“So…how do you test your vibrators?” my bartender leaned in with a sly smirk. “We do a lot of user testing!” I smiled as I slid off the barstool with my two drinks. Here’s the thing, I cannot stop thinking about this interaction all weekend. Why? Because that answer was only part of the entire answer. I missed my opportunity nerd out and shut down any bow-chika-wow-wow thought he had in his head about how we test vibrators. Dang it. So I’m writing another post to redeem myself and in the chance he might read this. Hey you, bartender with the tattoo sleeve and nose ring (I just described 90% of the hipster population, I know), here is my real answer:
Yes, we do a lot of user testing for data feedback and ergonomic design critique. However, we also have a looooong reliability test plan for everything else with a high potential to be a failure mode.
Here are some of my favorite hypotheticals we test for:
1. What if we ship over a pallet full of Lioness on a more-turbulent-than-usual airplane and it arrives in Florida on one of the hottest, most humid day? We simulate and test if the turbulence vibrations from the 12+ hour flight loosen screws or wires. We check that the vibrators didn’t shift inside their packaging that could cause a poor out-of-box experience for customers. We check that the very hot and humid atmosphere didn’t interact with the Lioness in a way we didn’t expect.
2. What if I threw my Lioness in my purse and my Banana Boat sunblock and bottle of Coke exploded in my purse? As specific as Banana Boat sunblock and Coke sound, I swear Banana Boat sunblock can have some of the weirdest interactions with materials and Coke is so sticky that big companies will test those two liquids on their tablets and phones. We, of course, do spill tests with other liquids as well: different types of lube, cleaners, and etc.
3. I was holding my vibrator by the pool and dropped it on the concrete and it rolled into the pool and sank 5 feet. Is my vibrator okay? Hahaha! We got you girl! We do drop tests from different heights onto hard surfaces. We also test our vibrator in different levels of water submersion to make sure you can use it in the shower…or if you accidentally drop it in the pool.
There’s so many other tests we do to make sure our Lioness vibrator won’t disappoint you: battery charging/discharging, life cycle of the buttons, silicone material testing, and more. I just couldn’t sit here writing more funny hypotheticals because then who will be doing the actual testing?!
Okay, Mr. Bartender I hope that was the delightful answer you were actually looking for, I’ll make sure to pull out this blog post next time someone asks me.
Until next time!