The New Razor Power Core E100!
It is called the Razor Power Core E100 and, although it still has many of the same features as the original E100 version, there are some big improvements to tell you about.
In short, the main improvements are:
- Increased battery time of about 60 minutes
- Higher torque motor
- New Power Core Technology
- 16% lighter than the old E100
- Much better styling!
The Power Core E100’s Main Features
#1 Stopping & Starting
The Power Core E100 uses a kick-start mechanism to get it going.
To get started, you just push off just like you would if you were riding a kick scooter. This “kick-starts” the motor into action and, once you’re moving, you can control the speed of the scooter by twisting the right hand grip throttle.
You can slow down by adjusting the throttle mechanism but, if you want to come to a complete stop, you will need to use the hand brake lever that is fitted to the handlebars. It works just like the brakes on a push bike and so most kids will be used to controlling their speed in this way.
One of the main differences between the old E100 and the old E90 scooters was that the E90 used a foot brake whereas the E100 used a hand brake. This difference no longer exists and both the Power Core E90 and the Power Core E100 use the same hand brake system.
If you are worried that your child won’t be able to manage the twist throttle, you should take a look at my review of the Power Core E90 – it has a simple push button throttle instead.
#2 Speed and Acceleration
The Power Core E100 scooter has a top speed of about 11 miles per hour.
This is only 1 mph faster than the old E100 model and 1 mph faster than the new Power Core E90, but every little helps when you’re doing speed trials against your friends!
You have to remember that this is a toy rather than a racing scooter and I’m sure that many parents will be happy that Razor have not increased the top speed of the Power Core E100 to a level that might be difficult for small children to handle safely.
Remember, this scooter is aimed at kids from age 8 and upwards.
The increased torque that Razor boast about is partly due to the new “Power Core” high torque hub motor that they have developed.
Another great thing about the hub motor on the Power Core E90 is that it is very low maintenance because there is no annoying chain drive to align and tension correctly.
#3 Battery Run-time
This is probably the best improvement that has been made to the new Power Core E90.
The old version could get 40 minutes of use before needing to be re-charged, but the new version can go for about 60 minutes on a single charge, which is 50% longer.
#4 Scooter Weight & User Weight Limit
The Power Core E90 weighs about 26.5 pounds, which is about the same as the old version.
Personally, I think that the styling of the Power Core E100 is much more eye-catching and attractive than the original E100, which was a pretty ordinary looking machine.
If you were an 8 year-old, which one would you rather ride?
#6 Recommended Minimum Rider Age
Razor’s recommended minimum rider age for this new scooter is 8 years and upwards.
This is exactly the same as for the Power Core E90 and the old E100.
This is just Razor’s recommendation and, as you know, kids develop in their own time and age is not always a good indicator of whether or not they are ready to use one of these machines.
You will have a much better idea of your own kids’ physical abilities and limitations and you can make your own mind up about whether or not they are ready for a motorised scooter.
I would be perfectly happy for my 7-year old twins to use one of these scooters as they have been zooming around at more than 10 mph on their kiosk scooters for a few years and they know how to operate a bike hand brake safely.
Although there is probably no law to say that kids using these scooters must wear a helmet, I would strongly recommend that you get one. Even at 11mph, a child’s head striking the sidewalk can still cause a nasty injury.
#7 Maximum Rider Weight Limit
Just like the E90 version, the Power Core E100 has a maximum rider weight limit of 120 pounds.
So, i’m afraid that most parents will have to avoid the temptation to “test it out for themselves”!
If you insist on keeping up with the kids, take a look at the E300 instead.
#8 Wheels and Tyres
Unlike the E90 model (which has a plastic from tyre), the Power Core E100 comes fitted with a pneumatic front tyre and a flat rubber rear tyre.
These tyres better absorb slight changes/bumps in the surface and provide a smoother ride.
The Power Core E100 in Action!
I would never buy a kids electric scooter without first seeing it in action.
Take a look at these videos of the Power Core E100 in action.
The Razor Power Core E100 is definitely an improvement over the old E100 model.
The styling is much better, it goes a little faster, and the hub motor avoids chain tensioning and alignment issues.
But, the biggest improvement is probably the extended battery life.
The old E90’s battery life of about 40 minutes was acceptable, but the new Power Core E100’s longer battery life of about 60 minutes is a big improvement and extends the range to about 11 miles before re-charging.
If you buy a second battery, you’re looking at up to 2 hours use before you need to get the charger out!
As a first electric scooter for physically mature kids or a step-up from the E90 for slightly older kids, the Razor Power Core E100 is a great option.
If I find anything better on the market, you can be sure that I will edit this review and let you know the full details.
Where to Buy the NEW Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter
The great news is that the new Power Core version of the E100 is no more expensive than the old E100.
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