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Bodywand Aqua Review

Tested & Rated with Methodology v1.1

Overall Score

6.3

What is it:

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

Scoring Factors:

6.3

18%

6.6

14%

7.0

15%

8.0

13%

4.4

11%

7.8

13%

2.0

8%

Build Quality

5.4

4%

8.5

1%

3%

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Performance Ratings

6.3
6.6
4.4
7.0
8.0
7.8
5.4
8.5
2.0

MAX VIBRATION POWER

POWER RANGE

RUMBLINESS

COMFORT & EASE OF USE

USE DURING SEX

NOISE

ATTACHMENT COMPATIBILITY

MOUNT COMPATIBILITY

BUILD QUALITY

Our Verdict

The Bodywand Aqua is a reasonably budget-friendly wand massager – but there are better wands at this price.

The Bodywand Aqua’s vibrations are weak for a wand, and they’re fairly buzzy. The overall quality is poor. Over time, this motor has developed a very noticeable rattling sound. And this wand runs on 3 AA batteries, which means you’ll spend more on the Aqua over the long run than you would on a comparable rechargeable wand.

Some of my favorite wands, the Magic Wand Mini and FemmeFunn Ultra Wand, are in the same price range but perform much better than the Bodywand Aqua. And I even prefer some cheaper rechargeable wands (jump here to compare).

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Pros

  • Good hands-free with mounts

Cons

  • Poor quality
  • Loud rattling sounds
  • Takes AA batteries
  • Weak

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Compare Wand Vibrators​

The Bodywand Aqua’s vibrations are weaker and buzzier than other wands in its price range. And since it uses AA batteries, you’ll need to spend more over time. Most mid-budget wands (especially the Magic Wand Mini and FemmeFunn Ultra Wand) and cheaper wand vibrators (especially the Orion Your New Favorite Wand and VeDO Wini) have better vibrations and overall performance. 

See all our recommendations for the best mini wand vibrators, the best wand vibrators under $100, and the best cheap 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 Bodywand Aqua has below-average build quality. The handle’s plastic feels somewhat cheap and you can really feel the vibrations in your hands.

The Aqua has also developed a rattling sound within our first 6 months of using it, and this rattling has gotten worse over time. Though the motor still vibrates, this makes us think its overall build is less durable than other wands. 

In addition, this wand takes AA batteries instead of being rechargeable or plug-in, which at this point is the industry standard for quality vibrators. We’ve also had the batteries get lodged in the handle, and they can be difficult to remove.


Vibrations: Power And Range


Max Power Rating

6.3

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:

6.6

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:

6.6

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.

The Bodywand Aqua Massager is one of my weaker wands. It’s only a good option for those who prefer soft stimulation. 

Its strength is similar to the middle power levels on many of my non-wand vibrators. The highest power is just enough for me to orgasm, but I prefer more strength.

Smaller vibrators with this power are often enough for me, since their vibrations are more focused. But the Bodywand Aqua’s wide head spreads the soft vibrations over a broad area – making it feel too weak and diffuse. 

Bodywand Aqua and Toys with Similar Strength
Smaller toys that are actually stronger than the Bodywand Aqua (left to right: We-Vibe Tango X, Lelo Mona 2, We-Vibe Nova 2)

I usually prefer sex toys that offer a gradual increase in intensity, so I like that the Bodywand Aqua provides 6 intensity levels. But with this wand, I just skip straight to the highest power before it does anything for me.

You can do better than the Bodywand Aqua at this price. Both the Blush Noje W4 and Maia Zoe are more powerful and less expensive. And two of my favorite wands with greater power, the FemmeFunn Ultra Wand and Magic Wand Mini, are about the same price as the Bodywand Aqua.

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Vibrations: Frequency (Rumbliness)


Rumbliness Rating:

4.4

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:

6.0

50%

2.7

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:

67 Hz

(Moderately Rumbly)

Median Frequency:

90 Hz

(Moderately Buzzy)

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:

104 Hz

(Moderately Buzzy)

Ave Power Per Frequency:

2.7

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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We rate wands with rumbly vibrations higher than those with buzzy vibrations since most people prefer the deeper feeling they give. But some do prefer buzzy vibrations – so choose based on what you enjoy! 

The Bodywand Aqua is a fairly buzzy wand vibrator. It only has one power I consider moderately rumbly. But it’s the softest setting, so I rarely use it. Because this wand massager is fairly weak, you’ll likely spend most of your time on its highest settings – and these are all moderately buzzy.

Because these vibrations are buzzy, they feel less impactful to me. Unless you know you prefer buzzy vibes, you’ll likely want to choose another wand.

The Magic Wand Mini (a personal favorite) and Maia Zoe are more rumbly wands at comparable prices.

Learn more about vibration frequency (rumbliness)


Comfort & Ease Of Use


Comfort & Ease of Use Rating:

7.0

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:

9.0

22.5%

8.0

22.5%

7.4

22.5%

9.0

22.5%

10.0

10%

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Bodywand Aqua Comfort And Ease of Use

Handle Comfort:

9.0

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:

8.0

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:

7.4

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:

9.0

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 .

Though the Bodywand Aqua is not difficult to use, it has some inconveniences. 

First, it’s battery-operated – not rechargeable. This means you need to keep AA batteries on hand and this cost adds up. So although the Aqua seems budget-friendly, it’s really more expensive than comparable rechargeable wands. And you can’t simply recharge it when it dies – you’ve got to find some AA batteries or head to the store.

When I’m using the Bodywand Aqua, it feels as though most of its weight is in the handle, rather than the head. So the wand’s balance tips the head away from you instead of pressing it deeper into you. 

Center of Gravity Inconvenient on BodyWand Aqua
The Bodywand Aqua’s weight tips away from the head, which makes applying pressure awkward

You can also feel the vibrations in your hands. Since it’s pretty weak, it’s not too distracting. But many wands dampen vibrations in your hands better.

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Use During Sex


Use During Sex Rating:

8.0

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:

8.0

25%

7.0

25%

9.5

25%

7.4

25%

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Bodywand Aqua Fit in Tight Space

Spooning:

8.0

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:

9.5

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:

7.4

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 Bodywand Aqua works fairly well during sex. 

Its compact size makes it fairly easy to maneuver and apply pressure. But for a short wand, its head is large. So it takes up more space than other small wands like the Lovense Domi 2 or Maia Zoe.

And it’s one of the heaviest compact wands. So it can still get tiring, especially in Doggystyle. I need to reach far back with its short handle, and hold the Aqua’s weight up between my legs.

Its neck has the right amount of flexibility though – not so much that applying pressure is difficult; But not too little that its firm head becomes uncomfortable.

However, the Bodywand Aqua’s soft, buzzy vibrations just don’t provide much impact for me during sex. 

I prefer compact wands with more strength or rumbliness like the Lovense Domi 2 and Magic Wand Mini.

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Noise


Noise Rating:

7.8

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:

10.0

33%

7.5

33%

6.0

33%

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Decibels on Low Power:

35 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:

43.1 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:

Audible

High Power:

Audible

High Power with Box Fan:

Inaudible

High Power with Music:

Inaudible

Note: The sound levels recorded in the video and measurements above were taken before the Build Quality issues developed. For a listen into the BodyWand Aqua’s sound now, see the video here

During our testing, the Bodywand Aqua had relatively low decibel readings. However, in practical use, my partner can hear it behind a closed bedroom door beginning at its middle power level. 

The main problem is that this wand has developed a strange rattling sound that consistently pops up when I’m using the Bodywand Aqua. When it rattles, it’s loud and distracting.
For a more discreet wand in the Aqua’s price range, consider the Magic Wand Mini. It’s a bit more powerful, more rumbly, and remains inaudible behind a closed door on all power levels.

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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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Bodywand Aqua Compatible Wand Attachments

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 Bodywand Aqua is compatible with a limited range of wand attachments.

The attachments designed for the Le Wand Petite fit the Bodywand Aqua too. These cover a fairly broad range of stimulation including clitoral, G-spot, anal, prostate, and dual-stimulation. So you can likely find something to enjoy.

The PalmPower Extreme’s G-spot attachment also fits the Bodywand Aqua. But this doesn’t contribute much since Le Wand offers several G-spot attachments of higher quality.

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Mount Compatibility


Mount Compatibility Rating:

8.5

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:

9.5

50%

7.5

50%

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Bodywand Aqua - Liberator Axis Wand Mount Compatibility Photo

Compatibility with Axis:

9.5

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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Bodywand Aqua - Liberator Wanda Mount Compatibility Photo

Compatibility with Wanda:

7.5

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 my wands with my Liberator mounts – the Axis and Wanda. The Bodywand Aqua works well with both.

Its medium length is perfect for the Liberator Wanda. The Aqua’s head sits just above the fabric of the mount so you can easily lower your weight onto the wand. By leaning forward or backward you can vary the Aqua’s pressure and stimulation –  and because its head is so broad, it stays in contact with your clit easily.

Bodywand Aqua Used with Wanda Mount
The Bodywand Aqua can be used in the Wanda mount in a sitting position.

The Bodywand Aqua also has excellent compatibility with the Liberator Axis. Even though I usually prefer curved wands in this mount, the Bodywand’s head is broad enough that it reaches my clit and applies good contact and pressure. The Aqua’s handle is also a good width for the Axis. It fits easily and is thick enough that it does not shift around during use.

If you’re ok with the low power of this wand, it can be a good fit for hands-free play. It’s the cheapest wand that works well in mounts.

Wand In Use with Axis Overlay
Curved or angled wands work best with the Axis mount because they apply firmer pressure (demonstrated with BMS PalmPower Extreme)

But one of my personal favorites to use with mounts is the Dame Com, and this is only about $20 more. The Com’s curved handle makes it excellent at applying firm pressure. And it’s deep, rumbly vibrations are more impactful.

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Battery Life


Battery Life Rating:

NA

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:

100%

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Bodywand Aqua 3 AA Batteries Power Source Photo

Battery Life on High Power:

250 minutes

Power Source:

(3) AA Batteries

The Bodywand Aqua uses 3 AA batteries. During our testing, it lasted 250 minutes continuously running on its highest power. And then…

Time to buy more batteries. 

This expense adds up – a rechargeable or plug-in wand is much more cost-effective. There are many comparably-priced rechargeable wands with better overall performance. Or you could spend more on the wand itself with the money you’ll save on batteries.

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General Design And Specs