Violet Wand FAQ's

Is a Violet Wand suppose to buzz, and buzz louder the higher the setting?

Part of the “coil” that is in your violet wand is an electro-magnet.  Electrical current flowing through it causes it to attract and then repel the permanently mounted magnet located on one side of a set of contacts very rapidly.  The electrical charge arcs across the gap from one contact to another as the magnets move the contacts closer together.  A loudest part of the noise that you hear is the sound created by the sparks arcing across this gap in the contacts.  Too low a setting and the magnets don’t have enough power to move the contacts close enough for the sparks to arc.  Too much power and there is no gap for the sparks to arc across and you have no output.

Why does my Violet Wand lose power when I tilt it?

A wand has electrical contacts that depend upon magnets to open and close.  When the wand is turned down very low the magnets are unable to function. Tilting the wand upright adds gravity to the equation and with gravities help, the magnets will move just enough. When a wand shifts position, the magnets inside the coil shift inside the wand.  This will cause a loss of power since they now vibrate at a different rate.  By increasing the power slightly you can compensate for this with most angles.  Ideally, this type of wand should always be operated in an upright position.

My wand doesn't power up right when I hold it upside down. What's the problem?

This will happen with all wands. When a wand shifts position, the magnets inside the coil shift inside the wand. Changing the angle of the violet wand will correct this. Violet Wands operate best when used in an upright position.

Do violet wands create an odor when they are running?

A side effect from a violet wand is ozone. For some it has a more distinctive odor than others.   Ozone can be an irritant to those that have asmatha, allergies or the common cold.  Ozone has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.  Ozone has been used to kill germs in both water and air.  It is these properties that continue with the use of "high frequency spa" treatments even today.  Your violet wands output of ozone as measured in parts per million have remained within OSHA's guidance for "normal" use. 

Are Violet Wands producing Ultraviolet rays?

All electrical sparks contain a tiny, tiny amount of UV rays.  These rays exist for a moment at the very point of the spark. Otherwise, a violet wand doesn't produce any more Ultraviolet Light than your TENS unit or vibrator.  The glow that appears in the glass electrodes, and bulbs used with an Edison adapter are caused by the gasses contained inside the light bulb.  Many electrodes used with a violet wand do glow purple.  This is caused by the gas inside the electrode being excited by the electricity, and it is purple because of the gas.   Other popular colors are red and blue. 

Care & Selection of a Violet Wand

What are the differences between vintage violet wands, previously owned violet wands and new violet wands?

"Pre-owned", used call it what you will, but it's not for everyone.  Generally older units are less costly to acquire than new ones.  A part of the cost consideration should include costs for having the unit checked out and possibly repaired or overhauled. There is a style to vintage wands that just isn't captured in the newer ones.  Vintage violet wands often come in beautiful lined wood cases, however, they may be dangerous to use.  If you are considering acquiring a vintage unit for use, plan on having it checked out and quite possibly reconditioned for safe use.  At minimum the wiring may need to be replaced.  Also, the "collet" or the metal collar where the glass electrodes fit may be slightly different in size from today's models.

Previously owned, while generally newer than vintage violet rays, raises many of the same questions that should be asked when considering a vintage unit. How have they been stored, what does the wiring look like, how were they used? If the previous owner used the rheostat to turn the wand on/off, you might be in for a repair shortly after purchase!  These are some of the questions to ask when considering whether or not to purchase a "used" violet wand. Newer "used" violet wands may have more features than the vintage wands. New violet wands come with warranties, loads of accessories, and the opportunity to add more things.  Maybe this is the way you wish to go if your style of play covers all methods of violet wand usage.

 
What are the differences between the one and two piece vintage units?

Two piece vintage units are bulkier as the transformer is built into the case, not the wand handle.  This allows for a somewhat extended running time. One piece vintage units are easier to transport and generally the cases are nore intricate. This is a matter of which style you prefer.

 


Troubleshooting your Violet Wand

Why won't my electrode work? It looks ok, it isn't cracked or broken, but it doesn't light up when I turn on my violet wand?

If you haven't used this electrode in a while or there has been some changes in pressure your electrode may need a little help from you to recharge itself.  In order to attempt to recharge an electrode you should do the following:
 
1. Insert the electrode into the wand
2. Turn your violet wand adjustment all the way up.
3. Slowly shift the angle that you are holding the wand.
 
The violet wand needs to be powered up and running for at least 60 seconds to see if this might work.  If the electrode is still not glowing, try touching it to your hand while the wand is still running at full power.  Sometimes that is all it takes for the electrode to warm back up again.  If the electrode lights after following the above steps, great. Power your wand down to your normal setting.  If the electrode is still dark, then it has probably lost the gas that makes it glow and can't be repaired.  Good Luck!

What causes a violet wand to lose power over time?

The most common cause of a wand losing power is overheating. Older wands used a capacitor (the mythic 'core' you may have heard about) which will eventually lose power over time if they overheat. Use a vintage violetwand only for the recommended amount of time. New wands have ceramic capacitors or the newer self-healing polymer capacitors which allow for extended or indefinite, and sometimes unlimited runtime.  ALL wands, regardless of the materials used for their internal components, will wear out over time due to their high voltages.

My violet wand won't work!

You've checked to make sure its plugged in, then adjusted the settings the whole way up. The wand still makes no vibration. It needs a trip to the repair shop. 


Electricty is arcing directly from my violet wand.

The electrical charge from a violet wand will naturally seek to arc to the nearest conductive matter, which just may happen to be you. Electricity will 'bleed' through at the smaller or  business end of a violet wand.  Keep your hand away from the narrow section where you put the electrodes, if you don't want to get your own "simply electrifying spark" from your wand. Hold the violet wand handset at its base, before the section that begins to narrow. Double check that your electrodes or accessories are seated securely. Perhaps turning down the intensity will help reduce any excess electricity.  Try rubber gloves. However, if your wand is bleeding excess electricity from the BODY of the wand near the midsection, it needs to be serviced right away.