Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Conductive Gel

Conductive gel or 'lube' is something we get asked about on a regular basis so hopefully below we have managed to answer a few of the common questions and given you some advice as to how to get the best out of it.

What is it?
Conductive gel is a water based gel that is electrically conductive. Unlike other gels on the adult market it is designed specifically for medical e-stim use, so you know you are using a quality product that works.

What does it do?
Because of its lubrication and conductivity properties conductive gel will massively improve the e-stim sensation when used with insertables, and is a must when using certain contact electrodes such as our Pin Wheels and Electro Whiskers on dry skin. Remember there is no need to use conductive lube on our sticky pads. It just makes a mess and doesn't work well with the adhesive already present.

How do i use it?
Generally you don't need a large amount of gel, just enough to moisten the area or lightly coat an electrode. Too much lube is nearly as bad as too little, it just makes everything slide around. If you are using surface play electrodes then apply the lube to the skin, if you are using insertable's then apply to the insertable itself.

Can I use anything else instead?
The gels we sell are designed for use with electroplay toys. They have the right ingredients to ensure good conductivity, and none of the ingredients that many damage the electrode, the connection cables or even worse you. At a pinch you can use water based lubes with some success, but ensure that they are be water based. Silicon based lubes contain far too many chemicals, and have a high silicon content which isn't very conductive. So just remember water based lubes good, silicon or oil based lubes not good.

You sell 4 different gels - What is the difference?

Our main general purpose conductive gel is available in two sizes, a small 60ml tube and a larger 250g tube. Surgilube is a conductive gel that is supplied in a sterile sachet that is sterile until the package is opened-ideal for use with urethral sounds where cleanliness is one of the most important aspects of play. Lastly we have TacGel, which is a special version of conductive lube, created specifically with conductive rubber. conductive rubber by its nature can get very when using lube, so if you find its too slippery then a small amount of tacgel will help things stay where you want.

Hopefully you now know a little more about conductive lube, but if you still have questions, then please give us a call or drop us an email.