Razor E300 Electric Scooter Review

Holly Darani
13 July 2021

 

The Razor E300 is a budget busting twist and go scooter with a big deck and chunky tyres that’s designed for kids and fun-seeking teenagers.

 

If you’re looking for a fun and comfortable scooter at a low cost, the Razor E300 should be on your list.

A large deck and chunky tyres give a comfortable ride, and while it’s not the speediest or the most stylish scooter on the market, it’s aimed squarely at teenagers and young adults.

 

 

Razor E300 – The Lowdown

We don’t see many chain-driven electric scooters with a twist throttle, so the Razor E300 was a surprise that made us smile. Let’s start with the looks, you either love it or you don’t. It’s not particularly fashionable, but we like the wide deck and chunky tyres.

The motor is smooth and quiet, with no chatter from the chain. It’s a stripped back and simple design that makes this fun. There’s no Bluetooth, big display or complicated brakes, just a jump on and ride scooter designed for fun.

At this price, you can’t expect stupid speeds or long distances from this electric scooter, so the top speed of 15 mph (24km/h) and a max range of 10 miles (16km) is OK. On the road, the 19.5kg (43lb) weight melts away, with the scooter feeling easy to handle and a huge amount of fun.

So, who is it for? It’s certainly not designed for commuters or speed-seekers, but for teenagers and young adults who want a fun electric scooter that won’t break the bank.

 

Razor E300 Specifications

Motor250 watt high-torque chain driven motor
Battery24V (two 12V) sealed lead-acid, rechargeable
Charge Time12 hours
Single-Charge Mileage10 miles / 16km ( may vary depending on riders weight and terrain condition)
Max Speed15mph / 24 km/h
Climbing RangeN/A
Braking SystemRear hand brake
LightingNo lights
HornNone
Max Load100kg / 220lb
Scooter Weight19.5kg / 43lb
Product MaterialSteel
Folding Handlebar6082-T6 alloy aviation grade frame and handle.

SCM440 Shaft with steel and plastic covers
Folding Steering Tube6082-T6 alloy aviation grade frame and handle.

SCM440 Shaft with steel and plastic covers
SuspensionNo suspension
Size (L x W x H, cm)Unfolded Size: 109 x 22.8 x 52 cm
Water ResistanceNo IP rating

 

Razor E300 Review Video

 

YouTube reviewer outie555 provides a refreshingly honest review of the E300 electric scooter. Check it out here.

Razor E300 Pros

 

 Cheap price point for the scooter

It offers a massive deck and chunky frame

 Big 9″ pneumatic tyres

 Simple scooter that’s awesome to ride

 Easy to maintain

 

Razor E300 Cons

 

 15 mph (24km/h)  top speed isn’t exactly hair raising 

 10 miles (16km) maximum range is low

12 hour charging time is pretty painful

 You’ll either love the look or hate it…

 

 

Razor E300 Summary

 

 

At Electric Scooter guide we like to smash straight into the details, but with the E300 there’s not that much to go on. This is a scooter that’s stripped bare to provide the essential experience. It’s been around a few years, so the tech is tried and tested and it’s cheap too…

It’s aimed at kids, so Razor has had to build to a budget. That means it’s heavy, it’s large, it doesn’t fold and it’s missing the sort of extras we see on lots of other scooters, such as front and rear lights, a digital display, a front brake, and a decent folding mechanism. What you do get is a fairly fast, reliable and robust scooter that will deal with the bumps, scrapes and knocks it’ll get with a teenager.

At 15 mph (24km/h) you’ll not be too worried about letting your loved ones off the leash, and they won’t get far either with a maximum range of 10 miles (16km) – that’s around 40 minutes. That’s all fine, but we’re less impressed with the 12-hour charging time which means you’ll only enjoy a ride a day.

The massive deck makes it a pleasant ride, with the chunky 9″ pneumatic tyres delivering a smooth and forgiving ride. That’s important, as younger riders may not have the confidence while riding.

So, the specs aren’t stupendous, but we like its bold looks. You can get the E300 in a range of big and brash colours. It’s certainly stands out among other electric scooters.

At this price (£350, $279.99) it’s a great deal. While it won’t fit into a stocking, Santa should be stocking up as this is sure to be a winner this Christmas.

Performance Overview

 

If you can tear it out of the box, you’ll notice that this scooter is big. But on the roads, it faded away to give a great road feel. The twist and go throttle may be a little different to the almost universal push-button throttle you’ll find on other scooters, but it’s easy to use.

So, what’s it like on the road? The answer is: a huge amount of fun. The big and bouncy 9″ tyres soak up the lumps and bumps (which they will need to, as there’s no suspension to speak of). The super-wide surfboard style deck is great and feels well planted.

OK, so we can’t shy away from the fact that this electric scooter is pretty slow. Acceleration is fairly sluggish. It takes a relaxed approach to hit its top speed of 15 mph (24km/h), which we could put down to the chain drive. Yep, you read that right, the rear wheel is driven by a chain, like a motorbike. Listen closely and you can hear the chain working, which sounds slightly different to the typical whoosh or whirr from a direct drive rear hub motor.

Razor reckons you can get a maximum distance of 10 miles (16km) on a full charge, and we won’t dispute that. Heavier riders or those who love to twist should expect less.

We’ve mentioned it before, but there are few extras here you’d expect to see on a commuter scooter. No lights, folding mechanism, digital display or front brake. So we’d not recommend riding at night. We can’t find an IP rating, either so don’t ride during the wet weather, or face scooter disaster.

But that doesn’t really matter, as this electric scooter isn’t targeted at those who want to battle traffic or smash the speed limit. It’s the perfect scooter for teenagers and young adults at an attractive price. It’s an ideal entry-level ride that will help you develop the skills you need to tackle and tame bigger, faster and even more fun scooters on the market.

What makes this an attractive package is the price. At just £350 ($279.99) it’s cheap and that makes us very cheerful. Pick one up and you’ll not be disappointed.

Top Speed & Acceleration

 

Acceleration isn’t exactly quick, with the scooter weighing 19.5kg (43lb) that’s not a surprise. It can take a few seconds to reach the top speed of 15 mph (24km/h). Lead acid batteries are heavy, and this is part of the problem.

The lead-acid battery is an old-school (and rather outdated) design, which is heavy. 

If you’re searching for top speeds, this isn’t the right electric scooter for you. But it’s ideal for children, teenagers and adults who could struggle with more powerful scooters.

 

Controls & Display

 

There’s a twist throttle and a brake lever and that’s about it.

 

Battery Life & Range 

 

The two 12V batteries will provide enough for 40 minutes of continuous riding. That’s going to take you up to 10 miles (16km).

It’s nowhere near the capacity of some electric scooters, but this is designed for kids, so we don’t have a problem with it.

Motor Configuration

 

The Razor E300 has a centrally positioned 250W motor that drives the rear wheel using a chain. It’s old school technology that’s fairly tame, but it is reliable.

The high-torque motor in this electric scooter is powerful enough. Light riders will get better performance.

 

Construction & Build Quality

 

Steel is a solid and safe frame material, but it is heavy. At 19.5kg (43lb), the E300 is chunky and solid. That’s a good thing if you want a scooter that’s built to withstand life with a teenager or young adult.

The rigid steering column and fork will put up with some punishment, and the 9” pneumatic tyres do a great job of smoothing out any road noise and discomfort, with shock absorption more than adequate.

The design is an acquired taste, but we like that Razor sells the E300 in a range of colours. It’s a bit retro, with the massive rear mudguard looking like a 50s car.

At this price, you’re not looking at advanced technology or fancy materials, but at a scooter that will last a few years, and the E300 will happily do that as long as you care for it. If you’re up for a bit of care and maintenance, the E300 is well put together and comes apart pretty easily.

Suspension

 

The E300 has no front or rear suspension, so you’re going to feel it if you head off-road or encounter any bumps and lumps.

As we’ve mentioned before, the 9” air-filled tyres are great at levelling things out, something we experienced during this review.

If you’re ridden more expensive scooters, you’ll know the difference. If this is the first scooter you’ve ever had, you’ll be too busy smiling to care.

 

Ride Quality

 

Riding the Razor E300 is a pleasure, with the high-torque motor, chunky tyres and solid frame giving a smooth ride. Unlike skinny-tyred scooters, the E300 is a big beast and that gives confidence.

It’s designed, built and perfect for the customer who wants to feel the freedom of a scooter without going too fast. It’s a competent confidence builder!

 

Braking

 

If there’s one area we’d definitely say could be improved, it’s the brakes. There’s a hand-operated rear-brake that’s adequate, but not amazing. When you pull the brake lever the motor cuts out which helps braking performance.

We know that Razor is firmly focused on keeping the price down, and we don’t expect fancy regen brakes, but a front brake is more effective than a rear drum brake, so it’s something we’d love to see one on the next generation of the E300.

Portability

 

The Razor E300 is a big and (if you like the looks) beautiful scooter, but it isn’t light and it isn’t portable. It doesn’t fold down, and at 19.5kg (43lb) is heavy on the arms. Weight may be a problem for smaller riders.

Unless you’ve got somewhere to safely store it (such as a lockable bike shed) we’d look elsewhere for a commuter scooter.

You can dismantle the handlebars, but to do that you’ll need to travel with a tool bag or kit, which is hardly portable! Reviewers have all commented on the weight, so be warned.

Water Resistance

 

There’s no information on an IP rating from the company for the E300, so our advice is not to ride it in the rain!

 

Lights

 

The E300 doesn’t come with any lights fitted, so don’t ride at night! You can pick up a set of standard lights fairly cheaply if you need them.

Tyres

 

You can’t miss these monster 9” pneumatic tyres. The tread pattern tells you these beasts mean business and they feel safe on the roads, providing a smooth and responsive ride.

Air-filled tyres are notoriously nicer than solid tyres, so we’re glad Razor has specced those for the E300 product.

Deck

 

It seems weird that a scooter designed by the manufacturer for small people has such a super-sized deck (product dimensions: length 26.2” (66cm), width 8” (20cm) but we love it. The massive deck and big frame make it easy to find a position that works. The extra foot space increases both confidence and comfort.

If we’re being critical, there’s a tendency for a bit of foot slippage on board, so wear a decent pair of shoes and you’ll feel planted, or go for a scooter with a rubber deck.

 

Reliability, Warranty & Customer Support

 

The E300 manufacturer Razor has sold over 13 million scooters across the world, and you don’t do that by selling shoddy products!

Let’s be clear, this is a budget scooter, so it’s not built to last. Razor only offers a 90-day warranty on electric scooters, which seems pretty short to us. Information from customer reviews is limited, but there are few real horror stories.

Some people have reported that speaking to Razor is an issue. Others have had difficulties using Razor’s online ordering platform for spares.

 

Maintenance

 

You’ll need to keep an eye on tyre pressures and tyre wear (and deal with any punctures if they happen). To combat that, you can invest in tyre sealant which we reckon is worth it.

One of the great things about the E300 is that pars are easily available across the internet and the basic nature of the scooter means that working on it is easy enough. If you need too, you can even replace (or upgrade!) the 250W motor.

 

Known Issues

Razor has sold millions of scooters, and while problems do occur it doesn’t seem there are too many. Known issues include broken or damaged chargers and battery packs that don’t hold their charge.

Battery charging time is a massive 12 hours, and a full battery charge may not last as long as you think – particularly if it’s cold.

Lots of customer reviews have reported that the scooter is bigger and heavier than they’ve expected, so beware. If you can’t cope with the weight, look elsewhere.

 

Is this Electric Scooter value for money and is it worth buying?

 

The E300 is definitely value for money, but only if you know what you’re getting. This is a heavy-duty scooter built for short bursts of fun and designed for kids. It’s not a fashionable scooter or one built for everyday riding on city streets. It’s not portable either and weight can be a problem.

So why buy it? The bottom line is that it’s a great low-cost introduction to the world of electric scooters.

If you’ve read this far, we’ve been clear on the facts and the faults, so buy with your eyes open and you’ll be fine. In a few years, you’ll probably want to upgrade to something faster and with better battery life but at this price, you can.

 

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Razor Resource

 

Razor Website

Author:
Holly Darani

BIO: 

Holly is a lover of the outdoors and is always up for an adventure! She loves learning something new – whether that involves SEO or scooters!

 
Summary
  • Cheap price point
  • Massive deck and chunky frame
  • Big 9" pneumatic tyres
  • Simple scooter that's awesome to ride
  • Easy to maintain
  • 15 mph (24km/h) top speed isn't exactly hair raising
  • 10 miles (16km) maximum range is low
  • 12 hour charging time is pretty painful
  • You'll either love the look or hate it...
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