The first time I saw the Cobra Libre I had to take a double take, the design was so different to any other male toy I had come across. The quality was apparent, even from looking at the pictures. Although I have a rather large collection of toys, Eros doesn’t and so I wanted to treat him to this. However, at that time I simply couldn’t afford the £90 price tag.
When Lovehoney had a massive price reduction on several luxury items at Christmas, making this luxury item just £45, I knew I had to grab it.
Packaging: Being from Funfactory, a luxury brand, you don’t get any cringe-worthy, cheap, flimsy packaging. The cardboard box has 3 sides with a clear mould around the Cobra Libre so there is no damage in transit. The colours of the box are very neutral with red and grey themes, perfect for a brand which sells both female, male and couples toys.
Including in the box is two sachets of lubricant and instructions on the toy. These were quite complicated and mostly filled with marketing jargon, not very helpful to customers who are not technologically minded. Thankfully, including around the jargon is the instructions on how you use the Cobra Libre.
Strangely, not included is a charger, make sure that you have brought one separately with your order or you may be very disappointed about not being able to use this toy immediately. This is a definite negative, certainly not what you would except from a luxury brand and having just paid out upwards of £100 for a toy. Funny that they include lubricant but not chargers! Luckily, this was brought from Lovehoney, who kindly include a charger with every Funfactory rechargeable product.
Appearance/Materials: My initial thoughts on quality were completely correct. The Cobra Libre is solid with no loose or rattling parts. It is made from two-toned high quality plastic which is fused to a soft and flexible 100% silicone tunnel. The materials used are completely skin-safe and there is no odour from any part of the Cobra Libre.
The silicone tunnel is rather short, only 3.5 inches, this disappointed me as I was expecting it to be longer, my partner was also put off by how short it is.
The colours simply suit the Cobra Libre and almost highlight it’s quality, rather like a beautiful interior for an expensive car. The colour I picked was the blue and white, as unfortunately, the red and black, my first choice, was sold out. This was due to the brilliant offer for one day only.
Functions/Controls/Volume: With nearly all the toys around on the market today, Funfactory recommend fully charging the Cobra Libre before using it for the first time, which they say can take up to 12 hours. This can be a serious pain, especially when you are itching to try your new toy. Luckily it took around 8 hours to fully charge, with each charge thereafter taking around 2 hours, depending on how low the battery is.
There are two vibrating motors inside which are controlled by three touch sensitive buttons on top of the Cobra Libre.
The three buttons are function, up and down. The function button not only turns the toy on and off, it controls the next vibration patterns. The up and down button control the intensity of the vibrations.
When the patterns first start, the vibrations are quiet low, however the worries soon disappear once you start climbing up the intensity. Getting to your favourite pattern can be time consuming as you have to travel through the vibration modes before getting to the patterns.
There is a reset function, which is activated by pressing the function button for a couple of seconds, not too long though as it will turn off. This resets the patterns back to the first vibration pattern, this can be used to train yourself to last longer and enjoy more powerful orgasms.
Some patterns are very similar and I can’t seem to find a website that lists all the patterns, not even the Funfactory website, so I cannot tell you exactly how many patterns there are. However, there are quite a few different patterns and I am sure they will keep almost anyone happy.
The vibrations are quiet on the lower speeds and levels of intensity, however like with all toys, the higher the intensity the more noise it makes. Don’t expect neighbours to be banging on the door wondering what the noise is or anything but by the same token it isn’t the stealthiest toy either. You can hear it on the higher settings in the next room, though it is muffled. When you put music on as well you can hear a low rumble depending on the volume of the music.
Experience: Now to the good part, what was it like using the product? Or at least for my partner using the product. The Cobra Libre does have some great points and the design is like no other. However, it seems that with all the form and sleek design, the simple function of it was lost, to give pleasure. This may sound harsh so I will elaborate, while the touch sensitive buttons add to the overall sleek look of the toy, they are a complete pain if you have any lubricant on your hands then the controls are hit and miss. This is a big downside for a toy which is designed for a slower build up as it can be very distracting.
The second problem is charging, as all Funfactory products are charged by the click ‘N’ charge and not each charger is designed for that product as is the usual. This means that the design of some toys doesn’t match the design of the charger, the Cobra is included. As all the electrics and the motors are in the plastic part, the charge port, which consists of two magnetic metal circles, had to be placed there. Now for a toy that has designed to be slimline and shaped like a car, i.e. a curved shape, two metal circles on a curved part which needs to hold a flat charger is not the best idea. The charger isn’t heavy, but when it is placed on the curved plastic part it often ends up falling off. This is a big flaw when the toy often has to charge for two hours, now you have two choices, either sit like a hawk and make sure it charges, or position it as best as you can and hope it doesn’t fall off. Which often leads to half charges and the battery running out at the crucial moment. Again a big negative for a toy designed for a slower build up.
The fourth problem is that the vibrations seems to be in the wrong place, they are easily felt around the outside of the Cobra Libre but not as easily inside which is where it matters. The silicone tunnel is designed to fit as many different shapes and sizes as possible, this it is a loose fitting tunnel which doesn’t surround your penis tightly, more lightly keeps hold of it. Bit like stroking it with one finger when you want to be pumped. Where you would expect the vibrations to be felt around the head of the penis, frenulum and the top of the shaft. Instead, they are much more dispersed and defused. My partner can orgasm through vibrations alone but they need to be powerful, the Cobra Libre simply doesn’t have that kind of power and the vibrations are not that concentrated enough.
The fifth problem is the tunnel shape, it has a downwards turning lip at the mouth, which even with lubricant feels quite uncomfortable during use. Similar feeling to someone pressing their teeth just a little too hard up and down your shaft over and over, not hard enough to even mark but still hard enough that you can’t concentrate on the other pleasure. The tunnel size is 3.5 inches, you can thrust inside it (just), but the strokes are very shallow and not particularly satisfying, besides as the tunnel is quite loose there is almost no feeling at all.
Care and Maintenance: Funfactory supply sachets of lubricant with their toys, we did not use this as we have lots of lubricant around already. If you don’t, I would recommend also adding some water-based lubricant to your order.
You can only use water-based lubricant with silicone toys, this is because using oil based lubricant could turn your male sex machine into a sticky mess.
The Cobra Libre is silicone and water-proof, making cleaning much easier. However, I didn’t trust completely submersing the plastic as this has contains the electrics and motor. Instead, I treated it as splash-proof, washing the silicone tunnel only. Leave the Cobra Libre to air dry as drying inside the silicone tunnel is difficult.
Overall: What was brought as a belated surprise gift for my partner so he can enjoy more sex toys was a big disappointment. The Cobra Libre has a modern and sleek design which almost any man could like, however the function certainly doesn’t live up to expectations. What was designed as a slow building up toy has failed spectacularly,it simply doesn’t deliver. My partner used this almost a dozen times, including on his own and with me, as to check it wasn’t first negative first impressions getting in the way of being able to see this toys full potential. It certainly wasn’t, the experience of using this toy left his feeling frustrated and having to finish off himself or kindly ask me to do so.
My other Funfactory purchase, the Delight, has quickly become one of my favourite toys, it isn’t that I simply dislike Funfactory and I have no idea where everything went so wrong! This is a classic example of form over function.
– Sleek and modern design
– Different functions and patterns
– Reset function
– Able to change intensity
– Quality toy
– Instruction booklet mostly filled with marketing jargon
– Tunnel – too short, downwards lip at the mouth, too loose
– Vibrations inside tunnel are defused
– Touch buttons – easily pressed, especially with lubricant on fingers.
– Charger not usually included
– Cycling through vibrations and patterns to get to the one you want
– Charger doesn’t sit right and can fall off