Guide to Batteries for Sex Toys

by Lovehoney

on May 2, 2017

Because batteries for sex toys can have a confusing number of different names, we always use one name for each type of battery. The names we use for batteries are:

What batteries do I need?

To find out what batteries your brand new favourite sex toy needs, go to the product page and look for the 'Power and speed' section.

Battery power

'Power' tells you what type of power the sex toy uses. If it's a battery-powered toy, you'll see whether batteries are included with the toy e.g. Batteries (not included).

'Requires' tells you how many batteries the toy needs and what type they are e.g. 3 x AA.

C Batteries

WINCELL C Super Heavy Duty Batteries (2 Pack)

Large cylindrical sex toy batteries that power some of the more demanding toys.

AA Batteries

WINMAX AA Super Alkaline Batteries (4 Pack)

Bog-standard batteries you'll find lying around the house (down the back of the sofa, in a kitchen drawer) and power a wide range of battery-powered sex toys.

AAA Batteries

WINMAX AAA Super Alkaline Batteries (4 Pack)

Look like an AA battery, but slimmer. They are often found in slimmer models, or where the sex toy battery compartment is not as chunky.

N Batteries

WINMAX N Size Alkaline Battery (1 Pack)

Look like an AA battery, but shorter. They power smaller vibrators, often bullet vibrators that need a lot of power in a small space.

A23 Batteries

WINMAX 23A Alkaline Bp-1 battery (1 Pack)

Look very similar to N batteries, but are slightly smaller. They are only used for small devices that don't need to give constant power, for example vibrator remote controls.

LR54 Batteries

Duracell Alkaline LR54 Batteries (2 Pack)

Small watch-style batteries that are used in some of our cock rings and bullets. They also have a lot of different names, including: AG10, LR1130, LR1131, 189, 387, 389, 390. We always call them LR54 batteries.

LR41 Batteries

WINCELL LR41 Cell Batteries (2 Pack)

Small watch-style batteries, and they are absolutely tiny! Blink and you'll miss 'em. They also have a lot of different names, including: AG3, G3-A SG3, LR736, 192, 384, 392. We always call them LR41 batteries.

Can I use rechargeable batteries in sex toys?

Rechargeable batteries are usually slightly bigger than regular batteries, meaning that they're more likely to get stuck or jammed in your favourite vibe. Rechargeable batteries also tend to produce less power, meaning not only will you experience weaker vibrations but you're more likely to run out of power at the critical moment!

Of course, if you want to do away with batteries altogether then check our mains powered or rechargeable toys.

How to get the most out of battery powered sex toys

1. Always make sure your batteries are fresh - there's nothing worse than a vibrator losing its power when you're on the verge of orgasm, so try not to steal batteries from remote controls!

2. Always take the batteries out of your vibrator when you have finished using it. They'll last longer that way.

3. Make sure the metal contact points in your vibrator are connecting with the ends of your batteries. Don't be afraid to twizzle the batteries around to make the connection!

4. If your vibrator won't start, make sure you have inserted the batteries correctly. If you're not sure, try them the other way around and in every combination, just in case. If you're still having problems, find the product on Lovehoney and check for any special instructions.

Need more help?

You can Contact Customer Care, who will be able to give you the best advice on how to look after your sex toys. You can email any time, telephone or live chat to an experienced advisor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Originally published on May 2, 2017. Updated on Aug 6, 2020