In this comprehensive review of the Razor E200, we will go over all of its details, features, performances and specifications, benefits and downsides, the good and the bad, and see whether it’s a good choice for your child, the child of a friend or a relative, or even for an adult in some cases!
Who is the Razor E200 for?
Simply put, the Razor E200 is intended for children 13 and up, and I believe it fits that description perfectly, as it’s either the best scooter for kids that age, or the most popular one at the very least.
The overall build quality of the scooter, the good balance of performance and safety, the handlebar height, the weight limit, and all of its features are designed for the younger teenager.
Interestingly, its weight limit goes up to 154 lbs / 70 kg to support heavier teenagers, but with that kind of weight limit, a lot of lighter adults can actually ride the scooter as well, and as it turns out, they do! While I would not recommend this scooter for adults most of the time, it’s not uncommon for lighter adults to ride it as well.
Still, the main demographic is younger teenagers, and for them, the Razor E200 is pretty much the perfect electric scooter.
Ordering, shipping, warranty, returns
As usual, with Amazon you will get a fast shipping time of a few days, and shipping will be free.
The warranty and return periods may vary, but typically, you should get a warranty period of 90 days, and a return period of 30 days. If the scooter arrives damaged, you may be eligible for a new one, but also you should be able to return it for whatever reason (and probably for free even), so damage on arrival shouldn’t be an issue. And judging by the user reviews, damage on delivery is rarely an issue.
The scooter arrives in a plain brown box, half-assembled.
Whether the scooter folds will depend on the specific version, as newer versions of the scooter should come with a folding mechanism. If the scooter doesn’t fold, the box will be pretty large. The scooter is well protected by lots of foam and bubble wrap.
The handlebar needs to be connected to the scooter – you just insert it and screw it tightly, and then you should adjust the brake lever for the hand position of the person that will ride it. Also, you will need to charge the scooter fully before you can ride it.
The package will include the latest version of the Razor E200’s user manual. Since it will be the correct version that matches your exact scooter model, it’s recommended you read through it, or at least scan it quickly, as otherwise, you might miss out on some important details. I’m a bit of a manual geek and I study a lot of scooter manuals, and I can tell you that while this user manual is somewhat text-heavy, it’s still full of helpful illustrations and it’s not that boring to go through.
How to use the Razor E200
Most people, including children, figure out how to use the Razor E200 in a matter of minutes.
The power button is on the left side of the deck, and the charging port is right next to it. This is typical for Razor scooters, but not very common in other scooter models. Personally, I believe that electronics should be as far away from the ground as possible (they can easily get dirty or wet), but Razor has a specific way of doing things, and since it looks like it’s working, we can’t really object too much.
Also, the E200 features another Razor-specific feature, which is the reset button, located next to the power button.
The scooter has a standard twist-throttle acceleration on the right handlebar, and a brake lever on the left handlebar.
Build quality, build materials
The Razor E200 is surprisingly sturdy for a scooter in its price category. Since the scooter has been around for many years now, and has seen a lot of updates and fixes over the releases, the last versions of it are very reliable and barely have any serious issues left.
While the scooter’s reliability comes primarily from the experience of the design and engineering team behind it, there’s something to be said about the scooter’s mass and robust build as well. This is one of the very few scooters available today that’s made from steel alloy (most scooters are made from aluminum). That gives it a lot of weight, and a lot of stability in the rides as a result. Usually, budget or children scooters are not nearly as heavy, and that often makes them wobbly, shaky, and even unsafe at times. Clearly, that’s not the case with the Razor E200 at all.
The entire frame is solid and well-made.
The top of the deck has a grippy rubber mat on top that prevents slipping. The deck is pretty wide (length 26 in / 66 cm, width 8 in / 20 cm), so even if a child hits a growth spurt earlier, the scooter should fit her or him.
The deck features an elevation in the rear, which serves as a footrest (and those are pretty convenient for longer rides). When not in use, the scooter can lean on the kickstand on the rear left of the deck, which is long enough for the scooter to remain stable, and in the latest version, it has been made much stronger and more stable.
As with other Razor scooters, the E200 comes with the iconic, recognizable Razor scooter look and feel, that all of the models from the E line have.
The scooter should be available in several different colors, but at the very least you should always find the white, the green, and the teal options in stock.
Lifespan, defect rates
Since the Razor E200 is a very popular children’s scooter, a lot of data is available on the lifespan and the common major defects, in the form of thousands upon thousands of reviews and ratings. I’ve studied a large number of them, especially the negative ones that often reflect common defects or short lifespans.
The results are generally good. Obviously, this is still an ultra-budget scooter in many regards, and various defects are possible. However, over the years, a promising trend seems to emerge – the major defects reported are fewer and fewer, and more importantly, the complaints of owners saying things like “it broke down after two weeks” are less common as well.
Judging from the reviews, you will get at least 18 months of fun out of the Razor E200 before anything serious breaks down, although a lifespan of around 30 months is not uncommon neither, and probably closer to what you can expect. There seems to be no upper limit on how long this scooter can last, some owners have had it for years and the only part they’ve had to replace has been the battery, which always wears out in every electric scooter.
User experience, ride smoothness
The Razor E200 is one of the most fun electric scooters for children or lighter adults.
Since the scooter comes with pneumatic wheels, the rides are pretty comfortable and smooth. Also, the scooter is very sturdy, robust, and well-built, which all further contribute to the ride’s smoothness.
The scooter produces a somewhat loud spinning sound when riding, or rather, loud for an electric scooter, as hub motors tend to be quieter. Still, it’s not too loud, and it’s still quieter than the sound of a motorcycle or even a moped.
Motor, power, speed
The Razor E200 comes with a chain-drive motor with 200 Watts of power (which is how it gets the name), situated inside of the deck, with the chains attached to and moving the rear wheel. As a scooter with a rear-drive motor, the torque and the general performance of the scooter will be slightly better.
Razor scooters are some of the few chain-drive electric scooters available today (most electric scooters today have hub motors, integrated inside the wheels).
In theory, chain-drive motors have one additional potential point of failure, and another part that needs some maintenance, which is the chain itself.
In practice, however, the Razor E200 has proven to be very reliable in this regard, and defects with either the motor or the chain are rare.
On the flip side, chain-drive motors provide a way for you to tweak their performance by changing the chains or the sprockets, and also chain-drive motors will often be more energy-efficient than most hub-drive motors.
How fast does the Razor E200 go?
The official top speed of the Razor E200 is 12 mph / 19 kmh. The official top speed is almost what you can expect from the scooter in the real world, with either 11 mph or 12 mph being the actual speed limit. The scooter will easily reach those speeds unless the battery is less than half full or the rider’s weight is close to the weight limit.
The claimed range of the Razor E200 should be 8 mi / 12.8 km, or 45 minutes of ride time, according to Razor. Owner reports largely confirm this range, although you will probably get slightly less if the rider is close to the weight limit or if you ride uphill a lot.
The torque of the scooter is pretty good, so the scooter climbs much better than you might expect from such a cheap model. It will struggle on the steeper hills, but some regular ups-and-downs will not be an issue, especially for riders within the weight limit. There is no officially known climb angle provided by Razor, but judging from user reports, we might say the scooter can easily climb slopes of at least 10° / 18%.
The battery of the Razor E200 is another point where this scooter differs from most of the other popular models, as it comes with sealed lead acid batteries instead of lithium-ion ones. The scooter actually has two 12 Volt batteries, for a total voltage of 24 Volts.
As is the case with all scooter batteries, the ones on the Razor E200 will wear out over time and require replacement. The advantage that the Razor E200 has in this area is two-fold: it is rather simple to replace the battery (you will likely be able to do this yourself), and the replacement batteries are widely available and affordable (you can find them on Amazon for very cheap).
Since the Razor E200 is a very popular budget pick, yet not a very powerful scooter in general, many owners with a tinkering side to them choose to upgrade the scooter, and of course, the best way to do so is to upgrade the batteries. You can see this video for a great example of a battery upgrade on the Razor E200.
The charging process for the Razor E200 is something you should be mindful of. The scooter should be charged for at least 12 hours, and not more than 24 hours. Since the scooter doesn’t come with a smart battery management system, it is possible to damage the battery or the electronics with improper charging. Also, don’t forget to turn the scooter off when charging it.
The charger port on the deck is protected by a plastic cap.
The Razor E200 has a brake on the rear wheel, activated by the brake lever on the left handlebar. Using the brake cuts off power to the motor immediately. The brake is pretty strong and safe, and the scooter comes to a complete stop just a few seconds after engaging it.
The brake shouldn’t need any adjustments, but it’s good to make sure it’s working properly every now and then.
Unlike many other children’s scooters, the Razor E200 comes with two air-filled tires. This makes all the difference for the ride quality in general, and the tires of this scooter specifically are pretty good as well. The tire diameter is 8 inches, which is pretty much the same standard tire size for adult scooters.
Flats are not that common with the Razor E200, and owners don’t report them very often. When they do happen, they are not difficult to fix. Spare tires are also dirt cheap.
The Razor E200 doesn’t have an official IP rating, which means there’s no guarantee from the manufacturer that it can tolerate riding in the rain or other wet environments.
There are a few owner reports of their kids riding through some rain, and they all suggest that the scooter handled it just fine, although you should be aware that a handful of reports state that some rust has appeared on some of the steel parts, so riding in the rain is best avoided.
Recommended age, height, weight limit
The recommended rider age for the Razor E200 is 13 years or older.
The floor-to-handlebar height is around 41 in / 104 cm. The handlebar height is not adjustable, but it usually fits most kids aged 13 to 16.
The scooter can officially support up to 154 lbs / 70 kg, although a few adults even heavier than that have reported riding the scooter without too much issue (although there will be a noticeable drop in performance). In fact, the user manual says that the weight limit is actually 220 lbs / 100 kg, and while I would go with the official weight limit, the one from the manual may turn out to be the true weight limit.
The scooter’s exact dimensions are 37.7 x 16.8 x 40.9 inches / 95.8 x 42.7 x 103.9 cm. The scooter weighs 38.17 lbs / 17.35 kg.
The scooter feels quite heavy on the touch, and while its big mass makes it harder to carry around, it definitely adds a lot to its safety and reliability. When fully assembled, the scooter will probably not fit in most car trunks. However, if you get the latest version of the scooter, which should fold at the stem, then fitting it into a car trunk will not be an issue.
Recommended gear, accessories
It is strongly recommended that the rider wears a helmet at all times. The scooter is not capable of extreme speeds, so a bike helmet will do the trick. The Razor Helmet is available on Amazon and is very cheap, but you can also check out my guide on the best electric scooter helmets for some safer and higher-quality options.
The scooter doesn’t come with any lighting, so if you or your kid plan on riding it after dark, you will probably want some after-market lighting (see the guide on the best electric scooter accessories for some good and affordable picks).
Finally, one common piece of equipment that may be necessary for this scooter is a lock. If you believe that the person using this scooter will have to lock their scooter frequently, check out my guide on electric scooter locks.
Razor E200S – seated version
The Razor E200 comes in a seated version as well, called the Razor E200S, also available on Amazon.
The seat is not sold separately, as the standard version does not come prepared to support it, so you have to decide before buying if you want the seated version. If you believe you or your child may want it at some point, it’s better to get the seated version, as the seat is easy to install or remove as needed. The price difference is around $30 usually.
Repairs, spare parts
Spare parts for the Razor E200 are widely available, and usually, Amazon has a lot of them in stock. They are almost always very cheap, even the electronics and the more important components.
Many owners have found that doing the replacements is not really difficult. If you prefer to have an expert do them, you should be able to take the scooter to most bike shops – this is a very popular model, and chances are, any type of mechanic will know how to fix most issues.
Razor E200 (kids) Specifications
|Top speed||19 kmh|
|Top speed||12 mph|
|Charging time||12 h|
|Weight limit||70 kg|
|Weight limit||154 lbs|
|Tire size||8 in|
|Seat||yes for E200S|
|Trunk or basket||no (customization possible)|
|Build material||steel alloy|
|Brakes||rear hand operated|
|Lights||no (customization possible)|
|Warranty||90 days, 30 days return period|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||95.8 cm * 42.7 cm * 103.9 cm|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||38 in * 17 in * 41 in|
|Deck dimensions (L * W)||66 cm * 20 cm|
|Deck dimensions (L * W)||26 in * 8 in|
Razor E200 vs Razor E100
Both of the scooters look similar, but they are made for different age groups.
The Razor 100 is made for children aged 8+ years, so it is slower, smaller, and can’t support as much weight on its deck. As the name suggests, the motor is just 100 Watts. If you are buying for a younger child, check out the review of the Razor E100.
Razor E200 vs Razor E300
Both the E200 and the E300 are made for the same age group of children aged 13+.
However, the E300 can also be used by bigger and heavier teenagers, and in fact, it can be easily used by adults as well (and it often is). The main difference is the motor, which has 300 Watts of power, and that makes it a lot more performant. It has a bigger weight capacity of 220 lbs / 100 kg, and it can go as fast as 15 mph / 25 kmh, which is already a top speed suitable for an adult.
If that sounds closer to what you’re looking for, see the Razor E300 review.
Issues, problems, what to know before buying
As with any massively popular electronic gadget, the Razor E200 is not without issues, and there are a few things you should be aware of if you’re considering buying it. It is fair to say that the scooter has seen a lot of improvements over the years (especially last year), and the vast majority of the defects have been addressed by Razor. Still, some of the common issues are possible.
The first thing that may surprise many owners is probably the noise. As a chain-drive scooter, the Razor E200 will be somewhat loud, and produce a whirring sound when accelerated.
Probably the most annoying issue that some owners might face is the chain falling off, and for a few unlucky owners, this may be a common occurrence. It seems, however, that this issue has mostly been present in the version before 2020, and today it’s not really that common.
One issue that may seem serious but it’s actually not that big of a deal is the scooter getting warm after prolonged usage. Many times, this is somewhat normal, and you just need to let the scooter cool down a bit.
Finally, a big issue that can still happen to some users is the battery wearing out just a few months after buying. Typically, you should get at least 6 months from the battery and probably somewhere closer to 12-18 months, but battery technology is still not at a point where it can guarantee a certain lifespan (especially lead-acid batteries), so it might happen that you need to replace your battery sooner than you might expect.
Overall, the Razor E200 is very well-received. Loved by children and teenagers all around North America, it is without a doubt the most popular and most fun electric scooter for kids aged 13 and up. The thousands upon thousands of starling reviews and ratings practically vouch for its quality, and the general rating the scooter has on the big online retail stores is typically around 4.6 stars (which not a lot of scooters manage to achieve).
In the US and Canada, Razor scooters are almost synonymous with children’s scooters. That’s what happens when a brand has been around as long as Razor, and has released many different versions that have stood the test of time.
The Razor E200 model is another proof of the brand’s devotion to producing the best scooters for kids. It is definitely the most popular and best-selling electric scooter for kids aged 13 and up, and I don’t believe there’s a better scooter for children that age.
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