This month’s review for Cal Exotics Sexpert program is one of their new toys that is part of the Up! line. It’s a traditional style vibrator called Amp It Up!
The Run Down:
- Toy Type: In-ie and/or out-it
- Manufacturer: California Exotic Novelties
- Materials: ABS Plastic and Silicone
- Size: 8″ in total length, 5.5″ insertable length; 1.25-1.5″ in diameter
- Price: $20.00
- Pros: Takes regular batteries; Surprisingly strong; Interesting texture; On the deeper side; Multiple functions; Not too expensive
- Cons: A bit loud; Bit of a lint and hair maginet; A bit loud
- Intensity: 4.5/5
- Volume: 4/5
- Overall Rating: 3.5/5
- Recommended: Yes
The packaging, per usual, isn’t too exciting. It comes in a pretty standard card board box. The front has an image of the toy and lists the logos. It also has the Intense Gyrating Action logo and Pure Silicone. One side has an image of the toy and dimensions while the other lists all the information about the company and some basic cleaning instructions. The back lists the features in five different languages. That’s it really. It’s not worth hanging on to. In side the box you also get a small drawing that shows you how to insert the batteries and a big sheet of customer information. This is mostly warnings and some generic instructions.
The toy itself is a traditional style vibrator. The Amp has a total length is about 8″ with around 5.5″ being insertable and is made from silicone. While this is more of a traditional style vibrator, it does ht a slight hour glass shape to it, meaning that it narrows a bit in the middle. The middle section has two patches of nubs on opposite sides of the toy. In addition, there is a slight seam along length. It was more pronounced on one side than the other, but I could not feel it internally. It’s fairly easy to clean, but the nubs might require more attention. The material, as I mentioned is silicone. While Cal Exotics isn’t know for it’s material safety, I do feel they are making an effort to do better with their materials. From my experience with toys, it does feel like and smell like silicone. It may not be as high quality as Tantus, but I do still think it is silicone. There is a small gap between the silicone and the plastic at the end that might require more cleaning. To clean the toy, you can use a toy cleaner or soap and water. You can also bleach it to sterilize it, but since there are moving internal parts you shouldn’t boil it. I would also suggest only using a water-based lube with the Amp It Up.
I’ve had some experience with some of the gyrating toys from Cal Exotics and they have all been surprisingly strong. The Amp requires 2 AA batteries and it did not disappoint. It is very strong for a battery operated toy and is on the deeper side, though still not as deep as I prefer. In total it has 7 settings of vibration, three being solid vibration and the other four being pulsing and escalating. There is only one button on the toy, which turns it on and cycles through the patterns. Thankfully, it does start on the low solid pattern and progresses from there. I really don’t like a toy that doesn’t starts high and then goes down, it doesn’t seem intuitive. To turn the toy off, you push and hold the button. The one thing that is a little weird is that it will start on whatever setting you left it on. It’s not a deal breaker, but it means figuring out where it is in the cycle when I pick it up to play with it again. It is also a big louder than you’d expect. There is also a rubber O ring to seal the cap and it actually feels like it makes a good seal, so I do believe it is waterproof. The end cap twists off and you can pop the batteries in as well.
In use, I prefer the vibrations of the toy externally. Internally, the vibrations feel more annoying. It’s rare that I enjoy internal vibration though. I do however quite enjoy the shape and texture. I can’t often feel textures internally, but the patch of nubs works well to sit against my g-spot which is an interesting feeling. Externally, it was hard to hit my clit with the nub patch, since it does curve in a bit. I did enjoy the vibrations, though I would like them more if they were just a bit deeper.
Overall, I think that the Amp It Up! is a good toy. It’s also fairly inexpensive for a silicone toy. While it isn’t rechargeable, it is pretty powerful for a battery operated toy and I think most people would be satisfied with it. I think the texture and shape is interesting, even if it is on the more basic or traditional side. I think this could be a great addition to a toy box, especially if you are looking for a vibe that is on the cheaper side.
*This review was sponsored by California Exotic Novelties, the product was sent to me free of charge to provide my honest opinion with no form of compensation*