Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Review, Take Two, Plus Accessories

I was super excited to test it, as I always am with new sex toy technology. Unfortunately, the Revel Body’s moderate strength and diffuse vibrations did not work as well for me as I had hoped. So what the hell am I doing reviewing this toy again?

Some time after the original Revel Body was released, the company changed its motor and sent the Revel Body version 2 out into the world. A big downside to this is they didn’t really tell anyone and both versions of the Revel Body look exactly the same. I had to label my vibrators to be sure not to get them mixed up because I can’t tell the difference by looking at them.

In addition, Revel Body designed four accessory tips that can be swapped with the original tip included with the vibrator. If you recall, I mentioned in my original review that I thought the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator might work better for me with one of these different tips to focus the vibrations rather diffusing them.

Thus, the point of this review is to compare both versions of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator and to determine if any of the four accessory tips, Cona, Fawn, Ever, and Niko, work better for my body than the original Rose Tip. I shall also discuss the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Travel Pack/Charger. I realize this is an extra long review, but it is separated into categories to make the information easier to access.

If you haven’t done so already, I strongly suggest you take a a few minutes to read my review of the original Revel Body Sonic Vibrator because I’m not going to re-review it here. However, I will include the two videos below, which clearly demonstrate how a traditional rotary motor and the Revel Body linear motor are different.

Got it? Great, let’s move on. There are four areas in which there seem to be differences between versions 1 and 2 of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator- sound, power, function, and the instruction guide.

1. Sound: While the difference may not be so significant you’d detect it by memory, side by side, version 2 of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is noticeably quieter. An advantage to its linear motor is that even if someone can hear the Revel Body, it sounds nothing like a typical vibrator. The noise is much more like that of my Sonicare Toothbrush, which is the technology this vibrator is based upon.

A word of advice. If you find your Revel Body that is overly loud, remove its tip and slick it down with a few drops of water or water-based lubricant. This allows the tip to move smoothly back and forth and dampens the sound. It makes a HUGE difference. On its lowest levels, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is practically (properly lubricated) silent. As you increase the intensity of the vibrations, they become higher-pitched, almost whiny, which makes them louder. Just not quite as loud as the original version.

2. Power: The original Revel Body Sonic Vibrator has two power settings, whose differences are barely discernible, making the second one a complete waste. What’s the point of having a higher power setting if it feels the same as the lower one, right? I don’t have time to sit around pushing buttons all day, I’m a busy person! The decision to stick with just the one setting on Version 2 was smart. Either the vibrator is on or off, nice and simple.

In addition to its two power settings, the original Revel Body Sonic Vibrator had 10 levels of intensity, while Version 2 has only six discrete power levels. Though it may seem that more is better, I prefer Version 2′s six levels to the original’s 10. Many of those 10 levels were so similar as to be pointless and unnecessary. I feel no difference between the two vibrators at either their highest or lowest settings. Then again, I’m not sure if Version 2 is intended to be more powerful or just easier to use.

3. Function: Version 2 of the Revel Body is more straightforward. Though the two vibrators have the same three button control panel, Version 2′s is simpler. Both have the dedicated on/off switch (of which I highly approve) and + and – buttons that increase and decrease intensity. However, the one power setting and six levels of intensity make the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 easy peasy lemon squeezy. It also has a memory chip like the original, so when you turn the vibrator on, it will be on the same level as when you turned it off.

4. Instruction Guide: (AKA user manual) What struck me most about the original user manual was its 800 pages (slight hyperbole, perhaps) of warnings and precautions. I had never seen so many in a sex toy manual and there were some really odd ones as well. Revel Body has managed to condense the warnings in Version 2′s guide down to three pages, most of them the typical CYA warnings used by most sex toy manufacturers.

Of course, as the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is still all about magnets, those warnings continue to be included. The one of greatest concern to me is the same one that bothered me in the original manual regarding destroying magnetically stored media. It’s basically one of those warnings that you shouldn’t put things like computers, cell phones, and credit cards near strong magnets. That always makes me a tad nervous.

Though the magnetic tips easily attract small things like paperclips, push pins, and each other, they don’t react at all to my body piercings. Then again, the jewelry is all non-magnetized material, such as surgical stainless steel and niobium. If you actually have jewelry in your body piercings that react to these magnets, you might want to consider shopping for something new. The Version 2 guide is also better organized than the previous one.

The packaging for the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 is the same as the original packaging. So, no clues there as to which version you’ve got, which is just wrong. If a company updates its product, they don’t have to make a big brouhaha about it, but there should absolutely be an easy way to determine which version you are purchasing. I find the fact that Revel Body makes it impossible to differentiate versions a bit sketchy.

I still have three problems with the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator, regardless of which Accessory Tip I use- the intensity of the vibrations, the shape of the vibrator, and the issue with pressure. Though I complained in my original review that the Revel Body’s ergonomic shape caused some hand cramping (specific to me), I did not find this to be the case the second time around. I attribute this difference to my medical conditions, not the vibrator.

However, even Cona, my favorite tip, doesn’t extend far enough away from the vibrator (approximately .5″) to keep its round body from interfering. Due to the architecture of my vulva, with my little tiny clit hiding underneath its hood, I require something that can move past the protective barrier of my inner labia and really get in there. None of these tips can accomplish this effectively.

The linear motor of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator creates vibrations that feel different from most of my other vibrators. The two lowest level are incredibly deep and rumbly, though not super strong. As soon as I hit the + button to go up to the third level, the vibrations change dramatically.

They go from deep and rumbly to very high-pitched in sound and feel. Levels 3-6 cause far too much discomfort, even pain in some cases, for me to use at all. Though I can orgasm on the second level of vibration, it takes some time and serious concentration and my clit is excessively sensitive afterward.

A big problem with the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator’s linear motor is that the vibrations stop immediately at the barest hint of pressure. There I am, adjusting the vibrator against my body, trying to find the best position, right? Then all of the sudden, the tip senses the slightest compression and bam! Nothing. It’s as if I’ve turned the vibrator off. SO frustrating.

Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 Pros:
• Fewer unnecessary settings
• Easier to use control panel
• Slightly quieter
• Better instruction guide

Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 Cons:
• No way to determine which version you own
• No discernible increase in power

The fewer settings and easier to use control panel give the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 better functionality. The near silence of the vibrator on levels 1 and 2 (the only ones my body can tolerate) and my slightly enhanced experience with the Cona Tip are also positive aspects.

You guys know how I feel about the importance useful instruction guides and the improvements to the new one are noticeable. I am still very bothered by what seems to be secretive behavior on Revel Body’s part in updating the Sonic Vibrator without transparency, nor creating a way to tell the two versions apart.

Is the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 an improvement over its predecessor? Yes, but what good is that when you can’t be certain what you’re purchasing? Can I really increase my rating of a sex toy when the only way to know I’m using the new version is by comparing it side by side to my older version (with both vibrators turned on, no less)? No, no, and again, NO.

I was hoping my encounters with the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator would be much better with at least one of the Accessory Tips. Unfortunately, it’s not enough of a difference to change my original rating, regardless of which version of the vibrator I use.

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