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Razor E300 Review

Despite being a household brand name, this model's poor showing in almost every test category left reviewers struggling to find positive things to report
Razor E300
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Price:   $360 List | $316.22 at Amazon
Pros:  Smooth ride, powerful single brake
Cons:  Slow, does not fold, limited range
Manufacturer:   Razor
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 12, 2019
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RANKED
#13 of 13
  • Range - 25% 1.2
  • Power - 25% 3.0
  • Ride Comfort - 20% 7.3
  • Portability - 15% 1.0
  • Braking - 15% 7.5

Our Verdict

The Razor E300 simply fails to perform at the same level as the other products we tested. For example, it has an extremely short travel radius and a prolonged charging time. Moreover, the scooter does not so much as hint at the needs of the commuter oriented customer. Overall we were less than impressed with this well-known brand's electric scooter.

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Pros Smooth ride, powerful single brakeFast, front suspension, decent travel radiusSmooth ride, long battery life, easy to carryPneumatic tires - smooth ride, cruise control feature, really solid safety latchGood starting scooter, shock absorber on the front tire, lighter weight - easier for transport
Cons Slow, does not fold, limited rangeCruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lacks redundancyBrakes may require maintenance, long recharge intervalCarrying latch failure, not very fast, no extra suspensionSolid tires - harsher ride, no safety latch, only one lever to close it, lacks the power to climb grades higher than 7%
Bottom Line Despite being a household brand name, this model's poor showing in almost every test category left reviewers struggling to find positive things to reportA relatively inexpensive scooter with a respectable top speed, convenience, and decent travel radiusThis do it all scooter combines comfort and utility in a simple yet sharp designGreat budget scooter with unique upgrades rivaling higher end modelsWorks well for short rides and areas without steep hills
Rating Categories Razor E300 Hiboy MAX Xiaomi Mi M365 Gotrax GXL V2 Segway Ninebot Kick...
Range (25%)
1
7.1
7.2
3.9
3.8
Power (25%)
3.0
7.8
5.7
4.3
4.3
Ride Comfort (20%)
7.3
5.7
7.7
7.7
4.7
Portability (15%)
1
6.3
8.0
4.1
4.8
Braking (15%)
7.5
7.7
6.5
9.5
9.0
Specs Razor E300 Hiboy MAX Xiaomi Mi M365 Gotrax GXL V2 Segway Ninebot Kick...
Measured Maximum Speed 12.0 mph 19.3 mph 14.9 mph 12.5 mph 11.6 mph
Measured Effective Range 4.7 miles 12.2 miles 12.8 miles 7 miles 7 miles
Measured Charge Time 6 hrs 20 min 4 hours 30 min 5 hrs 10 min 4 hours 15 minutes 5 hours 25 minutes
Brake Type Rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front regen
Rear disc
Front regen
Rear fender
Tire Type Pneumatic Solid rubber Pneumatic Pneumatic Solid rubber
Tire Size 9" 8.5" 8.5" 8.5" 9"
Lights No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen No Yes Battery indicator only Yes Yes
App No Yes No No No
Maximum Load 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs
Bell No Yes Yes Yes No
Measured Weight 42.5 lbs 35.2 lbs 27.2 lbs 26 lbs 25.3 lbs
Battery Type Sealed lead acid Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium
Motor 250 Watt 350 Watt Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
250 Watt 250 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

This electric scooter has several features that are unique in the class. First, it uses a sealed lead acid battery which is interesting considering that lithium-ion batteries have become the standard. The E300 also uses a chain-driven motor to transfer power to the rear wheel, meaning that there is no electronic hub brake. Finally, the frame and fork are constructed of steel. Given the design and the target consumer (primarily children), it's no wonder that this product failed to meet the standards set by the other scooters here reviewed. It also didn't help that our E300 broke during testing and had to be returned.

Performance Comparison


Razor E300 electric scooter - turn and burn. the razor's twist grip accelerator.
Turn and burn. The razor's twist grip accelerator.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Power


This metric is a measure of hill-climbing ability and maximum speed in the flats. To assess the prior, we picked two hills (3.5% and 10.5% grade) and ran the scooter up them - if they could. On the shallower of the two, the E300's max speed was reduced by 5-7 mph. However, one tester noted that he was skeptical that the scooter would have continued were the hill any longer. The steeper grade was not attempted for fear of breaking the product before further tests could be completed. (note: the E300 eventually did break during testing).

To assess speed we took the Razor out with a fully charged battery and cranked the throttle taking it to its maximum cruising speed and timed how long it took to go 100 feet. This trial was run three times and the results were averaged. At 11.95 mph, the E300 is at the bottom of the class.

Razor E300 electric scooter - the razor e300's beefy pneumatic tires provide a smooth ride.
The Razor E300's beefy pneumatic tires provide a smooth ride.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ride


This metric is simply an assessment of how aware our testers were of rough road surfaces and unexpected cracks. This was one of the categories in which the E300 excelled; mainly due to its 9" pneumatic tires.

Razor E300 electric scooter - the razor's single disk brake is operated by a hand lever.
The Razor's single disk brake is operated by a hand lever.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Braking


To get a grasp on a scooter's braking power we looked at two critical conditions; namely, hill braking and flat ground stopping. The first is an evaluation of the machine's ability to regulate speed when descending a steep hill. The second evaluates the stopping distance on flat ground. Despite having only one (disc) brake, the Razor did quite well in both of these tests. However, the lack of redundancy in the brake system raises safety concerns.

Razor E300 electric scooter - the razor has the shortest travel radius in the class.
The Razor has the shortest travel radius in the class.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Range


The range metric is an evaluation of travel radius and battery charging time. When we started testing for range we quickly realized that we needed to subdivide travel radius into two parts to accurately describe the performance of the scooters being tested. The first part is the effective range, which is the number of miles traversed at full speed on flat ground. The second part is the maximum range, which is the distance the scooter will go at any speed. Here the E300 shows the problematic nature of its sealed lead acid battery. There is a big gap between the maximum miles (5.9) and the effective miles (4.7) delivered on a charge, and both were well below those delivered by the lithium-ion counterparts. Additionally, the battery was slow to charge taking about 6 ½ hours. The manufacturer notes in the manual that it can take up to 24 hours to fully charge.

Portability


The Razor's lack of a folding mechanism for the steering column, its heavy steel frame construction, and its generally bulky design suggest that its designers did not have portability in mind. As such, the scooter received the lowest marks in the class in this category.

Value


Given the general lack of performance delivered, and that our E300 broke within a few days of purchase. We can not say that this product is a good value.

Conclusion


We would recommend that a potential consumer look elsewhere for an electric scooter. Even if you're looking to pick up one of these machines for the kids to play around on in the driveway, there are better options at the price.

Razor E300 electric scooter - the razor e300
The Razor E300
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer
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