area than I was hoping. My intention with this was to use it while masturbating or having sex. The photos made it appear like the pads would essentially block access. This seems to have been done in the images simply to tone down the packaging. I can easily place it on my skin and it doesn’t block anything. The only note is that it does extend into my legs and stomach some when placed higher up than in the image.
The adhesive pads are what gives this kit its name. They are shaped like a butterfly – how cute! You could also look at it almost as two hearts on each side. The sides make the same shape as the top of a heart. The pads then come inward in the middle. The middle section does not have any adhesive on it. The pads come in a baby blue pearl color. It’s actually really pretty, but it kinda gives me flashbacks from when I was on the birth control patch for some reason.
If you notice in the first picture, two snaps are placed near the center of the pad. This is where the controller connects. Just snap the controller into the pad and it’s ready to go. Very simple and a lot less hassle than most electro toys.
The back of the controller has a slide out for the batteries. It takes two AAA batteries which are included in the package. The battery compartment is easy to open and close, so no complaints there.
The controller has three buttons and four lights. The center button is “On/Inc.” The left button is “Program” and the right one is “Off/Dec.” Sounds simple enough, but I managed to get a bit confused for some reason.
The On/Inc button is pressed once to turn it on. If you press it again it increases the power. Off/Dec decreases the power. To turn it off you need to go all the way back down through the power settings. That’s the first thing I got thrown off by. I was assuming you could hold it down for a few seconds and it would jump to off, but it doesn’t.
The program button changes the way the shocks feel. Now here’s where I got really confused. The box states that this has six patterns and ten power levels. There’s only four lights. My guess before reading through everything is that there were either four patterns or four power settings and the lights would tell you which you were on. It doesn’t work that way.
The best I can figure is that the lights do show the pattern you’re on. The first four patterns light up only one button. The fifth and sixth pattern seem to light up either buttons 1 and 2 or 3 and 4. It seems like it would have been less confusing to just have six buttons, but there you go. Since the buttons show the pattern, there’s no way to track what intensity you’re on at the time. If you want to figure that out you just have to count.
Programs and Intensity
The programs are really hard to describe, but I’ll try my best.
- Quick throbbing pulse. These one feels the least zappy and goes deepest into the skin.
- A slow pulse. More zappy than program one.
- Five seconds of solid shock and then three seconds of nothing. About the same zap level as two.
- Quick pulse followed by moderate pulse. Also zappy.
- Solid shock followed by pulse. Slightly less zappy than previous patterns.
- Constant shock. Feels less zappy at first, but since it’s constant shock it starts to feel more zappy over time.
I suck at counting out levels, so I’m just gonna take their word that there’s ten. The lightest setting is so low it doesn’t even feel like it’s on. I wrapped this around my arm to see how high I could go with it. I’m guessing it was just past the halfway point. I had it wrapped about midway between my palm and elbow and it was causing three of my fingers to move in time to the pulse. I’ve never gotten to try a professional shock system, so I can’t give an accurate statement on how they compare. My bet is that the professional units have a lot more kick to them. This set does deliver more shock than I thought it would be able to given its small size. Lovers of very intense shocks may want to look into higher voltage kits. For most people this should provide the range of sensation you’re looking for.
Butterfly Stim In Use
I’ve only had one experience prior to this with external shock toys. It was a pair of nipple clamps that came in a shock kit and I wasn’t overly thrilled with them. My nipples can be very sensitive and even at the lowest setting I found the shocks to be uncomfortable. However, I’ve had a lot of good luck with internal shock sensations and figured that my aversion to the clamps was simply because of where it was putting the shocks.
I used this exclusively on the mons pubis since I was attempting to heighten sexual experiences. I fully intended to try this on my back, but the one time I pulled my back out since I received the product I totally forgot about it. I did also wrap it around my arm to test the patterns, but that was for a short period of time.
I spent quite a bit of time confused by the controls and the lights. I’ve got it sorted out now, but my first few attempts with this were a little frustrating because I couldn’t piece together what the lights were telling me. Then again, I can be very dingy and that may be why I ended up so lost.
I ended up using the second pattern post often, the pulsing one. I felt like the pulse made me more aware of the shock than a steady stream of it. The other patterns seemed too random. I’m not big on pulse and hold type things with vibrators and it turns out I don’t like them anymore with shock. I guess I just like to know what’s coming next rather than be into something and suddenly surprised.
I set the power usually around the middle or right below. Right below seems to be my comfort zone at first, but as I get more aroused it seems to feel weakened. It’s a bit of a pain to turn it up when I have a dildo in one hand and a vibrator in another, so eventually I just started setting it to a bit higher than what I was comfortable with up front. Then once things progressed it ended up where I wanted it to be.
I wasn’t sure how much an external shock would really do for sexual sensation. It did add an extra element for sure. If I used an internal and external vibrator the shocks got drowned out some by everything else going on. When I used a dildo internally and only an external vibrator, the shocks were much more apparent.
I’m not entirely sure how to describe what exactly this adds sexually, but it does heighten the experience. It makes more parts of my body feel involved with what’s going on. At the higher levels it adds a small pain element as well. I’m always looking for some way to get a pain sensation while masturbating. I can’t exactly flog myself and work all my toys, so some alternative to that is good. While this is not even close to that level of pain, it does give me enough zap to help bring me to orgasm faster than I would otherwise.
The only other thing I’d mention is that the grip of the adhesive isn’t super strong. I used this in a horizontal position, so the stick wasn’t a real issue. When I would stand up with it on I could only get a few steps before it would start to peel itself off my skin. This could be a problem if you’re looking to use it in a variety of positions.
For someone interested in shock toys, the Fetish Fantasy Shock Therapy Butterfly Stim is an excellent starter set. The lowest setting is incredibly low intensity. Even someone nervous about getting a shock should be able to handle this setting. It increases from there, getting to a solid zap at the higher settings. It won’t rival professional units (to the best of my knowledge), but it gets the point across. Given that the price of this is far lower than pretty much any other shock toy, this would be a great item to test the waters with.
I really like this set. It offers a good range of intensities and patterns and hooks up easily. The only reason I’m deducting a star is because I found the lights to be a bit confusing at first and because the adhesive doesn’t work if you stand up.
Pros: Easy to assemble, Portable, Wide range of power, Multiple patterns, Low price point
Cons: Control is a bit confusing, Adhesive won’t hold if you stand up
The Fetish Fantasy Shock Therapy Butterfly Stim is available from UberKinky for £29.99. Check out their full range of electro sex toys as well. UberKinky is a UK based store, but does ship to the US as well.
The Fetish Fantasy Shock Therapy Butterfly Stim was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. It is in compliance with FTC Guidelines.
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