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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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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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