ShaveTech Portable USB Razor Hands-on Review
Published by Sierra Monica P. on October 12, 2013 under Reviews
The pocket gadget I’m reviewing today proved that a stylish and slim design doesn’t have to compromise performance. ShaveTech is a portable electric razor that charges via USB and is more powerful and precise than many razors from popular brands. I was surprised to see how quick and precise it cuts the beard. You could say that ShaveTech represents the latest standard in shaving because it’s smaller than a smartphone, which allows you to keep it inside a bag or pocket and use it anywhere. You can recharge the built-in Lithium Polymer battery from a laptop, via USB, or using an USB AC adapter.
Design and Accessories
ShaveTech is available in white or black, with a glossy finish. My sample came in a small box with a nice black velvet interior. Both sides of the razor are covered in clear protective foils, similar to a new cell phone.
In the box I found the instructions manual and a soft pouch made from black velvet, which can store both the razor and the included tiny cleaning brush.
I tested the razor right out of the box as the remaining battery was enough for one shaving, then I connected it to my USB hub to recharge it. The USB port is hidden at the bottom of the razor and flips in and out for quick access. The button on the right side allows you to turn the razor On or Off with the same hand holding it. The razor blades too are easily accessible by removing the razor head. You have to clean them with the included brush after every shaving, avoiding water and humidity.
I tested the razor on my husband’s 2-day old and 3-day old beard and I have to mention that it’s the stubborn type of stubborn beard with thick hair. The skin has to be clean and dry. While turned on, ShaveTech produces strong vibrations, but the razor is stable. Everything went smooth and the shaving process took about 10 minutes, but you can finish in 5 minutes if you’re quick. It’s best to not wait 3 days but shave every 2 days.
The charging time of ShaveTech is of 8 hours but you have to keep it charging for 12 hours when you charge it for the first time. I read in the instructions manual that it’s recommended to fully discharge the razor prior to recharging, to prolong the battery life. This makes me think that it might be powered by a Ni-Mh battery instead of Li-ion, but I can’t find this in the specs. Anyway, I read that 4 hours of charging provides 30 minutes of shaving, which is enough for shaving about 3 times.
The battery lifetime is about 300 times of normal charge/recharge cycles, while the shaving head should last about 1800-2700 minutes of normal use. You can find replacement parts at ShaveTech.
Where to get ShaveTech
ShaveTech is powerful yet affordable. Both white and black versions are available for purchase on the official site for $29.99. The USB AC power adapter sells for $6.99.
I want to thank ShaveTech for providing the review sample.
Where can I get a replacement blade and outer foil?
I’m trying to find out and will get back to you when I have an answer. I don’t think they sell replacement parts but we’ll see.