Why Isn’t My Vibrator Working?

Vibrators are a great way to enhance erotic sensations. But if they don’t turn on when you want to use them, it’s frustrating and can ruin the experience.

The first thing to check is the power source. Make sure the batteries are inserted correctly and that they’re not dead.

Check the batteries

Many vibrators use batteries to power the motor, and if those batteries are dead or not inserted correctly, the toy will not work. Some vibrators have small plus and minus symbols on their battery enclosures to indicate how the batteries should be inserted – usually with the flat end (negative) facing up and the stud end (positive) towards the end-cap with the dial.

Vibrators that are used regularly can sometimes become clogged with lube or other body fluids. This can cause the toy not to turn on or work properly, so it’s important to clean your sex toy occasionally.

If your toy is rechargeable, it may simply need to be charged again. Each product has detailed instructions about how long it should charge before the first use, so please check that. If your toy still does not turn on, it may be defective and you should contact the manufacturer for a replacement or store credit as soon as possible. Some vibrators are sold with warranties that cover product replacements under certain circumstances. Make sure to keep your receipt and all order information in case you need to take advantage of the warranty.

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Check the base

A vibrator that doesn’t turn on is a buzz kill, especially if you’re in the middle of a self love session. Learning what to do when your vibrator stops working can help you avoid putting it in the trash bin too soon and get it back to work ASAP.

Many vibrators use disc isolators in their battery slots that prevent the batteries from making contact with the switch and activating the device. To fix this, simply remove the isolator from the slot. For some smaller sex toys, like bullet vibrators, there may be a small piece of protective paper between the battery contacts and the switch. This can also cause issues, so check and remove it if needed.

It’s important to use a good quality lubricant with your vibrator. Some lubes are more compatible than others, and it’s important to read the product description and instruction manual to make sure your vibrator will be safe with your lubricant of choice. If you’re unsure what to use, water-based lubes are usually a safe bet.

Check the power button

There are few things more frustrating than reaching for your trusty vibe only to find it isn’t working. Thankfully, you don’t have to toss it in the bin just yet – most vibrators aren’t beyond repair.

The majority of sex toys and vibrators are battery-operated and can be turned on by pressing a power button. If you are using a rechargeable toy, make sure it has been charged for the recommended amount of time and that the charger is securely attached to the toy.

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Some sex toys, such as bullet vibrators, come with a small piece of paper or occasionally plastic in the battery compartment that needs to be removed before use. If this has slipped out it can stop the springs making a connection with the batteries, meaning that the toy will not turn on.

Some sex toys and vibrators are also equipped with a travel lock feature that needs to be deactivated before use. This is typically achieved by pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds. Check the instructions that come with your toy for more information on this feature.

Check the travel lock

Sometimes, just like the glass bowl that shattered on your counter when you took it home or the piece of furniture you were assembling that was already broken, vibrators and other sex toys come off the line defective. This isn’t very common but it does happen and, if it does, you can contact Customer Service from where you purchased the toy to see about getting a refund or exchange.

Small bullet vibrators, such as a vibrating cock ring or p-spot massager, often take a stack of small button-cell batteries. These batteries have a safety tab which is a strip of plasticized paper that prevents the battery from switching on in transit. Check the product manual to find out how to disable this travel lock to get your toy working.

If you’ve checked all of the above, your vibrator might simply be out of power. If you have a rechargeable vibrator, try plugging it in for a little while. Rechargeable vibrators typically have a maximum charge time which should be indicated on the toy’s base or included instructions.

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Check the battery cap

Even if you’re using the right batteries and they are properly inserted, a loose battery cap can prevent the connection needed to turn on your vibrator. Make sure your battery compartment cover is threaded correctly and screwed on tight; there may be markers on the base to show you how the batteries should be positioned.

If you’re using a rechargeable vibrator, check to see if the charging port is clogged with lint, hair or other debris. It can also be an indicator that your vibrator is reaching the end of its life and needs to be replaced.

There’s nothing more frustrating than when your vibrator dies mid-self love session. Luckily, most vibrators are easy to repair and don’t require an engineering degree to figure out what’s wrong. If you’re not comfortable attempting to fix your sex toy yourself, contact the manufacturer for advice. They can help you troubleshoot and offer solutions for a variety of problems. It’s always better to play it safe than to let a broken vibrator ruin your mood! Be sure to replace old or dead batteries and test the toy again.

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