After 2 years...Still using this device, haven't had to replace it. Still works well and still worth it. When new batteries are needed it loses effectiveness but works like new again once it has fresh batteries.
Thank goodness I decided to try the Emjoi AP-9L Epi Slim. Facial hair is something that has haunted me since my teen years, with the problem getting worse over the years due to a hormonal disorder (PCOS). The item is easy to hold in your hand and light weight. I am writing this review after my first use and let me say I wish I bought years before. I am using this mainly on my face (chin, under the chin down to the neck/throat area, jawline and sides of the face). The number one concern was pain and I am happy to report NO PAIN. Granted- I am used to ripping my hairs out with the "Bellabe facial hair threader" which hurt like a you-know-what. When I turned the Epi Slim on, it was really loud (so, no discrete hair removal!) I thought "jees it sounds like a weed-wacker". I braced myself for the ripping. I felt tugs and a little heat. I thought it wasn't working until I looked at the device and saw all the hairs accumulated in the curve under the little rolling tweezers. I was so pleasantly surprised! The reason why I didn't give this the maximum stars is because its loud and it didn't pick up all my hairs. You have to glide the device in a circular motion and its a little hard to target a stubborn hair. Also, it does irritate the skin (from the circular motion, I'm sure) and begins to feel hot. One thing I liked about it is that its relatively fast to remove the hair. As of right now, my face is a little red but I'm sure after some lotion it will be fine. I just have to go after the stubborn suckers w/ regular tweezers but all in all Emjoi AP-9L Epi Slim is so worth it- great price, great product!