Apr 282017

Screaming O Charged Positive and Vooom rechargeable bullet vibrators

Screaming O is not a high-end sex toy company, or at least they didn’t used to be. They’re more known for inexpensive cock rings, cheapo finger vibes, toys shaped like lipstick and mascara, the pussy snorkel, and the deeply unfortunate OBOB Battery-Operated Boyfriend — a vibrator that literally resembles a cartoon person with a winking emoticon face and crossed arms (more like Battery-Operated Mansplainer, am I right?).

All of this is to say, I’ve never willingly tried any Screaming O products until now. But they’ve also never made rechargeable toys until now. The times they are a-changin’, and now even pussy snorkel peddlers are dabbling in luxury toy-making. Wonderful.

These vibrators are the Positive and Vooom, from Screaming O’s new Charged line. Both are waterproof, made of ABS plastic, USB rechargeable via stabby pin jack, and come with 2-year warranties. They come in four colors each, with 3 steady vibration settings and a variety of meaningless patterns. (Once again: I don’t want patterns that have breaks in vibration. Sincerely, A Broken Record.) They do not come with storage bags, if for some reason that’s a deal-breaker for you.1

The Positive and Vooom are quite clearly Screaming O’s retort to the much-loved We-Vibe Tango, and I have no qualms about that. The Tango needs more competitors, and we need more options to recommend to people, especially cheaper ones. The Tango retails for $80, while the Positive is $60 and the Vooom is only $40. Price isn’t everything, but it’s something.

I like the Vooom. It’s decent. The glossy hard plastic was a good choice of material; it’s an excellent conductor of vibrations and doesn’t require as much lube, so it works well for quickies or discreet jack-offs. Its diminutive size nestles between my labia and would be a very unobtrusive addition to partnered sex. At a wee 2.5″ long and .75″ in diameter, it’s probably the smallest vibrator I own that I actually like.

It’s versatile, too, being the universal size of “bullet that fits into other stuff,” including the bases of dildos and anal toys, the pockets of harnesses, some cock rings, etc. Capitalizing further on this, Screaming O even has a finger vibe and a cock ring that each come with their own Vooom. Smart. It’s definitely an upgrade from those horrific $10 watch battery bullets.

Lately, the Vooom has been my top choice as a warm-up toy, because its rumbly, mild low setting is perfect for stirring arousal without fast-tracking me to orgasmville. I appreciate this. Subtlety makes this toy accessible to vibrator newbies, as it won’t immediately buzz their clits into outer space and send them running for cover, denouncing the way vibrators “hurt” or “numb” them. But it also won’t insult them with a lack of higher settings.

Sadly, the Vooom gets progressively buzzier as you ramp up the intensity — a common issue with many vibrators, yet not with the We-Vibe Tango. The Tango is somehow immune to this, the exception to the rule, which is why it’s generally regarded as one of the greatest rechargeable bullets out there. It’s rumbly through and through.

Where the buzzy/rumbly contrast is most noticeable is in my body’s response. If I switch from Vooom on high to Tango on low, technically Tango is “weaker,” but its rumbly nature is immediately more agreeable to my clit. My clit perks up, longing for orgasm, becoming an active participant in the process. Using a buzzier vibe, my arousal level is more stagnant, less dynamic, and the masturbatory experience is just not as fun.

Screaming O Charged Vooom and Positive rechargeable bullet vibrators

This issue is magnified exponentially in the Charged Positive. It’s larger (3.75″ long, 1″ in diameter), its motor is much much more powerful, and IT WANTS YOU TO KNOW THIS. The moment you turn it on, on setting numero uno, there will be no denying its capacity to get you off… and it has the noise level to match.

The Positive is not purely buzzy — there’s an underlying element of rumble to it — but it’s mostly buzzy. And strong. Did I mention that? Its higher settings are so concentrated and so severe, they make my entire vulva flush hot. They force an orgasm out of me, giving my genitals little choice in the matter. It’s as if the vibration has been filed to a point. It’s overkill.

So while this toy is technically more powerful than most of my favorite vibrators, including the Tango, don’t get all excited. Heed the distinction between power and vibration type. Sheer power does not inherently equal “good”… not for me, anyway.

Had they installed several lower, rumblier settings, I’d feel better about the Positive. But I can’t even start a masturbation session with it. In fact, the other night, I reached my third orgasm of the evening and still only wanted the lowest setting. This is a sign of a vibrator that doesn’t fit my needs. It has its place,2 but that place is not near my particular genitals.

The Positive also comes with a hard plastic finger holster that doubles as a charging stand. There’s a reason I haven’t mentioned it until now: it doesn’t really make holding the toy any easier. Using it, the base of the vibe jabs into my palm and actually makes positioning the toy more awkward. And one time I went to turn the toy off and accidentally pushed it completely out of the holster and onto the floor where it rolled around and picked up cat hair. So, yeah. Nice idea, might work for some people, but I’d rather just hold the toy.

I imagine the venn diagram of people who like each of these vibrators barely overlaps in the middle, and then there’s a sizable circle of folks who wouldn’t like either of them. If you can swing it, the We-Vibe Tango is superior to both, but for half the price, the Vooom is worth considering if you’re cool with milder vibrations — and especially if you’re into the versatility of its size.3 Should you get the Positive? I vote no, but that’s my pulverized clit talking…

Get the Vooom at Good Vibes, Peepshow ToysCAYA (Canada), or Screaming O.
Get the Positive at Good VibesEarly to Bed, or Screaming O.

Get 15% off your order at Screaming O with code EPIPHORA through 5/31.

Get 15% off your order at Screaming O with code EPIPHORA through 5/31.

  1. I’m actually relieved to not be burdened with more bags I won’t use, but that’s a very #me problem. []
  2. Clits of steel that prefer buzzy, fairly pinpoint vibrations. However, the VēDO BAM and Luxe Scarlet are similar in intensity and cheaper. []
  3. If you’d prefer to sacrifice the teeny-weeny size and pattern options in exchange for a continuum of vibration strengths and a little more power, a Jopen Lust vibe is a good alternative. []
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  • Jillian Boyd

    I had to take a moment after discovering the existence of the pussy snorkel just now. The Vooom looks like my cup of tea, but I am deffo adding my voice to the “no patterns with breaks in vibration” camp because what in the hellfire is the point of that?

  • SillyHead

    Have you tried the VeDO Bam or held it in a shop? Would you also say it has aggressively buzzy, filed-to-a-point vibrations on all intensities or does it just reach a similar intensity on its highest steady setting? I’ve been eyeing that one and hoping it has a first setting that can ease a body into things.

  • SillyHead

    Also, that level of buzz sounds so painful to me omg

  • Yes! I actually mentioned the VēDO BAM in the footnotes, but I’m glad you asked because I didn’t want to derail the review with details.

    The BAM is in the same orbit as the Charged Positive, but yes, its vibrations are less aggressive and cushioned a bit by the silicone. My problem with the BAM is that it cycles from high to low and then through the patterns, so if you’re on the lowest steady setting, you have to click through EVERY OTHER SETTING (7 in all) to get to the medium steady setting. Infuriating.

  • Zeke Graysex

    i have the sensuelle Point which i realized, after having felt the Positive for the first time today (got a sample), is very similar to the Positive! and I really, really love my Point, except for the times when the vibrations are too much for my fingers. i did not find that the holder included with the positive alleviated that issue; in fact, i think it transferred the vibrations even more than just holding it did. I would still get it and use it, though, if for some reason i ever decided my Point was no longer enough.

  • AceDenise

    I greatly prefer the Tango but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Positive. It’s been a good go-to when I forgot to charge both my Tangos.

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