An honest & in-depth hands-on test of Fleshlight Universal Launch review. Learn how good it fares against other machines in 2023. Is it ACTUALLY worth it? Read on:
All photos by SexualAlpha team.
Where were you for the, uh, launch of our Fleshlight Launch review?
As you’ll see if you read our old review, the Fleshlight Launch changed the game. Sure, it had some issues. But the promise of hands-free, interactive masturbation with a beloved product like the Fleshlight was incredible.
Now, hands-free male masturbators are everywhere, and Fleshlight is returning to space with the Fleshlight Universal Launch. It’s faster, easier to hold, and it’s… missing all the interactive features that made the original Launch so exciting.
Time to find out.
No time to read the whole review? No worries, here’s the TL;DR.
It’s compatible with most Fleshlight toys and has a nice range of options you can control. Nice long stroke length, 3 positions, and speed options.
You can also use it while charging, so it shouldn’t run out of juice.
It’s also pretty quiet and ergonomically designed, so it’s practical.
The Not So Good
It doesn’t come with a Fleshlight toy, so if you don’t have at least one already that’s more money.
It isn’t cheap, and the lack of interactive or high-tech features means it doesn’t compare so well to more advanced autostrokers.
Also, it’s not waterproof AT ALL and not the sturdiest, so you have to be careful with it.
Fleshlight Universal Launch is for you if:
- You already have a few Fleshlight toys and want to step up your game
- You want to elevate your masturbation to a new level
- You want an automatic machine that’s easy to set up and use
- You prefer manual control at all times
Fleshlight Universal Launch is not for you if:
- You want interactive features like funscripts and remote control
- You need something discreet
- You want turbo-speed stroking (250rpm is nice but there are faster strokers)
- You hate watching porn on your phone
My First Impressions Of Universal Launch
The Universal Launch showed up at my door in a BIG plain cardboard box. I was excited just taking it inside.
Turns out size does matter… about some things, and when I’m ordering toys bigger is always more fun to open.
Inside the box you get:
- Universal Launch
- Universal Smartphone Mount
- A Magnetic Mount and a Magnet
- A Wide Mount
- Power Cable
- Quickstart Guide
- Instruction Manual
What you DON’T GET:
The Universal Launch doesn’t ship with a Fleshlight sleeve included. So if you don’t have one, you have to order it separately.
I have to say that out of the box it looks pretty nice. It’s made of glossy black plastic, which attracts dust like crazy but does look good.
Now on to the business end.
Let’s Talk About Tech Specs
As you can see, it’s pretty big. This isn’t a toy you can hide away and keep undiscovered very easily.
2.5” of stroke length doesn’t sound like a lot, even for my very average size, but I found it to be more than enough most of the time.
And 250 strokes per minute feels A WHOLE LOT FASTER than the original Launch, which clocked in at a measly 180.
Charging time of about an hour and a half and use time of 60 minutes seems average at first, but the best feature of the Universal Launch is the Active Launch Mode.
That’s a fancy way of saying you can use it while it’s charging. Infinite stroking! Count me in.
Fleshlight Universal Launch Design
The first Fleshlight Launch toy looked a bit like a coffee machine or an air purifier. Maybe a games console?
It was futuristic and spacey, but it had some GLARING design issues. For one, it wouldn’t stand up on a flat surface. The soft rubberized bottom was comfy on your lap, but it wasn’t hard enough to keep the thing upright.
I had to constantly check that it wouldn’t fall over!
Not to mention that it had no handles, so it was like holding a greasy football on your lap!
So it’s nice to see they’ve reworked the design with practicality in mind.
Instead of a black and silver monolith, you’ve got a Star Wars machine gun turret complete with handles and buttons to help you “fire”.
It’s about the same weight as the original Launch but it feels lighter and easier to use. Plus, the smartphone mount is a nice practical feature AND unlike the Quickshot Launch, there’s no risk of friendly fire.
Overall, I like the look and utilitarian feel of it.
But I do have a few issues with the design.
First of all, glossy black plastic may look nice but it picks up dust like a chinchilla in a trash can. (DISCLAIMER: NO ANIMALS WERE PLACED IN TRASH CANS DURING THE MAKING OF THIS REVIEW).
And when Fleshlight Superskin is pretty dust-friendly already, it doesn’t seem like the best choice.
Keep it in a bag or the box it shipped in and it should be fine, but next time I think Fleshlight should go for a less dust-hungry material.
Second: while the smartphone device mount is a neat feature, I think a tablet device mount would be better.
I think it would make it unstable to use, but who knows. I’m not an engineer, just a guy who likes to watch porn on bigger screens when possible.
Which Fleshlights Are Compatible with the Universal Launch?
Despite its name, the Universal Launch toy is not quite universal. It doesn’t fit every single Fleshlight toy under the sun.
But it DOES fit the majority of them.
The Universal Launch works with:
- Fleshlight Go Surge
- Fleshlight Ice Lady
- Fleshlight Turbo Thrust
- Stamina Training Unit
- Original Fleshlight
- All Fleshlight Girls
- All Fleshjack Boys
- Fleshlight Vibro
- Sex in a Can
Basically, any regular size Fleshlight toy will fit the Universal Launch. It doesn’t work with the Flight or Quickshot toys. (Actually, there’s a Fleshlight Quickshot Launch if you like those.)
The Universal Launch toy will also fit many other off-brand strokers that have similar dimensions. It’s an impressive line-up of holes that should keep most gentlemen satisfied.
Fleshlight Launch vs Universal Launch
I’m in two minds about the new simplified Launch toy. There’s no Bluetooth, remote control, or interactive porn this time around. Feels like a step back from the original Launch toy.
On the other hand, there were a whole bunch of bugs and tech issues. That meant it was rarely smooth sailing on auto mode with the original Launch.
In some ways, not having to deal with that headache all the time is a relief.
Who wants to mess around with Bluetooth and sync settings when you could just be having a nice simple automatic fap session?
So if you are an avid fan of high-tech wanking solutions, the original was the better machine.
But in many other ways, the new Universal Launch is an improvement. It’s got:
- Faster top speed.
- Ergonomic design.
- It won’t fall over on a flat surface.
- Smartphone mount.
- It kind of looks like a rocket launchpad and that’s cool.
There’s a lot to like here. If you prefer manual control (like me most of the time) the new Universal Launch is the better machine.
But. Looking at them side by side I can’t help thinking the Universal Launch is missing some important features that hold it back from being the masturbation machine of the future.
Where To Buy
You can grab your Universal Launch for the cheapest price (along with any other Fleshlight products) from Fleshlight themselves, where it goes for $199.95 (without a Fleshlight toy).
That’s not cheap, and for me, it’s not a “buy it no questions asked” toy.
I think it’s definitely worth the money IF you already have a few Fleshlight toys and don’t care about connectivity stuff.
If that doesn’t sound like you, check out the alternative toys. (More on that a bit below.)
Fleshlight Universal Launch Alternatives
If the missing interactive features are a dealbreaker for you, then you’re in luck!
Kiiroo Keon is basically the original Fleshlight Launch 2.0. Kiiroo worked with Fleshlight to produce the original Launch, which got discontinued a couple of years later.
So Kiiroo decided to make the Keon, which upgrades all of the interactive features.
It’s got interactive porn, online device pairing for remote control, VR syncing… It’s like the future of masturbation is right on your doorstep.
The only downside is you can’t use Kiiroo Keon while it’s charging, so if you like looong sessions it might get tired before you do.
All in all, the Keon is the superior choice for new buyers since you can use it with Fleshlight sleeves AND it comes with its own sleeve.
You may want to check out Kiiroo Keon’s FeelStars version if you’re interested in adding a pornstar flavor in your masturbator.
Another alternative is also Kiiroo’s Onyx+! This product is another step up to the previous Kiiroo Onyx. This Kiiroo Onyx is one of the best-sellers and best feeling masturbators of Kiiroo. This has one of the most quiet motors out there and the body’s grip is more firmer than ever.
You can use the discount code SEXUALALPHA to get 10% off on purchases from Kiiroo.
Looking for alternatives? Check out our guide about the Best Pocket Pussy here.
How To Use the Universal Launch
One good thing about this male sex toy is not having tons of fancy digital features is that the Universal Launch is really easy to use.
You can get started in a couple of minutes.
First up, put the Fleshlight toy in the loop and tighten it up using the ratchet system.
You want it tight enough that it doesn’t slip if you try to move it, but not so tight that it might damage the case.
Don’t worry; it’s way simpler than it sounds.
Once it’s in, you can put your phone in the mount at the top like you would any phone mount. Now’s a good time to choose your material to watch. Otherwise, you might get lube on things.
Then lube yourself and the Fleshlight toy up. Use a bit more lube than you would when using the Fleshlight manually. An extra dollop should do the trick.
Press the power button (right finger button) for three seconds and boom! Let’s get FLying!
There are four buttons to learn on the control handles. When you hold it, there are two buttons under your thumbs and two you reach with your fingers.
The right finger button is POWER/START/PAUSE. Turn it on, start and stop whenever you please.
The right thumb button controls the STROKE SPEED. Up for faster, down for slower.
The left finger button changes the POSITION, so it can work your head, shaft or towards the base.
The left thumb button changes the STROKE LENGTH shorter or longer as you please.
And that’s basically it.
My Experience With The Universal Launch
I had it set up and ready to go in about five minutes, which was awesome. Who wants to wait around for the technicians to finish their calculations, right? Just beam me up already, Scotty!
And beam me up it did. As soon as I turned it on, I was transported into a world of effortless stroking bliss.
I started out on longer, slower strokes and cycled through all the different positions. Having these options respond at the touch of a button felt like magic.
Maybe I’m a bit of a control freak, I don’t know… but I had a great time controlling every little aspect of how much and how fast I was being stroked.
Some machines are hard to get the hang of and take a few goes to actually enjoy using.
But the Universal Launch was enjoyable within minutes.
The second time I used it, it ran out of juice when I was getting close. Anyone who’s used an automatic masturbator will understand my pain.
But luckily, I remembered one of the Universal Launch’s standout features.
You can use it while it’s charging.
So I took it off me, plugged it in, and started up again. This time I could take as long as I wanted, so I treated myself to a nice extended edging session.
And I gotta tell you. It’s GREAT for that. The intuitive controls meant I could precisely change the strokes to keep myself balancing on edge even longer than I could FLying the old-fashioned way.
So I had a good time with the Universal Launch toy. But it didn’t replace my Kiiroo Keon as my go-to automatic stroker.
What About Noise Of This Launch?
It’s not bad. No automatic stroker is ever going to be whisper-quiet, but the Universal Launch was quieter than I expected.
About the same as the original Launch, so around a low-speaking voice.
It’s so big that you’re not going to be able to use it stealthily anyway without covert ops ninja training, but it’s not going to annoy the neighbors.
Fleshlight Cleaning and Maintenance
If you use the Universal Launch toy right, you shouldn’t have to clean it much.
Most of the time you’re going to finish in your Fleshlight, which you clean the same way you’d clean any TPE toy. Rinse with water and very mild soap, then use toy cleaner or isopropyl alcohol.
The Launch toy itself shouldn’t need any more than a wipe down with a damp cloth when it gets dusty or sweaty.
DAMP, NOT WET. The Universal Launch toy is NOT WATERPROOF. Don’t get it wet.
What Do Other People Think Of This Male Sex Toy?
Honestly, the value on this is quite poor. The original Fleshlight Launch, which came with Bluetooth mode, and more than 2 hour battery life was the same price…
I think it’s great – 2 weeks no issues so far. It’s getting trashed online because it’s not interactive – but I mostly prefer manual control anyway. Keon’s battery makes it limited – Plus you might damage fleshlight sleeves w/ Keon (bigger ones rub & drag on sides). Wider/Looser sleeves work great – Texas Tornado is my favorite so far.
I understand what Fleshlight was going for by taking the simpler approach. Compared to other similarly priced toys it might feel like there’s something missing…
…BUT it can still be a lot of fun. It’s more reliable and easier to use than the original Launch toy, so if you’re all about that manual control it will be enough.