Arcwave Ion Review [2021]: After 3 Month Testing – Worth It?

In this Arcwave Ion review you’ll learn what to expect from this male masturbator, how good it ACTUALLY is, how to use it and what are the best alternatives. An honest review:

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I LOVE sextech. The thrill of trying completely new things. 

When it works well, it feels like a revolution. 

And when it doesn’t, it’s still interesting to learn from and tell you all about. 

Today I’m reviewing the Arcwave Ion, “the world’s first Pleasure Air™ stroker”. 

Is it a revolution, or just another interesting idea that doesn’t hit the mark? 

TL;DR:

The Good 

The Ion offers a new kind of masturbating experience. The Pleasure Air tech hits different from other toys so if you’re up for trying new things it’s great.

It’s also well-made from high-quality materials (silicone & ABS Plastic), and it’s beautifully presented. Plus, it’s surprisingly easy to clean. 

The Not So Good

Frenulum vibrations aren’t for every guy, so there’s a chance you won’t be able to achieve the heights of orgasm that it promises. Despite the Smart Silence it’s still pretty loud when in use, so don’t expect to keep it a secret. 

The Bottom Line

The Arcwave Ion is a cool new toy that showcases some awesome new tech, but it’s expensive for a toy that’s not going to suit everyone’s tastes.

If you’re sensitive and like frenulum vibrations then it’s worth the money, otherwise I’d look elsewhere.

Arcwave Ion is for you if:

  • You want to try new sensations
  • You love frenulum vibrators
  • You want a quality toy that won’t break easily
  • Easy cleaning is important to you

Arcwave Ion might not be for you if:

  • You need something quiet
  • You don’t like frenulum vibrations
  • You’re on a budget
  • You’re a lot bigger/smaller than average

Arcwave Ion: First Impressions

10/10.

Other luxury sex toy brands take note — THIS is how you package a fancy masturbator. 

The packaging is absolutely gorgeous. For better or worse, it set my expectations sky-high.

Arcwave Ion Review unboxed

Inside the beautiful box you get: 

  • Arcwave Ion stroker
  • Storage and charging base
  • Charging cable
  • Manual and safety instructions
  • Sample of Pjur lube 

Let’s Talk About Tech Specs 

Here’s how the Ion measures up briefly: 

Dimensions : 6” x 2” x 3.2”

Insertable length: 3.4” 

Sleeve diameter: 1.3” (stretches up to 1.75”) 

Storage base dimensions : 7.2” x 3” x 4.2”

Materials: Medical-grade silicone, body-safe ABS plastic, electronic stuff

Run Time: 60-70 minutes 

Charge Time: 2 hours

Warranty: 2 years

Modes: 8 intensities 


How Does The Arcwave Ion Look And Feel? 

Except for the penis-shaped sleeve part, the Ion doesn’t look much like a sex toy. It’s modest, elegant, and understated. A bit like a Mercedes — it doesn’t need to show off. 

Arcwave Ion Review side view

The interface is simple, direct, and easy to use. The only flaw I noticed in the design is that you can’t actually see the buttons when you’re using the Ion. 

But then, there are only three buttons so it’s not like learning how to touch type. 

My favorite part of the design by FAR is the silicone sleeve. God, that sleeve. It’s buttery-smooth, softer than silicone has any right to be, and just feels FANTASTIC to the touch

I like the look of the storage box as well — again, it’s not flashy, it just looks like quality. It reminds me of an American fridge, in a good way. 

So it looks good and feels good in my hands. What about the fancy tech stuff? 


Key Functionality (The fancy tech stuff) 

Pleasure Air Technology 

Most sex toys create stimulation by vibrating. That is, a motor moves back and forth really fast and it feels good on your skin. 

Instead of doing that, the Ion creates changes in air pressure to stimulate the nerves in the frenulum. 

This sextech is still in its infancy, in fact, Arcwave claims the Ion is the first male sex toy of this kind. It’s certainly a novel experience and one that I hope catches on in the industry. 

Smart Silence

When this feature is turned on, the Ion will only activate when it detects contact with skin.

I.e. when your penis is in it.

It helps with the noise, which can be loud when there’s no seal around the penis. 

CleanTech Silicone 

Arcwave says that this fancy new material is high-density, hypoallergenic, non-porous, and durable.

As far as I know, any medical-grade silicone has these characteristics, but the CleanTech is body-safe AND super pliable

And also, it is not common that you see male toys made of silicone so thumbs up for that.


How To Use Arcwave Ion

As always, the first thing to do is to apply lube. Since it’s not made of fragile TPE or another porous plastic, you CAN use oil-based lube if you want. 

Normally I’d be so excited about using an oil-based lube since they feel more luxurious than water-based, but with the Ion, I don’t think it makes much difference since you can’t stroke that much with it anyway. 

You only need a few drops of lube — don’t drench it or you’ll just make a mess. 

Start it up by pressing and holding the + button. It will start in the silent mode, meaning that it’s switched on but not actually working until it detects skin contact. 

Once you’re inside it will activate, then you can change the intensity with the + and – buttons. 

You can press on the sleeve if you want more pressure and intensity.

It’s a little awkward to hold since there’s no grip or handles, but since you’re not stroking it much it shouldn’t be a problem. 

Choose from one of the 8 different intensities, which (for me) range from “kind of a tickle” to “AAAAAA too much!”. 

Once you’re done, just turn it off. 

Easy. 

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Will Ion Work For Me If I Am Circumcised Or Uncircumcised? 

Yep. I didn’t have any problems and I haven’t heard of anyone having problems with it whether cut or uncut. 

There is one thing to consider, though. The Ion is designed for the average size gentleman. 

The sleeve is stretchy enough to accommodate most guys, but it might not be for you if you’re much larger or smaller than the average. I suggest you measure yourself before buying. 

There is somewhat of a learning curve that comes with it but after 6-7 times of using it — man oh man it is my best sex toy (and I have a fair few). The air pulses are deep and penetrating and once you learn how to use it can give you full body orgasms even as a man.

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My Experience Using Arcwave Ion

Before I started, I saw that Arcwave recommends that you use it a few times to get used to it and master the controls. 

“Ridiculous,” I thought. “This ain’t my first rodeo. I can make it work on the first try.”

So I lubed everything up and got started. 

The Smart Silence feature was pretty cool. It reminded me of driving a new car that has that automatic engine stop, you know where you stop at a traffic light and the engine cuts off.

Pretty neat, but not all that useful since you’re going to have it in contact with your penis the whole time. 

I used the Ion mostly with Smart Silence off because A) I don’t need to be silent and B) when Smart Silence was on, the vibrations (or airwaves?) would occasionally cut out when I accidentally broke contact.

It didn’t happen often, but enough that it wasn’t worth using. 

Anyway.

How did it feel? 

On the first try, I must say I was a bit underwhelmed. It felt good, but like there was something missing. I instinctively knew there was a perfect sweet spot somewhere that I just HAD TO HIT, but it eluded me like the last Pringle in the can. 

I couldn’t help but compare it to the Lelo F1s V2, which is a similar design with different tech inside. The F1s V2 had me in rapturous joy on the first try. In comparison, the Ion felt like a disappointment. 

So I waited a day and tried again. 

And this time… syzygy. The planets aligned and suddenly it all made sense.

I found that if I stroked it up and down just a little — about half an inch, no more — then came the magic.

My orgasm built up from all parts of my body at once, tingling and exciting everywhere until WHAM! 

Success was sweet. 

The Pleasure Air is a different kind of orgasm for sure.

It takes longer to build up, starting from my whole body into something very intense. Was that the female orgasm I’d heard so much about? 

Maybe. 

Would I choose this kind of orgasm over the regular kind?

No. But that’s the good part — I don’t have to. It adds a new experience to my sexual playlist. 

I want to experiment with multiple orgasms, which Arcwave claims is possible, but I haven’t had any luck there yet. 

I found the best results came when I used it as not quite a vibrator and not quite a stroker. Having it on one of the medium intensities and stroking it up and down slowly about half an inch, to be precise. 

For me, the highest intensities are way too much, but they might be perfect for someone less sensitive.

It’s like it was designed to be used halfway between. At least for me. Pleasure is totally subjective so if something rocks my world it might not even get a rise out of you.

But the Ion definitely rocked my world. 

And what about the noise? 

It didn’t bother me so much. But I have to say — I’m lucky enough that I don’t have to worry about keeping things whisper quiet. 

So when I say that the noise isn’t that bad, you should maybe take that information with a pinch of salt. 

It’s quieter than the Lelo F1s V2, a sonic-wave-based toy that operates in a similar way.

I’d say that out in the open, the Ion is about as loud as someone talking at normal volume, while the F1s V2 is a raised speaking voice. 

Actually, once I got used to it I preferred the Arcwave Ion to the F1s in most areas. There’s more of a learning curve to get the right spots, but once I did there was no looking back! 


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How To Clean Arcwave Ion: Is It Easy? 

I gotta say the Twist To Open mechanism is a fantastic bit of design engineering. 

One of my biggest irritations with these kinds of closed vibrators is they’re hard to clean properly. 

So it’s great to see that Arcwave has thought of that. 

You can twist it so that the sleeve comes apart from the electronic part for easier cleanup. 

And since it’s made of non-porous material, you can wash it with soap without it damaging it. 

So rinse with water and scrub gently with soap. 

Then you simply put the Ion in the charging case, which also has a built-in drying stick so it dries while it charges. Neat! 

with charging case

The Ion is IPX7 waterproof so it can be fully submerged without taking any damage. 

That means NO EXCUSES for not having a spotlessly clean toy every time! 


Where To Buy Arcwave Ion?

You can get your Arcwave Ion from Lovehoney or their website.

I think the Arcwave Ion is a really good toy, and a great showcase for some innovative new tech that I hope catches on soon. 

BUT. 

Is it worth $200? 

There I’m not so sure. For some guys, it’s absolutely fantastic and well worth every cent. 

But there’s a significant proportion of men who won’t get much joy out of it. 

I would test my frenulum before handing over 200 bucks for a dedicated frenulum vibrator. Maybe you can borrow your girl’s vibrator for an evening (that’s what I did). 

Hell, you can even use an electric toothbrush. 

But that’s my best advice. Don’t buy one blind if you don’t know you’re into that kind of sensation. 


Arcwave Ion Review alternatives

Alternatives 

From left to right: Manta, Arcwave Ion, Pulse Solo, F1s V2.

Click the links if you want to see the full reviews for any of these alternative picks. 

Lelo F1s V2 is Ion’s closest competitor.

Instead of air pulses, it uses sonic waves, which are also unique and interesting to feel. It boasts incredibly deep, strong vibrations, and some cool technology like Cruise Control and programmable apps. 

Personally, I still prefer the Ion for the Pleasure Air, but they’re both good choices IMO. 

If you want versatility, go for the FunFactory Manta.

It has outstanding vibrating power and since it’s closer to a wand design, you can move it around and explore different spots. It’s great to use with a partner as you can both benefit from the powerful vibes, and it’s cheaper than the Ion at about $120. 

Finally, there’s the Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo.

Also cheaper than the Ion ($100 for the Solo model), it has PulsePlate technology, which gives a really deep satisfying trembling feeling on your frenulum. Definitely worth considering. 


Final Thoughts 

The Arcwave Ion is a tricky one. On the one hand, I had a great time with mine and it’s one of my favorite male vibrators. 

On the other hand, I know that it might not work for everyone, so I’m careful about recommending it to every Tom, Dick, and Harry in the world. 

If you like frenulum vibrators, you’ll probably love the Ion. Otherwise, maybe stick to regular strokers. 


Dainis Graveris

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