Review: Minna Ola

Overall Rating 4/5 Rating-stars4

Vibration Intensity 4/5 Rating-stars-purpleSMALL4

Noise Level 2/5 Rating-stars-greenSMALL2

 

Pros

You can make your own vibrations!
Silicone.
Rechargeable.
Warranty.
Storage pouch.
Waterproof.

Cons

Custom pattern resets when toy is turned off.
There’s a seam around charging pad.
Charging pad is a little rough.

 
 
Minna Ola
 
The Ola is an innovative vibe from Minna Life. This toy is unique in that it has a touch interface, or “soft spot” as Minna likes to call it. It’s a bulb that’s filled with air and resembles a pillow. The stronger you squeeze the soft spot, the stronger the vibrations become. The Ola gives you complete control over the vibrations and you can create any sort of pattern you desire. There is a huge range of intensity and the possibilities are endless. You can record your custom creations and then loop them back for yourself, or a partner. Finally, vibrations that are as unique as you are!

 
Minna Ola
 
You not only have the ability to control and create the exact vibration that you desire, but there is a pattern creation mode that allows you to record your custom creations and play them back in a loop.
This is an incredible toy that toy aficionados are sure to enjoy. The size and shape can also appeal to beginners if they’re up for learning the controls. There is a huge range in vibration and there’s sure to be something for everyone. Finally, vibrations that are as unique as you are!

This toy has a slight curve to the shaft and feels great vaginally, but this toy can also be used clitorally or on any other external erogenous zones you please.
I would say this toy would also be safe for anal use as well. The base of this toy does flare quite a bit and the angle of the handle should keep this toy from being inserted too far and getting lost.
This toy is fully waterproof and can be taken into the bath or shower.
 

Material

The Minna Ola is made from a lovely matte silicone. Silicone is non-porous and body safe, and it will not harbor any harmful bacteria.
The Ola’s silicone is very smooth and does not have very much drag at all. This toy can glide over the skin easily and it’s not a lint magnet.
When using a lubricant with this toy, make sure that it’s water-based and not silicone-based. Silicone lubes can potentially have a reaction to silicone toys, resulting in the silicone material being damaged.

The entire body of the Ola is smooth except for the portion where the magnetic charger connects. This little pad is made of white plastic and measure just over a half inch. In the center of the pad is a row of four little metal dots. These dots are a little rough and can be felt rubbing against the labia when the toy is inserted, and they can be a little uncomfortable.
 

Minna Ola

 

Also, I’ve noticed that there is a small crevice around the pad because the silicone and plastic don’t fit together very tightly and fluids can collect in it. It’s not very hard to clean but no one likes the thought of anything collecting in a crevice and it does take a little extra attention.

 

Design

Minna Ola

 

The Ola is a total of 7.75” long with 5.75” of it being insertable. The swell at the head of the shaft reaches 4.25” around at its widest point, and tapers down to 2.5” around that base.
The bent handle with the touch interface is 2.25” long and has a circumference of 4.25”. The Ola’s body is completely rigid except for the soft touch interface.

 

Minna Ola

 

Function

Minna Ola

 

The Ola is controlled by the soft spot and by two buttons located near the base of the shaft. There is a button that looks like a solid circle and this acts as the power button. The other button is the mode button and it looks like a hollow circle.

There is two ways you can use this toy; you can either put the toy in free play mode, or you can use the loop mode to record and play back your personal creation.

Press the solid circle button to turn the toy on. The toy will make quick pulses to indicate the battery level; 3 for full, 2 for medium, 1 for low. The toy is now in free play mode by default.

Free play mode allows you to use the touch interface to control the vibrations in real time. There is no delay in response from the time you squeeze the touch interface to the time the motor produces the vibrations.

To record a pattern, press the mode button which looks like a hollow circle. Once you press the button, there is a light under the button that will blink to let you know the toy is recording your pattern. When you have created something that you would like to keep, press the hollow circle button again and the light under the button will stop blink and turn solid. Your creation is now locked in and touching the soft spot won’t do anything.

You can create steady vibrations by holding your squeeze on the touch interface at the level you would like the steady vibrations to be and then pressing the lock button. You can also create any sort of pattern of pulsation or escalation. The possibilities really are endless and if you can imagine it, you can do it.

You can go back into free play mode by pressing the mode button once more. Be aware that this toy does not permanently save your custom creation, and every time you turn the toy off or return the free play mode, the memory resets.

To turn the toy off, press and hold the power button for just a second or two, you will feel a little vibration bump to tell you that the toy is now off.
This toy is fairly strong and quiet; I give it 4 vrooms and 2 bees on the highest intensity level.
 

Cleaning

The Ola is smooth and waterproof, and this makes cleaning very easy. I like to take my toy to the sink, spray it down with toy cleaner and then rinse it off. You can also use soap and water or toy wipes if you prefer. Also, because this toy is silicone you can use a 10% bleach solution to sanitize it.

As I mentions earlier, there is a crevice around the area around the magnetic charging portion has a bit of a seam. The silicone and plastic are not tightly fitted together, so water, lube and bodily fluids can collect there. I can slide my fingernail into the seam and get out whatever liquid has collected there, but I’m not thrilled about this.
 

Charging

Minna Ola

 

The charger that I received has a USB jack on one side and a smaller jack that plugs into the magnetic connector which attaches to the toy. You will need to plug the cord into a computer or other device that has a USB port or get a USB wall adapter to charge this toy.

 

Minna Ola

 
When you plug the Ola in, the power button will pulse to indicate that it’s charging. When the battery is full, both buttons will light up to tell you it’s done. Charging can take up to 3 hours in the battery is completely drained.
 

Venting the Soft Spot

The soft spot can sometimes get a little deflated if it’s been squished while in storage or during the course of travelling. There is a little port on the top of the handle that you use to re-inflate the soft spot.

Minna Ola

Take the jack that and pull it out of the magnetic connector and make sure the USB end isn’t plugged in. Insert the jack into the little port to vent the soft spot. You may need to jiggle the jack a little bit, but the soft spot should pop back up to its proper level.

 

Packaging

Minna Ola

 

The Ola comes in some pretty cool packaging. The toy comes in a tube that has two separate sections inside it. There are 4 clear seals on the tube, so you can tell if it’s been opened or tampered with. The front of the tube has a full-sized image of the toy on it, and there’s basic product info on the back.

Pull the bottom cap off the end of the tube and you’ll find the first section that contains the charging cable, storage pouch, instruction booklet and a sticker. The storage pouch is made from grey microfiber and measures 9” x 3.5”.

To get to the main compartment where the toy is, pull on the polka dotted section and it will slide out.
 

Minna Ola

The packaging is fun, but it’s not the easiest to get into all the time. I prefer to keep my Ola in its storage pouch.

 

Personal Experience

The Ola is definitely fun to play with. The controls take a little while to get used to, but it’s simple to operate after you get them down. The battery life is pretty impressive from what I’ve seen so far. I can used Ola multiple times and it will still gives me 3 pulses indicating the battery level is still high.

I really like the bulge and little bit of curve to the shaft because it helps me get to my G-spot. The vibrations are very rumble and stimulating, and having the wide range of intensity it great.
I’m not crazy about the location of the charging pad and the fact that it can feel a bit rough, and I’m also not pleased about the crevice that runs around it.

Here’s where enjoyment comes down to psychology. This toy will be great for you if you like to be in control and don’t mind putting some thought into playtime. But if you’re one of those people who like to just let go, relax and let your toys do all the work, then you might not like this toy as much.

I do like that the Ola gives you the option to be creative and to be able to make custom vibrations that you might not be able to get from other toys. But I have noticed that operating this toy can be really distracting. Sometimes my hubby will get so distracted trying to making the right pattern, or doing a good job at controlling the toy in free play mode, that he isn’t really focusing on what’s going on anymore. And when that happens we both end up getting turned off. Just get comfortable with the controls until they feel like they’re second nature. Otherwise you may end up getting too focused on making the toy work, instead of letting the toy work for you.

So in the end, I like the shape, the vibrations are decent, and the quality and innovative technology are awesome. I do wish there were some preset pattern so I could just go without having to decide what I want first and then have to think to actually make it happen. This is a new breed of vibe and I’m having a fun time exploring with it.

 
*UPDATE*

Minna Life has released a new clit vibe called the Minna Limon which incorporates the same squeeze technology. Check out my review of the Minna Limon here!

 
 

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