16 Aug

A1 Vibrating Cock Ring for OVO Lifestyle Toys

Cock rings are perhaps the perfect beginners toy for a couple looking to expand their sexual interests.  In my years, I’ve tried many, from cheap rubber band style rings via stretchy rings with built in bullet to pricey pieces of steel.  The latest is the A1 Vibrating Cock Ring sent to me by OVO Lifestyle Toys for impartial review.

Before I start on the toy I want to talk briefly about expectations and what’s in a name.  You see, this isn’t just OVO Toys, or even OVO Adult Toys, the chosen adjective here is Lifestyle.  What does this change?  Does it even change?  Well, I think it does, for me lifestyle indicates a preference for design over function; not something you choose for what it does, but rather for what it looks like or what it represents.

So with expectations adjusted, let us continue.

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The A1 Vibrating Cock Ring arrives in a modern, minimalistic white box.  It could very easily be a smartphone box, but for the fact that the box is pretty small and has a picture of the cock ring upon it.  The box is a highly engineered piece of packaging, precision made so that the lid of the box is mere fractions of a millimetre larger than the base of the box.

 

Once you find your way in to the box, you have your A1 Vibrating Cock Ring presented to you in all its finery, surrounded by black spongey mounting. Beneath the ring is the charging cable, also hidden in the box is a micro-catalogue of OVO products, along with a Micro-manual.  This toy is certainly ticking all the lifestyle boxes so far.

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The ring is a single piece of silicone; soft, well made and dusty – everything one expects of silicone.  The vibrations come from an ABS-plastic covered motor unit nestled in the top of the ring.   The ring tapers away from the full length of the motor unit to a thin strap of silicone which one uses to strap to a cock, dildo or whatever.

 

My toy arrived without charge, so my first task was to figure out how and where to plug in the charging jack.  The cable to the jack really helpfully has a label on telling you which toy the cable is for – I’d really like to see more manufacturers doing this.  In charging, the A1 Vibrating Cock Ring gives away its party trick.

 

Yes, that’s right, the motor unit comes away from the cock ring (!!) to a form an, ahem, bullet.  This unit attaches to the ring via a small square wing arrangement which simple slides into a similarly shaped recess in the ring.  I actually think this is a really great idea.  The charging jack is plugged into the underside of this motor unit.  Since the silicone forms a seal around the unit, then the ring becomes showerproof (not to be confused with waterproof).  The motor unit is a dark metallic colour; another modernistic trait of this Lifestyle toy.

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Reattaching the bullet to the A1 Vibrating Cock Ring is a simple job, meaning we are ready to rock in next to no time.  The silicone is stiffly stretchy.  What I mean by this is that the ring will stretch, to fit any conceivable size of human penis, but the bigger you stretch it, the more resistance you meet, and so for the larger endowed; there will be significant constriction.  For me though, a little stretch was sufficient to put the ring on my old chap.  We opted to position it with the taper facing upwards and towards the head of my cock.  Turning the motor on is a simple affair too, a long press of the button and it buzzes into life.  There are 7 functions; a low, a medium and a high, plus 4 patterns.

 

So it would seem that our Lifestyle toy has all the bases covered.  Design; check. Rechargeable; check. Body safe materials; check. Basic functions; check. It is reassuring to think that OVO have more than just the design in their mind.

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I suppose it’s time I cut to the chase and let you know if it’s any good.

Once the ring is placed around my old chap, it is tight enough that it doesn’t slip; even with lube.  I think this is OVO making positive use of the silicone drag factor – its tendency to snag on skin.  It also doesn’t rotate, and nor is it excessively tight.  This means one thing for penetrative heterosexual sex; a predictable contact with the clit, which is, after all, the primary purpose for considering a toy like the A1 Vibrating Cock Ring.  The design is good too, the tapering means that there is more of the toy for M to grind on; and the vibrations are as good as any other cock ring we have tried.

If penetrative sex isn’t quite enough and your partner needs clit stim to orgasm, then this ring might be just what you need to make sex into an orgasmic experience.  The joys of a cock ring being that it frees both hands for both partners to do other things…

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Back to that party trick then.   The bullet.  I’m afraid it’s not so much party trick as tarty prick.  It’s all a bit ostentatious without actually being any good at what it’s for.  Actually, I’m probably being a bit unfair here.  Let me tell you why.  M is a bit of a power queen, and those of you familiar with subsmissives know we have some of the most powerful toys known to man! Compared to the likes of these toys, the A1 Vibrating Cock Ring was never going to fare well as a bullet.  So, perhaps stick to doing what you do well, rather than being a jack of all trades.

 

That is not to say that for some, for whom power is less of an issue, the bullet might be right up your street.  Go for it I say!

 

I am a bit disappointed but not surprised in the lack of power.  I am not surprised since the motor and power unit really is small, and getting a powerful motor into something that size is an extremely tall order indeed.  The reason I’m disappointed is one of lost potential.

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The A1 Vibrating Cock Ring has potential to be a BDSM genius.  M has said to me that she’s disappointed with the bullet as if it was effective, it would have made a good mind-fuck.  What she’s talking about is getting the cock ring out ready for use, popping it on my old chap, reading for sexual intercourse.  Then, leaving me waiting whilst she whips out the bullet and has her clitoral way with it.  Such an idea is unlikely to go without some form of action in the future, so I look forward to that.

 

The A1 was sent to me by OVO Lifestyle toys in return for this honest & impartial review; you can purchase one here
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