SEX TOYS AND PRODUCTS
Sex Toy Review: Nexus Eclipse
The Nexus Eclipse could be for you if you've ever said "just the tip" and meant it.
The Verdict: (out of five)
While the entire penis is sensitive for most people, did you know that the frenulum is the most sensitive spot of the area? This spot, right under the head on the underside of the penis, is full of sensitive nerve endings that can lead to orgasmic pleasure.
Many people adapt their stroking movement to target this pleasure-filled area (even if they don't realize it!) While many penis masturbation sleeves target this area purely by chance (since the sleeve happens to cover the entire shaft), there aren't many penis sex toys that focus on directly stimulating this sensitive area - until now.
The Nexus Eclipse Masturbator is a penis vibrator that's specially designed for frenulum and head stimulation. Not only does this easy-to-grip toy vibrate, but the Eclipse includes a robotic pseudo tongue that flicks up and down along the frenulum while using the Eclipse.
Unlike most penis jerk off sleeves, the Nexus Eclipse is relatively shallow in-depth, and it's literally only designed to fit the first inch or two of your erection into its tunnel. As I said, it's designed just for tip pleasure. This leaves the rest of the shaft open for stroking while the Nexus Eclipse takes care of the pleasure on the tip of your penis (if you can handle that much stimulation at once!)
This review will walk through how this penis vibrator works, the pleasure it provides, and anything and everything else you need to know about the Nexus Eclipse vibrator.
How'd You Use It?
Turns out, even after five years of dating and sexin' someone, you can still learn new things about your partner. Despite spending years upon years of studying sexual pleasure and years upon years of actually doing sexual things with my partner, I learned a very valuable thing with the Nexus Eclipse: my partner hates frenulum stimulation.
During all of our play, I've never known this to be the case. I've stroked his dick hundreds of thousands of times. We've used a whole host of sex toys (including the newly beloved Tenga Spinner), and we've had lots and lots of sex.
And not one time has he ever particularly mentioned that his frenulum isn't a pleasure spot on his body - and in fact, for him, can be relatively painful. The frenulum is a standard "pleasure spot" for most penis-owning individuals, so this definitely came as a shock to me.
This is part of why I love sex toys so much. In addition to the actual stimulation sex toys provide, they also provide a chance for open communication - and getting to know your partner's body better. This is something I never really would have known about my partner, and while broad-grip stimulation never seems to have bothered this sensitive spot on him, any toy (like the Nexus Eclipse) that specifically targets the frenulum is unlikely to be a win for him.
With that in mind, if you (or your partner) has scar tissue issues from circumcision or any other dislike of frenulum pleasure, the Nexus Eclipse may not be the best fit for you. (But if you like the rest of the features of the Nexus Eclipse, I recommend looking at similar options under our Other Options).
We gave the frenulum-stimulation pleasure a try a couple of times, but it just never turned out to be pleasurable to him - which, turns out, is due to a very-much personal preference that I hadn't known about. It does exactly what it claims to do, though. That "stroking" area strokes the frenulum over and over to the speed that you set it to.
If you're someone who can orgasm from the pleasure of frenulum stroking alone (or vibrations to the frenulum!), you are in for a treat with the Eclipse. It mixes constant, finger-like pressure on the frenulum with the orgasmic pleasure of vibrations.
That being said, after trying it that way multiple times, we chose to flip the Eclipse around and use the "frenulum" stroker on the head of the penis itself. He enjoyed that much, much more. It makes it a bit odd to hold (if you are using it on yourself the finger grips are facing your palm), but he was able to enjoy and experience the stroking sensation much better that way.
We really found that the sensation was much better with a bit of lubricant on the area. You don't necessarily need to lube the Eclipse itself, but ensuring the penis was lubricated allowed the Eclipse to gently glide over the surface in a much more pleasurable manner.
It's worth noting that the Nexus Eclipse doesn't do well under physical pressure. If you press the stroking mechanism hard enough into the body that it applies pressure to the mechanism, it can freeze up. It's definitely something designed for free movement against the frenulum. Expect it to provide moderate pressure, but if grinding against a pillow/object is part of your pleasure profile, that will likely be too much pressure for it to keep working.
At the same time, the Nexus Eclipse feels 300x better when you don't apply that pressure, so it works for the Eclipse's advantage. When you apply pressure to the stroking mechanism, you can really feel the cylindrical shape of its design. It's like being foam rollered on the penis, and it isn't necessarily pleasant. If you use a lighter touch, though, the stroking feels more like a firm pressure from a finger rather than a foam roller.
As the stroking mechanism is slightly under an inch in length, with any firm pressure, you can also really feel the "end points" on both sides of that cylindrical movement. With the lighter pressure, that entirely disappears, so again, for a multiple of reasons, the Eclipse is really designed for a light touch for vibration and stroking motions on the tip of the penis.
How Else Could It Be Used?
If you're particularly adventurous, you could try to use the Nexus Eclipse as a couple's toy. If you aren't trying to use the stroking portion of the vibrator for this (as they may seize up), you could choose to use vibrations-only. Flip on the vibrations, slide this onto the penis, and a vagina-owning partner could straddle on top and grind against the toy for pleasure.
Some of the vibrations can be felt on the top-most part of the vibrator, but if you're going to try this, you'll have to be someone who can orgasm through grinding as the firm pressure of the toy's surface will primarily be where the pleasure is provided.
Otherwise, with the toy's design, it's pretty much designed to fit onto the tip of the penis - either with the stroking portion against the head of the penis or against the frenulum. You could experiment with hands-free use, but with the toy's stroking design requiring a bit of pressure to get it into place, the stroking portion may not feel as pleasurable without a hand keeping the Eclipse in place.
It's also worth noting that the Nexus Eclipse only targets the top 1.85" of the penis. This means that it leaves the entire rest of the shaft entirely open and available for stroking. If you want to use the Eclipse with one hand and stroke with the other, you can enjoy double the pleasure.
Designed to be a one-handed toy, the Nexus Eclipse can easily be handled with one hand when using it to pleasure the frenulum. (If you turn the toy around, like I mentioned we ended up doing, it's much harder to hold with your hand since your fingers won't line up with the finger divets). With the proper use, though, the finger divets and the toy's natural curvature line up really easily for an effortless, one-handed experience.
The Nexus Eclipse is slightly heavier than the standard vibrator, but nowhere near as heavy as a wand massager or some types of rabbit vibrators. When partnered with the fact that the Eclipse sits on top of the penis (to support some of the weight), it's usable with one hand.
The finger grooves on the surface of the Nexus Eclipse actually work wonderfully for gripping the toy. While it won't help you overcome too much lube, as long as you're lightly lubed or not lubed at all, it keeps the Nexus Eclipse easily in-hand.
With the vibrator gripped like that, it's also extremely easy to access the buttons. You can quickly change the functions of the penis vibrator with just your thumb.
Speaking of the functions of the toy, let's talk about their power.
There are three speeds to choose from for stroking the frenulum. The pattern or the depth of the stroker don't vary - just the speed. The speed increases are incremental, so you definitely notice a difference, but the sensation itself remains the same as speed is the only thing that changes.
That being said, as mentioned above, the stroking sensation seems to feel the best with a lighter pressure (with heavier pressures making the sensation more grating), so you really control the intensity of the stroking with how much pressure you apply. The button on the toy just controls the physical speed of the movement.
The vibrations in the Eclipse feel like they're focused right underneath the portion where you hold the vibrator (with the finger grooves). They definitely can be felt on the fingers - and they can be felt on the tip of the penis as well. The vibrations are very buzzy (but quiet!), but they're definitely very, very faint. They're easiest to feel in your fingers and within the stroking area even when it isn't actively stroking.
Due to the high-frequency type of vibrations, they can be harder to feel within the chamber of the toy. They're on the very light end of the vibrations - on par with a bullet vibrator or other small vibrators. If you need powerful vibrations from your toy, you're better off spending the bit of extra cash for the Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo Lux.
When it comes to noise, you really have to talk about the two functions separately. Since they can be turned on (and used) independently, you can get different noise levels from the two. If noise is a concern, stick to vibrations-only, but the stroking can also feel really good for when noise isn't an issue.
The vibrations are, by far, the quieter of the two functions. The vibrations are soft enough that it's hard to hear them inside of the same room - much less from a different room. It's a very, very quiet vibrator - probably because, in part, the vibrations don't have much intensity to them.
Once you add the stroking, though, things get much louder. The stroking has a noticeable "whine" to it. With every pass, it makes this "whine" from the movement of the mechanical parts. While this part is slightly annoying, it's also pretty unavoidable.
I have a Lora DiCarlo Ose 2 on my desk sitting right next to the Eclipse (also with a moving stroking motion like the Eclipse), and despite being over twice the price of the Eclipse, the Ose 2 also has the same whining noise with the mechanical parts.
That's just part of how the movement is made. That being said, the Eclipse's stroking motion can easily be heard within the same room, and it could be heard from outside of a closed door as well. You'll want to play some music or television and muffle with blankets where possible if noise is a concern. (Playing music partnered with a shower and a closed door should hide the noise).
Here's the official product specifications for you:
Insertable Length: 1.85"
Insertable Width: 1.85"
How It Works
Using the Nexus Eclipse is extremely simple. Just insert the erect penis into the opening of the Eclipse. With the curvature of the Eclipse, the buttons are designed to be facing your face while the curved-out finger texture (for easier gripping) should be where your four fingers come together to hold the Eclipse.
You might find it pleasurable to add water-based lube for more slipping and sliding against the Eclipse during use, but the chamber is certainly wide enough (1.85" in diameter) for most penis widths to slide in without any lube. Once the erect penis is slid into the toy, you can use the buttons on the toy to turn on the functions.
The Nexus Eclipse, despite its open-ended design, does appear to need at least a partial erection to use it. You can use the vibration function on the Nexus Eclipse while flaccid, but the stroking sensation is very difficult to get onto the penis unless the penis is at least partially erect. The stroking will go largely unnoticed if the penis isn't at least partially erect.
The Nexus Eclipse includes three buttons for easy control of the vibrating penis sex toy. These buttons are nice and centrally located on the handle of the toy, and with your fingers wrapped around the finger texture along the length of the Eclipse, it's extremely easy to press down the buttons of the Eclipse with your thumb.
Each one of the buttons provides a nice, satisfying "click" to let you know that it's been pressed, and it isn't difficult to press them down. (But the buttons are recessed enough that they were never accidentally pressed during use).
The three buttons on the Nexus Eclipse allow for independent control of the vibrations and the stroking sensation. One button simply functions as the power button. Press and hold that button to turn on the penis vibrator - or turn it off.
One of the remaining buttons controls the vibration while the final button controls the stroking sensation. Press the stroker button or vibration button to turn on the respective functions. Continued pressing through those two buttons allows you to scroll through all of the function options.
For the stroker, that's 3 distinct stroker speeds (low, medium, high). For the vibrations, that's 6 different vibration functions.