The Razor E300 is the perfect electric scooter for kids in many ways.
But, in the eternal words of my dad: “Aren’t adults allowed to have some fun as well? And turn off the darn lights when you go outside, what do you think I am, made of money?…”.
Razor E300 Review
The Razor E300 is one of the most well-known and trusted teen scooters, and for a good reason – it’s safe, durable, not too powerful, and affordable. Given its weight limit and dimensions, it can be a good choice for adults too, and while there are better adult choices out there, most of them are not as affordable or well-known as this one. The Razor E300 is great for kids/teens, and especially teens that may become young adults soon, and also a good budget choice for adults.
Let’s look at the Razor E300 from all angles, but also take a more holistic view, and see when it might be the perfect choice, either for your child or yourself.
Razor E300 summary
This is a very unusual scooter, different from the typical scooter you see on the street in many regards. There is clearly a concept and an intent behind it, it’s not just another clone of some successful model.
That results in many advantages, but also disadvantages it has compared to other models. One thing is for sure – this is primarily a scooter targeted at a younger demographic, usually teens/kids 13+, and possibly young adults. Buying this scooter for a young teenager, say younger than 15, is one of the most common scenarios, as the scooter is designed for such use (and abuse), but the kid will virtually never outgrow the scooter as it is large enough for adults as well.
For the younger audience, the scooter does its job really, really well. The fact that it’s one of the best-selling scooters, not just for kids but overall, is proof of that. On top of that, the Razor E300 is used by countless adults as well, and they seem to be pretty satisfied with their choice most of the time.
Where to buy the Razor 300 from?
The Razor company and brand
The Razor brand has been here for a while. They are an American company founded in 2000, and are one of the first scooter brands to become famous and successful.
They make all kinds of rideables, both electric and classic ones, although scooters are their main product and focus. They are arguably the most iconic brand of electric scooters for children and teenagers, so famous that even adults often choose their models.
They are a trusted name in the electric scooter industry, with their own proprietary designs, patents, and original products. Their models have a distinctive look, and often have unique feature sets. They take good care of their users, have a strong reputation, and work hard to maintain it.
Ordering, shipping, and best prices
There was a time when the Razor E300 was priced below $300, although that was probably a temporary discount. Usually, it costs between $300 and $370, at least now, and the best place to get it from is Amazon for the US and possibly Canada, and the Amazon UK store for the UK and some European countries. Shipping is usually free, and the delivery times will vary but will never be longer than several days.
Optionally, if you want the version with the seat, which is the Razor E300S, you can also find it on Amazon.
Warranty and return policies
Razor scooters have a warranty period of 90 days on all parts, and as usual, the warranty doesn’t cover wear-and-tear damage.
There is a return period of 30 days for products purchased through the Razor store, and naturally, they have to be unused and in the original package. Also, the shipping costs are covered by the consumer in that case.
Unboxing, assembly, user manual
The box includes the scooter, the tools you will need for the assembly, the charger, the user manual, the warranty card, and the valve extender.
Assembly is required for the non-folding version and it involves connecting the stem to the deck and tightening all the screws and bolts. It takes about 5 minutes in total.
While the brakes will be adjusted, I recommend taking a few minutes to make sure they are set to your preferences.
The user manual is pretty useful, in that it contains both all the instructions you need, but also a few common defect scenarios and how to troubleshoot and fix them yourself if possible.
How to use the Razor E300?
If you are buying this scooter for a child, make sure you let your child know how to ride and use the scooter safely. I recommend going through the manual together, or you going through it and teaching your kid how to ride. Get them a helmet as well, it’s really dangerous for anyone to be riding without a helmet, let alone your kid.
The power button of the Razor E300 is located on the bottom of the deck. This is not so common in the electric scooter world, but there is a huge benefit to this – the handlebars can now be much simpler as they don’t need to host a dashboard, and they can be much sturdier. This is one of the best safety features of the scooter.
The scooter has only one gear, and is very simple to use.
It is possible to ride with your feet, although that will be neither practical nor fun.
One unique feature of the Razor E300 is the reset button, located right next to the power button on the deck. This button can prevent short circuits or frying the controller.
Folding and unfolding
The Razor E300 has (or at least used to have) a foldable and a non-foldable version.
The non-foldable version will have one less moving part, and will be a bit safer and more reliable in theory. However, that’s not a big win, since the folding mechanism on the foldable version is reliable, and what you get in return is a lot more portability. I believe the folding version to be a much better choice.
The foldable version of the Razor E300 has a pin folding mechanism, where you simply loosen the pin on the front to unlock the stem and be able to fold it.
Anyway, the foldable version of the scooter is not so common, and in fact, it may be even discontinued today, as I haven’t been seeing it in online stores all that much lately.
So you may not have a choice here, and it’s possible that the only option remaining today is the non-foldable Razor E300.
Design, durability, quality, and build materials
The Razor E300 has a unique design that truly makes it stand out from the crowd. One possible reason for that is tradition – this model has been available for quite some time now, and since it’s been pretty successful, Razor has decided to not change the winning team and not mess with the design too much between versions.
Besides design, the scooter is unique in many other ways, both form and function.
Most importantly, it is one of the few chain-driven scooters, and while that has its pros and cons, the Razor E300 is probably the most famous chain-driven scooter today, so that seems to be going well for Razor quite well.
Also, instead of the now common lithium-ion batteries, the Razor sticks to its lead-acid batteries.
And still, probably the most interesting difference is the build material.
Instead of using aluminum alloy as most scooters do, the Razor E300 is actually made of steel in large part. Steel! Some may view it as a bug, but I consider that a feature – steel will add to its weight, but also to its stability, reliability, and durability. And since this is a scooter for children primarily, safety comes first, so that’s a good design decision.
Usually the scooter comes available in three colors: blue, white, and grey.
All in all, the Razor E300 is actually a pretty well-made scooter. There is almost no “chinesium”, mostly good quality materials, nice welding, and good finishes and attention to detail.
The build quality, design, and features of the scooter make it pretty safe. The top speed is not that great, and it is within the legal speed limit for electric scooters in most places. The brakes are very good as well, and cut the motor power when activated.
One thing that you will have to buy as an addition to make this scooter safe and road legal, is a head and a tail light. This is especially true if you plan to ride at night.
Everyday use and ride experience
The 9-inch pneumatic tires are one of the strongest sides of the Razor E300, and they will provide a stable, fun ride.
This scooter is very often described as “fun”, and the main reason behind it is its fairly low defect rate. Sure, major defects can happen, but they are not common, and users enjoy their scooters a lot. One common theme I noticed was parents buying this scooter for their child, and the child being in love with it.
The motor of the scooter produces a semi-loud “whuzzz” sound. It’s actually louder than most other scooters, which may be a net win in busy cities, as many pedestrians complain that they collide with scooterists because they can’t even hear the scooter coming.
The top speed of the Razor E300 is 15 mph / 24 kmh. This is fast enough for most of the intended users of this scooter, and within the legal speed limit of most places. The top speed may be less for riders closer to the weight limit of 220 lbs / 100 kg.
The Razor E300 has a range of about 10 mi / 16 km, or about 35-40 minutes of continuous riding. This range will be realistic in most scenarios, but some riders in some circumstances will get less.
This is one of the weakest points of this scooter in my opinion. It will be enough for a younger rider to have tons of fun with it, no doubt, but it will be very difficult to commute with this scooter.
Climbing hills is an area where the Razor E300 is decent for its price. You will not be conquering Mount Everest with it, but it will do a solid job on mild and some moderate hills. The scooter will struggle with steeper inclines and may not be able to climb them without some kick assistance.
Terrains and use cases
The primary use case of the Razor E300S is for teenagers in urban settings, on roads and streets.
That said, this scooter has surprisingly little trouble going offroad a bit, and things like grass, dirt, gravel, and some trails, may not challenge it at all. We might say this is a “light-offroad” scooter, as it will still not be prepared for true offroad rides. This is probably the cheapest scooter that can handle offroad rides, even if they are not the most brutal ones.
The Razor E300 has no official IP rating. While the battery and electronics are well protected, some of the parts (some small screws, kickstand, possibly the chain) may suffer from corrosion. In summary, the scooter will not play well with water, and while some users have ridden it through light rain, riding in the rain should be avoided.
Lights and riding at night
Out of the box, the Razor E300 comes with no lights. It is recommended you get some after-market light so that the scooter is not completely useless at night for you or your child.
Weight, dimensions, and portability
The Razor E300 weighs 43 lbs / 19.5 kg.
The bulk of the weight comes from the 2 lead-acid batteries, but the steel frame contributes a lot as well.
The scooter has pretty average dimensions, with measurements: 41 x 17 x 42 in / 104 x 43 x 107 cm (L x W x H).
Generally, it is not foldable, or possibly, the foldable version has been discontinued.
The lack of foldability, coupled with the rather large weight, means this scooter cannot be considered portable. Lifting it and carrying it will not be that difficult for short periods of time, maybe even by a child, but that’s about all this scooter allows.
Unless you have the foldable version, you will not really be able to put this scooter in the average car trunk.
The weight limit of the Razor E300 is 220 lbs / 100 kg. That makes it suitable for kids, but also for most adults as well, and many adults have chosen it as their scooter because of that.
Rider age, children and adult usage
The recommended rider age for the Razor E300 is 13 or older. That corresponds to its target market, which is 13+ kids/teenagers, and possibly young adults.
The Razor E300 has both high enough deck-to-handlebar height, and big enough weight capacity, to support an adult, and even slightly taller people or people weighing close to 220 lbs / 100 kg have not reported many issues riding this scooter.
Motor, chains, power, and torque
This is one of the few electric scooters today that doesn’t come with a hub motor (hub motor is a motor integrated within the scooter wheel itself).
Instead, the Razor E300 has a chain-drive motor placed inside the deck, and it uses chains to translate the rotor movement to the wheels.
Traditionally, hub motors are considered to be more modern and less prone to defects. However, the Razor E300’s motor has proven to be extremely reliable over time, much more so than many hub motors in other scooters. So in this case, that rule of thumb doesn’t really hold.
One good thing about chain-driven motors is that they can often be adjusted in many ways to manipulate their torque. In theory, adjusting the chain length or the sprocket size lets you change the top speed, energy efficiency, and RPMs of your scooter. This scooter in particular offers a fairly easy way to adjust the chain length, and you can customize your scooter for more torque or more efficiency as you need.
A possible downside with chains is that they can come off, or break completely. While only a tiny percentage of users report this, you should be aware that it can happen.
Also, the chain will require some extra maintenance that a hub motor wouldn’t.
The motor produces a power output of 250 Watts.
Battery and charging
The Razor E300 has 2 batteries of 12 Volts each, serially connected for a total battery voltage of 24 Volts. The battery is lead-acid, instead of the more common lithium-ion. That means charging will take longer, 12 hours in this case.
That is one of the main downsides to this scooter, it takes a long time to charge, despite the range not being that big. Because of that, some users decide to replace the lead-acid batteries with lithium-ion ones, and they pretty much all never look back.
The battery should not be left to drain completelly.
The charging port is on the deck, right next to the power button. As usual, the indicator light on the charger will be red while the scooter is charging, and green when the scooter is fully charged. You should still charge for 12 hours, even if the light turns green sooner.
One thing this scooter is missing is a battery meter. There is no way to tell how much juice you have left. However, given that the range is not really big, you can probably never really get stranded anywhere too far away.
The scooter comes with a single drum brake on the rear wheel, connected with a cable to the brake lever. The lever is located where you would expect it, on the left handlebar.
The brake is excellent, and provides a very short stopping distance. It can be adjusted for sensitivity both at the nut near the brake lever, or on the nut on the wheel itself.
Tires and wheels
The diameter of the tires is 9 inches, and they are very wide as well, which makes them much bigger than most scooter tires today. That means more comfortable, bump-free rides (although that’s not without a price as bigger tires drain the battery faster).
The scooter’s tires can handle some light offroad rides, like grass or gravel, as they are sufficiently big and with deep enough treads.
The tires come with vent spews which can be used to evaluate the tire’s condition. When many of the tiny hairs disappear, the tire is likely worn out and may need replacement. You can expect one to two years of usage from the tires, assuming normal use.
The tires can be inflated with a regular air pump for bike tires. The valve for the tires is actually hidden in the right handlebar itself.
Control and handlebars
The default throttle is a twist-throttle. The throttle may have a somewhat jerky acceleration, as it’s not a gradual throttle mechanism, more like an on/off switch.
There is a thumb throttle available for the scooter as well, which, in my opinion, is a far better way to ride, and it will give you variable speed depending on how hard you press.
The deck is pretty big, wide enough to be comfortable for most people, adults included.
The back of the deck is lifted to allow a better resting position for the rear foot. The ground clearance is large enough to even climb some sidewalks (although that should be avoided).
The deck has a grip tape on most of its surface that prevents slipping.
Parts and maintenance
The main difference users care about between hub motor scooters chain-driven ones is maintenance.
You will have to periodically check that the chain is in place, in good condition, and well-oiled.
Spare parts for the Razor E300, including customizations and after-market upgrades, are widely available, and very, very cheap.
Accessories and customizations
One very cool thing about the Razor E300 is that it can support a lot of customizations and upgrades. In a way, the scooter comes as sort of a bare-bones version, but you can beef it up with a lot of different features that you like or need.
Upgrading the chain, for example, requires a bit of know-how, but can provide so much more performance that you will not believe it’s the same scooter. Coupled with a stronger motor, which is another common customization for the Razor E300, would make it as powerful as scooters priced above $1000. That is simply amazing.
Another common point of customization is replacing the default lead-acid battery with lithium-ion ones, or adding more batteries. The scooter will not support any and all kinds of changes here, and obviously, be sure you know what you’re doing if your tinkering with the batteries. Check out this video for a great example of how to upgrade the batteries of the Razor E300.
Another customization that users frequently do on the Razor E300 is replacing the twist throttle with the thumb throttle. That enables the scooter to have a gradual speed increase, and in my opinion, is a very good idea.
The Razor E300 has no seat.
However, the deck already contains some of the screws for the seat mount, and installing the seat shouldn’t be too difficult.
Anyway, if you believe you may need a seat, it’s much better to get the Razor E300S (link to Amazon) version, which is basically the same scooter with the seat. You can remove the seat if you want, and add it back again later.
Problems, issues, and what to know
Even though the Razor E300 is a good scooter overall, like any scooter, it’s not without its problems.
First of all, the defect rate, even though it’s not big, it’s not exactly small as well. The scooter has been around quite a lot, and many electronics issues have been ironed out over the versions, but the occasional complaint that the scooter simply stopped working can still be seen. There are some scooters that are terrible, and this one does not fall into that category, but the defect rates are not negligible. I guess for around $300, it’s as good as it can get.
The throttle, and the fact that it doesn’t offer gradient speed increase, is probably the most frequent source of complaints. The custom thumb throttle handles this, but it’s still an extra part you need to buy.
I’d say a big problem is the small range, although this may not be such an issue for a kid or someone riding just as a hobby. The range is a dealbreaker for people looking for a commuter scooter.
Another big one is the lack of IP rating, and the likely insufficient water resistance. Riding in the rain will not make the Razor E300 explode into flames, but you should try and avoid it as much as possible.
Reviews and what users are saying
Overall, the Razor E300 is massively popular and successful. The 4.3-star rating on Amazon out of more than 1700 reviews is insanely good, especially for an electrical gadget, and even more so for a scooter. There are tons and tons and tons of scooters that have somewhere between 50 and 200 reviews and all they can average out is 3.6 stars. The Razor E300 has nothing left to prove, obviously the market loves this product.
While I see a lot of criticism about the Razor E300 online, I believe most of it is taking the scooter out of context. This still is primarily a kid’s scooter, that can also be used by adults, not in all scenarios but still in many. You’ll pay $350 for it at the most. You can’t really expect to leave $3000 Dualtrons in the dust with it, or go conquer the rugged nature like with a monster scooter that costs as much as a car.
Razor e300 Specifications
|Top speed||24 km/h|
|Top speed||15 mph|
|Battery||168 Wh, 24 V|
|Battery type||lead acid|
|Charging time||12 h|
|Weight limit||100 kg|
|Weight limit||220 lbs|
|Tire size||9 in|
|Tire pressure||40, see side of tire psi|
|Seat||yes for E300S|
|Trunk or basket||no (customization possible)|
|Build material||steel + aluminum|
|Brakes||rear hand operated|
|Lights||no (customization possible)|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||104 cm * 43 cm * 107 cm|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||41 in * 17 in * 42 in|
|Deck to handlebar height||96 cm (est)|
|Deck to handlebar height||37.8 in (est)|
|Notes||razor 300s weighs 23.5 kg|
Razor E300 vs other scooters
Since the Razor E300 is extremely popular, it is often compared against other popular scooters.
Razor E300 vs Razor E300S
The Razor E300 and the Razor E300S are the same scooter, except that the Razor E300S comes with the seat installed. It is possible to add the seat to the Razor E300, but some drilling and custom work will be required.
If you believe you will need a seat, it’s better to get the Razor E300S in the first place. The seat can be removed by unscrewing the screws that hold it on the deck. You can find the Razor E300S on Amazon.
Razor E300 vs Razor E200
The Razor E300 is an upgrade of the older version from the same scooter line, the Razor E200.
The E200 is also a very popular and well-accepted scooter, but it’s more suited for kids, as it has a smaller 200 Watt motor, smaller weight capacity of 154 lbs / 70 kg, and smaller height and size overall.
On its Amazon listing, it is recommended for children ages 2-10.
A lot of the other features are the same, so only consider the Razor E200 if you have a child under 10. You can find the Razor E200 on Amazon, usually cheaper even than the Razor E300.
Razor E300 vs GoTrax GXL Commuter
The scooters have comparable top speeds, but that’s where the similarities end.
The Razor E300 is meant for children primarily, but for adults, I believe the GoTrax GXL Commuter (or even better, the GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter) will be a much better choice.
Check out the review of the GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter to see when it may be a better adult option.
Razor E300 vs Xiaomi M365
The Razor E300 mostly has price on its side in this comparison, and that’s about it.
The Xiaomi M365 is probably even more proven and battle-tested than the Razor E300, so that eliminates the Razor’s strongest advantage. The speeds are comparable, but the Xiaomi M365 has a range up to 3 times longer, while weighing much less and charging much faster.
We could make an argument that the Razor E300 is better for children simply because it was built for children in mind. Also, the E300 is the obvious choice if your budget is around $300, as M365’s price is closer to $500, and M365 Pro is even more expensive.
Still, when it comes to choosing a good adult scooter, everything is pretty much on the side of the Xiaomi M365, or its successor the Xiaomi M365 Pro.
Read the full review of the Xiaomi M365 Pro if you are looking for a great choice for a serious adult scooter.
Razor E300 vs Swagtron Swagger v1
Since the prices of both these scooters kinda fluctuate frequently, we can’t really compare them, although they are similar. Currently, the Razor E300 will cost around $300, while the Swagtron Swagger v1 will cost around $250.
The Razor E300 wins on quality, and by that, it probably wins in general. In theory, the Swagger v1 has a lot more range and water protection, but has had so many issues with defects and quality that the risk is not worth it. Also, the Swagger v1 has small solid tires, and the Razor E300 has large air-filled tires, so the rides will be much more comfortable with the Razor.
Razor E300 vs Swagtron Swagger 5
On paper, it would seem that the Swagtron Swagger 5 is the clear choice for adults, as it has more range, better water resistance rating (IPX4), and a bigger weight capacity of 320 lbs / 145 kg. However, the Razor E300 has a better reputation, much better user satisfaction and track record, and likely better build quality and fewer defects.
That makes it the better choice for kids, as it’s initially aimed at kids, but also probably the better choice for adults, since it’s not plagued by common quality issues.
Let’s go through the most useful, but also the most interesting questions about the Razor E300.
Is the Razor E300 waterproof?
The Razor E300 does not have an official IP rating, and can’t be considered waterproof.
Is the Razor E300 reliable?
The Razor E300 is fairly reliable and can last for quite a long time. The defect rate, especially the major defect rate, is low. Defects can happen, but often they are easily addressed by the owner simply advising the manual. There are many instances where owners use their E300s for years.
How fast is the Razor E300?
The top speed of the Razor E300 is 15 mph / 24 kmh. The scooter is capable of going faster, but modifications to the battery or the chain system will be necessary.
How long does it take for the Razor E300 to charge?
The Razor E300 should take up to 12 hours to charge, although that time can be even longer in some cases as the battery ages.
Do you charge a Razor scooter on or off?
The scooter should be turned OFF when charging.
The scooter should be turned off all the time when not in use. If it’s left turned on for a longer period, the battery may reach a stage at which it will no longer hold a charge.
Can you overcharge a Razor scooter?
The charger has built-in overcharging protection, so overcharging is not a problem. Only the original charger should be used for recharging. It is normal for the charger to get a bit hot while charging, although not extremely hot.
How long does Razor E300 battery last?
The battery of the Razor E300 will last between 35 and 40 minutes of continuous riding, or 6 miles / 10 kilometers. For heavier riders, or when riding across hills, the battery will last less than that.
How many batteries does a Razor E300 have?
The Razor E300 has 2 lead-acid batteries of 12 Volts each, connected in series, for a total of 24 Volts.
Can the Razor E300 go up hills?
Razor E300 will climb mild hills, will have some difficulties with moderate hills, and will really struggle and possibly fail with steeper hills. The official climb angle is unknown.
Is the Razor E300 a toy?
The Razor E300 is a scooter primarily meant for teenagers, but adults can, and do, ride it very frequently.
I do see this question thrown around quite a lot, and it may be done so in a joking manner, but still, you probably wouldn’t want your 7-year old speeding 15 mph down the road, would you? So, no, this scooter is not a toy.
Can adults ride the Razor E300?
Adults can, and often do, ride the Razor E300, as it has enough weight capacity to handle adults up to 220 lbs / 100 kg, and also the handlebars are tall enough and the deck is wide enough.
Who is the Razor E300 not for?
This is not a short list. And that’s fine, since Razor obviously knows their target audience and serves it well. Still, there are quite a few categories of people for whom the Razor E300 is simply not an ideal scooter.
Let’s start with commuters. Not only is the range of 10 mi / 16 km (maybe even less in the real world) unacceptable, but the weight of 43 lbs / 19 kg will make carrying the Razor E300 in buses, subway stations, and through elevators and doors, a real chore. If you need your scooter for commuting, you should check out the review of the GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter, it is a much better choice for adults that need to commute.
Related, the non-foldable version of the scooter is not really portable, and unfortunately, it seems to be the predominantly available version right now. Not only can you not fold it to carry it, but it won’t fit in the usual places you need it to fit, like under your office desk or in the trunk of your car. Take a look at the guide on portable scooters if that’s what you need.
Oh, and it kinda weighs a lot. I don’t want to tell Razor what to do, since they obviously know what they are doing, but it seems like they could make a huge win by releasing a scooter similar to the Razor E300 but with a lithium-ion battery instead of a lead-acid one. The users already love this scooter, and they would also get both longer range, smaller weight, and faster charging times. Well, it is what it is, who knows maybe they’ll read this and get inspired.
The slow charge times will not be loved by anyone. Maybe not such a dealbreaker, but certainly not something users love.
The weight limit of 220 lbs / 100 kg will be enough for most people, but if you or the person you’re buying for weighs more than that, you will want to check out other options, like some scooters for heavy adults.
Finally, the scooter lacks IP protection, and some parts seem like they might go rusty if exposed to too much water. This scooter will not be a good fit for anyone living in a rainy area. Take a look at the waterproof electric scooters if you live in such a place.
Who is the Razor E300 for?
While there are quite a few people that will find the Razor E300 insufficient in some way, it will be a great fit for many people too.
First, obviously, this is a great scooter for children, and teenagers especially. It is, after all, what it was meant to do, and it’s arguably the best children’s scooter in the world at the moment.
Related, this scooter is the perfect gift, and not only for a teenager. It’s fairly inexpensive as scooters go, and for one reason or another, it has been gifted quite frequently. If you are considering a cool, modern gift for your child or a loved one, the Razor E300 makes great sense.
While the price of this scooter changes from time to time, it’s usually somewhere between $300 and $350. It is good value for both of those prices, especially for around $300.
Is the Razor E300 the best electric scooter for adults? No. There are other $300 scooters that will be a better choice.
Is the Razor E300 at least a good choice for an adult? Meh, it might be an ok choice in some cases.
Is the Razor E300 a good scooter for a kid over 13?
Yes. Most definitely yes.
It does what it was originally designed for, and it does its job well. If you are thinking of getting your children a gift, or simply just getting them a cool device they can use and have great fun with, consider the Razor E300, they are almost guaranteed to love it.
Where to buy the Razor 300 from?
UK, EU: Amazon UK