With Christmas round the corner and a fortnight past the NO SHAVE NOVEMBER, it’s time to get rid of those facial hairs in style with the latest and one of the best electric foil shavers in business. It’s time to pamper your-self with a cordless Panasonic ES-LV81 K Arc5 high-end shaver with a premium 5 blade advanced shaving technology. Let’s have a look at its features and why it is one of the best while having its own disadvantages as well.
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Panasonic ES-LV81 K Arc5 Review
The Panasonic ES-LV81 K Arc5 is one of the first generation Arc 5 high-end electronic shavers. The makers (Panasonic) of this electronic shaver have drawn their inspiration from the Katana’s of the Japanese Samurai and have come up with an advanced technology to develop blades of exceptional quality and sharpness. As the name suggests “Arc” signifies the curvature (Arched) of the shaver head which allows optimal contact with the skin and the number “5” indicates the five floating hypo-allergic stainless steel premium cutting elements for a smooth and closer shave in a shorter time.
The shaving head contains five ultrathin “Nanotech” blades in addition to the five foil blades placed at an angle of 30° to give that perfect shave from the hair base. These “Nanotech” blades are honed with nano precision to make them as sharp as possible. The three different foil blade systems have specific duties to perform. The Lift-Tech Foil System with reversed tapered edges ensures the removal of the flat lying facial hairs by lifting and then cutting them. The Finishing Foil with its unique ultra thin design gets rid of the stubborn and un-noticed hairs and the Quick Comb Blade is angled to catch hold of and cut the long whiskers while the slit separation cuts it to the desired length. The thick blades also prevent the thinner ones from reaching your skin while giving you a close shave. The foils tend to generate some heat which may not be ideal for very sensitive skin.
The Pop-up Trimmer
The Panasonic ES-LV81 K Arc5 is also equipped with an inbuilt pop-up trimmer for areas where you would prefer a perfect trim over a clean shave for e.g the sideburns and sometimes the moustache. You can activate the trimmer mode by just pushing a button with your finger. The in-built trimmer also saves you from the risk of losing the trimmer accessories as may be frequently the case with electronic shaver users.
The Linear Motor
The shaver is powered by a linear motor with 14000 RPM, the fastest in a shaver till date. With 70000 cuts per minute over a 5 blade shaving system, the Panasonic ES-LV81 K Arc5 gives a closer and faster shave and eliminates the chances of pulling and tagging that can be a hazard with its cheaper counterparts. The linear motion of the motor also helps in maintaining peak performance all throughout its battery life.
The Multi-flex Pivot Head
The Face Hugging Multi-flex Pivoting Head has an approximate range of 25 degrees back and forth and 20 degrees left and right and hence moves smoothly over your neck, chin and jawline.
The Charging Time
The Panasonic-ES-LV-81K Arc5 has a charging time of an hour and can be used for a fortnight before you charge it again if you are one of those who need to shave on a regular basis. For people like me, who shaves on alternate days, the charge can last a month’s time.
If you have sensitive skin, wet shaving with an electric shaver can add to the comfort and can reduce the possibilities of a skin rash. You can take your Panasonic ES-LV81 K Arc5 to your shower. The Panasonic-ES-LV-81K Arc5 comes with a wet and dry option but has an edge over its competitors in that it can be used with shaving foam or gel or a lotion while most of the shavers have to be used under a shower or with shaving foams only. In rare cases the repeated pressure over a sensitive area in the dry option can have an irritation on the skin.
The Panasonic ES-LV81 K Arc5 has a 10 stage illuminated blue LED display on its black finish handle which displays the battery status, charge indicator and has a cleaning reminder to keep the blades clean and fresh.
Once you are done with using the shaver, you can put it in the automatic cleaning unit or can clean it in seconds under running water. The cleaning unit is a part of your shaver kit to keep your shaver clean and in optimum working condition and also helps in charging the shaver. The cleaning unit uses a detergent cartridge to clean the shaver and is alcohol free. It also has a quick clean mode where it uses sonic vibrations to give a quicker clean when you are in a hurry. The only disadvantage is that the cleaning unit is bulky and can be leaky at times. Also the detergent cartridges can add up to the cost of maintenance.
Ergonomics and Design
The Panasonic-ES-LV-81K Arc5 can be a little awkward at times due to the bulk of its head and can add to the difficulty when doing up areas under the nose and sideburns but it is well balanced in hand and the textured rubber on the handle sides give a well-balanced grip. Overall Panasonic-ES-LV-81K Arc5 scores high as far as ergonomics is concerned.
The Shaver Kit Package
The shaver unit comes with a Panasonic-ES-LV-81K Arc5 shaver, a premium automatic cleaning and charging unit, a detergent cartridge, an AC recharger and a travel pouch.
Though the sheer size of the razor and its cleaning station can be of concern at times but the advantages of Panasonic-ES-LV-81K Arc5 supersedes its disadvantages by miles. The maximum closeness and comfort generated by the premium 5 blade hypo-allergic shaving system, the unique efficiency of the ultra-sharp Nanotech blades, the smoothness of the Multi-flex head, the speed and performance of the linear motor, the wet/dry usage convenience along with the option of automatic cleaning and charging station makes it one of the most sought after products when it comes to its usage and makes it a perfect gift for you to bestow yourself with before the celebrities begin.