Review: PicoBong Koa

Many of you have probably already heard about PicoBong, the new offshoot company from Lelo.  They sell toys marketed towards a younger crowd and I cannot deny I’m not attractive to the interest shapes and bright colors they have to offer.  They’re cheaper and battery operated as well.  Since I’ve had my hands on many other Lelo toys, I just had to try one of these and FunWares was kind enough to seen me the Koa.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Out-ie
  • Manufacturer:  PicoBong/Lelo
  • Materials:  Silicone and ABS Plastic
  • Size:  4″ long; 1″ in diameter
  • Price:  $37.95
  • Pros:  Nice feeling silicone; Neat controls; Not a buzzy vibrations;  A good teaser;  Ring makes it easy to hold
  • Cons:  No storage bag; Not rechargeable and works best with non-rechargeable batteries; A bit weak; Not really functional as a cock ring; A bit expensive
  • Intensity: 2/5
  • Volume: 2/5
  • Overall Rating: 2.5/5
  • Recommended: Only if you want to pay the price for it

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The package

The Koa comes in packaging much different from Lelo’s regular line of toys.  It seems a lot cheaper and it’s not as sturdy and reusable, but it’s still not bad.    You can clearly see the toy though, so it’s not all that discreet, but the only thing it says on the front is “PicoBong Koa Ring Vibe”.  The back has a small blurb about it and says it’s the ideal toy for couples.  There’s no storage bag, which is a little disappointing.  It does come with this odd little die.  Each side has an image of one of the toys on it and it said to find out more about the die to visit the website, but I have yet to figure it out…

The Koa has two parts, the body and what I’ll call the tail.  The body is made from smooth matte silicone.  Across one side it says “PicoBong”.  The tail is made from ABS plastic and has a small curl which is slightly flexible.  It’s about 4″ in total length, including the tail and the body is around 1″ in diameter.  For cleaning, you can wash it with soap and water, toy cleaner, or bleaching it.  I would also recommend using only a water-based lubricant with it.  It does appear to be water-proof, but since I don’t have a tube I tend to not submerge my toys anyways.

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The Koa in my hand

Unlike Lelos other toys, the PicoBong are not rechargable.  The Koa takes one AAA battery which is inserted by unscrewing the tail from the body.  When I first got it, I opened it up, put in the battery, but where is the button?  Okay, who makes a toy without a button to turn it on? How do I work this?! *rages* So I looked at the instructions.  It said to press the [+] button.  What?! So I looked again and found the sneaky little buttons.  Inside the loop of the P and the b are a [-] and [+].  Without looking very carefully or knowing what to look for they’re easily missed.  I thought this was very clever, though it made me feel a little dumb that I didn’t notice them right off.  After you find the buttons, it operates like most toys.  Push the [+] for a few sections to turn it on and repetitive presses increase the speed.  There are 9-10 levels of continuous vibrations and pushing and holding [+] at the highest speed will enter the pattern mode with 12 patterns.  To decrease vibration you can press or hold then [-].  The buttons can be a little hard to push, especially then [-], but I didn’t find it to be much of a problem once you get used to it.

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The side of the Koa and battery compartment

The Koa is originally marketed as a cock ring, but the diameter of the curl is only about 1″.  It is a bit flexible, but I can only comfortably stretch it to about 1.25″ in diameter for fear of the plastic snapping.  I also feel that even if it’s used as a cock ring, it would very tight and uncomfortable.  I haven’t come across someone willing to let me try to put this on their penis and I don’t blame them.  My perfered use of this is just a vibrator with the ring just an added places to hold on to.  The vibrations, however, were a bit disappointing.  The small instruction sheet to not use rechargeable batteries with it, but I use rechargeable batteries almost exclusively because they’re cheaper, greener, and easier.  So I popped one in anyways.  It was pretty weak so I found a regular AAA and it does seem to be noticeably stronger, but still not amazing.  I could probably get off with it, but I haven’t been patient enough for it lately.  The vibrations are not overly buzzy, but not awfully deep either.  It does make a good teaser and warm up though.

Overall, I think the PicoBong Koa is a neat little toy.  I don’t think it would work as a cock ring though, but the ring could make it easier to hold on to if you use it during sex or other play.  The Koa comes in three colors:  black, purple, and cerise.   Since it is not rechargeable though, it is a bit pricey at nearly $40.  If you’re looking for something similar, I would probably go with the PicoBong Honi (which comes in black, blue, and cerise) which should offer the same vibrations, but is about $10 cheaper.

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*This review was sponsored by FunWares, the product was sent to me free of charge to provide my honest opinion with no form of compensation*

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