Common Questions

The difference between Violet Wands and TENS type units

Electrical play devices, for BDSM purposes, can be grouped into two types: high voltage/high frequency and low voltage/low frequency. In the first group the most often encountered item is the violet wand. In the second group falls a broad range of devices generally patterned on a TENS type of device which is used in standard medical treatment. They have very different effects and one should not be considered better or a lesser version of the other.

Violet wand type devices deliver a sensation that can variously be described as burning, tingly, stingy or static electricity like. The sensation is caused directly by the spark from the unit impinging on the skin. In some sense the user feels what could be described loosely as a shock.

TENS type unit’s work entirely differently. Their output is designed to cause some sort of muscle contraction. This is administered through a variety of different methods. The standard medical configuration uses electrodes, which adhere to the skin. Other devices are found more often in BDSM play such as electric butt plugs or vaginal plugs.  When using any of these the sensation is not felt as a shock at all, but rather as a muscle contraction. In the case of a butt plug for instance, it will feel as if the subject is being fucked in the ass.

It must be emphasized that the two groupings, wands and TENS type units, are entirely different devices used to achieve entirely different ends. Some aspects of this are illustrated in the chart below. Some examples of TENS type units and electrodes suitable for BDSM use are also shown below.

VIOLET WAND
TENS TYPE UNITS
Line Voltage, it must be plugged into the wall
Generally Battery Operated
Basically self contained, attachments for the most part fit directly into the wand
Never used directly, generally used in conjunction with skin adhered electrodes or insertable type electrodes
Output is quite visible, the sensation felt by the subject is readily gauged to some degree by the intensity of the arc.
The sensation felt by the subject has to be judged by the operators experience. Self administration of these device by any operator would be highly recommended prior to using them with someone else.
Somewhat narrower range of play possible. Most would describe violet wands as falling into the "pain" category, although this is obviously highly subjective.
Slightly wider range of play than with wands although this will require buying multiple power units or electrodes.
Good for multi user play as wands are not inserted devices.
Power sources can be used for multiple partners, however any insertable electrode should probably be used on a single person and not on multiple subjects as sterilization is difficult if not impossible.
Somewhat delicate in terms of the physical unit. Wands often break when dropped on a hard surface. Electrodes are generally glass.
More durable as electronics tend to be solid state. Insertable electrodes can break, but are more durable than the glass electrodes of the wand.
Set up is relatively simple provided an electrical outlet is near by.
More complicated set up involving cables from the power unit to the electrode. However the battery operated nature of the power source can be very convenient.

TENS type electrodes sold by Rupert Huse & Son, Inc.

cock electro sex toy

Cock Type Electrode

Note that this electrode consists of two electrical contact strips ( only one is visible, the other is located on the opposite side of the plug) running along the length. Most TENS type units can have two channels each with a hot and neutral side. This plug will use an entire channel of one of these units meaning that generally the power source with be capable of running two of this type of plug simultaneously.

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Butt Plug Electro Sex Toy

Butt Plug electrode

Again, a two contact (bi polar )device. This is designed to be inserted anally. Most would describe this plug as causing sensations similar to being fucked

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Eros Tek Electro Stim Unit

Power Source

This is a typical TENS type power source. It is powered by a 9 volt battery. It can deliver a surprising output considering the battery size ( most TENS type units use a 9 volt battery). On the top is a group of three knobs. The two marked A and B control the intensity of the output for each channel. The one in the middle below the top three controls the rate at which the electricity pulses, in other words at what rate the muscle contractions will occur. The knob marked MA is for fine adjustments of both channels. This box is especially nice since you can pulse it to sounds, such as thumping music.

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