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Violet Wands


Violet wands are definitely one of the most desirable toys available. They are incredibly versatile, providing many different levels of intensity, technique and sensations. The basic techniques are so easy to learn that you will be using your wand right away, and yet you will be able to build on those techniques into a marvelous range. Violet wands can provide an incredible range of sensations, from lush tingles to sharp shocks to simulating the feelings of burning and cutting. You will be limited only by your imagination.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Violet Wands

General Safety Troubleshooting


General

What's a violet wand?
Violet wands are a relatively new invention, though their grandparents began their lives as medical devices in the early 1900s. Like other 'inventions' of same the time period, they were marketed with over-exagerated claims. Later, they were 'discovered' by the sexually adventurous for their amazing range of sensations they were capable of providing. The same companies that invented violet wands, invented vibrators (which were also used for 'medical' purposes originally). Statistically, violet wands are the safest electrical sex toy next to vibrators, and you can do a whole lot more with them! The vintage type of violet wand (violet ray devices) are no longer manufactured the same way, and the two technologies have diverged in recent years. You can still go to a beauty salon and find a modern violet ray device used to give you a facial, but it feels nothing like a violet wand!

What does a violet wand feel like?
They pretty much feel like a jolt of static electricity, such as when you pet your cat and the spark jumps to your skin. But violetwands are adjustable, so it can go from erotic tingles that feel like you are in an alka-seltzer bath, with the sparks fizzing lushly over your skin, all the way up to sharp shocks. There is a wide range of physical sensations you can achieve, depending on the setting, technique used and accessories, so they can feel like soft bubbles or like a knife cutting.

Is a violetwand safe?
Violet wands are the safest electrical sex toy, with the fewest statistical injuries reported. However, you do have to take simple safety precautions, like keeping the wand from getting in water, just like any electrical appliance. Check our safety information for important considerations.

How do wands work?
Ordinary household electricity is a low frequency alternating current (120 Volts, 60 Hz in the USA) and is hazardous to come into direct contact with. The Violet Wand "transforms" the high voltage household current by a two-stage process with a magnetic resonator and then a capacitor (known in combination as a Tesla coil) into a very low watt, low amperage, and high frequency charge that has little affect on the human body. The vacuum annealed, heat treated glass electrodes are filled with argon (and sometimes other gas) under low pressure, that creates the purple glow when it is excited by electricity. The glass electrodes also effectively isolate the charge within. What comes off the end of the glass electrodes behaves as direct current electricity that jumps to an uncharged source. The electrical charge you receive from a glass violet wand electrode is similar to static electricity that you receive a shock from when walking across a carpeted floor. The difference is that violet wands produce a continuous stream of electrical charge rather than a single static spark.

What about getting an old or vintage wand?
Many of the wand flea-market finds have had their components deteriorating in a damp basement for 20 years, or their wiring pitted and brittle from the high voltages and have therefore become dangerous to use. You wouldn't want to use those wands "as is." IF you want to risk using an old wand, be sure to have its wiring checked completely by a qualified person. Better yet, purchase a reconditioned vintage wand that has been checked for safety.

What are the differences between a collectible violetwand and a new one?
Pre-owned wands are not for everyone. But then neither are new ones. Cost factors and aesthetics, personal preferences and level of usage will all be different for everyone. There is a classic look and feel to pre-owned and vintage wands that is not captured in the new ones, and persons with more aesthetic tastes will opt for the one-of-a-kind wands as collectible items as well as toys to play with. And like classic versus new cars, what new violet wands make up for in mileage, they lose in power. If you are accustomed to new wands, you will find vintage wands might pack a more powerful punch, but new wands have more features. Please read our Choosing a Wand page to help you decide.

What are the differences between the one and two piece vintage units?
In terms of how they work, nothing. Two piece vintage units have an indefinite running time, and one piece units are easier to move with. It is solely a personal preference which wand is right for you.

What is the "Skin effect?"
The term does not refer to human skin. In short, it is a complicated electrical engineering/physics formula, that defines how deep a specific high frequency of electrical current will penetrate into a given substance. The resultant "skin depth" is based upon diameter of the conductive material, its resistance, and magnetic permeability. The measurement for skin depth, is that point at which an electrical charge ceases to penetrate at its full power and the current begins to rapidly decrease with increased depth. That means that electricity STILL penetrates past the "skin depth" even when the measured "skin depth" is small. Unfortunately, The Skin Effect does not fully apply to the human body, either in practical demonstrations or by applying the Skin Depth Formula to human variables. We know today, that rather than falling entirely under the scope of the "Skin Effect," many other things are also at work to keep us safe when playing with violet wands. Violet wand electricity is of sufficiently high frequency that it does not affect the human body, in the same way that high frequencies of sound cannot be heard. This high frequency, combined with other factors such as the specific "resistance" of human skin (eletrical resistance as measured in ohms per meter), make it possible to play with violet wand electricity.


Safety

I've heard that old violetwands aren't safe to use. What's the story?
Older wands are no less safe to use than old lamps that are in excellent condition, but you wouldn't use a 70-year old lamp without having it re-wired and checked for safety. Neither should you use an old violetwand without doing the same! One leg of a violet wand circuit remains connected to household A/C, which has the potential to deliver lethal voltages if something goes wrong. Never use a wand whose metal parts inside or out, show signs of rust or deterioration. Deterioration on the outside, means deterioration on the inside metal parts too...including the wiring.
Vintage violetwands are made of Bakelite, which is and always has been a very effective insulator. Internal spark gaps are present that halt household line current. The neat thing about the coils in violet wands is, even if they do malfunction, they can't send their electrical charge any farther than the inside of the glass electrode! Yes, new professional wands have built-in grounded circuits and older ones do not, but this actually does not create a significant difference in safety. If this remains a concern for you, the purchase of an inexpensive ground fault circuit interrupter to plug in between your pre-owned wand and the wall outlet should do the trick nicely.

Is it true you can't use a violet wand above the waist?
You definitely can use 98% of violet wands above the waist. Violetwands are the safest electrical play toys out there, both clinically and statistically. But there are a few older types available, where it really depends on you and the wand. Some violet wands are approved by the FDA for use on humans and are indicated for usage just about anywhere, including the head and face. If you don't know which type of vintage wand you have, then you may wish to restrict its use to below the ribcage.

I love the idea of electrical play, but I'm nervous. How can I make violet wands as safe as possible to overcome my fears?
Well, electrical play IS edge play. But violet wands are the safest electro-stimulation alternative, and there are a few things you can do with violet wands that keep them on the safest side of the bondage edge. First, educate yourself on how they work and read our Safety Page. And while the risk may already be low, you can even make your wand Fail-Safe to guard against any possibility of electrical accident, by using a Ground Fault Safety Interrupter with your wand. (they are inexpensive and you can get them at hardware stores or on our site.) Keep your violetwand in good condition!...the condition of its wiring will be your FIRST and BEST defense.

What about using metal accessories and electrodes?
Electrical theory demonstrates that IF you are using an un-gapped metal accessory inserted into a wand that does not have a safety spark gap AND the internal wiring fails, there is a chance that there would be a subsequent draw on the line current. This could be a lethal occurrence. While this has not been documented (nor rumoured) to have happened in 70 years of violet wand history, there is still a chance it COULD happen if those circumstances occurred. It's safest to play with the glass electrodes, spark-gapped metal electrode accessories, or make sure your wand has an internal safety spark gap. If a spark gap is present in neither your wand nor your metal accessory, there is a slight increase in actual statistical risk that you should fully understand before making the choice to play with those circumstances. SSC players will stick to metal accessories that have a spark gap of some type..this can even be an air gap, the poor connections between ball chain links, or a resistant spacer. RACK proponents will understand the additional risk involved with ungapped metal accessories.

If both your new and vintage violet wands are relatively safe, why do you carry a disclaimer?
Unfortunately, in this litigious (prone to lawsuits) society, it's necessary. Safety is always an issue in BDSM, and like all toys, a violetwand can cause injury if used improperly, or through accident. Becoming knowledgeable about your wand and other toys will prevent mishaps. We can't play 100% safe in BDSM, but we can play SAFER.



Troubleshooting

What causes wands to lose power?
Overheating. Most wands used a capacitor (the mythic 'core' you may have heard about) which will eventually lose power over time if they overheat. (ALL wands, regardless of the materials used for their internal components, will wear out over time.) Use your violetwand only for the recommended amount of time. If extended play is something you want, choose a vintage two-piece unit or a NEW wand; they run longer.

My wand doesn't power up right when I hold it upside down. What's the problem?
The magnets inside the coil shift inside the wand. Change the angle position of the violetwand to correct this.

Why won't a specific electrode work? It doesn't appear to be broken
Try this: Insert the electrode and turn the adjustment setting the whole way up. Shift the angle that you are holding the wand. If the electrode comes on it just needed to 'warm up'..you can now adjust the setting down as desired. Also try touching the electrode to your hand while it is at full power. If the electrode still refuses to work, it may have developed a small leak and the gas has escaped. If that's the case, it can't be repaired.

Why are some electrodes different colors?
Just like neon signs use different gasses to glow different colors, so do wand electrodes. Violet wand glass electrodes, in fact, glow for the very same reason that neon signs do; noble gas is excited by the electricity and it glows. At other times the electrodes have actually been made with different colored glass. European kits definitely have the most interesting electrodes.

My wand won't work!
First, you've checked to make sure its plugged in, then adjusted the settings the whole way up, and the wand still makes no vibration. In some cases, we may be able to make the repairs ourselves at little or no charge. We make repairs only for people who have purchased their violetwand, new or pre-owned or antique, from us. We have repair persons in several parts of the world, so if you are one of our international customers, you don't have to send your wand all the way back to the US. If you would like more information on repairing a wand that you purchased somewhere else, please see this page.

I am having a problem with electricity arcing from the wand
The electrical charge from a violet wand will naturally seek to arc to the nearest conductive matter, which just may happen to be your own skin. Hold the violet wand handset at its base, keeping your hand from where the handset begins to narrow at the nosecone. Also make sure your electrodes are seated securely. You may also want to turn your adjustment strength down. These will substantially reduce excess electricity.