Jan 202015
 

Minna Limon rechargeable vibrator chillin'I have now formed a conditioned response whenever I hover over a link and see the URL indiegogo.com. It’s a mixture of terror, disgust, and exasperation, which, upon clicking, either bubbles into rage or fizzles into mild interest, depending on the product advertised.

The Minna Limon fell into the latter camp, but my initial thoughts were still mostly negative:

  1. Are we going to have to crowdfund all our vibrators now? Goddamn.
  2. “No cumbersome speed settings” — OH, OKAY.
  3. Is there some sort of rule that if you have a crowdfunding campaign for a vibrator, you must show it in a glass of water?

Then I found out it was only coming in pink and teal, and despite my intense love for teal, I was like “really bitch?” It’s SO OBVIOUS it should’ve come in yellow and green. But fine, only go halfway on the lemon thing. Fine then.

Silly color choices aside, I’m always open to a new rechargeable clitoral vibrator. I liked Minna’s previous toy, the Ola, so I wanted to give the Limon a spin. It had to be at least sort of good, right?

But that is the problem. It’s only sort of good.

The Limon comes in a well-designed tube and includes a cute-ass storage pouch. It charges like all lemons do: standing proudly atop its magnetic USB charging dock. The toy actually lights up with the word “Minna” when sitting there — a clever way to include branding without ruining the smooth surface of the toy.1 The battery life on this puppy is incredible; I’ve barely had to charge it. Plus it warns me when the battery is low.

Like the Ola and kGoal, the Limon is pressure-sensitive, so it vibrates more strongly the harder you squeeze its sides. 30 seconds into using it that way, I’m over the novelty. So instead I just program what I want. Which is fine… except it takes two hands to create a pattern, and the Limon is a slippery, lube-coated mofo.

This is reason #1 that I can’t love the Minna Limon: it’s too small and unruly for me.

I adore the shape, mind you — it pinpoints my clit while resonating my labia. And it’s comfortable enough to hold, but… it never lets me forget I am using a vibrator. Never. Its rotund shape and rumbly vibrations make it wiggle and writhe and try to escape my grasp. I have a theory about little clitoral vibrators like the Limon: their puny size means I get a lot of vibration in my hand, which makes it feel less stimulating because my focus is divided between my hand and my clit.

This is, perhaps, why my clit tends to prefer toys with handles nowadays. I know: I’m like a rickety old person stuck in her ways, but it’s hard to justify enduring all that hand vibration in exchange for a petite size. Honestly, I’ll make the Mona 2 work even in situations in which I should probably use something smaller.

Reason #2 is that the Limon really doesn’t have much range of vibration intensity. It sounds like it should, with the squeeze technology. But, all told, there are only about four discernible intensities… and I end up wanting the highest. The Limon is good for my first orgasm, when I’ve just escaped the snow, before I’ve become fatigued by holding something wriggly. But soon enough, itchy fingertips and the lack of vibration range conspire against me.

The Minna Limon is not a bad toy. Not at all. It’s silicone, rechargeable, well-made, innovative, and unique. It’s stronger and rumblier than a lot of its competitors.2 For those less picky and jaded, or those who have different needs than me, it could be the ticket. If you covet the ability to create your own vibration pattern, and you don’t want a toy with a handle like the Ola, you’ll want the Limon. But if you just want a really good vibrator? The Mona 2 is stronger and doesn’t vibrate your fingers off.

One night I was hanging out with my friend JoEllen, and she off-handedly mentioned that her Limon rolled under her couch and she didn’t realize it was gone until a month later, and I think I screamed loudly in agreement. Because that’s exactly the Limon. It rolls under your couch and you never miss it. You find it and are marginally pleased — for a moment, you plan to use it in your next masturbation session. But when that session comes around, you forget it anew.

Get the Limon at SheVibe, Smitten KittenBabeland, Pleasure Chest, or Come As You Are (Canada).

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  1. Some complain that it’s too bright, like a night light, but I never charge my toys in places where they’ll disrupt my sleep cycle. []
  2. See: Je Joue MiMi, Jimmyjane Form 4, LELO Mia 2, original LELO Siri, and Leaf Life. []
  • I read this and then had to stop and think- did I loan out my Limon? I think I did… Guess that just clinched your “rolls under the couch and WHELP” affirmation.

  • Sarah

    These are the two major issues I had, too. As cute as it is, and as much as I like Minna… it just sits in my drawer.

  • Candice Williams

    I absolutely love mine and am quite happy that they did not take the citrus theme any further. The key is to use the record mode. Morse code is a good place to start. I love how quickly it recharges. And it is also a great muscle massager. I took it to a kink in my neck and it works wonders. I only wish there was a memory function to store and recall a really great pattern.

  • I adore my Limon. It may not be the strongest toy in my chest but it’s definitely the one I pick when travelling.

    I think it’s because (in addition to be nicely compact) I like the control I have with the Limon. I wrote about it in my own review but being able to control the vibration intensity of the Limon upon climax without having to fiddle with buttons or anything is incredibly desirable to me.

    The vibrations are also decently strong, quite rumbly, and can be applied to a broad area which I love.

    I can totally appreciate your criticisms of the Limon though and it got me thinking about my own masturbation method. I’m the type of gal who loves pressure so I tend to hold the vibrating section of my toys (even if they do have a handle) in order to add more pressure to my vulva. Because of this having my hand vibrate had never bothered me because it’s a natural part of my play style, but that’s not gunna be the case for everyone.

    Because of this I’m glad that you brought that point up, as it’s made me consider something that I hadn’t previously thought much of before.

    Overall a great review. I love the photo too!

  • Rachel

    Hang on, your second footnote implies that the Siri 2 may be stronger, is it stronger? Because my Gigi 2 and Mia 2 were no stronger than their originals.

  • YES. IT ACTUALLY IS. I couldn’t find a way to include that info, but basically if you don’t mind vibration in your hand and want a small rechargeable with a more broad shape than the Limon, Siri 2 is where it’s at.

  • beautiful thunder

    Lelo vibrations just never work for me and I’ve really tried. But looking forward to testing the Siri 2, eventually. Maybe it will deliver, although I must admit I’ve not been very impressed with Lelo recently.

  • beautiful thunder

    I really like the Limon, but I probably use it differently to you. I either just put it in my panty and let my pelvis do the work. Or I sit/lie on it, just cupping my hand around it. I tend to not use a lot of lube on it, because I know it gets slippery. But part of the fun is that unpredictability. It’s not my go-to (that would be my We-Vibe Touch), but I really like the rumbly vibrations. I have one of the earlier releases, where the motor isn’t mounted in a fixed position (I asked their customer service about this once) and I like that subtle change in intensity when I tilt the device. I also think it works well in partnered sex, because it’s harder for a partner to know exactly where to put a vibrating device and the Limon gives a good overall vibration stimulation.

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  • Yeah, I was happy to find it… but hadn’t actually missed it… and didn’t use it after I found it.

    Also, I love strong, consistent vibration so I kept using the record thing to record a steady vibration at the strongest level, which just seems like a waste of the toy’s functions.

  • Rachel

    Oh frabjous day! I use my bigger beefier vibes for solo sex but my partner isn’t great at positioning them so I’ve been looking for something small, broad and powerful to supplant my Leaf Life. Shame the new Siri doesn’t come in red though. And I’m a bit sad it doesn’t look like I have an excuse to get Je Joue’s Mimi because I adore my Uma.

  • Stabbin Robots

    Oh geez. Squeezing. Not great for someone with weak hands :/
    Kind of a shame it’s so forgettable. Why are all the cute toys MEH (or worse)?

  • Lena

    Hey, are you going to test the LELO Mona Wave?
    As always, awesome and entertaining review btw 🙂

  • Yes. Review will be live in the next couple days!

  • Lena

    That’s amazing, I’m really looking forward to it! Thanks for the reply 🙂

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  • Tzipora

    Wait so Siri is broader and stronger than Limon? Hmm. Was Siri the first tiny clit vine from Lelo or did they have something else say circa 2009ish? That’s the last time I saw one and I remember thinking “so tiny”! I’m a broad stimulation kinda girl and was really considering the Limon but huh, now I don’t know… I wanted something with a bit of give though so ugh. Decisions… And Im so afraid I buy one and decide eh fuck it, and go back to my Hitachi. And frankly I hate the name Siri. I hear semi robotic iPhone Siri talking at me and that just…. Is not a turn on. Lol.

  • So, I consider Siri broader than the Limon because of the Limon’s tip. Overall the Limon is broader, but on Siri the surface that tends to be used for stimulation is wider. Still, both are a LOT smaller than the Hitachi. The toy you are thinking of is the LELO Nea/Lily, which is significantly smaller than Siri.

  • Tzipora

    Ahh. Thank you. Right after I asked this I went looking online and realized it was Nea or Lily I had seen in stores and thought “whoa that is teeny!”

    Somewhere I read a reviewer loved the Limon which I’m assuming they used on its side versus it’s tip for the broad stimulation. And I’m a fan of that for what I’m guessing are two reasons- I notice sometimes I can angle a wand head below my clit a little and I am guessing I’m sort of sending vibrations up through my urethra or skienes gland to my g spot from the outside? Hitachi can really start to irritate my clit even through fabric so I switch the angle and sometimes I hit some magic spot that feels amazing. Also as a child I learned to get off on my belly rubbing against my hands or a ball of fabric or whatever. I was hoping Limon was a bit bigger than it is. Something that was say Hitachi head size with a little bit of give and rumbly vibes seems like the toy of my dreams. I have a fairy mini wand (the plug in smaller one, I know there’s like five styles of that one or whatever) that I like because I can start out much gentler than Hitachi and the low speeds are nice and rumbly but I hate how beyond the first couple of speeds its itchy buzzy and that the head is what I would actually guess is close to Limon’s size? I miss the Hitachi head bulk and the slight squishiness of it. But like I said, Hitachi irritates me and numbs me. I can’t win. Actually I’m having a lot of trouble with irritation in general. I have an autoimmune disease that attacks mucus membranes so I think dryness is a big issue and I need to find a nice everyday not just sexual lube and maybe stop using disposable pads and tampons (I think my latest irritation issues started right after a period so…). Before I started dealing with that though I’ve been in general looking for a new toy. I just want something different but with rumbly vibes. I have such a finicky clit that I’m not sure I’m a total power queen though few vibes will get me off clitorally, seems rumbly is good but Hitachi is too strong sometimes?

    I don’t know. In general I’ve got a lot of health issues so from one day to the next there’s a wide variation on how my body responds. I have the two wands I mentioned, the NS Novelties Muse which I sometimes love, probably because the ears give me broader stimulation. Three or for glass dildos, the Lelo Gigi which is my g spots best friend and feels awesomely rumbly internally but won’t get me off clitorally. I think I’d probably enjoy the rechargeable Hitachi for the lower speeds but seems like it’s not worth it to get when I’ve already got the regular and the fairy mini. I prefer to not have to hold my toys if I can manage (so the wands I can lay on my side with and hold between my thighs… Was thinking the Limon I could lay on or possibly wedge between my thighs or use in underwear if need be). Anyway, this is a long reply but curious if you have any suggestions? Rumbly, broader, and maybe potential to use hands free? I keep almost buying the Tango because I’ve never used a bullet but obviously that won’t be broad and holding that is going to be hard for me. Plus the store near me that had it didn’t have it charged so I never did get to test it. Tested the Touch and maybe it wasn’t fully charged but I wasn’t really that impressed. I know the Tango would be a little stronger due to the materials though and I probably will get that eventually just for how many uses it potentially has (if all else fails I’m sure I’d love it in a silicone dildo). Hmm the Tango inside a dildo or something may give me the kind of broader stimulation, slight squishiness possible hands free thing I’m looking for? I’m also just looking for something different to the things I have, like a Stronic or I’m intrigued by the Womanizer.

  • Amanda S.

    Your scathing reviews are simply too funny to pass up reading about. I always get a kick out of them.

  • True story: once, as I was squeezing the Limon, it flew out of my hand and hit me in the face.

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  • Jillian Boyd

    Eek.

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