California Exotics Marvelous Flicker Review: flickering tongue-shaped vibrator
The Marvelous Flicker is part of California Exotics’ Mini Marvels line of rechargeable silicone mini-vibes. This toy is the most notable of the line for its tongue-shaped body, pointy tip, and targeted vibrations. It’s petite, travel-locked and waterproof. The tongue part is about 3.75″ long, but it’s decidedly an external toy; penetration doesn’t do it justice.
The Cal Exotics Marvelous Flicker’s flickering vibration sensation
My first thought upon turning on this vibrator was “YAAAASSSS!” It’s one of the rumblier vibrators I’ve tried and whisper-quiet. I could even see the rumble; the tip of the “tongue” shows a lot of movement up and down.
It doesn’t feel like the flickering of oral sex. Just as the Eroscillator doesn’t feel like a finger moving back and forth, the Marvelous Flicker doesn’t feel like a tongue flicking. However, I’d consider it a unique type of vibration that I very much appreciate.
It’s one of the few clit toys that give me the “have-to-pee” sensation of being close to squirting.
Update: Fuck yes, get the Fun Factory Volta. It flicks AND it has made me squirt.
What if you do want a vibrator that flickers?
Get one of these fluttery vibrators instead:
Okay, back to the Cal Exotics Marvelous Flicker
There are three steady settings and seven patterns. The lowest setting and pointy tip give ample power for me to get off. With panties on, it’s especially appreciable if I press down and use the flat face of the tongue for broader stimulation. Using it either way (pointy tip or broad face) gives me the long back-to-back orgasms I’ve come to love.
The pointy tip shines most in the faster speeds, where the orgasms aren’t only lengthy, but also intense. I find that the second steady speed maximizes the best of both worlds. Reaching orgasm is quick, I easily keep up the plateau to come again and again, and the concentration of flickering in the tip delivers a surprising degree of explosiveness. For a $50 vibrator, it’s not too shabby.
Pattern settings I can actually use
Both internally and externally, I enjoy vibration patterns with quick pulses and drops in power that aren’t too long and drastic. The Marvelous Flicker satisfies these criteria. Some pulsation settings are slower than others, but the pauses are never long enough that I think, “why does this setting even exist?”
Controlling and charging the Marvelous Flicker
To turn the Marvelous Flicker on, you have to hold down the top button for two seconds. This control functions as an automatic travel lock so that an accidental nudge won’t be enough to make it buzz.
The other button is the one control for scrolling through the ten settings. This interface is not ideal for me, as I’d prefer to have the option to navigate both ways instead of looping back to the previous function. However, because my refractory period isn’t much of an issue with this toy, I don’t find myself wanting to turn it down after orgasm.
The Marvelous Flicker uses a USB charging cord. For fast charging, I suggest an outlet adapter rather than a computer. 2.5 hours of charging gives you between 40 minutes and 4 hours of playtime, depending on what speed setting you use.
My verdict on the Cal Ex Marvelous Flicker
The first clitoral vibrator review I ever wrote was for the We-Vibe Tango, a powerful bullet vibe widely considered one of “the unbeatable three.” My tastes have changed to tolerate more power since I tried the Tango four years ago. However, I find the Marvelous Flicker far more beginner-friendly. The choice between using its flat face and its pointy tip makes it suitable for a broader range of users, from clitoral lightweights like me to power princesses (not quite enough for power queens).
If you’re dead set on having as much power as you can in a clit vibe, the We-Vibe Tango ($80) or We-Vibe Touch is still for you. If you want a more affordable one to use with light pressure, consider the Marvelous Flicker ($50). It gives you similar vibration strength to Kip or Pom by Dame Products, but with a smaller price tag. If you want to go all-in on a powerful tongue-like, flickering vibrator, though, get the Volta instead.
This toy was sent to me by TooTimid.com in exchange for my honest review. All views expressed are entirely my own.