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 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 up and down. 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.
There are 3 steady settings and 7 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 long, 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 degree of explosiveness I don’t often expect from a toy not plugged into the wall.
The Marvelous Flicker’s pinpoint nature also means that I can adjust the target more easily. I never stay in the same place for too long or go temporarily numb. The numbness has been a problem for me with the broad-headed powerhouse vibrators, which are designed to vibrate my entire vulva.
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 toy 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 10 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 setting. 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 an 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.
The first clitoral vibrator review I ever wrote was a lukewarm review for the We-Vibe Tango, a powerful bullet vibe widely considered one of “the unbeatable three.”1 How dare I diss the Tango and then praise the Marvelous Flicker?! They’re both clit vibes with power and pointy tips!
It’s possible that my tastes have changed to tolerate more power since I tried the Tango three years ago. However, even if I tried the Tango now and liked it, the Marvelous Flicker is far more beginner-friendly. The choice between using its flat face and its pointy tip makes it suitable for a wider range of users, from clitoral lightweights like me to power princesses (not quite enough for power queens).
This toy was sent to me by TooTimid.com in exchange for my honest review. All views expressed are entirely my own.