Neon Wand: The Shocking Past

** WARNING** Neither violet wands nor Neon Wands should not be used on people who have pacemakers or those who are pregnant. It is important before using either device to remove all metal jewelry, as metal will conduct the current of electricity to possibly unintended areas. Do not use either device near the face or neck. If you are AT ALL concerned about any health risks, please contact a doctor prior to using one. The Neon Wand and all other similar devices and attachments are for novelty use only.


Neon Wand

Neon Wand


Electricity play means a lot of things to many different people. Maybe you’re a hardcore kinkster who uses electricity regularly during play. Maybe the thought of electricity arcing across your skin scares the bejesus out of you, or maybe it turns you on. Perhaps you have wandered into Tulip and come across our KinkLab Neon Wand and an associate tickled your fancy by demonstrating it. Hopefully though, the thought of using electricity for sexual stimulation at the very least piques your interest, because it can be fun and enjoyable for anyone.


The precursor to the modern violent wand was the violet ray. Touted as a medical device when electricity was first coming into vogue, the violet ray was the cure for all that ailed you. Or, at least, that’s what the quacks who used it claimed.


Used during the early 20th century for the obsolete medical therapy known as electrotherapy, the violet ray had a disruptive discharge coil with an interrupter to apply a high voltage, high frequency, and low current to the human body for therapeutic purposes. 


neon wand

neon wand


Violet ray treatments were said to cure a variety of ills including poor circulation, nervous disorders, arthritis and rheumatism, hair and skin disorders, problems with digestion and elimination, female reproductive disorders, prostate disease, cataracts–even possession and schizophrenia. From an antique Master Violet Ray manual c. 1920 comes this treatment advice:


Brain Fog – Use Applicator No. I over forehead and eyes. Also treat the back of head and neck with strong current in direct contact with the skin. Treat the spine and hold the electrode in the hand. Ozone inhalations for about four minutes are also of importance.


Obviously, after the FDA figured out that these “treatments” were actually “bologna”, the violet ray companies were shut down during the 1940s and 50s.


But some kinksters noted this outdated technology and saw opportunity. The violet ray was adapted into the violet wand, which is used in electricity play today.


A violet wand contains an Oudin coil (similar to a Tesla coil). The electrical output is controlled by a magnet that vibrates very quickly; you change how strong the output is by turning a knob that changes the height of the vibrating magnet. When they are set to mid-range, they can feel like holding a fireworks sparkler when the sparks nip at your skin.  At low settings, they are gentle tingles. Violet wands have many, MANY attachments that can be used to direct the electricity in many different ways. Some attachments are glass, others are metal–users of violet wands have come up with increasingly creative objects to use as attachments.


At the highest settings, violet wands produce sensations of cutting or burning. For this reason, Tulip carries the KinkLab Neon Wand. The Neon Wand is an excellent toy for beginners who want to experiment with electricity play because, instead of a coil with varying amperage, it has an entirely solid state metal core. This means that, even when turned up to the highest setting, the Neon Wand will produce an intense sensation, but it does not quite reach the quite painful levels that traditional violet wands can. Similar to a violet wand, the Neon Wand comes with four glass attachments that provide slightly different experiences when they direct electrical currents over the skin and erogenous zones.


The Power Tripper is an attachment for the Neon Wand that uses a metal contact plate, which is placed against the person wielding the device’s skin, and electrifies their whole body! Essentially, the skin becomes the conductor of electrical current, and any part of the body can be used to pass the arc to the recipient. Coming into contact with the recipient’s skin provides a tingling (or shocking, depending on how high you have it turned up) sensation.


Another major difference between a violet wand and the Neon Wand is price: while a violet wand can set you back anywhere from $400 to $600, the Neon Wand costs a paltry (in comparison) $125. This is yet another reason anyone who wants to start experimenting with electricity play should considering getting themselves a Neon Wand to explore before diving into other, more intense toys.
Just like the vibrator, which was also originally used as a medical device, the violet wand has undergone iteration after iteration to make it accessible as a toy for stimulation and pleasure. Many assume electric sex play is only for people who enjoy pain, but the Neon Wand is an excellent tool for beginners and people who normally enjoy more vanilla sex to spice up their play time without fear of injury.

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