Best Male Masturbator? Fleshlight Launcher vs. F1S V2 vs. Hot Octopuss Pulse Duo vs. Arcwave Ion
Sex tech has is finally shining light on male masturbators and I got to try four of the most talked about sex toys for men: the Fleshlight Universal Launcher, LELO F1S V2, Hot Octopuss Pulse Duo, and Arcwave Ion. Read on for my experiences with each and how I rank them.
Fleshlight Universal Launch
Orgasm Rating: 2.5/5
Upon first glance, you’ll see that the Flashlight Universal Launch is designed for the most serious of masturbators.
Not only is the Fleshlight Universal Launch undeniably large, with all its bells and whistles it could probably fight off a Transformer or two. If you can get past the bulkiness, and quite frankly, unsexiness of the Fleshlight mount, it does offer an interesting orgasm. That’s because it’s a true stroker that does the work for you. In case it wasn’t made clear to you, the Fleshlight itself is not included. This device is essentially a mount that your Fleshlight connects to and moves it up and down.
The best part about the Fleshlight Universal Launch is that it’s got a smartphone mount that allows you to watch porn while jerking off. If you have an extra $200 to blow on accessories for the Fleshlight you already own and are looking to step up your game, this mount does offer a unique experience.
I tested this with the Fleshlight Turbo and although previous research showed a common problem with the technicality of the device, I found it easy to set up and use. If you’re someone that enjoys having manual control at all times, that’s exactly what this mount offers. You can even control the speed of the strokes and snugness of the toy. It’s worth noting that this mount is not Bluetooth compatible.
I do enjoy sex tech and the pursuit of efficient and better masturbation, but overall, the Fleshlight Universal Launch is too over-the-top for me. I tend to lean more towards sleek and stealthy designs that add to the sensuality of a good jerk-off session. For such a manual device, I’d rather use my hands, but it is quite a novelty if that’s what you’re after. My overall orgasm rating with the Fleshlight Universal Launch is a 2.5/5, mainly because it’s a manual mount and not an actual sex toy.
Fleshlight Universal Launch Vital Statistics
- Smartphone mount for watching porn
- 250 strokes per minute
- A true novelty
- Not a masturbator, but a base for masturbators
- Unnecessarily bulky
- The least discreet
- Materials: PC, ABS and Silicone
- Finish: Gloss finish, Light Bead Blast finish
- Size: 355.6 x 292.1 x 190.5 mm
- Weight: ± 3.2 lb (1451.5 g)
- Charging time: about 1.5h
- User time: 60 minutes
LELO F1S V2
Orgasm Rating: 4/5
LELO is best known for its sleek Swedish design that makes its products as sexy as possible, and the same goes for their F1S V2 sextech console. Unlike the Fleshlight Universal Launcher, the F1S V2 is a hands-free masturbator that’s not meant to be jerked up and down. It contains 10 internal sensors that stimulate the entire penis, from the frenulum to the base. The best part of this masturbator is the intensity of the vibrations. It also contains a side window with nice lighting that shows how the silicone sleeve is working on your penis.
The F1S V2 contains something called Cruise Control technology, which means the device saves 20% of overall battery for the peak of climax. Its sensors can detect when your penis gets girthier, releasing that additional power. LELO also markets something called SenSonic technology, which is the type of penetrating vibration that made their sex toys for women go viral. But, if I’m being honest, I didn’t notice much variation between the feeling of vibrations in each toy, this one just had good intensity. What I did notice, however, was the quality of the silicone on the F1S V2. When lube is added, it feels closest to the real thing.
Speaking of lube, I have to note that it will be your best friend using this device. The inner silicone sleeve contains ridges which help the air escape only if you’re using lube. Otherwise, it’s noisy. It’s also meant for average sized penises, so if you’ve got a massive dick, look into other masturbators. The toy is definitely an investment at $229, but it was my favorite feeling orgasm overall, which is why I’m rating it a 4/5.
LELO F1S V2 Vital Statistics
- Multiple sensors stimulate entire penis
- Hands-free or smartphone bluetooth control
- Best feeling silicone
- Highest price
- Requires lube
- Unsuitable for 6+ in. penises
- Material: Body-safe silicone, ABS, Aluminum alloy
- Size: 143 x Φ 71 mm / 5.6 x 2.8 in
- Insertable length: 110.72 mm / 4.3 in
- Internal girth max.: 150 mm / 5.9 in
- Weight (only product): 285 g / 0.62 lb
- Charge time: 2 hours
- User time: 2 hours
- Standby time: 90 days
Hot Octopuss Pulse Duo
Orgasm Rating: 3/5
At first glance, I was really excited to try the Hot Octopuss Pulse Duo. They have quite a few different variations of the toy that are slim and uninvasive while still offering some added pleasure. The device also comes with a remote control, making it prime to use with a partner. Another feature I enjoyed which the other toys didn’t have was magnetic, cordless charging. Nice touch, Hot Octopuss.
Because of its partnered capabilities, this toy comes with trade-offs. You’ll notice the top half of the toy is carved out in order for a partner to be penetrated and feel some of the vibrations. This means that as a solo masturbator it doesn’t stimulate as much of the penis. Overall, I was pleased with the amount of power this thing had relative to its rather small size.
Outside of functionality, an annoying part of the Hot Octopuss Pulse Duo is its insanely long charge time (3 hours) for 1 hour of use. It’s a hassle to remember to charge the thing after 2 solid jerk-offs. It also has the least amount of vibration patterns, although I tend to stick to the continuous one anyway. Since this is a male masturbator review and not a couples’ sex toy review, the Hot Octopuss Pulse Duo gets an orgasm rating of 3/5 from me. I had more fun using it with a partner than solo.
Hot Octopuss Pulse Duo Vital Statistics
- Discreet in size and design
- Hands-free remote control
- Magnetic charging
- More of a partnered toy than solo masturbator
- Few speed settings
- Long charge time
- Material: Silicone, ABS
- 6 vibration modes
- 3 speed settings
- Running time: up to 1 Hour
- Charging time: 3h
Orgasm Rating: 3/5
Is the ArcWave Ion worth the hype? Chances are, if you’ve done any prior research about male sex toys, you’ve probably come across this device. It was marketed as an innovation to sex tech that would change the game and leave a lot of men in utter satisfaction. At $199, the Arcwave Ion claims to “intensify the male orgasm experience” using pulsation technology, a common feature to many new female sex toys, actually. It’s the only one on this list that uses more of an air pulsation feeling than a deep vibration.
From a visual perspective, the Arcwave Ion is the least-invasive looking toy out of this group, with reason, of course. This device is created to target the frenulum specifically since it contains the most amount of stimulating nerve endings. That being said, this toy is much more sensational for circumcised penises. And similarly to the F1S V2, it isn’t meant to be a stroker (although you can move it up and down slightly). Place it around your head and let the toy do its thing. With its pulsating technology, it is essentially the male counterpart to female clit suckers.
The three cons with the ArcWave Ion are its price for value ($199), lack of vibration patterns, and the fact that you have to squeeze the toy in order to create a tighter grip around your penis. Personally, if you want to invest in a toy of this caliber, it should have hands-free capabilities.
I do appreciate that it isn’t a crazy or bulky design compared to something like Fleshlight Launcher, but it just wasn’t anything special. Overall, I would rate my orgasm with ArcWave Ion a 3/5.
Arcwave Ion Vital Statistics
- Relatively discrete
- Good for circumcised or sensitive penises
- Twist device to come apart for cleaning
- Focuses on the tip
- No vibration patterns
- Not hands-free
- 3.5 in. (regular) – 5.5 in. (stretched) diameter
- 8.5 in. length
- 8 vibration strengths
- Smart Silence technology (turns on when body is sensed)
- DryTech Stick (store with your device to absorb any residual moisture)
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