What is a Fleshlight?
A Fleshlight is a masturbation sleeve. That is, a hollow tube shaped device, lined with soft skin-like material, made to feel as much like a vagina (or ass, or mouth) as possible. Fleshlights are not the only male masturbator on the market but they are definitely the best known.
The name is a reference the outer case of the standard design, which is meant to resemble a flashlight, and the fleshy SuperSkin material inside. The idea was to create the best sex toy (see which Fleshlights I find best) that can be stored discreetly, due to its resemblance to a common household object. Interactive Life Forms, the company behind Fleshlights, developed this idea further with its Sex in a Can (SIAC) series - made to look like cans of beer for discreet storage in your man cave (though the names on the side are a giveaway: I’m not sure that ‘Sukit Draft’ or ‘Succu Dry’ would fool very many people!)
Apart from the classic Fleshlights and the SIAC designs, there are ‘Fleshlight Girls’ sleeves, inspired by popular porn stars; ‘Freaks’ fantasy themed sleeves; the smaller ‘Go’, ‘Flight’ and ‘Quickshot’ designs; and the transparent ‘Ice’ collection.
You might also find references online to Fleshlight sleeves that have been discontinued, or have changed their name. If you are in any doubt, you can head over to the official website at Fleshlight.com to see the full range of current Fleshlight designs.
If you're unsure how to use a Fleshlight, check out this article on How to Use a Fleshlight.
Also, if you want to learn more about evolution of Fleshlights, see this post about History of Fleshlight.
Not All Male Masturbators are Fleshlight
There are many male masturbators on the market and you might find them referred to as Fleshlights; the popularity of the brand means that the name has become a generic term for male sex sleeves. However, not all masturbation sleeves are Fleshlights, and many other sleeves are inferior imitations.
There is a reason for Fleshlight’s popularity: they are one of the best brands on the market and they are constantly developing new sleeves and textures. That is not to say that they are the only choice – far from it. However, they are the most popular and well known, and there is such a variety to choose from that there really is no reason to look any further.
For the purpose of this guide, we will be looking only at Fleshlights - and find out why I think they are the best male sex toys around.
The actual Fleshlight is made of several parts which combine to make handling it as practical as possible. When you order a Fleshlight you will find that is comes in four parts: case, sleeve, cap and end-cap.
The standard Fleshlight case is almost 10” (25 cm) long and up to 3.7” (9.5 cm) wide. It seems large, and you might be surprised when you first handle it, but there are some very clear advantages to the size of the case. The dimensions mean that the soft flesh like material of the sleeve has room to ‘move’ and allows it to flex to accommodate even the largest penis.
The sleeve is the most important part of your Fleshlight. This is a soft, flexible tube of Fleshlight’s patented Superskin material which fits inside the hard outer case. The walls of the inner tunnel are textured, depending on the design. The sleeve can be removed from the case for thorough cleaning and can be exchanged with other sleeves if required.
The Fleshlight case has an adjustable end cap which can be tightened or loosened to increase or decrease the suction effect. This will be a matter of personal preference; it is easy to maneuver and change the suction while using the sleeve. The cap is used to seal the sleeve and keep it clean and dry for storage. Always make sure that you have cleaned and dried the sleeve thoroughly before sealing it, to avoid mold and bacteria growth.
Fleshlight Material: SuperSkin
Fleshlight inner sleeves are made with a soft, yielding material known as SuperSkin. When warmed and lubed for use it feels surprisingly real, probably as close to the real thing as you can get with a masturbation device. The material needs a basic amount of care and cleaning to keep it in good shape but it is quite simple to look after and well worth the effort.
Most of the Fleshlight sleeves are either pink, or as close as possible to a natural skin tone. Some of the Fleshlight Girls series mimic the skin tone of the girl they are based on and the Ice designs are made from transparent SuperSkin. There are also the blue, green and grey sleeves of the colorful, fantasy themed Freaks series.
Most standard design Fleshlights have an opening that resembles one of three possible orifices: a pussy, mouth or butt. There is also a ‘cheeks’ design that includes a small mounded replica of an ass. These standard orifices come with a few popular ‘classic’ textures.
There are also a series of non-standard Fleshlight sleeves, known as the ‘Fleshlight Girls’. Many of these feature unique textures and are entered through orifices molded directly from the anatomy of real porn stars. The entrances to these sleeves are a lot more realistic to look at and add an element of visual appeal. Each of the Fleshlight Girls sleeves is identified by the signature that appears next to the orifice.
For those who prefer something a little more unusual, one of the fantasy sleeves might appeal. Orifices range from a robotic looking cyborg vagina, to an alien pussy with a weird double clitoris and a vampire mouth, complete with fangs.
More than a hundred unique textures have been created for Fleshlight. Some have been discontinued, but new sleeves are regularly introduced so there is always a huge variety to choose from. They range from the very realistic to the super intense and even sci-fi.
Popular textures sometimes feature in more than one sleeve, in combination with other sensations. The Lotus Node, named for the lotus flower calyx it resembles, appears in the Heavenly, the Primal and the Zombie canals, as well as the original Lotus and Lotus Garden sleeves. Likewise, the spiraling zigzag ridges of the Vortex are also found in the Bump ‘n’ Grind and the Alien sleeves. Once you have tried a few Fleshlights you will start to notice your favorite textures and look out for similar sleeves to explore.
Fleshlight Designs and Types
As the name suggests, these are the classic Fleshlight designs that have been developed over time. They come with standard butt, pussy and mouth orifices. The smooth walled Originals are marketed as good first time Fleshlights but I do not recommend them; there are so many more interesting textured designs that these are bland in comparison.
Fleshlight Girls are the biggest collection of Fleshlights. They are modeled on porn stars and each sleeve comes with an opening that is an exact replica of the girl’s orifice; pussy, butt or mouth. Most girls have at least one sleeve with a texture that is unique to them (some have two) so there is plenty of choice.
There are two Fleshlight Go designs: the Surge and the Torque. At 8.5” (22 cm) long and a maximum of 3” (7.5 cm) wide, they are also smaller than the standard Fleshlights. This makes them more portable and easier to handle, even one handed, while still being suitable for average sized penises.
The Fleshlight Flight is a series of compact sleeves that are ideal for travel, or discreet storage. They are sleeker, slimmer versions of the standard sleeve (less than 8” / 20cm, long and just 3.1” / 8cm, wide) and are best suited to average and smaller sized penises. There are currently three flight textures available: the Pilot, the Instructor, and the Aviator.
Sex in a Can
Modeled on beer cans, the Sex in a Can (or SIAC) sleeves are designed to be hidden in plain sight. Like the Flight sleeves, they are smaller than the standard sleeves; the inner canal is just under 7” (18cm) long so are best suited to average or smaller penises. There are currently four in this series: Sukit Draft, Lady Lager, Vampire Succu Dry and O'Doyle’s Stout.
The Quickshot Fleshlights are not a complete sleeve, more of a wide ring which is open at both ends. This gives them the advantage of being much more compact that a standard sleeve (just 3.5” / 9cm long) and a lot easier to keep clean. The Quickshots are also cheaper than other Fleshlights.
For the most adventurous fantasy lovers, there are the Fleshlight Freaks. These are a collection of surreal sleeves with a fantasy, sci-fi, or horror related twist. If you’ve ever fantasized about a sexy alien or female cyborg then these are the sleeves to check out.
The Ice collection has a twist to the normal SuperSkin material; the Ice Fleshlights are enclosed in a transparent sleeve so you get the added advantage of watching the action as you slide into it. These are great for use with a partner as you can both see every detail of what is happening.
In addition to the categories listed above, there are a few other specialist designs and accessories (like the wonderful shower mount) that add something extra to the Fleshlight experience. There is the Turbo, made to replicate the feeling of oral sex; the Vibro, with battery inserts to add spine tingling vibrations; and the interactive Launch, with video and virtual reality functions.
Fleshjack - Fleshlight for Gay Men
Fleshjack is the Fleshlight for gay men. Like Fleshlight, Fleshjack has a range of different products. Product designs and textures are often shared between Fleshjack and Fleshlight.
Like Fleshlight Girls, the masturbation sleeves in Fleshjack Boys line have unique orifices that are modeled on male porn stars' butts. The dildos in the Fleshjack Boys series are also exact replicas of the real ones. Go to Fleshjack store.
Learn more about Fleshjacks in my Guide to Fleshjacks.
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