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Electric Scooter For Kids

Electric scooters are in high demand among both children and adults, but there are factors to consider when buying one for a kid. Performance, design, and recommended age limitations should all be considered before your final selection. However, the joy of buying your child their first electric scooter can be a shared experience when gifting them the ultimate birthday present.

To get a better idea of what they like, try browsing through the various models and colours together. That way you can confirm you’re on the right track to finding one they’ll love and ride for years to come. Even with all the choices available, maybe the best children’s electric scooter is the one they’ve helped pick out themselves.

ELECTRIC SCOOTERS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

Usually, children start with a manually operated kick scooter before progressing to an electric powered model. You want your child to develop the motor skills needed to steer and push a scooter on their own before advancing to more sophisticated models. Since independence matters for kids, a junior-level, preschool, or smaller version, kick scooter is a good place to start.

Once they are ready for an electric model, scooter safety and performance continue to be the next factors to consider. The recommended minimum rider age for electric scooters is 8 and up.

Best Electric Scooter for Kids Ages 8-12

A top favourite electric scooter among the 8-12 year-old age range is the PowerCore E100 Electric Scooter Aluminum Deck, which comes in a variety of colours and can reach a maximum speed of 18 km/h. Kids can scooter around for up to 60 minutes without needing to recharge the battery. The maintenance-free design (no alignment, no chain, no belt) and hand-operated brake and throttle makes this motorized scooter an easy choice for parents looking to purchase an electric scooter for this age of riders.

Another excellent, age-appropriate ride is the PowerCore E90 Electric Scooter it goes up to 16 km/h and holds a maximum weight limit of 54kg. It has the longest battery life yet of up to 80 minutes of joyous ride time. The same kid-sized deck and frame and kick start in-wheel motor makes it easy to handle and tons of fun to ride. Choose between several colors and wait for the excited look on your child’s face when they realize you’ve brought home the gift of their dreams.

A quick note: all Razor electric scooters must move at 4 km/h (3 mph) before the motor will engage. Certain conditions, such as inclines, tire inflation, rider weight, and battery charge level will affect your child’s ride. Like with most things, adults are recommended to supervise and guide allelements of a child’s riding experience.

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ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN SELECTING A SCOOTER

Think about where your kid will ride their scooter the most. Will it be up and down the driveway, around a local park, or will it be used to ride around the neighbourhood? Some scooter models come with special wheels, ideal for specific terrain. It’s best to know if the model you pick can withstand the terrain of where it’ll be used. Choose a model built specifically to handle their riding style and preferences.

Product quality is also important in the decision-making process. All Razor scooters are built with beautiful design and superior technology to create a premium-quality product. Since 2000, we’ve helped pave the way for the staying power of scooters. Each Razor electric scooter comes with a 12 month limited warranty. Note however, the warranty doesn’t cover normal wear and tear, wheel, or any damage, failure, or loss caused by improper assembly, maintenance, storage, or misuse.

Finally, parents are encouraged to take into consideration the level of ride your child is ready for. It’s all about safety and parents should consider what their kids can truly handle riding. If they’re unable to fit comfortably on the scooter, they shouldn’t attempt to ride it. It’s up to the parent to have the final word on what’s best for your child’s maturity level, skill, and coordination.

ELECTRIC SCOOTER SAFETY RULES

After choosing the best electric scooter for your child, help your kids to understand the rules of riding before they hop on board. All scooter models are assigned a weight capacity recommendation as well as an age recommendation. These should be followed to ensure the safety of your kid rider and everyone else around them. Adult supervision for children under 8 is recommended at all times.

Secondly, proper safety gear is essential. This includes an approved safety helmet with a chin strap securely buckled, as well as elbow and knee pads, if necessary. It’s important to implement Smart safety habits when your child first starts riding so they continue to follow these rules in the future. Additionally, kids should always wear athletic shoes with tied laces and rubber soles and never get on the scooter barefoot or in sandals. Closed-toe shoes help them have more stability when riding or when they need to stop.

Another safety rule to follow is to start slow. Kids are kids and will want to push their limits. It is best for them to get a feel for the scooter first and gradually work up to the maximum speed. This is the same recommendation even for more experienced riders. It’s important to get comfortable with the feel of the scooter and always ride cautiously. Just like when riding a bike, all riders must take some time to learn how to properly balance and steer a scooter on their own and at their own pace.

One last thing: a bit of road etiquette goes a long way. There are plenty of distractions and unexpected obstructions that a child will come across while riding. Try to avoid busy riding areas to prevent risky situations as much as possible to alleviate stress for all. Here are a few extra dos and don’ts for keeping everyone safe on the road.

  • Do keep hold of the handlebars at all times.
  • Don’t ride the scooter in mud, ice, puddles, or water.
  • Do avoid sharp bumps, drainage grates, and sudden surface changes.
  • Don’t wear headphones or text when riding.

Yes, an electric scooter is a fun activity, but there are still safety rules that apply. The sooner they adapt to these, the better.

RULES OF ELECTRIC SCOOTER CARE

In addition to proper safety, regular scooter care keeps the good times rolling for longer. Before every use, check all covers and guards to make sure they’re in place and in good condition. Also, check for proper brake functioning and tire inflation to make sure there’s a sufficient tread.

If replacement parts are ever required, use the authorized parts and accessories in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. The barcode is easily found on the charging system, box, battery tray, and on the product stem. Charge the battery after every ride (charging responsibilities should be operated by adults only) to ensure the scooter is good to go.

In general, remind kids to stow their scooters upright after they’re done for the day. No flinging to the ground or leaving in the yard for someone to trip over. Find a spot where the scooter can be safely stored out of the way to reduce the risk of damage or accidents.

TIME TO MAKE THE FINAL DECISION

From the range of options, make a list of all the factors. What is the desired top speed? What colour should it be? What is the cost of the electric scooter you are looking to purchase? Everything that’s important to you and your child, mark it down. Check off which of these considerations match your selections. Narrow down your choices until you have two or three contenders left. From there, read reviews about the product and see what other riders love about it. It’ll help you get to a clear winner.

An electric scooter is perfect for a birthday gift, back to school surprise and also for a Christmas present. By factoring in all the important details, you’ll be able to find a safe and fun electric scooter that your child will adore.

‘Jeep’ Razor Scooter Adds 35% to the Price and Nothing Else

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It’s a bird! It’s a Lime! It’s … a Jeep-themed electric scooter? Why, yes. Yes, it is.

Meet the Razor Jeep RX200 scooter. Razor, the brand that ushered in the scooter’s return and murdered preteen ankles throughout the early 2000s, has segued into the rugged-ish e-scooter market.

In what seems like an attempt at appealing to both the e-scooter and outdoor crowds, Razor tapped America’s off-road OG, Jeep, to supply the trim. So, naturally, the Jeep RX200 is priced at a bit of a premium — a 35% premium over the version of the RX200, aka the one that doesn’t give off Wrangler vibes.

Razor’s Jeep RX200 Scooter

In an announcement made on Tuesday, Razor said that its new, “trail-rated” Jeep RX200 e-scooter would be “coming soon” and that it’ll cost 500 a pop.

At the time of writing, Razor had priced its original RX200 at 318 on Amazon; that pricetag carried over to Walmart’s RX200 stock. With the “Jeep” trim, Razor hiked the price 182 over the original version — a product that shares the same power and specs in every way but lacks the confidence that only off-road branding, Wrangler-inspired headlights, and army-green powder coating can supply.

Maybe there’s a burgeoning Veblen market for scoot-scoots, but the business decision has some of us at GearJunkie scratching our heads.

A Trail-Rated E-Scooter? Eh …

Both iterations of the electric scooter claim trail-rated pneumatic tires, a max speed of 12 mph, and the torque to back it up. Eight-inch tires, while girthy when compared to what you’ll find on the average rental scooter, are still pretty petite.

Razor also claims 8 miles of range — or up to 40 minutes of run time — on a full charge. So, if you do take this bad boy out for some backcountry scootin’, be prepared to walk all 40 pounds of it back to civilization.

And even though the scooter is recommended for adult riders, its load-bearing capacity tops out at 154 pounds. So, there’s that. As for suspension, there is none.

To paraphrase our automotive editor, the RX200 seems like a fun product, but “could barely work in a flat yard.”

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Jeep E-Scooter Specs and Availability

At any rate, if it just so happens that you fit the rugged urban scooter profile, here’s what you’ll get for your money.

Razor Jeep E-Scooter Specs

  • 200W motor
  • Rear-wheel chain drive
  • Rear-wheel disc braking
  • 12 mph max speed
  • 8-mile range
  • 40-minute run time
  • Twist-action throttle
  • 8-inch pneumatic tires
  • Trail-reminiscent dual headlights
  • Army-green powder-coated steel frame
  • Adjustable handlebars with rubber grips
  • 39.5 pounds

Learn more and check the Wrangler-centric scooter out ahead of the presale at Razor.

The Art and Science of Building a Faster Electric Scooter—That Won’t Kill You

Electric scooters can be big fun if you know how to mod them safely and properly.

Electric scooters can be a convenient and low-stakes way to get around. Out of the box, most are fairly slow and tepid in performance. They’re usually built to be safe and simple transport, not for hooning and tomfoolery. However, there’s nothing stopping you from building a performance electric scooter; often it takes just a few simple mods to go from mild to wild.

I’ve been building and modding electric scooters for over a decade, melting wheels and burning out motors along the way. Today, I’ll teach you the basic anatomy of the modern electric scooter, and how you can make them faster—much faster. Then you can shoot epic montages while blasting around at high speed. It’s amazing fun.

But before we get to tinkering, heed this warning: Scooters come from the factory rated at certain speeds for safety reasons, and increasing a scooter’s power also increases the risk of danger and injury, both while building and riding it, so be extremely mindful of that. You are working with batteries and electricity, after all. Always wear the appropriate safety gear, abide by local road laws, and be mindful of others’ well-being.

Read that paragraph again. Internalize it. Got it? Good.

Basics of Electric Scooter Drivetrains

Before we get to pulling anything apart, it’s good to know what, exactly, drives an electric scooter.

At their heart, electric scooter drivetrains are very simple and consist of four major components. There’s a motor to drive the wheel and a battery that supplies power. There’s also an electronic speed controller (ESC) which varies the flow of power from the battery to the motor to control its speed, and some kind of throttle to send commands to the speed controller.

The speed controller is the thing that gives you throttle control over the scooter. The more power it allows to flow to the motor, the faster you go.

Speed controllers typically look something like this, but come in several shapes and sizes. The heatsink makes up part of the exterior housing in this case and helps keep the transistors inside cool. YouTube/What Up TK Here

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Some scooters get fancier about things, of course. Some will have a proprietary speed controller, which also drives a dashboard display, showing information about battery levels and speed. Others will have a special dual-speed controller capable of driving two motors, one front, and one rear. Most scooters make do with just driving one or the other, though. Cheap hub motor models may just drive the front wheel, while higher-end scooters tend towards driving the rear wheel or both.

The motors themselves can come in several forms, too. Old-school brushed DC motors aren’t commonly seen outside of toy-brand scooters like those from Razor. Brushless motors are far more popular these days for their greater efficiency, though they require fancier speed controllers to drive them. Hub motors, which fit entirely into the wheel itself, are a popular form of brushless motor. These are typically used in modern electric scooters, as they make it easy for manufacturers to build two-wheel-drive models.

Brushed motors, like this large unit seen here, are old technology now. Brushless motors pack more power into a smaller package and are a more typical choice for performance builds these days. YouTube/What Up TK Here

As for batteries, the vast majority of scooters rely on lithium-ion cells similar to those used in modern electric cars. Other battery technologies exist, but most of them are heavier and store less energy, which makes for an incredibly slow, heavy scooter that can’t drive very far. If you’ve got a scooter that runs heavy lead-acid batteries, often a lithium-ion battery upgrade is a great mod to make.

Most scooters ship with pretty weedy power in stock form. Many countries limit electric scooters and other similar ride-on vehicles to a maximum power output of just 200 watts, which equates to a minuscule 0.26 horsepower. This is normally good for 15 mph at a maximum. Scooters for kids often have even less power.

Lithium batteries are the key to building a high-performance scooter. I’ve used packs for RC planes in the past, but these days, e-bike packs are readily available online. YouTube/What Up TK Here

You can build or modify a scooter to have way more power than that pretty easily. However, just beware: It’s often illegal to ride more powerful scooters on public thoroughfares in many jurisdictions—for the safety of both riders and everyone else. Keep that in mind before you go crazy building some high-powered monster.

Going Faster With What You’ve Got

So, now that you understand the basic elements of a scooter, you want to know how to make yours faster.

The most straightforward method is to work with what you’ve got in order to eke out as much performance from the stock components as possible. There are a few ways to go about this, and it’s typically the cheapest way to get more performance.

A few points of caution, however: There’s also a lower ceiling for what you can achieve if you do choose this path. You also run the risk of blowing up what you have. It’s not dissimilar to the car world. Yes, you can chuck a dinner plate-sized turbo on your mum’s Chevy Sonic, but you’ll blow the head off well before you get to 1,000 HP at the front wheels.

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Additionally, some scooters come with speed restrictions baked in from the factory. These can often be lifted or removed with a firmware upgrade. Though, flashing your scooter with a different firmware risks bricking the device, making the scooter not work at all anymore. (Also, speed gains from firmware flashes are typically pretty minor. Manufacturers don’t leave a whole lot of performance gains on the table from stock.)

Upping the Current

But, depending on your scooter, getting a little more pep can be as easy as messing with the in-built current limit. Without getting into the physics behind it all, more current means more power, so that limit on current is what’s limiting your fun.

Typically, the ESC contains what’s called a “current shunt.” It’s a fat piece of wire of a known resistance, and all the current going to the motor travels through it. The ESC uses this to measure the amount of current going to the motor and will cut power to the motor over a given limit to protect it and the battery from damage.

If you’re a rebel, though, you don’t give a damn about no damage! You can trick the scooter by adding metal onto the current shunt, which reduces its resistance. This is typically done by soldering an additional wire in parallel with the current shunt, thus fattening it up. This reduces the resistance and messes with the calibration. It makes the ESC think less current is flowing so it doesn’t trigger a limit condition.

This mod can give you more acceleration and sometimes more top speed. Just note you risk setting your ESC, batteries, or motor on fire if they can’t handle it.

On a speed controller, a current shunt looks like this—the fat wire link indicated by the end of the screwdriver (first image). Soldering additional wire onto the current shunt reduces its resistance, which fools the speed controller into thinking less current is flowing. This can circumvent current limits and get you more power, but it also risks blowing up your ESC. YouTube/What Up TK Here

How do you know if your parts can handle it? Well, much like engine tuners working on a car, you try it and see. Eventually, you’ll push it so hard that it breaks, and you’ll get a better idea of just what those stock parts can do before popping.

Do it outside and away from people and things in case it all catches fire, and be careful when you’re riding, too. Brushed speed controllers that fail can short circuit, supplying full battery power to the motor and sending you hurtling down the road at maximum speed. Alternatively, brushless controllers can make a motor stop dead or jerk suddenly when they fail, hurling you into a bush, a car, or an unlucky pedestrian.

I got about four miles out of this stock Razor E300 motor when I pushed it too hard. It burnt up pretty bad. YouTube/What Up TK Here

As I said above, it’s a dangerous business. Building a modified scooter comes with risks, so you need to be careful. Wear protective gear and only ride where it’s safe. Plus, if you’re new to tinkering with electricity, do your research and get advice from someone that knows what’s safe.

The ‘Overvolt’ Mod

Going further, you can do an “overvolt” mod. Running more voltage through a motor gives more top speed and tends to boost acceleration across the board, too. This is typically achieved by replacing the scooter’s battery with one of a higher voltage. Or, in the quickest, dirtiest version, simply running a second battery in series with the first to double the voltage.

The gains from overvolting aren’t linear, but they can be darn close. You can easily boost your scooter’s top speed by 50 percent or more with this hack, but it comes at a price. The components in your scooter’s ESC are only rated to deal with so much voltage, and can easily fail when overvolted. The more you increase the voltage over stock, the more likely this can happen, and the quicker it’s likely to occur. The motor itself can also fail thanks to the excess heat melting insulation off the windings inside.

I’ve used Ryobi’s power tool batteries to do overvolt mods before. However, it typically pays to use a proper pack designed for e-bike or scooter use. It’s just easier to wire up. YouTube/What Up TK Here

Either way, overvoltage failures typically lead to smoke and/or flames. You also risk the motor accelerating unexpectedly or suddenly stopping while you’re on the scooter, causing potential injuries. In fact, many scooters have fault protection in their ESCs that will shut them down if an overvoltage condition is detected. Canny tinkerers can work around these, but doing so can be tricky, and typically the parts aren’t rated to operate beyond such limits anyway.

That doesn’t mean you have to stop your hunt for more performance, though. Indeed, you’re just beginning!

I toasted a motor by overvolting it. It stank like hell and burned my lil’ fingies. YouTube/What Up TK Here

Total Drivetrain Swaps

If you want to go really fast in an old Miata, you’re often better off dumping the stock economy-car engine for something with real performance. It’s the same with electric scooters. If you want big performance, don’t bother trying to mod the gear you already have. Rip out the existing ESC and batteries and replace them with more powerful gear. You’ll probably want to replace the motor, too—a new high-power battery and ESC will likely deliver so much power that your motor will simply melt into an anchor in a matter of minutes. That smells really bad (ask me how I know), so chuck it out as well.

Let’s say you’ve got a scooter with a 250-watt motor running off a 36-volt battery. You can rip all that out and buy yourself a higher-voltage battery, a higher-power motor, and an ESC to suit. They’re readily available on sites like eBay or Aliexpress. Typically, a roadgoing scooter would be plenty thrilling with a 48-volt battery and a 500- to 1,500-watt motor. However, 60-volt and 84-volt builds with motors in the 5,000-plus-watt range aren’t uncommon, particularly in larger off-road scooters with more space for batteries.

The challenge then is to fit all these new components in or on your scooter. Thankfully, wheels with higher-power hub motors are readily available, so the hardest part is often finding somewhere to stash a bigger, more powerful battery. Generally, an upgraded speed controller is small enough to lash onto the frame somewhere if you can’t install it internally. You’ll probably find you need a new throttle, too, to interface with your replacement ESC.

However, if you’re working with a scooter with a chain drive or belt drive, you might have to get more creative. This often involves building your own mounts to fit a larger, more powerful motor. Chain drives offer some flexibility in gearing that can be useful, too. You can gear the scooter down for better hillclimbing performance, or go the other way to get a higher top speed.

What is the best Razor electric scooter?

The word “scooter” conjures images of different things. The earliest scooters were vehicles with a narrow rectangular platform with two small wheels in tandem and handlebars on a post. Today, there are powered scooters that you can simply stand on and ride – some even have a small seat.

Razor has been manufacturing quality electric scooters in the United States for kids, teens and adults since 2003 and have a wide range of affordable and durable models to choose from. They are small, lightweight vehicles for personal fun, commuting and running errands. But which one is best for you?

What to know before you buy a Razor electric scooter

Anatomy of a Razor electric scooter

  • Frame: This is where it all starts because everything attaches to it. Frames should be sturdy and made of strong, durable metals or alloys.
  • Deck: This is the flat platform between the front and rear wheels where you stand when riding your scooter.
  • Stem: Also called a fork, this is the vertical tube that connects to the handlebars at the top and the steerable front wheel at the bottom.
  • Handlebars: Here is where you control your steering, acceleration and braking. Your handlebars should have comfortable grips.
  • Batteries: This is where the power comes from to drive the motor that powers the rear wheel.
  • Drive system: Most electric scooters have a chain and sprocket drive mechanism but some have small motors that fit entirely inside the hub of the rear wheel.
  • Wheels and tires: Most rear wheels are solid rubber, plastics or composites. The larger the wheels, the smoother the ride. Air-filled rubber tires take more of the harshness out of the ride.
  • Suspension: Few electric scooters have a suspension. The ones that do are usually larger and more expensive.

Safety

Lights are necessary for riding at night and are also helpful in low-light conditions. Look for a headlight that shows the way ahead and a brake light that illuminates when the brakes are applied.

Power

The more watts your motor has, the faster you can go. For young riders, 100 watts is plenty.

Best Razor electric scooters under 400

The kid-size deck and frame make this scooter just right for kids as young as 8 years old. The chain-driven wheel is powered by a high torque 100-watt motor that provides up to 40 minutes of continuous use at speeds up to 10 mph. The pneumatic front tire softens the ride.

The 100-watt motor powers 120-pound kids at speeds up to 10 mph and the handbrake brings it to a stop. The handlebars fold down for easy transport and storage. The lead-acid battery charges in four to six hours and lasts for up to 40 minutes of continuous use.

The full-sized deck and frame are designed for riders 13 and up. The all-steel frame and fork deliver a solid ride and stand up to rugged use. The 8-inch pneumatic rear tire softens the bumps in the road and the two rechargeable 12 volt batteries deliver up to 40 minutes of drive time.

The two sealed lead-acid batteries provide up to 40 minutes of continuous use and have a quick recharge time. The super-sized frame and deck are mounted on 9-inch pneumatic rubber tires, the 250-watt motor propels it at speeds up to 15 mph and the hand operated rear brake brings it to a safe stop.

Best Razor electric scooters over 400

This scooter has a 250-watt electric motor that propels it at speeds as fast as 15 mph. The seat post and cushion are removable so you can transition to a ride-on scooter. The all-steel frame and fork support up to 220 pounds.

The 250-watt lithium-ion battery pack powers this scooter at speeds up to 15.5 mph with an 18-mile range on a single charge. Commuters and travelers enjoy the pedestrian, cruising and sport modes as well as the LED headlight and brake-activated taillight.

This Amazon’s Choice commuter scooter has an eco-Smart 350-watt motor inside the rear hub. The ride is made comfortable by 16-inch air-filled tires, a wide bamboo deck and a soft padded seat. The detachable rear luggage rack totes your groceries and gear.

The vintage design is retro-mod, with fenders, full body styling and a rear suspension that smooths out the bumps. This 500-watt scooter carries riders up to 220 pounds at 16 mph and can travel up to 70 miles on a single charge.

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