Razor E100 Electric Scooter Review
The Razor E100 electric scooter is a good electric scooter for kids to get started on. It won’t last generations, but your kids will have a blast while it lasts. Designed for kids, the E100 offers a smooth kick-start motor with a front air tire for an overall smoother ride.
With a max speed of 10 mph, the razor E100 offers just enough speed to keep older kids engaged without being too fast for younger riders. Read the review below to find out how it compares to other electric scooters by Razor.
Razor E100 Electric Scooter Overview
What’s the Difference Between the Razor E90, E100, and E200 Scooters?
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 Power A2 is Razor’s newest model, and has some pretty sweet features. You can read the full review of the Power A2 here.
Razor Electric Scooter Comparison
|E95||E125, E150, E175|
|70 min||40 min||60 min||40 min||45 min||40 min|
|120 lbs.||120 lbs.||120 lbs.||143 lbs.||154 lbs.||220 lbs.|
|Push button||Twist Grip||Twist Grip||Push button||Twist Grip||Twist Grip|
|Kick start, in wheel hub||Kick start, chain||Kick start, in wheel hub||Kick start, in wheel hub||Chain||Chain|
|Front hand brake||Front hand brake||Front hand brake||Foot brake||Rear hand brake||Rear hand brake|
|140 mm PU||8 air||8 air||Urethane||8 air||Extra wide 10 air|
|125 mm PU||PU||Flat free rubber||Airless rubber||8 air||Extra wide 10 air|
Razor E100 Electric Scooter Performance
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.
How fast is the Razor E100 scooter go?
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 like the Razor A5 Lux 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.
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
How fast does the E100 accelerate?
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.
What type of motor does the E100 scooter have?
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.
How long does the battery take to charge?
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.
What size child fits on the Razor E100?
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!!
Quality of Construction of the Razor E100 Scooter
Scooter Wheels – Air and Polyurethane
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.
Scooter Foot Platform
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 Electric 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.
Brakes on the E100 Scooter
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.
Razor E100 Electric Scooter Bottom Line
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. Check out the Razor Power A2 Electric Scooter for a lighter weight option that works even without the power!
For a look at more electric scooter brands, click here for our 10 Best Kids Electrics Scooters, where we tested 10 different electric scooters head to head.
Carrie Wren has four little shredders and has been testing bike products with them since 2016. When she’s not testing bikes, Carrie’s actually still testing bikes. Bikes in the house, bikes in the garage. bikes are everywhere and it’s the best way of life. Carrie has a master’s degree in Marketing from Northwestern University and thinks being a professional bike mom is living the dream.
Razor E100 Electric Scooter
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Description and Review
This nifty little scooter will be a favorite toy of your child from day one. Known and loved by millions, Razor has become synonymous with scooters. In business for over a decade, this company is known worldwide. They stand behind their products and offer excellent customer service. Razor produces several models of the E series scooter. Today, we are going to take an in-depth look at their E-100 Model scooter.
The Razor E-100 uses a chain driven, high torque motor to power the electric scooter. In order for the motr to engage, the scooter must be traveling at 3 mph or more. For that reason, it is necessary to push start the scooter while twisting the throttle control hand grip. This could be challenging for young children.Once the speed reaches 3 mph, the motor will automatically start and the scooter operates as a self propelled vehicle.
According to the manufacturer, the maximum travel speed for the E-100 is 10 mph. This speed is attainable on flat, smooth surfaces. The scooter will travel up slight inclines, but expect some battery power loss. The company recommends that the unit be operated on level surfaces.
The Razor E-100 will run for about 40 minutes before the battery needs to be charged. Recharging is slow though. It takes a minimum of 12 hours to recharge, and the owner’s manual recommends a complete 24 hour recharging cycle for maximum battery life. Recharging is as simple as attaching a cable to the charging port on the underside of the scooter, then plug the unit into any wall outlet.
The E-100 has a powder coated, enameled steel frame and fork, available in your choice of three colors: pink, red, or purple. The front fork holds a 8 inch pneumatic rubber tire with knobby tread. The rear wheel is made of polyurethane and is mounted below the safety guard for the chain that powers the scooter.
The throttle control is located on the right hand grip and uses a twist motion to increase or decrease the speed of the scooter. A cable operated hand brake is located on the left hand grip. In order to stop the scooter it is necessary to completely release any pressure on the throttle, allow the unit to coast, then apply the brake. The brake can be adjusted for quicker or slower stopping.
Other features of the E-100 include a wide, sturdy deck with plenty of foot space on a non slip pad. A retractable kick stand holds the scooter upright when not in use, and protects the motor, chain, and battery compartment from damage.
The Razor scooter ships from the U.S. in a printed box and does require assembly. The handlebar assembly must be attached to the base unit, and will require some tools to complete this task. The front tire must also be inflated after the unit is assembled.
The E-100 is backed by the Razor brand name. The company has been making electric scooters since 2003, and they know what they are doing. The scooter is very well made and safe for a child to operate. It is easy to operate and travels well on smooth, flat pavement. The chain driven motor is quiet and reliable. A safety shroud protects little feet from the chain. It has a strong, metal frame and features such as a wide non slip deck and front brakes. It easily recharges using the included charging cable and any regular household outlet
Before the motor will engage, the scooter must be traveling at 3 mph. This might be difficult for a child. Another weakness is the slick, polyurethane rear wheel. It allows the scooter to easily become out of control if you run onto a rough spot. The battery charge time is slow, and most kids are not going to want to wait that long before they can play with their new toy. It requires assembly before you can use it.
Dimensions: 32 x 16 x 36 inches Weight: 30 pounds Wheels type: front 8″ pneumatic/ rear polyurethane Frame: Aluminum Alloy Age Recommendation: 8 and above Weight Capacity: 100 pounds Run Time: 40 Minutes Maximum Speed: 10 miles per hour Battery Type: 12V sealed lead rechargeable Charging Time: 12 Hours Safety Features: Non-slip deck, chain guard, front hand brake, retractable kick stand
The Razor E-100 is a high quality child’s toy made by a reputable company with many years of experience. It will carry a child up to 100 pounds at 10 mph. The battery life is about 40 minutes, but the recharging time is a minimum of 12 hours. The unit operates by a high torque, chain driven motor attached to a wheel hub. The front wheel is air filled with tread, but the back wheel is slick plastic like material. Speed is controlled by a twist grip throttle. There is a cable operated hand brake to help slow the scooter. It does require some assembly and an initial 24 hour battery charge before it can be used.