Red Hot Ember — Test and Review

Edie
by EdieUpdated:
4.2/5

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Overall Rating

4.2/5.0

Bedbible Rating:

4/5.0

Reviewed by: 

Edie

User Ratings:

4.3/5.0

Based on 104 user reviews

95/100
DesignBeginner

Rating: CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator was rated 95 out of 100, which means it is designed absolutely incredible.

What it is: The design rating takes into account the shape of the toy in both a visual and ergonomic perspective. We ask our reviewers to rate the overall feeling of the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator.

100/100
Ease of UseEase of Use

Rating: CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator was rated 100 out of 100, which means it is extremely easy to use and worked very well.

What it is: The Ease of Use rating is a score given on how easy the toy is to operate and use. Aspects that are considered is the suitability for different kinds of people, intuitiveness, and potential learning curve of using the product for pleasure (or pain).

80/100
QualityQuality

Rating: CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator was rated 80 out of 100, which means it is very good quality.

What it is: The Quality rating is a score that takes into account the quality of the materials used in the toy, how well it was manufactured, the safety, durability and overall quality feel of the toy.

Moderate

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PricePrice

Rating: CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator was rated 3 out of 5, which means it is pricier than the rest, but not the most expensive.

What it is: The Price rating is indicated by 1-5 price icons. 1 indicate a very cheap product, while 5 indicate a very expensive product. The rating is a relative score compared to other similar toys.

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My Verdict

The CalExotics Red Hot Ember flickering vibrator surprised me! Being accustomed to CalExotics lower-quality products, the Red Hot Ember blew my mind. Not only is the silicone of the best quality, it looks and feels so luxurious. The single-button operation made me happy, as I love a simple, easy-to-use toy. In addition, it's lightweight and comfortable to hold and manipulate all over the body. But the motor....HOLY COW! This little vibrator is so powerful with low, rumbly vibrations in the body of the vibrator, and insanely intense, buzzy vibrations in the flickering pinpoint tip. It really gives you the best of both worlds, vibration wise. In the end, although I still have my reservations about the longevity of a CalExotics product, I have to admit, the Red Hot Ember is a winner in my book!

Buy, if you...

  1. Desire intense, targeted vibrations.
  2. Love low, rumbling vibrations too.
  3. Want a portable powerhouse with travel lock.
  4. Need a versatile vibrator for your collection.
  5. Prefer one-button, easy operation.

Don't buy, if you...

  1. Would rather have a better warranty.
  2. Desire luxury level quality.
  3. Prefer internal toys.

About The CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator

The Red Hot Ember flickering vibrator by CalExotics is a small, sensual, silicone vibrator that packs a ton of rumbly, pinpoint vibrations in a compact toy. It's easy-to-use, single button operation lights up to guide your way to all the right spots, whether you're in bed, the bath or shower. Best of all, it features a travel lock, making the Red Hot Ember the perfect travel companion. It's a fabulous toy for singles and couples alike, to tease and tantalize all sorts of sensitive body parts with pinpoint precision.

The vibrations of the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator are silent, very powerful, and somewhat rumbly

SoundSound rating

Rating: CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator was rated 1 out of 5, which means it is silent.

What it is: The sound rating provides a visual representation of how loud the vibrations of CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator felt to the reviewer.

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PowerSound rating

Rating: CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator was rated 4 out of 5, which means it is very powerful.

What it is: The power rating describes how fast and strong the vibrations of CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator felt to the reviewer.

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BuzzyBuzzy
What it is: Buzzy vibrators have a high frequency that stimulates the surface (like a high pitch).
RumblyRumbly
What it is: Rumbly vibrators have low-frequency vibrations that stimulate deeper into the tissue (like the bass in music).

Pros

  • Intense, rumbly vibrations.
  • Flicking, precision tip delivers insane power.
  • Luxury-level silicone.
  • The right size for travel + a travel lock.
  • Great for ALL bodies.

Cons

  • A little pricey.
  • Packaging is PG-13.
  • Only 1-year warranty.

Using the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator

My Personal Experiences with CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator

CalExotics Elevated

It’s been a long while since I’ve had my hands on a product by CalExotics! I’ve been in the business for a LONG time, and CalExotics (aka, California Exotics) has been making sex toys since before I was old enough to purchase them. So, when I pulled the Red Hot Ember flickering vibrator out of my review box, I was excited to see how the company has changed and evolved. After all, they used to make the cheapest sex toys on the market. The verdict? CalExotics has definitely elevated their game!

Flickering Confusion

After opening the box, and pulling out the Red Hot Ember, I realized it was a vibrator with a tapered, flickering tip. And although it’s made from sensually, soft, body-safe silicone, the flickering part, I think, is more of a play on words. See, it’s red, named Ember and it’s shaped like a flame. And that’s about as flickering as it gets. That’s because the tip moves far too fast to flick, in the way I had hoped it did – more like a tongue. Unfortunately, the Red Hot Ember flickers like a hummingbird’s wings on 12 Red Bulls. That being said, this little vibrator is powerful with a capital P!

Pinpoint Precision

I got the Red Hot Ember out of the box as a pre-game for another toy I was about to review. And I say pregame because the moment I put the tip to my most intimate part, I nearly flew backward, into my headboard and up the wall. Now, for those of you who need POWERFUL, concentrated vibrations to your clitoris to get off, my goodness, this vibe is FOR YOU! Personally, it takes me little more than a nice summer breeze to get me there, clitorally speaking. So, I backed down the power, took advantage of the rumbly vibrations, lower in the toy, and had some foreplay fun. And I found that the Red Hot Ember is AMAZING for tickling erogenous zones, exciting sensitive skin, tantalizing nipples and thrilling the clitoris, labia and vaginal opening (you can’t really feel the flickering internally, as it’s too small).

The Vibrator for All Bodies

All in all, I found the Red Hot Ember flickering vibrator one hot toy that all bodies can use and enjoy. It’s lightweight, so silky-soft and is easy to operate with a single button on the end. It features 10 settings of speed and patterns that delivers delicious sensations to different areas of the body. The tip is incredible to deliver INTENSE vibrations to the smallest of areas, so intense, I couldn’t handle it! So to you folks who like extreme and intense power, this is your vibe! Plus, it’s USB rechargeable and waterproof for water sports. Finally, it’s the perfect vibe for on the go, as it’s small, and features a travel lock. Everyone should have a vibrator like this in their toy box!  

Rating the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator’s design

CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator Rating the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator’s design

The CalExotics Red Hot Ember is sexy! It's a beautiful red, incredibly high-quality silicone, and has a sensual, tapered shape. And although its operations and settings are very basic, the toy is extremely powerful with lower frequency, rumbly vibrations that carry through the body. Plus, not only can you use the tip for concentrated, pinpoint stimulation, the lower part of the toy offers vibrations that can be used on other areas of the body. Going back to the button, it's placed on the bottom, making it incredibly easy to operate with your thumb.

Assessing the Usability of the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator

CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator Assessing the Usability of the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator

This little powerhouse is so easy to use! It has a single button on the bottom, which you can operate with your thumb. Plus it presses with little effort. The Red Hot Ember flickering vibrator is light weight, though it's thick, so it's suitable for those with grip issues. Finally, the vibrations are deeper and more rumbly, so it doesn't make your hand go numb while holding it.

The CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator: Quality assessment

CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator The CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator: Quality assessment

I am going to give the Red Hot Ember the benefit of the doubt. By and large, CalExotics hasn't been in the upper scale when it comes to sex toy quality. However, this one is created with high-quality materials, which makes it look and feel luxury level. It feels sturdy and operates well, being relatively quiet. It charged easily and has lasted quite a while, so far. My only concern is the longevity of the toy, as a whole, considering there is only a 1-year warranty. For the price, I don't think it will last as long as other, more upper-level brands.

Cost of the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator

CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator Cost of the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator

The CalExotics Red Hot Ember is about mid-range, price wise, when comparing it to like products. You get the toy and a charger, no storage bag or a box you'd really want to keep. So, I personally wouldn't spend this much money for this particular product. That being said, out of the gate, it does run well and has lovely, rumbly vibrations, that are hard to find in this type of product. I'm simply on the fence about how long the product will last for the price.

Pleasure Check: How does CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator Measure Up?

CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator Pleasure Check: How does CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator Measure Up?

Performance wise, the Red Hot Ember surpassed my expectations. Honestly, I thought it was going to be the usual, over-the-top, buzzy vibrations that make my hands ache and my clitoris want to crawl up inside my body. On the contrary, although extremely powerful, this little toy rumbles, sending waves of sensations through your body. And the tip gives you the extreme buzzy vibrations you want for intense, targeted pleasure. It charged well, ran quietly and didn't warm up at all while using it. Plus, the button clicked easily and moved seamlessly through the 10 settings....and it lit up! I give the Red Hot Ember top scores for performance!

Evaluating the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator’s packaging

CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator Evaluating the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator’s packaging

Ugh, CalExotics, this porn-ish stuff on product boxes is completely unnecessary and really takes any class whatsoever out of the product. To be honest, if I saw this sitting on a shelf, next to another like product, I would immediately see this one as cheap. The clear top of the box is thin, see-through plastic with the image on a shirtless man and a barely-dressed, lingerie clad woman in a heated embrace, as he kisses her cleavage. It's definitely not suitable for households with children. On the other hand, the box does offer all of the product information you need, and the vibrator itself is tucked safely inside custom, thick foam. No, I wouldn't keep it. And for the price this vibrator costs, I really wish they'd included a bag for storage.

How to care for the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator

CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator How to care for the CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator

The Red Hot Ember flickering vibrator is made from very nice, silky silicone. The sleek shape is both sexy and lightweight, so it's easy to handle and manipulate. A little bit of water-based lube and the tip glides over your body easily. And since it's waterproof, it's incredibly easy to clean with warm water and soap, a silicone compatible sex toy cleaner, or wipe. In regard to storage, you'll definitely want to purchase a storage bag, tuck it in a sock that's missing it's mate, or just keep the foam interior of the box. That's because the box itself is too graphic and adult for my taste, so it's going into the trash.

Specifications and features

Vibration modes10 
Vibration speeds3 
Vibration patterns7 
Length5 inches
Width1.25 inches
WaterproofSubmersible 
MaterialsSilicone 
RechargeableUSB Pin Type 
Battery Life30-180 minutes
Charging Time150 minutes
Travel LockYes 
Colors AvailableRed 

Comparing CalExotics Red Hot Ember Flickering Vibrator with alternatives

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Overall score4.2 / 5.0 4.0 / 5.0 NaN / 5.0 4.8 / 5.0 4.9 / 5.0 4.9 / 5.0
Bedbible rating4.0 / 5.0 4.0 / 5.0 4.8 / 5.0 4.7 / 5.0 4.8 / 5.0 4.9 / 5.0
User rating4.3 / 5.0
from 104 users
4 / 5.0
from 30 users
NaN / 5.0
from 0 users
4.8 / 5.0
from 785 users
5 / 5.0
from 2 users
4.9 / 5.0
from 8695 users
PriceModerate Affordable Pricey Pricey Affordable Moderate
Design95 / 100 90 / 100 95 / 100 85 / 100 100 / 100 80 / 100
Ease of use100 / 100 60 / 100 90 / 100 95 / 100 100 / 100 95 / 100
Quality80 / 100 90 / 100 100 / 100 100 / 100 80 / 100 80 / 100
Sound20 / 100 --60 / 100 40 / 100 -
Power80 / 100 --80 / 100 100 / 100 -
Buzzy/Rumblysomewhat rumbly --somewhat rumbly very rumbly -
Vibration modes10 -8 8 20 -
Vibration speeds3 ---10 8
Vibration patterns7 11 --10 -
Length5 inches4.1 inches6.5 inches8.9 inches5.5 inches8.9 inches
Width1.25 inches-2.4 inches1 inches-Tip: a little under 1 inches
WaterproofSubmersible Yes Submersible Yes Submersible Yes
MaterialsSilicone Silicone Silicone & ABS plastic Body-safe silicone, ABS plastic True Silicone Silicone, ABS plastic
RechargeableUSB Pin Type Yes USB Yes null Yes
Battery Life30-180 minutes50 minutes120 minutes120 minutes60 plus minutes120 minutes
Charging Time150 minutes90 minutes120 minutes16 hours - 960 minutes60 minutes16 hours - 960 minutes
Travel LockYes No Yes Yes -Yes
Colors AvailableRed White, Black, Pink/Brown Peach Please, Lemon Sorbet, Pistachio Cream Black Pink and Black Blue
Diameter-2.1 inches--3.3 inches-
Weight-0.23 lbs----
Storage Bag Included-No Yes No, but comes with cap -No
Height--1.8 inches---
Flexibility--Flexible tip ---
Remote Controls---No --
Insertable length----4 inches-
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FAQ

Can this be used internally?
Yes, the Red Hot Ember can be used inside the vagina, but not very deeply. However, it cannot be used anally, as it's far too small and doesn't include a flared, safety base.
Does the Red Hot Ember feel like a tongue?
No, it doesn't. I saw the word flickering and thought the same. It moves far too fast to feel like a tongue. However, the sensation is intense and out of this world.
Why does the battery time vary?
The battery life varies between 30 minutes on high and 180 minutes on low, as the motor uses more power each time you go up in speed and intensity.
How do I use the 1-year warranty?
No matter where you purchase your Red Hot Ember, go to the CalExotics official website, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the warranty link. From there, you can begin filing your claim.
How do I set the travel lock?
To be honest, it isn't a special travel lock that you actually set, as most luxury brands feature. CalExotics touts this as a travel lock, when you simply have to press the button for 3 seconds to start it. To me, that's not a lock. That's because, if the toy wedges against something in your bag for more than 3 seconds, then shifts away, the toy WILL begin to vibrate. Not a travel lock, sorry CalExotics.

Instructions - Manual

There isn’t an online instruction manual which you can view and download. However, please feel free to use my tips, above.

Author
Edie
Edie

Edie was selling sex toys in a home party plan long before they became mainstream! She uses her 30+ years of experience in pleasure products, romance, relationships, sexual health and writing to spread sexual education and positivity to anyone seeking advice and knowledge. She tells it how it is and uses real world experiences and humor to get her point across. Edie has been with BedBible since day 1 and also does review videos and podcast hosting.

Age: 56-65
Gender: Female
Sexual orientation: Heterosexual
Sex toy experience: Expert
All-time favorite sex toy: Satisfyer Pro 3+
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