US Price: $99.99 – 104.99
UK Price: £112-145
Top Speed: 9 mph
Age Range: 8+
UPDATE: The E90 and E100 scooters have now been replaced by the Power Core Versions. Read my comparison Review of the Power Core E90 vs E100 is here.
The Razor E90 Electric Scooter is Razor’s entry-level E-Series scooter. Unlike others in the Series that can achieve a standing start, the E90 first requires a push start to about 3 mph before the rider is able to fire up the motor by pressing the throttle button that is attached to the right hand grip. This throttle button is one of the features that distinguishes it from the Razor E100, which has a twist-throttle instead. You will need to decide whether your child is best suited to a twist-throttle or a button-throttle mechanism.
Once the motor has been started, the scooter can quickly reach its top speed of 9 mph – fast enough to have fun but not too fast for a pre-teen child to handle safely! It is a little slower and more sluggish than the E100 but, even at this speed, you should always make sure that your child wears an approved cycle / scooter helmet. I recommend the Razor V-17 Helmet.
Although the recommended minimum age is 8 years+, this can only ever be a very rough guideline since kids mature at different rates. You know your child best and I am sure that some physically confident 6-7 year olds could manage to control the E90 without too many problems. It really isn’t that powerful.
NOTE: THE NEW RAZOR POWER CORE E90 HAS ARRIVED WITH LONGER BATTERY TIME AND A HIGHER TOP SPEED – READ MY IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF THE POWER CORE E90 HERE.
What Makes the E90 Different?
The scooter’s speed can be easily controlled using the push button throttle and foot-operated brake. This braking mechanism is another feature that distinguishes the E90 from the E100. The E100 has a bicycle style brake lever whereas the E90 has the sort of footbrake that is commonly found on non-electric kick scooters (see image). For some kids, this will be a much better way to transition from a kick scooter to an electric scooter since they will be well used to stopping in this way. However, if they are used to riding a bicycle then I would say that the grip lever brake is better since it frees up your child’s feet for pushing and it is probably a slightly more reliable mechanism for stopping.
The scooter deck is big enough to mean that the rider has a choice of 2 standing positions: one foot ahead of the other or both feet side-by-side.
Please note that the handlebar height is lower than the E100 (91cm v 84cm). So, if your child is taller than average this might be a problem. The handlebar height on the E90 is not adjustable. At 10kg, the E90 Scooter is about 3.2kg lighter than the E100, which might make it a little easier for small kids to control and also goes someway to explaining how you can get 9 mph for 50 minutes out of a motor that is less powerful than the E100 high-torque version.
The 50 minute run time is enough to travel about 5-6 miles before the 12v battery needs recharging – it takes 8 hours for a full recharge.
When not in use, the E90 can be stored in an upright position using the retractable kick stand, which helps to prevent the scuffing that might otherwise be caused by having to rest it on the ground instead.
The E90 requires some assembly but fortunately the battery, charger and tools are supplied in the box and it is not too difficult to build the scooter. Personally, I think that this need for minor assembly is part of the fun and helps you and your child learn a little more about how it works and what you might need to do in the future if the scooter ever needs a little maintenance. Please note that the first battery charge should be for 12 hours rather than the usual 8 hours.
Razor E90 Specifications
- Maximum speed of 9mph
- Up to 50 minutes of continuous use
- Kick start motor
- All steel frame and fork
- Rear foot brake
- Urethane front & rear wheels
- Kick stand
- Push button throttle
- 12v sealed lead acid battery
- Battery charger
- Max rider weight: 120lbs / 54kgs
- Ages 8+ years
Watch the Razor E90 Promo Video
The New Razor Power Core E90!
Since writing this review, Razor has introduced a new and much improved version of the E90 Electric Scooter onto the market.
It is called the Razor Power Core E90 and is much better than the original E90 Scooter.
The main improvements are as follows:
- Increased battery time of 80 minutes
- 50% more power
- New Power Core Technology
- Hand brake
- Much better styling!
Watch the Razor E90 Power Core in Action:
The Razor E90 Electric Scooter is not as good as the E100 as an entry level electric scooter, but then again it is a little bit cheaper. It is a bit more sluggish than the E100 and if your child is able to operate a hand lever brake then they are much better than the foot brake in my opinion. The E90’s maximum speed is not fast enough to cause parents to worry too much about their child being unable to control the scooter safely. I have already promised my 4 year old twin boys that they can have E100s for their 6th birthday as I think that they are worth the extra money and will last a bit longer due to the longer handlebars.
I would probably only buy the E90 if my child was too small to use the E100 safely because they either couldn’t manage the hand lever brake (unlikely) or the twist-throttle mechanism (also unlikely). The Razor E100 is only about $15 more expensive but it is a much better scooter and is my “Best Buy” recommendation for a child transitioning from a kick scooter to their first electric scooter.
EDIT: Do NOT buy the older version of the E90. The new version is better and cheaper!
Where to Buy the NEW Razor Power Core E90 Electric Scooter
It’s very hard to find good deals on the old version of the E90 Scooter and I wouldn’t bother even looking any more since the new version is so much better and available at very reasonable prices.
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