The Stinger

Anytime I don’t know a lot about a kink or haven’t added it (yet) to the plethora of kinks I hoard for myself, I try to learn as much as I can. That’s how I found myself at an electro play workshop taught by Midori at the Pleasure Chest. Sure, I like fun sexy pain but I hadn’t thought about incorporating electricity into that pain. I had no idea what was available or what to know about when it comes to electro play. By the end of this workshop, I was definitely into it.

I attended Midori’s workshop in 2015, but never owned an electro play toy. At least, not until the kind folks at Betty’s Toy Box sent me Doc Johnson’s The Stinger Electro Play Wand. I saw it when I taught my ‘Geeks After Dark’ workshop at the Pleasure Chest earlier this spring. I found myself gravitating towards it because it kinda looks like a lightsaber, or you could play it off as a magical wand from the Potterverse. 

HOW THIS TOY WORKS
The Stinger is 15” long with a black non-conductive handle and a red, hard plastic length. At the end of the red plastic, there are two metal prongs which conduct electric currents. There is one red button in the middle of the handle and the toy is powered by two AA batteries which plug into the base.

Pressing and releasing the button once will charge the toy, which creates an electric shock when the prongs come into contact with skin. The shock is bright, has a loud pop, but generally doesn’t really hurt. Holding down the button allows you to do the same thing but with a more powerful charge that will last as long as The Stinger is pressed into the skin.

HOW I USE THIS TOY
As soon as The Stinger arrived, I texted a picture to a friend of mine who periodically doms me with the caption “Wanna help me review this?” The Stinger’s packaging has no directions or explanation how to use it, but it seemed intuitive (there’s one button) and part of the excitement of the scene was figuring out how to use it. We discovered that pressing and releasing the button created maybe 1.5 small charges that sound & look scarier than they are. Holding down the button, the toy would charge and release as long as it was in contact with skin, which amounted to more fun pain and light tingling. During our experimentation, I was blindfolded so the loud audible crackle of The Stinger’s discharge was impossible to ignore; scary-hot, almost more so than the sensation that comes from the actual toy.

Because the toy does not conduct through my body, my dom could have his hands on me and hold me in place while the current built pain. The Stinger also did not leave any marks on my skin, true to its packaging claims. I did try The Stinger on my nipples & clit– not as part of the scene with my dom– and by myself I’m a total chicken, but I could see incorporating The Stinger into a more intimate BDSM scene involving sexual release.

This is the first BDSM toy I’ve received for review and I’m impressed with the ability to control stimulation through a single button, as well as The Stinger’s lightweight frame and easy user interface. 

It’s definitely going in my travel kink box & I see it becoming a go-to for future scenes. I normally hate toys with batteries but the power & price point of The Stinger makes me really ok with it. Plus, since this is something I could see myself traveling with, it’s nice to know it won’t go off and set my bag on fire.

If you think you might be into electro play, or you know you already love it, and you want something light and easily portable, buy The Stinger for $35 from Betty’s Toy Box. Seriously. Plus, use code TWIXT and you’ll get 10% off. 

LUBE & CLEANING
This toy is not designed to come in contact with genitals or bodily fluids. However, if concerned, you can use a damp washcloth to wipe off the prongs/ABS plastic and allow the toy to fully dry before using it again. Do NOT submerge or use while wet.

If you want to incorporate lube in your electro play, consider a water based lube or even a lube designed specifically for electro play like PES electrolube.

PROs:

  • Inexpensive for a kink item!
  • Very lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Great for nerdy roleplay a la Star Wars or Harry Potter

CONs:

  • Batteries cost money
  • It’s not the most powerful electro wand

This toy was generously provided to me by Betty’s Toy Box in exchange for an honest review. There are affiliate links included. If you like this blog and want to support the work I do, please consider clearing your cookies and purchasing through my affiliate links.