To some, Japan can still be seen as a pioneer in technological advances that brings great progress towards the betterment of the human condition. This newly-launched Thanko armpit cooler reinforces the technological might they have over our shortcomings. Having a well-ventilated underarm in Singapore was unthinkable, until today.
The promotional material on the shopping site adopted an unconventional angle. In order to illustrate the importance of the armpit cooler, the Thanko page uses an eye-catching male model with generous sweat-stains, followed by images of the said model snapping on the armpit cooler on both sleeves. While the images were also helpful in showing how the armpit cooler can be used discreetly, we believe that there is no shame in expecting better ventilation for your pits, especially in the 21st century.
The Thanko armpit cooler comes with air volume control for its in-built fans, offering up to three stages of intensity. Its 60 x 65 x 15mm dimensions and 30g weight allows them to fit a variety of sleeve sizes, while being lightweight enough to prevent the arms from overexertion (which makes people perspire, ultimately defeating its purpose).
This armpit cooler also features a sensible battery design. In order to ensure maximum up-time, the armpit cooler can run on two AAA batteries (Size 4 batteries in Japan) which grants anywhere from five to nine hours of armpit relief. The cooler also features a microUSB port that’s designed to receive a power bank’s charge. According to the site, the armpit cooler will expend the power bank’s energy first, even if you have a pair of batteries already in the gadget.
According to Google Translate, this armpit cooler is a “Thanko Original” product – this means that the idea and product came from the Thanko online shop itself. Out there, we have a person working in Thanko, who also felt that the market needed a portable fan that can circulate wafts of armpit-scented air around the insides of your shirt. While it’s no breakthrough, we’d say that it’s capable of solving problems at a level more personal than your regular air-conditioning.
You can get a pair of armpit coolers at ¥3,800 (~S$ 48.06), or just for one armpit at ¥1,980 (~S$25.04). We’ve yet to ascertain if it’s even possible to ship them to Singapore, but Thanko is more than welcomed to save us all from the heat.