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.

 

 

 

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. However, they can not perform like violet wands or 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 or other color bodies, and that they are shipped from outside the US.  Remember, the kinky device known as a violet wand was invented in the US, and overseas companies who manufacture beauty machines do not know what is expected of a violet wand or what it should do.  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.

 

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. 

 

REBRANDED RETAIL: 

Beauty Wands: (updated this paragraph for 2012)

One of the worst tricks played on kinky people currently, is some of the major fetish suppliers remarketing the high frequency facial appliances made by Dermaray and Darsonval and selling them directly to the adult fetish buyers.  These skin devices as stated do NOT accept violet wand electrodes or accessories and can NOT perform violet wand techniques.  Prior to 2012 they were not hard to avoid since they were mostly sold on Ebay -however, now some major fetish suppliers have been repackaging them with sensual packaging, and marketing them directly to the fetishcrowd, and it has become problematic for new users.  These retailers never call them violet wands since they are not substitutes for violet wands.  Instead they call them a variation such as neon or twilight wands and market them to beginners.  You will want to avoid these types of machines for several reasons.  1) wrong size, they will not accept violet wand accessories.   2) inability to perform any violet wand techniques.  3) chinese imports usually poorly constructed and manufactured for the beauty industry, but packaged to appeal to adult fetish buyers.   4) very fragile glass tubes

 

For an excellent video spark comparison between a violet wand and one of the rebranded beauty machines, click here

 

It is not possible to do Indirect or Reverse techniques with the beauty machines, and those two basic techniques account for more than 75% of all violet wand usage techniques so these types of devices start out with less usability. Marketed as ‘beginner’ wands, and called ‘derma wands, e-stim wands, electrosex wands etc’ since they are different than violet wands. A violet wand beginner will do better with an actual violet wand made for beginners, than a rebranded beauty device. Generally the off-type ‘wands’ will be packaged with a few glass tubes that will only fit their own appliance, with no or very restricted options for more accessories. This type of device packaging and images will show ‘doctored’ spark photos with fake spark effects, and too many consumers are becoming unfortunate victims of the deception. Violet wands on the other hand, do not need faked photographs, as a violet wand spark can be easily seen, just as easily picked up on camera, and most definitely felt.

 

 

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.
  • 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.