Although any romantic relationship requires a lot of work, long-distance relationships are especially hard since you have to deal with being physically apart from each other for extended periods. The lack of physical intimacy is one of the hardest aspects of these types of relationships.
Fortunately, thanks to the advances made in technology, couples in such relationships are now able to connect and rediscover intimacy using teledildonics. Here is an unbiased look at a sex toy that promises to improve intimacy over distance: the Lovense MAX 2.
What is it?
The Max 2 is the latest version of a teledildonic toy from Lovense that caters to men. It is referred to as a teledildonic because it is a sex toy that integrates technology in its functioning to allow for use in different ways, including over long distances.
The Max 2 is a male masturbator that comprises of a textured sleeve that is found within a plastic covering. When you first take a look at the Max 2, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to tell it is a sex toy due to its unassuming appearance.
However, if you have used the Max, you may notice some differences, especially in terms of design and outward appearance – there are new features such as the quick air release and the adjustable air vent that are meant to improve its performance.
The multiple-sensation sleeve imitates the ridged feel of a vagina. It is made from skin-like TPE which is a type of material that is porous and very soft.
Body-safe ABS plastic and TPE material
The TPE sleeve is enclosed in an ABS plastic casing. Both of these materials are completely body-safe. They do not contain phthalates or any other harmful chemicals, so you don’t have to worry about an allergy breakout as a result of the material when you use the Max 2.
Adjustable air vent
Make adjustments to the suction of the Max 2 using the adjustable air vent.
Quick air release
Lower the pressure when it gets uncomfortably high using the Quick Air Release.
The Max 2 features a redesigned vibrator that has been extended for even more intense sensations. Depending on your preferences, choose from a low, medium, or high vibration setting.
The Max 2 also integrates air pump technology which provides 360-degree contractions around the penis. You can set the contractions to deep, mild, or subtle. These contractions tend to mimic the feeling of oral sex, and combined with the vibrations, stimulate pleasurable sensations when the toy is in use.
USB quick charge
The toy can be easily charged using the USB cable that comes in the box. It only takes 2 hours for the Max 2 to charge fully.
Lovense Max 2 is compatible with both Android and iOS. Thanks to its Bluetooth capabilities, you can connect your Max 2 to another compatible toy, and you can either allow your partner to control it for you or opt to control each other’s movements via the app. This is especially convenient for long-distance couples.
Sync Max 2 to your music
You can connect your Max 2 to the Lovense app and listen to your favorite music as you enjoy all the pleasurable sensation. The toy moves to the rhythm of the music, so choose according to your needs and preferences.
The exterior of the Lovense Max 2 does not give away its purpose as it looks quite ordinary, making it suitably discreet.
What’s in the box?
Lovense Max 2 comes in a simplistic box. Inside, you will find a user manual, a quick set up guide, a USB charging cable, and the Max 2 itself.
How it works
Before you use Max 2, ensure that you fully charge it using the USB charging cable while it is switched off. The USB charger will only serve its purpose if you position it correctly.
If you find that the indicator light fails to turn red as you try to charge the toy, rotate the cable a full 180 degrees. This light will stay on as you charge Max 2, and when it is fully charged, it will turn off. A full charge takes two hours.
There are two buttons on Max 2:
- Button A
Press and hold the first button (the one directly above the indicator light) for about three seconds until the indicator light starts to flash green.
Button A can also be used to toggle the three vibration modes – the first press of the button to activate the vibrations will activate the lowest one, the second one will activate the medium vibration mode, and the third one will be the highest.
- Button B
Press and hold the second button to toggle the air pump settings. The first press will activate subtle contractions, the second one mild contractions, and the third press deep contractions.
Usage and care
Before you use Max 2, ensure that you clean it properly. For more effective cleaning, remove the inner sleeve of the toy and wash it separately. Never use soap to wash the inner sleeve as this will lead to the degradation of the soft material.
Make sure that the air vent of the Max 2 is closed as you wash it. Use warm water, and then dry then thoroughly once you are done. Store in a cool dry place.
Before insertion, ensure that you apply water-based lube generously to the inside of the sleeve, the entry hole, as well as your penis. Water-based lube tends to dry out quickly, so you may need to reapply it.
If you find the toy to be too tight around your member, you can use the adjustable air vent to adjust the suction. The adjustable air vent is located just above the charging port on the lower end of the Max 2.
By covering and uncovering the air vent that is found below the charging port, you may be able to improve the sensation. As you use Max 2, you might feel the need to make adjustments to the pressure level especially if you start feeling discomfort.
To do this, simply use the quick air release which you will find right next to the charging port of the toy.
Here are some few tips to keep in mind when using and cleaning Max 2:
- Keep Max 2 away from extreme cold and heat.
- Never let the toy’s control buttons come in contact with water.
- Never use oil- or silicon-based lube as they tend to affect the sleeve and degrade it over time.
- Ensure that you recharge Max 2 at least once every six months.
- Never use the toy while it is charging
Pairing Max 2 with your phone/device
Max 2 is compatible with iPhone, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch iOS 9.0 and later, as well as Android 4.3 and later, as long as it is Bluetooth 4.0 enabled. Connect the toy to your phone in the following steps:
- When you turn on Max and it blinks green, this means it is ready to connect.
- The next step is to download the Lovense app and tap “sign up” to register a user account.
- Tap the “link”/”connection” icon which you will find in the top right corner.
- Tap “+” to kick off the search for your toy. Once it is found, tap “done”. The indicator light will stay solid green to show that the toy has been successfully connected, allowing you to control it from your mobile device.
- To connect to your PC, insert the Lovense USB Bluetooth adapter into a free USB port and follow the given instructions.
Connecting with a partner
To use the long-distance function, click the “Long Distance” tab in the app. Add a contact by tapping “+” and then key in their username before tapping “add”.
For this to work, your partner will also need to have an account. After your request to play is accepted, your partner will pop up in your tab.
You can chat with your partner in the private chatroom or explore other play options by clicking the “+” that you will find on the bottom right of your screen.
To enjoy long-distance sex, tap the “sync together” icon. To sync a compatible toy such as the Nora to the same level as your Max 2, tap the “remote control” option.
At the bottom of the app, you will find an arrow icon that you can tap to change between three modes:
- 2 way interactive
You and your partner simulate sex by moving your toys in sync.
- In control
You control the way that your partner’s toy moves.
- Being controlled
Your partner controls the way that your toy moves.
Syncing music to the app
As an Android user, if you want to enjoy your favorite song selections as you play, save or transfer the music that you have downloaded on your device to the “music” folder on the internal memory.
If you are using an iPhone, drag your music from iTunes into the “songs” folder. To sync the music with the music app you have on your device, simply head to the “music’ section and tap “sync music.
Once you do this, you will be able to see the music you synced from your iTunes on the music app you have on your phone. You can then open the Lovense app and enjoy the songs that you have downloaded.
Playing patterns vs. My Patterns
To try out new patterns that have been created by other users of the Lovense app, go the “patterns” tab. You can preview them, and if you find something you like, download it by tapping the download icon. Keep in mind that you don’t have the option to create or loop patterns in this tab.
To view the patterns you have downloaded, head to “My Patterns”. Here, you can also create playlists, randomize, or loop patterns.
How it feels
I was excited to try out Max 2 with my partner especially since he also has the Max 2, plus he often spends a significant portion of his time away from home for work.
The Lovense app is quite effortless to set up – we were able to download it, create accounts, and connect our phones via Bluetooth within no time.
One thing that I liked about the connection is the fact that once your devices are connected, you don’t have to go through the syncing process as your partner’s device will automatically pop up as a connected device the next time you log in to play.
Since we are both music lovers, whenever we are in bed together, we love to set the mood and elevate our sexual escapades by listening to our sexy time playlist from my phone. Our toys adeptly respond to the different music styles and allow for a hands-free, toe-curling experience.
We also wanted to see how well it worked if one partner controlled the other, so my partner went to the living room with the app on his phone and I stayed in the bedroom with the Max 2.
I must say, it was quite an interesting experience in the best way possible – he varied the vibration settings from low to medium to pulse to wave, and kept the contraction setting at mild. All that vibration and suction motion resulted in a mind-blowing orgasm within minutes.
Max 2 feels almost like real skin, which makes thrusting into it even more exciting. I pulled the sleeve out to investigate it more closely, and I found that it had little tube-like ridges that throb around your member.
There are subtle ridges on the opening as well, which means that you can feel sensations even when only the front part of your member is inserted in the toy.
As you thrust, your partner’s toy starts to move in sync with your movements. I found that the Max was too tight on my member, so I wasn’t able to penetrate it all the way through.
Despite this, I was still able to enjoy the combination of the vibrations (especially on medium and high) and the suction motion of the air pump since I’m very sensitive and didn’t need that much help from my hand to reach an orgasm.
My partner on the other hand barely felt these functions even on the highest setting, which was quite disappointing since it took longer than expected to reach a climax, and even then, he had to use his hand quite a bit to help things along.
When my partner was away for a few months, we were able to sync our toys together via the app and get them to respond to each other. This made it feel like we were having sex despite being thousands of miles apart.
To build the mood, we started by sending naughty texts via the private chatroom. Once we both got home from work, we would then proceed to the video chat for more intimacy.
Unfortunately, the platform was often very choppy, and we found that we couldn’t see or hear each other well when we used the video chat function in the app.
From this experience, I would strongly advise to use another video chat platform like Skype or Facetime and stick to just sending texts to each other.
Additionally, when my partner momentarily lost connection on his end, it seemed like our toys were no longer able to vibrate and contract in sync, which ended up killing the mood entirely.
Comparing Lovense Max 2 to Lovense Max
There are several notable differences between the Lovense Max and Max 2:
- Unlike the Max 2, the Max does not feature an adjustable air vent. Considering that this feature allows you to adjust the suction, this is a significant improvement on the latter.
- The Max 2, unlike the Max, incorporates the quick air release design. This allows you to lower the pressure level when it becomes too high.
- The contractions produced by the Max are not as intense as those of the Max 2. This is because the Max 2 features 360-degree air pump contractions that can be felt all around the penis when inserted.
- The vibrator of the Max 2 has been redesigned and more conveniently placed to improve the sensations.
- It has an enjoyable skin-like feel
The texture of the inner sleeve of the Max 2 feels amazing. It has several ridges that go around your shaft and glans that make it feel pretty close to the real thing.
- Decent battery lifespan
The Max 2 takes two hours to charge, but you can use it for way longer than that without having to worry about it dying unexpectedly since it has quite an impressive battery lifespan.
- Great combination of vibration patterns and suction motion
You can opt to use the vibration patterns and contraction settings on their own, but if you want to elevate your sexual experience, consider combining the two. The sensations that result from suction and vibration are bound to give you a lot of pleasure.
- The material used to make the Max 2 is safe for your health
ABS plastic and TPE is completely body-safe, which means that you don’t have to worry about having an allergic reaction when you use the Max 2
- It is discreet
The Max 2 blends in well with the background. On the outside, it looks very ordinary, so there is very little chance that someone will be able to tell exactly what it is once you store it somewhere safe.
- Lovense Max 2 can help improve intimacy in long-distance relationships
The Lovense app allows you to control your partner simply by the use of a phone. The Max 2 is also suitable for use with other compatible toys via the app as long as you have a stable internet connection.
This means that you and your partner can use the Max 2 and another compatible toy enjoy sex even if you are thousands of miles apart.
- You can integrate music into your play sessions
The Lovense app allows you to listen to your favorite mood-boosting songs as you play with the Max 2.
- It is not waterproof
Lovense Max 2 is not completely waterproof. You can take out the sleeve and wash it, but you cannot submerge the toy in water or use in the shower.
Even when you are cleaning the Max 2, you have to ensure that the air pump vent is closed, and that water does not drip down the toy’s sides. This can be very limiting, especially if you were hoping to try out underwater or shower play using the toy.
- Complaints about the limited depth and width of the toy
Max can only accommodate a maximum of 14.5 cm in girth. Many customers have raised an issue with this limitation since it affects their ability to use the toy effectively.
However, if you properly lube the entry hole, the inner sleeve, and your member, you might be able to squeeze in just enough to enjoy the sensations even if your penis size is above average.
- Poor connection over the app
The app requires a very strong internet connection to function properly. If you are experiencing glitches, you and your partner’s toys may fall out of sync, and you may have a hard time communicating with each other using the video app.
- Although the Max 2 is discreet, it is lacking in terms of appeal
Although the Max 2 is discreet and unnoticeable, it is quite lacking in terms of appeal. Many find the clunky appearance of this toy to be a bit of turn off when it is in use.
The Max 2 is a pretty impressive male masturbator that you can use on your own, within the same room as your partner, or over a long distance.
It is especially useful for couples that don’t see each other too often as it is compatible with some other Lovense toys and can be used over an app.
While some may have a hard time reaching an orgasm by solely using it without the help of the hand, the pleasurable sensations from the vibrations and contractions of the toy make it worth your consideration.