Razor E100 Electric Scooter
A solid, starter electric scooter. Not too slow, not too fast, it may make you nervous, but your kid will love it!
BEST FOR: Kids 8+ just starting out on an electric scooter.
|Wheel Size (Scooter)||
8" front air, rear plastic
|Foot Deck Material||
|Handlebar Height (Scooters)||
30" from the deck
Pros & Cons
- Kick-start motor for smoother starting
- Fast enough for fun, but not too fast for young riders
- Front air tire for a smoother ride
- Well-known brand
- Motor cover catches and scratches on ground with sharp right turns
- Motor and batteries require special care and potential maintenance
It seems like electric scooters are everywhere these days – from adults commuting to work, to college kids racing to class, and kids and teens just cruising the neighborhood. While there are lots of new scooters in the market, Razor was early to the electric scooter party and has been thrilling kids for years with their first taste of “driving”. The Razor E100 scooter is the quintessential starter electric kid’s scooter. Not too slow, not too fast, and not too expensive, it may make parents nervous, but your kid will love it!
Before you read any further, let us clear up any confusion you have about the Razor electric scooter models. Razor sells several different electric scooters and even sells the same scooters under different names for different retailers. In general, the larger the model number, the faster the scooter will go, the more weight capacity it has, and the better tires it rolls on.
Razor’s newer models – the Power Core – have a different motor (in-hub vs. chain) that allows the scooters to get more ride time with each charge. (Short ride times are probably the biggest complaint parents and kids have about electric scooters!) While this is certainly a welcome change, many parents do complain that the Power Core models start with more of a “jolt” and can throw less confident riders off the scooter.
The Razor E100 is a pretty sweet, smooth ride for younger kids that are jumping at the chance to ride an electric scooter. With a front air tire, it rolls more smoothly than the E90 which has a polyurethane front wheel, but not as smooth as the E200 which has a front and rear air tire. We do love the added safety of the kick-start motor that requires a child to push off and be moving at 3 mph before the motor kicks in. This allows for a smooth start.
Electric scooters are more expensive than traditional scooters because they have motors and large batteries. Be aware, however, that they are still basically toys and Razor is not a luxury brand. We’ve had our own issues with our E100 (keep reading!) and we’ve heard lots of stories of scooters that just stop working or never work out of the box.
One thing we did notice with some riders, especially with younger riders, is that they can easily get distracted. Because they aren’t doing any physical work to move the scooter, they don’t always seem to fully grasp that they’re moving at high speeds. We witnessed a few crashes as a result.
Additionally, sharp right turns are not recommended as the motor cover catches and scrapes on the sidewalk.
Speed, Distance and Power
With a maximum speed of just 10 mph and a maximum ride time of 40 minutes, the E100 is a fun and safer intro into the electric scooter world. It’s definitely fast enough to make a parent nervous and to give young kids a thrill, but a kid on a traditional kick scooter can actually ride faster than a kid on an E100 electric scooter! In fact, the kids in our neighborhood have races all the time and get quite a kick out of sweating it out to beat a machine. 🙂
More aggressive riders could get bored quickly as they watch other neighborhood kids speed by on an E200 (12 mph) or E300 (15 mph), but as a parent, you’re the guardian of what max speed is safe for your child.
Traditional Kick-Scooters Can Beat the Razor E100
The E100 twist grip accelerator must be held in place to maintain speed and then released to stop. When a rider needs actual stopping power, they can engage the hand brake. There are no true variable speeds on the E100, it’s pretty much just accelerate to maximum speed, maintain, and decelerate to zero.
The E100 (and E200 and E300) features a 100W chain driven motor running on a 24V battery, while the Power Core models feature an upgraded in-hub motor that has less potential problems and requires less maintenance. Chain motors can come off track, and after about 4 months of ownership, this did happen to us.
Suddenly the scooter just wouldn’t work. It would charge, the On/Off button would turn on, but the throttle wouldn’t engage the motor. Based on troubleshooting via Razor’s website, we thought we were going to have to buy a new throttle and power center, but when we took the scooter apart, the chain had just come off track. It was a bit difficult to get back on track, but doable and this fixed our problem.
The initial battery charge takes 12 hours while subsequent re-charges take 8 hours. This is a pain, and one of our major annoyances with electric scooters at this price point. (This is for all of the Razor electric scooters.) The batteries in general can be an annoyance because you have to treat them just right or they might die on you. Don’t charge them too long, don’t leave the power switch on when you’re not using the scooter, don’t go a month without using or charging your battery… If you fail to comply, you might end up with a scooter than won’t go. 🙁
Unfortunately, with the age of kids using these scooters, the likelihood that the battery rules will be obeyed on their own isn’t very high, so parents, be prepared to monitor battery charging.
Handlebar Height: The E100’s handlebars are stationary in height, extending 30″ from the deck. Because the maximum weight is 120 lbs., this height should be fine for anyone old enough (8+) but light enough to ride the scooter.
Weight: Ours weighed in at 25.4 lbs. Electric scooters are heavy! Make sure and find a good parking spot with a clear path in the garage because even as an adult, it’s a bit hefty to lug around past lawn mowers and bikes.
Weight Capacity: 120 lb. weight capacity
Age: Razor recommends the E100 for kids 8+. Only you know your child, though! Our very athletic 7-year-old tester rides the E100 on a regular basis. But I know timid 9-year-olds that I wouldn’t put on an electric scooter. Use your judgment!!
The front wheel is an 8″ air tire while the rear wheel is a smaller polyurethane wheel. The air tire absorbs bumps in the road and produces a smoother rider than traditional scooter wheels. If you want an electric scooter with two air tires, you can try the Razor E200, but be prepared for a higher maximum speed and a higher price.
The foot deck of the E100 is 7.75″ wide, which is plenty of space for riders maxing out at 120 lbs. The E200 and E300 both have fuller decks for larger riders.
Handlebars and Throttle
The handlebars are a standard, non-adjustable t-bar with rubber hand grips with rubber bumper ends that will protect hands from falls and also will hold up better than traditional foam.
The twist grip throttle controls the speed and is on the right hand. It must be held in place with a firm grip to maintain speed and doesn’t allow for variable speeds – if you’re interested in varying speeds, you’ll need to upgrade to the E300.
The E100 features a single handbrake on the left hand that engages a caliper brake on the front air tire. As bike people, we’re not big fans of a single left-handed brake. On a bike, if you brake with your left hand only, you’re braking the front tire which could send you flying over the front handlebars if you’re riding fast enough. So while a scooter is not a bike, if your child gets used to braking solely with their left hand, this could present a problem on a bike.
The throttle is on the right hand though, so a left-hand brake is a bit inevitable here so kids aren’t trying to do too much with a single hand.
In addition to the brake, a rider can slow down simply be letting up on the twist grip throttle.
Hand Brake on the Left, Throttle on the Right
Ease of Transport and Storage
The Razor E100 is not foldable. The kickstand helps with space-saving upright storage.
The Razor E100 is a good choice for a starter electric scooter for kids 8+. It probably won’t last generations, but your kids will have a blast while it lasts. As a parent, be prepared to monitor charging and perform basic maintenance – an electric ride-on toy brings all sorts of potential complications into the mix.