Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Electric Shaver Review: The Inexpensive Panasonic Arc3 Shaver!

This is the the old version of Panasonic Arc3 ES-LL41-K. So I recommend reading the new one’s review instead and leave this one.

Over the last year, things have surely changed. Especially Panasonic gave us more comfortable with love. They constantly add more and more comfort technology to their foil shavers to make our daily life easier. The Panasonic ES8103S is a foil shaver, and this is the perfect electric shaver for men looking to get a taste of daily foil shaving. Today in this article, I will fully review the Panasonic Arc3 ES8103s electric shaver. The reviews of Panasonic shavers are always a delight, and this one is also the same.


  • The Panasonic Arc3 ES8103s is a 3-bladed shaver with super-sharp nanotech blades for fast and ultra-sharp shaving performance.
  • It’s a 100% waterproof shaver that makes cleaning and maintenance easier.
  • The Panasonic arc3 shaver offers both wet/dry shaving for versatile shaving needs.
  • Panasonic added a built-in precision trimmer in this arc3 shaver for precision trimming, edging, and detailing.
  • This Panasonic Arc3 shaver comes with a powerful Lithium-ion rechargeable battery that provides 45 minutes of cordless performance with a 1-hour charge.
  • It comes with a powerful Linear motor that provides 13,000 cuts per minute with every shaving element.
  • Panasonic equipped the shaver with a useful LCD display to show battery life, charging progress, and more.
  • The arc3 shaver features a flexible shaving head that independently pivots while shaving to adapt to the facial curves and skin contours.

What’s in the Box?

After unpacking the package, you will find the following items:

  • The Panasonic ES8103s shaver itself
  • Foil protector cap
  • Drawstring travel bag
  • Charging Cord
  • Instruction manual

Features and Specifications Analysis

Pivoting Shaving Head:

panasonic arc3 pivoting head

The Panasonic arc3 ES8103s features a foil shaving system.

The actual shaving head of this shaver is made out of perforated stainless steel foil which is slightly curved and covers the cutting blades.

Panasonic designed the head to follow the contours of your face for maximum efficiency and comfort.

For your easiness, the whole shaving block can be easily taken apart for cleaning.

It is taken apart by pressing the release buttons on both sides of the foil frame. So, it’s quite easy.

Another feature worth mentioning is the pivoting function of the shaving head.

I have used Panasonic shavers for many years. I must say that I was never too fond of this feature on entry-level shavers.

With high-end models like Braun Series 9 or Panasonic’s very own Arc 5 line, there is a whole different story.

There is an option to lock the head into a perfect place. This work is directed with a switch located on the side of the main body for more precision when you are shaving the tricky areas.

Nano-tech Blades:

best electric shaver panasonic arc3 blades

There are three nanotech blades, actually, they are two. The third one is integrated into the foil itself and serves the purpose of trimming the longer hairs to a more manageable length.

And then, it is captured and cut at skin level by the two other foils.

The blades are made of hypoallergenic stainless steel. These blades allow you to cut facial hair at a 30-degree angle.

So, you don’t have to make any extra effort to get a great and close shave.

They make a difference, ensuring an extremely clean and different efficient cutting. They are hypoallergenic for gentle shaving, even on sensitive skin.

So, you won’t have any experience of tugging or pulling.

High-Speed Linear Motor:

panasonic arc3 powerful motor

The power of this shavers motor is so fast.

The stunning shaver features an equally stunning linear motor that can reach up to 13000 CPM (cycle per minute) and provides a counter-directional move of the blades.

They also reduce vibrations and noise.

The high power of this motor can give you the consistent power that you need for a closer, faster shave.

The linear motor ensures that the smallest hairs are also cut down easily without causing any skin irritation.

Pop-up Trimmer:

Panasonic ES8103s electric shaver's popup trimmer

The Panasonic arc3 ES8103s electric shaver has a Pop-up Trimmer for grooming your mustache and sideburns.

The pop-up trimmer is a new addition to any shaver.

Here we have one which does a very good job. But there is one problem here. The shaving head is a little bulky.

And with the trimmer, the position is, you can’t really see what you’re doing.

Simply slide the trimmer in the upward direction for using it and then back it down when you are done.

It is really useful if you want to give your mustache or sideburns the final touch.

I found it to do the trick of removing the foil frame and the two blades.

It doesn’t sound very much practical, but they’re easy to remove and put together again.

100% Washable:

Panasonic arc3 waterproof shaver

Cleaning is a very important matter for an electric shaver to ensure the ultimate hygiene of the shaver.

The cleaning method might be difficult for some electric shavers, and it can take much time and effort.

But the shaver Panasonic Arc3 is very is to clean because of being 100% washable.

You can remove the foil and turn on the sonic vibration cleaning mode under running tap water and clean the shaver without having any panic.

The sonic vibration cleaning mode produces sonic waves to give it extra power.

Cordless Shaver:

We lead a modern life. So everything among us should be modern.

As it is the most modern electric razor, the Panasonic arc3 ES81103s can be used cordless.

You cannot shave when it is plugged in.  So, if you forget to charge it and the battery is dead, this may come as a downside.

Panasonic tried to include a quick charge option, which should charge the battery with enough priority for a 5-minute shave.

Personally, I can’t really consider this a downside because as it is a wet/dry electric shaver, it can’t be used while charging as a safety precaution.

LCD Display:

Panasonic arc3 LCD display

Panasonic makes their electric shaver built-in digital LCD display indicates a 10-stage battery meter, charge indicator, sonic vibration cleaning mode, and cleaning reminder.

Some consumers say that the weak link is LCD screens, where water seeps in. Some reviews make clear answers.

They say that the LCD screen darkens after a few uses.

This could be an issue after the warranty expires. Even if the LCD screen darkens, the shaver will work.

Wet/Dry Shaver:

wet dry shaver

This is probably anyone’s favorite feature. The flexibility of this shaver will give you to do a wet or dry shave.

Every man has their own choice. Some feel okay with dry shaving since they don’t have the time to apply shaving cream.

Others may prefer to wet shave because they have super sensitive skin, and for this, they need extra lubrication on their face.

Many of them prefer to shave under the shower. But in this case, you have to be careful, or you might drop the razor.

From other reviews, I have heard that a number of people drop their shaver when they are shaving under the shower.


The Panasonic ES8103s comes with a lithium-ion rechargeable and long-lasting battery.

The amount of power required to recharge the battery is very little. It ensures that the additional power costs are minimum.

The shaver can be fully charged in an hour. And once it is fully charged, then the shaver will work for 45 minutes.

Or you can make 14 shaving sessions. If you’re in a hurry, there is a Quick Charge option that allows you to charge the shaver in 5 minutes.

Then you’ll have enough power in your shaver to last for a single shave.

Built Quality

Let’s quickly go over the design of the Panasonic Arc3 ES8103s wet and dry electric shaver.

I found it fits nicely in my hand and is a bit smaller than the Braun Series 790cc.

The shaver comes with a pivoting head of a three-bladed system, and the head moves side to side and up and down.

You can see on the left there’s a stop and a walk-in position.

So that gonna lock the head to shave your upper lip or chin area where you don’t want any movement.

A pop-up trimmer is in the back, which is useful for trimming down your sideburns.


Panasonic ES8103S shaver

As this is the main reason why you need to buy an electric shaver in the first place, everything problematic issues come down to this particular section of this Panasonic  Arc3 ES8103S review.

If we compare it to some of the best electric shavers available on the market, the shaving experience provided by this shaver is miles ahead.

Every single time, it is very easy, totally effortless, and the results are highly impressive.

Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 offers an extremely close shave in a single stroke.

And it’s without any experiencing hair pulling or irritation. This shaver cuts the smallest of hair and is perfect for regular use easily.

Some features make your shaving a convenient and quick experience, like the Sonic Vibration Cleaning Mode, Waterproof design, Pop-Up Trimmer, LCD Display, etc.

Consumer Ratings

Many consumers say that this shaver is quite smooth and quiet. They also say that the shaver makes shaving easier and much quicker.

This is a good choice for this kind of man who wants to get out of home early. And it also makes an ideal choice for traveling.

Some of them say that the shaver is quite easy to use under the shower and also very easy to clean.


  • It is allowing for wet/dry shaving.
  • Use with shaving gel/foam: The best one for sensitive skin.
  • The trimmer for precise trimming of mustache, sideburns, etc.
  • It is not as expensive as other shavers.
  • The shaver allows the cleaning mood to keep the shaver head clean easily and effectively.
  • Pivoting Head: It is for maximum comfort and easy to follow the contours of the face.
  • LCD Display: This opportunity makes it easy to see when the battery is getting low
  • Dual voltage: Dual voltage is convenient when you are traveling.


  • Cost of Replacement Parts: Upkeep can be expensive. (You have to replace the head every year and blades after 2 years)
  • Noisy: This device is a little noisy.


The Panasonic ES8103s Arc3 shaver does not look so attractive, but it will be able to achieve your satisfaction.

Panasonic ES8103 does not have a cleaning and charging base itself. If you want, you can buy separately, or you can also do a manual clean.

The Panasonic  Arc3 ES8103s is highly recommended and gets me a thumbs up.

Enjoy the convenience of a quick shaving machine using dry operation or wet with foam or gel for a smooth shave.


  1. I own a panasonic 8103s
    Wet n dry shaver
    After 2 years the battery
    On my shaver stooped working.
    How do I replace the battery’s when theyre not
    Working. Can you please tell
    me if there’s anybody in
    The USA, that can replace
    And fix my Panasonic Shaver?

    • Hi Jerry,
      It’s a matter of regret that Panasonic does not provide the replacement battery separately. So, it’s not available at any shop. You can rather use a Lithium-ion battery from another brand which has the same shape and fits at your shaver.

  2. I’ll never use another disposable or electric shaver other than this one ever again. Over the years I’ve tried other expensive electric shavers and I always went back to disposable razors. I despised electric shavers. About 2 years ago my wife bought this one for me because she heard good things and begged me to try it. Well I was instantly hooked. I threw all my other razors and shavers away. It’s easy to use AND clean. I cannot find any flaws or cons. I shave every other day and clean my shaver when I’m done. After 2 years I have NOT replaced a single thing on it and it still works like it did on day one. I probably will replace the blades soon but they are still good. Panasonic has outdone themselves. My sensitive face thanks you and so does my wallet. Those Gillette disposable razors add up.

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