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BMS PalmPower Recharge Review

Tested & Rated with Methodology v1.1

Overall Score

7.2

What is it:

How generally good the wand is. It’s a weighted average of the wand’s performance in various areas.

Scoring Factors:

7.8

18%

8.1

14%

7.9

15%

9.0

13%

7.7

11%

7.5

13%

2.0

8%

Build Quality

5.4

4%

0.0

1%

6.3

3%

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Performance Ratings

7.8
8.1
7.7
7.9
8.5
7.5
5.4
0.0
6.3
2.0

MAX VIBRATION POWER

POWER RANGE

RUMBLINESS

COMFORT & EASE OF USE

USE DURING SEX

NOISE

ATTACHMENT COMPATIBILITY

MOUNT COMPATIBILITY

BATTERY LIFE

BUILD QUALITY

Our Verdict

Unlike the full-sized version (the PalmPower Extreme) which is one of my favorite wands, the BMS PalmPower Recharge gets a “no” from me. 

When it works correctly, it’s incredibly strong for its size. But I’ve gone through two of these wands in 6 months, and have encountered the same issue with each. After several minutes of play, my BMS PalmPower Recharge will not keep a steady power. It seems to have a mind of its own – wavering back and forth; dropping power randomly. 

I also find the thin, tapered handle difficult to hold. And the seam that runs through the middle of the head is uncomfortable. 

Other wands in this price range are higher quality and perform better overall – jump here to see how these wands compare.

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Pros

  • Strong vibrations, especially for its small size
  • Wide range of power
  • Compact size is easy to maneuver and fit between bodies

Cons

  • Cheaply made - Power fluctuates randomly

Table of Contents

Compare Wand Vibrators​

The BMS PalmPower Recharge underperforms compared to other mini wand vibrators in its price range. The PalmPower Recharge’s main selling feature is its intense power in a compact size. Unfortunately, the power fluctuates and drops randomly. If you were interested in the PalmPower Recharge for its strength, the Lovense Domi 2 is similarly small, even more powerful, and has a much better build quality. In the PalmPower Recharge’s price range, the FemmeFunn Ultra Wand (equally powerful) or Magic Wand Mini (less powerful, but more rumbly) are better mini wands. 

See all our recommendations for the best small wand vibrators, the best wand vibrators under $100, and the best cordless wand vibrators.


Build Quality


Build Quality Rating:

2.0

What is it:

Our perception of the wand vibrator’s durability and material quality; whether it feels cheap or sturdy and long-lasting. If we noticed any decline in a wand’s performance over our months of testing, it is accounted for in its Build Quality rating.

When does it matter:

When you want a wand vibrator to last for years. Many wand vibrator manufacturers provide a warranty (usually 1 to 2 years), but a higher quality wand vibrator is more likely to endure after your warranty is expired.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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The BMS PalmPower Recharge’s poor build quality is the main dealbreaker for me.

The motor fluctuates between power levels, rather than remaining at the intensity I set. The fact that it drops from 100% power to 20%, then jumps back to 40% makes it very distracting to use. And it sometimes causes me to lose my orgasm.

I noticed this issue with the first PalmPower Rechargeable I bought, so I purchased a second one to review in case it was a fluke. Unfortunately, I encountered the same issue with the replacement. 


Vibrations: Power And Range


Max Power Rating

7.8

What is it:

How strong the wand vibrator’s highest power level feels.

When does it matter:

If you prefer the extreme power some wands offer or want to make sure your wand at least reaches a certain strength.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Power Range Rating:

8.1

What is it:

How wide the range is between the highest and lowest power levels, and whether it has enough power levels that steps between levels aren’t too large.

When does it matter:

A broad power range is usually important because it enables more versatile stimulation. You can start on softer levels when your body isn’t ready for crazy strong power. But when you want more strength, you can turn it up high.

Scoring Factors:

8.1

100%

Adjusted Power Range Width

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Power vs Frequency Graph:

What is it:

A graph of each wand vibrator’s power vs frequency across all of its power levels. 

When does it matter:

If you want a detailed look at the full power and frequency characteristics of any particular wand vibrator. This will tell you how strong and how rumbly each setting of the wand feels.

How Strong Is Each Power?

  • Power ≤ 3: Comparable to the vibration strength of smaller vibrators like bullets.
  • Power between 3 and 4.5: Comparable to … 

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  • Power ≤ 3: Comparable to the vibration strength of smaller vibrators like bullets.
  • Power between 3 and 4.5: Comparable to the vibration strength of mid-sized, non-wand vibrators like the Lelo Mona 2, Lovense Hyphy, Lovense Lush 3, We-Vibe Nova 2, etc.
  • Power between 4.5 and 7: Slightly to moderately more powerful than mid-sized, non-wand vibrators like those mentioned above. 
  • Power ≥ 7: Substantially stronger than other kinds of vibrators. These levels feel extremely powerful.

The Vibration Power scale is defined with a 10.0 given to the most powerful wand vibrator’s highest strength (Currently the Doxy Die Cast). So a vibration power of 8.0 feels 80% as strong as the Doxy Die Cast. A 5.0 feels 50% as strong, and so on.

When the PalmPower Recharge is working properly (see the issues I encountered here), it has excellent vibration power and range – especially for a wand this small.

The BMS brand excels at fitting powerful motors into compact toys! For instance, the PalmPower Extreme is one of my most powerful wand vibrators despite being just a mid-sized wand. And the BMS Essential Bullet is my cheapest bullet vibrator with excellent power. The PalmPower Recharge is no exception.

It also has soft low levels that are great when warming up. Then you press and hold the button to gradually increase power. 

The PalmPower Recharge’s top power feels 70% as strong as the Doxy Die Cast’s (my strongest wand vibrator). That’s really impressive given how much smaller and lighter the PalmPower is – the Doxy is nearly 5x heavier. 

Small PalmPower Rechargeable with Comparable Strength to Large Doxy Die Cast
The PalmPower Recharge is 70% the strength of the Doxy Die Cast (left), but is significantly smaller

Unfortunately, it frequently drops back down to a lower power level. So in practical use, it doesn’t always maintain that top strength.

At the same cost, you can get the FemmeFun Ultra Wand, which is similar in size (though has a slightly larger head), and reaches the same top strength of 7/10. The downside is that it starts somewhat strong even on the lowest power level. So if you need some soft warmup levels too, you may consider the Magic Wand Mini instead.

BMS PalmPower Rechargeable with Similar Powers
PalmPower Extreme pictured with better alternatives – left to right: FemmeFunn Ultra Wand, Magic Wand Mini and Magic Wand Plus

Or if you’re up for a larger wand, the Magic Wand Plus is also about the same price. And it has an even wider power range. It’s the most powerful wand under $100.

While I’m happy with the BMS PalmPower Recharge’s vibration strength when it’s working well – these other wands have provided a much more reliable experience.

Learn more about vibration power and range


Vibrations: Frequency (Rumbliness)


Rumbliness Rating:

7.7

What is it:

How “rumbly” (low frequency) or “buzzy” (high frequency) a wand vibrator feels at each of its power levels. And whether a wand can deliver strong vibrations while remaining reasonably rumbly. Higher scores indicate a “more rumbly” (lower-frequency) wand, since the majority of people prefer rumbliness. But ultimately vibration frequency is a personal preference.

When does it matter:

If you prefer vibrations in a specific area along the rumbly-to-buzzy spectrum.

Scoring Factors:

9.0

50%

6.3

50%

0%

Power vs Frequency Graphs

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Power vs Frequency Graph:

What is it:

A graph of each wand vibrator’s power vs frequency across all of its power levels. 

When does it matter:

If you want a detailed look at the full power and frequency characteristics of any particular wand vibrator. This will tell you how strong and how rumbly each setting of the wand feels.

Frequency on Low Power:

42 Hz

(Extremely Rumbly)

Median Frequency:

60 Hz

(Extremely Rumbly)

What is it:

What part of the frequency spectrum a wand vibrator’s power levels are centered around. It’s the vibration frequency of the wand’s middle power level (the average of the two middle levels if there is an even number of settings).

When does it matter:

If you prefer vibrations in a particular part of the frequency spectrum. This is a fast way to see whether one wand’s vibration levels are generally more rumbly or buzzy than another wand’s vibration settings. Since most people prefer rumbly toys, a higher performance score implies a lower-frequency (more rumbly) wand. 

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Frequency on High Power:

99 Hz

(Moderately Buzzy)

Ave Power Per Frequency:

6.3

What is it:

A measure that rewards wand vibrators that remain rumbly (low-frequency) while packing good vibration strength. Calculated for a wand using the normalized power / normalized frequency at each power level and taking the median.

When does it matter:

If you want a wand with a good balance of power and rumbliness.

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The BMS PalmPower Recharge’s lower powers are fairly rumbly. But it gets buzzy on its highest powers.

My favorite wands tend to be a little more rumbly than this wand. The Magic Wand Plus (high-powered) and Dame Com (moderately powered) are great, rumbly options in this price range.

Or for a rumbly wand closer to the PalmPower Recharge’s size, consider the Lovense Domi 2.

Learn more about vibration frequency (rumbliness)


Comfort & Ease Of Use


Comfort & Ease of Use Rating:

7.9

What is it:

How comfortable the wand is to hold and press against your body. As well as how easy it is to press the buttons, leverage the wand for good pressure, and maneuver it to apply the stimulation where and how you want it. This rating also includes how easy the wand is to clean. Ratings are based primarily on solo use – I cover use during partnered sex here.

When does it matter:

If you are easily distracted by subtle discomforts such as feeling the vibrations in your hands, slight wrist strain, or an awkward grip on the handle. It also matters if you want a wand that’s easy to use for a wide variety of stimulation or for long periods of time.

These wands have excellent performance in this category and others. We only include wands we recommend overall, excluding wands that perform well here but not in other areas.

Scoring Factors:

7.0

22.5%

6.5

22.5%

9.0

22.5%

8.5

22.5%

10.0

10%

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BMS PalmPower Recharge Comfort And Ease of Use

Handle Comfort:

7.0

What is it:

How comfortable the wand is to grip and hold during typical use.

When does it matter:

If you are sensitive to wrist strain, discomfort in your hands, or feeling vibrations in your hands. This may also matter more if you enjoy applying substantial pressure with your wand as you’ll need a comfier hold.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Head Comfort:

6.5

What is it:

 How comfortable the wand’s head is when pressed against your body during use.

When does it matter:

If you tend to get distracted if a wand’s head presses too firmly against your pubic bone, has weird textures or seams, or directs the vibes elsewhere besides your clit.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Easy Positioning & Pressure:

9.0

What is it:

How easily you can maneuver the wand in various ways to get different types of clit stimulation. And how easily you can leverage the wand and vary the pressure.

When does it matter:

If you like to apply a lot of pressure with your toy. Or if you need your wand placed in a particular spot and tend to make frequent adjustments.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Controls:

8.5

What is it:

How easy it is to use the controls and whether they have all the necessary functionality for a positive experience.

When does it matter:

If you typically switch power levels or vibration patterns during use.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Easy Cleaning:

10.0

What is it:

Whether a wand vibrator is waterproof, splashproof, or not rated. For wand vibrators without a waterproof rating, I subjectively rate how difficult it is to clean.

When does it matter:

If you’re worried about damaging your toy with water. Or if you won’t use your wand as much if cleaning is tedious.

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Waterproof Rating:

IPX7

What is it:

The waterproof rating of the wand vibrator – IPX7, IPX6, or No Rating

When does it matter:

When you plan to use your wand vibrator in the shower or want simpler cleaning.

  • IPX7 (Submersible): Wands with this rating are considered “waterproof.” You can submerge them in water up to a meter deep for up to 30 minutes. So you can use them in the bath and cleaning is easy.
  • IPX6 (Splashproof): Wands with this rating can resist high-pressure, heavy sprays of water, but should not be fully submerged. This means you can use them in the shower (but not submerged in a bath). You can also clean them under a sink faucet without worry.
  • No Rating: These wands do not have a waterproof rating. You should not use them in the shower, and you must be careful to keep water away from electronic components when cleaning them .

The BMS PalmPower Rechargeable is not painful or difficult to use. But it has some quirks to get used to. 

I find the thin, tapered handle awkward to hold and leverage. And I’m not a fan of the seam running through the middle of the head either. The seam is there so you can remove the default head, and put on a PalmPower Recharge wand attachment. But the seam is uncomfortable when I press the wand to my body.

The control system is a feature you’ll either love or hate. It has one button – and instead of tapping once to change the power level, you press and hold the button. The power continues increasing until you release the button. I personally find it irritating because you can easily pass up your intended power level. Then you need to turn the wand off and back on to start over.

Button Options of PalmPower Rechargeable vs Others
PalmPower Recharge’s one button, which allows you to hold to increase power, compared to multi-button wands (Magic Wand Mini, Magic Wand Plus and Lovense Domi)

For comparably priced wands with more traditional controls and comfortable heads consider the Magic Wand Mini or Magic Wand Plus.

If you want a comfortable wand with an especially small head like the PalmPower’s, the Lovense Domi 2 is a good option. 

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Use During Sex


Use During Sex Rating:

8.5

What is it:

How easy a wand vibrator is to maneuver and comfortably hold to your clit for quality stimulation during partnered sex.

When does it matter:

If you’ll frequently use your wand vibrator with a partner during penetrative sex.

Scoring Factors:

9.0

25%

7.0

25%

9.0

25%

9.0

25%

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BMS PalmPower Recharge Fit in Tight Space

Spooning:

9.0

What is it:

How easy a wand vibrator is to maneuver and comfortably hold to your clit for quality stimulation in a spooning sex position – both partners lying on their side with the penetrating partner behind the person using the wand

When does it matter:

If you frequently have sex in the spooning position or similar positions from behind.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Doggystyle:

7.0

What is it:

How easy a wand vibrator is to maneuver and comfortably hold to your clit for quality stimulation in a Doggystyle sex position. The partner using the wand is on their knees with their upper body resting mostly on their shoulders since you need your hands to hold the wand. The penetrating partner is kneeling behind.

When does it matter:

If you frequently have sex in the Doggystyle position or similar variations from behind

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Modified Missionary:

9.0

What is it:

How easy a wand vibrator is to maneuver and comfortably hold to your clit for quality stimulation in a Modified Missionary sex position – the partner using the wand vibrator is on their back with pillows or a wedge beneath their hips to raise them up. The penetrating partner is kneeling facing them.

When does it matter:

If you frequently have sex in positions facing each other with the partner receiving penetration on their back.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Cowgirl:

9.0

What is it:

How easy a wand vibrator is to maneuver and comfortably hold to your clit for quality stimulation in the Cowgirl sex position – the penetrating partner is lying on their back, while the partner using the wand is straddling on top of them.

When does it matter:

If you frequently have sex in positions facing each other with the partner receiving penetration on top.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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The BMS Rechargeable does pretty well during sex. It’s short and has a small head, so it fits easily between your bodies. And maneuvering it around your vulva is a breeze. 

It does best in Spooning, Modified Missionary, and Cowgirl positions. If it weren’t for the uncomfortable seam along its head and its unreliable power, I’d really enjoy the PalmPower Recharge during sex.

It’s not the best choice for Doggystyle though. I find mid-sized or taller wands work better in this position. Since you also have to support your bodyweight, reaching back so far with a small wand can get tiring. 

The Lovense Domi is one of my favorites to use in all positions. It has a slightly longer handle than the PalmPower Recharge, which helps in Doggystyle. But its head is still short and slim – so it fits easily between legs and bodies.

Comparable Size of PalmPower Rechargeable FemmeFunn Ultra and Lovense Domi
PalmPower Recharge with wands of a comparable size – FemmeFunn Ultra Wand (middle) and Lovense Domi (right)

Or if you’re needing to stick closer to the PalmPower’s price, the FemmeFunn Ultra Wand is a great option! It’s fairly small and has a more comfortable head. So it works better in all positions.

Learn more about wand vibrator use during sex


Noise


Noise Rating:

7.5

What is it:

How loud the wand vibrator is. We measure the decibels on low power & high power with a sound level meter. We also test whether we can hear each wand on the other side of a closed door.

When does it matter:

When you live with other people or are distracted by sound.

Scoring Factors:

9.1

33%

5.6

33%

8.0

33%

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Decibels on Low Power:

37.9 dB

What is it:

How loud the wand’s lowest power level is, measured in dB with a sound level meter approximately 12 inches away

When does it matter:

If you typically use a wand’s lower power levels. Several wands are so strong, many people will only use the lower end of their power range.

Good Value:

<43 dB is excellent; Nearly everything under this value was inaudible behind a closed door.

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Decibels on High Power:

58.0 dB

What is it:

How loud the wand’s highest power level is, measured in dB with a sound level meter approximately 12 inches away

When does it matter:

If you typically use a wand’s higher power levels (several wands are so strong, many people will only use the lower end of their power range) or want the freedom to use the full power range without worry. Also, if you choose a moderately powered wand you may use its top strengths more often.

Good Sound Level:

<50 dB

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Audibility Behind Closed Door:

What is it:

Whether my partner could hear me using the wand inside the bedroom while he stood on the other side of the closed bedroom door. We tested each wand on low, middle, and high power levels with the house completely silent. Then we tested each wand’s highest power while a box fan was turned on in the bedroom. Lastly, we tested the highest power while music was playing in the bedroom.

When does it matter:

When you live with other people and want to select a wand you can use confidently without them hearing.

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Low Power:

Inaudible

Middle Power:

Inaudible

High Power:

Audible

High Power with Box Fan:

Inaudible

High Power with Music:

Inaudible

In a silent house, the BMS PalmPower Rechargeable’s upper power levels can be heard from the other side of a closed bedroom door. But its middle and low levels remain inaudible. This is fairly common with wands this powerful.

And when I turn a box fan on in the bedroom, my partner can no longer hear the wand from the other side of the door. Music will also mask its sound.

If you are nervous about noise, the Viben Sultry has even more power than the PalmPower Recharge, but it remains inaudible behind a closed door on all power levels. Even without a fan or music.

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Attachment Compatibility


Attachment Compatibility Rating:

5.4

What is it:

Each wand vibrator’s compatibility with wand attachments. We consider how many attachments fit each wand vibrator and whether the ones that fit cover a broad variety of stimulation types (clit, G-spot, dual-stimulation, penis, prostate, etc.) Compatibility table here

When does it matter:

If you like to use your wand vibrator beyond its basic clitoral use.

Scoring Factors:

3.3

50%

7.5

50%

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BMS PalmPower Recharge Compatible Wand Attachments
BMS PalmPower Recharge Grooved Head and Attachment

Number of Attachments Rating:

3.3

What is it:

Whether a wand vibrator is compatible with a large number of attachments or only a small selection.

When does it matter:

When you want a lot of choice in your wand vibrator attachments.

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Stimulation Variety:

7.5

What is it:

Whether the attachments that fit a particular wand vibrator cover a broad variety of kinds of stimulation (clit, G-spot, dual-stimulation, penis, prostate, etc.)

When does it matter:

When you want to make sure you can find attachments for various kinds of stimulation that fit your wand vibrator.

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The BMS PalmPower Recharge is only compatible with BMS’s attachments designed specifically for the PalmPower. 

You can remove the default silicone cap over the motor and replace it with any of the PalmPower’s attachments. The attachments and motor have matching grooves that secure them to each other.

BMS offers several attachments for this wand, so you still have some selection range. They have insertable attachments for G-spot, prostate, anal, and dual-stimulation. They also have some fluttery attachments to change how your clit stimulation feels. But there are no compatible attachments designed for penis stimulation.

And other brands’ attachments do not fit the PalmPower Recharge since its head is so much smaller than other wands. If you want more attachment selection than BMS provides, you’ll likely want to choose a full-sized wand like the Magic Wand Plus or Magic Wand Rechargeable which are compatible with attachments from many brands. 

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Mount Compatibility


Mount Compatibility Rating:

0.0

What is it:

How compatible the wand is with Liberator’s mounts which hold your wand vibrator so you can play hands-free.

When does it matter:

If you want to use your wand vibrator for hands-free play solo or with a partner.

Scoring Factors:

0.0

50%

0.0

50%

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BMS PalmPower Recharge - Liberator Axis Wand Mount Compatibility Photo

Compatibility with Axis:

0.0

What is it:

How well a wand vibrator fits with the Liberator Axis wand mount. Whether the wand fits correctly and securely, and whether it can provide quality, comfortable clit stimulation when the wand is placed in the mount.

When does it matter:

If you own or plan to purchase the Axis mount. You can use this mount solo or with a partner, but I find it best for hands-free stimulation during partnered sex. You can lie on top of the mount face-down, and it makes using your wand vibrator hands-free during sex from behind comfortable and easy. (Like a more relaxing version of the Doggystyle sex position)

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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BMS PalmPower Recharge - Liberator Wanda Mount Compatibility Photo

Compatibility with Wanda:

0.0

What is it:

How well a wand vibrator fits with the Liberator Wanda mount. Whether the wand fits correctly and securely, and whether it can provide quality, comfortable clit stimulation when the wand is placed in the mount.

When does it matter:

If you own or plan to purchase the Wanda mount. This mount is best if you enjoy positions on your knees. With the Axis mount, it’s easiest to lie on top of it. But you’ll straddle the Wanda on your knees. You can use it solo or with a partner.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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I test all my wands with my two Liberator mounts for hands-free play: the Axis and Wanda.

Unfortunately, the BMS PalmPower Rechargeable is too small for either mount. I can’t get any clit stimulation from it.

The head just barely sticks out past the Axis, and it’s completely swallowed up in the Wanda. Plus, since the tapered handle is so thin, the mounts hold the PalmPower Recharge very loosely. 

If hands-free play is a big priority to you, I’d recommend getting a medium or large wand. 

The Dame Com and Magic Wand Plus both work well with Liberator mounts. They’re in the same price range as the PalmPower Recharge.

Medium or Large Sized Wands in Mounts
Other more mount-compatible wands – the Dame Com in the Liberator Wanda mount (left) and the BMS PalmPower Extreme in the Liberator Axis mount (right)


And my favorite wand to use in mounts is the BMS PalmPower Extreme. This wand’s angled head is positioned just right and applies the best pressure during hands-free play.

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Battery Life


Battery Life Rating:

6.3

What is it:

How long the wand vibrator lasted continuously running on its highest power before its battery died during our test.

When does it matter:

If you want to play for long periods of time between charges.

Scoring Factors:

6.3

100%

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BMS PalmPower Recharge Charging Cable

Battery Life on High Power:

65 minutes

Power Source: