We-Vibe Tango

At the time the Touch was released, the We-Vibe Tango was also brought to market. I was dying to try it to discover if I preferred the Tango to my well-loved We-Vibe Touch. It has taken quite some time, but thanks to Burlesque Toy Shop, I was finally able to test the We-Vibe Tango.

We-Vibe is a Canadian company best known for its revolutionary couples vibrator, the We-Vibe (the current incarnation is technically called the We-Vibe 4). Shockingly, I have yet to review this popular product. After their success with earlier versions of the We-Vibe (Burlesque Toy Shop carries both the We-Vibe II and the We-Vibe III as well), the company produced three mini vibrators for solo (and partner, of course) play. Enter the We-Vibe Tango, stage left.

At just 3.5″ long and .7″ wide, or 5/8″ in diameter, and weighing only 1.3 ounces (compared to the We-Vibe Touch at 3.1 ounces), the We-Vibe Tango packs a serious punch. It may look like an innocuous, miniature traditional vibrator, but its unusual lipstick-like tip makes it stand out in a crowd. You all know that for the most part I need pinpoint stimulation to orgasm and I tend to prefer pointy vibrators. Unfortunately, they’re not terribly easy to come by, which is one of the reasons I love my Touch so much and have coveted the We-Vibe Tango for long.

The Tango is made from PC-ABS thermoplastic, which is the same material used to make many baby toys because it’s so body-safe they can chew on it. This particular PC-ABS thermoplastic is latex, BPA, and phthalate-free.

A quick aside- BPA is that nasty stuff in plastic that can leech into your food and water and cause harm, especially in children. This is why it’s important to ensure your plasticware and plastic water bottles you use on an ongoing basis are BPA free.

One of the great things about PC-ABS thermoplastic is that it can tolerate both water-based lubricant and silicone-based lubricant without issues, unlike many silicone products.

The We-Vibe Tango charges magnetically so it has no open ports, making it waterproof and submersible. It’s also super easy to clean. Warm water and mild (non-antibacterial) soap or a sex toy cleaner will do the trick. You can use peroxide and rubbing alcohol on some plastics to kill germs, but I don’t feel it’s necessary and it’s impossible to know know how the material of the toy will react beforehand.

My We-Vibe Tango Vibrator is a Pepto Bismol pink, which is not my favorite color but I can put up with a lot for a good pointy tip. Around its base is the practically invisible We-Vibe logo and the (slightly more visible) word “Tango”. The PC-ABS thermoplastic is completely rigid (as plastic usually is) so there is no give at all. The white area on the bottom of the vibrator is both the control panel and charging point.

The two metal contacts that protrude a wee bit from the We-Vibe Tango’s bottom are magnetic contact points that attach to the vibrator’s charger. The Tango’s charger is the same as that of the We-Vibe Touch. Both chargers will charge either vibrator. One improvement over the Touch’s charger is that the Tango’s has a We-Vibe label on its base, which is awesome for someone who has a million charging cables stuffed into a drawer.

Unfortunately, We-Vibe did not change what I really disliked about the Touch’s charger, that it consists of two pieces. The AC charger plugs into the wall, then into the small round plastic piece with magnetic contacts that actually charges the Tango. I didn’t understand why they designed the charger this way, so I asked about it. We-Vibe responded with a very reasonable answer.

For international shipping purposes, the two piece design allows them to swap the appropriate AC plug for each region. This hadn’t occurred to me at all and I’m embarrassed to be one of those people who thinks the entire world revolves around the U.S. Bad, bad, BAD!

This frustratingly separate charging piece has a tiny LED that glows green when the magnets are lined up properly and the We-Vibe Tango is charging. When the vibrator is fully charged, the LED goes dark. The charger automatically shuts itself off once the Tango has completed its charging session, so leaving it plugged for a while will not damage the vibrator. Of course, it’s still a good idea to unplug the charger from the wall when not in use to conserve energy.

We-Vibe recommends charging the Tango for 90 minutes before your first use. Mine arrived partially charged so it didn’t take much time before it was good to go. The magnetic connection is strong so the vibrator doesn’t disengage from the charger the instant you walk away.

A 90 minute charge should provide up to two hours of play time. The Tango’s base will glow to let you know when power is low and it needs recharging. According to We-Vibe, the Tango will hold a charge for up to 60 days and has a lifetime of approximately 500 charge cycles. That may seem like a lot but I’m guessing it won’t take long to kill the We-Vibe Tango if I use it as much as I anticipate.

Though I referred to the base of the We-Vibe Tango Vibrator as its control panel, it’s really just the one button. Of course, this makes the Tango super easy to operate. You turn on the vibrator and cycle through its eight vibration modes by pressing the button. After the eighth mode, the Tango will automatically turn off. If you want to turn it off at any point prior to that, press and hold the button for two seconds.

The We-Vibe Tango has a memory chip, just like the We-Vibe Touch. This means that the vibrator remembers which mode it was on when you turned it off and will start back up in the same one. The button requires firm pressure to change modes so it’s not likely you’ll do so unintentionally. There is an LED underneath the control button that flashes in conjunction with whichever pattern you have selected.

The We-Vibe Tango’s eight vibration modes are as follows:
1. Low= low steady vibration
2. Medium= medium steady vibration
3. High= high steady vibration
4. Ultra= super high steady vibration
5. Tease= five seconds of 9 slow pulses, three seconds fast pulsing
6. Wave= roller coaster
7. Pulse= very fast pulsing
8. Cha-cha= 2 long pulses, 3 short pulses

*Names are We-Vibe’s, descriptions are mine.

The Tango is quiet, though it doesn’t quite live up to We-Vibe’s “whisper quiet” descriptor. However, it cannot be heard through a thin door and its noise may even be dampened enough under covers (depending upon the density of your blankets) for you to use it without disturbing a sleeping partner.

As I was anticipating, the vibrations of the We-Vibe Tango are shockingly powerful for a vibrator of its size, of any size really. Though it cannot measure up to something like the X1 Orgasmatron (upcoming review), the Tango is stronger than some of my full-sized vibrators. No joke.

Not only are the We-Vibe Tango’s vibrations super strong, they are very deep and rumbly, just the way I like them. Though the Tango has contact with a very small area of my body, I can feel the vibrations more deeply than many other vibrators with a larger surface area. The video below provides a sense of the Tango’s power (at approximately 32 seconds) when it’s shown splattering water all over the place.

I don’t know if it’s because my We-Vibe Touch is 2.5 years old and has gone through quite a few of its charge cycles or if the silicone dampens the vibrations somewhat, but my brand new We-Vibe Tango is noticeably more powerful by at least one setting. For example, mode #1 on the Tango is equivalent to mode #2 on the Touch. It may even be a tad stronger. By the time I get to mode #4, the highest level of steady vibration, my We-Vibe Tango is much significantly more potent than old Touch.

As you can see, the silhouettes of the We-Vibe Tango and Touch are very different. The Touch is larger and has a curvy concave portion, while the Tango has a traditional cylindrical body that leads to a flat, pointed surface with narrow edges. Though the Tango cannot cup my labia like the Touch can, its smaller, narrower tip is able to effectively burrow in between my labia and up under my clit hood to provide precise, pinpoint contact.

The lipstick shape of the We-Vibe Tango Vibrator’s tip is unexpectedly versatile. I can angle the tip itself directly onto my clit for that pinpoint stimulation I just mentioned or I can place the flat surface over my clit hood to disperse the rumbly vibrations to a slightly greater area. The flat of the
Tango is also good for running along my labia and nipples as a tease.

The We-Vibe Tango’s powerful vibrations can also be used as an addition to anal play. Do NOT stick the Tango up your butt. It is so small, you will almost certainly end up with an embarrassing story about the time you had to go to the emergency room to have a sex toy removed from your anal cavity. However, pressing the Tango against the base of a non-vibrating butt plug magically transforms it into a vibrating butt plug, lickety split.

Raise your hand if you love Tantus Vibrators but find the included bullet vibe far too weak for your taste. Rejoice, Tantus lovers! You can replace that wimpy bullet with the We-Vibe Tango. Just add a drop or two of water-based lubricant to the Tango before sliding it into the Tantus toy to make removal easier.

The We-Vibe Tango Vibrator’s packaging is the same as that of the We-Vibe Touch. The box is shaped like a trapezoid and has an image of the vibrator on its front with the words “Personal Massager” in multiple languages, so it’s not very discreet. Inside the box, the Tango and its begging-to-be-lost magnetic charging piece are nestled snugly in a plastic tray with the wall plug, storage bag, and user manual tucked away in a smaller trapezoid. The storage pouch included with the We-Vibe Tango is made of soft, silky, white satin. It’s on the larger side so I can easily fit the Tango, Touch, and both chargers inside.

The user manual is simple and straightforward, using pictures for clarity. While I would like more detailed information, it provides enough for even a newbie to figure out how to use the We-Vibe Tango. The only odd thing I noticed were a few weird warnings, like “do not use on neck” and “do not use on a single area for more than 15 minutes”.

Why not use the Tango on your neck? Many vibrators/massagers can be used on other parts of the body, so why can’t the Tango? What’s up with the no longer than 15 minutes on a single area limit? It’s a vibrator. Many women need much longer than that to achieve orgasm. Maybe it’s an issue of causing numbness to the area with prolonged exposure, but I’d think it would be temporary.

Speaking of numbness, the We-Vibe Tango does have a tendency to cause buzzy hand syndrome. It’s basically impossible to avoid in such a small vibrator with this kind of power. However, some high-pitched, buzzy vibrators actually cause pain in my hands whereas the Tango doesn’t. The depth of its vibrations keeps the buzziness from being painful, but if I have the vibrator on for a while, I can end up with a reverberating sensation in my hand that continues for a but after turning it off.

We-Vibe Tango Clit Vibrator Pros:
• Pointy tip
• Powerful
• Deep and rumbly vibrations
• PC-ABS thermoplastic
• Waterproof
• Rechargeable
• Quiet
• Patterns
• Memory chip
• Good storage pouch
• We-Vibe label on charger

We-Vibe Tango Clit Vibrator Cons:
• Separate charging piece
• Buzzy hand syndrome

It’s truly a challenge finding fault with the We-Vibe Tango Vibrator. I now understand the purpose of splitting the charger into two pieces, though it’s still a bit of a drag. I keep them plugged together at all times because I don’t want to lose the magnetic portion. Buzzy hand syndrome can be a downer, but it is far less so with the Tango than a high-pitched vibrator.

The powerful, deep and rumbly vibrations and the angled, pointy tip are fabulous. The high-quality PC-ABS thermoplastic is easy to clean and does not attract lint in the slightest (what I dislike most about the We-Vibe Touch). I’m happy to now have both the Tango and the Touch because though they have similarities, they are still quite different. I am concerned that my We-Vibe Touch may on its last gasp though…

Bottom line: Unless you are unable to tolerate the sensation of vibrations in your hands, it’s hard to see how you could go wrong with the We-Vibe Tango Vibrator. It is simple to use, no matter your level of experience with sex toys, and not many clit vibrators can match the strength and depth of its vibrations. The We-Vibe Tango Vibrator from the Burlesque Toy Shop is an absolute win.

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