What’s the difference between a dildo and a dong?

The terms ‘dildo’ and ‘dong’ are sometimes used interchangeably but they are actually different types of sex toys.

The main difference is that a dildo has a distinct base, but a dong does not. The base can resemble testicles or be flared so the dildo can be mounted to a surface or attached to other sex toys, such as a harness or sex machine.

Strictly speaking, neither dildos nor dongs vibrate. Those that do can also be considered vibrators.

How do vibrators work?

Vibrators contain an electric or battery powered motor that produces vibrations.

When the power is turned, the motor wobbles as it spins to create vibrations you can deliver to various parts of the body for soothing massage or erotic pleasure.

The vibrations can be high-powered or low-powered, buzzy or rumbly, with each combination of options delivering different sensations.

What is the difference between battery and electric powered vibrators?

Generally, battery powered vibrators are less powerful than electric powered vibrators. Electric powered vibrators tend to have stronger motors which use more power.

While you don't have to worry about any batteries running out with electric powered vibrators, they do have to be plugged in.

By contrast, battery powered vibrators are more practical for travel and use in different scenarios. Some models even use batteries that are rechargeable via USB cable or otherwise for added convenience. 

Why are there different styles of vibrators?

Vibrators come in different styles because people like to use them in different ways.

For example, a clitoral vibrator is designed to stimulate the clitoris, a very sensitive area above and outside the vagina. Meanwhile, a g-spot vibrator is ideal for targeting the g-spot, a sensitive area about 2.5 to three inches inside the vagina towards the belly button.

Some vibrators even combine two or more different styles. For example, rabbit vibrators are designed to encourage blended (external and internal) orgasms with a clitoral stimulator attached to the shaft.

When choosing a vibrator, go for a style that delivers the type of stimulation that will bring you the most pleasure, whether it's external, vaginal, anal or a combination.

How long do vibrators last?

As with most electronic devices, you get what you pay for when it comes to vibrators.

Depending on a vibrator's quality, and how you use and care for it, a vibrator can last anywhere from months to years. Many come with a warranty for peace of mind.

Vibrators featuring high quality materials and components that have been used and cared for as directed by the manufacturer tend to last longer so it's worth spending a little extra to get the best device you can afford.