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Lithium-Ion Batteries; Extend the life of your rechargeable toys

Please be advised that information provided is a guide only, always refer to individual manufacturer’s instructions for accurate advice on caring for your device.
So, you’ve got a fun new toy with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, yay! We recommend rechargeable toys for several reasons, primarily because they are often better-made products and tend to last longer. They’re more convenient too, battery replacement toys can use one of at least 10 battery types, which if you’re not someone who often has batteries on hand can be a bit of a pain remembering what to use and can ruin your toy if you use the wrong type by mistake. Rechargeable are stronger in design and their vibrations are more powerful making them a better option all round, but if nothing else the amount of money you will save in the long run makes the initial purchase of a rechargeable toy much more cost effective. If that still hasn’t sold you, non-rechargeable disposable batteries are toxic to our planet and so many of them end up in landfill, or worse, in our oceans and parklands. It’s so unnecessary when there are better, more sustainable options. Lithium-ion batteries are still toxic to our planet, but they can be disposed of properly, and last a lot longer so it’s really a no brainer there. Adult Bliss is currently looking into offering customers an “Old toy recycling drop off”, a service offered in many locations across the United States, but not commonly found in Australia.

But what if there’s something wrong with the battery? Often you can rely on a warranty repair or replacement if you have followed all appropriate care instructions from the manufacturer. Fun Factory toys, for example, have a 2-year warranty and most quality brands offer at least 12 months warranty, so if there is a genuine fault in the battery you should notice way before the warranty period is over.
Long term there are steps you can take to make your rechargeable toys last longer and ensure no faults are being caused by incorrect use. So, let’s break down the best ways you can make your lithium-ion toy last longer.

· Keep your batteries at room temperature

That means between 20 to 25 degrees C. The worst thing that can happen to a lithium-ion battery is to have a full charge and be subjected to elevated temperatures. So, don’t leave or charge your device’s battery in a hot area. Heat is by far the largest factor when it comes to reducing lithium-ion battery life.
· Allow partial discharges and avoid full ones (usually)

Unlike NiCad batteries, lithium-ion batteries do not have a charge memory. That means deep-discharge cycles are not required. In fact, it’s better for the battery to use partial-discharge cycles. There is one exception. Battery experts suggest that after 30 charges, you should allow lithium-ion batteries to almost completely discharge. Continuous partial discharges create a condition called digital memory, decreasing the accuracy of the device’s power gauge. So, let the battery discharge to the cut-off point and then recharge. The power gauge will be re-calibrated.
· Avoid completely discharging lithium-ion batteries

If a lithium-ion battery is discharged below 2.5 volts per cell, a safety circuit built into the battery opens and the battery appears to be dead. The original charger will be of no use. Only battery analyzers with the boost function have a chance of recharging the battery. Also, for safety reasons, do not recharge deeply discharged lithium-ion batteries if they have been stored in that condition for several months.

Never overcharge your lithium battery

Always refer to the device manufacturers recommended charging times and do not leave your device unattended while charging. Most devices will have either a solid light that changes color or turns off when charging is complete or a blinking light that becomes solid or turns off when complete. Immediately remove from the charger once your device is fully charged to be safe, while many manufacturers ensure their charging docks regulate the charge rate and cut it off once complete, this isn’t always the case, so it’s better to avoid overloading your toy.
· For extended storage, discharge a lithium-ion battery to about 40-50 percent and store it in a cool place

Much like laptops, phones and other devices that use lithium ion, battery life may be observed to deplete over time even when the device is not used regularly, or in storage. This often occurs if the device is stored with a full charge, this means that oxidation of lithium-ion is at its highest rate. So, if you don’t plan on using your toy for a while or have just bought a new toy but aren’t ready to completely let go of your old lover yet, then storing your toy at 40-60 percent discharge and in a cool, dry place is recommended.
This is a two-way relationship, looking after your toys will help you to look after your sexual needs for longer, win-win.
All in all, it’s not that hard: keep your toy charged, don’t let it go completely flat and keep the temperature consistent and your best friend will be around for years to come.

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Cock Rings; The Guide You’ve Been Looking For

Cock Rings: If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it. Wait, a what on the where now? Don’t freak out. A Cock Ring, or C-Ring, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, it’s a small, often silicone ring that you place around the base of the shaft of the penis. To what end you ask? No not the end, the base! Primarily a cock ring is restricting blood flow to the erectile tissues, blood goes into the penis but it has a hard time getting back out, this assists with increased girth, decreases sensitivity and thereby delaying orgasm, often leading to longer lasting erections.
Due to the way cock rings work, they’re also great at staving off premature ejaculation (PE), which is known to affect at least 25% of men and is defined as the inability to “last” longer than 2 minutes. PE can affect a man for short periods or sometimes for life, in either case using a cock ring is an effective method of improving the length and strength of an erection. (There are other great treatments for PE Like pumping which you can find info on HERE).

Rings come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, the smaller rings can generally be assumed for use purely around the shaft of the penis, but what about the larger ones? We often see people looking rather shocked at the sight of rings that could fit around their wrist, these larger rings are designed to go around the scrotum (testicles) as well as the shaft. The idea here is to increase the intensity of the male orgasm. When a man ejaculates his testicles pull up closer to the body, by stopping them from doing this you can slightly increase the length of the orgasm while also increasing its intensity. Ball stretchers are also a great option for this as well.

You might see rings that have two rings attached by a small spine, these also work as a ball stretcher and are kind of a two in one deal, you place the larger outer ring around the balls and the other inner ring around the shaft. A small spine connects the two rings, this should sit in between your balls and your shaft ensuring it stays in the right spot and conveniently adding a little pressure to another sensitive area.
If you’re looking to ramp it up a notch, some styles have texturing for an even greater sensory experience for your partner, while others might also include vibrating bullets which will help both sexual partners come to climax quicker. Other vibrating cock rings are designed specifically to stimulate the perineum, in case you don’t know that’s the spot between a males anus and perineum, often called the P-spot, and it’s very sensitive to touch. . The We-vibe Verge is a great example of this but there are other products out there, often referred to as taint teasers.
Like most sexual stimulation products, cock rings are available as disposable single or limited use rings, or you can purchase more sustainable products made from stronger materials, have replaceable batteries or are even rechargeable. The We-Vibe Pivot being a great example of a rechargeable C-ring that is also app compatible!! What will they think of next?

So what about materials? There’s a lot of different types on the market, and what you choose will likely depend on your desired outcome. Typically, Silicone or Rubber is the most common materials used, these stretchy little guys are great for first timers and guy who are unsure of the girth needed. Even though they’re stretchy, if it’s your first time using a cock ring it’s important to be aware that you don’t want something too tight which is why we recommend a set of rings like the Optimale silicone 3 ring set so you can try a few sizes and decide what works for you. Nitrile is another common material, Nitrile is comfortable, can be quite thin and very strong but isn’t stretchy at all, so we don’t recommend this for first timers. If you (or your partner) are looking for something that “won’t get in the way” and you have a preferred diameter you like then Nitrile might be a good option.
Then there are Leather rings, these are great for a bunch of reasons. They are usually adjustable, often with Velcro or snap fastenings to hold them in place, they’re very strong, and they’re easy to take off and put on, no delicate removal procedures! Not to mention they look pretty hardcore and these days if you want the look but are adverse to leather there are eco-leathers and synthetics available too.
And there’s metal, plastic, and glass. While these rings are certainly still used for sexual pleasure due to their strong rigid structure, many people also buy these rings as sexual or genital jewelry. Not only do some of these products look stunning, like the Rosebud collection, but they also provide a weight that can be quite pleasurable and even comforting. If metal sounds like your thing make sure you are buying quality surgical stainless steel, the last thing you want is a rash from cheaply coated metals or a rusty ring, likewise with plastic and glass ensure your ring is free from chips or cracks, trust us.

So how do I put it on and remove it safely? For a start, DON’T ROLL IT! The last thing you want is a friction burn or worse for the loose skin on the penis to get caught and tear. Ideally, to put on and remove a cock ring you should carefully hook your little fingers inside the ring and stretch it out, and slide it directly over and down the penis, this method will only work with stretchier materials, for rigid materials like metal and glass the ring should be placed on a flaccid penis. A little bit of lube might also help if you’re feeling clumsy or having a bit of trouble, and if you get desperate during removal try slowly cooling your penis to initiate a bit of shrinkage. For ball rings and stretchers put in one testicle at a time, if the ring is designed to go over the penis as well leave the penis til last, and obviously, be gentle.

And now, the word of caution that we really hope you don’t skip over.
Before thinking about using a C-ring there are a few things you NEED to know! It’s not ever recommended to use a cock ring that is restricting blood flow for more than 20 – 30 minutes. You might think this isn’t a very long time, but think of it like putting a rubber band around your finger, you wouldn’t leave that there for very long would you? Speaking of rubber bands, its very important that you don’t try to substitute with a rubber band or anything else really, there are a lot of blood vessels in this very delicate area and the last thing you want to do is cause any serious long-term damage. To this end it might be best to try not to wear a ring in public where it may become “inappropriate” to take it off, especially through airport security which might not end well when you have to try to explain what the metal thing in your pants is. Always make it a priority to take it off after sex, don’t risk falling asleep and forgetting about it. And lastly if you start to feel any discomfort, or loss of sensation and even loss of heat in your penis carefully take your ring off as soon as possible. The biggest risk for improper use of a cock ring is Priapism, caused by coagulated blood in your blood vessels which results in a prolonged erection but not in a good way. Priapism can be extremely painful and can cause permanent damage to the erectile tissue.
With proper use however a cock ring is a safe and fun addition to your toy box!

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Kegel’s what the hell are they?

Firstly, why Kegel Exercises?

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The pelvic floor is actually a series of muscles between your hips that act as a hammock holding some of your organs in place, these organs include bowel, bladder and some reproductive organs. A weak pelvic floor can be cause by a number of things, in women it can be a Sid effect of giving birth, but in most cases, it is caused by aging or weight gain.

How can we fix this?

Kegel exercises are a muscle movement that you can do pretty much anywhere at any time. The Goal? To strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. The exercise can be a little tricky at first, finding the right group of muscles can be difficult. The best method starts off with an empty bladder, to start this process of identification is to insert a clean figure into the vagina, then try to squeeze the finger with the vaginal muscles without tensing your stomach or thighs. If you are still unsure feel free to contact your GP or gynecologist and see if they can offer any help.

Usually using a device called Ben Wa Balls or Kegel Balls is the best way to find the right muscle group, Kegel Balls are used as a slightly advance method of Kegel training but there is nothing wrong with starting there. There is a really great set of Kegels by Nalone called Yani which we sell a lot of! Lelo do a great set as well. The benefit of these Kegel sets is they have different weighted balls, so you can swap out for something heavier or lighter depending on your skill level. Other wise if you into something a little more natural and spiritual you can have a look at Yoni’s Range of Crystal Kegel Eggs.

image by the Continence foundation of Australia

Now guys you might be wondering “what about me?” well don’t worry we got you covered! It turns out that the same group of muscles a woman uses to clench the vagina can be used to clench the anus and this will work out the Kegel “Sling “as well. As far as Ben Wa Balls are concerned it is NOT recommended to use these anally. The reason for this is there usually isn’t a flare on the Kegel Balls, so it is very likely that they might get “lost” this happens all the time and, in most cases, results in a trip to the ER. But don’t fret there are products on the market that have the same weighted bouncy feeling as a Kegel Ball, Marc Dorcel do a hollow plastic butt plug that contains a weighted ball inside for this exact reason.

What are the benefits you ask?

Well apart from the occasional cheeky orgasm that may occur from stimulating the G or P spot, the benefits are enormous:

For the ladies, stronger vaginal muscles can lead to more intense and satisfying orgasms, but even better than that Kegel exercises can combat urinary incontinence, strengthen the bowl and boost your sexual self-esteem. Kegel training is recommended for women who have just given birth due to the massive amount of trauma this area is subject to during the birthing process.

For men the benefits are similar to prostate stimulation, promotion of blood flow to the genital area, more control over orgasms a great way to combat erectile dysfunction (if this is something that you wish to know more about please have a read of our blog on penis pumps). Strong Kegels can also improve sexual stamina with stronger and longer lasting erections with the added benefit of more powerful orgasms. And lastly for the silver fox’s out there Kegel training can also improve bladder control allowing you to empty your bladder fully without those last-minute dribbles otherwise known as urinary incontinence.

For both men and women the “work out” routine is fairly simple, start buy holding the muscles for up to three second, and try to do 1 – 3 reps of 10. Push that 3 seconds of holding up to about 10 seconds over time and start the smaller reps. Once a day is plenty as overworking these muscles can lead to muscle fatigue leading to worsening the issue we are trying to prevent. Much like anything worth doing its worth doing correctly and will take some time before you see results. Make it a part of your daily routine and in a week or two, you will start to see the pay off take effect.

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The Art Of Shibari (Know The Ropes)

Shibari:The origin of Shibari is thought to lie in Hojo-jutsu, a martial art used by Samurai in Japan in 1400 to restrain prisoners. To show their prisoners respect, they used rope, different tying techniques and patterns to symbolize the social status of their prisoner, as well as the type and severity of the crime.
Hojo-jutsu took on a new, erotic form in the late 19th Century and became Kinbaku (Kinbaku-bi translates as ‘the beauty of tight binding’) – in today’s western world, it’s called Shibari. Shibari techniques tread the line between pain and pleasure, with knots and ties positioned to heighten sensuality and stimulate pressure points, erogenous zones and genitals. Contrasts are central to Shibari: intricate geometric patterns with the natural curves of the body, rough rope against soft skin and vulnerability side by side with strength. The practice can also lead to a trance-like experience for the tied partner and a rush of adrenaline for the artist, or rigger.Shibari takes dedication and patience to master, but you will develop a skill that can lead to a deeper sense of trust and a greater bond between you and your partner.

Want to learn? First, invest in some good quality rope, like Fifty Shades Freed Want to Play? Silky Rope, or try a robust Natural Hemp Rope, this style of rope is less comfortable but is strong enough for advanced suspension. Either are perfect options for practicing the art of restraint.
There are so many tying techniques that it would take us all day to cover them here, but to avoid getting in a tangle we recommend looking online to see if there are any Shibari classes in your area. In South Australia we 100% recommend Adelaide Rope Space they have decades of experience, and are not only professional but super friendly to beginners along with two weekly classes and once a month a class for more advanced students. In addition , they have a performance night  on the 24th Novemberas part of the Feast festival. Lastly the book Two Knotty Boys: Showing You the Ropes has some great tips for getting started.

Safety first Accidents can happen when you’re using any kind of restraint, so it’s hugely important that safety is your top priority when practicing Shibari. Serious injury, can come from inexperience, so it’s vital that you find an experienced practitioner to show you the ropes.

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Glass Pleasure Objects, are they safe?

Once I had a love and it was a gas, soon turned out had a heart of glass…. But you’re not here for the Blondie reference, you’re here for a glass organ of a different kind ?
Short answer to the question that bought you here; yes! But as with most things its not that simple, let us explain…
When most people think of sex toys they think silicones and plastics, the market is saturated with these materials so you’d be forgiven for not considering metal, glass, wood or even crystal as an alternative! Glass toys have in fact been around since at least the 1600’s but fell out of fashion until the early 1900’s, around the time Pyrex was making a name for itself. The art of super-heat-treating borosilicate glass as it forms resulted in a lightweight but strong glass resistant to thermal shock, or in simpler terms.. resistant to breaking when the temperature changes.
Glass dongs and anal toys have a unique slickness and hardness that a lot of us desire without the heaviness of a metal toy alternative. Glass is non-porous, making it extremely hygienic, and can be used with any lubricant your beating heart desires! This hypoallergenic surface contains no parabens or toxins and is great for people with sensitive skin or allergies to plastics and rubbers. This also makes glass really great for parties and swingers, this is a toy you can share with the confidence of knowing that when you clean it, it’s really clean. You can even heat or cool glass toys if you’re into temperature play, just make sure it’s a gradual temperature change, while borosicilicate glass is resistant to thermal shock, it is still susceptible to breakage from a sudden temperature shift. To cool your toy place it in the fridge in a sealed bag to prevent any lingering bacteria from transferring. To heat your glass friend, place in cool water and slowly bring it to the boil and remove with tongs, let it cool slightly in the air before.. ahem.. inserting. It’s always wise to test the temp on the soft skin of your forearm first to avoid freezer or heat burns.
Speaking of putting it in hot water, did we mention you can put a glass dildo in the dishwasher? We still recommend cleaning it off with an antibacterial toy cleaner afterward to remove any soapy residue.

“BUT GLASS CAN BREAK!” Yes, like most materials glass is not inphallible. While it’s pretty unlikely to break even from most drops, we’ve probably all found a way to chip, break or even shatter the generally indestructible pyrex jug we all seem to have in the cupboard (No? Just me?). Unlike the pyrex jug though, you really really can’t keep using your toy once it’s damaged without risking glass splinters or cuts, and you really don’t want to deal with that down there. So, check your toy before use and while cleaning, avoid dropping it as much as possible, remember to apply gradual heat changes and keep your sexy see-through friend in a soft fabric bag when not in use, most glass toys come with one if you’re purchasing a reputable brand. Brands like Glas, Blown, and Icicles are leaders in the industry and well known for their strong quality products, find yourself one of these legends and you’ll have a friend for life!
In the interest of transparency there’s a few things to be wary of…
· Vibrating Glass dongs should be used with caution, these toys are hollow which means the glass is thinner and has endured a lot more strain to achieve its shape so there is a higher chance of breakage.
· Avoid the cheap brands, not every company takes customer safety into account and in order to keep costs down many use cheaper but less safe glass alternatives when making their products, so steer clear of overseas knock offs or super cheap brands that seem too good to be true.
· If there are any imperfections or bubbles in your glass toys return it asap to the store you bought it from or contact the manufacturer before you use it.
A well made glass toy has the potential to last your entire life, unlike silicone or plastic toys that are prone to eventually break, crack or tear, your elegant glass friend will be there till the very end! Glass is a beautiful alternative and feels amazing so if you’re after something a little different this just might be the toy for you.
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