The Razor Power A2 electric scooter is foldable, has adjustable-height handlebars, and works even without the power! A much better option than the original Razor E100 scooter, read the review for all the reasons this new model is a definite upgrade.
Razor Power A2
SCOOTER TYPE: Electric scooter
MAX MPH: 10 MPH
WEIGHT LIMIT: 143 lbs.
TIRES: Front polyurethane, rear air
- Lightweight and narrow
- Adjustable-height handlebars
- Works like a normal scooter when power runs out
- Kick-start motor for smoother starting
- Fast enough for fun, but not too fast for young riders
- Push button throttle can get tiring
- Footbrake only – no handbrake
- No air tires = bumpier ride
- Motor and batteries require special care and potential maintenance
Razor Power A2 Electric Scooter: Results of our Test Rides
My kids love electric scooters. I don’t really get it, but they’ll fight each other like mad for a turn to zoom down the street. The Razor Power A2 is Razor’s newest offering in the kid’s electric scooter space, and certainly delivered for our impassioned group of testers!
With a more narrow design and adjustable-height handlebars, the Power A2 immediately looks sleeker and more modern than the scooters of previous years. It doesn’t even really look like an electric scooter!
And then the second you turn it on and start riding… its motor produces a sweet silence. While certainly not a perfect electric scooter, the Razor Power A2 is now our favorite pick for kids.
Razor Electric Scooter Models
Before you read any further, let us lay out the primary differences between Razor’s electric scooter models. 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 E-Series have chain motors, are quite a bit bulkier and noisier, but have air tires and can reach higher speeds.
Razor’s Power Core Series have in-hub motors that allow scooters to get more ride time with each charge. They do, however, tend to start with a jolt, which can throw kids off balance.
Razor’s new Power A2 also features a quiet in-hub motor, but doesn’t have the the longer ride time. It does, however, start smoothly and rides very quietly.
Razor Electric Scooter Comparison
|Model||Power A2||Power Core E90||Power Core E100||E100||E200||E300|
|Also Sold As||E95||E125, E150, E175|
|Max Ride Time||40 min||70 min||60 min||40 min||45 min||40 min|
|Weight Capacity||143 lbs.||120 lbs.||120 lbs.||120 lbs.||154 lbs.||220 lbs.|
|Throttle||Push button||Push button||Twist Grip||Twist Grip||Twist Grip||Twist Grip|
|Motor||Kick start, in-wheel hub||Kick start, in-wheel hub||Kick start, in-wheel hub||Kick start, chain||Chain||Chain|
|Brake||Foot brake||Front hand brake||Front hand brake||Front hand brake||Rear hand brake||Rear hand brake|
|Front Wheel||Urethane||140 mm polyurethane||8" air||8" air||8" air||Extra wide 10" air|
|Rear Wheel||Airless rubber||125 mm polyurethane||Flat-free rubber||Polyurethane||8" air||Extra wide 10" air|
With a urethane front wheel and rubber covered, airless rear wheel, it’s certainly not as smooth-rolling as the Razor E100. With a front air tire, the E100 is much better at making all the cracks in the sidewalk a non-issue.
All of our testers mentioned that they could feel the lines in the sidewalk beneath them on the Power A2. While they’re used to this with their standard kick scooters like the basic Razor A2, the higher speeds made it more noticeable for them. I tried out the Power A2 myself, and its bumpiness was on par with a standard scooter.
That said, they still preferred the Power A2 over the E100. Its super sleek design and lightweight frame made up for those bumps in the sidewalk. But the cherry on top for our kids was that when the power ran out, they could still use the Power A2 as a traditional scooter!
The most annoying thing about our kids’ other electric scooters is that when the power craps out, you’re stuck with a bulky, heavy brick that you can barely move. But the Razor Power A2 works great without the power! Certainly it’s heavier than a normal scooter, but it totally works. This is a game changer for us!
Speed, Distance and Power
Just like the E100, the Power A2 has a maximum speed of just 10 mph and a maximum ride time of 40 minutes. Given the long charging time of about 6 hours, 40 minutes of ride time can go pretty fast. If you’re interested in a scooter with a longer ride time, check out the Razor Power Core E90, although it’s much heavier, doesn’t fold, and doesn’t have height-adjustable handlebars.
10 mph is the minimum speed of any electric scooter on the market. While older kids may get bored with this lower speed, as a parent, I prefer it. It’s fast enough for fun, but slow enough that it doesn’t make me too nervous.
There are two common accelerators on kids’ electric scooters. Twist grips and push buttons. While the Razor E100 has a twist grip, the Power A2 has a push button.
After kicking off the ground and reaching 3mph, the rider pushes the green button and the power will kick in. The scooter accelerates and decelerates quite smoothly.
The button requires constant pressure to maintain power to the scooter. While this also means that there’s technically only one speed on the scooter, you can easily maintain a slower speed by pulsing the button on and off. Because the scooter accelerates so smoothly, there is no initial jolt so this is a great solve for kids (or moms) who don’t like the high speeds! 🙂
Our kid testers prefer the twist grip of the E100 because it’s easier to maintain constant pressure. They explained that pushing the throttle button on the Power A2 eventually made their thumbs cramp. As a parent, this might be a good thing because kids will have to slow down now and then to give their thumb a break!
While Razor has two older “Power” models, the Power Core 90 and Power Core 100, these models both jolt to a start with the push of their throttle button. The Power A2 is an improvement because the acceleration is much smoother and more gradual. This prevents that sudden “jolt” than can throw kids off balance.
With a hub motor instead of a chain-driven motor, the Power A2 has fewer potential problems and requires less maintenance. Chain motors, like with the Razor E100, can come off track. After about 4 months of ownership, this did happen to us with our Razor E100 and it was a pain to fix.
The initial battery charge takes 8 hours while subsequent re-charges take 6 hours. This is annoying of course, but it’s also just standard with electric scooters at this price point. You’ll also need to make sure that the kids turn the power button OFF whenever it’s not in use, including when it’s being charged.
With a 143 lb. weight capacity, the Power A2 will safely allow older kids to ride. The original Razor E100 has a weight capacity of only 120 lbs.
Unlike the E100’s handlebars which are stationary in height (30″ above the deck), the Power A2’s are adjustable. This is a much needed update, which allows riders of varying heights to more comfortably ride.
The Power A2’s handlebars adjust from 26″ to 33.5″ above the deck. Below, you’ll see our 8-year-old tester at the lowest height, and me (age irrelevant, but 5’10) at the highest setting. As you can see, the Power A2 is a comfortable fit for a wide range of height and ages.
While certainly heavier than a standard kick scooter, the Power A2 is substantially lighter than standard electric scooters. Weighing in at 14 lbs., it’s over 11 lbs. lighter than the 25.4 lb. Razor E100.
The Power A2 is sooo much more manageable for kids, and even for parents. Honestly, as much fun as the Razor E100 has been, it’s seriously a pain to lug around and even to store in the garage. It’s just so bulky. The Power A2 is light enough to easily pick up with one hand, and is also much more narrow for easier storage.
Razor recommends the Power A2 for kids 8+, but strongly stresses that age does not indicate the appropriate judgment for riding. Electric scooters can certainly be dangerous for any child, but especially if your child is not developmentally ready – both mentally and physically.
With a urethane front wheel and a rubber covered, airless rear wheel, the Razor Power A2 looks and feels a lot like a traditional kick scooter. It’s also a bit bumpy like a kick scooter. Air tires, like on the Razor E100, make for a much more cushioned, smooth ride.
The foot deck of the Power A2 is 4.75″, much like a standard kick scooter. This is 3″ less than the much wider Razor E100, but being accustomed to the more narrow decks of kick and trick scooters, this was very natural to our testers.
While every other Razor electric scooter has a handbrake, the Power A2 only has a foot brake, like a traditional kick scooter. I thought that this was strange, and could be potentially dangerous, but our testers didn’t seem to mind.
The only time one of our testers felt they couldn’t stop fast enough was when they were going down a long hill. This was our youngest, smallest tester who had the least amount of weight to press on the brake. If your child is lightweight and you live in a hilly area or neighborhood, the Power A2 might not be the best electric scooter for you.
Foot Brake on Razor Power A2
Ease of Transport and Storage
This might just be the best quality of the Razor Power A2. Other electric scooters are sooo heavy and bulky, making them a pain to transport and store. But not only is the Power A2 much sleeker and lighter, it also folds down like a traditional kick scooter! This makes transporting the scooter by car or bus much easier.
Razor Power A2 Folds for Easy Transport
The Power A2 features a knob that you tighten after the handlebars lock into place for riding. This knob is the “anti-rattle” knob that tightens the locked joint so the scooter isn’t noisy.
This knob isn’t necessary for keeping the handlebars locked, it’s just a noise-reducing measure. However, two of our testers mentioned that over time that knob would come loose and they would have to re-tighten it.
The Razor Power A2 is a lightweight, quiet ride that is a sweet upgrade from the older, heavier, noisier electric scooters. With plastic wheels, it’s a bumpier ride than the E100 which has a front air tire, but we loooooove that it can be used as a regular scooter when it runs out of power! Not a perfect design, but our favorite electric scooter for kids so far.