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01 June, 2011

Review - We-Vibe Tango

We-Vibe Tango is a dimunitive rechargeable travel-friendly vibrator, which is essentially an high-end bullet vibe. It is really too small to be used as a dildo, at 3" x 5/8" (it is slightly longer than the typical size of a tube of lipstick, and the tip of the Tango is also tapered like the end of a lipstick), rather it is intended for clitoral use, and it is definitely not safe for anal use, since it has no safety measures to keep it from getting lost inside the body.  The Tango's small size is great for slipping between you and your partner.  It is easy to carry in a pocket, a purse, or a travel bag.

Overall, I think it has a lot of great qualities, but could use some improvements.

Tango is made from body-safe hard PC-ABS thermoplastic, can only be used with water-based lubes, and should be cleaned with soap and water.  It cannot be boiled or bleached for sterilization.  We-Vibe claims the Tango is waterproof and submerge-able.

We-Vibe states that the toy is fully recyclable and manufactured carbon-neutral. Designed in Canada, Made in China. One year warranty. The packaging is elegant and tasteful.  Everything inside was separated and packaged well to prevent damage.   It includes a white satin drawstring bag for the Tango, which is a thoughtful and appreciated touch.  The instruction booklet is in many languages, but doesn't actually give that much information about the toy other than the barest necessities.

Tango comes with a 2-part charger - a wall plug that's maybe a little larger than the typical "slim horizontal brick-type" phone charger with a decently long cord, and a small adapter that on one side, the cord plugs in, and a magnet slot on the other side.  There is a light on the adapter that comes on when you plug it in, and off when it is fully charged.  The Tango weighs enough that you cannot dangle it from the outlet, the magnet is very weak, it just falls right off.  You will have to place the Tango on a stable surface so that there is no cord tension.  It can take up to 90 minutes to charge, which provides you with roughly 2 hours of play.  It is claimed that the Tango is good for 500+ charges and that it will hold a unused charge for up to 2 months.

One detail about Tango that immediately irritated me, is that the very tip of the toy has a little rough spot on it from the mold.  Worst possible placement for something like that.  I could feel the spot on my naughty bits, in fact, although it was not so rough that I could not use the toy, and probably less damaging than being felt up by someone with rough, dry, scratchy fingers.  There is no center seam, but there is a seam on the bottom that is not smooth.  There is also lightly raised lettering and so forth on the bottom half-inch of the toy from the title and logo images on there.

For my preferences, I wish the Tango were not actually quite so smooth.  I used to use a lot of cheap, smooth plastic vibrators, but for several years now I've almost exclusively been using silicone vibes, which are textured enough to tug at the skin a little, which I personally find more enjoyable.  This is higher quality plastic, so it's harder to break, but it feels the same as the cheap stuff on my skin.

A small button turns on the Tango, keep clicking until you hit the setting you want.  Holding the button for 2 seconds turns it off.  The button is small enough that it's a little bit hard to push when it is on, I wish the button stuck out just a bit more.  It would help if it stuck out further than the magnets do, although I realize that makes the entire endcap more of a design challenge.

The Tango has 8 intensity and pattern settings.  I believe that the patterns are on '3' intensity, but I am not 100% sure.

1 - low
2 - medium
3 - high
4 - ultra high
5 - steady pulse 9 + quick pulse 9
6 - "rollercoaster" high to low
7 - steady pulse
8 - dot dot dash dash dash
9 - off

If you turn the Tango off with the 2 second push, and then you turn it on again, it resumes on the setting you were last on, so if you turned it off on setting 6, that's where it will start next time.

Well, I have tested this one off and on for almost 2 months, I really wanted to like this toy, and despite my best efforts, this vibe just does not get me off, so there's a full point off. To me, this feels way more massaging than stimulating.  On the other hand, it's a really good "teaser" vibe when used on the patterned settings.  Also, We-Vibe is not kidding when they say the Tango maintains its charge!  I've left this thing without a charge for weeks now, and used it for several minutes at a time here and there, and the battery just keeps going and going, at full strength, which in my experience is nothing short of amazing.  Man, if this thing could just give me an orgasm, I'd send We-Vibe a fruit basket.

Final Verdict:  3.5/5.

I would rate the Tango higher if the manufacturer changed the design to make it smoother on both ends and took off the pointless logos that most people probably won't even notice anyway.  Make the surface of the vibrator at least somewhat textured silicone.

At the end of the day, this is simply an upscale bullet vibe, and the battery cannot be taken out and changed, it will slowly weaken over time and eventually will not hold enough of a charge anymore.  It costs about as much as 3-4 cheap bullets, so you will have to think about whether the improvements are worth the cost.  Unlike a cheap bullet, Tango has many settings and speeds to choose from.  It is sturdier, and waterproof.  I can break a cheap bullet just by looking at it, I've gone through a ton of them over the years, so I appreciate the improved hardiness of Tango.  You will save money, in a sense, by not having to buy batteries.

Waterproof Vibrators from Babeland: take the plunge!

Disclaimer - This product was provided to me as a Babeland Affiliate. However, all my reviews are completely thoughtful and honest.

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