May 262015
 

IS THAT A CORDLESS HITACHI?????

—everyone on earth whenever I post a photo of the Magic Wand Rechargeable

Hitachi Magic Wand Rechargeable vibratorYes. Yes, it is. The time has come, my friends. The legendary Hitachi Magic Wand, widely regarded as the most powerful vibrator of all time, now comes in a rechargeable version. It can finally be there for you during power outages. While camping. On your porch. In your treehouse. On your top bunk. Or simply when you’re too damn lazy to get up and plug something in. (Me, all the time.)

The world has been holding its breath, as have I, because there are many ways this new version could have gone terribly wrong. But release that breath. Let it out. Almost everything went right. This one is just as strong as the original — it even has two new lower settings that greatly enhance its possibilities. And there’s one particular aspect that went more right than I could’ve ever imagined.

The Magic Wand Rechargeable runs for 4.5 hours straight. On high.

It couldn’t be, could it? I’d taken notes and tried to count the minutes (which, by the way, is one reason being a sex toy reviewer is sometimes like a cruel masturbatory joke), but the number at the end of it all seemed outrageous. I must’ve gravely miscalculated, I thought. So I charged it completely and started over. I turned the toy on high at 1:30 p.m.

It bit the dust at 5:59 p.m.

You could watch Gone With the Wind and still have half an hour left over with which to watch Natalie Tran’s YouTube channel. You could watch Titanic followed by two episodes of Catfish. You could fly halfway across the country, from Seattle to Austin. You could make crock pot chili. In each of these scenarios, your Magic Wand’s charge would last the entire time.

And if you still needed to get off after that, you could use the toy while it was plugged into the wall.

There is one caveat to this, and it’s the single detail about the Magic Wand Rechargeable that I can’t get behind at all: it shuts off automatically after 20 minutes. Actually, I tested it, and it’s more like 19.5 minutes. This “feature” is supposed to prevent the toy from overheating, and you can immediately turn the toy back on, but… seriously? This is a silly, overprotective gesture that just begs to be defied, like your mother telling you not to open things with your teeth. I do not plan to abide by these new rules, at least until the day my wand overheats and I have to buy a new one.

But I doubt that will happen, because the Magic Wand Rechargeable barely heats up. While the handle on the original Magic Wand becomes distractingly hot after about 20 minutes (and I always take it personally, like, “WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE ME FOR HOW LONG I’M TAKING TO COME?”), the rechargeable version never meanders past mildly warm — even after I ran it for 4.5 hours straight.

I try to circumvent the 20-minute auto shut off by turning the toy off and back on before it makes the choice for me, but I don’t always remember to do that and it makes me rage every time.

Aside from this, though, many irksome aspects of the original Magic Wand have been improved in this version. The Magic Wand Rechargeable is quieter: a lower-pitched buzz instead of a high-pitched “the fuck is that?” whir. The head is smooth and finally made of silicone. The handle doesn’t vibrate my hand nearly at all. It has lights to indicate which setting you’re on — there are four steady and four patterns — and when it’s on the verge of death1 it blinks red at you, like, “sorry, hoss, get the cord.” (This means you have only a few precious minutes of power left, as I found out one unfortunate day.)

You can use it while plugged in, which deserves mentioning once again because that’s badass, or it takes about 3 hours to charge.

A few things were left unchanged: the cord is only 6 feet long, the toy is not waterproof, and it’s still a vulva hog. I normally hate vulva hogs, but that’s because I use most vibrators with my pants off while trying to also maneuver a dildo in my vagina. That’s not how I tend to use the Magic Wand. I usually use it through my underwear, and sometimes even my pants. It’s too broad for my tastes, so I hold it diagonally to reduce the surface area, targeting the dominant left side of my clit. It has brought me to many a lazy orgasm.

I’m a bit of a sex blogger stereotype when it comes to my love for the Magic Wand, but I will have you know I’ve never sung into it like it was a microphone. I have my limits.

My most favorite thing about the Magic Wand Rechargeable is the addition of the two lower steady intensities. This is what the Magic Wand was missing: vibration settings that adequately ramp up to the two other intensities often dubbed “fuck” and “holy fuck.” I can even use the toy with my underwear off now! The second setting is my vulva’s top pick, but I appreciate knowing the two highest intensities are waiting for me if I need them, if I’m drunk or overstimulated or simply want to speed up the process.

A sweet side effect of these lower settings, too? They make attachments more pleasurable by toning them down. I’ve begun a recent love affair with my Flutter attachment, which on the original Magic Wand flaps so hard and loudly I dare not put it close to my genitals, but now can waft gloriously against my clit. I’ve got my eye on the Nuzzle Tip next.

Oh, and it has four vibration patterns, which as usual are not my thing. The settings are: short-short-long pulses at intensity 3, longish pulses at intensity 3, short pulses at intensity 3, and escalation from low to high that I would like if it didn’t get so goddamn low and stay there for several agonizing seconds. What if I want to come? I don’t want to come during that.

Here’s a chart for the sex toy nerds wanting to know where the different steady intensities of the Magic Wand Rechargeable land in the grand scheme of things. Most intense settings at the top.

For the record, I love every toy mentioned in this list except for the LELO Smart Wand, which can suck my clit. The Magic Wand Rechargeable is cheaper, stronger, fits comfortably in my hand, and doesn’t vibrate the skin off my body.

At $125, the Magic Wand Rechargeable costs two times as much as the original, but it’s not a horrible amount considering gerbil-sized vibes like the Minna Limon and wand-style frenemies like the Doxy are priced similarly. It also comes with a one-year warranty and, uh, can get you off in record time. Let’s not forget that. Because it remains this toy’s biggest asset.

Who should not buy this version? Folks who only ever use the highest speed on their Magic Wands, or those who prefer the old style textured head. Also, people who don’t desire anything stronger or more broad than, say, the LELO Mona 2. But if you’ve always wished your Magic Wand had lower settings, or if you’ve fantasized about snipping its cord like a newborn, or if you’ve hesitated on buying it previously due to the lack of settings… yes. Get.

The Magic Wand Rechargeable is an iteration truly worthy of the illustrious Hitachi name. I’m sure Hitachi is very displeased that taking their name off the product didn’t stop people from referring to it as such, but 30 years of perversion can’t be wiped away easily… and probably never will be.

One day the kids will say, “my great great grandmother used to plug in her Hitachi. Can you imagine?”

Get the Magic Wand Rechargeable at Good Vibes, SheVibeEarly to Bed,
Smitten KittenBabeland, Pleasure Chest, and Come As You Are (Canada).

  1. Complete death, not the 20-minute auto shut off. To my dismay. []
  • Dannicula

    I’m thinking the 20 minute cutoff is because the toy is still
    technically a “massager”. 20 minutes tends to be the stated limit for
    all sorts of massage things, including TENS units, probably because of a
    liability issue, so they’re probably like LOL NO. Whereas the original
    heats up by that time, people might just go on and on and potentially
    hurt themselves with this one :p

    I just got my own Magic Wand, though it’s the Original. I went straight out and bought a lamp dimmer THAT day, and I’m glad I did, because it seems to adequately tone down the vibes so that it’s got even more of a rumble and I can move it up and down easily. Though because I have meds-induced orgasm problems, it really only seems to take me to the very edge without some serious work 🙁 That said, the rumbling is comforting and awesome and reminds me of when I discovered the “back massager” in my youth <3

  • Deviant

    Oooh, this seems promising! Love that it removes the need for a voltage converter for me and anyone else living in a country that doesn’t have 110-120v (though vendors of the corded version seem to suggest it is unsafe to use with a converter anyway, and I’m not sure they will even ship it outside of the US/Canada). The cord on my Medisil Magic Touch does annoy me somewhat, so I may just have to get one of these!

  • Dannicula

    Apparently it’s not meant to be used with 220v but I could swear I saw a picture of one with a European plug… might have been modded by someone clever and unafraid of electrocution!

  • this is wonderful news considering i own the Original and was excited to see it was going cordless. i decided to wait on reviews before i dove in to get one [in case it sucked.] and am glad it’s been positive so far. yesssssss~

  • I’m so happy the new Hitachi (it will always be Hitachi to me) is a win! I still love my original but I want a new fancy one too!

  • 0 102

    thank you! now i’d love to see a comparison to the doxy (both plastic and upcoming aluminum/silicone version). for me the main selling point of the cordless is its cordlessness having frankensteined my original hitachi with a new 9ft cord, silicone replacement head and a router controller dial: http://www.harborfreight.com/router-speed-control-43060.html
    the router control is maybe the best 20 bucks i’ve spent ever, btw.

  • Saffron Burke

    Oooh, definitely get the nuzzle Tip! It’s my clit’s best friend, AND you can use a dildo with it.

  • Iris

    OH MY GOD.

    I love my magic wand (with a little poky-finger attachment I think they think is for g-spotting, but which is really for non-hogging and getting intense vibrations directed very precisely onto my picky clit.) but I have owned like 4, because they wear out, get noisy and horrible and tired — which I’m convinced is because of the overheating. I have tried being better about turning it off after the recommended time and letting it cool down the recommended time, and then they last longer.

    So this is basically THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD. I was seriously considering trying to open it up and add a heat sink to the thing. Or buy two and let one cool while I use the other. Double the price is nothing if I don’t have to buy another one next year, or baby it!

    And most bloggers never mention the overheating thing, so I’ve been unable to get any help (not to mention that judged thing you mention — I’m like, I can’t be the only one destroying her Magic Wands with overuse, can I? I’m SO ALONE)

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! I’m off to buy one immediately and pray it’s as life-changing as your recommendation of the Comet II. I love your blog!

  • River Vetch

    I just use a $10 lamp dimmer with my Hitachi Original. I can turn it down and up smoothly. The cordlessness isn’t worth the extra money to me- if I didn’t already have the Original and the dimmer it might be worth it but I don’t need a second Hitachi. Different strokes for different folks!

  • Any news yet on if this version can be used in the UK?

  • Jayme

    Oh, I am so glad to see this review, I have been wanting one of these SOOO BAD, but I was waiting for your all-important verdict. The rechargeable Hitachi is Piph-approved, yaay! I was almost willing to try the Large Smart Wand because of the power, in spite of the problems, but now I can get this instead and save some money! I have a regular Vibratex (not hitachi) original magic wand which I love for mess-free, through-the-underwear quickies during my periods as well as regular massage, glad to see they didn’t change the stuff that made it so great. That 20 min shutoff thing is annoying but I think I can live with it! “Remember when we used to plug in our Hitachis?” Haha, that last line reminds me of how old I feel when I talk to other old people about things we used “back then”- cassette tapes, VCRs, “word processors”, Walkmans, playing Super Mario Bros on the FIRST Nintendo system. Hey, my corded Magic Wand will probably outlive me, at least. Thank you for the review!

    I’m also looking forward to your review of the Rosa and Rosa Rouge, I’d ADORE a green Rosa but I’m a little worried about that flat base blocking access for another clit vibe while inserted. If I can’t at least get the Tango or Eroscillator in there I’ll have to take it off my wish list.

  • I’m in NZ and have used the corded one with a stepdown transformer for years. Works well – but man do I ever want a cordless one now!

  • So, ok- using dimmers/rheostats on Hitachi Original, Magic Wand Original, or other one- or two-speed wand vibrators is iffy. It’s akin to using a light bulb that isn’t designed for a dimmer, on a dimmer. It’s probably not going to be DANGEROUS (I do know of a few cases of sparking but no full on electrical fires as far as I’m aware), but it can/will burn out the wiring and the motor much faster. It’s been an age-old reason for Premature Hitachi Death Syndrome. There’s a reason that they’re all made by (usually somewhat sketchy) third-party manufacturers and not by Hitachi/Vibratex themselves.

    Aside from that, there’s the fact that this updated version doesn’t overheat (another reason for motor burnout- that’s pretty much exactly what is happening when they overheat) and the real kicker is that it’s actually silicone. When you take into account that the Original MSRP $60-70 and silicone attachments run MSRP $40-80 (depending on if it’s just a replacement head or allows for penetration as well) having something that is safely adjustable, won’t harbour bacteria/mould, and doesn’t over heat is a matter of a +$35/-$15 difference in the end which makes a lot of sense, price-per-orgasm.

  • Jayme

    Damn, I just called a local sex shop and I didn’t REALLY expect to find it there, but I was still disappointed when they had never even HEARD of the rechargeable Magic Wand. I thought I might get lucky and be able to get one right away, it seems to be the same price everywhere so I thought I might not get hosed on the price at least. Nope. I live in a conservative medium sized town with a larger city nearby, and the local shops around here (only 2 of them in the larger city, not counting Spencer’s, gag!) aren’t very good and are expensive. They carry a crapload of cheap, toxic toys and tons of Pipedream and CalEx junk. Yeah, I’m a toy snob, I barely bother with anything that’s not rechargeable/AC corded at least and almost always the “premium” brands. The local shops have a lot of Jopen and a very few Lelos, We-Vibes, and Leafs, but not much else. They wanted $129.99 plus tax for a Vibratex Mystic Wand- over double Shevibe’s price. I really would like to be able to support the local shops but the selection sucks, and I can’t afford the prices when they do have something I want! Oh well, guess it’s back to Shevibe and ETB for me- putting my order in now.

  • Iris

    Hmm. Preliminarily, it’s not as rumbly as the original, so the vibrations don’t carry through my g-spotter attachment nearly as well. (Also it’s hilariously hard to get on, I had to essentially burp my attachment!) I am thinking of getting a silicone attachment on the very unscientific premise that like might transfer movement to like better.

  • Scott Louise

    I agreed with completely that magic wands are high price but
    some online store provides the products in less price. I am sure the users can
    definitely find the best quality in hitachi products than a low price product.
    I usually prefer Pleasure Playz online store and they will never make
    compromise in quality.

  • Under tehCouch

    Thanks for the review! This is definitely going on my wishlist.

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  • My Tickle Trunk

    I love my Hitachi 🙂 But I look forward to the day it dies and I can upgrade to this

  • Kelsey

    I’m excited about the Tantus Rumble, which seems like a very similar style to this – any thoughts on it? Have you seen any prototypes of it? (You were awesome in the indigogo video!)

  • fire

    So glad to know this is worth it… But also – 20 minutes? wtf? I need at least twice that long at a time :/

  • Mercer Gary

    So glad this rechargeable version is here! Saving up 🙂

  • I have felt a prototype in my hand, but not against my genitals. I don’t think it’s nearly as powerful as the Hitachi… nothing really is. I do look forward to trying it, though!

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  • Rachel Davis

    So the legends are true: Hitachi is Japanese for “Fuck men, now fuck me harder!” Good to know! Thanks! 🙂

  • technoparaphilia

    I got one in the US, going to try with a step-down converter once I’m back in England. Does anyone have a recommendation/similar experience?

  • akharding91

    Thank you for this review. I am however still wondering how well this works as non-sexual massager, the upper back, back hips areas mainly. I was planing on getting it for my parents for their upcoming anniversary in September.

    However every review I’ve found about it (or rather the first model version) its always seem to be about how well it works in a sexual way. Do you think this would be a good gift for them or is there a better option out there for a powerful back message?

    Quite a bit of information on whats going on and reason for my question. My mother often suffers from upper to mid backpain and I ended up having to give her back massage several times a week. I normally have to stop after about 10 minutes because my hands start to cramp up. My dad often has lower back hip area pain but I’m unable to help him because that would just be weird. Moms unable to help dad because of Arthritis in her hands,

    I’m hopeful the Hitachi Magic Wand will let them help each other. I was really happy when I saw they had put a new model with a silicone head on the market (I’m bit late to the party it seems) and just knew I need to ask for more advise on this. I never bothered to get them the first model version mainly because of the head, message oil+porous/hardtoclean head=a bad time after a while.

    Hopefully that made since, I’m told I tend to ramble sometimes and some-people have trouble understand what I’m trying to get across to them.

  • I don’t feel particularly qualified to answer this question; I don’t use my Hitachis for actual massage. However, that’s what they were originally designed for, so I’m sure they work well for that. Having the lower rumblier settings of the Magic Wand Rechargeable might be an asset as well. Whether this toy is better for actual body massage than other body massagers, though, I have no idea.

  • stay neutral

    I notice that you don’t seem to include the PalmPower wand in your rankings. Despite the predictable Barbie-pink shade, are there any other reasons you might not be keen on this one? I’ve been trying to decide between the PalmPower rechargeable, and the Magic Wand rechargeable for some time now and would love some guidance.

  • I don’t include the PalmPower Recharge because I don’t own it, so I’m not familiar enough with it to make definitive statements. However, I’ve heard it’s quite good and possibly similar in power to the MWR. It’s significantly smaller, though, so that would have an impact on how it feels, and it has that semi-maddening control button that you have to hold to turn the intensity up and quick press to turn the toy off. That’s about all I know at this point! I do want to get one eventually… I’m just so happy with my MWR I’m not drawn to other wands lately.

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