Razor E300 Electric Scooter Review

Razor E300 Electric Scooter Review

The Razor E300 is speedy and can be used by teens and adults.

It features solid and durable tyres that give a comfortable and easy ride.

But, it is quite heavy and takes a while to charge.

It's affordable and will be one a lot of people consider as it won't break the bank.

The question is, is it right for you?

 

Specifications at a glance

FeatureE300
Age Recommendation13 plus
Price Check Price on amazon
Tyres/Wheels10 inch pneumatic wheels (front and rear)
Ride Time40 minutes
Acceleration ControlTwist grip acceleration
BrakeHand operated rear brake
Frame and fork materialAll steel frame and fork
Maximum rider weight100kg
Batteries24V (2x12V)
KickstandYes
MotorHigh torque, chain driven motor
Assembled Product Dimensions41"L x 17"W x 42"H
Weight23.7kg
Top Speed15mph

Kick Off, Power And Speed

No kick off is needed on the E300. Just turn it on using the switch at the base and twist the throttle to get going.  One thing to note is that there is no variation on the throttle. It's just on and off.

The handlebars are about the same size as on a bike so you can put the same sort of accessories on there such as a light if you wish too.

Its top speed is 15mph and it's 200 watt motor gives it a decent amount of power. However, do note that the speed of the Razor E300 will very much depend on the weight of the rider as well as the terrain you are driving on. For example, it may need a bit of kick uphill if you are a heavier rider.

Heavier riders may find it hard to reach the top speed of 15mph and although it copes well with grass and other uneven terrain, it will go the fastest on smooth pavements in urban environments.

However, if you do find the scooter slowing down at any point, perhaps uphill or towards the end of its battery life, you can use leg power to give it an extra kick and keep you going.

Battery and Motor

The E300 features two rechargeable 12V batteries, combining to 24 volts.

The batteries give you 35 minutes to 40 minutes of constant riding on the electric scooter. As previously said, you can use your foot to push the scooter along giving you peace of mind that you can still keep the scooter going if the battery runs down.

It takes 10 to 12 hours to recharge the batteries. This is a long time, so if you plan to use the scooter frequently it may be worth planning ahead and making sure you have enough time to charge the scooter when you need to. It's also worth noting that it shouldn't be left to charge longer than is necessary and it's also important to charge it after every use.

Lead-acid batteries are cheaper but they do weigh a lot. It can be lifted up by an adult but you wouldn't want to carry it for a long time.

As it takes a long time to charge the batteries. It needs to be charged for about 18 hours before its first use and about 12 hours between each use after that. It's always worth keeping in mind how you can extend the battery life. It's a good idea to keep it switched off at the base when it's not in use to help save the battery. Also for long periods when you don't use it try and ensure you charge it about twice a month.

When riding you can always switch between using the scooter as a kick scooter and an electric scooter to help preserve the battery life for longer as well.

Age Recommendation and Weight Capacity

The Razor E300 is recommended for teenagers and adults to use and the maximum weight capacity is 100kg.

Can Kids Ride the E300?

The official recommended age for this scooter by Razor is 13 plus. However, there are reviews of kids younger than 13 using the scooter. The scooter can be quick so it's worth asking whether the child in question will be able to handle the speed. It's also heavier than other models which can make it more difficult for younger kids to manoeuvre. Overall, it's a personal choice as to whether each rider can handle the scooter.

There are other electric scooters that Razor make that may be better for younger children. They include the Razor E200 and the Razor Power Core E90 - both offer slower speeds and also a cheaper price.

 

Wheels

One impressive feature of the E300 is the extra wide 10 inch inflated tyres. They offer a cushioned ride with plenty of tread and work especially well on urban environments such as pavements. As well as smoother surfaces, the tyres also do well on more uneven paths with grass and light gravel. You may find that more uneven terrain will slow the scooter down but this will be the case with the majority of electric scooters.

Overall, the big chunky thick tyres are great - you don't have to worry about little bumps anywhere.

Other Features

Brake: The E300 has a nice rear brake which is operated via the handlebars and works well.

Weight and Portability:

The E300 is heavy! It's not designed with portability in mind. You can't fold it and it weighs 23.59kg or 53lbs. Most adults will have no trouble lifting the scooter but you won't want to be carrying it for a long time. This should be fine for most riders. But if you're looking for something to take on public transport it's not a great fit.

Other things to note are the power button, DC power outlet and a retractable kickstand can be found on the base of the scooter, on the side.

 

Assembly

Assembly is pretty easy and generally takes around 10 minutes. You will need to fit the handlebar to the base with an allen key. And you will also need to ensure the tyres are inflated to 45 psi, although most scooters are sent out with the tyres inflated.

 

How To Assemble The Razor E300

This video shows how to assemble the scooter.

How Could the E300 be Improved?

There are a few things to note before purchasing the E300.

The scooter runs on a lead-acid battery. As already mentioned these types of batteries are cheaper but they do work well. However, the downside is they take a long time to charge and add a lot of weight to the scooter. This is why many scooter buyers are willing to spend a little more for a lithium battery. But if you can live with the inconveniences of a lead acid battery it will save you a bit of money at the point of purchase.

The charge time of 12 hours is long. A shorter charge time would obviously be good. But if you are fastidious about charging it after each ride and planning ahead, it shouldn't cause too much of a problem.

Another potential improvement Razor could make on the E300 is having a variable throttle. The throttle is either on or off.  But again the trade off is in the scooter's price. If you like the scooter but a variable throttle is important to you, you can upgrade the scooter yourself with a variable throttle which you could purchase from ebay.

 

If any of these inconveniences are likely to bother you it may be worth looking at other options. But having said this, you may have to pay more for features such as a variable throttle, pnuematic tyres and a shorter battery charge time.

Overall Verdict

If you're looking for an affordable scooter for a short commute or for fun rides out and about, the E300 could tick all your boxes.

Its best feature is the fat tyres that offer a comfortable ride and can cope with bumps, twigs and gravel on the road.

It's speedy and durable and comes in at a very competitive price point.

However, it's fair to say it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a top commuter scooter. There's no battery indicator, light or lock. Heavier riders may struggle to reach the top speeds and it's not the best for long journeys. Having said this,  it's an excellent price, comfortable ride and speedy so will still suit the needs of many teens and adults.

Alternatives

If you aren't sure that the Razor E300 is the scooter for you, there are many other electric scooters to consider.

For kids and teens, Razor make various models of electric scooter including the Power Core E90 and the Razor E200.

For adults who want to commute, you may want to consider the Xiaomi M365. 

Razor E90 Power Core Electric Scooter Review

Razor E90 Power Core Electric Scooter Review

Add power to your kid's ride with this Razor E90 electric scooter.

Recommended for ages 8 and up kids kick off, push the green button and off they go.

An easy to ride and fun scooter designed for younger kids which also packs in speed and power.

What You Need to Know About the Razor E90 Power Core Electric Scooter

Do you have unanswered questions about the Razor E90?

Get all the info on the specs and an indepth review so you know whether this is the right electric scooter for your child.

Find below our easy to read and understand guide explaining the pros, cons and specs of the Razor E90.

Specifications at a glance

FeatureE90 Power Core
Age Recommendation8 plus
Price
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Tyres/WheelsUrethane
Ride Time80 minutes
Acceleration ControlPush button
BrakeHand operated front brake
Frame and fork materialAll steel frame and fork
Maximum rider weight54kg
Batteries12V
KickstandYes
MotorKick Start In Hub Motor
Assembled Product Dimensions32.5" L x 16" W x 36" H
Weight10kg

Kick Off, Power And Speed

Kids will need to use leg push power, like a classic scooter, to give the scooter a kick start.

But it's simple to get started. Kick off, push the green button and power away. The power button is just under the right hand side of the handlebar. The kick start works well for kids.  There's no danger of an accidental start and kids can get used to some movement before the motor kicks in.

Ensure you get a good kick off and you will immediately feel the power kick in. The first time the power might surprise young kids a little. So be aware of that.

With a 90 watt motor (which is maintenance free), the E90 power core model reaches speeds of 10mph. And there is 50% more ride time than previous models.

The simple push button acceleration control is ideal for young kids as it's simpler than the twist acceleration you find on other electric scooters. However, on the downside, kids will need to keep pressing the button on longer rides which might make their thumb ache a little.

Also, it is noisy! It's not a silent ride like more expensive adult scooters, although this is unlikely to be a concern for most kids.

Battery and Motor

The E90 power core features a rechargeable 12V battery.

With an impressive 80 minutes of continuous riding, you won't need to worry about charging right away. And you can actually get a good distance ride.

The 12V lead-acid battery has a charge time of up to 12 hours. This is long, but as the ride time is now 80 minutes, you will find it will need charging a lot less than previous models.

Top tips

Switch the scooter off at the base when not in use to save the battery.

Ensure you charge the scooter for 12 hours before you take it out for its first spin. It's best to charge for 12 hours in between uses even if the green light comes on before the 12 hours is up. Also, avoid charging for more than 24 hours at a time, to prevent damage to the battery.

Additionally, make sure you fully charge the battery before storing the scooter for a longer period of time.

Age Recommendation and Weight Capacity

Razor age recommendation is 8 years and up. It holds a maximum weight of 120Ibs (54kg).

Can a 6 or 7 year old ride the Razor E90?

There are many kids aged from around 6 who ride this scooter despite the official age recommendation. So it's a personal decision down to parent and carer discretion. But reviews suggest many kids this age seem to handle the scooter well.

Is it a Good Choice for 10 and 11 Year Olds?

If you are buying for an older child, it is worth considering a taller electric scooter as they are likely to grow out of the E90 quite quickly. The Razor E200 is well worth a look.

Wheels

The urethane wheels is puncture proof and works best on smooth and flat paths. The wheels should offer a comfortable ride for kids within the weight limit, although it may feel slightly bumpy occasionally. As kids get older they may prefer a pnuematic tyre to ride to cushion the ride. But for the age and weight range this scooter is designed for, the urethane wheel should feel fine to ride.

Other Features

Brake: Stopping is achieved via a hand brake which is actually rather good.

Weight and Portability: The E90 isn't designed with portability in mind. It's not foldable and weighs 9.9kg so is heavy to carry. As it's intended use is for kids and not for commuting this isn't really a problem. And in fact, it's normal for most electric scooters in this price range.

Other things to note are the power button, DC power and a retractable kickstand can be found on the base of the scooter, on the side.  And if you like to have a pick of colours, you can purchase the scooter in black and green and black and pink.

Maintenance:  Another plus point of the E90 is little maintenance is required. No need to worry about alignment, chains or inflating tyres.

Assembly

Assembly is super easy. It's a 10 minute job and the tool you need (a 5mm allen wrench) is included. Just one step is required and that is to attach the handlebars. Kids will be out and on the go in no time.

How To Assemble The Razor E90

This video shows how to assemble the scooter.

How Could the E90 be Improved?

There are a few downsides of the E90:

The charging time of 12 hours is long. If you forget to charge it, it's tiresome to have to wait. However, planning in advance can help. Just do the full charge straight after riding or overnight. In the morning, off you go!

Another gripe, there is no variable throttle. Kids can go one speed only. And holding the button down can be tiresome on longer journeys. But for short rides and whizzing around, little ones probably won't notice.

The ride can be a little bumpy and noisy. As the tyres aren't pneumatic it's best ridden on smooth surfaces. It's not the best on wet surfaces but generally kids will be riding this when it's dry on pavements and smooth paths. Therefore there isn't a lot of need for traction on the wet.

The scooter is designed solely for use on flat surfaces which is fine for fun kids use. However, don't expect it to have the same power to climb uphill.

If any of these inconveniences are likely to bother you it may be worth looking at other options. But having said this, you may have to pay more for features such as a variable throttle, pnuematic tyres and a shorter battery charge time.

Overall Verdict

If you're looking for a reasonably priced first electric scooter from a reputable brand, it's very hard to go wrong with the Razor Power Core E90. It's easy to use and manoeuvre, speedy, has a long continuous ride time of 80 minutes and is durable.  If nothing else it's a jam packed fun ride.

Yes, there are a few gripes as mentioned above. However, these need to be balanced out with the price you pay.  Some of the downsides may bother an adult but are nothing to kids who are just whizzing round for fun.

Overall, it's certainly a power packed scooter and young kids will absolutely love it.

Alternatives

If you aren't sure that the speed is the scooter for you, there are other scooters to consider.

Razor make various models of scooter including the Power Core E100 and the Razor E200 and E300. You can see a comparison of the Power Core E90 and E100 here. 

Another alternative is the Zinc Volt Electric scooter. It's less powerful and speedy than the E90 but has a quicker charging time and is less expensive. It may be a good option for the youngest of kids wanting an electric scooter. You can read more about in our article about the best electric scooters for kids. 

Razor E Prime Electric Scooter Review

Razor E-Prime Electric Scooter

The Razor E Prime ticks a lot of boxes. It's affordable, lightweight, portable, fun to ride and is perfect for short distances.

It's quick and nippy. Whizz around with top speeds of up to 15mph.

It's aimed at teenagers and adults aged 14 years and up.

The maximum weight limit of 80kg (12 and a half stone) means that it won't accommodate everybody.

But if you're under the weight limit and looking for an electric scooter for a short urban commute or a fun ride, this could be the right choice for you.

 


Speed

The Razor E Prime has a nippy top speed of 15mph which is similar to many other electric scooters.

A kick start is required to engage the motor. You'll need to get going to around 3mph which isn't very difficult to do. Once you get going the scooter has decent and smooth acceleration and riding it on smooth paths is a breeze.

The speed is controlled with a thumb-activated paddle control. Once the motor is engaged just use your thumb to press down on the black paddle control for variable speed acceleration. Push it right down to reach the top speeds of 15 mph.

 

Foldability and Portability

Weighing just 9.8kg, this electric scooter is very light compared to it's counterparts. It's still not light enough to carry for long periods of time. But if you need to carry it up some stairs, onto a bus or train or lift into the boot of the car, it's not a problem!

The E Prime is easy to fold too. When folded, it measures just 86x 36 x 46cm. This means it's one of the best electric scooters to store under a desk at work or keep in the boot of a car.

Razor also boasts that it features their anti-rattle folding technology, and the scooter does certainly feel solid.

Design and Build

A strong but lightweight aluminum frame gives the E-prime a solid, durable feel.

There are also some nice design features on the Razor E-Prime which contribute to a comfortable ride for the rider.

Firstly the deck is extra long and extra wide measuring 42.5cm by 14cm. This enables most riders to ride with both feet on the deck when needed.

The low deck makes the ride feel more comfortable and stable, especially when turning corners and on the kick start.  It also means you can even stop the scooter with your feet if you're not going too quickly (don't do this at high speed though!).

The slim design of the scooter makes it a good choice for navigating tight spaces as well.

 

 

Charge Time and Battery Life

Expect to spend approximately 4 hours charging the battery. Although this isn't a bad charge time, with a run time of up to 40 minutes, it could be that you have to charge the scooter quite frequently if you use it on a daily basis.

Bear in mind that battery life will be affected by many factors. If you use the scooter full out at the top speed you will obviously run the battery down more quickly. But rider weight and the terrain on which you are riding can impact the length of battery life too.

The scooter features a 5 stage LCD battery indicator, so you can anticipate when the battery is getting low and you need to charge it.

And one really useful thing about the scooter is that you can ride it as a normal kick scooter if the battery does run down.

Quality of the Ride

The Razor E-Prime features airless rubber 8 inch tyres. These are ideal for riding on smooth pavements and other smooth surfaces.

One of the downsides of the scooter is the ride quality isn't optimal on imperfect surfaces. The lack of suspension means that vibrations from bumps, cracks and potholes in the road will very much be transferred to the rider. And if you ride on cobbles or the like, expect to feel it. It can handle these kinds of roads, but it isn't pleasant. If you're likely to be travelling on bumpy surfaces a lot, you really want to choose an electric scooter with suspension.

Electric scooters with suspension do offer a much more comfortable ride and will absorb the shocks and impact from the road much more. However, generally these scooters are more expensive and they tend to add more weight to the scooter too. So, having suspension is a feature you may be happy to forgo,  especially if you're not prepared to compromise on price and you want an exceptionally light scooter.

 

Braking

The scooter features both a hand controlled electronic brake (which is activated by the paddle control to the left of the handlebar) and a manual rear fender brake.

Perhaps one of the biggest criticisms of the Razor E-Prime is that the braking lacks some power. Riders find that they need to engage both the fond and the back breaks for very quick stops. This means that in crowded areas it is important to ride cautiously at a lower speed.

More Features

Hand Grips

The hand grips are an important part of rider contact with the scooter and the soft rubber prism shaped grips are comfortable for rider's hands

Adjustable Handlebar

There are two height adjustments on the handlebar so you can adjust it to the optimium height for the rider.

Kickstand

A handy, retractable kickstand allows you to store the e scooter upright.

Overall Verdict

The Razor E Prime electric scooter certainly isn't for everyone. However, it is ideal for many teens and adults who are under the 80kg weight capacity.

It has many plus points. It won't break the bank but delivers a quick ride which is ideal for short journeys.

It's perfect for many situations. A quick trip to the corner shop. A couple of miles to commute to work. Or perhaps a zippy finish for that last mile once you've got off the train. Saving many commuters time and money.

And if you're looking for something that's just fun, it's great for that too.

Specifications at a glance

FeatureRazor E Prime Electric Scooter
PriceCheck Price on amazon
Age Recommendation14 plus
Max Speed15mph (25 km/h)
Max Rider Weight`80kg
Weight of scooter9.8kg
Wheels8" rubber tyres
FoldableYes
BrakeElectronic with thumb-activated paddle and manual rear fender.
Battery LifeUp to 40 minute run time
Charge TimeApprox 4 hours
Scooter Folded Dimensions86cm x 36cm x 46cm
Scooter Dimensions102cm x 46.2cm x 103cm
KickstandYes, retractable

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to use the electric on the Road? 

Currently, UK legislation means it's illegal to ride an electric scooter on the road or pavement, being only legal on private roads. However, this legislation dates back to 1835 and the government is currently set to run trials of electric scooters rental in cities which could lead to an overhaul of UK laws in the near future.

Other countries have their own regulations regarding e-scooters so it's worth checking out where you live what the regulations are before purchase.

Is it okay to ride this scooter on wet roads? 

In short, the answer is no. It's not advised to ride the scooter in or near any water.

Can you use this scooter as a manual / kick scooter? 

Yes, the Razor E Prime can be used as a kick scooter. This is especially advantageous if the battery runs out.

Can you attach a carry strap? 

Unfortunately, it's not possible to attach a carry strap to the scooter.

Micro Merlin Electric Scooter Review

Micro Merlin Electric Scooter

If you're searching for a lightweight, nimble scooter it's difficult to go wrong with the Micro Merlin.

Exceptionally well designed and built with suspension for a comfortable ride, this scooter is jam-packed with top-notch features.

A 15 mile range and quick 3 hour charge, makes the Merlin an excellent scooter for adults.

Its compact size makes it an excellent choice if you need to take it on public transport, put in the boot of a car or store in a tight space.

 

 

Speed

The Merlin has an impressive top speed of 15mph which is similar to other scooters in this price range.

What sets it apart is it has 4 different speed modes which you can adjust according to the purpose of your journey. The speed modes are:

1.) Pedestrian mode
Pedestrian mode mimics the walking speed of adults which is about 4mph. It's ideal when there are a lot of people around.

2.) Eco mode
The speed on eco mode is 10mph. Use this mode when you want to maximise the battery life. It allows you to optimise distance above speed. Ideal for longer commutes.

3.) Standard mode
This is the best choice for cruising. It's the mode you are most likely to use for the majority of the time. The top speed is 15mph.

4.) Sports mode
Sports mode will give you a bit of extra power. It's ideal when climbing steep inclines and also has a maximum speed of 15mph. It uses more battery power so it's important to turn it off when you are on flat ground.

Additionally, the Merlin has the option of cruise control so you can set the speed you want and not have to worry about pushing the throttle for the whole ride. Just lean back (not literally of course) and enjoy!

Foldability and Portability

One area where the Merlin excels is portability. Weighing just over 11kg (25 pounds), it's one of the lightest electric scooters out there making it easy to pick up and carry. As it quickly folds, it's an ideal electric scooter if you need to take it on public transport or throw it in the boot of a car.

Additionally, being so lightweight makes the scooter easier to manoeuvre and control.

There are three positions in which you can fold the Merlin. Fully folded, upright and camel mode.

What is camel mode, I hear you ask. Camel mode is a partially folded position which allows the Merlin to stand up without a kickstand as seen in the picture below.

Micro merlin scooter camel mode

The Merlin scooter in camel mode

 

It's easy to fully fold the Merlin. Just engage the blue foot button with your foot whilst giving the handlebars a slight push forward.

Additionally, the handlebars fold down. This is very helpful for storage.  The Merlin is a brilliant choice if you need something that will fit into a tight space, perhaps under a desk. The folded dimensions are 95 x 15 x 35cm.

LCD Display and Controls

The LCD display is easy to read at a glance and sits between the two handles. The display will tell you the details you need to know to optimise your ride. They include your speed, battery life, how far you've travelled and even the outside temperature.

Just beneath the LCD screen are three buttons. The power button (far right), the odometer button (in the middle) and the headlights (far left). These are easy to toggle with your thumb.

The accelerator is to the right of the power button and the electric brake is on the left of the headlight button.

Charge Time and Battery Life

One thing that we really like about this scooter is it has a super quick charge time of just 3 hours. This means you could potentially charge it during the work day so it will be fully charged for the ride home. And if your battery is at 25% it will take just 1 hour to fully recharge.

Impressively, the scooter has a range of up to 15 miles. However, do bear in mind that the range will be affected by conditions such as whether you are travelling up inclines, the weight of the rider and the conditions of the roads you are riding on.

As already mentioned you can see the battery level indicator on the LCD screen. Please note that to get the most accurate battery level reading it's important to stop the scooter moving and stand it still.

When you receive your scooter it won't be fully charged and you will need to fully charge the battery before using the scooter for the first time. 

Wheels and Suspension

The Merlin features solid rubber wheels. The advantage of rubber wheels is that riders don't have to worry about punctures.

The downside is that pneumatic tyres are better at giving traction on wet surfaces (so will be better if it has rained).  Bear in mind, that it isn't recommended to ride most electric scooters when it's raining.

Pneumatic tyres also tend to absorb the bumps and shocks from the road better.

However, what the Merlin does have to add comfort to the ride is integrated dual suspension. The suspension will make a huge difference in comparison to scooters which don't have it. It ensures a smooth ride and will help absorb and reduce the shock from any bumps along the journey translating into a comfortable, smooth ride.

Braking

Another innovative feature to assist your ride is the smart regenerative braking. Basically each time your brake, the energy is poured back into the battery to add to the battery life. The braking is on both the front and rear wheels. So each time your brake, you will get a small charge to your battery.

You can engage the brake using the electric brake by the left handlebar or use the foot brake. The red tail lights become brighter when you engage the brake with either of these methods.

The brake is very responsive and can stop you quite abruptly. Therefore it's a good idea to practise using the brake at slow speeds when you first get the scooter.

More Features

Automatic Lights

Another unique feature is the automatic lights. There is both a front and rear LED light which will come on automatically when the light outdoors becomes dim. So you don't have to think about when to put on your lights or worry about pulling over to do so.

Hand Grips

Micro are well known for their attention to detail and high quality and this can be seen via the handgrips. The handgrips are one of your main points of contact with your scooter and it's important they are comfortable and hardwearing. The contoured rubber grips are designed for long lasting comfort while riding and your hands will thank you for it.

Adjustable Handlebar

The handlebar can be adjusted to your optimum height. It's easy to do. There is a lever at the front. Push to release fully and adjust to the desired position. There are two preset heights which you can use. It's advised to choose one of these if possible. But you can also adjust to any height in between these positions if you prefer. When you have the desired height, close the lever.

Specifications at a glance

FeatureMicro Merlin Electric Scooter
PriceCheck Price on amazon
Age Recommendation18 plus
Max Speed15mph (25 km/h)
Motor Power250 watts
Weight of scooter11kg
Wheels7.8" rubber tyres
FoldableYes
BrakeRegenerative front wheel brake & rear wheel foot brake
Maximum rangeA riding distance up to 15miles / 25km
Charge Time3 hours
Scooter Folded Dimensions95cm x 15 cm x 35cm.
Scooter Dimensions110cm x 39cm x 110cm

Important Things To Note For Scooter Maintenance

Save the box and interior packaging in case you need to have the scooter serviced

There are many ways you can help preserve battery life. Micro advise that you always store the scooter indoors at a temperature between approx 5 to 26 degrees Celsius. Fully charge the scooter at least once every 3 months during the off season. Fully charge the scooter within 3 days anytime the scooter battery has been completely drained.

Keeping the scooter clean, dry and properly tightened will help keep your scooter performing optimally.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to use the Micro Merlin on the Road? 

Currently, UK legislation means it's illegal to ride an electric scooter on the road or pavement, being only legal on private roads. However, this legislation dates back to 1835 and the government is currently set to run trials of electric scooters rental in cities which could lead to an overhaul of UK laws in the near future.

Does the scooter come with a warranty? 

Yes, the scooter comes with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty which covers any defective components such as the footboard, complete front assembly, brake pedal, motor, display and controller. All wearing parts, small parts and screws are excluded from this warranty. There is also a warranty period of one year on the battery. All warrenty claims need to be accompanied by proof of purchase.

Xiaomi M365 Pro Electric Scooter Review: Worth the money?

Xiaomi m365 pro electric scooter review - A Review

The Xiaomi M365 pro is a popular entry / mid-range electric commuter scooter.

It's a worthy upgrade to the already popular M365 but with more range and power.

Reaching up to 15mph with a maximum range of 45km, it’s perfect for short and mid length commutes.

And it packs a punch with its many, detailed, well-thought out features.


Everything You Need to Know About the Xiaomi M365 Pro Scooter

Do you have unanswered questions about the Xiaomi M365 Pro?

It can be difficult to know if you're investing in the right scooter when you're unsure what all the specs mean and how they will affect your ride.

That's why we have come up with an easy to read and understand guide explaining the pros, cons and specs of this remarkable e-scooter.

Specifications at a glance

FeatureXiaomi M365 Pro
PriceCheck Price on amazon
Age Recommendation16 plus
Rider Height120cm to 200cm
Motor 300W
Max Speed25km/h
Weight of scooter14.2kg
Wheels8.5" pneumatic tyres
FoldableYes
BrakeDual braking system
Battery LifeA riding distance up to 45km
Charge Time8 to 9 hours
Scooter Dimensions113cm x 43cm x 118cm
Scooter Folded Dimensions113cm x 43cm x 49cm

Is the Xiaomi M365 Pro E-scooter for you?

The Xiaomi M65 Pro been designed with adults who are looking for an e-scooter for commutes and all round journeys with a purpose.

If you're looking for a scooter with an excellent range and decent power at a competitive price, this is a good choice

If you want a recreational electric scooter, it will also work. Although you may find something cheaper which will fulfill your requirements.

Speed.

Let's start with the spec most of you want to know! The Xiaomi Pro has an impressive top speed of 15mph (25km/h). Bear in mind, like with most electric scooters, the closer you are to the 100kg maximum weight capacity, the more likely you will see a drop in the top speed of the scooter. But speed wise it offers so much more than a top number.

There are three speed modes. Firstly the energy saver mode (ECO). The default mode for this scooter is ECO mode and this will reach a top speed of 10 miles per hour. This mode can be very useful when driving on busy roads. Obviously, the eco mode is best for extending the battery life on each charge.

The other two modes are drive mode (with a top speed of 12 mph) and sports mode (15mph). Riders easily switch between modes by double-pressing the power button.

A gentle kickstart is required to start up the scooter. When you are moving to around walking pace (about 2mph), hold the accelerator button and speed away!  The Xiaomi Pro has excellent acceleration on flat ground.

The M365 Pro is Bluetooth enabled so it can be paired with a smartphone app. The app gives extra features including a cruise control feature. When switched on, this feature automatically maintains a constant speed when it detects that you have been riding at this speed for a significant period. This allows riders to take their thumb off the throttle when riding longer distances.

Control Panel / LCD Display

The control panel is outstanding. It's bright, easy to read (even in full sunlight) and has 6 displays. This display includes your speed and the speed mode you are currently in. The remaining power display will remind you when it's time to charge your battery. It also displays repair warnings and bluetooth.

 

The power button 

The power button is between the handlebars and below the display. Tap the power button to turn the scooter on and hold it for three seconds to turn it off. While the scooter is on, tap once to turn the light on/off, or tap twice to switch between speed modes.

Design and Build

If you want an e-scooter that is visibly pleasing, you'll like the Xiaomi Pro's striking grey/black colour highlighted with distinct red accents. The scooter is covered in a super durable powder-coated finish which enhances the look.

The build quality is excellent, solid, well designed and built to last.

Deck

In a word, the deck is spacious. It has 19 by 6 inches of useable space for your feet. This helps increase comfort and is particularly good for riders with larger feet.

What you'll also like about the deck is that it has a rubber lined footboard with added grip and durability. Although it’s not advised to use the scooter in the rain, it can help keep you on the road during the cold or wetter winter months.

Lights

Safety is paramount with the Xiaomi Pro. It features built-in front and rear lights to keep you be visible in the dark.

The red tail lights flash distinctively as a warning to pedestrians and other vehicles on the road.

The ultra bright LED front headlight is mounted high up and can light up the road ahead. Added safety for riding at night or in the dusk.

There is also an auto dimming function when the lights are turned on

Extra design features

The scooter is jam-packed full with extra design details which include a bell and a handy kickstand. The rubber handle grips are high quality and durable which is another nice added touch. These kinds of features mean the Xiaomi Pro doesn't feel cheap.

 

Foldability and Portability

Is it easy to fold and carry? 

Weighing just 14.2kg (31 pounds), the Xiaomi Pro is fairly light compared to many electric scooters. Having said this, it's hefty to carry the pro while you are walking. But taking just 3 seconds to fold with a single lever, it's easy enough to lift up and take on public transport as well as put in the boot of a car.

When folded, the scooter's dimensions are 1130mm x 430mm x 490mm which is small enough to fit in the boot of a standard car. It should also be easy to find enough storage space at work and/or at home.

 

One minor gripe is that the handlebars themselves can't fold down, which makes the folded dimensions bigger than they otherwise could be. Perhaps an improvement Xiaomi could consider for future scooters.

Bluetooth and Smartphone App

As already mentioned earlier, the scooter can be paired with a smartphone app via bluetooth. You don't need to use a smartphone app to use the scooter, but it opens up some exciting features if you do

Cruise control is one feature that can be unlocked with the smartphone app but the app also allows you to turn the lights on and off and lock the scooter.

The app also lets you effectively turn your smartphone into a dashboard. Update the firmware, view mileage, remaining power and current speed,
or enable cruise control to save energy and give your wrist a break.

Motor and Battery Performance

Perhaps one of the most impressive specs on the Xiaomi M365 Pro is the extensive battery life. Featuring a highly safe 18650 power lithium battery, 474Wh capacity, large power supply and efficient acceleration, the scooter can take you up to a whopping 45km on a single charge. Additionally, you can easily check the health of the battery via the mobile app.

The battery takes about 8.5 hours to charge

The deck houses the charging port. The LCD display will show you how much the scooter is charged while it is plugged into the charger. This can be useful for charging the scooter just enough for short journeys.

If you're worried about noise, you don't have to be, the motor on the scooter is quiet. It does get a little noiser when going faster or uphill but is never excessive.

Braking

The scooter has efficient, responsive braking with two braking systems, a mechanical disk brake for added braking power which is also assisted by regenerative braking. If one fails you’ll still be able to stop which gives added peace of mind when whizzing around.

 

Wheels

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The 8.5" by 2" pneumatic tyres are superior to airless tyres on performance
Pneumatic tyres offer better ride quality. They allow you to stop faster, turn harder and maintain better traction in wet conditions. They absorb the shock when going over bumps and potholes.

Perhaps one of the biggest downsides of pneumatic tyres is they are prone to getting flats, but this is pretty much outweighed by the superior ride quality of air filled tyres.

The tyres aren't suitable for off road use, but they should handle bumps in the road without a problem.

Weight Limit

The max rider weight is 100kg. Bear in mind, the closer you are to the weight limit the more likely you'll notice a drop in mileage, slower acceleration, a slower top speed and longer stopping distances.

Hills

How Does the Xiaomi Mi M365 Pro cope with hills?

Due to the scooter's extra power most urban hills won't be a problem, although they may affect performance. Gentle hills are absolutely fine. The scooter may slow on steep hills but can generally keep going. Officially the maximum hill climbing angle is 12 degrees (which is fairly steep) so only the steepest hills will stop it. A kick can help the scooter along in these cases. Expect the scooter to perform slower on hills the nearer you are to the weight limit.

Where Could the Xiaomi Pro be Improved

In a perfect world, we would have liked the Xiaomi Pro to feature suspension to add to the comfort of the ride. However, suspension would have meant a more expensive scooter and it would have added to the weight. So it's a compromise worth making in our opinion.

It is worth adding, that if you plan to drive the scooter on roads with a lot of bumps and potholes, it may be worth looking at an electric scooter with suspension. But for roads which are generally looked after and smooth, the Xiaomi Pro should be fine.

Alternatives

Perhaps the most obvious alternative to the Xiaomi M365 Pro scooter is its predecessor, the Xiaomi M365 scooter.  The previous version is less expensive but also less powerful which is noticeably slower when going uphill. You will also find the battery life is longer on the Pro but the earlier version is lighter to carry. So there may be reasons why a rider would prefer the original version.

Xiaomi M365 Pro VS Xiaomi M365 Comparison

FeatureXiaomi M365 Pro Xiaomi M365
PriceCheck Price on amazonCheck Price on amazon
Age RecommendationAdultAdult
Motor 300W250W
Max Speed25km/h25km/h
Weight of scooter14.2kg12.5kg
Wheels8.5" pneumatic tyres8.5" pneumatic tyres
FoldableYesYes
BrakeDual braking system
(Electrical + Mechanical)
Dual braking system
(Electrical + Disc brake)
Battery LifeA riding distance up to 45km A riding distance up to 30km
Scooter Dimensions113cm x 43cm x 118cm108 x 43 x 114 cm
Scooter Folded Dimensions113cm x 43cm x 49cm108 x 43 x 49 cm

 

 

Top 3 Electric Scooters With Seat For Kids Reviews

Best 3 Electric Scooter With Seats for Kids Reviews

Electric scooters with seats are fun! Check out three excellent, zippy electric scooters with seats below. Perfect for kids who want a fun ride while chilling out at the same time.

The electric scooters featured can all also be used as a stand alone electric scooter, so there's the option of not using the seat and then changing your mind and sitting down again. Some scooters do need tools to make the conversion, whereas others do not.

Razor Power Core E100S Scooter.

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This is a nippy seated scooter with a top speed of 11mph. It features Razor's Power hub motor which gives riders better acceleration and a higher top speed.

The motor is maintenance free unlike previous models of electric scooters with no chain tension or alignment needed. What's really awesome about the E100S is that it can be used as either a stand up or sit down scooter.

The padded seat is detachable so it can be ridden as a normal scooter or chill out on your ride and sit down. Scoot manually up to 3mph to kick start the scooter. Once achieved, twist the throttle to engage the motor.

A hand operated brake and anti-slip footplate keep every rider safe.

There is quite a significant charge time of 12 hours to use the scooter. However, once charged riders can get up to 60 minutes continuous use before charging again. The maximum user weight is 54kg, so this model really is for kids.

Razor E300S Seated Scooter


If seated and going at speed is your think, the E300S is an super quick electric scooter with a seat. Going up to 15mph you can really go far on this thing.

It has an 100kg weight capacity so adults can enjoy a ride on the E300 but lighter kids will be more likely to reach the top speeds and maintain better velocity when going up inclines. It will slow on steep hills as most electric scooters do.

It's well built with a sturdy super- sized deck and frame making it a good choice for teens in particular.

Like with the E100S, the seat is detachable so you can swap between using the scooter standing up or sitting down an enjoying the ride.

The wide front and rear pneumatic tyres make it a speedy, comfortable and smooth ride. The air filled tyres will give you better stopping power, won't get stuck in the pavement cracks and offer superior traction on wet surfaces (don't ride it in the rain though!).

It does have a long charge time of 12 hours, however one charge will allow up to 40 minutes of continuous use.

The scooter is recommended for ages of 13 plus, although reviews show much younger riders do use the scooter. It will be up to individual judgement about whether it's suitable.
 

VIRO Vega 2 in 1 Transforming Electric Scooter

The VIRO Vega 2 in 1 Transforming Electric Scooter describes itself as first and only transforming electric scooter-to-mini bike. Although it could also come in the category of electric seated scooter.

What's really good about the Viro is that it's easily transformed - no tools are required.

With a maximum speed of 10 mph and performance brakes, the Viro Vega is super fun.

It can easily fold and be put away for easy storage or to fit in a car boot but at 22kg, bear in mind that it's heavy.

There is an anti-slip footplate and performance brake for peace of mind.

The charge time is long, with a charge of 10 to 12 hours needed for a range of up to 6 miles. But at a speedy 10mph, this is to be expected.

It also includes LED lights, 100W chain drive, height-adjustable handlebar and kickstand.
 

 

Razor E200 vs E300

Razor E200 vs Razor E300 - Which is the Best Electric Scooter?

Looking for a speedy scooter for an older child, teen or even an adult? Can't decide whether the Razor E200 or the E300 scooter would suit you the best?

Both models are great for speedy rides across the neighborhood, leisurely rides at the park or short journeys. But with slightly different specifications and price points, it can be hard to decide between them.

To help make a decision read our comparison of the Razor E200 vs E300.

FeatureE200E300
Age Recommendation13 plus13 plus
Price Check Price on amazonCheck Price on amazon
Tyres/Wheels8 inch pneumatic wheels (front and rear)10 inch pneumatic wheels (front and rear)
Ride Time40 minutes40 minutes
Acceleration ControlTwist grip acceleration Twist grip acceleration
BrakeHand operated rear brakeHand operated rear brake
Frame and fork materialAll steel frame and forkAll steel frame and fork
Maximum rider weight70kg100kg
Batteries24V (2x12V)24V (2x12V)
KickstandYesYes
MotorHigh torque, chain driven motorHigh torque, chain driven motor
Assembled Product Dimensions37"L x 16"W x 42"H41"L x 17"W x 42"H
Weight18kg23.7kg
Top Speed12mph15mph

Age Guidance

Both scooters are officially recommended for kids aged 13 plus. Having said this, there are many reviews of much younger kids using both scooters. The Razor E200 is smaller and has lower speeds making it a better choice for younger kids. The speedier and slightly larger E300 is the better choice for older and bigger kids, teens and adults.

Whether the faster E300 is suitable for your own child is a personal parental decision. It's will be a judgement call according to the person riding the scooter, taking into account their confidence and abilities.

Top Speeds

If you want a speedier scooter, than go for the E300 which has a maximum speed of 15mph compared to 12mph on the E200.

Neither scooters need a kick-off, just step on, twist the throttle and off you go. Both scooters have twist-grip acceleration to control the speed.

Bear in mind that the weight of the rider will have an effect on the max speed of the scooter. Heavier riders will go more slowly. Also, the terrain may slow the scooter down as well as weather conditions.

Going uphill and on more uneven terrain will always affect the speed of the scooter whichever one you choose. Also as the scooter battery charge wanes it may cause the scooter to slow down somewhat.

Lighter, smaller kids will always go faster on these scooters than heavier adults.

How Long Do The Batteries Last?

Both scooters have a 40 minutes maximum ride time and the batteries take approximately 12 hours to charge. Heavier riders will run the battery out much quicker on both scooters so this is something to bear in mind.

There are a few things you can do to help you take care of the batteries on both the E200 and E300 scooters which very much applies to all electric scooter batteries.

1.)  Always make sure the scooter is turned off when it's not in use.

2.) Try not to deplete the battery to completely zero charge. Try and leave some charge in the battery at the end of each ride. Even if you don't burn the battery charge over the course of one ride, charge it in the evening anyway. Charging the battery regularly and not leaving it discharged for a long time will help lengthen the battery life.

3.) Store it at an optimum temperature and in dry conditions. Don't leave it in very low temperatures such as in a garage or shed during cold nights overnight. Likewise, keeping it out in the hot sun during the day won't help the battery life either.

4.) Finally, if you don't use the scooter for a significant period of time, occasionally charge it. Once every 30 days is a good guideline.

Frame Size and Weight Capacity

The E300 is slightly bigger in size and weight than the E200. The E300 has a supersized deck and frame, making it the best choice for older, taller and heavier riders. It weighs 23.7kg so it is heavy! You don't want to have to carry the E300 for very long at all.

The E200 still features a full sized deck which is fine for teens and adults up to 70kg. It is lighter but at 18kg, it's not one to carry for long distances either.

These scooters aren't ones to get for taking on public transport as they aren't foldable and they're heavy to lift and carry. Much better for leisure and fun use than commuting!

Motor

The E200 features a 200 watt high-torque, chain-driven motor compared to the 250 watt high-torque, chain-driver motor on the E300. Obviously the motor is more powerful on the E300 helping it reach a 15mph top speed.

The motors do make some noise when riding but aren't particularly loud.

Watch the video below to hear how much noise the E200 makes and what the rider can hear. (It also shows you the top speeds rideable by a 6ft 4 in adult - kids should go much faster due to being lighter!).

Some maintenance may be required such as lubrication and chain alignment at times.

Tyres

Both scooters have pneumatic tyres which offer a comfortable and smooth ride. The pneumatic tyres will brake better than urethane tyres in the wet and on slippy surfaces. They offer more traction which is what you want at higher speeds.

The difference in the wheels between the two electrics scooters is the size. The E200 has 8 inch wheels compared to 10 inch wheels on the E300. The bigger wheels on the E300 mean that it will get you further much more quickly.

The tyres work best on smooth, flat surfaces such as pavements. They will work on terrain such as short grass but aren't really designed for use on rough ground, so don't get either of the scooters if you want an off-road electric scooter.

Other Features

Both scooters have a kickstand which will allow you to stand the scooters anywhere for while you take a break. It also means it can be stored upright.

There is a hand-operated rear brake on both scooters for easy stopping and extra control.

Can Adults Ride the E200 and E300?

In a word yes, but there are things you need to be aware of. Adults are heavier. Therefore they are likely to find the scooter will go much slower than when a child is riding it. A 40kg child will speed around whereas a 100kg adult won't. Adults will also find the battery life runs out much more quickly.

If you're looking for a commuter scooter, the bigger E300 might be okay for very short journeys but it's probably better to look for another model in most cases. However, if you want just a bit of fun, it could be the scooter for you.

Videos

See the E200 in Action

See the E300 in Action 

 

Overall Verdict

There isn't much to choose between the two scooters with the two major differences being the speed and the size.

If you want a speedier scooter go with the E300. It will also last longer for many kids and teens as it has a bigger frame to suit growing riders.

If you want something a little more steady, lighter and smaller or if budget is a top consideration go for the E200. It's a good choice for more cautious kids, teens and adults.

Razor E100 vs E200

Razor E100 vs Razor E200 - Which is the Best Electric Scooter?

Not sure about which scooter to purchase the Razor E100 or Razor E200. There is quite a significant price difference, so is it worth spending more on the E200?

The answers will depend on who you are buying the electric scooter for and what factors are important to you. There are differences in the speed, size, charge time, motor and weight of the scooters.

Compare the Razor E100 and the E200 at a glance.

FeatureE100 Power CoreE200
Age Recommendation8 plus13 plus
Price Check Price on amazonCheck Price on amazon
Tyres/Wheels8 inch pneumatic front wheel
125mm Urethane rear wheel
8 inch pneumatic wheels (front and rear)
Ride Time60 minutes40 minutes
Acceleration ControlTwist grip acceleration Twist grip acceleration
BrakeHand operated front caliper brake. Hand operated rear brake
Frame and fork materialAll steel frame and forkAll steel frame and fork
Maximum rider weight54kg70kg
Batteries24V (2x12V)24V (2x12V)
KickstandYesYes
MotorKick Start In Hub MotorHigh torque, chain driven motor
Assembled Product Dimensions33.7" L x 16.5" W x 35" H37"L x 16"W x 42"H
Weight12kg 18kg
Top Speed11mph12mph

Age Recommendation

The Razor E100 is aimed at kids from aged 8 plus. Like many scooters, there are many kids who are younger than the minimum age recommendation using the scooter. Whether you want your 6 year old or 7 year old using the scooter is a personal choice. But if you are buying for a younger child, the E100 will most likely be sufficient in speed and have many advantages including being lighter and having a greater charge time.

The Razor E200 is recommended for kids aged 13 plus. As with the Razor E100, there are many kids younger than the minimum age using the scooter with kids as young as 9 using it. Some 9, 10 11 and 12 year olds might very much enjoy the quicker speed but safety is paramount and it again is up to the adult in charge as to whether or not it will be too speedy for them. It may also depend on the size of the child. As discussed later the E200 has a bigger frame size than the E100 so it may not be the best choice for smaller kids.

Scooter Speed

The top speed of the scooter is going to be the number one factor for many on which scooter to choose.

The Razor power core E100 has a maximum speed of 11mph whereas the E200 is 12mph, so there isn't much to choose between the

What is different is the start. The E100 requires a kick start. Riders must get up to 3mph before the motor starts. In comparison the E200 does not need a kick-off. It has an automatic start which means that your child can just jump on it and go, no kicking required!

Both scooters have twist grip acceleration and both scooters have a single speed. There is no variable speed on either scooter, it's one speed or nothing.

The speed will be affected by factors such as the weight of the rider and terrain you are riding on. Smooth, flat surfaces will mean kids can pick up more speed, whereas elevation and bumpy roads can mean a slower ride.

Ride Time and Battery Charge Time

The E100 out performs the E200 in terms of battery power. The ride time on one charge on the E100 is up to 60 minutes whereas the battery won't last more than 40 minutes on the E200.

The times stated are the maximum ride times. Bear in mind that if you are using the scooters uphill or are loading the scooter with more weight than usual (such as carrying a heavy load like a backpack) this may shorten the ride time.

Both scooters take approximately 12 hours to charge. Always charge the battery immediately after riding. The other suggestion in the manual is that keep charging it for the full 12 hours even when the fully charged green battery light comes on. This will help lengthen the battery life.

Size and Weight

The E200 is longer, taller and heavier than the E100.

The handlebar measures 63.5cm (25 inches) on the E200 compared to 53.3cm (21 inches) on the E100 . So the E200 is better sized for older and taller children.

The E100 is much lighter weighing 12kg compared to 18kg. This means it will be an easier ride for younger, smaller kids. A lighter electric scooter will be easier for them to control as well as easier to carry if when kids have had enough.

The E200 has a full deck size 65cm (26") by 19.2cm (8") compared to a much smaller size on the E100 measuring 53cm (21 inches) by 18cm (7 inches).

Both decks are quite wide, which will give more stability to kids when they are riding at speed.

Motor

The E100 has a power core in-hub motor. It has a higher torque motor so promises better acceleration and a higher top speed that the previous E100 model. The advantage of the power core motor is that it's maintenance free. There's no chain, no alignment and no chain tensioner.

In comparison the motor of the E200 features a high torque chain driven motor, so some maintenance may be required such as lubrication and chain alignment at times.

Wheels

The E100 has a pneumatic front wheel and a rear wheel made of urethane. The 8" air tyre at the front means the scooter offers a smoother ride than electric scooters which have two urethane tyres.

However both wheels on the E200 are 8 inches and pneumatic. This means that the ride on the E200 is superior to the E100. The two pneumatic tyres equate to a smoother and more comfortable than the E100. On the downside, two pneumatic tyres may mean more maintenance. You will need to ensure they are both inflated correctly and sort out any punctures. Air filled tyres also add more weight to the scooter, making it heavier to carry when needed.

Even though the E200 has pneumatic tyres, it's not really designed for off road use. It will go over grass and uneven terrain more comfortably than scooters with urethane tyres. However, it will slow up when going off road and works best and more quickly on smooth surfaces and pavements.

Assembly

Some assembly is needed for both scooters but it's fairly straightforward and shouldn't take more than 30 minutes tops.

Kickstand

Both scooters have a kickstand which will allow you to stand the scooters anywhere for a quick pause. The kickstand is also good for easy storage.

Videos

See the E100 in Action

See the E200 in Action

Overall Verdict

The E100 is a smaller, lighter scooter which is better for younger children whereas the bigger frame of the E200 is more suited to older kids, teens and young teenagers.

If you're still stuck in choosing between the two. Remember the E200 will require more maintenance to look after with a chain driven motor and two pneumatic tyres as opposed to one. It's also more expensive. Having said this, it may be a better investment if your child is likely to outgrow the E100 scooter soon.

The pneumatic tyres do offer a more comfortable ride, so if that is a consideration the E200 would be a better choice.

I hope this article has helped you make a decision. Good luck

Top 10 Electric Scooters For Kids Reviews

Best 10 Electric Scooter for Kids Reviews

If you are buying an electric scooter for a child, than the age you are buying for will be very important. Younger kids will want a scooter with lower speeds to make sure that they are safe. Older kids, teens and adults will want more powerful scooters.

Do you know about twist grip acceleration, expected battery life, the best deck size and the top speeds you should be aiming for? As well as recommendations of electric scooters by age there are also top tips on what to consider when buying an electric scooter.

Zinc Volt XT Electric Scooter

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This is a good option of first electric scooter for the youngest of children. It's recommended for kids aged 6 plus, has a maximum weight capacity is 50kg and comes at a very competitive price point at stores including argos and amazon. 

Conveniently, it's a hybrid scooter, so it can be used both as a kick scooter and an electric scooter. This is really useful if you are out and the scooter runs out of charge you can always just convert to using it as a kick scooter.

The top speeds on the scooter are 8mph in good conditions, so the kids can enjoy the thrill of the ride, but parents don't have to worry about them going more quickly than they can handle. It works best like many electric scooters for kids on flat surfaces rather than going uphill.

Ideally for young kids, this is light which makes it easier for them to manoeuvre and control. Adults can also carry it when needed.

The footplate isn't as wide as on some other scooters like the Razor scooters (featured below). However it should be fine for small feet to fit on side by side.

Initially, it's recommended to leave the battery charging for 12hr + even when the green 'charged' light is showing to help prolong the overall battery life. The battery can last up to 1 hour (which is a good amount for an electric scooter).

Zinc E4 Electric Scooter

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This is another awesome choice of entry level electric scooter for young kids from aged 6 upwards. In comparison to the zinc volt, it's more expensive but the E4 has a charge time of just 2 to 3 hours! Kids don't wait long and they're back on the road.

Other special features are that it folds, has a height adjustable handle and is very light to carry and control at just 4.3kg.

The top speed is 8km/h or 5mph which is ideal for little ones. They can whizz around and have fun without going at ridiculous speeds. Less worrying for the grown ups!

Kids can travel up to 6km on one charge with the expected ride time being approximately 45 minutes.

There's push n go acceleration. Kids need to give the scooter a few pushes to get going and the electric motor to kick in.

All in all a speedy, light electric scooter which has a very short charge time.

 

Razor E90: Recommended Age: 8 Years Old



This Razor Scooter is aimed for kids age 8 plus. However, there are 6 and 7 year olds that can used this scooter, so parents can use their own judgement as to whether the scooter is appropriate for their child.

It goes up to speeds of 10 mph. If they ride a bike, they may very well go faster than this electric scooter when riding a bike so that gives you a benchmark as to how fast the scooter is and whether it would be suitable. But for young kids, you don't really want them travelling much more quickly than 10mph even if they are mini adrenaline seekers.

Kids will need to get the scooter up to 3mph to kick start the motor. There is a push button throttle that is easy to use for kids.

What about the wheels?

The urethane wheels are puncture proof and work well on smooth flat surfaces. Air filled tyres are better for older, heavier kids as they will provide a more cushioned ride. But for younger, smaller riders the urethane wheels should be sufficient.

The hub motor has been designed to be maintenance free unlike the chain driven motors on other Razor scooters. No alignment no chain, and no chain tensioner on the E90.

The power core technology on the scooter have increased the run time. The E90 gives about 70 minutes of continuous use on one charge. On the downside, they charge time is long taking about 12 hours to charge.

For easy braking, there's a hand operated front brake. ​

Verdict - a good first scooter for younger children.

Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter - From 8 Years Old

The Power core E100 is also aimed at kids from aged 8 and goes up to 11mph.

It does differ somewhat in comparison to the Razor Power Core E90. The frame height and width is slightly bigger. It has a twist throttle on the handlebar rather than a push button throttle. It has a slightly higher maximum weight ride at 54kg.

It has up to 60 minutes continuous ride time.

It features a 8 inch pneumatic front tyre and a urethane rear.​

Not sure whether to go for the Razor Power Core E90 or the Razor Power Core E100 electric scooter. Check out a comparison here.  ​

Razor E200

This Razor E200 has a recommended age of 13 years and above. Having said this, there are reviews of much younger children using this scooter, so again it really is down to individual judgement as the age group the scooter is suitable for.

It has a bigger frame than the E100 but smaller than the E300, it's a good size for older children around about 11 and 12 years old.

It's features include a rechargeable 24V battery which allows the scooter to go up to speeds of up to 12mph / 19km/h. Like the E100, the charge time is lengthy, with approximately 12 hours required.

It's easy to operate with a twist-grip acceleration control and a hand operated rear brake. The scooter has one speed, and no variable acceleration.

No kick start is required. Hop on the scooter and off you go!

The E200 has two 8 inch pneumatic tyres (as opposed to just the front wheel on the E100) so offers a smooth and comfortable ride. Although it's not really designed for off road, the air filled tyres will give a more cushioned ride over uneven surfaces when needed. It has an all steel frame and fork and a high-torque chain driven motor

Razor E300 Scooter - Recommended for age 13 plus



If you're looking for a fun and speedy option, the E300 is well worth considering. The two 12 volt batteries combined with a 250 watt, chain-driven motor makes this scooter powerful enough to travel up to 15mph in optimum conditions. It's the fastest electric scooter featured in this article.

Ultra-wide air filled tyres ensure a sturdy comfortable ride.  It has plenty of tread for urban environments. It comfortably goes over about bumps and lumps on the pavement.  Although it's not advisable to take this scooter out in the rain due to the electrical components the pneumatic tyres give traction when riding on wet surfaces.

​The scooter is heavy, it's not designed with portability in mind, so if you're looking for a light electric scooter, the E300 isn't for you. On the plus side, there is an option to fold the handlebars down so it’s easier to transport or store.

The larger frame makes this a good choice for teenagers and the wide footplate ensure a comfortable ride. It has rear brake controlled by the lever on the handlebars for peace of mind when you need to brake.

The throttle is a twist throttle, it's either on or off. There is no variation in the speed.

Micro Sparrow Electric Scooter

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The Micro sparrow is an expertly designed and crafted electric scooter. If you're looking for top notch quality and a scooter that's designed to last, this is the option for you.

It has a number of excellent features which include it begin exceptionally lightweight at 5.1kg, being designed by Micro's engineers to make it easy for children to manoeuvre and lift, it has no bulky motor, no chains and no wires.

The swift charge time of 3 hours means that kids won't have to wait long between charges to have fun whizzing around. Once out and about, the scooter has a 6km range.

The scooter is a hybrid, so can be used as both a push along and an electric. Just flick a button to make the switch.

The Sparrow enables children to gradually build their speed - pushing along with their foot to get going, then intuitively picking up pace. With a max speed of 9mph and a smart brake that brings the scooter to a controlled halt.

It's designed for the 8 to 15 year old age group with an 82cm handlebar height and a maximum weight capacity of 75kg.

Like all micro scooters, the sparrow is designed to last being  made of replaceable parts to last a lifetime of scooting.

Zinc T-Motion 3 Wheel Electric Scooter

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Looking for a solid, safe 3 wheel electric scooter for a young rider? The Zinc T-motion could be just what you are looking for. A short charge time and super fun on 3 cool light up wheels with speeds up to 7km/h or 4mph makes this a good choice for young thrill seeker.

The rapid charge time of just 2 hours is a big plus point of the Zinc t-motion. Kids can be back out playing before they know it! And it goes up to 6km before the next charge is needed.

It folds for easy storage and transportation and at 4.2kg it's light enough to easily carry.

With an anti-slip footplate and easy grip handlebars, little ones can feel safe and secure when riding while being the envy of their friends with the light up wheels. The wheels are friction powered so do not use any of the battery.

Just a few kicks are required to start the scooter with the push n go acceleration making it easy for young kids to get going. Going uphill may need a few extra kicks giving kids an additional workout.

This 3 wheeler may not be speedy enough for some, but it's the ideal choice for young kids who want the security of 3 wheels but the thrill of a fun ride!

 

Marvel Spiderman Electric Scooter

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Recommended for the 8 plus crowd, the Marvel spiderman electric scooter is a cool choice for young superhero fans. It reaches speeds of up to 8km/hour.

It has a higher maximum weight than the zinc scooters at 70kg. It's frame size is also slightly bigger at 90cm tall by 46cm wide. But it is quite a bit heavier (at 12kg) and the charge time is longer at approximately 8 hours.  The ride time from one charge is around 40 mintues.

The scooter is powered by a chain driven motor an 80w high-torque motor and the 140mm PU wheels offer a quick, smooth ride.

Young adventurers will find it easy to use with twist 'n' go grip acceleration, a fully printed, anti-slip footplate and a reactive rear footbrake and handbrake for responsive stopping power.  And use the spring kick-stand for easy storage and when taking a break!

 

Buying A Kid's Electric Scooter - A Guide To Features and Specs

Tyres

Electric scooters will have either urethane or pneumatic tyres. Urethane wheels are fine for lighter use and for younger children but older kids and adults will definitely require pneumatic tyres to give them more tread when riding, provide a smoother ride and to take the extra weight. However, pneumatic tyres will cost more.

Urethane wheels will only be suitable for use on smooth surfaces such as pavements but they won't puncture. If you intend to use the scooter for long commutes or for use off road, choose a scooter with pneumatic tyres.

Battery Life and Charge Time

Batteries on electric scooters for kids have traditionally been lead acid batteries that you will see on most Razor electric scooters. The downside to the lead acid batteries is that they are generally heavy - adding weight to the scooters.

However, more recently electric scooters for kids have used lithium-ion batteries, which are lighter and more energy dense. They don't need as long to charge and have good longevity. However, they will be more expensive which is why the faster kids scooters such as the Razor E300 still tend to use a lead acid battery. The more powerful lithium ion batteries will cost a lot more than a lead acid battery.

Lead acid batteries take much longer to charge than lithium-ion batteries.

Ride Time

The average ride time on a scooter varies from around 40 to 60 minutes. Most scooters offer a ride time of at least 40 minutes on one charge. However, the ride time will depend on a variety of factors such as the weight of the scooter rider. The heavier the rider, the quicker the battery will drain. Also the terrain will affect the ride time. A battery will always last longer on smooth and flat terrain compared to inclines and uneven paths.

Different factors will affect the ride times on each charge. Razor have developed a hub motor on their range of power core electric scooters for kids. This has doubled the ride time on one charge on many of their scooters with the power core E90 and E100 having around 60 minutes continuous ride time on one charge.

 

A Retractable Kickstand

A retractable kickstand is extremely useful. This will allow you to stand the scooter up when not in use.

Kick Start

Many scooters require a kick start of around 3mph before the electric motor starts. Some require less and some scooters don’t require any kick start for the motor to work. Kids shouldn't have any trouble getting a scooter up to 3mph. Generally it's just a few kicks of pushing power.

Speed

The speed of the most common and popular electric scooters for kids tend to range from 5mph to 15mph. The speeds advertised tend to be the top speeds a scooter will reach in optimum conditions with smooth, flat surfaces to ride and with a lighter rider.

Push Button Vs Twist Acceleration

Some scooters feature a button which will start and stop the electric scooter. whereas others have twist grip acceleration.

A push button may be easier for younger kids to control and get used to whereas older children may prefer the feel of twist grip acceleration. Many electric scooters for kids only offer one speed whether they have a twist grip acceleration or a push button. However, some electric scooters offer variable speed with the twist grip acceleration. These tend to be higher end models.

Maximum Weight

Pay careful consideration to the maximum weight of the rider. Some scooters have a fairly low weight limit so will only be suitable for children. The weight limit of the scooter may also affect the length of time your child will be able to use the scooter too.

Brakes

Scooters should either have a hand brake or a foot brake to slow down

Purpose

Why are you buying the scooter, the purpose will very much affect the one you choose. If you are buying for a child, factors such as fun, safety and battery life will be most important. However, many people now use electric scooters for the commute to and from work or via a train station. Therefore considerations will relate to top speeds, battery life, the weight of the scooter (will you have to carry it on public transport?) or whether or not to have a seated scooter will affect the decisions of which ones to buy.

Built In Light

If you are choosing a scooter for the commute another feature you may want to consider is a built in light so you can see where you are going in the dark evenings. Some have just a front light. Others feature a rear one too

Seat or No Seat

Some electric scooters designed for commuting also feature a seat for extra comfort. Others have the option of removing the seat. Check out some electric scooters with seats for kids.

Cost

Obviously the amount you pay will have to be weighed up into consideration to the features the scooter has. When looking at the price of the scooter make sure you have the best features for the money you are paying

Foldable

Some electric scooters have the capacity to fold. This makes them easier to transport and store. It's also useful when you want to transport the scooter in the car boot and if you want to they could be taken on a train or bus as well. 

Razor Power Core E100 vs E100

 

Razor Power Core E100 Vs Classic E100 - Which is the Best?

Razor sells two versions of the E100 scooter. The first is the standad E100 scooter. The second is the Power Core E100. The Power core E100 was designed to be lighter, have a maintenance free in hub motor and deliver 20 more minutes continuous use. Compare the stats between the two below.


 

Feature
Power Core E100
E100
Age Recommendation
8 plus
8 plus
Price
Speed
Up to 11mph
Up to 10mph
Tyres / Wheels
8" pneumatic front tyre
Urethane rear wheel
8" pneumatic front tyre
Urethane rear wheel
 Ride Time
60 minutes
40 minutes
Acceleration Control
Twist grip acceleration
Twist grip acceleration
Brake
Hand operated caliper front brake
Hand operated front brake
Frame and fork material
All Steel frame and fork
All steel frame and fork
Maximum rider weight
54kg
54kg
Batteries
24V (2x 12V)
24 V (2x12V)
Kickstand
Yes
Yes
Motor
Kick Start In Wheel Hub Motor
Kick start chain driven motor
Frame Height
35"
36"
Frame Width
33.7"
34"
Scooter Weight
12kg
13kg

Pros and Cons of the Power Core E100

Pros
The Motor
The Power Core E100 features a different motor to the classic E100. It has an in hub motor which doesn't require any maintenence (it will have no chain aligment or tension issues).  It is a higher torque motor so promises better acceleration and a higher top speed (11mph).The motor is also quieter.

Increased ride time
​The ride time is 50% longer than the classic at 60 minutes per charge

Lighter
It is slightly lighter than the E100 and is cheaper too




Cons
On paper the Power Core E100 looks much better than the classic. However, the reviews have been mixed. Although there are some excellent reviews from many people, there seem to have been charging issues with some scooters. Check out the reviews on amazon here.

Pros and Cons of the Classic E100

Pros
Award winner since 2003.
The classic E100 has been around since 2003, so it's an electric scooter which has stood the test of time.

Design
The classic design features a kid sized deck and frame perfect for kids aged 8 plus.

Motor
It has a reliable high torque chain driven motor

Other Features
It has some great features, speed up to 10mph, a pnuematic front wheel which gives comfort to the rider.

 

Cons
Motor
Although the motor is realiable as it is chain driven it may need some maintenence such as tightening the chain.

Ride Time
The ride time is 40 minutes which is good but not as good as the power core scooter which has 60 minutes ride time.

Price 
It's currently more expensive than the power core E100

Other Points to Consider

Kick Start Mechanism
There are many similarities between the scooters. Even though they have different motors they both have a kick start mechanism. This means that the rider needs to kick the scooter along to get the motor going.

One Speed.
Both scooters have one speed. So once the motor is on, the scooter goes at that one speed. It is either on or off. For the classic E100, the speed is 10mph. For the Power Core E100, the speed is 11mph.

Brakes
Both scooters have hand operated brakes. However the power core E100 has a hand operated caliper brake. The brake on the classic E100 is also hand operated but it is a bit more basic.

Price
At the time of writing, you can pick up the E100 power core at a slightly cheaper price than the classic E100.

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