Panasonic Releases New Arc 5 Lamdash Revision E Shavers

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Panasonic Releases New Arc 5 Lamdash Revision E Shavers

In 2019, just one year after introducing the revision D of its third generation Arc 5 line, Panasonic announced another update.

The new revision E shavers were launched in Japan in early September 2019.

There’s no information so far regarding a global launch, but considering that the previous revision was only available to the domestic Japanese market, it’s likely that these new revision E models won’t be officially released in other parts of the world.

However, that shouldn’t stop us from purchasing one as they will eventually be available on various online platforms.

Let’s take a closer look at the E models, see what they bring new to the table and what has remained unchanged.

Panasonic Arc 5 revision E models

In typical Panasonic fashion, the new model names follow the same pattern as their predecessors and the letter D is simply swapped with an E to differentiate them.

And at least from the official product photos, that’s the only way to tell them apart from the older models as the razors look almost the same.

For example, we now have a new ES-LV9EX replacing the previous ES-LV9DX (from the revision D).

Here is a product table of the new Arc 5 E lineup that showcases the most important differences between these models.

ModelCleaning stationBattery indicatorDetails
Panasonic ES-LV9EX (Silver)
es-lv9ex
Yes10 levelsMetal body, smart lock, leather case
Panasonic ES-LV9E (Silver)
es-lv9e
Yes10 levelsPlastic body, soft faux leather pouch
Panasonic ES-LV7E (Brown or Blue)
es-lv7e
Yes3 levelsPlastic body, soft faux leather pouch
Panasonic ES-LV5E (Black or Red)
es-lv5e
No5 levelsPlastic body, soft faux leather pouch

Images credit: panasonic.jp

As it was the case with the previous two revisions, only the flagship ES-LV9EX comes with a few distinctive, premium-like features: brushed aluminum body, hard leather travel case (part no ES-2L13) and a smart lock function.

The last one basically allows you to unlock the shaver when you grab it and hold it in your hand, preventing accidental operation.

The rest of the revision E models feature a plastic body and a classic travel lock, activated by pressing and holding the power button for 3 seconds.

The performance is of course identical throughout the entire range, the differences consisting only in color, accessories and different battery level indicators.

The actual battery life is identical for all the E models (approximately 45 minutes of cordless only use).

They are fitted with a universal voltage converter (100 to 240V), so you will be able to use them anywhere in the world.

The shavers are waterproof, so you can shave with cream/gel or in the shower.

New outer foil, same inner blades

The new Arc 5 revision E shavers are equipped with what appears to be a revised outer foil compared to the C and D models.

The new ES9179 outer foil.

The new ES9179 outer foil. Image credit: panasonic.jp

Precisely, the new foil has the part number ES9179, while the C and D Arc 5 used the ES9177 foil.

So far there’s no information regarding what exactly has changed in the design of the foil since again it looks extremely similar to the previous one.

The middle trimmer is now called a Slim comb slit blade, so that could be one of the changes.

It will also be interesting to see if the new ES9179 will be compatible with older Arc 5 models.

As I mentioned in this guide, all the Arc 5 foils and blades until (and including) the revision D could actually be used on older models, despite the lack of any official information.

The two removable inner blades of the new Panasonic Arc 5 revision E are the same WES9170 introduced with the very first Arc 5 generation.

The part number of the new foil and blades set is ES9038.

New AI beard density sensor

Everything else about the rev E shavers seems to be the same compared to the C and D, including a 14 000 CPM motor and a highly complex flexing system of the shaving head.

Panasonic does however mention an AI beard density sensor for the rev E that supposedly reads the beard density and makes real-time adjustments to the power output of the motor, ensuring a more efficient and comfortable shave.

With the previous models, the sensor was a bit inconsistent and not all that useful, so hopefully this time around it will be better.

The name does suggest that it uses some form of artificial intelligence, but we shall see how effective it is or if it’s merely a marketing gimmick.

You’ll probably won’t be able to disable the sensor and use the shaver in full power mode.

That’s one of the reasons why I still personally like (and recommend) shavers from the second generation Arc 5.

Should you wait for the new Arc 5 revision E models?

If you were planning on getting a new Panasonic Arc 5, being a C or a D model, I’d say to go ahead and just buy it.

From previous experience, the improvements will likely be marginal and not really worth the wait, trouble and probably the price difference.

At least in Europe, models from the third generation revision C like the ES-LV9Q or ES-LV6Q are actually getting cheaper and are a lot easier to find.

As mentioned in the beginning, it’s likely that the new E models will only be released officially in Japan, making them more difficult to buy or to take advantage of the warranty.

And let’s not rule out the second generation Arc 5 with models like the Panasonic ES-LV65-S that can now be found at bargain prices, are still top performers and again, you can actually use the new foils of the third generation, at least the ones used until (and including) the revision D.

Speaking of that second-generation Arc 5, in 2019 Panasonic gave it a facelift and released two models, the ES-LV67 and ES-LV97. They’re basically the same as the older ES-LV65/ES-LV95 in terms of performance, so they’re a good alternative if you can’t those anymore.

We will try to get one of the revision E models and review it so we can find out precisely how it compares to the already available Arc 5 shavers.

Images credit: panasonic.jp. Props to our reader Steven for the tip.

72 comments on “Panasonic Releases New Arc 5 Lamdash Revision E Shavers

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  1. Delamotte Adrien

    Hi Ovidiu
    I’m writing from France. If I wanted to get the new Arc 5 revision E that is due to be launched within 10 days, how could I get it ? Have you got some comments of people that ordered from Japan before and if yes, have you got any websites to share with us ? I’ve tried to see if it’s possible to order from the official Panasonic website but it’s not. And the link you provided is only a marketing link : https://panasonic.jp/tourist/en/shaver/#ESTSTFN
    Thanks a lot!
    Adrien

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Adrien,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m afraid I don’t have any feedback yet from users that managed to get one. I would try to order it from rakuten.com or eBay (Japan-based sellers that are willing to ship abroad).
      I will update the post as soon as I manage to buy one myself.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  2. Delamotte Adrien

    Thanks Ovidiu for your answer. Then I will wait for your feedback before buying it 🙂 From what I read in Japanese, It seems that the head has changed and it will be easier to shave around the neck (a very bad point in my previous Panasonic shavers) – let’s see if it will live up to the promise.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steven,

      Thank you for the heads-up. That’s good to know. It’ll probably be the pick of the range considering the price of the ES-LV9EX for example (and you don’t really need a cleaning station with Panasonic shavers).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Steven

        Hi Ovidiu,

        Apparently, the model which comes without cleaning station is not yet available (I’m not quite sure when it will become available). The thing which I’ve been noticed is that, the shaving head comb has gone through a slight change. Apparently, it can capture longer hair as they have combined short comb and long comb side by side.

        Interestingly, Braun has also come with a new generation of S9 which has just kicked off its sale on Amazon Japan and I’ve been noticed ShaverShop in Australia has started selling the new gen of S9 as well. S9 is now printed on the front side of the shaver.

        Here are the links: https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B07VT7N6YM/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=AN1VRQENFRJN5&psc=1

        https://www.shavershop.com.au/braun/series-9-latest-generation-wet-%26-dry-electric-shaver-with-clean-%26-charge-station-and-leather-travel-case-010459.html?cgid=men

        Thanks,
        Steven

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Steven,

          I actually bought the new S9 (I went for the 9385cc model) and I’ve been using it for a few weeks. It shaves exactly the same as the ongoing models and it uses the exact same shaving heads. I will be posting a review as well.

          I am still skeptical about Panasonic’s new trimmer, but I can only share some feedback once I get the shaver and compare it to the older ones.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Steven

            Hi Ovidiu,

            That sounds like those marketing tricks from Braun then. Apparently nothing new has been introduced in the new S9. I was about to purchase one even though it comes with a high price tag on Amazon Japan. I may just disregard it and probably keep an eye on the new Panasonic ES-LV7E for a price drop.

            Thanks,
            Steven

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            Hi Steven,

            Yeah, that pretty much sums up the new S9. Definitely not worth getting through hoops to get one, especially since they cost a lot right now and again, performance-wise, they aren’t any better than the current models.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      The ES-LV9EX-S is the silver variation of the range-topping ES-LV9EX model that features a brushed metal body.

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  3. Steven

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I had a chance to see the new Panasonic shaver this evening at shops here in Japan. I would love to share some photos which I took from the new shaver, apparently I’m not able to upload any pics here. If you got an email address I can then send the pics through.

    Thanks,
    Steven

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steven,

      Many thanks for the follow-up. I would really like to see some actual photos of the products. You can email them at contact@shavercheck.com. I will make sure to give you credit for the photos if I’ll ever use any of them on the website. Thanks again, I really appreciate it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Ron Mason

    I just bought the Panasonic ES-LV 97 with cleaning station. In which Generation might this model fall?

    So far, I really like the way it operates. Never did I ever believe I could get such a close shave with an electric razor. I am sold!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ron,

      I think it falls under the facelifted generation 2 or the downgraded generation 3 revision A. And that’s because the ES-LV97 has the body of the generation 3 revision A, but it comes with the older, generation 2 outer foil. But as you said, it’s still an excellent shaver. I will be posting my review of the ES-LV67 as well, which is basically the same as yours (but without the cleaning station). Also, you can buy the newer foil (with the golden rollers) when it’s time to change it — it will fit perfectly.

      Enjoy your shave!

      –Ovidiu

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  5. Howard

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I live in the United States, and I am trying to find out the newest or latest model that would work over here, and where can I purchase it from. This has been a daunting task to find which is the newest model, and find someone that has one to sell. Thanks Howard

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Howard,

      So far Panasonic hasn’t released any of the Arc 5 generation 3 revisions C, D or E in the USA. And I don’t think they plan on doing that soon since they recently updated the generation 2 with a couple of new models (ES-LV67, ES-LV97). So your best bet would be to find a seller based in Asia that ships overseas. For example, I’ve seen some C and D models from third-party sellers on Amazon. The shavers are fitted with a universal voltage converter, so they will work in the USA (you may need to buy a simple plug adapter).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jim,

      The LV7N belongs to the third generation Arc 5 — which is indeed the latest one — but it was released as part of the revision A, not E which is the very latest iteration and the topic of this post. However, as far as performance is concerned, the differences between these revisions are not significant in my experience. So if you can get the LV7N at a great price, I think you should go for it.

      –Ovidiu

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  6. Dave

    I should have an ES-CLV9EX-S on the way from eBay. Is there anywhere to download the manual in English? I know that the ES-LV9N manual will probably get me by but it would be nice to have the EX manual in English.

    Thanks,
    -Dave

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dave,

      No English manuals for the Japan-only models are available, unfortunately. The closest model with an English manual would actually be the ES-LV9Q, not the ES-LV9N. You can download it from Panasonic’s website at this link. You’ll have to type ES-LV9Q in the search field and download the instructions as linking directly the pdf file is disabled.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Since these models are intended for the Japanese domestic market, your only option would be to find a seller that ships overseas. There are a few third-party sellers on Amazon that sell rev E Arc 5 shavers. eBay would be another option as well.

      –Ovidiu

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      1. Darish

        Just got my E model from a seller on Amazon direct from Japan. They really do leave the best stuff for themselves! Shipping was just a few days. Couldn’t be happier.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Thank you for the comment, Darish. Glad you’re happy with your purchase. These Arc 5 models truly are something to behold.

          –Ovidiu

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  7. Howard

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I have been using the “D” model for around 6 months now. I am in the USA so purchased it off of eBay and have no issues just plug it in no adapter required. I find I get a better shave with the head in “lock” mode versus the free floating 16D. The only issue I have is I usually do not shave on the weekends and I get some longer white hairs on my jaw line and neck and the arc 5 struggles to get them even with multiple passes. I will usually touch up the missed spots with a straight razor. Overall the shave is much closer and faster then my Braun series 9 I came from with just a little bit more skin irritation even with the gold rollers. I also wish there was a way to turn off the beard sensor and let the shaver work at maximum.

    So it looks as if the “E” model will have a new Center comb to address the long hair issue. Can’t wait to hear some feedback on this after use. Also will have to find a supplier of the new foil if it fits.

    Thanks for all you do,

    Howard

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Howard,

      Many thanks for your comment. I have a similar issue with all the Arc 5 shavers I’ve ever tried. What I do in the case of those stubborn stray, long hairs is use the shaver’s pop-up trimmer — one stroke against the grain is all it takes, then I use the foil head normally to shave any remaining stumps. I find it quicker and more convenient than using a razor blade or something similar.

      I am also with you with regards to the sensor and shaving with the head in the locked position, it’s just too wobbly. I very much prefer the simple up and down swivel of a Series 9 or 7. Those actually make shaving easier, not more cumbersome.

      I haven’t been able to grab an E model yet, but I hope to do so soon.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Pablo,

      Thank you for your comment and for being a loyal reader of this website. I am aware of the new Braun models and I will be posting detailed reviews and comparisons as soon as they’re available.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  8. Vic

    HI Ovidiu,
    Love your reviews.
    Base on your reviews, now I am narrowing down to Panasonic Arc 5. However, you already know how confusing Panasonic’s model numbers system alone with the Europe, Asia and N. America number. Can you make a chart with the model numbers and major features difference?

    thanks
    Vic

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vic,

      Thank you for your comment.

      That is is true and I will try to centralize everything into a single chart. Most differences however are not major for models of the same generation and the actual performance will be identical. So I wouldn’t get too hung up on the details. If you have narrowed it down to a few models, I will gladly help you with the differences between them.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  9. Kevin

    all you really get is a new battery although surprising they last years otherwise I don’t think there’s enough difference to make a purchase feasible from a previous arc 5

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Yes, the improvements are incremental and if the previous model can be bought easily (and for less money), it’s definitely the better option.

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  10. Sam Carrier

    Hi Ovidiu,
    Maybe I missed it but is the LV-95-S ( 2nd gen Arc 5 ) w/ cleaning station compatible with the revision E foils … the ones with the gold rollers? I think I read that revision D foils are compatible but wasn’t sure about revision E. I’m thinking about upgrading my foils when I replace my blades since it’s been about 6-7 months and I own the 2nd gen Arc 5.
    Thanks in advance,
    Sam

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Sam,

      The revision D foils are 100% compatible with the LV95-S. I haven’t personally tried the rev E foils on a second generation Arc 5, but those should also fit just fine. The two inner blades are the same across all Arc 5 iterations.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  11. Adrian

    Hello,
    are you going to get rev E soon and review it?

    They are available on eBay from Japan £350 for ES-LV9EX-S and £300 for ES-LV9E-S with postage.

    I’m thinking if it’s worth to pay extra.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Adrian,

      I hope so, can’t say exactly when though. I will update this post once the review is up.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Adrian,

          Unfortunately no. They’re impossible to find where I live and when I did manage to find an Asian seller that shipped overseas, with the shipping and customs fees the price was absolutely outrageous.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Adrian

            Hello,
            that’s fair enough. What would be the best choice if I can buy ES-LV97 or ES-LV9Q? (they are around same price in the UK).

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            For roughly the same price, definitely the ES-LV9Q. It comes with the updated foil, better design, better build quality (brushed aluminum body). I actually own the ES-LV67 which is identical to the ES-LV97, but comes without the cleaning station.

  12. Jordan

    Hi Ovidiu,

    Really the only thing that has stopped me from getting a Arc 5, is I can’t really see the difference between any of the Arc 5 generation 3 revisions C, D or E compared to whats available in the US.

    Basically, my dilemma is, I wan’t to purchase the absolute highest level/quality of shave from a Panasonic Arc 5 as I possibly can, and if that means buying one form over seas, so be it.

    But that would be a waste of time and money if the Arc 5 i can get in the US is just as good as any of the updated versions.

    So my question is, are there any Arc 5 models that truly perform better in any way than the ones you can buy on amazon/panasonic website, and how exactly are they better, and how much of these differences are significant..

    thank u!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jordan,

      Officially, only the generation 3 revision A is available in the USA, so the ES-LV9N/ES-LV6N. But even those models are pretty difficult to find from what I can see.

      In my opinion, the differences between all the generation 3 revisions are minor in terms of shaving performance and mostly have to do with design. The revision is even less important considering that the newest foil & blades (found on the revision E) are actually backward compatible with all the other revisions, so that’s an easy upgrade.

      I would try to get the ES-LV9Q from the revision C, I think that one would be the best option in terms of cost, availability and design. At least here in Europe it is by far the best pick. D and E imports are usually very expensive and again they are just an incremental upgrade over revision C.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      They’re essentially the same, can’t recall exactly what was the deal with the models that had the “C” in the name, but something regarding the packaging or availability in certain stores. Nevertheless, it’s not important.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  13. Marc Ciresa

    From panasonic customer service es-clv9ex-s has a smoke grey protective cap and es-lv9ex-s model has a black protective cap everything else is the same!

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  14. Vivien

    Hi,

    After that I bought this Panasonic LV9E for 330€ in Japan with all costs included in January I have to say that I’m quiet dissapointed. Sure it shave well but it takes too much time, more than my old previous ES-LV61. I think that’s because it is not in full trhottle most of the time.

    Now I have just saw that Xiaomi released a 5 blades electric shaver that on paper have nothing less that the Panasonic LV9 line (if it not offer more) and all that for the price of the Panasonic spare parts pack !

    https://aliexpress.com/item/4000809920708.html?spm=a2g0o.cart.0.0.1a733c00lvoCiF&mp=1

    Frankly I regret to not have tried that instead but it has been releases 1 month after my purchase. Grrrr

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vivien,

      I’m really sorry to hear that. I’m not a fan of those beard density sensors either (and I’ve said it in every review) simply because they can only slow the shaver down. In my case, the Arc 5 models that have this sensor active at all times performed pretty much the same as the old ones. But I would rather have full power throughout my shave.

      That Xiaomi shaver looks good specs-wise, charges via USB type C and it’s cheap — but at this point, I’m quite skeptical regarding its real-life performance.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Vivien

        Hi Ovidiu,

        Yes, I should have listened to you. Considering the price and caracteristics for the Xiaomi shaver (15 000 rpm with constant speed, 5 pins – 1 for each blade and 30° angle like the Panasonic’s) maybe it would worth to do a review 🙂

        Sincerely,

        Vivien

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          I agree, it’s definitely intriguing. I have a few shavers lined up for reviews, but I’ll try getting that Xiaomi as well. Right now it just looks too good to be true, to be honest. 🙂

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Yes it is, some of the newer Arc 5 models come with Washable written on the front instead of wet/dry.

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  15. Maarten

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I’m looking into buying one of these shavers. Living in the Netherlands i seem to be able to pick from either an ES-LV9N or ES-LV9Q.. Which of these would be the better product? Correct me if I’m wrong but it seems the ES-LV9Q is the later revision of the two?

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey Maarten,

      If the price is approximately the same, you might as well get the ES-LV9Q. It is the newer model and has a nicer design and a couple of incremental improvements that won’t make a significant difference, but why not have them.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hello Jonathan,

      The ES-CLV9EX-S has the premium metal body, while the ES-LV9E comes with the standard plastic one.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  16. Yona

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I currently have a ES-LV9N and need a new head, but for $70 I figured I may as well invest in a new unit. Given your reservations about the beard sensor, which model would you recommend buying right now? Also, do the cleaning stations work for all the revisions?

    Thanks for all the research. Panasonic does not make it easy to follow their product lines.

    Sincerely,

    Yona

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Yona,

      Thank you for your comment. Having used both the newer Arc 5 that are fitted with an always-on beard density sensor and the older ones (like the ES-LV65-S), I prefer the latter simply because I can deactivate it and shave in full power mode all the time. If that’s something you would rather have, your only option would be the second generation Arc 5 (ES-LV65-S and ES-LV95-S).

      A cleaning station will not work with all the revisions. For example, the station of your ES-LV9N will not work with the newer revision in this article.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  17. Don Berz

    I love your reviews, very thorough and informative. Which is the newer model ARC ES-LV9Q or ES-LV9EX? Both wet/dry with cleaning station etc? Any recommendation between the 2? Where can I purchase either in the San Fernando Valley Ca. or West Los Angeles Area?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Don. The ES-LV9EX is the newer model. Both are wet/dry with cleaning stations and the performance is very similar as the ES-LV9EX represents only an incremental improvement. But if you can get either at similar prices, you might as well go for the newer one. I’m afraid I can’t help you with any information regarding local stores.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  18. Rogier

    Is buying a (cheaper) but older type of shaver interesting? This is viewed from the perspective that such a ‘new’ purchased shaver is already several years old and with it the battery? Do you have experience with this? Do you expect that this may affect the battery life? If so, is a more expensive current model still possible cheaper?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Rogier,

      I wouldn’t worry too much about it. First of all, a modern rechargeable battery will degrade as it’s being used (it has a finite number of charging cycles). As long as the shaver is not being used and it’s properly stored, the battery will not degrade to a significant degree. Also, being an older model doesn’t necessarily mean that it was manufactured years ago. Many old and new models are still in production.

      The Panasonic ES-LV67-K is probably the most reasonably priced of the new Arc 5 models. You can check out my review of it here.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  19. Neil

    Would you know what the difference is between the Panasonic panasonic ES-LV9EX-S and the ES-CLV8E-S is? Thanks!

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