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===Circuit Breaking===
 
===Circuit Breaking===
  
Violet Wands may benefit from the use of a residual-current device (RCD) circuit breaker (Circuit Fault Interrupter in North America), if there is any danger of the cable from the wall socket to the wand generator being damaged, or the generator or cable getting wet (sweat, drool, soft drinks and urine will conduct electricity).  If this happens, the RCD will most likely prevent the generator or exposed cables from remaining live. However, it is essential that the bottom is further isolated from the generator and mains by means of an electrical insulator between bottom and the electrode in use. (High frequency VW signals are readily transmitted through thinnish insulators by capacitive coupling; this will help block any mains electricity attempting to pass from a fault within the generator.) For glass electrodes, the air gap present between the central electrode and the glass bulb or rod provides an insulator, but when using metal electrodes (for example, when passing the VW signal through the top to the bottom) the electrode plugged into the VW generator must include a plastic or ceramic insulating section.
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Safe use of Violet Wands (VWs) will benefit from the use of a residual-current device (RCD) circuit breaker (Circuit Fault Interrupter in North America), especially if there is any danger of the cable from the wall socket to the wand generator being damaged, or of the generator or cable getting wet (sweat, drool, soft drinks and urine will conduct electricity).  If this happens, the RCD will most likely prevent the generator or exposed cables from remaining live. However, it is essential that the bottom is further isolated from the generator and mains by means of an electrical insulator between bottom and the electrode in use. (High frequency violet wand signals are readily transmitted through thinnish insulators by capacitive coupling but mains frequency currents are not; this will help block any mains electricity attempting to pass from a fault within the generator.) For glass electrodes, the air gap present between the central electrode and the glass bulb or rod provides an insulator, but when using metal electrodes (for example, when passing the VW signal through the top to the bottom) the electrode plugged into the VW generator must include a plastic or ceramic insulating section.
  
 
===Overheat===
 
===Overheat===
  
Older violet rays, especially an older one, may overheat if they are used for extended periods of time, especially on high settings, causing their capacitors to heat. Some were built using waz as a dielectric and the wax melts as sufficiently high temperatures. This is less of a problem for many modern violet wands; some can be used for an hour at a time.  When acquiring a wand, it is well to seek advice from knowledgeable practitioners.
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Older violet rays, especially an older one, may overheat if they are used for extended periods of time, especially on high settings because their capacitors will produce heat. Some were built using wax as a dielectric and the wax will melt at sufficiently high temperatures. This is less of a problem for many modern violet wands; some can be used for an hour at a time.  When acquiring a wand, it is well to seek advice from knowledgeable practitioners.
  
 
===Arcs and Sparks===
 
===Arcs and Sparks===
  
The electrical discharge, being high frequency and so generally confined to the surface of materials, will preferentially follow routes involving metal conductors, and will arc to metal objects which may result in the top or the bottom receiving unexpected VW shocks from odd directions. Like all spark producers, a violet wand will ignite flammable liquids and gases. Never use one in the presence of flammable gases or liquids.
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The electrical discharge, being high frequency and so generally perfering to travel near the surface of materials, will preferentially follow routes involving metal conductors, and will arc to metal objects which may result in the top or the bottom receiving unexpected VW shocks from odd directions. Like all spark producers, a violet wand will ignite flammable liquids and gases. Never use one in the presence of flammable gases or liquids.
  
 
The sharper the electrode, the more intense the discharge and usually more intense the sensation; this should be borne in mind when planning a scene. (For example, if the bottom is restrained with metal cuffs, sharp corners on the cuffs may suddenly produce a much more intense discharge if the VW arcs to the metal.)
 
The sharper the electrode, the more intense the discharge and usually more intense the sensation; this should be borne in mind when planning a scene. (For example, if the bottom is restrained with metal cuffs, sharp corners on the cuffs may suddenly produce a much more intense discharge if the VW arcs to the metal.)

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Eroticism

A Violet Wand (or Violet Ray) are devices used for the application of low current, high frequency, high voltage electricity to the body using an arrangement similar to a Tesla coil. the purpose was originally for purposes of electrotherapy, though there were few identified. Violet Ray devices are popular among collectors of "quack" medical devices. Since the 1990s, the devices have become popular in the BDSM community for use in sexual stimulation (electrical play), where they are more commonly known as Violet Wands. The colour in the common used name is due to the colour of light generally often produced when using glass electrodes.

In use, a violet wand typically produces a fine shower of electrical discharges (i.e., sparks, more or less) from the tip of a glowing glass "wand". The wand can be set to a range of intensities from very mild tickling to excruciating, and interchangeable glass or metal electrodes can be used to distribute the charge to the body in a variety of different ways.

Violet Wands cause sensations such as tickling or pain by virtue of the electrical current impinging on the nerves, and the very high temperatures present in the electrical discharge to the skin. These temperatures can produce skin reddening, similar to nettle rash, or mild sunburn (the sparks emit UV light and should not be stared at), or even result in temporary or permanent branding if sufficient intensity is prolonged.

Risk Awareness

Circuit Breaking

Safe use of Violet Wands (VWs) will benefit from the use of a residual-current device (RCD) circuit breaker (Circuit Fault Interrupter in North America), especially if there is any danger of the cable from the wall socket to the wand generator being damaged, or of the generator or cable getting wet (sweat, drool, soft drinks and urine will conduct electricity). If this happens, the RCD will most likely prevent the generator or exposed cables from remaining live. However, it is essential that the bottom is further isolated from the generator and mains by means of an electrical insulator between bottom and the electrode in use. (High frequency violet wand signals are readily transmitted through thinnish insulators by capacitive coupling but mains frequency currents are not; this will help block any mains electricity attempting to pass from a fault within the generator.) For glass electrodes, the air gap present between the central electrode and the glass bulb or rod provides an insulator, but when using metal electrodes (for example, when passing the VW signal through the top to the bottom) the electrode plugged into the VW generator must include a plastic or ceramic insulating section.

Overheat

Older violet rays, especially an older one, may overheat if they are used for extended periods of time, especially on high settings because their capacitors will produce heat. Some were built using wax as a dielectric and the wax will melt at sufficiently high temperatures. This is less of a problem for many modern violet wands; some can be used for an hour at a time. When acquiring a wand, it is well to seek advice from knowledgeable practitioners.

Arcs and Sparks

The electrical discharge, being high frequency and so generally perfering to travel near the surface of materials, will preferentially follow routes involving metal conductors, and will arc to metal objects which may result in the top or the bottom receiving unexpected VW shocks from odd directions. Like all spark producers, a violet wand will ignite flammable liquids and gases. Never use one in the presence of flammable gases or liquids.

The sharper the electrode, the more intense the discharge and usually more intense the sensation; this should be borne in mind when planning a scene. (For example, if the bottom is restrained with metal cuffs, sharp corners on the cuffs may suddenly produce a much more intense discharge if the VW arcs to the metal.)

Safety

Drugs

Doctors advise against electro play if you are on Cocaine or using any form of solvent (which includes poppers / amyl nitrate). Cocaine alone increases the risk of arrhythmias in the heart (North Americans will probably remember young Len Bias), and solvents render the heart muscle very sensitive to the effects of physiologically released adrenaline, again putting you at risk of sudden stress induced arrhythmias.

Electricity

Just as the static electricity from a rubbed balloon will not kill you, a Violet Wand stroked down a back (above the chest) is unlikely to cause a problem. Note the use of "unlikely" here. Little is certain when mixing biology and electricity; you must weigh the risks and benefits, just as when smoking or driving a car.

A violet wand should never be used on someone who has a pacemaker, insulin pump, or other electrically operated medical implant. And VW should not be used near other electronic devices, as the high voltage can damage electronics.

Due to the very low current, most experts in the use of the Violet Wand agree that it can be used above the waist on a normal, healthy person - for example on the back, breasts and nipples. Some medical practitioners and some Safe, sane and consensual (SSC) proponents advice against use of any electrical toys on the torso or head, including the arms (especially against both arms at once).

Violet Wands should not be used near the eyes. Nor on mucous membranes.

Like all electrical devices, the violet wand should be kept away from all conductive fluids (e.g., water or drinks, ...), so VW should not be used in connection with watersports.

The sparks from a violet wand can ignite flammable liquids and gases, including those from some fragrance burners, hand cleaners, etc.

Glass Fractures

Many violet wand attachments are similar in appearance to butt plugs and dildos; it can be tempting to use them as such. But there are several reasons not to do so. The glass used in the electrodes tends to be very fragile, and great care must be taken with it. Internal use is not great care. And when used internally, the discharge will be to mucous membranes which should be avoided. Many medical doctors and surgeons advise never using them internally due to the fragility of the thin glass used and the severity of injury possible.

Overuse

If sufficient intensity is used, a blurred but permanent branding can occur, representing an electrical burn in miniature.

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