More: What not to Get

 

If you are interested in saving money above traditional US made violet wands, it is possible to get what you want without going for an unsafe antique, used Ebay items with no customer service or warranty, or being stuck with a cheap knock-off device that can’t do what you want it to do.  There are less expensive alternatives to traditional violet wands, ones that come with violet wand accessories, fit violet wand electrodes, and actually do violet wand techniques.

To begin, you want a violet wand that

  •  is safe to use
  • accepts violet wand accessories
  • performs violet wand techniques
  • will last till you get your money’s worth

You want a violet wand.  But you’d also like to save some money on your purchase.  Here are some tips on avoiding mistakes.

ELECTRONIC / Solid State VIOLET WANDS

In recent years, major violet wand retailers have been working with manufacturers to create solid state/electronic violet wands to company specs, offering an extremely budget-friendly option over traditional Tesla-type electro-mechanical violet wands.  This has been an incredible boost in savings of hard earned dollars, allowing many many more people to enter into this very enjoyable past time.  In most cases the makers of the beauty high frequency devices have been willing to manufacture to violet wand specs and additional safety factors, if the violet wand company pays enough to get a minimum wholesale order (usually purchasing 1000 units will allow them to be customized and built to standards for the kink community). Electronic violet wands (ones that run on a circuit board) usually run about $100, compared to $250+ for a traditional Tesla type violet wand.  Hallelujah!!  BUT…electronic violet wands are all over the place in terms of output and range, run time, warranty, and power. So you do need to do a bit of research to find out the specs for an electronic or solid state violet wand that you are looking at. For example, one of the suppliers carries multiple makes and models of electronic or solid state violet wands but they break them down to compare so you can see what you are getting and make an informed choice. If wand A and wand B are both $100 but wand B has a long run time and more power and output, then you’d want to get the better wand for your money.

EBAY:

Ebay can be an additional resource for obtaining violet wand gear.  However, the ebay market has been overrun with low quality, low output beauty devices called High Frequency facial machines that are cousins to the kinky violet wand and turn up in all the same searches. However, they can not perform like violet wands or most wont accept violet wand accessories.  The sellers are listing them as violet wands to increase their market.

Beauty machines can be spotted largely through their white bodies, and that they are shipped from outside the US. Their electrodes are very fragile soda-lime glass.  Usually, the beauty devices are most often shipped from Ukraine or China.  Known brand names to avoid: D’arsonval, or DermaRay.  Descriptive terms may also indicate that it is not a violet wand, but list it also as: violet ray beauty, high frequency, skin care, spa or salon treatment. They are not made to cause any sensation, but to oxygenate skin. Some may produce a light tingling, but they don’t come up to violet wand output.

A second issue on ebay is that ebay is largely home to selling used goods.  At least one violet wand ebay seller offers used and repurposed violet wand gear without specifiying it as used.  Avoid sellers who have no off-ebay websites and no warranties. Once an ebay sale is made, you’re stuck without customer service.

If purchasing on ebay, carefully review the listings, seller location and sellers other items, as well as their warranties, their information on violet wand techniques, and their off-ebay presence.  Even on ebay, purchase from a known and reputable, violet wand business to be safe, as well as sure you’re getting a product you can use.

REBRANDED RETAIL: 

One of the worst tricks played on kinky people currently, is some smaller fetish vendors who can’t afford the manufacturing costs, have been remarketing the high frequency facial appliances made by Dermaray and Darsonval and re-selling them directly to the adult fetish buyers, particularly at kink organization vending events.  Prior to 2012 they were not hard to avoid since they were mostly sold on Ebay -however, now that some fetish suppliers have been repackaging them and marketing them directly to the fetishcrowd, it has become problematic for new users who dont know any better. Hey, it looks like a violet wand and acts like one, right? They don’t know the output is way underpowered.  You will want to avoid smaller vendors who have these types of machines for several reasons.  1) the machines are often the wrong size and will not accept violet wand accessories   2) inability to perform any violet wand techniques except for Direct  3) very low output 4) fragile glass tubes. If you avoid all white color units you should be safe, though some are starting to show up in other colors. If you get from a major, recognized and reputable supplier you won’t have an issue.

ANTIQUES:

Antique violet ray machines deserve their own notations. While OFTEN sold on ebay, it is vitally important for your safety and the safety of your partners to note that the wiring of these antiques is 75-90 years old and your life depends on the integrity of that wiring. In the event of a short from deteriorated wiring, there can be catastrophic failure and a draw on direct household line current straight through the device. There were no electrical safety standards 75 years ago, and these old ‘quack’ machines, while offering many of the similar glass electrodes as modern kinky violet wands, are unsafe to use as is. Their construction consists of waxed paper capacitors, shellacked electrical coils, animal-based glues and unvulcanized rubber insulation; all natural materials and all of which will have experienced some level of deterioration. BEFORE using any antique violet ray on anyone, you SHOULD have it rewired and upgraded to modern safety standards.  You would not use a 75 year old lamp without having it rewired, please think about your partner.  Professional rebuilds do not come cheap, but it is cheaper than risking your safety. Electricity moves faster than the human heart can beat. At the very least you MUST have it looked at before using on someone who can check the externals and internal wiring and components for their safety. There ARE fully restored and rebuilt antique violet rays on Ebay or direct from website sales. Look for those by Bound2Tease or Nick and Morphia, who are both expert UK restorers, or Violetwanda in the US, if you would like an antique.

SAVING MONEY: 

When shopping for a violet wand, look for a kit that contains violet wand accessories.  You don’t want to be stuck with just a few glass electrodes with a device that can’t do any techniques, can’t work with any violet wand accessories and can only take its own electrodes.  You’ll just wind up paying more when you have to buy something different to actually play with.

These are the questions that you need to answer:

  • What size electrodes does it use?   7/16″ is what you are looking for, and is the standard size for all violet wand electrodes.  If it doesn’t take that Size, don’t get it.  It will only cause you grief when you can not replace any accessories and you are stuck with the few weak ones it comes with.
  • What is the output?  A violet wand outputs up to 50kv, an output that is high enough, makes it possible to do violet wand techniques.  A device that can not reach 40kv will be unable to perform most violet wand techniques.  35kv should be your absolute minimum.  Most of the rebranded beauty machines are in the 10-15kv range and useless for violet wand play.  Knowing the output of the device you are thinking about purchasing, can save you money a) by not making a mistake by getting a beauty machine or b) finding a less expensive electronic alternative to the traditional more expensive electro-magnetic violet wand.
  • What’s the warranty? All the major violet wand retailers stand behind their products, especially when they have violet wands built to their own company requirements.  But things can go wrong, so dont get one without a warranty.
  • Read this article How to Save Money on Your Violet Wand

A little education can save you a lot of heartache, wasted time and your hard-earned dollar.

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6 Comments

  1. Lela Donatella April 12, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Antiques are so tempting though! So bEAUTIFUL! Why can’t they make a modern safe violet wand that looks like the old kits? A wooden victorian trunk, purple velvet, gleaming brass. I’d be all over it. You just cant trust the old ones and its so disappointing that you cant use them.

     
  2. Clint Jaysiyel September 20, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I have a $31 (from aliexpress) Darsonval and it accepts standard 7/16th electrodes just fine.

     
    • Emf Fan September 26, 2016 at 5:18 pm

       Yeah, since the article was first written in 2011, some beauty device manufacturers started making American standard size.  The beauty devices are under 30kv output and below, with some as low as 10kv max output.  To be classified as a violet wand it needs to be above 35kv output to do all violet wand techniques and to be able to work with violet wand accessories (not just evacuated glass tube electrodes).

      There are bicycles, motorcycles and cars…all of them will move you from place to place, all of them have tires, all of them can be steered, all of them use metal frames, and all of them drive on the road. But bicycles are not cars and they each are priced accordingly.  

      You can always turn a violet wand down to get low fizzing, but you can never turn a beauty device higher to get into violet wand range to do all the techniques or use all the accessories.  

       
  3. Jimmi August 10, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I would be too scared to use them. Not all vendors have internal violet wand electrodes.  There has to be a reason. So the big question is,  why don’t they?  

     
  4. santana25 July 5, 2016 at 12:11 am
     
  5. HeatherNightly November 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Do not be fooled by weird rhetoric. I made a few mistakes buying and I think i’ve gotten from every vendor. What I found is that the best quality is violetwanda hands down. Her company is a little slower but worth it all if you are serious and want your purchases to last.