I’ve got one, a different knockoff brand (there seem to be thousands if you look at alibaba.
I think rechargeable batteries are pretty standard. On the other hand, removable (meaning replaceable when they go bad) is not a given – I don’t see where this one says, I’ll look at the pictures closely.
@phendrick The pictures don’t show much of different angles, but I don’t believe this unit has a replaceable one. That also means no such thing as keeping a spare, for when charge runs down and you have more use needed.
OTOH, I never used mine enough at one sitting to get the power down more than about 70% left.
@phendrick The accessory attachments are pretty standard, but different brands have different numbers of these. I only use one or two different ones on mine, so that is not necessarily a big deal.
I don’t use mine on achy muscles as much as I thought I would. Maybe if I didn’t have to self-administer, that would be a different matter. (Like, getting a massage is always a lot better than having to give yourself one. For one thing, I can’t reach my own back very well.)
Achy muscles is probably my third most frequent use. Threatening my dog with it is the second most use, when she decides that one or two o’clock in the morning is a good time to wake me up and try to get me to play-fight with her (she doesn’t like the vibration at all).
My most use for it is pretty odd, but actually quite reasonable, I think. I bet the first ten guesses won’t get it. (Stay out of the gutter…) Any takers?
@ShotgunX I thought about that when I was shopping, but finding a new battery for it was not obvious.
Also, how much damage do you do to the case when opening it? Is it thermally sealed, like a lot of plastic cases are nowadays?
The removable batteries look pretty standard across brands, but even these were not easy to find when I tried, about six months ago. Selling spares did not seem to be a big objective for the various distributors.
Another thing I like about the removable battery on mine is that I can either recharge the battery while it is in the unit, or I can detach it and recharge it by itself. Less clunky that way.
My mother died quite some time ago of stomach cancer and had dementia several years before that. I didn’t always take what she said as 100% fact. She used to complain of pains in her back, shoulders, and (left) side and ask me to rub these areas for her. She said it helped ease the discomfort. Funny thing was she would commence to burping a lot when I rubbed these areas. She would also tell people she had been diagnosed with diverticulitis, but I didn’t associate that with the issue and didn’t really understand what it was.
Twenty or so years later, this past spring I had my 5-year routine colonoscopy (my father had to have a colostomy in his early fifties, so I’ve been vigilant on this) and was informed that polyps had been taken care of, but they found that I had diverticulitis. Made me wish I paid more attention to my mother’s condition. The condition is the formation of sacs or pockets in the lining of the colon. There can be an accumulation of gas in these. In the past I would occasionally have some mild stomach pains. I had even brought this up to my PCP during one physical exam. He poked and prodded some, but didn’t think there was anything to worry about.
I sometimes would lie on my stomach and push hard on my (left) stomach area with my fist, and that seemed to help work out the pains. I thought maybe it was just a temporary cramp or blockage and I was easing that.
But now with more knowledge of what is going on there, I find that if I take the massage gun and apply it to the left area of my stomach with moderate pressure on low speed, it helps relieve the pressure there. (Fun fact, Westerners get D more on the left side, Asians more on the right side – true, but unexplained!) And, it can make me burp a lot. I guess I am working out those gas bubbles. Incidentally, I have not cleared this use with a physician; I do try to be relatively gentle with it though – do this at your own risk.
Technically, I guess I am using it on muscles, but that is only because they are in the way.
Too bad I didn’t have one of these while my mother was alive. Or, while my wife was still living with me
– she’s in Alzheimer’s care now.
@phendrick Well, you’re sort of using it on what’s filling the diverticula, but not on the holes themselves. A hole has nothing in it, so you can’t use it on nothing! But I’m glad it helps you feel better. My gf has diverticulosis and I know how bad it can be when they’re inflamed.
@cinoclav So, technically, or metaphysically, you cannot fill a hole, because as soon as you start, it’s no longer there!
And, since there is nothing in it, you cannot make it bigger by taking anything out of it.
(Why I try to stay away from philosophical arguments, and, by extension, discussing politics.)
@mbimeh I ordered the AB Wireless model back in May. That one has a digital touch screen interface and 20 speeds, vs. this one’s six speeds. Since there isn’t a photo of the rear panel, I can’t tell how similar the touch panel on this model is.
@mbimeh@PooltoyWolf I bought that one too and looove it! My wife and I go for massage every five weeks but this really helps in between. After a run or bike ride, or just anytime I feel achy. I’m close to ordering this one just to have a spare
@mbimeh i use the one from May nearly every evening before bed. it is amazing for breaking up my sputum issues. i’ve gained a full extra hour of uninterrupted sleep before my lungs wake me every 20 minutes during the night.
and yet I’m still strongly tempted to get a damned Glen tattoo in covid-ravaged texas
@JT954 so, lack of stretching/movement has kinda brought my PF back. I followed Trevor Bachman’s YT video on the matter last time (really painful stretching basically) but this time I’ve replaced the “peanut” stuff with a percussion massager. So far so good… With that said, mine was $60 from Costco and has 20 speeds, a 2500mah battery and 6 attachments. (Plus a brushless motor- not sure if this one is or not.)
@JT954 Yup. This type of tool is great for breaking up scar tissue/ tissue that has thickened due to strains or chronic repetitive motion too. You have to be careful with a fresh acute muscle pain. Depending on the cause it could actually greatly increase inflammation and pain, hence the old RICE protocol. Rest, Ice, Compression, Exercise. Heat and violent massage can yield very mixed results and should be used carefully with acute injuries.
Doubt it means much in relation to this particular item, but we received a VivaSpa vibration platform in an IRK a few months ago. Motor is very powerful and holds up to my weight well, (I’m not exactly what one would call “petite”) Mind you that is AC powered. However the plastic housing seemed like it was under a bit more strain than it should be. (plasticky squeaking noises) It works fine for now, but not confident that it won’t be in the trash heap within a couple years or so. Just hoping it never catastrophically fails - launching me straight to the ER.
VivaSpa, appears to be under the Vivitar label which is a zombie brand in and of itself. These are probably functionally identical and made in the exact same Chinese factory as many other similar products. Just a different logo, and possibly a different color, switch shape, LED color, etc.
It should work about as well as more expensive models, and will do its job for a year or three depending on usage before it won’t hold a charge, or the motor burns out, etc.
In this conversation - a bunch of dudes who have no idea how either women’s anatomy or vibrators work.
For the confused–these percussive massagers are far more similar to a jigsaw or a small reciprocating saw than a “pleasure massager”. Although one might exist, I can’t think of a single woman who would want her delicate bits punched to oblivion by a percussion massager. PS–vibrators are mostly (depending on the design) for external use only–that’s where the vibration is most useful.
@revamp well I will disagree about the vibrators being mostly for external use. Maybe things like the wand, but rabbit vibrators or glass dildos, well, internal only
HOWEVER, you hit the nail on the head about these percussion massagers. My PT wss just showing me where you could purchase those attachment heads specifically designed for use on a jigsaw. Much cheaper and specifically for a tool that may rarely be utilized, collecting dust in the garage.
@tinamarie1974 I see where you’re going, but with both of your examples you proved my point. The Rabbit–famous as it is–the part that vibrates is the ears–the external part. The dildo section has other interesting movements but vibration isn’t one of them. Glass dildos (or any other dildos) have a different purpose and are, of course, designed for internal use. But this is what separates a dildo from a vibrator (again, generally speaking).
Again, I’m not speaking in absolutes, there are exceptions–both in toy design and in individual practice and preference. But, I still stand behind my original statement. It’s also a little old that anywhere on the internet that there’s a sale for a percussion massager (which seem all the rage currently), that there’s a lot of teehee comments in the discussions and reviews that seem a little out of touch.
TL:DR Possibly NSFW. Penetration is important regardless of if it is from a silicone shaft or a real penis!
@revamp if the purpose of a rabbit vibe was only to provide clitoral stimulation there would be no need for the shaft that also provides stimulation in many ways. Some thrust, others have beads and move in a circular motion, etc. Some are even textured and have veins to provide a different experience. The point is there there is a need and a purpose for internal stimulation/penetration.
There is also a category of rabbits that have a somewhat bent/curved shaft that hits a womans O spot. Sure the clitoral stimulation is GREAT, but that coupled with the shaft hitting the “O” spot is what really makes it worth the money.
Otherwise if someone does not enjoy penetration one could just purchase a very inexpensive finger vibrator eliminating the need for an entire category of vibrators and dildos.
If you do not enjoy penetration, that is ok, but it is likely not safe to assume others agree
I think that no matter how clear I try to make my point, it’s being missed. Penetration is great–for guys and gals. There are LOTS of toys designed for penetration for both styles (remember if you’re knocking at the back door, to use a toy with a flared base, peeps!)
I’m not about to go into my bonafides here, but suffice to say I believe I would qualify as an expert in the field.
My point is that a percussion massager for physical therapy purposes is no bueno for sexcapades. I don’t know how we ended up arguing about the differences between dildos and vibrators and personal preferences regarding penetration. I think I’ll call this one a day–ya’ll have fun and play safe!
There are hundreds of these online right now, I have one (not this model) and I do enjoy it. I paid $60 for it. The lower prices models probably aren’t comparable with the $400 brand names but they get the work done.