Panasonic once again, with a wonderful model Arc 4. It is almost the same as that of Panasonic, but it contains 4 blades in the head and is not supplied with charging station.
Just like the Arc 5, this model offers an extremely close shave, but at the same time lacks comfort.
Panasonic Arc 4 has all the features of the latest Arc 5, it lacks only a single trimmer on the head and it is delivered without cleaning and charging station. The 4-blade system available in this electric shaver is sophisticated and sharp enough to give you the best razor experience. The blades are extremely durable, sharp and can pivot 30 degrees in any direction. It also includes the linear 14,000 CPM dual-action engine, which is really powerful.
Apart from that it offers a battery life of 40 minutes with a single charge, while the other 50 minutes provide for the backup of the battery.
- Extremely low in price as compared to other high tech shavers in our list
- LED Panel available to keep you updated with the battery and motor speed
- Not that much comfortable
- It comes without cleaning and charging dock (Thats the reason it is available in very low price)
How Does the Arc4 Feel to Hold?
Initially, the Arc4’s weight concerned me. It’s lighter than most shavers I’ve tested. For example, it’s three times lighter than a comparable Braun shaver.
But the build quality allayed my initial concerns. The rubberized grips on the side and back of the shaver keep it snug in my hand. And when I turned on the device, I was impressed by the motor’s above average power.
The waterproof chassis is comfortable to hold in the shower. The power button is at a perfect thumb level. You can turn it on and off without a problem. There’s a lock on the back to hold the pivoting shaver head in place. I assume you use that when traveling or if you want to shave old-school style.
My only gripe is the wide shaver head. Those 4 foils take up a lot of space. But as I mention later, you quickly adapt. Plus, the wide head means you make fewer passes.
How Long Will the Battery Last?
Panasonic’s copy states that the battery lasts you about 45 minutes. I shave every other day for five minutes. That’s about nine days of shaving per charge.
I found my day-to-day results varied. But on average I charged the shaver every seven to eight days. Either way, the Arc4 can easily last you a week.
Even if you run out of charge mid-shave, it’s not a problem. Because the shaver comes installed with a quick-charge function. After five minutes you’ll have enough juice for an entire shave.
Panasonic installs a lithium ion battery in the Arc4 shaver. Unlike the older Ni-Cad batteries, lithium ion doesn’t degrade. It also doesn’t lose power when it nears depletion. Half battery or a quarter battery, the Arc4 will perform like it was full.