The Femedic reviews: Vibease smart vibrator & audio app

The Femedic reviews Vibease

I am a big fan of audio porn. It is intimate and sensual but also cinematic: someone whispers wonderfully into your ear as you watch the technicolour fantasy come alive in your mind’s eye. Coming across a toy that seeks to augment this, then, seems to be just what the doctor ordered.

The Vibease Smart vibrator, bearing the namesake of its creator company Vibease, is accompanied by an app that syncs the toy to erotic audiobooks in its library. You can let the app take the wheel — making the toy’s vibrations peak and trough in line with the sexy storyline — or control the vibrations yourself. Those seeking long-distance play can also use the app with a partner, who would be able to control the toy from afar.

The doing

Small enough to nestle comfortably inside a cupped hand and shaped to fit over the vulva — with the pointed tip stimulating the clitoris and the slightly wider, rounded end hovering over the vaginal opening — the Vibease offers strong, buzz-y vibrations in four set patterns and one continuous setting. More settings are available via the app. The motor is fairly strong, but doesn’t tread into the ‘deep’ or ‘rumbling’ territory one might usually associate with a wand. This is not necessarily to the toy’s detriment, as the vibrations were certainly strong enough to make me come, albeit not as quickly as I usually do during solo sex.

I first wanted to try the toy without the accompanying audiobooks, to see if the motor strength and design would be enough to do the trick. The shape is lovely and very intuitive, fitting nicely over the vulva and making it easy to apply pressure with your hand, should you want to create your own pulses. The Vibease is actually touted as a wearable, but I think it works much better as a non-wearable because while it might stay in place if your underwear is tight enough, this doesn’t apply enough pressure for my liking.

I must say that while the journey was longer, it was enjoyable: the motors run along the entire length of the toy, giving lovely coverage and consistency

I came, but it wasn’t a quick or immediate orgasm like with other toys I’ve used that offer more intense stimulation. But I must say that while the journey was longer, it was enjoyable: the motors run along the entire length of the toy, giving lovely coverage and consistency.

Reader, using the toy alongside a sexy story was an utter treat — despite the fact that I had trouble connecting the toy to the app with Bluetooth, so didn’t get to experience the ‘autopilot’ vibrations in sync with the story. The experience then was me using a clit vibrator on myself while listening to a sexy story, which was very fun, but something I could easily recreate with a different toy. The multi-sensory arousal really transported me into the fantasy, though, so I can imagine that having the sync functionality would have taken that to the next level.

Vibease offers an in-app library of stories, some of which require an additional fee to access. The app also came preloaded with three ambient sound loops: one featuring the sound of rain falling, another with beach sounds, and another with ‘outdoors’ sort of sounds, including birdsong.

Vibease toy and app. Photo courtesy of Vibease

The context: inclusivity & tech

The Vibease bills itself as an ‘immersive’ pleasure experience that is focused on celebrating female sexuality. But really, the toy is for anyone with a vulva. While the toy has clearly been designed with vulvas in mind, previous reviewers have pointed out a lack of lesbian, bi, and queer storylines on the app. Among the selection of free titles, only one was clearly aimed at women who are into women (called ‘bicurious’) while a handful of others suggested it through their image thumbnail. ‘Bicurious’ was fun but the narrative positioned itself as being more for women who identify as straight and are curious about being with a woman, rather than for women who identify as queer.

Trans and non-binary people with vulvas might also enjoy this toy, but the branding and lack of representation on the app could easily give the message that it isn’t intended for them

Trans and non-binary people with vulvas might also enjoy this toy, but the branding and lack of representation on the app could easily give the message that it isn’t intended for them. When asked to input basic information to log into the app, you’re only given the options of ‘male’ or ‘female’ in the gender field.

The toy has been around since 2011, and according to the company website is “The world’s first wearable smart vibrator”. Dema Tio, the company founder, created the Vibease vibrator to enable intimacy and pleasure in his long-distance relationship with his wife. For this purpose, the toy seems well-designed: you can message and video call your partner while pleasuring them through the app.

Vibease packaging and contents

The important details

Made from body-safe silicone, the Vibease is water-resistant but not waterproof, so be careful not to submerge it in water. Wash it before and after use with warm, soapy water, and make sure it is completely dry before you charge it.

The toy comes with two USB charging cables, and takes about three hours to charge before you use it for the first time, and two hours each time after that. A satin storage pouch is also included, along with an instruction manual.

It’s a very quiet toy as well, which is always a plus.

The verdict

I liked the Vibease. What appealed to me most was how psychological and physical arousal were entwined through the experience of the app, but I wish the stories would have been more inclusive and that my Bluetooth connection had worked.

The vibrations were solid and when applied with the right pressure — i.e. from a hand rather than when used as a wearable — I managed to build up to quite a nice orgasm. Another huge plus for me was that the vibrations were consistent along the length of the toy, and that the design of the toy allows you to stimulate your vulva from the clit to the vaginal opening at the same time. While the stimulation wasn’t as intense as with other toys I’ve used, there’s certainly a time and a place for slower solo sex.

Featured image is of two hands holding the Vibease vibrator, a small, purple vibrator designed to fit over the vulva. There is a decorative squiggly pattern in the background

Page last updated July 2020

Monica Karpinski

Founder & Editor, The Femedic

Monica is the Founder and Editor of The Femedic. Against a journalism background and after years of leading content marketing projects in the healthcare space, it became clear that health information out there for women simply wasn’t good enough. No-one had bothered to look deeper into the ways women were searching for information, or consider the depth of what they actually needed to know. Instead of waiting for the perfect publication to approach her, she created The Femedic.

Monica has been named one of The Drum’s 50 under 30 for influential women in digital 2018 and was shortlisted for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2018 British Business awards. She speaks and writes widely on gender and health inequality.

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